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Craig Wolson
Expert Witness and Consultant
One Grand Central Place, 60 E. 42nd Street
Suite 4600
New York NY 10165
USA
phone: 203-858-4804
Craig A. Wolson acts as a Structured Finance and Derivatives Expert Witness and Consultant. He specializes in cases involving credit default swaps (CDS), collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and other types of derivatives and securities.

Background Experience Includes: Acting on behalf of 40,000 investors in $1.6 billion class action suit against bankrupt sponsor of special purpose issuer of notes secured by notes issued by CDO and credit default swaps with sponsor; acting on behalf of class led by two major pension funds against a major bank and numerous large underwriters involving mortgage-backed securities issued by several vehices established by the bank, and securities issued by the bank; acting on behalf of large investment bank defendant in arbitration proceeding brought by another large investment bank involving nine CDOS established by defendant; acting on behalf of large bank that had invested in now-worthless notes issued by SIV established by defendant banks; acting on behalf of large bank against another large bank that had sold the former CDOs and CDS.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Securitizations
  • Derivatives
  • Securities Law and Corporate Finance
  • Loans and Credit Facilities
  • Due Diligence
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Groton MA 01450
USA
phone: 617-872-2307
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John Valentine Banking Finance Expert PhotoJohn W. Valentine is an attorney with more than 40 years of experience – over 30 of which are in Custody Banking, ERISA Fiduciary, Benefits and Asset Servicing work. He has served as an expert witness in global custody and asset servicing matters for private litigants as well as the SEC, and is available for either plaintiffs or defendants.

Prior to starting Valentine Law in 2009, Mr. Valentine: headed the legal office of Mellon Bank (later BNY-Mellon) in Everett, MA for 11 years; was in-house counsel to Chase Manhattan Bank’s Trust and Custody operations for almost 10 years; and for 7 years was Labor and Benefits counsel for Lever Brothers Company.

Mr. Valentine was an active participant in the ERISA Attorney’s Group and helped found the Association of Global Custodians. As such, he knows and has helped influence industry practices as well as regulations and regulatory policies affecting Institutional Investors.

His extensive in-house experience is unique. His insider knowledge of procedures and operations is invaluable in analyzing investment losses involving bank custody or service provider negligence. He can help draft strong Complaints that will survive attack, as well as effective Answers and Counter-Claims. Because he knows internal structures and operations, he can also help conduct more effective discovery –in demanding and analyzing key materials -- as well as identifying issues which might otherwise be missed -- to develop a winning strategy.

His reports and opinions are authoritative and persuasive.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Directed Trustee and Custodial Agreements, Duties and Operations
  • Best Practices for Pension Funds, Mutual Funds, Endowments / Foundations, Corporate Assets, Hedge Funds
  • Trade Settlement Operations
  • Settlement, Custody and Documentation of Non-Traditional Investments, including Limited Partnerships, LLCs, GICs / GACs, Group Trusts, and Hedge Funds
  • Derivatives Processing, Reporting and Documentation for both bi-lateral and exchange-traded derivatives
  • Collateral and Account Control Agreements and Duties
  • Foreign Exchange, including ERISA Exemption Procedures
  • Valuation of Assets, including hard-to-value assets
  • Selection, Oversight, and Management of Sub-Custodians
  • Foreign Tax Reclaim Administration
  • Corporate Actions
  • Proxy Voting
  • Company Stock
  • Collective Investment Funds, including STIFs
  • Luxembourg and Irish Fund Administration
  • Bank Deposit Vehicles
  • Overdraft Facilities
  • Risk and Compliance Department Function / Risk Mitigation / Risk Controls
  • Mutual Fund Back-Office, Accounting and Administration
  • Rules 17f-5 and 7 for foreign custody of US Mutual Fund assets
  • The Custody Rule applicable to Investment Managers
  • ERISA plan asset issues
  • ERISA foreign asset custody rules
  • ERISA prohibited transactions
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David L. Zacharias
Commercial Banking Consultant
126 E. Country Club Dr.
Phoenix AZ 85014
USA
phone: 602-265-3218
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David L. Zacharias has over 35 years of experience in the Commercial Banking Industry. Has been a director of four banks, CEO of two banks, two mortgage companies, and is currently a Managing Member of a software company which monitors construction loans.

Litigation Support - Mr. Zacharias has been involved in some of the largest and most complex financial lawsuits representing plaintiffs or defendants, from locally-owned, to Fortune 500 companies, to the FDIC. He has been an expert witness in 17 states involving more than 85 cases (60/40 plaintiff/defendant), involving 55 days of depositions/22 days of trial testimonies. Mr. Zacharias has been deposed many times and has testified more than 100 hours in District, Federal, and Bankruptcy court.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Commercial and Real Estate Credit
  • Loan Underwriting
  • Loan Analysis and Approval
  • Mortgage Underwriting
  • Loan Loss Provisions
  • Loan Structuring / Loan Documentation
  • Lending Policies and Procedures
  • Lender Liability
  • Branch / Checking Account Operations
  • Letters of Credit
  • Bank Internal Controls
  • Bank Fraud Analysis
  • Corporate Credit Fraud
  • Board of Directors’ Responsibilities
  • Resume, fee information and references provided upon request.
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    Randy Sugarman, CPA, CFA, CFF
    Forensic Accountant, Managing Partner
    500 Sansome St, Suite 600
    San Francisco CA 94111
    USA
    phone: 415-395-7500
    fax: 415-658-2858
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    Randy Sugarman Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoRandy Sugarman, CPA, CFA, CFF, is the managing partner of Sugarman & Company LLP, which he founded in 1977. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, he holds credentials as a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Insolvency and Reorganization Accountant.

    Mr. Sugarman also acts as a State Court Receiver, Federal Bankruptcy Trustee, Assignee for Benefit of Creditors, and Examiner. He has been a certified public accountant since 1970. Prior to the formation of Sugarman & Company LLP, he was associated with the national accounting firms of Main Hurdman (now KPMG Peat Marwick) and Kenneth Leventhal & Company (now Ernst & Young). He attended Stanford University for both his Masters of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in accounting, and his Bachelor of Arts in international relations.

    Mr. Sugarman is certified by the American Institute of CPAs in Financial Forensics (CFF) and a member of the Association of Insolvency Accountants, Turnaround Management Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, California Bankruptcy Forum, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Sugarman is one of the founding members of the Turnaround Management Association, where he served on the Board of Directors. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum and on the California Society of Certified Public Accountants' Committee on Taxation.

    Mr. Sugarman's experience spans a wide range of areas and industries including advertising, construction, direct selling, distribution, financial institutions, hospitals and other health care organizations, manufacturing, professional service firms (including accounting, engineering and law), real estate investment, and retail.

    Litigation Support - Randy Sugarman provides litigation support to both defense and plaintiff legal counsel. He has prepared extensive financial analyses and provides expert witness testimony on management and financial issues and workouts and bankruptcy situations in jurisdictions throughout the country, including California and San Francisco Bay Area courts, as well as the federal bankruptcy and U.S. District courts.

    Mr. Sugarman has assumed management responsibilities, implemented cost controls, negotiated with creditors, and supervised the orderly liquidation of assets. He has handled settlements in excess of $100 million dollars.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Damage Calculations
    • Lender Liability
    • Lost Profits
    • Preference Analyses
    • Fraudulent Conveyances
    • Business Interruption
    • Cash Flow Analyses
    • Partnership Dissolution
    • Business Valuations
    • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate Valuations
  • Constructive Damages
  • Going Concern Analyses
  • Insurance Claims
  • Liquidation Analyses
  • Bankruptcy
  • Reorganizations
  • Fraud / White Collar Investigations
  • Turnarounds
  • Workouts
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    Robin Bryant
    Flint House
    Cocking
    Midhurst West Sussex GU29 0HD
    GBR
    phone: 01730-813-915
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    Robin Byrant has over 30 years of experience in the Banking Industry. Mr. Bryant started his career in a retail bank, followed by three investment banks and an international bank. His experience also includes the activities and procedures of non-banks such as building societies and centralised lenders. In two of the banks in which he worked he devised systems and procedure manuals and wrote the lending policy for one of the banks.

    Mr. Bryant has been providing advice and banking expert witness evidence in respect of disputes involving banks and other lenders for nearly twenty years. Most of the cases have been in the English High Court but he has also provided evidence for courts in overseas jurisdictions. Advice and evidence has been provided for and on behalf of banks and other lenders or for those opposing them. The majority of the work has been in connection with professional negligence where allegations of a bank’s contributory negligence are raised.

    Mr. Bryant is a member of the Academy of Experts and a founding member of the Expert Witness Institute, where he was a member of the Blom-Cooper working party drawing up guidelines for experts. He has acted in over 250 cases and been cross examined 14 times.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Banking practice and operations
    • Retail banks, Building Societies and Centralised Lenders
    • Corporate lending
    • Property / Real Estate sector lending
    • Personal lending
    • Residential loans
    • Buy to Let loans
    • Commercial loans
    • Investment / merchant banking
    • International banking
    • Trade Finance
    • Loan documentation
    • Lending manuals
    • Credit analysis
    • Debt recovery
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    Peter W. Leibundgut, Esq.
    333 Stoney Brook Ln
    Marlton NJ 08053
    USA
    phone: 8569128470
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    Peter W. Leibundgut, Esq., has 30 years of transactional, public, and private commercial and real estate finance, legal and bank consulting experience. He currently provides a range of financial services to borrowers and domestic and foreign private and institutional investors in connection with structuring, placing, and conducting due diligence in Commercial and Real Estate Financing Transactions.

    Mr. Leibundgut has decades of experience performing due diligence investigations, structuring, closing and restructuring public and commercial financial transactions on behalf of lenders; county, state and federal authorities and issuers; underwriters; finance companies; private equity and hedge fund investors; and borrowers.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Leibundgut serves as an expert witness and provides litigation support in cases involving contract disputes and complex public and commercial finance matters centering on debtor and creditor rights. He has served as an expert, provided litigation support, rendered expert reports, and testified in cases involving several billion dollars over the last seven years. Three of his cases were nationally recognized and several were cases of first impression. Mr. Leibundgut has also represented the FDIC in forensic commercial loan review.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Ponzi Schemes
    • Lender Liability
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Whole Bank Acquisitions
    • Shared Loss Matters
    • Fraud and Gross Negligence
    • Niche Lending
    • Contract Expertise
    • Factoring
    • Securitizations
    • Bonds
    • Syndications
    • Healthcare
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • P3s
  • Transportation
  • Purchase Orders
  • Public and Private Offerings
  • Letters of Credit
  • Secured and Unsecured Transactions
  • Bank Policy and Procedure
  • Bankruptcy
  • Derivatives
  • Equipment Leasing
  • Microfinance
  • Aircraft and Vessel Finance
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    Richard Payne
    57 Union Place Suite 316
    Summit NJ 07901
    USA
    phone: 908-277-0250
    fax: 908-277-3391
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    Richard Payne is a Mortgage Banking Expert and Managing Partner for Payne Advisory, LLC. He has served as lead advisor for the RTC at Prudential Securities for Mortgage Securitizations and on the Regional Advisory Boards of both FNMA and Freddie Mac. Mr. Payne has also served as President and CEO of several large and small cap mortgage banking firms.

    Areas of Expertise include:
  • Expert Witness services
  • Put-Back Reviews
  • Mortgage Risk Evaluations
  • Loss Mitigation Strategies
  • Merger & Acquisition Advisory
  • Operational Overviews
  • Credit Reviews
  • Branch Reviews
  • Warehouse Evaluations
  • Board of Director Training
  • Government Relations
  • Hard Money Lending
  • Mortgage Capital Markets
  • Distressed Asset Reviews
  • Specialty Servicer Reviews


  • Payne Advisory, LLC, has thirty years of Wall Street and Main Street experience and assists Companies to proactively address mortgage crisis issues. Its consultants include Lisa Jones who specializes in all aspects of residential mortgage banking, state and federal regulatory compliance, underwriting, credit risk and loss mitigation.
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    Michael Richards
    Principal
    21525 Norris Road
    Manhattan MT 59741
    USA
    phone: 406-282-6079 (Office) 406-581-8797 (Cell)
    fax: 406-282-6083
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    Michael F. Richards is a Banking Expert Witness and Consultant with more than 34 years of experience. His experience as a Founder, President, and Director of two De-Novo banks and the head of a work-out department for a regional bank give clients and attorneys a crucial behind-the-scene understanding of all aspects of banking.

    Mr. Richards' experience in heading a work-out department provides a wealth of knowledge in litigation testimony from the perspective of a bank officer. He has extensive experience in Lending, Lender Liability, Banking Operations, Regulatory Oversight, Policies, Procedures, and Standards of Care in the Banking Practice. Mr. Richards' represents both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • De Novo Start-ups / Fundraising
  • Banking Practices, Policies, and Procedures
  • Standards of Care
  • Bank Officers’ / Directors’ Conduct, Actions, Negligence
  • Banking Operations
  • Credit Analysis
  • Loan Review
  • Loan Documentation
  • Bank Regulations / Law
  • Commercial and Real Estate Lending Practices
  • Consumer Lending Practices
  • Forensic Commercial Loans
  • Lender Liability
  • Loan Participation and Documentation
  • Troubled Debt Restructuring Practices, Workouts, Forbearance
  • Collection Practices
  • Loan Commitment Issues
  • Loan Guarantee Issues
  • Bank Credit Administration and Credit Policy Issues, Customs and Practices
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Bank Fraud
  • Bankruptcy, Fairness of Interest Rates "Cramdown"
  • 2/8/2011 · Banking
    Successful discovery and depositions require an understanding of the problem loan process in banking.

    1/17/2011 · Banking
    Selecting the appropriate expert is a very important issue and there have been many articles written about the subject.

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    Pat McElroy, Jr.
    6300 Ridglea Place
    Suite 313
    Fort Worth TX 76116
    USA
    phone: 817-420-6593
    fax: 866-379-1819
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    Pat McElroy, Jr. has more than 40 years of experience in the Banking Industry as a Regulator, Banker and Consultant. He has provided various management, lending, operational and regulatory services to financial institutions throughout the United States. Mr. McElroy has extensive experience as an expert witness and has been qualified in civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings. He is courtroom seasoned and also has high profile case experience.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Bank Policies and Procedures
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Lender Liability
  • Lending Related Matters
  • Bond Claims
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Credit & Collections
  • Ordinary Care
  • Employee Crime
  • Industry Standards
  • Bankruptcy Proceedings
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    James B. Hibert
    President and CEO
    6965 El Camino Real, Ste. 105-599
    Carlsbad CA 92009
    USA
    phone: 760-518-2310
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    James B. (Jay) Hibert has been an active lender in the Commercial Banking Industry for 30 years. Prior to forming Market Street Financial Solutions, Mr. Hibert joined the founding team of a San Diego Business bank as a Senior Vice President, and one of the owners of the privately held banking company. During this time he formed and managed the Bank’s Real Estate Loan Department. He also managed the bank’s largest real estate portfolio and was instrumental in developing secondary market relationships for the bank. Mr. Hibert's experience includes:

    Business Development - Credit Administration and Management - Loan Syndication - Brokering - Loan Workouts

    Litigation Experience - Jay Hibert’s market knowledge and transactional experience has allowed him to work in a consulting and expert witness capacity for many clients over the years. He has transacted hundreds of real estate and non-real estate loan negotiations in times of economic growth as well as downturns in the economy.

    Mr. Hibert's extensive credit background arms him with the understanding of how banks and other lenders operate internally. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker (BRE) and his company is a California Finance Lender and Broker through the California Department of Business Oversight. He is experienced in trial and deposition testimony and his services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Key areas of expertise in litigation work include:
    • Loan Process and Bank Loan Restructure / Workout Process
    • Note Valuations / Collateral Review
    • Lending Policies, Custom and Practice / Lender Liability
    • Standards of Care and Fiduciary Responsibility
    • Loan Underwriting and Credit Administration
    • Banking Operations / Administration
    • Specialty Niche in SBA Real Estate Lending
    • Expert reports adherent to Federal Rule 26
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    Nancy D. Terrill, CTP
    All States USA
    phone: 440-477-4781
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    Nancy D. Terrill, CTP is a former Banking Executive with over twenty-five years of progressive Lending and Management responsibility with a regional bank and a money center bank. Ms. Terrill spent 15 of her 25 year banking career in the Special Assets Division working on resolution of the problem loan portfolio. During that time, she was involved in numerous litigation matters including foreclosure and other collection litigation, bank fraud matters and lender liability cases. She progressed to the level of National Manager of the Special Assets Division of KeyBank NA where she had management responsibility over 130 employees serving a loan portfolio of $3 billion at the peak.

    Ms. Terrill has been retained as an expert witness and consultant in litigation matters throughout the United States. She has represented banks and debtors, Plaintiffs and Defendants.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Banking Standards Policies and Procedures, Problem Loan Workout
    • Bank Management Policies and Procedures
    Testimony Topics:
    • Loan Transactions, Corporate Lending
    • Fraud
    • Bank Ethics Violations
    • Fiduciary Issues
    • Loan Officer Conduct, Responsibilities
  • Bank Responsibilities
  • Agent / Participant Loan Obligations
  • Deepening Insolvency and Timeline Issues
  • Bank Client Privacy
  • Agent / Participant Responsibilities, Obligations
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    Richard K. Hollowell
    Managing Shareholder
    Kealoha Corporation
    1550 Bayside Drive, Suite 3
    Corona Del Mar CA 92625
    USA
    phone: 213-631-6116
    fax: 949-720-8169
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    Richard K. Hollowell is a real estate and finance expert who specializes in Real Estate Finance, Development, Loan Workouts, Asset Management, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Receivership, Valuation and Property Acquisition.

    Mr. Hollowell has 45 years of experience as a key executive of major banks, real estate development firms, credit companies (G.E Capital), public accounting firms, and consulting firms including, Real Estate Recovery, the J.E. Robert Companies, and Alvarez & Marsal. His clients have included insurance companies, banks, pension funds, developers, law firms, real estate operating companies, and federal agencies including the FSLIC, RTC, and FDIC.

    Mr. Hollowell was one of five experts asked to speak before 20 of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's key people on August 12, 2008 at the inception of the systemic crash of the U.S. financial markets. Highly regarded by large banks, insurance companies, pension funds, federal regulatory agencies, and real estate companies holding large portfolios of assets. He is a widely recognized international speaker and published author.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Hollowell has over 1,000 hours of deposition testimony. His Rule 26 list includes 33 cases since 2003 and seven trial appearances in the past five years. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:

    Banks:
    • Officers and Directors Professional Liability
    • Lender Liability
    • Loan Underwriting Standards
    • Loan Risk Ratings
    • ALLL Reserves
    Bankruptcy:
    • Reorganization Plan Feasibility
    • Establishment of “Cramdown” Interest Rates
    • Fraudulent Transfers / Preference Actions
    Real Estate:
    • General Partner Liability
    • Loan Restructurings
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • CMBS Special Servicing
    • Construction Delays
    • Acquisition Due Diligence
    • Valuation Disputes
    • Brokerage Disputes
    • Land Development Disputes
    • Portfolio Asset Management
    • Real Estate Development
    • Ground Leases
  • Structured Real Estate Transactions
  • Homeowner / Developer Disputes
  • Receivership Management
  • Quantum Meruit Assessment
  • Condominium Hotels
  • Timeshare / Fractionals/ Destination Resorts
  • Condominium Association Management
  • Public Purpose Tax Districts
  • Troubled Housing Developments
  • Damages Assessment and Rebuttal
  • Residential and Commercial Construction Loans
  • 6/5/2017 · Real Estate
    It's no secret that some 20 major brick & mortar retail chains are on the financial ropes, rating agency downgrades are prevalent, and just last week J.C. Penney announced the closure of 140 stores and two major distribution centers. Just three weeks ago, I was called to discuss analyzing the real estate holdings of a major department store chain; on the other line, a hedge fund that wanted to buy the debt of the chain, but was fearful of how the real estate could be reused. And of course, internet shopping trends continue to batter the brick & mortar model. On Black Friday, internet based shopping actually eclipsed purchases made by consumers in stores.

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    Gerald M. Levy
    President
    11 W. 42nd Street, suite 508
    New York NY 10036
    USA
    phone: 212-992-3408
    fax: 212-992-3686
    Gerald M. Levy, real estate and banking consultant, serves as arbitrator and mediator of real estate and construction disputes and expert witness on practice standards for real estate lending, construction lending, commercial lending, credit risk, loan guarantees, brokerage, due diligence, negotiation of transactions, landlord/tenant disputes, ground and space leases, restructurings and workouts,real estate fraud analysis, corporate real estate, and real estate valuation.

    He is Professor at NYU and was Managing Director, Real Estate Finance Division, Chase Manhattan Bank; and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Real Estate and Corporate Services Division, Chemical Bank.

    Mr. Levy holds the MAI, CRE, and FRICS designations and is a neutral for American Arbitration Association. He is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker and a New York State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.
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    Douglas E. Johnston, Jr.
    Managing Director
    100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 940
    Santa Monica CA 90401
    USA
    phone: 310-917-1075
    fax: 310-393-9205
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    Douglas E. Johnston, Jr., is an expert witness in banking and corporate finance. He has 30 years experience across the US in senior management of leading Banking, Private Equity/Mergers and Acquisitions and Real Estate companies.

    Trained at a major AAA-rated East Coast bank, honored early in his career as a bank President, and confirmed by regulators in a Class 1 rated bank, Doug Johnston managed five full-service banking offices in Texas and California over 11 additional years, before expanding into mergers & acquisitions as EVP-Finance and Administration and a Founding Father of the largest private company in Los Angeles. He has due diligence, negotiation, documentation, and monitoring experience including as a lender, borrower, buyer, seller, manager and/or co-investor in hundreds of transactions including the service, technology, manufacturing, and real estate sectors across the US and also in Europe, with over $2 Billion in closed transactions. His over 3 decades in banking and finance management includes Bank Operations, Regulations, Credit Underwriting, Financial Statements, Commitments, Loan Agreements, Deeds, Guarantees, Purchase and Sale Agreements, Ventures, and Equity Partnerships, plus analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the parties. Doug is a published author on banking and finance topics since 2008, he is a past President of the Century City Rotary Club, and he is a frequent speaker to Advance Placement high school juniors in South Central Los Angeles under the Youth Business Alliance program.

    Litigation Support – Five Management, LLC and Doug Johnston provide complex business litigation support in Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Due Diligence and Lender Liability for counsel representing Plaintiff and Defense. Mr. Johnston has provided litigation support in breach, misrepresentation, fraud and other actions in complex Business, Family and Employment cases since 2010.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Banking & Lending
    • Policy & Regulations
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Corporate Finance
    • Private Equity
    • Due Diligence
    • Operating Management
  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Equity Syndications
  • International Business
  • Foreign Currencies
  • Hedging
  • Commodities
  • Marketing & Development
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    1/17/2017 · Real Estate
    Experts in the emerging field of data analytics now provide attorneys with powerful new tools to transform and evaluate 'data dumps' exchanged during legal discovery. While many national-scope firms have developed in-house data analytics skills, regional and local firms now also have full access to third party state-of-the-art processing algorithms and optical scanning software that convert paper images to analyzable data. Over the past five years, refinements in data analytics techniques and document review software have moved to the forefront of litigation support to dramatically change the landscape of discovery. To improve case outcomes, outside experts in data analytics look to: 1) get more out of the available case data, 2) reduce human error and risk, and 3) save 30-70% (or more) in costs and time. Several examples below illustrate the case for advanced analytics.

    2/26/2016 · Banking
    Negative interest rates are a confusing topic and they may be heading to the U.S. this year. Many Americans ask what they mean and why this is all happening. Since 2014, leading European central banks have initiated 'negative interest' policies as an economic stimulus measure by means of large government-issued or sovereign bond activities. Negative rates begin where major buyers of low-risk government bonds agree to accept a return less than their original investment when the bonds mature. Since Government bond rates are the bellwether for corporate bond rates, these once-improbable 'negative interest' bonds soon become a major influence in major bank bond portfolios. The Federal Reserve and U.S. banks are now looking at them.

    7/10/2015 · Banking
    While financial market observers in the US remain focused on the timing and magnitude of the Fed raising target interest rates over the months ahead, European bond markets have begun to experience just the opposite - the never-before-seen phenomenon of actual negative bond market interest rates. Since the Global Crisis of 2008, which saw both the Fed and foreign central bankers seeking both to calm markets and to encourage growth by reducing rates to the 'zero bound,' interest rates for bellwether German bonds and across Europe in late 2014 crossed into negative territory, and for the first time in world history.

    6/12/2015 · Finance
    As billionaire Warren Buffet once noted, "Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." Interested buyers, investors and bankers looking at new initiatives with companies often share similar objectives in 'kicking the tires' to be sure a target company has properly documented its business activities. On the other side of the transaction, the subject company's Founder, Board of Directors, CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Accounting and/or other departments can find themselves overwhelmed by the volume of documentation requests. Third parties can test the bounds of both courtesy and reasonableness before committing to and funding a new transaction.

    5/12/2015 · Finance
    The emergence of structured finance products over twenty-five years ago enabled major commercial banks and investment houses to develop higher volumes of real estate, credit cards, automobiles and other asset-based loans in new and often more profitable ways. Historically, lenders normally generated these types of loans as portfolio loans, where the bank kept and monitored these loans on its own balance sheet and at its own risk. But beginning in the late 1980's, banks began to investigate taking an intermediary or conduit role for certain types of loan portfolios. When generating loans which met the advance underwriting criteria of large investors, banks and loan originators recognized they could simultaneously generate large fees and also promptly move these 'tailored' loan portfolios off the bank's books, by pre-packaging them for investor third parties.

    4/14/2015 · Finance
    "When it happens to you, you'll know it's true." Old Proverb A financial expert witness experienced in the due diligence process and in complex business negotiations can help unlock the valuation issues at the core of many business disputes. Merger and acquisition-related lawsuits can become an exercise in piecing together both the timing and materiality of various communications by representatives from both parties. Analysis of the specific due diligence activities undertaken and the data exchanged can yield key answers. With a full understanding of the processes and communications developed in due diligence and underwriting, business disputes can be more readily resolved.

    3/12/2015 · Economics
    Several important economic factors appear to be moving unfavorably for the US at the moment, both domestically and abroad, and there are increasing indications that America may not be able to orchestrate a global resurgence on its own. Despite encouraging signs of domestic recovery, fundamental structural problems persist in the US economy. The National Debt now exceeds $18 Trillion, the Department of Agriculture confirms that well over 46 million Americans continue on food stamps, and key voices have stepped forward asking for a deeper look at several U.S. economic statistics. Last week long-time Gallup CEO Jim Clinton very boldly drew attention to the government's recent 5.6% unemployment numbers, questioning them as overly optimistic interpretations of data, and noting on CNBC that the percentage of Americans holding full-time jobs is now the lowest in 60 years.

    2/13/2015 · Finance
    With the Federal Reserve's wide-ranging efforts to address the ongoing Credit Crisis through unprecedented money-creation activities, we are now likely witnessing the final phases of the U.S. Dollar's 64-year reign as the primary global reserve currency. Few Americans understand the implications of this dramatically unfolding global sea-change.

    1/14/2015 · Finance
    The global monetary system which was laid out by the Allied nations at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944 is nearing its end, and daily we move closer to the threshold of a financial new world order. The United States, having created the most powerful economic system yet devised by man, and having earned global 'reserve currency status' for the US Dollar through America's unequalled military and economic power as the victor of two World Wars, is now nearing the unthinkable loss of the global financial dominance of the Dollar. Following the residential real estate 'Bubble' of 2002-2006, the sub-prime Credit Crisis of 2007, and the broader global financial meltdown which has followed, the U.S. has experienced dramatically declining levels of core lending & general economic activity.

    5/11/2015
    "In his most recent article about the never-before-in-history advent of negative interest rates in Europe and the U.S., Douglas E. Johnston, Jr., Founder and CEO of California-based Five Management, LLC advisors addresses some of the early implications of this startling new market frontier, which was not even envisioned by John Maynard Keynes, the founder of modern economic theory."
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