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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Valuation
  • Litigation Economic Loss / Damage Analysis and Independent Opinions, Expert Witness
  • Product Warranty and Class Action Settlement Valuation
  • Dealership - Valuation, Profitability and Practices
  • Business Interruption, Minority Interests and Fair Value, Ownership Disputes
  • Estate and Gift Valuation
  • Succession and Business Owner Wealth Transfer Planning
  • Acquisition / Merger Advisory
  • Mining Interest Valuation
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    Groton MA 01450
    USA
    phone: 617-872-2307
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    John Valentine Banking Finance Expert PhotoJohn W. Valentine is an attorney with more than 40 years of experience – over 30 of which are in Custody Banking, ERISA Fiduciary, Benefits and Asset Servicing work. He has served as an expert witness in global custody and asset servicing matters for private litigants as well as the SEC, and is available for either plaintiffs or defendants.

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

    Mr. Valentine was an active participant in the ERISA Attorney’s Group and helped found the Association of Global Custodians. As such, he knows and has helped influence industry practices as well as regulations and regulatory policies affecting Institutional Investors.

    His extensive in-house experience is unique. His insider knowledge of procedures and operations is invaluable in analyzing investment losses involving bank custody or service provider negligence. He can help draft strong Complaints that will survive attack, as well as effective Answers and Counter-Claims. Because he knows internal structures and operations, he can also help conduct more effective discovery –in demanding and analyzing key materials -- as well as identifying issues which might otherwise be missed -- to develop a winning strategy.

    His reports and opinions are authoritative and persuasive.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Directed Trustee and Custodial Agreements, Duties and Operations
    • Best Practices for Pension Funds, Mutual Funds, Endowments / Foundations, Corporate Assets, Hedge Funds
    • Trade Settlement Operations
    • Settlement, Custody and Documentation of Non-Traditional Investments, including Limited Partnerships, LLCs, GICs / GACs, Group Trusts, and Hedge Funds
    • Derivatives Processing, Reporting and Documentation for both bi-lateral and exchange-traded derivatives
    • Collateral and Account Control Agreements and Duties
    • Foreign Exchange, including ERISA Exemption Procedures
    • Valuation of Assets, including hard-to-value assets
    • Selection, Oversight, and Management of Sub-Custodians
    • Foreign Tax Reclaim Administration
    • Corporate Actions
    • Proxy Voting
    • Company Stock
    • Collective Investment Funds, including STIFs
    • Luxembourg and Irish Fund Administration
    • Bank Deposit Vehicles
    • Overdraft Facilities
    • Risk and Compliance Department Function / Risk Mitigation / Risk Controls
    • Mutual Fund Back-Office, Accounting and Administration
    • Rules 17f-5 and 7 for foreign custody of US Mutual Fund assets
    • The Custody Rule applicable to Investment Managers
    • ERISA plan asset issues
    • ERISA foreign asset custody rules
    • ERISA prohibited transactions
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    Rod Tasker
    Payment Services / Transactional Banking Consultant
    50 Ridge Road
    Fairhaven Victoria 3231
    Australia
    phone: +61424080507
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    Rod Tasker Payments Transaction Banking Expert PhotoRod Tasker specializes in Payment Services, Transaction Banking, and e-Commerce. He has over 20 years of experience working for major banks in strategic and business planning and cradle to grave product management, including business cases, feasibility, piloting, commercialization, and retirement.

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

    Mr. Musey's industry knowledge, financial expertise and extensive writing experience allow him to expediently craft well-argued independent written direct testimony documents that withstand scrutiny in depositions and during courtroom cross-examination. Prior expert witness experience and years of communicating with investors of all types have honed his skills at orally communicating his industry knowledge and financial expertise. Moreover, Mr. Musey's legal background facilitates his ability to communicate with legal professionals, understand the legal relevance of case facts and efficiently read legal documents.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Industry and Business
      • Broadband Communications
      • Broadcasting
      • FCC Spectrum Licenses (including orbital slot valuation and wireless spectrum valuation)
      • Wireless Communications
      • Satellite Communications Industry and Related Media and Telecommunications Topics
    • Financial and Economic
      • Asset Valuation
      • Business Valuation
      • Financial Analysis of Economic Damages
      • Financial Scenario Analysis
    • Other
      • Corporate Governance
      • Investment Research Practices - including accepted used of information sources and relationships with company management
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    177 Bovet Rd
    Sixth Floor
    San Mateo CA 94402-3116
    USA
    phone: (650) 548-1120
    fax: 650-636-9285
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    Brian A. Sullivan, CPA/ABV, CVA, CBA, CFE, CMAP, is a Forensic Accountant and Business Valuation specialist in the Food and Beverage Industry.

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

    Litigation Support - Mr. Sullivan is an experienced Valuation Expert Witness and court-appointed referee who specializes in Food and Beverage Business Valuations. One of the few individuals with multiple accreditations (including CPA/ABV and CVA), as well as a background in forensic accounting and business valuation, he is strongly qualified. When attorneys for food and beverage companies need an expert witness who works directly with them and has a reputation for clarity and composure on the stand, they turn to Mr. Sullivan.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Accounting
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Business Valuations
    • Economic Consulting
  • Economic Damages
  • Financial Matters
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Lost Profits
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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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    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.

    Litigation Support - Prior to forming and participating in several companies, Mr. Rothbart practiced real estate and tax law at a Chicago-based law firm and worked in the legal department of Related Midwest, one of Chicago’s largest multi-family developers. He has been an expert witness in real estate related litigation matters exceeding $300 million and has published over 40 articles on the commercial real estate markets. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Commercial Real Estate
    • Real Estate Valuation
    • Real Estate Acquisitions
    • Bankruptcy
    • Eminent Domain
    • Real Estate Development / Redevelopment
  • Landlord / Tenant Disputes
  • Manufactured Homes
  • Mortgages
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Agency Standards
  • Property Tax Appeal
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    Dr. Stan V. Smith
    President & Founder
    1165 N. Clark Street, Suite 600
    Chicago IL 60610-2845
    USA
    phone: 312-943-1551
    fax: 312-943-1016
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    Dr. Stan V. Smith is a nationally renowned Economist and Financial Consultant providing analysis in simple terms that any trier-of-fact can understand. As an expert consultant to plaintiff and defense attorneys representing clients in Federal State courts, he provides testimony and litigation support services in evaluating damages.

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

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

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

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

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

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    EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE
    Principal
    Three Galleria Tower
    13155 Noel Road, Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75240-5090
    USA
    phone: 972-934-0022
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    EJ Janik Accounting Expert PhotoEJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE is a Certified Public Accountant with 37 years of professional experience. He specializes in financial audits, compilations and reviews, consulting for commercial litigation, antitrust matters, engineering and construction matters, real estate, and bankruptcy / business reorganizations matters. Mr. Janik holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Rice University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Mr. Janik has provided over 150 financial audits and consulted in over 685 business disputes. He has provided expert testimony in over 80 matters including trial testimony in 48 trials or hearings in 8 states. Mr. Janik's accounting services include Damages/Lost Profit analysis, Forensic Accounting, Fraud Investigations, Fact Finding, Financial Analysis, and Expert Witness Testimony when necessary.

    Litigation Experience:
    • Antitrust/Pricing Issues
    • Audits
    • Bankruptcy Analysis
    • Business Interruption
    • Business Valuation
    • Construction Claims
    • Contract Disputes
    • Cost Determinations
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Damage Analysis/Critiques

  • Debt & Capital Analyses
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Due Diligence
  • Environmental Claims
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Investigation/Analysis
  • Hazardous
  • Waste/Remediation
  • Insurance Claims

  • Lost Profits
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Royalties, Commissions, Income
  • Solvency
  • Superfund/Environmental Claims
  • Tracing
  • Valuations
  • Wastewater
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Mr. Janik is also uniquely qualified to measure construction claims and damages. With over 11 years of construction experience, he has accumulated over 13,000 Engineering and Construction (E&C) auditing hours, 10,000 E&C consulting hours, and 15,000 E&C supervised hours.

    Construction Claims Services include:
    • Acceleration
    • Change Orders
    • Costs
    • Defective Plans
    • Differing Site and Concealed Conditions
    • Direct Costs
    • Disruption
    • Evaluating Claims
  • Indirect Costs
  • Overhead
  • Payroll Fringe Burdens
  • Profit
  • Pre-Qualification Filings
  • Superfund / Hazardous Waste Sites
  • Terminations
  • Other Construction Issues
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    *Ryan Fraud and Forensic Recovery, LLC is not a CPA firm.
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    Patrick Chylinski, MAFF, CVA, CFE
    515 South Flower Street 41st Floor
    Los Angeles CA 90071-2201
    USA
    phone: 213-330-4605
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    RSM US, LLP is the 5th largest Accounting and Consulting Firm in the country, with over 85 offices across the United States. Our litigation consulting and financial forensics practice focuses on assisting counsel and clients in the areas of business and commercial litigation matters, forensic and fraud investigations, contract compliance matters, and royalty inspections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Banking practice and operations
    • Retail banks, Building Societies and Centralised Lenders
    • Corporate lending
    • Property / Real Estate sector lending
    • Personal lending
    • Residential loans
    • Buy to Let loans
    • Commercial loans
    • Investment / merchant banking
    • International banking
    • Trade Finance
    • Loan documentation
    • Lending manuals
    • Credit analysis
    • Debt recovery
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    Peter W. Leibundgut, Esq.
    333 Stoney Brook Ln
    Marlton NJ 08053
    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. He currently provides a range of financial services to borrowers and domestic and foreign private and institutional investors in connection with structuring, placing, and conducting due diligence in Commercial and Real Estate Financing Transactions.

    Mr. Leibundgut has decades of experience performing due diligence investigations, structuring, closing and restructuring public and commercial financial transactions on behalf of lenders; county, state and federal authorities and issuers; underwriters; finance companies; private equity and hedge fund investors; and borrowers.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Leibundgut serves as an expert witness and provides litigation support in cases involving contract disputes and complex public and commercial finance matters centering on debtor and creditor rights. He has served as an expert, provided litigation support, rendered expert reports, and testified in cases involving several billion dollars over the last seven years. Three of his cases were nationally recognized and several were cases of first impression. Mr. Leibundgut has also represented the FDIC in forensic commercial loan review.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Ponzi Schemes
    • Lender Liability
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Whole Bank Acquisitions
    • Shared Loss Matters
    • Fraud and Gross Negligence
    • Niche Lending
    • Contract Expertise
    • Factoring
    • Securitizations
    • Bonds
    • Syndications
    • Healthcare
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • P3s
  • Transportation
  • Purchase Orders
  • Public and Private Offerings
  • Letters of Credit
  • Secured and Unsecured Transactions
  • Bank Policy and Procedure
  • Bankruptcy
  • Derivatives
  • Equipment Leasing
  • Microfinance
  • Aircraft and Vessel Finance
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    Brent D. Berkman, CFE, CPA / CFF, CGMA
    340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 317-158
    Palm Beach FL 33480
    USA
    phone: 561-236-7285
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    Brent D. Berkman, CFE, CPA/CFF, CGMA, is a Forensic Accounting, Fraud Examination, Financial, and Taxation Expert with over 40 years of Accounting experience. Certified in Financial Forensics and Fraud Examination, he is a licensed CPA in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and Ohio.

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

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

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

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