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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

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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.

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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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    Dr. Karina Sneiderova, MBA, ICFA, ASI
    Vice President
    Headquarters
    Rue General Dufour 22
    Geneva CH-1211
    CHE
    phone: 41-225-752-948
    fax: 41-225-948-025
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    Carlo Scevola & Partners is an International Fiduciary Company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with branches in six continents. We specialize in International Planning, Strategic Consulting and Wealth Management.

    Our clients trust us for everything from setting up an Offshore Company to Mergers and Acquisitions to Business Finance and Asset Protection. CS&P’s customer-centric methodology ensures that each client gets a custom-tailored solution which addresses that business’ individual objectives and requirements.

    Our team has expertise in every functional category and every important geography. From finance to operations to human resources to marketing – from the Americas to Europe to Africa, Asia and Oceania – CS&P can bring together experienced executives who know how to advise you and will make your enterprise a success. All this while always protecting your privacy.

    Services Offered:

    Business and Strategic Consulting
  • S.W.O.T. Analysis
  • Pre-investment Feasibility Studies / Competitive Background Assessments
  • Business Plan Research, Writing and Production
  • Strategy Definition / Implementation
  • Reworking of Operating Processes for International Suitability
  • Industrial Partnership Scouting / Matching
  • Tailor Business Model to Market Environment, Jurisdiction and Local Authorities Requirements

    Corporate Finance:
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and CessionsCommercial Due Diligence or Investment / Financial Appraisals
  • Company Reorganization and Restructuring
  • Financial Feasibility Plans for Industrial Expansion
  • Scouting / Recruiting Highly Qualified Financial Management
  • Exit Strategies in the event of Buy-outs, Buy-ins, Spin-offs or MBOs, MBIs and LBOs
  • Listing on Stock Exchanges

    Offshore Consulting:
  • International Tax Planning
  • Corporate Structuring, Maintenance and Trusts
  • International Contracts Law
  • Jurisdictions
  • Residency and Citizenship
  • International Banking
  • Logistic Support
  • Government Licenses
  • Aircrafts and Vessels
  • Intellectual Property

    CS&P Operates In More Than 80 Countries Around The World.

  • Carlo Scevola and Karina Sneiderova
    Intended as a unique source of inspiration for effective business organization and tax planning, as well as a quick and easy reference book, the Offshore Jurisdictions Guide is a comprehensive and objective guide to offshore jurisdictions offering personal taxation and business opportunities. Providing a solid overview of 100 jurisdictions around the world, this is an essential handbook for financial experts, legal advisors, consultants, and the general public.
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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
    View Bob Lawson's Consulting Profile.
    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.