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Craig Wolson
Expert Witness and Consultant
One Grand Central Place, 60 E. 42nd Street
Suite 4600
New York NY 10165
phone: 203-858-4804
Craig A. Wolson acts as a Structured Finance and Derivatives Expert Witness and Consultant. He specializes in cases involving credit default swaps (CDS), collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and other types of derivatives and securities.

Background Experience Includes: Acting on behalf of 40,000 investors in $1.6 billion class action suit against bankrupt sponsor of special purpose issuer of notes secured by notes issued by CDO and credit default swaps with sponsor; acting on behalf of class led by two major pension funds against a major bank and numerous large underwriters involving mortgage-backed securities issued by several vehices established by the bank, and securities issued by the bank; acting on behalf of large investment bank defendant in arbitration proceeding brought by another large investment bank involving nine CDOS established by defendant; acting on behalf of large bank that had invested in now-worthless notes issued by SIV established by defendant banks; acting on behalf of large bank against another large bank that had sold the former CDOs and CDS.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Securitizations
  • Derivatives
  • Securities Law and Corporate Finance
  • Loans and Credit Facilities
  • Due Diligence
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Dr. Jules Kamin
6380 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1102
Los Angeles CA 90048
phone: 323-653-9555
fax: 323-653-5391
Dr. Jules Kamin received his Ph.D. in business economics, finance and management science from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, rated #1. He is an expert on Economic Damages and Economic / Financial Aspects of Liability. He brings to the practice of forensic economics a unique combination of educational background, practical business and teaching experience, and a proven record of expert retention and testimony in over five hundred cases since 1987.

Services Include:
  • Lost Profits
  • Lost Business Goodwill
  • Diminution of Business Value
  • Business Valuation
  • Lost Earnings and Benefits
  • Course of Conduct
  • Business Torts
  • Fraud
  • Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage
  • Breach of Contract
  • Unfair Competition
  • Condemnation
  • Infringement of Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust
  • Securities
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Termination
  • 9/5/2010 · Damages
    Commercial damages occur in breach-of-contract and business-tort cases that result in claims of lost profits or diminished business goodwill or business value. Intellectual-property-infringement cases and antitrust cases also can involve such loss claims. The measurement of damages in these types of cases follows a basic methodology, with some variations in intellectual-property matters. Measurement of damages in securities-fraud cases uses a different approach.

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    Mr. Kirk Kleckner
    5810 West 78th Street
    Suite 300
    Bloomington MN 55439
    United States
    phone: 612-760-8400
    fax: 612-435-6241
    Kirk KlecknerKirk D. Kleckner, CPA, MBA, ABV, ASA, CFF is the Managing Principal of ValuationUSA, a boutique Valuation / Litigation Support firm. He is also the current President of Automotive Group Capital and Consulting, LLC - a ten person business specializing in the dealership industry.

    Mr. Kleckner is a CPA, MBA and is professionally accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is also a Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and Certified in Financial Forensics from the AICPA (CFF). Mr. Kleckner is a Qualified Expert Witness with experience in complex business litigation.

    Mr. Kleckner's experience includes seven years as Chief Financial Officer for a well respected top 50 dealership group. He spent nineteen years with an accounting firm as its Chief Operating Officer, Director of Business Valuation and Litigation Support Services and Shareholder.

    Mr. Kleckner's expertise leverages both his professional and hands-on industry experience. His practical experience includes buying, selling and integrating of businesses and organization and owner tax planning.

    Mr. Kleckner has experience as an expert witness in various legal actions including class action settlement valuation, ownership dispute valuation and business damage calculations.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Valuation
  • Litigation Economic Loss / Damage Analysis and Independent Opinions, Expert Witness
  • Product Warranty and Class Action Settlement Valuation
  • Dealership - Valuation, Profitability and Practices
  • Business Interruption, Minority Interests and Fair Value, Ownership Disputes
  • Estate and Gift Valuation
  • Succession and Business Owner Wealth Transfer Planning
  • Acquisition / Merger Advisory
  • Mining Interest Valuation
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    John W. Valentine
    Groton MA 01450
    phone: 617-872-2307
    John Valentine Banking Finance Expert PhotoJohn W. Valentine is the principal of Valentine Law LLC -- a specialty firm focused on Asset Servicing, Custody Banking and ERISA Fiduciary issues for Institutional Investors and service providers, including Fund Sponsors, Investment Managers, Custody Banks, – and other law firms needing temporary expertise in this area.

    Asset Servicing encompasses laws, regulations and industry practices covering the mechanics of investing, including: trade settlement; global and domestic custody; use of securities depositories and registries; physical asset custody; income; corporate actions; proxies; tax reclaims; pricing and valuation; fund accounting, derivative processing and all other aspects of custody and asset administration and operations.

    He also handles ERISA fiduciary issues and prohibited transactions; Mutual Fund custody and accounting; private fund structure; SEC regulations involving manager and mutual fund custody and global custody; practices and standards for corporate actions, class actions, tax reclaims, collateral arrangements, FX etc. – virtually all aspects of custody and management operations.

    Client Needs Served:
    • Fund Sponsors – Negotiations and problems/losses involving Banks and Investment Managers; Risk Management; Fiduciary Audits; negotiation of trust and custody agreements
    • Investment Managers – All Fund Sponsor needs above; as well as ERISA fiduciary expertise in fund investments, including derivatives and non-traditional investment vehicles; mid and back-office operations; fund structure; domestic and global custody arrangements; etc.
    • Custody Banks – Advice regarding all aspects of domestic and global trust and custody and asset servicing.
    • Law Firms - Expertise as needed to assist clients or unique client needs as noted above, without referring clients to other full-service firms; consultation on matters involving asset servicing and trust/custody issues; and litigation.

      Background Experience:

      John W. Valentine has practiced law for over 40 years, with more than 30 years in Banking and Financial Services, ERISA, and benefits work. His experience includes all sides of financial services work, from custody banks, to investment managers, to plan sponsors.

      Valentine Law was established in 2009. Prior to that Mr. Valentine: headed the legal office of Mellon Bank (later BNY-Mellon) in Everett, MA for 11 years; was in-house counsel to Chase Manhattan Bank’s Trust and Custody operations for almost 10 years; and for 7 years was Labor and Benefits counsel for Lever Brothers Company.

      Mr. Valentine was an active participant in the ERISA Attorney’s Group and helped found the Association of Global Custodians. As such, he knows and has helped influence industry practices as well as regulations and regulatory policies affecting Institutional Investors. His extensive in-house knowledge of Custody Banking and Fiduciary Services is unique.

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    Rod Tasker
    Payment Services / Transactional Banking Consultant
    50 Ridge Road
    Fairhaven Victoria 3231
    phone: +61424080507
    Rod Tasker Payments Transaction Banking Expert PhotoRod Tasker specializes in Payment Services, Transaction Banking, and e-Commerce. He has over 20 years of experience working for major banks in strategic and business planning and cradle to grave product management, including business cases, feasibility, piloting, commercialization, and retirement.

    Mr. Tasker consults in strategic management and innovative solution delivery in the banking and finance industry. His achievements in Australia and internationally include:
    • Leading a team of 25 people in developing an internet payment service
    • Developing an enterprise Sales and Service architecture for a major bank
    • Developing an international payments business architecture & operations strategy for a major bank
    • Obtaining consensus amongst a consortium of 15 global banks for the strategic vision and plan for implementing B2B international ePayments
    • Developing a variety of e-Banking and e-Payment products and services
    • Building a payments business from start-up as CEO
    Areas of Expertise:
    • Payments
    • e-Commerce
    • Transaction Banking
    • Identity Services
  • Product Development / Product Management
  • Piloting
  • Commercializing
  • Business and Strategy Formulation
  • Consulting Services - Mr. Tasker is engaged by companies that offer payment services as products or services, or for whom payments are "strategic" or "core," for example, insurance companies, exchanges, retailers, and investors wanting to evaluate payment business acquisitions, mergers, or funding opportunities. His services include:
    • Strategy Formulation
    • Business Planning
    • Profitability Improvement
    • Change Management
  • Program and Portfolio Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Risk Analysis
  • Ventures / Mergers & Acquisitions
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    J. Armand Musey
    535 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor
    New York NY 10017
    phone: 646-843-9850
    J. Armand Musey, CFA, JD/MBA, founder and president of Summit Ridge Group, LLC, provides consulting services for the Satellite, Media and Telecommunications Industries including business appraisal, intangible asset valuation, strategic consulting, custom research. Mr. Musey is a highly regarded financial analyst with expertise in Asset Valuation, Business Valuation, Financial Analysis of Economic Damages and Financial Scenario Analysis. He also has significant experience in corporate governance and investment research practices. Mr. Musey's clients include media and communications companies, institutional investors, law firms and other professional services providers.

    Mr. Musey has a unique blend of 16 years of equity research (top-ranked sell-side analyst), investment banking and consulting experience. He has completed dozens of financial valuation, strategy analysis, business development and business plan creation assignments in the communications industry. He has experience in 18 financing and M&A transactions.

    • Transactional - Bankruptcy, Fairness Opinions, Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Reporting - Asset Impairment, Portfolio Valuation, Tax
    Strategic Consulting:
    • Financial - Due Diligence, Merger & Acquisition
    • Strategic Development
    • Regulatory - Agency Publication Response, Spectrum Auction / License Acquisition Support
    Custom Research
    • In-Depth Projects - Financial, Market, and Strategic Analysis
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    177 Bovet Rd
    Sixth Floor
    San Mateo CA 94402-3116
    phone: (650) 548-1120
    fax: 650-636-9285
    Brian A. Sullivan, CPA/ABV, CVA, CBA, CFE, CMAP, is a Forensic Accountant and Business Valuation specialist in the Food and Beverage Industry. He is one of few accountants with multiple accreditations (including CPA/ABV and CVA), as well as a background in forensic accounting and business valuation.

    Mr. Sullivan integrates accounting and auditing knowledge with investigative skills gained from more than 30 years of practical business experience resolving financial disputes, including breach of contract, embezzlement, fraud, personal injury, and shareholder disputes.

    Mr. Sullivan's work as director of business valuation at a national investment firm allows him an operational discipline and understanding of how business is done. He has with numerous industries throughout the West Coast with an emphasis in Valuation of Logistics and Supply Chains in the food and beverage industry.

    Areas of Consulting Expertise:
    • Investment Banking - Sell Side / Buy Side
    • Capital Formation
    • Market Intelligence
  • Litigation Support
  • Valuation of Middle Market Businesses
  • Tax Planning and Compliance
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    Jeffrey S. Rothbart, JD, LLM
    1945 Techny Road, Suite 6
    Northbrook IL 60062
    phone: 312-620-2124
    Stack Real Estate, LLC (“Stack”) is a full service Real Estate consulting and principal investment firm. Stack has procured equity and debt capital on a transaction specific basis for both acquisition and development projects as well as sourced acquisition and development opportunities nationwide for a principal investment platform.

    Stack is also providing project management services for residential and student housing development projects. Performed financial modeling and capital markets consulting for land acquisition, residential development, and senior living acquisition and development.

    Specialties Include:
    • Fund Formation
    • Equity & Debt Procurement
    • Capital Markets
    • Acquisitions
  • Asset Management
  • Development / Redevelopment
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Legal / Tax Issues
  • Jeffrey S. Rothbart, JD, LLM, founded Stack Real Estate, LLC (“Stack”) to focus on commercial real equity investments, development, capital markets advisory, and expert witness services. Since its inception, Stack has participated in over $1.5 billion in Commercial Real Estate Transactions.

    Mr. Rothbart is experienced in real estate acquisitions, development asset, portfolio management, capital markets, leasing, dispositions, and sustainability. He has been involved in office, residential, retail, industrial, hotel, self-storage, medical, and senior-living operations as an investor, developer, adviser, or expert witness.

    In addition to his responsibilities at Stack, Mr. Rothbart is also the Head of Investments for Peer Realty and a Principal at both Birchwood Health Care Properties, LLC and Insignia Homes. In his roles for Stack, Peer, and Birchwood, Mr. Rothbart is currently overseeing the syndication of over $65 million in real estate investments, including two residential subdivision developments, retail centers, and multiple senior living acquisitions and development opportunities. He is also LEED-AP for New Construction (v2.2) and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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    Dr. Stan V. Smith
    President & Founder
    1165 N. Clark Street, Suite 600
    Chicago IL 60610-2845
    phone: 312-943-1551
    fax: 312-943-1016
    Dr. Stan V. Smith is a nationally renowned Economist and Financial Consultant providing analysis in simple terms that any trier-of-fact can understand. As an expert consultant to plaintiff and defense attorneys representing clients in Federal State courts, he provides testimony and litigation support services in evaluating damages.

    Dr. Smith provides Analysis, Testimony, and Litigation Support Services in Evaluating Damages for plaintiff and defense attorneys representing clients in federal and state courts nationwide. His concept of Hedonic Damages is acknowledged by judges, attorneys, and legal journalists as one of the most innovative tort concepts in the last 30 years. He has been interviewed and published in dozens of respected professional journals.

    Dr. Smith has assisted in the successful resolution of thousands of lawsuits on behalf of clients that include many dozens of the nation's largest law firms, the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as thousands of other prominent plaintiff and defense law firms in almost every state.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Antitrust Damages
  • Patent Valuation
  • Lost Wages
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Business Valuations & Losses
  • Hedonic Damages
  • Pension Fund Evaluation and Withdrawal Liability
  • Society and Relationship Damage Analysis
  • Identity Theft and FCRA Credit Damages
  • Security Losses
  • Commercial Damages
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Life Care Plan and other Medical Cost Evaluations
  • Structured Settlement Analysis
  • Personal Consumption and Fringe Benefits
  • Product Liability
  • Injury Losses
  • Lost Earnings Capacity
  • 5/6/2011 · Economics
    Setting aside the one case in 100,000 that makes headlines, are juries generally capricious and liberal? Are verdicts frequently unreasonable?

    3/17/2011 · Economics
    The increased use of economic experts in commercial damage cases, as well as in personal injury and wrongful death cases, has resulted in the emergence of a group of experts who offer economic services but are unqualified and ill-trained in economics.

    2/16/2011 · Economics
    In most courts, the value of a human being is not recognized. According to the laws of many states, your life isn't worth a "plugged nickel" if you no longer work.

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    Jay Shapiro, CPA
    2934 1/2 Beverly Glen Circle
    Ste. 507
    Los Angeles CA 90077
    phone: 310-441-3600
    fax: 310-441-3610
    SMG Financial Services is the leader in Financial and Business Management services for the Entertainment Industry. They offer the complete range of accounting and business services with the highest level of excellence.

    SMG Services:
    • Business Management - SMG serves as CFO, controller and bookkeeping department, handling any and all ongoing management needs, from structuring the accounting function to generating financial statements
    • Production Accounting - SMG provides production bookkeeping services for television, motion picture feature films and music projects
    • Management Systems - For the business owner, SMG provides complete management support services for entertainment and media companies, including forecasting and budgeting, operational and management consulting, and acquisition and divestiture recommendations
    Principal, Jay Shapiro, CPA, is a Certified Public Accountant specializing in financing, development, production, and distribution of entertainment content, and consulting in all aspects of the entertainment and media industry on a worldwide basis. An industry veteran with over two decades of experience, he is an exemplary entertainment executive, whose financial acumen has long been lauded among his peers.

    Mr. Shapiro, who honed his skills during the last 29 years at some of the most prominent entertainment companies in the world, is set to expand operations in the acquisition, production and worldwide distribution of filmed entertainment. He has had personal film production experience with such feature films "Batman", "Coming to America", "Animal House", "The Omen" and "Lonesome Dove" among others, and television programs, including "Dallas" and "Knots Landing". He is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    Mr. Shapiro's experience includes over 1,000 engagements involving forensic audits, accounting income taxation, management consulting, and financial advisory services for a diverse group of clients. His significant accomplishments include expert testimony for an international defense contractor, major Hollywood business litigation, public offerings for NASDAQ and AMEX companies, and financial advisor in several workout situations and mergers of companies up to $500 million in revenue.

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    EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE
    Three Galleria Tower
    13155 Noel Road, Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75240-5090
    phone: 972.934.0022
    EJ Janik Accounting Expert PhotoPrincipal, EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE is a Certified Public Accountant with 37 years of professional experience. He has been engaged as an accounting consultant on issues involving, among other things, public and private company audits, due diligence, fact finding, asset tracing, lost profits analysis, damage analysis, fraud analysis, insurance claims and business valuations. Mr. Janik holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Rice University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Mr. Janik has provided expert testimony in over 80 matters including testimony in 48 trials or hearings in 8 states. His experience also includes over 23,000 hours of Engineering and Construction auditing and consulting work on construction claims matters involving:
    • Acceleration
    • Change Orders
    • Costs
    • Defective Plans
    • Differing Site and Concealed Conditions
    • Direct Costs
    • Disruption
    • Evaluating Claims
  • Indirect Costs
  • Overhead
  • Payroll Fringe Burdens
  • Profit
  • Pre-Qualification Filings
  • Superfund / Hazardous Waste Sites
  • Terminations
  • Other Construction Issues
  • Mr. Janik provides accounting, financial, economic, fraud, and business dispute consulting. He has provided over 150 financial audits and consulted in over 685 business disputes. Janik's clients include Bank of America, Coca-Cola Company, FDIC, General Motors Corporation, IBM, Travelers Insurance, and many more. Specific areas of expertise include:
    • Business Consulting
    • Dispute Consulting
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Damage Analysis / Critiques
    • Construction Claims
  • Opinions / Reports
  • Fact Finding / Graphic Analytics
  • Accounting / Financial / Economic Modeling
  • Contract Accounting
  • Projections and Trend Analysis
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    Patrick Chylinski, CVA, CFE
    515 South Flower Street 41st Floor
    Los Angeles CA 90071-2201
    phone: 213-330-4605
    RSM US, LLP is the 5th largest Accounting and Consulting Firm in the country, with over 85 offices across the United States. Our litigation consulting and financial forensics practice focuses on assisting counsel and clients in the areas of business and commercial litigation matters, forensic and fraud investigations, contract compliance matters, and royalty inspections.

    Our professionals have extensive experience assessing and quantifying damages in a variety of matters including contract disputes, post-closing and post-acquisition disputes, breach of fiduciary duty matters, real estate disputes, fee disputes, partnership disputes, as well as conducting analysis in forensic and fraud matters.

    Industry experience includes, among others, technology, manufacturing, hospitality, government and public sector, banking, consumer products, real estate, financial services, and entertainment. Our team of consultants has qualifications, certifications, and educational experience that include Certified Public Account (CPA), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), MBA, and JD.

    Our professionals have experience testifying at deposition, arbitration, and trial and have experience working in the following types of matters:
    • Economic Damage Analysis
    • Fee Disputes
    • Billing Disputes
    • Breach of Contract Matters
    • Post-acquisition Disputes
    • Earn-out Disputes
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Forensic Investigations
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Matters
    • Business Interruption Matters
  • Construction Claims
  • Covenant Not To Compete Matters
  • Business Valuations
  • Contract Compliance / Royalty Investigations
  • Health Care Litigation Matters
  • Insurance Claims & Coverage Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Related Matters
  • Marital Dissolution Matters
  • Purchase and Sale Disputes
  • Securities Litigation Matters
  • Patrick Chylinski Economic Damages Expert PhotoPatrick Chylinski, MAFF, CVA, CFE is a principal and the West Region Practice Leader for RSM’s Litigation Consulting and Financial Forensics practice. He has extensive experience managing and directing engagements relating to complex commercial litigation, business disputes, investigations of fraud and financial misconduct, and business valuations. He has been designated as an expert in numerous cases, and has testified as an expert in litigation matters relating to contract and fee disputes. Mr. Chylinski has experience serving clients across various industries including healthcare, financial services, real estate, construction, insurance, gaming, entertainment, and technology.

    Past experience includes roles as a Director of the Litigation Consulting and Forensic Accounting Services practice group for a top-25 national accounting and consulting firm, as well as a leadership position at a top regional firm. Earlier in his career, Patrick worked in the Financial Advisory Services group at Deloitte & Touche, focusing on dispute consulting.

    In addition to his work experience in professional services, Patrick has extensive industry experience, having worked as a Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis for what was one of the largest mortgage banking and financial services firms in the country. Patrick also worked in commercial real estate, performing financial analysis and mergers and acquisition due diligence at a commercial real estate investment firm. He also has experience in the securities industry, at one time holding NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.

    Litigation and Dispute Services:
    • Contract Disputes
    • Fee Disputes
    • Damage Analysis
    • Lost Profit Analysis
    • Partnerships and Real Estate Disputes
    Forensic and Investigative Services:
    • Licensing and Royalty Disputes
    • Purchase Price / Earn-out Disputes
    • Forensic Analysis
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Contract Compliance
    8/20/2014 · Forgery & Fraud
    When many people think about fraud, their thoughts usually turn to banks, investment firms and large businesses. But don't be fooled. Not-for-profit organizations – including many charities, colleges, religious entities and trade groups – are often easy targets for sophisticated fraud schemes.

    Business acquisitions and dispositions are often highly complex transactions which can possess an increased potential for disagreements-disagreements that can eventually lead to contentious and costly litigation. Various types of disputes can arise from the purchase or sale of a business, and these post-closing or postacquisition disputes can delay or even derail what may otherwise appear as obvious "win-win" transactions.

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    Robin Bryant
    Flint House
    Midhurst West Sussex GU29 0HD
    phone: 01730-813-915
    Robin Byrant has over 30 years of experience in the Banking Industry. Mr. Bryant started his career in a retail bank, followed by three investment banks and an international bank. His experience also includes the activities and procedures of non-banks such as building societies and centralised lenders. In two of the banks in which he worked he devised systems and procedure manuals and wrote the lending policy for one of the banks.

    Mr. Bryant has been providing advice and banking expert witness evidence in respect of disputes involving banks and other lenders for nearly twenty years. Most of the cases have been in the English High Court but he has also provided evidence for courts in overseas jurisdictions. Advice and evidence has been provided for and on behalf of banks and other lenders or for those opposing them. The majority of the work has been in connection with professional negligence where allegations of a bank’s contributory negligence are raised.

    Mr. Bryant is a member of the Academy of Experts and a founding member of the Expert Witness Institute, where he was a member of the Blom-Cooper working party drawing up guidelines for experts. He has acted in over 250 cases and been cross examined 14 times.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Banking practice and operations
    • Retail banks, Building Societies and Centralised Lenders
    • Corporate lending
    • Property / Real Estate sector lending
    • Personal lending
    • Residential loans
    • Buy to Let loans
    • Commercial loans
    • Investment / merchant banking
    • International banking
    • Trade Finance
    • Loan documentation
    • Lending manuals
    • Credit analysis
    • Debt recovery
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    Peter W. Leibundgut, Esq.
    333 Stoney Brook Ln
    Marlton NJ 08053
    phone: 8569128470
    Peter W. Leibundgut, Esq. has 30 years of transactional, public, and private commercial and real estate finance, legal, and bank consulting experience.

    Mr. Leibundgut has provided expert testimony, reports and litigation support in cases involving over 4 billion dollars involving legal malpractice, contractual, fraud, commercial lending, and equity disputes.

    Consulting Services - Mr. Leibundgut is a consultant to companies, EB-5 Regional Centers, financial institutions, state banking regulators, and the federal government in emerging credit risk management techniques, developing “best practice” underwriting and due diligence guidelines and oversight procedures, bank mergers and acquisitions, special assets and work-outs, and developing regulatory compliant commercial lending policies, processes and procedures to meet financial crisis concerns and emerging laws and regulations

    Mr. Leibundgut is experienced in complex credit transactions including:
      Asset based, factoring, securitizations, bonds, syndications, healthcare, commercial real estate, P3s, transportation, purchase order, mortgage, public and private offerings, letters of credit, secured and unsecured transactions, equipment leasing, microfinance, aircraft and vessel finance
    Peter Leibundgut has lectured and taught on a variety of topics, including lender liability; cross-border transactions; Sarbanes Oxley/FASB; Equipment Leasing; Factoring; Asset Based Lending; Ship Mortgages and finance; real estate development, special assets and creditors’ rights; commercial loan documentation; and credit risk management in commercial loan portfolios and shared-loss compliance.

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    Brent D. Berkman, CFE, CPA / CFF, CGMA
    340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 317-158
    Palm Beach FL 33480
    phone: 561-236-7285
    Brent D. Berkman, CFE, CPA/CFF, CGMA, is a Forensic Accounting, Fraud Examination, Financial, and Taxation Expert with over 40 years of Accounting experience. Certified in Financial Forensics and Fraud Examination, he is a licensed CPA in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and Ohio.

    Mr. Berkman has broad experience with fraud examination, prevention, and deterrence. He has been involved in high-profile confidential investigations, piecing together financial puzzles to resolution. Mr. Berkman also has particular experience with investment schemes, securities fraud, mortgage fraud, real estate fraud, healthcare fraud, financial institution fraud, healthcare fraud, and other occupational and consumer fraud.

    Industry Experience - Mr. Berkman's industry experience includes Community Banks, Home-Builders, Common Interest Realty Associations, Assisted-Living, Regulatory Accounting, Long-Term Contract Accounting, Utilities, Hospitality, Multi-location Restaurants, Manufacturing, Automobile Dealerships, Retail, Health Care, Entertainment, Private Equity Funds, Publicly-Traded Partnerships, Regulated Investment Companies, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and Taxable REIT Subsidiaries.

    Litigation Support - An expert in Forensic Accounting, Mr. Berkman provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include thorough research, reports, deposition, arbitration, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Municipal Bonded Debt
    • Contract Interpretations including Partnership Agreements
    • Financial Analytical Analysis / “Flow of Funds”
    • Commercial and Residential Real Estate including REITs, Private Equity Funds, Affordable Housing, Homebuilders, Contractors, Hospitality, Entertainment / Performing Artists, Health Care and Financial Services, Common Interest Realty Associations, and Not-For-Profit Organizations
    • Estates, Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Private Foundations, Guardianships, High Net Worth, Divorce & Family, Pass-through Entities Including Partnerships, Publicly-Traded Partnerships, LLCs, LLLPs, Disregarded Entities, S-Corporations, and Q-Subs
    • Partnerships and contributed property (Sec 704c)
    • Mergers, Acquisitions, Bankruptcy, and Controllership Services
    • Business Valuations and Structured Finance
    • Qualified / Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements
    • Reconstruction of Accounting Records including Deferred Tax Positions
    • U.S., Multi-State, and Foreign Tax Services, including tax Controversy Representations
    • Credits & Incentives including Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credits
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