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Alan A. "Scotty" Herd, CRE, FRICS
Real Estate Expert Witness
1800 Century Park East Suite 600
Los Angeles CA 90067
USA
phone: 310-285-9600
fax: 310-557-3611
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Alan A. “Scotty” Herd, CRE, FRICS, has been a prominent expert in the Real Estate Industry since 1963. After graduation from UC Berkeley with a degree in business administration/real estate, Mr. Herd joined his father’s firm in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills until forming his own firm in 1966. He is currently licensed as a real estate broker in California, Colorado, and Arizona.

Mr. Herd has been involved in more than 2,000 real estate transactions as either a manager or salesman and has formed more than fifty limited partnerships and joint ventures. He has also acted as a (non-litigation) fee consultant to companies and investors on real estate portfolios, including several Fortune 100 financials and industrials. Mr. Herd has served as president of three property owner associations (HOAs). He has taught and written articles on real estate consulting and was the principal author on real estate consulting in the State of California Real Estate Reference Book.

Litigation Support - Scotty Herd has been engaged as a litigation consultant by more than 200 law firms in more than 650 cases in Southern California, including a third of the fifty largest law firms in Los Angeles County. He has testified as an expert witness more than 250 times.

Mr. Herd’s client list includes not only infrequent real estate litigators, but litigators who do real estate all the time. Sixty-five per cent of clients are returning clients. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. Mr. Herd has jury-friendly testimony skills from more than thirty-five years of UC Extension real estate instruction experience.

Mr. Herd has given court testimony in more than 65 areas of real estate topics, including but not limited to:
  • Sources and Applications of Standard of Care
  • Disclosure Responsibilities
  • Agent Supervision Criteria
  • Agent Custom and Practice
  • Due Diligence Responsibilities
  • Commission Disputes
  • Ethical Obligations
  • Obligation of Skill and Care
  • CV Available Upon Request
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    Eric L. Risberg
    President
    268 Bush #2100
    San Francisco CA 94104
    USA
    phone: 415-531-1414
    fax: 415-449-3606
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    Eric Risberg is a Commercial Real Estate Expert Witness with nationwide experience and a strong emphasis on California real estate. He has been advising clients on commercial real estate matters since 1993. Mr. Risberg is the founder of Advanced Appraisal International, Inc., based in San Francisco, California. Earlier in his career, he provided commercial real estate appraisal services to American Appraisal Associates, the world’s largest independent valuation firm. Mr. Risberg has appraised property for more than 400 clients, including over 20 Fortune 500 companies in over 30 states.

    Noteworthy projects include participation in the valuation of more than 200 investment-grade properties for a major U.S. Life Insurance Company, more than 50 hotel valuations for Marriott International, nationwide retail property portfolio valuations for Copley Real Estate Advisors, and the appraisal of high-rise office buildings in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.

    Mr. Risberg has been hired as an Expert Witness on many occasions and has testified at trials for a number of cases. His expertise is called upon to value complex properties and advise clients on real property matters. Consulting Services are also provided in mediations, arbitrations or other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) settings such as JAMS or the American Arbitration Association to resolve matters that are not expected to go to trial.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Changes in Market Conditions
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Forensic Valuations
  • Land Value Disputes
  • Real Estate Broker Standard of Care
  • Ground Leases
  • Residential Properties
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Physical Damage Claims to Real Estate Due to a Variety of Natural or Man-Made Causes
  • Land Use and Zoning Issues
  • Lease-Option Arbitrations
  • Divorce Cases
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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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    Dr. Charles Cowan
    Managing Partner
    11467 Huebner Road, Suite 200
    San Antonio TX 78230
    USA
    phone: 210-641-2817
    fax: 210-641-9892
    Analytic Focus specializes in Financial, Economic, Demographic, and Statistical Research. We're Ph.D.s with decades of experience working in academia, industry, and Federal agencies. We provide exceptional value in interpretation of data, insight regarding business problems, and scholarship on best practices.

    We estimate numbers needed for the best representation of your client. We evaluate flaws in analyses underpinning your arguments or your opponents. We've testified in Federal & State courts.

    Complex Litigation
    Antitrust, Deceptive Sales Practices, Securities & Lost Sales

    Banking & Finance
    Misrepresentation & Fraud, Securitizations, Regulation

    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Breach of Contract, Risk & Pricing Issues

    Environmental/Mass Tort
    Validity of Claims, Damages & Volume of Claims Forecasting

    Class Actions and Class Certification
    Commonality, Predominance, Mass Valuation

    Fair Housing, Fair Lending, Labor & Employment
    Discrimination & Disparate Impact

    Intellectual Property
    Trade Mark, Trade Dress, Patent Infringement
    Confusion, Dilution, Lost Profits, Diverted Sales
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    Thomas A. Tarter
    16311 Ventura Blvd., Suite 1060
    Encino CA 91436
    USA
    phone: 818-380-3102
    fax: 818-616-4357
    Thomas A. Tarter, President of The Andela Consulting Group, Inc., Management, Financial and Advisory Services Involving Corporate Governance, Management, Compensation, Financial and Banking Matters.

    He has served on boards, assisted in corporate restructures and provided advisory services to a diverse group of clients including corporations, law firms, financial institutions and government agencies - including U.S. Small Business Administration and FDIC. Involved in over 1000 cases - national and international.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Bank Operations -Check processing forgery, kiting,ID Theft, Ponzi schemes
    • Lending Standards - Commercial and R/E Loans
    • Consumer and Subprime Lending, Underwriting, Loan Servicing, Foreclosures / Credit Damages
    • Guarranties/Lender Liability
    • FCRA and Collection Practices
    • Bankruptcy
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    J.F. Chip Morrow
    Nationwide coverage
    San Antonio ALL States 78261
    USA
    phone: 866-365-7212 (Toll Free)
    fax: Toll free 866-869-4062
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    Profile: 47+ yrs experience in financial, mortgage & business institutions including 17+ President, CEO & Director & 6+ director of a mortgage company. 15+ years of leadership/ directorships in national & state trade associations. Over 500 federal & state nationwide cases i for FDIC, FannieMae, financial institutions, mortgage companies, businesses, non-banks, individuals. Services provided: consulting, depositions, reports, affidavits & court testimonies.

    Expertise: Financial Institutions, Mortgage Institutions, Business, Real Estate. Residential mortgage loans,construction loans, commercial real estate loans, business loans, SBA; Operations; Fraud; Lender Liability; Policy & Procedures; Fiduciary Duties, D & O conduct, Other. Reports, depositions & court testimony in Federal, Bankruptcy & state courts.

  • 500+ nationwide cases working both for defendants and plaintiffs.

  • 20+ years of in-house, industry, and outside expert witness experience.

  • 75+ depositions taken and 35+ court appearances in both Federal and state courts.

  • Clients: FannieMae, FDIC, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA, Viacom, Wells Fargo Bank, State of CA, Bank of America, Amex, Citicorp Mortgage, Washington Mutual, Bank One, Long Beach Mortgage, EMC Mortgage, JPMorganChase Bank, PacifiCare, Beal Bank, Avnet, Fidelity Title & First American Title

  • Approximately 50% of cases are for financial institutions, 40% against financial institution and 10% are other.

  • Serving clients nationally— 40% plaintiffs and 60% defendants.

  • Resume, fee information and references provided on request.
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    J. Michael Feeks
    Principal
    See Locations Below
    MA, NJ USA
    phone: 978-887-3960
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    Offices:
    150 Allen Road, Suite 100
    Liberty Corner, NJ 07938
    8 Kate's Lane
    Boxford, MA 01921

    Profile: J. Michael Feeks, one of the founders of Bank Experts Group, provides litigation support and expert witness services to law firms in banking-related matters. He has handled approximately 70 cases as an expert and has provided court-room and/or deposition testimony in more than 15 of these matters.

    Expertise: Mr. Feeks has served as an expert in cases involving:
    • Commercial and Real Estate Lending
    • Loan Approval, Workout and Administration
    • Business and Consumer Banking Operations
    • Management Policies, Practices and Procedures
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Bankruptcies and Frauds
    Law Firms Served, include: Bailey Kennedy, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Elliott Reihner Siedzikowski & Egan, Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas, Margolis Edelstein, McCarter & English, Scarinci & Hollenbeck, Schenck Price Smith & King, Shearman & Sterling, Shipman & Wright, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf.

    Background: 35+ years banking experience. Served major bank in business lending, branch operations and management. Served community banks as president, director and other senior positions. MBA – New York University. Graduate – Manhattan College and Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

    Bank Experts Group is a consulting firm that provides litigation support in banking-related matters and specialized assistance to banks and other financial institutions. The principals are experienced former bankers, regulators and educators with extensive experience in bank management.

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    7/26/2006 · Banking
    How do some community banks manage to go from near-failure to above-average ROAs and ROEs in a matter of a several years? How do mediocre performers achieve top-tier financial performance in similar timeframes? Generally speaking, there are at least 10 success factors underlying most turnarounds of operations and earnings

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    Capital Consultants Realty Services
    Roland Freeman
    CPM, CRE, FRICS
    5720 LBJ Freeway Suite 460
    Dallas TX 75240-6328
    USA
    phone: 972-233-3550
    fax: 972-233-3540
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    Roland D. Freeman is a Real Estate Finance and Property Management Expert with experience in Group Investment, Acquisitions, Marketing and Development. He holds the CPM, CRE and FRICS designations from IREM, Counselors and Royal Chartered Surveyors. Mr. Freeman's total lifetime transactions have passed the four billion dollar level. Besides being involved in some manner with over 175,000 apartments, he has handled development, management, and/or finance on several million square feet of retail, industrial, and office space as well as six hotels. His subdivision and site development experience has covered nearly 1,000 acres. During the last 50 years, Mr. Freeman estimates that he has been to 2,000 closings and signed nearly one billion dollars worth of real estate mortgages. He now has over 100 public and private real estate syndications added to his experience.

    Mr. Freeman now devotes most of his personal time to consulting, research and litigation support. His cases deal with Property Management, Finance, Construction, Development, Acquisitions, Due Diligence, Syndication, Partnership and Real Estate Brokerage and Accounting Issues. He has given testimony in Federal Bankruptcy, Tax and District Courts and numerous State and County Courts. He also participates in arbitration panels and as an NASD arbitrator. Mr. Freeman's cases have been 70% defense, 30% plaintiff in twenty-five years as an expert.

    Mr. Freeman has been an officer in numerous professional and trade organizations including the Presidency of two national groups. He is a frequent speaker and writes and teaches in industry schools and seminars. He has received numerous awards for outstanding service and achievement in his field of expertise.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Maintenance and Security
    • Development Feasibility
    • Bankruptcy Plan Feasibility
    • Property Management Standards
    • Fraud in Sales Transactions
    • Due Diligence Issues
    • Standards of Care in Employee and Resident Screening
    • Contractor Supervision
    • Forensic Property Management Accounting Issues
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    E. Robert Miller
    President, CPM, CIPS, CMC
    330 Primrose Road, Suite 606
    Burlingame CA 94010
    USA
    phone: 650-373-0705
    fax: 650-373-0709
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    E. Robert Miller has over 40 years of service to the real estate profession and has unrivaled expertise in Property Management Techniques. As President of E. Robert Miller & Associates, he provides Expert Witness Consulting and trial work, educational services and business development services.

    Mr. Miller has served on more than 980 cases as an Expert Witness or Consultant in the property management field since 1996. He was the 2004 Northern California Expert Witness Association President. Mr. Miller's experience and thoroughness in research, depositions and trial situations makes him your best choice for an expert witness in property management litigation.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Accident or Assault - Safety/Security Conditions
  • Improper Eviction
  • Unpaid Rent - Habitability Standards
  • Contractor Dispute
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Bankruptcy
  • Animal Control
  • Security Deposits
  • Association Board Responsibilities/Management Duties
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    Douglas Minor
    Founder
    2625 Townsgate Rd. Suite 330
    Westlake Village CA 91361
    USA
    phone: 805-267-1118
    fax: 805-299-4980
    As Author of Anatomy of Credit Scores and Founder / President of Easy Credit Relief, Inc., Douglas Minor focuses on helping and teaching people how to understand the credit system. Showing them the best ways to use credit and maximize their score.

    Doug has spent the last 25 years reviewing personal credit reports and financial profiles of individuals. He has happily been quoted and interviewed for articles appearing in FoxBusiness.com, Yahoo! Finance, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

    During this time he has enjoyed answering thousands of questions regarding credit scores and the information contained in credit reports.

    Having a pragmatic disposition as well a broad base of experience in business he has the unique knowledge and academics to assess damages. He has performed training classes to audiences of all levels of sophistication including Professional Groups, Lenders, CEO’s, and Consumers. As a respected Expert in Credit Related Damages, Credit Reporting, and Scoring he serves as a litigation consultant / expert witness for those involved in credit damages litigation.
    Doug Minor
    This book is for professionals and consumers alike. In this comprehensive how-to guide and easy to follow references, provides in-depth coverage of the credit reporting, repairing and scoring system. This is an eye opening journey into one of the most misunderstood yet needed topics of today.
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    Edwards and Cherney, LLP
    Craig Cherney
    14300 N. Northsight Blvd.
    #129
    Scottsdale AZ 85260
    USA
    phone: 480-240-0040
    fax: 480-656-9566
    Craig Cherney, Esq. is a Private Equity and Pooled Investment Fund Manager familiar with Standards of Care and Fiduciary Duties between investors and the real estate sponsor or developer handling the syndicated funds. He understands real estate business plans, budgets, reporting, disclosure duties, operating fees, management fees, brokerage commissions, finder's fees and reasonableness of third party vendor payments to real estate professionals. Mr. Cherney's other expertise includes land acquisition, pre-acquisition due diligence, valuation, procuring entitlements, zoning, land development, master plan communities and disposition and sale of paper lots and finished lots to public home builders.

    Craig Cherney has deep experience in acquisition and disposition of hundreds of millions of investment capital in residential land, master plan communities, commercial real estate development projects and entitlement and zone change opportunities throughout the United States. A Joint Venture expert between institutional capital, private investors and local real estate operators, he is able to conduct multiple financial models and sensitivity analysis showing present value and projected IRR rates of return and equity multiples that a real estate project should have delivered in the open market.

    Mr. Cherney is a licensed attorney in 3 states (AZ, CA, NV), a licensed real estate broker (CA), and a Member of the Urban Land Institute Council: Residential Neighborhood Development Council.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Real Estate Valuation
    • Commercial Real Estate
    • Land
    • Due Diligence
    • Fiduciary Duty
    • Standards of Care
    • Real Estate Finance
    • Real Estate Management
  • Real Estate Syndication
  • Real Estate Acquisition
  • Real Estate Entitlements
  • Land Development
  • Land Use
  • Land Valuation
  • Management Fees
  • Commissions
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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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    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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    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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    Catherine Ghiglieri
    President
    2300 Cypress Point West
    Austin TX 78746
    USA
    phone: 512-329-5101
    fax: 512-329-5166
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    Catherine Ghiglieri, former Texas Banking Commissioner, has more than 25 years bank regulatory experience, including 18 years with the Comptroller of the Currency. Ms. Ghiglieri has provided banking expert witness testimony in Federal and State Courts throughout the country. Ms. Ghiglieri founded Ghiglieri & Company, a full service consulting firm, which provides strategic planning, management studies, director training, and assistance with bank regulatory agencies. Ms. Ghiglieri co-founded The Bank Directors' College which provided training for bank directors and is co-author of The Ultimate Guide for Bank Directors and The Ultimate Guide for Bank Directors, Revised Edition.

    Services:
    Ms. Ghiglieri provides expert witness testimony on the following subjects:
  • Bank regulatory practices of the FDIC, OCC, Federal Reserve, and state banking departments
  • Banking industry standards
  • Banking practices and procedures
  • Federal and state banking laws and regulations
  • Bank fraud and Ponzi schemes
  • Check fraud & check kiting
  • Deposit account procedures
  • Directors' and officers' fiduciary duties
  • Corporate governance
  • Fraud detection procedures
  • Bank internal controls


  • Qualifications:
    Ms. Ghiglieri is the former Texas Banking Commissioner and has over 25 years of bank regulatory experience, including 18 years with the Comptroller of the Currency. As Texas Banking Commissioner, Ms. Ghiglieri was responsible for the supervision of the third largest state banking system in the United States, and the regulation of trust companies, foreign bank agencies, prepaid funeral contract providers, sale of check licensees, and money transmission businesses. She served as statutory receiver for failed trust companies, prepaid funeral contract providers and perpetual care cemeteries. Ms. Ghiglieri directed the statutory modernization of all statutes under the Texas Banking Department, most notably, revision of Texas’ 50-year-old banking laws. She made numerous appearances before the U.S. Congress and the Texas Legislature providing testimony on subjects such as financial modernization, and bank and funeral regulation.

    Education:
    University of Notre Dame - BBA in Finance
    Georgia State University - JD

    Licenses:
    Member of the State Bar of Georgia and the District of Columbia Bar.
    8/12/2016 · Forgery & Fraud
    Ten years ago, I wrote an article on how banks could minimize their litigation risks. Unfortunately, many of the same schemes are present today as they were ten years ago, such as check fraud, check kiting, elder abuse, bookkeeper fraud, and construction loan fraud. Today, cybersecurity and other high-tech risks are consuming bankers' attention in order to reduce their operational and reputational risks. While these issues are important, here are a few of the low-tech ways in which banks can minimize their litigation risk.

    10/20/2014 · Banking
    Many banks need to add new board members because some are reaching a mandatory retirement age or because others who agreed to stay through the financial crisis now want to rotate off the board. Banks need to keep in mind that they will be under close scrutiny by any prospective candidate who will be conducting due diligence on the bank at the same time the bank is conducting due diligence on the candidate. In order to ensure your bank can attract top candidates for board positions, consider the following before beginning the recruiting process:

    11/8/2013 · Banking
    Directors in community banks are usually picked for two reasons: their expertise and their ability to bring business into the bank. Upon taking their places at the board tables, however, directors immediately learn that while bringing business into their bank is a laudable goal, they also have to ensure that their bank operates in a safe and sound manner. Directors, thus, walk a fine line between these two goals.

    2/27/2013 · Banking
    Strategic risk is currently a focus of regulatory scrutiny and the board of directors should understand what it is and how to manage it. Strategic risk is the risk to a bank's earnings and capital from making poor business decisions, from not implementing business decisions properly, or from failing to respond to industry changes.

    1/22/2011 · Banking
    As more and more banks are being downgraded to a problem bank status in this difficult economic environment, they are facing the prospect of a regulatory enforcement action.

    10/15/2009 · Banking
    Corporate governance refers to the manner in which a company is directed by its board of directors. With the collapse of such companies as Enron, WorldCom, and others, there has been greater scrutiny of corporate governance and the manner in which boards of directors make decisions affecting their companies.

    4/21/2009 · Banking
    For almost thirty years, bank regulators have operated under the Too Big To Fail (TBTF) Doctrine, whereby insolvent large banks are treated differently than insolvent community banks by keeping the large banks open and closing the community banks. Now is the time to do away with TBTF once and for all

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    Straightline Advisors
    President
    2808 Ashworth Circle
    Las Vegas NV 89107
    USA
    phone: 805-373-6840
    fax: 888-473-6510
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    Scope & Range of Services

    Overview: Kenneth Free is a hotel and resort with 43-years experience in the business. He is a highly credible resource for operations, real estate development, feasibility, business valuation, and business interruption issues.

    Degrees and Licenses held by the Principal: MBA-Finance, Bloch School of Management (University of Missouri in Kansas City); BS-Hotel Administration, Harrah College of Hotel Administration (University of Nevada in Las Vegas); Registered Resort Professional, American Resort Development Association; Master Hotel Supplier, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Real Estate Broker licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.

    Detail: Mr. Free’s company, Straightline Advisors, provides Advisory and Expert Services for Hotels, Resorts, Resort Timesharing, Fractionals, Condo Hotels, Casinos, Spas, and Recreational Real Estate. These services may be in relation to new properties going through the development or pre-development stages, those that are open and in need of fundamental change, or in any situation where disputes have arisen among the parties.

    Key areas of consulting and expert effectiveness are –

    Advisory & Expert Services:
    • Project Concept Development
    • Project Amenity Programming
    • Strategy Development
    • Project Predevelopment Matters
    • Project Management Issues
    • Acquisition of Financing
    • Repositioning and Expansion Strategies
    • Due Diligence for Property Acquisitions
    • Management of Property Dispositions
    • Investment / Financing Package Development
  • Lost Profits Calculation & Business Interruption Impacts
  • Retail Pricing Analysis
  • Absorption Forecasting
  • Brand/System Affiliation Studies and Negotiations
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Disputes Between Partners
  • Management / Marketing Company Search and Negotiations
  • Operational Reviews or Audits
  • Marketing Program Assessments
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