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Philip Simmons
President
P.O. Box 786
Lake Arrowhead CA 92352
USA
phone: 310-439-4119
fax: 310-300-3020
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The Simmons Group, Inc. provides clients with over 30 years experience in managing all phases of real estate land acquisition, entitlement, development, construction and marketing. They provide complex project management services to both public and private development companies and public agencies, as well as individual land owners and businesses with real estate interests.

The Simmons Group offers full project and asset evaluation and management services on major land development, single family, multi-family, commercial and mixed-use projects throughout Southern California. On an organizational basis, The Simmons Group helps ensure the best possible assessment and response to the numerous legal, financial and operational needs of companies as they face crucial and ever-changing investment and development challenges.

Services Include:
  • Land Acquisition and Development
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Management and Leadership
  • Strategic / Financial Management
  • Industry and Civic Relations
  • Land Positioning
  • Project Design
  • Executive Support
  • Philip Simmons Real Estate Expert PhotoPhilip Simmons has 30 years of experience managing major Real Estate Developments. Having served as Division President of the nation’s largest private residential development company, he has unique executive, development, legal, and brokerage skills.

    Mr. Simmons is a land use attorney and licensed California real estate broker. In this capacity, he assists clients in all aspects of corporate and real estate management and development services, including litigation support, project acquisition, entitlement, finance, workout, operations, project management, and staff development. Clients served include public and private investment, lending, development, construction, non-profit, and governmental organizations.

    Mr. Simmons is an is an accomplished and confident public speaker. He has expertise in wide variety of public and industry presentations, project coordination meetings, industry panels and speeches, educational programs, corporate presentations, media events, and neighborhood forums.

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    12/2/2015 · Real Estate
    Selecting any expert witness requires an attorney to understand the issues at bar, as well as the opinions of experts that will be required to provide clarity to the finder(s) of fact. Some areas of practice, such as land use and real property litigation, often create added dimensions of complexity in evaluating and planning for necessary testimony. Obviously, litigation varies widely from case to case, and the attorney's challenge in putting together expert testimony to clearly define the facts and relevant conclusions of the case cover a tremendous range of issues. Considerations that go into properly evaluating the need for expert testimony, and subsequently selecting and managing the experts, can be one of the most critical aspects of case and trial preparation.

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    David L. Zacharias
    Commercial Banking Consultant
    126 E. Country Club Dr.
    Phoenix AZ 85014
    USA
    phone: 602-265-3218
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    David L. Zacharias has over 35 years of experience in the Commercial Banking Industry. Has been a director of four banks, CEO of two banks, two mortgage companies, and is currently a Managing Member of a software company which monitors construction loans.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Zacharias has been involved in some of the largest and most complex financial lawsuits representing plaintiffs or defendants, from locally-owned, to Fortune 500 companies, to the FDIC. He has been an expert witness in 17 states involving more than 85 cases (60/40 plaintiff/defendant), involving 55 days of depositions/22 days of trial testimonies. Mr. Zacharias has been deposed many times and has testified more than 100 hours in District, Federal, and Bankruptcy court.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Commercial and Real Estate Credit
    • Loan Underwriting
    • Loan Analysis and Approval
    • Mortgage Underwriting
    • Loan Loss Provisions
    • Loan Structuring / Loan Documentation
    • Lending Policies and Procedures
  • Lender Liability
  • Branch / Checking Account Operations
  • Letters of Credit
  • Bank Internal Controls
  • Bank Fraud Analysis
  • Corporate Credit Fraud
  • Board of Directors’ Responsibilities
  • Resume, fee information and references provided upon request.
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    Kenneth Free
    President
    2808 Ashworth Circle
    Las Vegas NV 91362
    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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    Jeffrey S. Rothbart, JD, LLM
    1945 Techny Road, Suite 6
    Northbrook IL 60062
    USA
    phone: 312-620-2124
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    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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    Peter W. Leibundgut, Esq.
    CEO
    333 Stoney Brook Ln
    Marlton NJ 08053
    USA
    phone: 8569128470
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    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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    Richard Payne
    57 Union Place Suite 316
    Summit NJ 07901
    USA
    phone: 908-277-0250
    fax: 908-277-3391
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    Richard Payne is a Mortgage Banking Expert and Managing Partner for Payne Advisory, LLC. He has served as lead advisor for the RTC at Prudential Securities for Mortgage Securitizations and on the Regional Advisory Boards of both FNMA and Freddie Mac. Mr. Payne has also served as President and CEO of several large and small cap mortgage banking firms.

    Areas of Expertise include:
  • Expert Witness services
  • Put-Back Reviews
  • Mortgage Risk Evaluations
  • Loss Mitigation Strategies
  • Merger & Acquisition Advisory
  • Operational Overviews
  • Credit Reviews
  • Branch Reviews
  • Warehouse Evaluations
  • Board of Director Training
  • Government Relations
  • Hard Money Lending
  • Mortgage Capital Markets
  • Distressed Asset Reviews
  • Specialty Servicer Reviews


  • Payne Advisory, LLC, has thirty years of Wall Street and Main Street experience and assists Companies to proactively address mortgage crisis issues. Its consultants include Lisa Jones who specializes in all aspects of residential mortgage banking, state and federal regulatory compliance, underwriting, credit risk and loss mitigation.
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    James B. Hibert
    President and CEO
    6965 El Camino Real, Ste. 105-599
    Carlsbad CA 92009
    USA
    phone: 760-518-2310
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    Market Street Financial Solutions provide services to banks, non-banks, and individuals with a need for financing solutions. We specialize in Commercial Real Estate and Asset Based Financing for the most basic to the most difficult loan need.

    Market Street Financial Solutions is a licensed California Finance Lender and a Bureau of Real Estate Broker. Their nationwide platform allows them to access loan programs in all 50 states, giving their clients the best possible options.

    President and CEO, James B. (Jay) Hibert has been an active lender in the Commercial Banking Industry for 30 years. Prior to forming Market Street Financial Solutions, Mr. Hibert joined the founding team of a San Diego Business bank as a Senior Vice President, and one of the owners of the privately held banking company. During this time he formed and managed the Bank’s Real Estate Loan Department. He also managed the bank’s largest real estate portfolio and was instrumental in developing secondary market relationships for the bank.

    Mr. Hibert's extensive credit background arms him with the understanding of how banks and other lenders operate internally. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker (BRE) and his company is a California Finance Lender and Broker through the California Department of Business Oversight. Mr. Hibert's experience includes:

    Commercial Lending - Bank Negotiations - Business Development - Credit Administration and Management - Real Estate Brokerage Consulting - Loan Syndication - Loan Workouts

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    George Hedley
    Construction & Real Estate Development Expert

    Email: GH@Hardhatpresentations.com
    Rancho Mirage CA 92270
    USA
    phone: 949-852-2005
    fax: 760-992-5343
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    George Hedley is the founder and President of Hedley Construction and Development Inc., a major General Contractor, Owner’s Representative, and Construction Manager headquartered in Southern California.

    Since 1977, Mr. Hedley has built and / or developed more than 1,000 projects totaling in excess of 15 million square feet of commercial, office, industrial, and residential projects valued at more than $700,000,000. As a general contractor and construction manager, he has constructed numerous projects ranging from $3,000,000 to $10,000,000 each.

    Mr. Hedley has served as a Past President of Associated Builders & Contractors and Southern California Builders Association. He has presented over 500 presentations and workshops to national construction conventions including over 60 programs at the World Of Concrete. He is author of 10 construction business books including “Get Your Construction Business to Always Make A Profit!”, and several workbooks on Estimating, Project Management, Field Management, and Contracts. He has also written over 250 published articles in major construction industry publications including Construction Business Owner magazine.

    Construction Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley offers construction expert witness and consulting services. His areas of expertise include:
    • Cost Estimating & Cost of Replacement
    • Defect Analysis and Inspections
    • Claims and Disputes
    • Standard Industry Practices
  • Schedule Delays
  • Contractor / subcontractor Disputes
  • Contracts and Change Orders
  • Field and Project Management
  • Construction Industry Speaker - Today, along with managing his company, Mr. Hedley owns HARDHAT Presentations, presenting keynote speeches, workshops and seminars to companies and associations. He has received the prestigious ‘Certified Speaking Professional’ designation from the National Speakers Association earned by only 7% of the members. His ‘Profit-Builder’ Programs include topics on Building Leaders, Building Profits, Building Customers and Building Wealth.

    Construction Business Coaching - Mr. Hedley also provides ongoing professional business Coaching, hosts peer to peer mentor groups, facilitates Strategic Planning retreats for companies, and leads ‘BIZ-BUILDER Boot Camps’ for business owners of construction companies.

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    You can get your construction business to move to the next level, get organized and systemized, build an accountable responsible team, charge the right mark-up, always make a profit, and work exactly the way you want by drafting your BIZ-Builder Blueprint Action Plan.
    George Hedley
    This book tried-and-true methods to help fledgling business owners as well as seasoned ones who are just looking to increase capital and productivity. it offers a step-by-step process to help small business owners get what they want: profits, wealth, and freedom.
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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.
    10/10/2016 · Banking
    Strategic planning has always been an important function of the board of directors, but it takes on an even more critical role when under the regulatory microscope. The OCC announced that, for the remainder of 2016, it will continue to focus on strategic risk, as banks change their business models to adapt to innovative products and services.

    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

    9/30/2008 · Banking
    Bankers are hearing horror stories about examiners’ demands and are confused as to how to plan for their next examination. What should they focus on? And will those things be the wrong things when the examiners come into their bank

    Catherine A. Ghiglieri and Jewell D. Hoover
    The Ultimate Guide for Bank Directors, Revised Edition provides bank directors with practical advice and updated information, including on Basel III, CFPB, cybersecurity and risk management, to guide the bank in a safe and sound manner.
    Catherine A. Ghiglieri and Jewell D. Hoover
    This book provides bank directors with a roadmap for navigating the challenges facing banks today.
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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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    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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    Doug Johnston has over 30 years of direct Senior Executive experience and CEO/C-Level management positions with national-scope companies including Commercial Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Real Estate. Early in his career, he was named as a bank President in Texas where his bank received the regulators’ highest ‘Class 1’ rating. He thereafter established multiple new full-service bank offices in Texas and California over 11 years before entering the mergers & acquisitions field and becoming EVP-Finance & Administration and a ‘Founding Father’ of the largest private company in Los Angeles.

    Mr. Johnston is an investigative and strategic consultant with direct experience in finance, management, sales, and operations. He has extensive due diligence, negotiation, underwriting, and documentation experience including as a lender, borrower, buyer, investor, executive and/or seller in hundreds of transactions in the service, technology, manufacturing, real estate, and entertainment sectors across the US, with well over $2 Billion in closed transactions. Mr. Johnston has over 30 years experience in getting quickly to the heart of deals, strategy, and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of either side of a transaction. As a published author, he has written numerous articles on topics including finance and economics, and he is a past President of the Century City Rotary Club.

    Selected Professional Experience:

    Platinum Equity, LLC, 1997-2004 - EVP Finance & Administration of the largest privately held company based in Los Angeles and one of the top largest private U.S. companies, with additional offices in New York, Boston and Paris. Platinum was an early participant in the ‘private equity’ sector and has specialized in acquiring key divestitures from IBM, ATT, Viacom, WorldCom, Motorola, Alcatel, and Lucent among many others.

    Nook Sleep Systems, LLC, 2008-2013 - Co-Founder & CEO of highly acclaimed infant mattress and ancillary consumer products brand which manufactures throughout the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia.

    SCI Real Estate Investments, LLC, 2005-2007 - CEO/COO/Co-Founder of a ‘Top 3’ national-scope company within the $15 Billion/year Tenant-In-Common (‘TIC’) segment of commercial real estate.

    Areas of Specialization:
    • Banking & Lending
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Corporate Finance
    • Private Equity
    • Due Diligence
    • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Equity Syndications
  • Asset Protection
  • Hedging & Foreign Currencies
  • Marketing & Development
  • Operating Management
  • Staffing & Employment Practice
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    1/17/2017 · Real Estate
    Experts in the emerging field of data analytics now provide attorneys with powerful new tools to transform and evaluate 'data dumps' exchanged during legal discovery. While many national-scope firms have developed in-house data analytics skills, regional and local firms now also have full access to third party state-of-the-art processing algorithms and optical scanning software that convert paper images to analyzable data. Over the past five years, refinements in data analytics techniques and document review software have moved to the forefront of litigation support to dramatically change the landscape of discovery. To improve case outcomes, outside experts in data analytics look to: 1) get more out of the available case data, 2) reduce human error and risk, and 3) save 30-70% (or more) in costs and time. Several examples below illustrate the case for advanced analytics.

    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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    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 over 1,000 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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    James E. Fitzgerald
    Executive Managing Director
    1601 Elm Street
    Floor 33
    Dallas Texas (TX) 75201
    USA
    phone: 9728001524
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    Dauntless Advisory Services, LLC is a Chicago-based Hotel / Resort Advisory Firm with deep and multifaceted industry expertise.

    Deep hospitality experience in workouts, consulting, lending, asset management, litigation support, as well as development and acquisitions, enables Dauntless Hospitality Advisors to provide objective and impactful solutions from numerous perspectives to owners, lenders, attorneys, developers, and hotel companies. Advisory services include:
    • Asset Management
    • Lender and Litigation Support
    • Strategic Consulting
    • Debt and Equity Solutions
    • Business Development
    • Real Estate Development
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Negotiating
  • Financial Due Diligence
  • Acquisitions
  • Divestitures
  • Sourcing Transactions
  • James Fitzgerald Hospitality Expert PhotoJames E. Fitzgerald has over 35 years of global experience creating value in the Real Estate and Hospitality Sectors.

    Mr. Fitzgerald is a highly skilled negotiator with deep expertise in consulting, finance, due diligence, loan origination, asset management, acquisitions, divestitures and workouts. He is a professional with an expansive network of relationships throughout the private equity, investment banking, real estate, legal, and hospitality communities.

    From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Fitzgerald served as Managing Director of Hotel Investments for Principal Global Investors. In this role, he created and executed a hotel investment program for Principal Real Estate Investors of over $4 billion. Mr. Fitzgerald led Principal’s efforts as JV partner on 1002 room JW Marriott Resort in San Antonio- $500 million project and exceeded budget for seven consecutive years. Over the course of his career, he has:
    • Advised on over $10 billion of hospitality transactions
    • Originated billions in hotel mortgage debt: CMBS, whole, and mezzanine Loans
    • Founded and successfully grew a national investment and advisory practice
    • Provided advisory and due diligence services to private equity firms and major hospitality corporations and hotel owners
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    As an operating business without the benefit of long term leases, hotels can be volatile. With a perishable inventory of rooms to be sold each night, sophisticated marketing tactics are critical. In good times, it is easy to make money; however, as the economy slows, and new supply enters the market, cash flows lessen, and tensions rise. This is particularly true for overleveraged hotels.

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    Lee E. Tabas
    355 W. Lancaster Avenue
    Building E, Suite 1
    Haverford PA 19041
    USA
    phone: 610-896-2400
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    Lee Tabas is available as an expert witness in banking and business litigation matters. In 30 years of banking, finance and life, he has experienced the variety of financial institution lawsuits. He has testified many times in court, and is able to communicate and explain banking procedures and Concepts in simple terms. Here are three reasons that you might consider using Lee Tabas as an expert in your legal matter.

    • People pay attention to what expert Witnesses and Lee Tabas in particular has to say. Testimony from an expert witness almost always helps represent the fact in an accurate, clear way that those present or reading the transcript will understand.Lee Tabas speaks deliberately and does not often mis-speak when challenged by opposing counsel. His expert witness testimony is convincing and persuasive and generally gets through to the judge, mediator, or jury.

    • Lee Tabas as an expert witness can and does prompt settlements. If the ultimate goal of legal proceedings is to achieve a fair and reasonable settlement rather than drag the case through years of litigation and complicated court proceedings, then it is probably worth consulting with an expert witness. Often, the knowledge that an expert professional will be testifying in court is enough to convince the other party to settle the case.

    • Expert Witnesses help either side of the case.The common perception is that only defense legal teams choose to work with expert witness testimony. This is a misconception. Both defense and plaintiff legal teams should be aware of the benefits of an expert is able to provide. An expert professional can make the facts speak more clearly which is a strong argument for using Lee Tabas as an expert witness.

    Feel free to setup a meeting by calling us directly : 610-896-2400

    Mr. Tabas of TABASFUNDING has experience as an expert witness in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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    John B. Schnure
    President
    224 Orchard Road
    North Barrington IL 60010-2155
    USA
    phone: 847-372-3009
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    Cambria Associates has provided consulting services to the Banking, Finance, and Real Estate industries for more than 24 years. Serving more than 100 clients over the years, and currently working with 30 banks, thrifts and credit unions with assets ranging from $100 million to $12 billion, Cambria Associates operates primarily in the Chicago area, but also in New York, California, Florida, Wisconsin and Iowa.

    Cambria Associates focuses primarily on asset and loan review for its clients, with watch-list credits, analysis of risk ratings, quality of documentation and administration, adherence to policies, and monitoring and recommendations. Their partial client list includes Banco Popular NA, Glenview State Bank, Charter National Bank, Tuscola National Bank, Buffalo Savings Bank, Blackhawk Community Credit Union, Hawthorne Credit Union, Devon Bank, THE National Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust, Foster Bank, Western Springs National Bank, and High Country Bank.

    Banking Industry Services
    • Loan Review
    • Loan Workout
    • Policy Review
    • Bank Acquisitions Due Diligence
  • Commercial Lending
  • Real Estate Lending
  • Regulatory Response / Repair
  • Banking Litigation Support
  • Principal, John B. Schnure, President of Cambria Associates, has 40 years of experience in Banking, Bank Management, Lending, Loan Review Due Diligence, and Commercial Real Estate. He has worked with Cambria Associates for over 25 years and has worked with over 100 banks as clients over the years.

    Background - Mr. Schnure holds an MBA from Columbia University with majors in International Business and Real Estate, and a BBA from University of Cincinnati with a major in Finance. He has post-graduate study at Dartmouth College and University of Virginia Business Schools. Mr. Schnure has been President and CEO of three Chicago area banks/thrifts, and prior to that was Vice President of The Northern Trust Company in commercial lending and management.

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