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177 Bovet Rd
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San Mateo CA 94402-3116
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phone: 650-542-1120
fax: 650-636-9285
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Brian A. Sullivan, CPA/ABV, CVA, CBA, CFE, CMAP, is a Forensic Accountant and Business Valuation specialist in the Food and Beverage Industry.

Mr. Sullivan integrates accounting and auditing knowledge with investigative skills gained from more than 30 years of practical business experience resolving financial disputes, including breach of contract, embezzlement, fraud, personal injury, and shareholder disputes.

Litigation Support - Mr. Sullivan is an experienced Valuation Expert Witness and court-appointed referee who specializes in Food and Beverage Business Valuations. One of the few individuals with multiple accreditations (including CPA/ABV and CVA), as well as a background in forensic accounting and business valuation, he is strongly qualified. When attorneys for food and beverage companies need an expert witness who works directly with them and has a reputation for clarity and composure on the stand, they turn to Mr. Sullivan.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Accounting
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Business Valuations
  • Economic Consulting
  • Economic Damages
  • Financial Matters
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Lost Profits
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    David Shaw
    9 Wimpole Street
    London W1G 9SG
    GBR
    phone: 44-207-193-8355
    David Shaw is an independent Technical and ICT Expert and Consultant involved in a wide range of high profile System, Integrations, remedial work on Failed Systems and Programs, Litigation, Expert Witness, Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial and Ultra-High Speed Trading Systems, Cyberwarfare and Defence work.

    Services Offered:
  • Governance
  • Strategy
  • Programme Definition
  • Capability
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Process Engineering
  • Portfolio Management
  • Programme Management Office Implementation
  • Individual Assignments
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    Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF
    2017 CA - CPA of the Year
    Los Angeles CA USA
    phone: 818-631-3192
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    Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of Forensic Accounting, Intellectual Property Economic Damages, Royalty Audits, and General Economic Damages. 2017 California CPA of the Year & 2012 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year.

    Background - Mr. Blum is a financial damages expert witness with particular strength in patents, trademarks, copyrights, toys, entertainment and consumer products. He served as Chief Audit Officer at Beats Electronics, approximately nine years as an accounting firm Partner including five as a Big 4 Partner, and in-house experience with Fortune 50 companies Occidental Petroleum, Unocal, and the Walt Disney Company where he was a member of the internal audit departments. While with Ernst & Young, he led fraud and forensic investigations nationally for their internal audit practice.

    He is Vice Chair of the 2016-2017 Board of Regents of the 75,000 member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Having lead more than 1,500 forensic investigations, The Association named Mr. Blum Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year in 2012.

    Litigation Support - As a Financial and Economic Damages expert witness, Mr. Blum has worked on matters from simple to more than $100 million complex litigations. He has testified on more than 30 occasions, equally for plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide variety of State, Federal, and USITC matters. Mr. Blum is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Complex Financial Litigation
    • Patents
    • Copyrights
    • Trademarks
    • False Advertising
    • Accountant Malpractice
    • Royalty Auditor Competence
    • Royalty Disputes
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Construction Defect
    • Film Distribution
  • Unfair Competition
  • Oil & Gas Pipelines
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Interuption
  • Class Action
  • Lanham Act
  • Trusts & Estates
  • USITC
  • DMCA
  • 9/13/2016 · Accounting
    Royalty auditing is a niche service that has exploded in popularity over the last 20 years. The primary purpose of a royalty audit is to test whether a licensee has complied with a license agreement or statutory requirement. The royalty auditor is hired by an intellectual property owner (aka, licensor) or minerals owner to inspect the books and records of a licensee primarily to determine if usage-based monetary amounts have been paid as contractually required. In addition to monetary damage calculations, most royalty audits examine for breach of contract in a wide variety of areas, such as intellectual property protection, record keeping, distribution channels, and permitted usage.

    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates readers through the nuances of drafting the best possible financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. The 2014 Edition includes updated information on how to properly write the financial aspects of royalty contracts to protect the licensor, licensee, and other concerned parties. Additional sample terms and "real-world" agreements have also been included.
    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates the nuances of drafting financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. This book will modernize and remold how agreements are written and will greatly enhance the bottom line of licensors and other contractors. Lawyers involved in drafting license and other self-reporting contracts typically understand boilerplate provisions but not the financial nuances that are subject to high degrees of interpretation that eventually costs their clients significant money and business relationships.
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    EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE
    Principal
    Three Galleria Tower
    13155 Noel Road, Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75240-5090
    USA
    phone: 972-934-0022
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    EJ Janik Accounting Expert PhotoEJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE is a Certified Public Accountant with 37 years of professional experience. He specializes in financial audits, compilations and reviews, consulting for commercial litigation, antitrust matters, engineering and construction matters, real estate, and bankruptcy / business reorganizations matters. Mr. Janik holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Rice University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Mr. Janik has provided over 150 financial audits and consulted in over 685 business disputes. He has provided expert testimony in over 80 matters including trial testimony in 48 trials or hearings in 8 states. Mr. Janik's accounting services include Damages/Lost Profit analysis, Forensic Accounting, Fraud Investigations, Fact Finding, Financial Analysis, and Expert Witness Testimony when necessary.

    Litigation Experience:
    • Antitrust/Pricing Issues
    • Audits
    • Bankruptcy Analysis
    • Business Interruption
    • Business Valuation
    • Construction Claims
    • Contract Disputes
    • Cost Determinations
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Damage Analysis/Critiques

  • Debt & Capital Analyses
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Due Diligence
  • Environmental Claims
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Investigation/Analysis
  • Hazardous
  • Waste/Remediation
  • Insurance Claims

  • Lost Profits
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Royalties, Commissions, Income
  • Solvency
  • Superfund/Environmental Claims
  • Tracing
  • Valuations
  • Wastewater
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Mr. Janik is also uniquely qualified to measure construction claims and damages. With over 11 years of construction experience, he has accumulated over 13,000 Engineering and Construction (E&C) auditing hours, 10,000 E&C consulting hours, and 15,000 E&C supervised hours.

    Construction Claims Services include:
    • Acceleration
    • Change Orders
    • Costs
    • Defective Plans
    • Differing Site and Concealed Conditions
    • Direct Costs
    • Disruption
    • Evaluating Claims
  • Indirect Costs
  • Overhead
  • Payroll Fringe Burdens
  • Profit
  • Pre-Qualification Filings
  • Superfund / Hazardous Waste Sites
  • Terminations
  • Other Construction Issues
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    Jack Young, ASA—MTS/ARM, CPA
    President, CEO
    902 Hemenway Street
    Winters CA 95694
    USA
    phone: 530-795-5536
    fax: 866-421-1108
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    Jack Young Valuation Expert PhotoJack Young, ASA—MTS/ARM, CPA is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers specializing in Machinery and Equipment Appraisals (MTS) and Appraisal Review (ARM/MTS). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr. Young has also been awarded a Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) designation from the National Auctioneers Association. He has thousands of hours experience as an Equipment Appraiser and is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the ASA, where he serves as Past Chapter President.

    In addition to his CPA designation and background,Mr. Young worked for many years as an auctioneer and auction manager of machinery and equipment and business assets. His experience in Auditing, Accounting, Financial Analysis, and Auctioneering provides a strong base for the asset valuation concepts embraced by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the appraisal industry today. As an equipment appraiser, Mr. Young performs Certified / Qualified Equipment Appraisals in Northern California and Western Nevada.

    As an accredited Senior Appraiser with an Appraisal Review designation in the specialty of Equipment and Machinery, Jack Young provides valuable litigation support services. As an expert witness, he offers defendable USPAP machinery and equipment appraisals that can withstand the scrutiny of the legal system and has experience testifying in trials and depositions. Mr. Young teaches and co-authored the ASA Appraisal Review classes for the ARM designation. His services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defense.

    Areas of Specialization
    • Construction Equipment Appraisal
    • Manufacturing Equipment Appraisal
    • Agricultural Equipment Appraisal
    • Restaurant Appraisal
    • Food Processing Equipment Appraisal
    • Aircraft Appraisal
  • Truck Appraisal
  • Cost Segregation Studies
  • Business Combination
  • Fire
  • Insurance
  • Liquidation
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    We recently conducted a Cost Segregation Study for an industrial property in California's Central Valley. Of the $8.2 million purchase price, the real estate appraisal allocated over $6.4 million of the purchase price to the building with an IRS depreciable life of 39 years and the rest to land (not depreciable).

    While gauging competency in appraisal review is similar to using a limit gauge in order to determine whether a part is within prescribed limits of tolerance, it's not, of course, that simple. An appraiser's competency depends on a number of factors, ranging from experience with the equipment and its market to the intended use of the appraisal and the analytical method best used to value the equipment.

    What would you think if I told you that the value of wine tanks increases annually? That the longer you use them the more they're worth? You'd think I was out of my mind! It just doesn't sound reasonable, does it? How can it be possible that the value of equipment as standard as wine tanks goes up annually? And yet, because of the way that wine tanks are assessed in California, the assessment value for ad valorem taxes often does increase annually whether the value of the tanks actually increases or not. Considering that wine tanks often make up a large portion of a winery's fixed asset value, this unreasonable alleged increase in value can create an expensive problem.

    8/25/2017 · Machinery
    Earlier this year, an Arkansas trucking company became the latest to file a complaint against Navistar in federal court, arising out of the now familiar refrain that Navistar knew its 2010-2013 MaxxForce 11,13, and 15 Advanced EGR diesel engines were defectively designed and would prematurely fail, causing damage to the trucks and economic harm to the trucks' owners and lessees, as well as severely diminishing the value of the affected vehicles.

    Appraisers frequently refer to what they do as an "art." And in fact, the word "art" features prominently in the title of a book on appraisal review published by a major appraisal organization. But the practice of referring to appraisals and appraisal review as an "art" can be problematic, especially when we're providing appraisals to the legal community.

    Several years ago while serving as equipment appraisal expert witness for the Ophir Fire, I discovered the Wildland Fire Litigation Conference and put it on my appraisal bucket list. Just this year, my schedule finally allowed me to attend the conference. In the intervening years, I've done many equipment appraisals related to insurance loss claims, a number of them for fire loss claims (see below), so I felt prepared. Although the conference is mostly attended by attorneys, a fair number of other experts also attended: mostly in fire science such as cause of action analysis, ignition theory and burn patterns; several vegetation experts representing areas such as noxious weed analysis; and a handful of real property appraisers along with me, the lone equipment appraiser.

    Big changes are happening in California agriculture! As farmers convert massive amounts of acreage to orchards and vineyards, abandoning annual crops like tomatoes and rice, farming equipment is changing as well. As one would expect, orchard and vineyard crops use entirely different machinery types, especially for harvesting. This is an interesting transition for appraisers of agricultural equipment because orchard and vineyard equipment is mostly traded at the private party level and rarely at the dealer level, the exact opposite of more standardized traditional agricultural equipment. Orchard and vineyard equipment appraisal, therefore, is often more about who you know than what price indexes and public source materials you can access.

    Appraising inventory is generally one of my least favorite assignments; in the case of fire loss, however, even a static inventory can become more interesting, if only because of its absence. Combined with an absence of appropriate record keeping, the process of valuing the lost stock takes us into a level of detective work that can be both frustrating and rewarding.

    How do we appraise equipment that's been destroyed or stolen? Of course we hope for good records - photos, equipment lists, maintenance records - but rarely are those available. Often whatever records might have existed have been lost in the same fire that destroyed the equipment. In most of the fire cases we've been called into, the underlying problem can be that either that the insurance company doesn't agree with the loss value submitted by the claimant or that nobody can confirm what has actually been lost.

    Equipment appraisers often claim expertise in particular markets. And we do often become experts through our experience in valuing a particular industry throughout the years. In many situations, however, it's more important to be an equipment appraisal expert than an industry expert! An expert equipment appraiser knows how to research the processes and equipment lines of a specialty industry, is able to locate and interview dealers and other experts in that field, and understands how to calculate values for specialty equipment that often does not have a viable market for used equipment sales. An expert equipment appraiser is an expert in USPAP compliance, producing a well-written report in compliance with the research standards of USPAP.

    Considering an ad valorem tax appeal for your business? Business owners who provide independent equipment values researched by experienced, qualified equipment appraisers are more successful in their tax appeal. Whether negotiating assessed values with the county property appraiser or in a value adjustment board hearing, a taxpayer who's prepared with a USPAP equipment appraisal review has a better chance of having their assessed values reduced.

    Several equipment appraisal report clients have recently asked me to include information on California's on-going drought conditions and how current and continuing conditions might affect the value of the equipment appraised.

    2/1/2016 · Machinery
    Sharing a machinery and equipment appraiser in a legal conflict is one of the more practical methods of reducing costs and discord. While the concept of shared experts is not new to legal proceedings concerning issues like mergers and collateral lending, I've been encouraged to see this refreshing trend gain momentum in family law cases as well.

    A previous post introduced the 3 Rules of Appraisal Review, and in a perfect world, the equipment appraisal report you're basing financial decisions on would always meet these 3 basic rules.

    Appraisal review raises the bar on appraisal reports by providing professional, expert review of the appraiser's qualifications, how well the report aligns with standards of appraisal practice, and whether or not the appraisal report itself makes logical sense to a trained professional. Failure of an appraisal report to meet any of these three qualifications indicates that the report under review cannot be depended upon.

    Reconciliation is the final process for the equipment appraiser when more than one approach to value is used in an equipment. valuation. That process involves reconciling the values from the separate approaches and resolving, if necessary, any differences in order to arrive at a final opinion of value. The question here is: "Why in the world would an appraiser use more than one approach to value?"

    Let's say you're getting an equipment appraisal on your metalworking facility, your food processing plant, or a manufacturing facility, restaurant, or trucking company. When you think about how an equipment appraiser might research the values for your fleet vehicles, your kitchen equipment and dining room furniture, or for your CNC machines, drills, presses, etc., you probably assume the sales comparison approach. And in most cases, you might be right. But don't forget: Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) recognizes three distinct valuation methodologies and it's important to consider all three before determining the correct approach for a particular appraisal. These three appraisal methodologies, or approaches to value, are Sales Comparison Approach, Cost Approach, and Income Approach.

    This case study deals with some of the practical considerations surrounding the accounting for the acquisition of a closely-held integrated dairy products operation and the subsequent disposal of a portion of the acquired assets. Specifically use and oversight of appraisers for determining fair value amounts necessary for acquisition accounting is examined. Additionally, the accounting implications of the subsequent disposal of assets are considered in light of the initial acquisition accounting.

    When clients call our office asking for an equipment appraisal review, I've found it's important to ask them the purpose of the appraisal review. That quickly opens up the discussion about what an equipment appraisal review is and is not. And believe me, not everyone understands the difference between an appraisal (a quantitative analysis) and an appraisal review (a qualitative analysis). Some think they are going to get an opinion of value to compare to the equipment appraisal they've requested a review of or whether I think the equipment values in the report are "right." That, however, isn't what an appraisal review is really about.

    4/30/2015 · Machinery
    Every machinery and equipment appraiser is most likely familiar with the phone call - "I've got some equipment that I need to have appraised. How much will it cost?"

    While equipment appraisals frequently rely on the Sales Comparison approach, researching an opinion of value takes an interesting turn when we appraise items for which there is not an active market. When a piece of specialized equipment cannot be compared to an item of similar utility, we can find a value by using the Cost Approach, known in machinery and equipment circles as "Trend and Bend."

    The concept of absorption is used relatively often in real estate appraisals and the same concept, known as "blockage," is well-documented in the art valuation world, particularly in tax-related appraisals.

    Retail propane companies may need their equipment appraised for collateral lending situations, buy-sell agreements, family law, estate tax or several other situations. Whatever the reason, when appraising retail propane equipment, it's important for an equipment appraiser to understand the overall retail propane industry as well as how the basic equipment - trucks and trailers, customer tanks, and large volume storage tanks - fits into the big picture.

    An appraisal review is a good choice whenever you feel uneasy about the qualifications of the equipment appraiser or confused about the methodology used in an equipment appraisal report. This could be a report you originally contracted for - or it could be an equipment appraisal report you've received from another party.

    Next time you walk into a grocery store, take a moment to appreciate all the equipment on the sales floor –– from the cantilevered gondola shelves to the automated checkout stands, the food bar, water dispensing machine, and of course, all the refrigerated display cases: enclosed freezers, reach-in refrigerated cases, the open topped freezer boxes that hold fish sticks and frozen chickens, the deli cases … and the equipment you don't see: the walk-in coolers and freezers and the refrigeration compression system that most grocery store visitors never see.

    8/25/2014 · Machinery
    In 1998, reacting to California's overall poor air quality, the federal government threatened to cut off or reduce the state's allocation of federal highway funds as allowed through the US Federal Clean Air Act, which, overhauled with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, mandates that every state meet the National Ambient Air Quality standards. In response, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in September 2000, adopted the Diesel Risk Re duction Plan (Diesel RRP or Plan). RRP recommends many control measures to reduce risks associated with diesel particulate matter (PM) and achieve a goal of 75 percent PM reduction by 2010 and 85 percent by 2020. These CARB regulations may be a harb inger of national change as many other states, also out of compliance with the Federal Clean Air Act, are poised to adopt similar diesel emission rules.

    RN's Beverly McFarland and her associate, Kevin Whelan of The Beverly Group, Inc., recently gave a presentation in San Francisco to the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers ("ASA") on "Challenges of Appraising Special Assets". The emphasis was on the appraisal of assets in chapter 11 bankruptcies and receiverships and the differences between the two entities and how they are administered. Through the new acquaintances that we met that evening, we discovered some fascinating appraisals that members of the ASA have completed that we would like to share with Receivership News readers.

    6/10/2014 · Equipment Leasing
    As pointed out in the previous Leased Equipment post, today's equipment lessor must be more knowledgeable than ever before about the value of leased equipment: Many leasing decisions, from the initial transaction pricing through the ultimate disposition of the equipment, are based on the value of the underlying asset. In addition, it's critical to have an accurate projection of residual values.

    Over the years, I've done a number of valuations on leased equipment for various reasons. It's almost aways the case that the folks who are leasing the equipment and the folks who own it don't agree on what the value of the equipment is or even what the premise of value should be for the equipment being appraised. Most equipment appraisers would probably agree that valuing leased equipment is more straightforward if the contract specifies a premise of value, but we know we can't count on that. What we can count on is that equipment lessors will continue to need their equipment appraised. This post is really for them. And I want to thank Bob Podwalny, again, for the generous contribution of his knowledge and experience in this area.

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    Christopher Morse
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    8365 North Fresno Street, Suite 110
    Fresno CA 93720
    USA
    phone: 559-389-5700
    fax: 559-389-5701
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    Our firm provides forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations in addition to our tax and audit practice. We specialize in the areas of Health Care, Manufacturing and Distribution, Real Estate Construction, Agri-Business, and Information Technology.

    For more information, please contact us or visit our website.
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    Christopher Linscott, CPA, CFE, CIRA and Eric Lee, CFE, CIRA
    3443 N Campbell Avenue, Suite 115, Tucson, AZ 85719
    8800 N Gainey Center Drive, Suite 278, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    USA
    phone: 520-884-0176 or 480-374-6394
    fax: 520-884-8767
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    Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, PC (KLK) is a full service accounting firm with more than 20 years of experience providing expert services as Certified Public Accountants, Certified Fraud Examiners, Forensic Accountants, and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.

    KLK's litigation support team assists clients and their attorneys to prepare for the financial and economic facets of settlement or trial proceedings. They perform in depth analyses and provide clear and detailed explanations of findings. They assist attorneys as consultants or in the court in a wide range of cases and investigations. Their role can involve fact finding, discovery, settlement negotiations, trial support, and expert witness testimony.

    The professionals at KLK have testified as experts in Federal, District, Bankruptcy, State, and Tax Courts, as well as before arbitration panels. They have the proven ability to develop and communicate compelling analyses of accounting, economic and financial information to judges and juries in plain, simple language through affidavits, written reports, oral testimony, and trial graphics.

    Litigation Support Services:
    • Analyze damages involving commercial litigation and damages involving individuals, including lost profit analysis, owner disputes, employee/employer disputes, personal injury, and business interruption claims
    • Evaluate opposing party's financial damages report to uncover any hidden facts or missing information in a business damages case
    • Divorce litigation, including analysis of sole and separate property issues
    • Locate hidden assets
    • Analyze preference claims, inter-company transfers of assets, and fraudulent conveyances
    Christopher Linscott Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoChristopher G. Linscott, CPA, CFE, CIRA, is a Director of Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, PC, and is the Director of Litigation, Forensic Accounting, and Bankruptcy Support Services. Mr. Linscott was previously employed with the international CPA firms of Coopers & Lybrand (now Price­water­houseCoopers), and Peat Marwick (now KPMG). He has more than 25 years of ex­perience in public accounting.

    Mr. Linscott specializes in the areas of Litigation Support, Bankruptcy Reorganization, Fraud Investigations and Prevention, and Business Consulting. He has served clients in industries including construction, health care, home builders and developers, law firms, manufacturing and distribution, non-profit, professional services, real estate, restaurant franchises, retail service, and wholesale.

    Mr. Linscott is a Member of the Arizona Society of CPA's, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and a Director of the Board of Directors at Bashas’.

    Eric Lee Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoEric A. Lee, CFE, CIRA, is a Principal and Phoenix Practice Leader in the Consulting Services group of KLK. A Certified Fraud Examiners, he serves in testifying expert and consulting expert roles in litigation, forensic accounting, fraud and investigation services, and criminal matters both in the United States and internationally.

    Mr. Lee has extensive experience conducting complex financial analysis and forensics related to multi-million dollar fraud schemes, analysis of complex financial accounts and transactions, fraudulent transfers and conveyances, analysis of securities transactions, international investigations, and loss and damages calculations.

    Prior to his career in consulting services, Mr. Lee spent more than seven years as a Special Agent with the Federal government. During his tenure as a Special Agent, he investigated criminal and civil violations relating to fraud, money laundering, theft and embezzlement, public corruption, and tax evasion.

    Mr. Lee has prepared expert reports, affidavits and disclosures, and testified/presented as an expert in Federal, State, and Tribal jurisdictions.

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    Robert Bates, CPA, CFE, CVA
    CFO
    1819 Polk St. , #314
    San Francisco CA 94109
    USA
    phone: 508-331-8815
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    Robert Bates, CPA, CFE, CVA, has over 25 years of Financial Management and Accounting experience as a Controller and CFO in various industries. He has been in several industries, including telecom, media, retail and financial services in addition to having consulting experience at startups in the software, technology, and life sciences fields.

    Mr. Bates specializes in International Accounting, Software Issues, and Obtaining Financing. The CFO of a public company, he has completed due diligence accounting/reporting for 12 acquisitions, including performing Business Valuations and dealing with FAS 142 issues. Mr. Bates has handled accounting for complex debt instruments including warrants, beneficial conversion feature, and other derivative issues. He has also been responsible for SEC reporting: 10Q’s and 10K’s.

    Litigation Support - Robert Bates has worked with dozens of lawyers on over 50 cases in various states. Sometimes he provides financial support for a client in litigation, or pre-litigation, and other times he provides a report, such as a damages calculation, which can be used in litigation. He also has experience providing testimony in depositions and trials.

    Legal Services:
    • Unbiased Case Analysis
    • Discovery Review & Recommendations
    • High-Impact Demonstrative Exhibits
    • Strategy and Tactics Conferences
    • Damage Calculations
    • Cash Flow Analysis Reports
    • Profit and Loss Analysis
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    8/31/2017 · Accounting
    Economic downturns and recessions are notorious for encouraging fraud. As new and prospective fraud examiners, it's imperative that you become aware of the various fraud risks that can occur and the red flags that indicate a fraud in progress.

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    Heinz E. Ickert, CPA/CFF, CFE, CVA
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    OH, FL USA
    phone: 614-464-3343 (OH) 941 343-7620 (FL)
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    Heinz Ickert Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoHeinz E. Ickert, CPA/CFF, CFE, CVA, is a litigation and forensic expert with 35+ years of experience in Forensic and Investigative Accounting and litigation support.

    Mr. Ickert has extensive experience in the investigation, detection, and deterrence of Fraudulent Activity on the part of employees, management, and other third parties. He has valued numerous privately held entities in potential merger and acquisition transactions or marital property settlement. His involvement in patent infringement, theft of trade secret, and copyright infringement has included computation of damages incurred and evaluation of opposing parties' expert reports.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Ickert's experience includes working with both plaintiff and defense counsel as a consultant and/or expert witness. His verbal and written communication skills have assisted juries and triers of fact in arriving at sound conclusions based on the facts of the case and evaluation of damages based on computations supported by sound economic principles and accepted methodologies. Mr. Ickert is able to unwind complex financial transactions and complicated subjects and render them comprehensible in nontechnical everyday language. He has experience testifying in state and federal court.

    Heinz Ickert provides a full range of forensic accounting, investigative, and litigation support services to legal counsel including:
    • Deciphering complex financial transactions and structures
    • Explaining advanced economic and financial concepts
    • Assisting with discovery in the preparation of complete interrogatories and requests for documents
    • Suggesting inquiries to be made of opposing parties or opposing experts in deposition or trial
    • Evaluating the merits of a case from a financial and economic standpoint
    Areas of Expertise:
    • Business Valuation
    • Bankruptcy
    • Commercial Damages
    • Business Interruption
    • Intellectual Property Matters
    • Lost Profits
    • CPA Malpractice
    • Damage Calculations
  • Fraud Detection, Deterrence
  • Domestic Relations Disputes
  • Construction Claims, Project Audits
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Contract Damages
  • Royalty Disputes
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Impairment of Value
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    Ohio Office
    150 E. Mound Street
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    Columbus, OH, 43215
    Telephone: 614-464-3343
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    2015 S. Tuttle Ave.
    PO Box 1418
    Sarasota, FL 34230
    Telephone: 941-343-7620
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    Michael D. Pakter CPA,CFF,CGMA,CFE,CVA,MAFF,CA,CIRA,CDBV
    205 West Wacker Drive,Suite 918
    Chicago IL 60606
    USA
    phone: 312-229-1720
    fax: 312-229-1725
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    Michael D. Pakter CPA, CFF, CGMA, CFE, CVA, MAFF, CA, CIRA, CDBV focuses on accounting, forensic accounting, financial analysis, financial forensics, economic damages, business valuation and investigations. He has experience in lost profits / earnings, business interruption claims, analysis of financial transactions and balances, Court-ordered accounting, bankruptcy, fraud examinations, investigations and the reconstruction of incomplete, misstated and/or falsified financial information.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Pakter provides consulting and litigation support services to trial lawyers, trustees, examiners, receivers, business owners and managers and units of federal, state and local government. Many engagements combine financial analysis, economic damages determination, valuation issues, tracing procedures and/or other applications of Financial Forensics to assist in resolving complex commercial litigation and business disputes.

    Experience - Mr. Pakter has more than 35 years of experience in accounting, financial analysis, financial forensics, business economics, fraud examinations and investigations in diverse engagements and numerous industries, including more than 15 years of experience in economic damages and business valuations. He has participated in public hearings and alternative dispute resolutions, submitted expert reports in several jurisdictions and testified in arbitrations, regulatory proceedings and State, Federal and Bankruptcy Courts.
    10/11/2017 · Accounting
    This is Part 1 of a two-part article. This part discusses valuations of distressed debtor companies based on discounted cash flows and considers the impact of the date and stage of distress. Next month, Part 2 will describe how the financial analyst derives the cost of capital for a distressed debtor company.

    9/25/2017 · Economics
    Financial experts are frequently asked aboutthe tax impact of damage awards, both paidand received. The complexities of the InternalRevenue Code (IRC) and judicial interpretations thereofmake determining the taxability of receipts or payments difficult.The same is true when dealing with the taxability of economic damages awarded to plaintiffs in civil actions. Nuances in the IRC and the judicial interpretations may make it difficult for a taxpayer to determine the taxability of his or her proceeds from a litigation award of personal economic damages. Whether or not such is taxable often depends on how the award of economic damages is categorized and/or described in the awarding documents.

    9/7/2017 · Accounting
    Mr. Bad Actor is a 61–year-old male who is the senior executive of the Unlucky Transportation Company. He has been in that position for more than ten years. Before his employment at the company, he worked for a series of unsuccessful transportation companies, where both he and other stakeholders lost most of their investment. He has ongoing legal and financial problems resulting from these prior business failures and from his failed marriage.

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    Michael J. Garibaldi, CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA
    990 Stewart Avenue-Fifth Floor
    Garden City NY 11530
    USA
    phone: 516-288-7400 (Office) or 516-428-1589 (Cell)
    fax: 516-288-7410
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    Michael GaribaldiOne of the industry's leading law firm services experts, Michael J. Garibaldi, CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA, has a strong background providing efficient and affordable solutions to the many complex issues facing the legal profession today.

    A Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of New York, Mr. Garibaldi is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is recognized as a Chartered Global Management Accountant by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

    Mr. Garibaldi works closely with law firms and other professional service firms, manufacturing, wholesale/retail, medical, technology, restaurant/hospitality, artists and galleries, construction, and real estate clients where he is responsible for providing accounting, tax planning management consulting services, and financial reporting.

    Mr. Garibaldi provides valuation and litigation support services, assisting attorneys and their clients with the financial aspects of a case throughout the litigation process, from contemplation of action through expert witness testimony. He brings an in-depth understanding of the business and technical aspects of valuation, finance and accounting that is required in complex litigation and arbitration cases.

    Mr. Garibaldi qualifies as an expert in valuation matters in the Supreme Courts of New York, Nassau, Suffolk, Kings, Richmond, Monmouth, Orange, and Westchester Counties, and has been called upon by the courts to serve as a neutral Expert. As an instructor of the AICPA Certificate of Educational Achievement Program in Business Valuation, Mr. Garibaldi teaches his specialty to other professionals.

    Michael Garibaldi is a Candidate Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Member of the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the AICPA and the NYSSCPA. He is a past President and former member of the Board of Directors of the NYSSCPA Nassau Chapter, and has held a variety of positions on the Litigation Support Committee of the Nassau County and State Chapters of the NYSSCPA. Mr. Garibaldi has also held a number of positions on other committees and sub-committees within these organizations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Auditing
    • Bankruptcy
    • Business
    • Business Law
    • Business Valuation
    • Lost Profits
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Finance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Investigation, Embezzlement
  • Personal Property Valuation
  • Real Estate Valuation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • White Collar Crime
  • Dissolutions
  • Wrongful Death, Termination
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    There are many more purposes for which valuations are used. Each has its unique presumptions. It must be understood that there is no one value and that the same investment can have a different value to different people and for different reasons. Each valuator must analyze such differences, understand the presumptions inherent in the purpose for which the valuation is to be used, and select and implement a method to determine proper value for the purpose.

    10/6/2017 · Accounting
    When a client voiced strong suspicions that her soon-to-be ex-husband was hiding assets, her attorney investigated the claim but found nothing amiss. However, he hired a forensic accounting expert to help ensure his client would receive an equitable share of the marital estate. The expert turned up a trunkload of hidden treasure - undeclared cash income and property "stashed" under the names of the husband's mother and siblings.

    6/15/2016 · Accounting
    Goodwill can be a significant asset for a professional practice. It may include both "personal" goodwill that's attributable to individual owners and "business" goodwill that can be transferred to third parties. When accountants and other types of professionals divorce, the amount of goodwill to include in the marital estate can become contentious (and may vary depending on state law). If expert testimony on the issue is inadequate, a court might look elsewhere for help, as it did in a recent Texas divorce case, Hill v. Hill.

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    David Ostrove, JD, CPA (Inactive)
    Attorney, CPA (Inactive)
    499 N. Canon Drive
    Beverly Hills CA 90210
    USA
    phone: 323-939-3400
    fax: 323-939-3500
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    David Ostrove Estate Tax Law Expert PhotoDavid Ostrove, JD, CPA (Inactive), Mr. Ostrove is a certified specialist in Taxation Law, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California since 1975. He is also a California Certified Public Accountant since 1957 and a California Lawyer since 1960.

    Mr. Ostrove is a Professor of Law and Accounting at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He is a Past President of the American Association of Attorneys-Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.

    Mr. Ostrove has authored numerous books on topics within his field of expertise including, "Advanced Corporate Tax Problems"; "Fiduciary Accounting For Estates And Trusts"; "Forensic Accounting" (2 Volumes); "California Community Property - What The CPA must Know"; "Analyzing Financial Statements After Enron - What The Lawyer Must Know"; and "Accounting and Auditing For Trusts & Estates (DVD)." He is a lecturer for the California CPA Foundation, California Continuing Education Of The Bar (CEB), and the Arizona CPA Society.

    David Ostrove has been providing litigation support for 35 years. He has testified in numerous cases in both State and Federal Courts. Mr. Ostrove has been employed by lawyers representing defendants and plaintiffs. He offers expert witness testimony in cases involving Legal and Accountant Malpractice, Business Valuations, Tax Accounting Issues, and Economic Damages. He carefully analyzes the facts, law, and accounting principles and presents supportable, timely, clear opinions.

    Mr. Ostrove has been given legal authority to act as a Special Master. His services are also available for Mediation and Arbitration.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duties
    • Trustee and Executor Negligence
    • Accounting Malpractice
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Probate and Trust Issues
    • Business Valuation
    • Economic Damages
    • Forensic Accounting Fraud
    • Analysis of Financial Statements
    • Lost Profits Calculation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Tax Matters - Gift, Estate, Income
  • Reasonable Value of Services
  • Tax Litigation Services
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bad Faith
  • Insurance - Professional Liability
  • IRS Matters
  • Auditor Negligence
  • Tax Preparer Negligence
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    David Ostrove
    The definitive Fiduciary Accounting Seminar. Designed for CPAs, attorneys, trust officers, estate administrators, attorneys who serve as trustees, executors, administrators, conservators and guardians. Interactive DVD
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    Gary G. Capata, CPA
    Kerrie Merrifield, CPA, CFF
    28202 Cabot Road
    Suite 245
    Laguna Niguel CA 92677
    USA
    phone: 949-364-0334
    fax: 949-364-0362
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    Capata & Co. has been providing Forensic Accounting litigation support for over 25 years. Their expert auditing skills be used to provide an analysis of financial records in cases involving economic disputes, fraud, and theft investigation.

    Areas of Forensic Accounting Expertise:
    • Forensic Accounting and Investigations
    • Economic Damages
    • Business Valuation
  • Lost Profits Analysis
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Contract Non-Compliance
  • Gary Capata Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoGary G. Capata, CPA has over 35 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. He has substantial experience in Forensic Accounting and litigation support with qualifications as an expert witness in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Solano, and Fresno Counties.

    Mr. Capata utilizes unique and tested damage measurement methods to determine the extent of Financial Loss or Economic Damage. His expert auditing skills and investigations services have been called upon for matters involving financial disputes, fraud, and theft.

    Mr. Capata has been qualified to testify in Federal Court and U.S. Tax Court. He is available to present an opinion to support or oppose evidence submitted to the court. Mr. Capata's services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Kerri Merrifield Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoKerrie Merrifield, CPA, CFF, is the Director of Litigation Support, Valuations, and Trust Administration at Capata & Co. She has over 25 years of public accounting experience with an emphasis in Forensic Accounting, litigation support, and CFO roles in various sized companies and industries.

    Ms. Merrifield has worked with various industries including entertainment, restaurant, and hotel. Her projects include, but are not limited to business valuations, economic damage analysis, income loss analysis, fraud investigations, business disputes, contract noncompliance, related damage analysis, writing business valuation reports, Rule 12 reports that are used in Federal courts, and testifying as an expert witness.

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    Patrick Kilbourne
    CPA/ABV, CMA, CGMA, CFE, CFF, MBA, MACC
    201 S. Main St.
    Ste. 450
    Salt Lake City UT 84111
    USA
    phone: 801-321-6335
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    Patrick Kilbourne, CPA/ABV, CMA, CGMA, CFE, CFF, MBA, MACC, is an expert in applying Finance, Accounting, and Economic Analysis to damage assessments, lost profits, and financial statement analyses.

    He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a Master of Accountancy degree from Brigham Young University.

    Mr. Kilbourne is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He is also Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

    Currently a Director at Berkeley Research Group (BRG), he spent 9 years at LECG as a Director. Prior to LECG he was the head of Arthur Andersen’s Strategy Finance & Economic Consulting practice in Salt Lake City, where he oversaw accounting, intellectual property, economic consulting, and forensic accounting services.

    Patrick Kilbourne provides litigation support service to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been retained as an expert in numerous matters and has testified as an expert in both federal and state venues.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Damages Analysis
    • Finance and Valuation
    • Forensic Accounting and Investigations
    • Intellectual Property
    • Labor and Employment
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    Alistair Hynd
    5 Old Bailey
    London EC4M 7AF
    GBR
    phone: 44-207-0028732
    fax: 44-207-0028895
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    Alistair Hynd has over 15 years experience in Corporate Finance. He heads the Project Finance and Financial Modelling Team that functions at Baker Tilly Corporate Finance, LLP (Baker Tilly). Mr. Hynd specialises in Project Finance, PFI, PPP and Debt Advisory plus Financial Modeling. Mr. Hynd is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and member of the Institute's Corporate Finance faculty. He is also a full member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

    Mr. Hynd's team at Baker Tilly can become involved in Project Finance or Financial Modeling in three ways:
  • Financial Adviser to the Government – structuring projects, evaluating bids, and negotiating detail
  • Financial Adviser to the Consortium – assembling the bid, refining and optimising it, and acting as interface with funding markets
  • Acting for the Banks and other Lenders - providing reassurance that the model on which they are lending is fit for purpose.
  • Other Services Include

  • Capital Markets: Reporting Accountants, Flotation e.g. advice on Financial Structuring, Accounting Systems and Policies, Share Option, Director / Employer Benefits, Audit and Taxation services
  • Due Diligence: Historic Performance, Cash Flows, Assets and Liabilities, Forecasts, Working Capital Requirements, Financial Systems and Controls, Taxation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions / Private Equity:Preparing / Maximise Value from Business Sales, Negotiate Terms and Raise Private Equity / Debt Finance to Support Management Buy Out or Buy In, Raising Private Equity / Debt Finance for Growth, Cash Out or Recapitalisation, etc.
  • Valuations: Shares, Businesses, Options and Warrants, Various Derivatives, Brands and other Intellectual Property, Film and Media Rights,Income Producing Assets