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Norman Katz
Managing Partner
18881 Von Karman, Suite 1175
Irvine CA 92612
USA
phone: 949-263-8700
fax: 949-263-0770
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MCS Associates is a nationally recognized consulting group that has provided financial, operations and regulatory/compliance consulting services nationwide to financial institutions, insurance companies and regulatory agencies as well as real estate and financial services organizations for over 30 years.

Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting are a primary focus of our services. We undertake expert witness assignments throughout the United States and our clients include several hundred leading law firms around the country, working on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant financial institutions, borrowers, depositors, investors, developers, insurance companies and their insured, securities/insurance/real estate brokers/agents, regulators and government agencies, and individuals.

Together with MCS Associates’ specialized resources in banking, financial services and real estate, we also draw on key strategic alliances in insurance, economics, academia and the securities industry to meet a wide range of expert witness needs. Our litigation experts include experienced bankers, lenders, consultants, regulators, managers, brokers & agents in insurance, real estate, and securities; insurance claims and underwriting managers; economists, accountants, appraisers, real estate analysts, and academics.

Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Banking Operations/Administration
  • Check Fraud
  • Lending Policies, Custom and Practice
  • Loan Underwriting & Credit Administration
  • Sub Prime Loan Originations, Underwriting, Securitizations & Servicing
  • Bankruptcy, Foreclosures and Workouts
  • Trust & Fiduciary Issues / Operations
  • Securities Brokerage & Investments
  • Valuations & Damages Analysis
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Employment / Compensation
  • Real Estate Brokerage & Management
  • Title Insurance & Escrow
  • Real Estate Appraisal & Transactions
  • Insurance Industry Custom & Practice
  • Insurance Coverages / Claims Handling
  • Insurance Bad Faith
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    Bob Lawson, CFE®, AIF®, RFC®, LUTCF®
    Securities & Insurance Expert Witness | FINRA Arbitrator
    3800 American Boulevard West
    Suite 1110
    Bloomington MN 55431-4460
    USA
    phone: 800-741-0704
    fax: 952-835-1504
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    Securities ExpertCertified Fraud ExaminerMr. Bob Lawson, AIF®, CFE®, RFC®, LUTCF, is a Securities & Insurance Expert Witness retained for FINRA arbitration, mediation, and federal/civil court litigation. Mr. Lawson possesses over 30 years of experience within the securities and insurance industries. In 1988, Mr. Lawson founded Barrington Capital Management, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm and Insurance Agency, and currently serves as the President and Chief Compliance Officer.

    In addition, Mr. Lawson presides as a FINRA & NFA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for disputes concerning public and private investors, financial services professionals, broker-dealers, and dually-registered investment advisers. Claims often arise regarding breach of fiduciary duties, employment disputes, conflicts of interest, churning, unsuitable investments, and failure to supervise, among others. Mr. Lawson also serves as a public mediator and is a Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Rule 114 of Standard Practice in Mediation and Arbitration.

    His breadth of experience includes managing and supervising FINRA broker-dealer branch offices as a Registered Securities Principal, Options Principal, and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Lawson also has considerable experience with insurance products including variable annuities, fixed and indexed annuities, long term care, and life insurance. Mr. Lawson possesses numerous accolades and is certified as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE®), Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®), and a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF®).

    Retaining Mr. Lawson as an Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant will clarify and address relevant issues pertaining to your case from an insider's point of view. Upon a thorough examination and analysis of the case material, Mr. Lawson’s conclusions and opinions are impartial, objective, and predicated upon years of industry expertise and experience. Expert testimony and reports are supported by thorough and detailed research through case-specific analysis.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • FINRA & SEC Regulations
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • Promissory Notes
    • Securities Fraud Investigations
    • Ponzi Schemes
    • Options, Stocks & Bonds
    • Due Diligence
    • FINRA Arbitration
    • Professional Malpractice
    • Economic Damages & Losses
    • Employment Discrimination & Termination
    Services:
    • Litigation Consulting
    • Unbiased Case Analysis
    • Discovery Review & Recommendations
    • Portfolio Risk Reports
    • Securities Fraud Investigation
    • Damage Calculations
    • Expert Testimony
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    9/23/2015 · Finance
    I receive phone calls throughout the year from attorneys who have taken on their first FINRA case and they frequently are unaware how the FINRA Dispute Resolution process differs from other venues. I thought it would be helpful to provide a quick overview for new participants and a refresher for those more experienced securities attorneys on how the FINRA Arbitration and Mediation process works.

    8/26/2015 · Finance
    In FINRA-related cases many attorneys see discovery requests objected to by opposing counsel. Typically, opposing counsel objects to discovery requests citing that items requested are either "overly broad, vague, or ambiguous", or "impermissible per FINRA's Code of Arbitration Procedure". However, despite opposing counsel's reasoning, many objections to discovery requests are irrelevant and do not hold up in regard to FINRA's Code of Arbitration Procedure. Attorneys should not be intimidated or discouraged by these objections, but rather should understand that FINRA's guidelines concerning arbitration allow for most applicable and reasonably obtainable discovery information to be delivered.

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    Michael K. Smith, NFA, FINRA
    Bozeman MT USA
    phone: 630-531-1000
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    Michael K. Smith, NFA, FINRA is a highly experienced Financial Services Executive and Finance Professional with over 40 years dedicated to high-end client representation and large-scale regional management.

    As Managing Director and as Regional Manager since 1997, Mr. Smith was responsible for all aspects of the securities and banking activities within the Midwest region for three major firms: Lehman Brothers, Barclays Wealth and Citi Private Bank. He was responsible for supervising more than 50 registered representatives.

    From 1982 to 1997, Mr. Smith was a dedicated Top Producer accustomed to results-based rewards for services provided to Morgan Stanley’s ultra high net worth clients (UHNW). He specialized in developing and executing solutions to meet complex financial objectives. This period was highlighted by providing substantial agency, principal and fiduciary related transactional and investment management business for top-tier clients with $25MM - $10B net worth.

    Mr. Smith offers substantive experience and expertise in the following:
    • Options
    • Futures
    • Commodities
    • Common Stock, Preferred Stock
    • Municipal Bonds
    • Corporate Bonds
  • Hedge Funds
  • Margin & Lending
  • Derivative Securities
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Mutual Funds & ETF's
  • Discretionary Managed Assets
  • Litigation Support - Michael Smith has distilled his 40 year career in Securities and Banking into a focused expert practice. His nationwide services are requested when a client is contemplating filing an arbitration claim or after an arbitration claim or suit has been filed. He acts as an expert witness for plaintiffs or defendants involved in the following claims:
    • Misrepresentation
    • Unsuitable Trading
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duties
    • Failure to Supervise
    • Omission of Facts
    • Negligence
    • Churning
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    Daniel Reser
    President
    369-B Third Street, #543
    San Rafael CA 94901
    USA
    phone: 415-482-9513
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    Daniel Reser is a trusted Fiduciary and Registered Investment Advisor. Prior to his role at Fiduciary Services, Inc., he served as Vice President and Manager for Wilmington Trust based in Santa Monica, CA, also of Bank of America, and Security Pacific Bank. Mr. Reser also has a JD from Southern Methodist University. In 1989, he graduated from the UCLA John Anderson Graduate School of Management Executive Program.

    Mr. Reser is considered a highly effective and capable trust fiduciary due to his legal training, his extensive experience as a fiduciary for corporate reorganizations and retirement plans as well as his reputation for ethical business practices and pragmatic management style. He has been a corporate fiduciary for corporate securities and reorganization transactions as well as trustee and custodian of retirement plans for over 25 years. During his career, Mr. Reser has administered and managed a wide variety of Governmental, Corporate and Union Retirement Plans as plan trustee. His current role as principal of an investment advisory firm includes acting as Fiduciary for Company Stock in Retirement Plans including ESOPs.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Leveraged and Unleveraged ESOP Transactions
    • Acquisitions and Sales of Employer Stock by Company Retirement plans
    • Company Stock in Other Qualified Plans
    • ERISA Sec. 404 (c) protection for Employer Stock
    • Pass-through Voting and Tender Offer Decision Making
    • Management and Divestiture of Shares
    • Satisfying Independent Fiduciary Requirement for Meeting Prohibited Transaction Exemption in Connection with Settlement of Litigation Per P.T. Exemption 2003-39 of 12-31-03
    • Orphan Plans
    • Rabbi trusts
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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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    Keith Underwood, MBA
    FX Expert Witness
    315 Madison Ave, 24th Fl.
    New York NY 10017
    USA
    phone: 917-860-0208
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    Keith Underwood is a respected 25-year veteran of the Global Foreign Exchange market where he earned a reputation as a formidable FX derivatives portfolio manager and business architect. He is an expert in market practice and in the institutional structure and widespread trading strategies commonly employed by traders.

    Background Experience - Mr. Underwood has managed spot, forward, option, and NDF traders globally. In the course of building customer franchise businesses for US investment banks and European commercial banks, his endeavors carried him to every major trading center in the world. He spent 17 years in the London FX market and eight years in New York. He is a dual citizen of the US and the United Kingdom.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Underwood has held several managing director positions at global FX banks including Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Chartered, Credit Agricole, Lehman Brothers, and Morgan Stanley.

    Litigation Support - Keith Underwood provides expert witness services to top multinational law firms on cases involving Loss Attribution, Product Identification, Derivative Pricing, and Trader Reasoning. His services include detailed written reports and testimony when needed. Mr. Underwood's specialized knowledge is available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Currency, Product, and Trade Detail Identification: Investigations and forensic deal deconstruction
    • Valuation and Pricing: Expertise in the pricing of derivatives and historical pricing
    • Data Solutions: Consolidate and mine key historical trade and market data for analysis
    • Trade Blotter Analysis: Identify abnormalities, off-market prices and practices, or inconsistencies in connection with trading activity
    • FX Market Speak: Translate industry language and provide clarity to complex market practices
    • FX Best Practice: Providing best practice global guidelines from the foreign exchange committees worldwide

    View Keith Underwood's Consulting Profile.
    5/13/2016 · Finance
    Between the Delloite 2016 Global FX Survey and the FIREapps Q4 2015 Currency Impact Report, it appears that treasurers and CFO's have resigned themselves to accepting emerging markets currency risks. A deeper dive into the surveys reveals that the FX exposures to hedge (if known because its too expensive to track) can't necessarily be trusted (can't verify hedging numbers), and the high volatility price of EM currency pairs makes it difficult. My advice to those with responsibility for hedging currency exposures is to budget for currency exposure reporting software for 2017, put in place a hedging policy and procedure document that is board approved, and ensure that zero cost collars are utilized to hedge EM exposures.