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Managing Director (President)
212 Piccadilly, London, W1J9HG
phone: 0044-0-207-917 6026
fax: 0044-0-207-439 0262
Expertise: Internationally recognized expert on the benefits of Crisis Management etc. Currently engaged by 7th largest organisation in the USA. Author of the new UK Government guide Preventing Chaos in a Crisis. Primary author of present UK Police command methodology Gold, Silver & Bronze. Senior Scotland Yard background, including setting up the multi agency operational management structure at the London Kings Cross major subway fire, secondment to the Anti Terrorist Branch. University lecturer. Highly entertaining / humorous global facilitator & presenter. Key motivator able to stimulate and focus wide audiences. Outstanding authoritative & skilled public speaker. Occasional TV appearances. Much quoted elsewhere. Member of the Guild of Freeman of the City of London.

Seminars & Speaking Topics:
  • Crisis Management: Preventing Chaos in a Crisis.
  • Avoiding Catastrophe: Human Behavior – Good or Bad.
  • The People Factor: Factoring in How People Will React.
  • Business Continuity (BC): No Longer a "Grudge Purchase" - More Profit!
  • Understanding Risk: Knitting with Fog, or Drawing the Strands Together?
  • Best Practice from the UK Govt: Why the UK & Europe Have Changed Focus.
  • Don’t Make a Drama out of a Crisis: The Benefits of Effective Incident Management.
  • Regulations 600 Years Old: Why Be a Freeman of the City of London?
  • New Scotland Yard: A Behind the Curtain Look at Current Issues.
Company Background: Visor Consultants specializes in helping domestic and global organizations get the very best from their staff in times of possible disaster. We quantify your various risks and hazards; advise you on which pose the greatest threats; assist you to eliminate or contain them; and help develop your Crisis Management skills. We can then guide you in Risk Mitigation, in resolving any security issues, and in designing Crisis & Business Continuity Management strategies.

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6/17/2009 · Crisis Management
It might have been 30 years ago but in a new age of immediate and global communications there is a message here for 2009: Any world leader is on a stage these days and the audience compared to 1979 is not just one country

6/21/2001 · Crisis Management
Experience has shown that when suddenly faced with a catastrophe, crisis managers have a tendency, from the outset, to try and follow familiar or routine systems. The more disturbing the situation the stronger the urge to take refuge in familiar procedures

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Avinash Vashistha
Chairman / CEO
2/10, II Floor
RMV Extension, II Stage , 80 Feet Road
Bangalore 560094
phone: 91-80-23519760
fax: 91-80-23519762
Avinash Vashistha has dedicated his career to the unique requirements of the Global Outsourcing Market. His background and understanding of the practices surrounding Offshore Markets provides clients with a custom offshoring strategy, supplier / build mapping, favorable pricing, reduced risk, successful transition and sustainable performance contracts that address issues unique to offshore delivery.

Mr. Vashistha has evaluated and conducted due diligence on over 200 supplier firms, including companies in India, Russia, China, Philippines, Malaysia, C&E Europe, US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Vietnam. He has directed sourcing assessments, IT and BPO / KPO sourcing transactions and executed program governance models realizing $6 Billion in savings for clients. Avinash also developed significant expertise in the areas of R&D, Technology, Human Resources, Finance and Accounting, Analytics, Investment Research, claims processing and other domain specific voice and back office business processes. Mr. Vashistha has been a strong proponent of well-qualified, but lesser known tier-two suppliers in the competitive sourcing process.

Thought Leader: His opinions are sought and recognized by worldwide organizations and conference organizers such as IDC, NASSCOM, CITEM, C-Level, Private Equity Conference, the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, CII, SBPOA and IAOP. Leading media conglomerates such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Time, The Straits Times, The Business Times, USA TODAY, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, Business Week, Bangkok Post, NDTV, Times Group, Business Standard and Cyber Media have featured Avinash extensively. He has been recognized by HRO Today as ‘HRO Superstar’ for 2006 and 2007 in the category of thought leaders and advisors on outsourcing. He has also been recognized as ‘FAO Superstar’ for 2007.
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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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    Jean L. Seawright, CMC
    140 N. Park Avenue
    Suite 250
    Winter Park FL 32789
    phone: 407-645-2433
    fax: 407-645-3923
    As a highly professional & credible Expert, Consultant, & Speaker, Jean Seawright has provided trusted advice & HR Consultation to thousands of organizations nationwide. As president of Seawright & Associates, a Human Resource Management-Consulting Firm, Ms. Seawright is widely respected for her knowledge of state & federal employment regulations including, but not limited to FLSA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII, & others.

    Since 1987, she has focused on engagements involving hiring, coaching, & terminating employees; regulatory compliance; charges of discrimination; performance management systems; internal investigations (including harassment); employee handbook development; compensation plan design; HR audits; hiring systems; job descriptions; & others.

    Ms. Seawright is a frequent speaker at state & national trade associations & is the author of numerous articles & publications in the field of human resources, including the popular book, The Employment Genie®, an exclusive hiring, coaching, & termination system for businesses.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Negligent Hiring and Retention
    • Discrimination and EEO Compliance
    • HR Policies and Programs
    • FLSA and Wage and Hour Compliance
    • Harassment
    • Expert Witness Services for Employment Law Matters
    • ADA
    • FMLA
    • Hiring Procedures
    • Title VII
    • Employee Handbooks
    Ms. Seawright is available for case analysis, case theory evaluation, expert witness reports, depositions, analysis of other expert testimony, and trial testimony.
    Jean Seawright
    Now you can own a complete human resource department ‘in a box!’ Worried about hiring, coaching, and terminating employees legally and effectively? As a business owner, you know that one bad hire or poorly executed termination can bring your business to its knees. Finally, there’s a solution! With The Employment Genie® system, you can hire smart, reduce turnover, limit liability, and implement consistent employment practices!
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    Willie L. Carter, MBA, CLS, CMQ, CISOLA
    459 Lambert Tree Rd
    Highland Park IL 60035
    phone: 847-919-6127
    fax: 847-432-4532
    Quantum Associates, Inc (QAI) provides Process Improvement Services for companies seeking to do more with less. Their approach draws on the disciplines of Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints and other continuous improvement tools to help clients optimize their processes, so they minimize their costs and accelerate their cycle times enabling them to do more with less. .

    Founded in 1999 by Willie L. Carter to assist small to mid-sized manufacturing and service companies improve their processes to become more competitive, QAI’s network of consultants has over 200 years of combined continuous process improvement experience in various industries. Our consultants have worked on projects around the globe, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

    The team at QAI has a strong understanding of continuous process improvement, a vast knowledge of many different process improvement methods with a keen attention to delivering breakthrough results and extraordinary value. It is their ability to assess the situation through data analysis providing comprehensive solutions specific to the client’s business that leads to a successful process improvement project within budget from conception to completion.

    QAI Services:
    • Quantum Process Improvement
    • Lean Manufacturing Services
    • Lean Enterprise for Service Firms
    • Six Sigma Implementation
    • ISO 9000 Services
  • Lean Leadership Coaching / Mentoring
  • Training
  • Lean Office Simulations
  • Velocity Managing System (VMS)
  • Lean Office / Administrative implementation
  • Quantum Associates, Inc. Video Introduction

    Willie Carter Process Improvement Expert PhotoWillie L. Carter, MBA, CLS, CMQ, CISOLA, is the President of Quantum Associates, Inc. Willie is a seasoned operations and quality expert with proven expertise in achieving breakthroughs in eliminating waste, process improvement, lean process improvement, lean sales process improvement, lean transformation, quality management and continuous improvement. He is a trained facilitator (Juran Institute) who excels at getting staff to buy-in and sustain continuous process improvement objectives; change agent and team builder with over 40 years of operations and continuous and lean process improvement leadership.

    Willie is an effective relationship builder who has led, coached, and mentored teams in Europe, Asia, and North America to elevated levels of performance in achieving process improvement and lean enterprise goals.
    Recently I was approached by a community college administrator about working with them to improve some of their processes. As I read her request one of the things I noticed was she wanted to know what other community colleges had I worked with to improve their processes. In my mind, it doesn't make a difference if you worked with other community colleges at all because process improvement doesn't differentiate as to industry or organizations.

    Continuous process improvement ensures that your processes are capable of meeting or exceeding internal or external customer requirements and business performance objectives. Continuous process improvement consists of the rigorous application of the following activities:

    Willie L. Carter
    A hands-on step by step guide on how to improve the quality of products or services produced by administrative processes. The book focuses on administrative departments and what they must do to satisfy their internal customers.
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    Debra L. Phairas
    461 Second St., Ste. 229
    San Francisco CA 94107
    phone: 415-764-4800
    fax: 415-764-4802
    Debra L. Phairas founder of a nationally recognized Health Care Practice Management and Risk Management consulting and seminar firm. Her clients include over 1,800 individual and group physician practices of every specialty, malpractice insurance companies, state, local, and national medical/dental associations.

    Ms. Phairas' background includes medical clinic administration and loss prevention management for NORCAL MUTUAL, a physician malpractice insurance carrier in Northern California. Her BS is from Michigan State University and her graduate work at Golden Gate University San Francisco MBA Health Services Administration program. She has presented seminars and lectures nationwide for state and local medical/dental associations, management organizations and specialty societies.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Phairas is certified as an Expert Witness in California, Arizona, and Washington. Her litigation support services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include depositions, arbitration, mediation, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Medical Practice Management
    • Medical Practice Compensation
    • Medical Practice Shareholder Disputes
    • Hospital / Physician Compensation Disputes
  • Health Care Economics
  • Medical Staffing Issues
  • Risk Management
  • Medical Practice Business Valuation
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    Doug Bania, CLP, Founding Principal
    Brian Buss, CFA, Founding Principal
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    CA USA
    phone: San Diego 858-255-4361 Los Angeles 310-975-3145
    Nevium’s experts are trial-tested IP custom & practice damages experts who take a hands-on approach with all their IP litigation assignments. Whether you are in need of an expert to calculate economic damages as lost profits / unjust enrichment, give an opinion on specific business clauses in a license agreement or to leverage Internet and Social Media analytics to prove or disapprove infringement, Nevium has the experience and expertise.

    Litigation Support:Nevium works closely with C-Level executives, in-house and outside counsel to implement the best possible business strategy that intertwines with the legal strategy. Nevium is part of the team early on in the litigation process assisting with discovery requests and deposition questions. Nevium’s experience and expertise allows the managing attorney to focus on the legal issues knowing that Nevium is proactively taking care of the business side of the case. As experienced Intellectual Property Consultants, they have real-word, hands on IP management, monetization and valuation experience that plays out well in front of a judge and jury.

    Nevium professionals provide IP expert witness testimony related to economic damages in a range of lost profits, unjust enrichment, relief from royalty, reasonable royalty, relief from pay per click, corrective advertising and IP valuation. They author reports and provide testimony for federal and state court claims, arbitration, and mediation related to false endorsement, defamation, infringement and unfair competition.

    Litigation Expertise
    • Trademark Damages
    • Copyright Damages
    • Patent Damages
  • Publicity Rights Damages
  • Defamation Damages
  • Internet and Social Media Damages
  • Areas of Analyses Expertise
    • Lost Profits
    • Relief from Royalty
    • Reasonable Royalty
  • Unjust Enrichment
  • Relief from Pay Per Click
  • Corrective Advertising
  • Past Law Firm Clients
    • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
    • Gordon & Rees
    • Higgs Fletcher & Mack
    • Latham & Watkins
    • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
  • Dorsey & Whitney
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Husch Blackwell
  • McGuireWoods
  • Winston & Strawn
  • Doug Bania IP Expert PhotoDoug Bania, CLP, Founding Principal, has over a twelve years of expertise in managing, valuing and monetizing intellectual property and intangible assets. Mr. Bania has been a named expert in over thirty (30) cases, has been deposed seven (7) times and has testified at trial four (4) times. Mr. Bania was recently called upon to testify in the Pharrell Williams, et al. v. Bridgeport Music, Inc., et al., case as the Plaintiffs’ and Counter-Defendants’ Copyright Apportionment Expert testifying in the area of Damages and Apportionment.

    Mr. Bania’s industry experience ranges from apparel to automotive and publishing to music. Prior to founding Nevium, Doug Bania managed 100s of projects related to brands, intellectual property and the related intangible assets. He has assisted clients in intellectual property matters related to acquisitions, litigation, bankruptcy, tax, estate, family and marital disputes, and licensing.

    Brian Buss Economic Valuation Expert PhotoBrian Buss, CFA, Founding Principal, is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over two decades of experience providing intellectual property and business valuation, expert testimony and transaction advisory. Mr. Buss provide solutions for IP owners, attorneys and licensees both in the United States and overseas. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Economics from Claremont McKenna College and completed the Executive MBA program at San Diego State University.

    An expert in valuation and economic damages calculations, Mr. Buss has valued copyrights, brands, patents and business interests across a wide range of industries from apparel companies to airports and from technology start-ups to global consumer products companies. Often engaged to analyze unique and proprietary assets and their economic impact and contribution to financial results, he works closely with clients and counsel to develop thorough yet clear and understandable analyses.

    San Diego Office
    415 Laurel Street, Suite 341
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Telephone: 858-255-4361
    Los Angeles Office
    9107 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 450
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Telephone: 310-975-3145

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    Based on our knowledge of and ability to analyze and value businesses, valuation professionals are uniquely positioned to provide valuable information to business owners and managers regarding the financial value of their brand assets. In other words, how a company's brand assets are contributing to the company's overall financial performance. This "Special Issue" of The Value Examiner is intended to kick-start the discussion on brand valuation by identifying the opportunities and challenges in completing brand valuation assignments for our clients.

    3/20/2017 · Damages
    Use of the Internet and social media has become an increasingly essential element of conducting business in the United States and globally, which in turn raises new issues for calculating damages and performing valuations. With almost every business now using the Internet and social media to conduct business, cases of Internet IP infringement, IP misuse, and defamation have increased and evolved. Before the rise of these new media, cases of infringement and defamation typically occurred in print or on television and were visually obvious.

    Most of the existing literature on copyright infringement is concerned with the valuation of intellectual property rather than the apportionment of the value that is directly attributable to the intellectual property asset at issue. Further, few of the currently proposed IP valuation methods and little of the literature addressing the determination of damages appears directly applicable to the case of copyright in the context of artistic productions. Within the creative arts, recorded music offers a particularly complex and interesting case within which to explore this issue, as different portions of the relevant copyright to the recorded song may be held by different persons.

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    Richard Singer
    Senior Director of Consulting Services
    501 N. Highway A1A
    Jupiter FL 33477
    phone: 561-744-6006
    fax: 561-744-9085
    Richard Singer is the leading expert in Golf Facility Operations, Transactions and Valuation Consulting. He has been qualified as an expert witness in cases involving golf course transactions, valuations, liability, economic potential, usual and customary practices and business plan preparation.

    Mr. Singer has been the Director of Consulting Services for the National Golf Foundation (NGF) since 1997, and now has a total of 26 years of golf facility consulting experience. He first joined the NGF consulting staff in 1989 as a project analyst after completing his Finance MBA at the University of Florida. Mr. Singer has successfully managed the NGF’s well-known golf consulting practice with an industry-respected track record of success and a reputation for delivering projects on time and on budget.

    Mr. Singer’s consulting services for alternative golf facilities have included both new development and operational reviews for driving ranges, putting courses, miniature golf courses, golf learning centers, executive / par-3 courses, and various combinations with other facilities. He co-authored the NGF publication How to Plan, Build and Operate a Successful Golf Range.

    Experience Includes:
    • Golf Facility Feasibility Analysis
    • Golf Operations Consulting
    • Account Management
    • Real Estate Master Planning
    • Expert Witness
    • Financial Analysis
    • Business Plan Preparation
  • Budgeting / Planning
  • Public Presentations
  • Golf Business Valuation
  • Golf Market Analysis
  • Staffing / HR
  • Proposal Writing
  • Credit Evaluation
  • Golf Facility Operations Consulting Services Include:
    • Golf Course Inspections
    • Operational / Accounting Audits
    • Management / Operations
    • Contract Preparation
    • Clubhouse Design / Needs Assessments
  • RFP Preparation Assistance
  • Golf Marketing Strategies
  • Green Fee / Member Pricing
  • Business Plan Preparation
  • Litigation Assistance
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    Michael Phillips
    San Francisco CA 94114
    phone: 415-505-4123
    Michael Phillips has served as a bank vice president, corporate treasurer, foundation president, and Marketing / Management consultant to more than a thousand businesses worldwide, from one person shops to a $100 billion global giant.

    Background - Mr. Phillips co-founded the marketing research department at Bank of America from 1964-1968. In that capacity, he organized the Bank PR and Marketing Research Association. For several years after, Mr. Phillips served as Vice President of Bank of California. There, he was involved in a lawsuit to end employment discrimination. Although he has held various positions since, Mr. Phillips has always had a particular interest in Equal Employment. He is a published author of eleven books and a founder of the Briarpatch Network.

    Litigation Support - Michael Phillips has been successful in winning cases involving business matters on behalf of Consumer rights and Minority Communities since 1983. He has opined in cases against PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, MCI, Pacific Bell, AT&T, and Qwest.

    Mr. Phillips has been an expert witness in more than a dozen Public Utility cases on behalf of major American minority organizations. He is noted as the organizer and lead plaintiff in the first and most influential class action on behalf of women and minorities. With Robert Gnaizda at Public Advocates as attorney, a settlement was reached in 1972 with five major banks and Savings & Loans. The settlement set affirmative action goals which put banking in the forefront of "equal employment" in the U.S. for the next quarter century.

    Forum - California Public Utilities Commission
    • Expertise: Environmental Settlement
    • Expertise: Corporate Governance
    • Expertise: Marketing Practices and Ethics
    Forum - California Department of Insurance
    • Expertise: Management
    • Expertise: Top Management Compensation
    Forum - California Senate Energy Committee
    • Expertise: Corporate Finance
    Michael Phillips
    This book describes the components of human behavior that thrive in a world of commerce: meritocracy, diversity, openness, an appreciation of markets and technology. Commerce has brought us modernity and the infinite number of niches that allow individuals to find a life of authenticity.
    Michael Phillips, et al
    The original proposal for a randomly selected legislature with arguments based on the Federalist Papers.
    Michael Phillips
    This book tells how to live with money: how to get it, care for it, and forget about it. An underground classic among corporate executives, accountants, and entrepreneurs since the 1970s, it is rooted in the author's commitment to right livelihood, to learning how the world works, to a willingness to "fail young," and to networking. Phillips shows how to combine these principles with the seven laws to engender a healthy, fearless attitude toward money.
    Michael Phillips, et al
    The best marketing you can do for your business is to concentrate on creating a high-quality operation that customers, employees and other businesspeople will trust, respect and recommend.
    Michael Phillips
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    Jay Shapiro
    2934 1/2 Beverly Glen Circle
    Ste. 507
    Los Angeles CA 90077
    phone: 310-441-3600
    fax: 310-441-3610
    Jay Shapiro, CPA, is a Certified Public Accountant specializing in serving the Entertainment and Media Industry on an international 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 35 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 1,200 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.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Shapiro provides extensive forensic investigation and litigation support services to the entertainment industry. He handles all aspects of “Hollywood Accounting.” Having worked in the legal industry for 35 years, Mr. Shapiro has been retained as a damage expert over 75 times and has testified in court over 25 times. Mr. Shapiro's services include consulting, investigation, written formal reports, dispute resolution, depositions, and expert opinion.

    Areas of Professional Expertise:
    • Contractual Disputes
    • Fraud
    • Bankruptcy / Insolvency
    • Participations
    • Royalties
  • Economic Damages
  • Personal Injury/ Lost Earnings Capacity
  • Real Estate Issues
  • Retail Disputes
  • Professional Service Firm Matters
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    Robert Bates, CPA, CFE, CVA
    1819 Polk St. , #314
    San Francisco CA 94109
    phone: 508-331-8815
    Robert Bates, CPA, CFE, CVA, has over 25 years of Financial Management and Accounting experience as a Controller and CFO in various industries. He has been in several industries, including telecom, media, retail and financial services in addition to having consulting experience at startups in the software, technology, and life sciences fields.

    Mr. Bates specializes in International Accounting, Software Issues, and Obtaining Financing. The CFO of a public company, he has completed due diligence accounting/reporting for 12 acquisitions, including performing Business Valuations and dealing with FAS 142 issues. Mr. Bates has handled accounting for complex debt instruments including warrants, beneficial conversion feature, and other derivative issues. He has also been responsible for SEC reporting: 10Q’s and 10K’s.

    Litigation Support - Robert Bates has worked with dozens of lawyers on over 50 cases in various states. Sometimes he provides financial support for a client in litigation, or pre-litigation, and other times he provides a report, such as a damages calculation, which can be used in litigation. He also has experience providing testimony in depositions and trials.

    Legal Services:
    • Unbiased Case Analysis
    • Discovery Review & Recommendations
    • High-Impact Demonstrative Exhibits
    • Strategy and Tactics Conferences
    • Damage Calculations
    • Cash Flow Analysis Reports
    • Profit and Loss Analysis
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    8/31/2017 · Accounting
    Economic downturns and recessions are notorious for encouraging fraud. As new and prospective fraud examiners, it's imperative that you become aware of the various fraud risks that can occur and the red flags that indicate a fraud in progress.

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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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    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.

    "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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    Kelly Hickel
    Co-Founder and Main Contact
    950 3rd. Avenue
    17th Floor
    New York NY 10022
    phone: 212-486-3600
    fax: 303-484-5374
    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.
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    Dennis Coleman
    10 Chaucer Lane
    Ventura CA 93003
    United States
    phone: 6613136579
    Dennis E. Coleman, JD, MPH, has over 40 years of experience in Hospital and Healthcare Management. In 1990, he formed his own hospital administration / healthcare management services consulting firm provide healthcare management services to various healthcare provider clients in a variety of areas, including strategic planning, business development, operations management, sales and marketing, policy & procedure development, and human resources management.

    Mr. Coleman's academic background includes a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles and a Masters in Public Health degree with a Hospital Administration major and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Litigation Support - As a hospital administration expert witness consultant, Mr. Coleman is an advocate for applying community standards which are relevant, based upon the time frame, subject matter and administrative practice(s) appropriate to each case. He has consulted and provided case review, expert witness services, and/or strategic litigation preparation services in more than 200 legal matters. He accepts cases on behalf of Plaintiffs or Defendants.

    Mr. Coleman is willing to serve as either a work product consultant or a designated expert based upon the particular strategic litigation needs of each case.

    Cases Include:
    • Medical Staff Credentialing & Clinical Privileging / ELAM
    • Negligent Credentialing, Negligent Supervision, Negligent Retention
    • Hospital / Physician Relations-MEJIA Ostensible Agency Issues
    • Administrative Community Standards
    • Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules & Regulations
    • Provider-Based Physician Contracting Negotiations & Contract Administration
    • Administrative Policies & Procedures
    • Hospital Joint Commission Accreditation, Licensing & Regulatory Compliance Issues
    • Wrongful Termination / Constructive Discharge / Whistleblower Issues
    • Patient rights; Informed Consent
    • Patient Safety; Environment of Care
    • Governance; Corporate Negligence
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    Bryan L. Parker, CPA/PFS, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CASL, FCPA
    2501 Meadowview Ln., #201
    Pelham AL 35124
    phone: 205-664-1212 or 205-422-0448 (Cell)
    fax: 205-664-1255
    Bryan Parker Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoBryan L. Parker, CPA/PFS, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CASL, FCPA, is a Certified Forensic Accountant with over 30 years of experience in his field.

    Background - Prior to founding Bryan L. Parker, CPA, LLC, Mr. Parker held the position of CFO at McPherson Oil Company ($300 million + annual revenues) where he was responsible for advising and negotiating banking relationships, acquisition review, acquisition integration, financial reporting, and interaction with external auditors. His experience also includes serving as VP of Mergers & Acquisitions for Citation Corporation (Public Co.) and CFO of TIC United Corp., Dallas, TX ($300 million + revenues).

    Mr. Parker has performed business valuations for more than 100 businesses in a variety of industries including manufacturing, trucking, printing, fuel oil distribution, motor/lubricating oil distribution, professional services, restaurants, fast food franchises, metal foundry, metal forge, machining, and plastic injection molding.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Parker provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He offers Forensic Accounting services, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Money Tracing
    • Business Valuations
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Business Damage Analysis
  • Earning Capacity
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