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Kelly Hickel
Co-Founder and Main Contact
950 3rd. Avenue
17th Floor
New York NY 10022
USA
phone: 212-486-3600
fax: 303-484-5374
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Expert Witness Consulting Services, LLC (EWCS) provides a range of services to law firms, litigation trustees and others engaged in expert witness and related activities. We provide up-front assessment of cases, drafting assistance in writing the economic core of complaints; other consulting expert work; and testifying expert witness reports and testimony.

As an affiliate of Gordian Group (one of the leading national restructuring investment banking firms), EWCS can tap Gordian's vast experience in litigation assignments, particularly relating to matters involving solvency, valuation, fairness and Board of Directors responsibilities. In addition, EWCS has built a nationwide cadre of other independent experts so that we can assist law firms and mediators in finding the right expert for each case.

The EWCS professionals have substantial experience in most industries, including but not limited to aerospace and defense; consumer goods; electronic technology; finance and insurance; food and beverages; heavy industry and manufacturing; life sciences; metals & mining; oil & gas and energy; real estate and hospitality; and retail and apparel. Their experts have done transactions within these segments, and use their “real world” experience in approaching projects.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Financial Services
  • Economics
  • Restructuring
  • Bankruptcy
  • International Business (particularly in Asia)
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Private Placements
  • Damages
  • Equity Compensation
  • Market Assessments
  • Business Valuations
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Technology
  • Intellectual Property / Patents
  • Other Intangible Assets
  • Henry Owsley Financing Expert PhotoHenry F. Owsley, Co-founder at EWCS, has extensive experience in a variety of Financing, Restructuring, Advisory, and Merger Transactions. He earned a Master of Science Degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 1979.

    Mr. Owsley co-founded Goldman Sachs’ Technology Group and founded and ran Goldman Sachs' Workout Group. He is the co-author of Distressed Investment Banking: To the Abyss and Back – 2nd Edition, (Beard Books, 2015), Equity Holders Under Siege: Strategies and Tactics for Distressed Businesses (Beard Books, 2014).

    Mr. Owsley's selected significant engagements include American Airlines, Antioch, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Cogent/3M, Heilig-Meyers, Integrated Electronic Services, LTV Steel, MiniScribe, Mississippi Chemical Corporation, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railroad, Morrison Knudsen, LTV, Ogden Corporation, Olympia & York, Osyka Petroleum, Phar-Mor, Solutia, Spansion, Stereotaxis, Summit Global Logistics, ThermaCELL, Tracor United Rentals and Zale/Gordon’s Jewelers.

    Peter Kaufman Investment Banking Expert PhotoPeter S. Kaufman, Partner at EWCS, joined Gordian Group in 1990 and is Gordian’s President and Head of Restructuring and Distressed M&A. He has extensive experience in a variety of Financing, Restructuring, Advisory, Merger Transactions, and Private Equity advisory services. Mr. Kaufman earned a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1978.

    A Founding Co-Chair of American Bankruptcy Institute’s ("ABI") Committee on Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and M&A, Mr. Kaufman is frequently asked to speak and comment on national television programs, including CNBC and CNN, on matters relating to insolvency and corporate reorganization, and on national panels such as National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; Turnaround and Management conferences; ABI conferences, on topics such as financial restructurings, complex or distressed M&A, valuation issues and fiduciary obligations of directors in insolvent situations.

    Mr. Kaufman is consistently ranked as one of the ten leading investment bankers involved in bankruptcies and financial restructurings by The Deal and has been ranked #1. In November 2015, Mr. Kaufman was inducted into the M&A Advisor Hall of Fame at the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala in New York City.

    David Herman Financial Restructuring Expert PhotoDavid L. Herman, Partner at Gordian Group, joined the firm in 2000, has been recognized as one of the top 10 leading Investment Bankers in Financial Restructurings by The Deal.

    Mr. Herman has led many advisory and restructuring engagements as well as numerous litigation support and expert witness assignments. Key engagements have included Enron, Integrated Electrical Services, Laclede Steel, LTV Steel, Mississippi Chemical Corporation, Parmalat, RAB Food Group, Solutia, Spansion, Summit Global Logistics, United Rentals, and WestPoint International.
    Henry F. Owsley, et al
    This classic book is an authoritative source about the restructuring of troubled companies. It provides an insider's view on the methods and complexities of this highly specialized area of investment banking. Owsley and Kaufman are widely acknowledged leaders in this field and are the senior partners at Gordian Group, a top-tier boutique investment banking firm headquartered in New York. Gordian Group advises mid-sized companies in financial distress. They provide unconflicted advice to boards of directors interested in recoveries of shareholders.
    Henry F. Owsley, et al
    A must-read for all constituencies of distressed companies -- owners, creditors, buyers and professionals. Owsley and Kaufman apply principles of asymmetric warfare to the "zero sum" game of restructurings. With a sophisticated approach and tongue-in-cheek humor, Equity Holders Under Siege gives readers an unvarnished behind-the-scenes look into the real world rough and tumble of negotiating on behalf of "under water" owners.
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    Kelly Hickel
    Co-Founder and Main Contact
    950 3rd. Avenue
    17th Floor
    New York NY 10022
    USA
    phone: 212-486-3600
    fax: 303-484-5374
    Expert-Witness-Consulting-Services-Logo.jpg
    Expert Witness Consulting Services, LLC (EWCS) provides a range of services to law firms, litigation trustees and others engaged in expert witness and related activities. We provide up-front assessment of cases, drafting assistance in writing the economic core of complaints; other consulting expert work; and testifying expert witness reports and testimony.

    As an affiliate of Gordian Group (one of the leading national restructuring investment banking firms), EWCS can tap Gordian's vast experience in litigation assignments, particularly relating to matters involving solvency, valuation, fairness and Board of Directors responsibilities.

    In addition, EWCS has built a nationwide cadre of other independent experts so that we can assist law firms and mediators in finding the right expert for each case.EWCS connects vetted and specialized expert witness professionals to law firms across the nation. With its incremental, litigation-experienced professional resources and national recognition within the legal community, EWCS’ mission is to work diligently with client law firms and mediators to provide exceptional work product in an efficient manner, starting with finding the right expert for each case.

    As Experts and Consultants, the professionals at EWCS are able to provide clients and Boards of Directors with advice and guidance in structuring transactions appropriately, and in delivering financial opinions in connection with the same. They can reconstruct financial data through forensic analysis in order to explain how financial markets or decision makers may have made decisions.

    When it comes to evaluating the performance of boards, management teams, and financial institutions, the experts at EWCS are well-positioned to have a credible point of view, given their experience in cleaning up the aftermath of corporate disasters and fraud up close.

    The EWCS professionals have substantial experience in most industries, including but not limited to aerospace and defense; consumer goods; electronic technology; finance and insurance; food and beverages; heavy industry and manufacturing; life sciences; metals & mining; oil & gas and energy; real estate and hospitality; and retail and apparel. Their experts have done transactions within these segments, and use their “real world” experience in approaching projects.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Financial Services
    • Economics
    • Restructuring
    • Bankruptcy
    • International Business (particularly in Asia)
    • Fiduciary Duties
    • Private Placements
    • Damages
  • Equity Compensation
  • Market Assessments
  • Business Valuations
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Technology
  • Intellectual Property / Patents
  • Real Estate Market Feasibility
  • Kelly Hickel Financial Restructuring Expert PhotoKelly T. Hickel, Co-founder at EWCS, is a Financial and Business Advisor who has served as a senior executive for over 30 years. Mr. Hickel has many years of experience in the technology industry and with turnarounds of troubled companies. Throughout his career, he has arranged numerous private and public company financings and financial restructurings and has raised and/or returned over a $1 billion to investors and lenders.

    Mr. Hickel served as Turn-around President to Miniscribe Corp., a troubled Fortune 500, $600 million annual revenue disk drive manufacturer, and President of the Maxwell Technology Information Systems Group from 1993 until 1997, during which, Maxwell was the 9th best performing stock on NASDAQ and the #1 performing stock in California in 1996.

    As Chairman and Chief Restructuring Office of The Tyree Company in Farmingdale, New York, Mr. Hickel was responsible for running the largest oil downstream services company in the northeast. With all of his experience, he then founded and managed emerging Pharmaceutical companies, taking a product through FDA approval for a supplement through distribution in over 2000 retail pharmacy outlets.

    Jim Timmins Business Valuation Expert PhotoJim Timmins, ASA BV/IA, MAFF, CEP, is the Managing Director and heads the valuation, litigation, and advisory services practices at Teknos. He has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 35 years, as a Valuation expert, a Venture Capitalist, and an Investment Banker.

    Mr. Timmins has overseen 1,000s of valuations, fairness opinions, and solvency opinions in connection with financial reporting, tax compliance, merger and acquisition transactions, financings, spin-offs, and recapitalizations, and litigation. He has also participated in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, private placements, and public offerings during his career.

    Prior to forming Teknos, Mr. Timmins was a Managing Director at Pagemill Partners, where he created and managed the valuation practice. Before that he was the Managing Director of the Silicon Valley office of NIF Ventures (the venture capital arm of Daiwa Securities SMBC of Japan), and a General Partner of Glenwood Ventures and Glenwood Capital. Earlier in his career, he held positions in investment banking at Hambrecht & Quist and Salomon Brothers.

    Mr. Timmins has served as an expert witness for more than 60 cases involving valuation, fiduciary duty, and venture capital practice. He has been retained as an expert by both plaintiffs and defendants.

    Paul Black Real Estate Expert PhotoPaul S. Black, President of Paul S. Black & Assoc., Inc. has more than 35 years of experience as a Real Estate Market Feasibility Analyst, including multiple types of residential, office, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties.

    Mr. Black has been employed by local and international accounting firms in their real estate consulting groups as well as local and regional consulting companies.

    For 20 years, Mr. Black has served as a lecturer/adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Principles and Practices as well as Real Estate Market Analysis at the graduate (MBA) and undergraduate levels.

    Areas of Expertise: Economic Damages, Construction Defects / Delay Damages, Lost Revenue / Profits, Unjust Enrichment, Due Diligence, Commission Disputes, Procuring Cause, Real Estate Brokerage, Broker/Realtor Standard of Care, Code of Ethics – National Association of Realtors (NAR), Real Estate Disputes, Fraud / Misrepresentation, Insurance Defense, Eminent Domain, Market Feasibility / Evaluation.