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Dr. Karina Sneiderova, MBA, ICFA, ASI
Vice President
Rue General Dufour 22
Geneva CH-1211
phone: 41-225-752-948
fax: 41-225-948-025
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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    Douglas E. Johnston, Jr.
    Managing Director
    100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 940
    Santa Monica CA 90401
    phone: 310-917-1075
    fax: 310-393-9205
    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.

    "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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    Gregory D. Lee
    Criminal Justice Consultant and Expert Witness
    P.O. Box 1195
    Pebble Beach CA 93953-1195
    phone: 831-920-7367
    Gregory D. Lee is a retired Supervisory Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration with over 30 years of law enforcement experience. He was an instructor for DEA’s Office of Training at the FBI Academy and is the author of Global Drug Enforcement: Practical Investigative Techniques (2003).

    Mr. Lee’s real world expertise covers the entire drug law enforcement spectrum. He is a court qualified expert witness who will thoroughly review discovery material and provide you with a written analysis of your case. See website for CV, bio, experience and contact info.

    Services Offered:
  • Expert Witness
  • Written Case Evaluations
  • Military Justice Matters
  • Drug Enforcement Training
  • Use of Force Evaluations
  • Speaker For Your Event
  • Gregory D. Lee
    Based largely on the training and experiences of a recently retired Supervisory Special Agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who is a former instructor for DEA's Office of Training at the FBI Academy.
    Gregory D. Lee
    The book is written based largely on the training and experiences of a recently retired Supervisory Special Agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who is a former instructor for DEA's Office of Training at the FBI Academy.
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    14 W. Rosemont Avenue
    Alexandria VA 22301
    phone: 703-888-2685
    W. Patrick Lang is a Strategic Military & Political Intelligence Analyst. He is a retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets). Col. Lang served in the Department of Defense both as a serving officer and then as a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service for many years. He is a highly decorated veteran of several of America’s overseas conflicts including the war in Vietnam.

    Col. Lang was Trained and Educated as a Specialist in the Middle East by the U.S. Army and served in that region for many years. He was the first Professor of the Arabic Language at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. In the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) he was the “Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism,” and later the first Director of the Defense Humint Service.” For his service in DIA, he was awarded the “Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive.” This is the equivalent of a British knighthood.

    A Retired U.S. Army Officer, Col. Lang is also a Media Consultant for many TV, radio and print productions, commentating on the Middle East, South Asia and Islam, among other issues.

    Col. Lang has in-depth knowledge of Special Forces, clandestine and overt HUMINT intelligence collection operations and executive management of the same, counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare and counter guerrilla operations. He is an Expert Trainer of U.S. and other personnel in Operations Requirements in Muslim Countries.

    Col. Lang is the author of several articles and books, including the most recent: "Death Piled Hard," (A Tale of the Confederate Secret Services). He is also a sought after Public Speaker.

    Expert Resource Available To:
  • Industrial
  • News
  • Security
  • International Business
  • Brokerage Firms in Threat
  • Risk Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Negotiations with Government & Non-Government entities in Muslim countries
  • 3/15/2011 · Politics
    "Were we right or were we wrong?" This was Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) George Tenet's central question in his 2004 talk to the faculty and students of his alma mater, Georgetown University.

    2/21/2011 · Politics
    In Vietnam the theater army component intelligence collection architecture matured by the Spring of 1968.

    2/17/2011 · Politics
    In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars Europe was a political shambles.

    Col. W. Patrick Lang
    When Claude Devereux's brother, Patrick, is killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, he's devastated. But there is little time for grief. Devereux, a Confederate spy, has worked his way behind enemy lines in the North to become a prominent adviser to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. If General Robert Lee and his comrades in the South have any chance of succeeding in beating the Union, Devereux knows that he must keep his cover at all costs. So he steers clear of danger even when he doesn't want to do so….Devereux must do all that he can to stop Grant in his tracks and help the South win its independence in Death Piled Hard.
    Col. W. Patrick Lang
    The Devereuxs of Alexandria, Virginia were moderate people. The eldest son seemed the most moderate of all. Claude Devereux wanted no part of secession. None of his family wanted Virginia to leave the Union. This family of bankers owned no slaves and. . .
    Col. W. Patrick Lang
    This succinctly written, no-nonsense introduction to the business of espionage looks at the history of intelligence gathering from the Revolutionary War to the present, including brief information on specific agents who have affected history. Topics include methods of collecting intelligence, recruiting, "tradecraft" or operational methods, the future of spying, and personality traits and education needed for a successful case officer. This is a useful source for reports and debates, as well as interesting reading for fans of espionage novels and movies who want to know what it's really like. Some of the Web sites appended are difficult to access, but there are some fascinating resources included.
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    Riki Ellison
    Founder & Chairman
    515 King Street Suite 320
    Alexandria VA 22314
    phone: 703-299-0060
    fax: 703-299-0132
    Riki Ellison, one of the top Missile Defense Experts in the World, is Founder and Chairman of MDAA. He received his degree from the University of Southern California, including a Certificate in Defense and Strategic Studies. Mr. Ellison has more than twenty five years of experience as an advocate for the Deployment and Development of a Missile Defense System for missiles of all ranges. He has become an expert on the issue and is the Premier Spokesperson on the Nation’s Missile Defense Program.

    Mr. Ellison was hired by the United Missile Defense Company in 1997, and was responsible for marketing and the business development for the lead systems integrator of the National Missile Defense System which was a requirement of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.

    During the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, in 2001, Ellison founded and developed the business strategy that would later become Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance in conjunction with the United States withdrawal from the anti-ballistic missile treaty and the decision by the President of the United States to deploy missile defense systems.

    Mr. Ellison is a former NFL Football Player and three-time Super Bowl Champion who is a seasoned Public Speaker on the topics of Missile Defense, Defense, Football and Motivation.
    Today's missile, rocket, and mortar threats to our armed forces deployed throughout the middle East are severe and growing.

    Missile Defense defends and protects our nation, our deployed military forces and our allies against current and future proliferating missile threats from hostile countries and entities.

    2/11/2011 · Security
    The number one priority for ballistic missile defense as stated and outlined clearly by President Barack Obama is the defense of the United States homeland.

    The United States Navy is the strongest proponent for the global missile defense mission amongst the branches of the U.S. military. Out of the Navy's core missions only the attack air strike and strategic nuclear capability does not involve missile defense.

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    Mario Gandolfi
    via Fatebenefratelli, 34
    Milano 20121
    phone: 39-2-783551-2
    fax: 39-2-783546
    Mario Fusani is an expert in Italian law with a special emphasis on corporations and real property law. We have been operating in Milan since 1986. Our Team consists of two partners and 4 paralegals. In June 1997 our new studio in Rome will open. We specialize in legal services for companies that have necessity for Italian relations.