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Norman Katz
Managing Partner
18881 Von Karman, Suite 1175
Irvine CA 92612
phone: 949-263-8700
fax: 949-263-0770
MCS Associates is a nationally recognized consulting group that has provided financial, operations and regulatory/compliance consulting services nationwide to financial institutions, insurance companies and regulatory agencies as well as real estate and financial services organizations for over 40 years.

Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting are a primary focus of our services. We undertake expert witness assignments throughout the United States and our clients include several hundred leading law firms around the country, working on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant financial institutions, borrowers, depositors, investors, developers, insurance companies and their insured, securities/insurance/real estate brokers/agents, regulators and government agencies, and individuals.

Together with MCS Associates’ specialized resources in banking, financial services and real estate, we also draw on key strategic alliances in insurance, economics, academia and the securities industry to meet a wide range of expert witness needs. Our litigation experts include experienced bankers, lenders, consultants, regulators, managers, brokers & agents in insurance, real estate, and securities; insurance claims and underwriting managers; economists, accountants, appraisers, real estate analysts, and academics.

Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Banking Operations/Administration
  • Check Fraud
  • Lending Policies, Custom and Practice
  • Loan Underwriting & Credit Administration
  • Loan Securitizations & Servicing
  • Bankruptcy, Foreclosures and Workouts
  • Trust & Fiduciary Issues / Operations
  • Securities Brokerage & Investments
  • Valuations & Damages Analysis
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Employment / Compensation
  • Real Estate Brokerage & Management
  • Title Insurance & Escrow
  • Real Estate Appraisal & Transactions
  • Insurance Industry Custom & Practice
  • Insurance Coverages / Claims Handling
  • Insurance Bad Faith
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    Bob Lawson, CFE®, AIF®, RFC®, LUTCF®
    Securities & Insurance Expert Witness | FINRA Arbitrator
    3800 American Boulevard West
    Suite 1110
    Bloomington MN 55431-4460
    phone: 800-741-0704
    fax: 952-835-1504
    Securities ExpertCertified Fraud ExaminerMr. Bob Lawson, AIF®, CFE®, RFC®, LUTCF, is a Securities & Insurance Expert Witness retained for FINRA arbitration, mediation, and federal/civil court litigation. Mr. Lawson possesses over 30 years of experience within the securities and insurance industries. In 1988, Mr. Lawson founded Barrington Capital Management, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm and Insurance Agency, and currently serves as the President and Chief Compliance Officer.

    AIF LogoIn addition, Mr. Lawson presides as a FINRA & NFA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for disputes concerning public and private investors, financial services professionals, broker-dealers, and dually-registered investment advisers. Claims often arise regarding breach of fiduciary duties, employment disputes, conflicts of interest, churning, unsuitable investments, and failure to supervise, among others. Mr. Lawson also serves as a public mediator and is a Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Rule 114 of Standard Practice in Mediation and Arbitration.

    His breadth of experience includes managing and supervising FINRA broker-dealer branch offices as a Registered Securities Principal, Options Principal, and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Lawson also has considerable experience with insurance products including variable annuities, fixed and indexed annuities, long term care, and life insurance. Mr. Lawson possesses numerous accolades and is certified as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE®), Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®), and a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF®).

    Retaining Mr. Lawson as an Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant will clarify and address relevant issues pertaining to your case from an insider's point of view. Upon a thorough examination and analysis of the case material, Mr. Lawson’s conclusions and opinions are impartial, objective, and predicated upon years of industry expertise and experience. Expert testimony and reports are supported by thorough and detailed research through case-specific analysis.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • FINRA & SEC Regulations
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • Promissory Notes
    • Securities Fraud Investigations
    • Ponzi Schemes
    • Options, Stocks & Bonds
    • Due Diligence
    • FINRA Arbitration
    • Professional Malpractice
    • Economic Damages & Losses
    • Employment Discrimination & Termination
    • Litigation Consulting
    • Unbiased Case Analysis
    • Discovery Review & Recommendations
    • Portfolio Risk Reports
    • Securities Fraud Investigation
    • Damage Calculations
    • Expert Testimony
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    7/11/2017 · Securities
    In the securities brokerage industry, "selling-away" refers to the prohibited practice of an Associated Person effecting or soliciting the sale of securities or investment products not held or approved with whom the broker is affiliated without prior written consent. FINRA regulators have seen a steady flow of selling-away cases over the years involving registered representatives who are being targeted by issuers, promoters and marketing agents to sell their nontraditional investment products to their retail customers. In many instances, promoters of these products are marketing them as non-securities products that do not have to be sold through a broker-dealer by a registered person. In a significant number of cases, associated persons have sold these investments to their customers away from the broker-dealer and without firm approval as required by FINRA Rule 3270. Selling-away often occurs in an independent branch or a satellite office, where Associated Persons are removed from the day-to-day oversight and supervision of their brokerage firm's compliance department.

    9/23/2015 · Finance
    I receive phone calls throughout the year from attorneys who have taken on their first FINRA case and they frequently are unaware how the FINRA Dispute Resolution process differs from other venues. I thought it would be helpful to provide a quick overview for new participants and a refresher for those more experienced securities attorneys on how the FINRA Arbitration and Mediation process works.

    8/26/2015 · Finance
    In FINRA-related cases many attorneys see discovery requests objected to by opposing counsel. Typically, opposing counsel objects to discovery requests citing that items requested are either "overly broad, vague, or ambiguous", or "impermissible per FINRA's Code of Arbitration Procedure". However, despite opposing counsel's reasoning, many objections to discovery requests are irrelevant and do not hold up in regard to FINRA's Code of Arbitration Procedure. Attorneys should not be intimidated or discouraged by these objections, but rather should understand that FINRA's guidelines concerning arbitration allow for most applicable and reasonably obtainable discovery information to be delivered.

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    John T. Foster
    President & CEO
    NJ USA
    phone: 609-707-1071
    John T. Foster calls upon his deep and broad senior level experience, gained through a 35 year career in the broker-dealer industry, to provide uniquely relevant securities expert witness services. Uncommon in the “expert” field, Mr. Foster continues today to be actively engaged in the field as a specialized consultant for broker-dealer firms. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Bedford & Main Financial Consulting.

    Mr. Foster worked for many years in a senior management role for a large, multi-national self-clearing firm. He also served as the President and CEO of an independent broker-dealer where he was responsible for ensuring compliance and regulatory requirements were properly implemented to support a retail-based business. He is very familiar with financial services expert witness issues related to fundamental FINRA compliance regulations such as: suitability, supervision, senior issues, churning, complex products and written supervisory procedures (WSPs). He is also proficient in matters related to client and firm interactions with financial advisors, which frequently are subjects of FINRA arbitrations.

    Mr. Foster believes that in order to maintain ethical standards a high degree of selectivity is required when reviewing specific issues and determining his ability to provide a meaningful expert opinion. As such, he is happy to review a claim (“On my own time and expense of course!”) to determine if he has the proper background and agreement to support a case.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Senior Issues
    • Suitability
    • Supervision
    • Churning
    • Discount Web Brokers
    • Complex Products
    • SEC Direct Market Access (15c3-5)
  • Written Supervisory Procedures (WSPs)
  • Financial Advisor Supervision
  • FINRA Compliance
  • Private Security Transactions
  • Outside Business Activities
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist
  • Master Accounts and Sub-accounts
  • Licenses and Memberships:
    • FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, 27 and 63
    • Certified FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator
    • Member of the Securities Experts Roundtable
    • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
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    Frank Carr
    Financial Services Consultant
    Norwalk CT 06854
    phone: 203-344-9531 (Office) 203-249-7244 (Cell)
    Frank Carr Financial Services Expert PhotoFrank Carr has extensive background and experience as an Investment Industry Employment and Compensation Expert Witness, especially Investment Management Firms, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, Wealth Managers, and Broker Dealers.

    Mr. Carr is a former corporate banker, investment firm Chief Financial Officer and a 20 year veteran of executive search for the Investment Management industry. He has written articles for and has been frequently quoted by publications such as Bloomberg News, CNN Money, Fund Fire, Ignites, Absolute Return, Hedge Fund Alert, and Hedge Fund Manager Week. Prior to entering the executive search field, he was the Chief Financial Officer of a Connecticut-based hedge fund and Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). Mr. Carr started his career in commercial bank lending, initially with Citigroup in their Wall Street Commodities division and later specialized in financing independent feature film producers, TV producers and television station owners on behalf of European American Bank in New York.

    Litigation Support - Frank Carr is an Investment Industry Employment and Compensation Expert Witness who has been retained by both plaintiffs and defendants for American Arbitration Association, JAMS and FINRA arbitration, mediation, and federal court litigation. Mr. Carr has over 30 years of experience in Financial Services, Investment Management, and Banking and his areas of coverage include Traditional and Alternative Investments – Equities, Fixed Income, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, and Managed Futures.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Executive Compensation
    • Employment and Hiring Practices
    • Wrongful Dismissal
    • Lost Earnings
    • FINRA Arbitration
    • Employment Discrimination
    • Compensation Consulting
  • Institutional Asset Management
  • Mutual Funds
  • Hedge Funds
  • Private Equity
  • Wealth Management
  • Broker / Dealers
  • Retail Financial Advisory
  • Sales Process for Investment Products
  • Prior Expert Witness Assignments:
    • Represented a hedge fund portfolio manager as an expert rebuttal witness in a high profile hedge fund employment/compensation lawsuit. Prepared a rebuttal opinion letter submitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
    • Represented a $12 billion Texas-based SEC Registered Investment Adviser and leading global alternative credit manager in a JAMS arbitration regarding a terminated employee. Prepared a rebuttal expert witness report and provided live testimony at the JAMS arbitration hearing.
    • Represented a financial advisor in a FINRA arbitration against one of the top 5 U.S. wealth management firms. The scope of the opinion included projected career advancement, compensation analysis and calculation of lost earnings.
    • Represented a portfolio manager/ investment analyst in a wrongful termination action against one of the largest U.S. Broker Dealers with over $600 billion in assets. The scope of the opinion included projected career advancement and compensation analysis. Prepared an expert witness report and provided live testimony at the FINRA arbitration hearing.
    Education - Mr. Carr is a graduate of Williams College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy. He completed the Management Training Program at Citigroup in New York, including courses in accounting, finance and capital markets. He has previously held FINRA licenses, Series 3, 6 and 63 and has completed Level I of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) program.
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    Wayne Citron
    Insurance Expert
    6 Carter Dr.
    Marlboro NJ 07746
    phone: 800-248-7661732-972-9500
    Wayne Citron has 45 years of experience as an expert in Forensic Reconstruction of Insurance Transactions. He is an insurance expert and consultant.

    Litigation Support - Wayne Citron specializes in policy interpretation of the rules, laws, and regulations governing insurance and financial matters. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include effective reports, affidavits, depositions, and testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Insurance Bad Faith
    • Insurance Customs and Practices
    • Insurance Health / HMO / Disability
  • Insurance - Life & Annuities
  • Property / Casualty Insurance
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers - Standard of Care
  • Mr. Citron established the Citron Agency and CMC Advisors Inc. in 1972, where his duties included executive and managerial responsibilities, sales, service, compliance with all insurance matters as well as securities laws and regulations. Both firms are leaders in life, health, disability and property and casualty insurance.

    Mr. Citron is an expert in all forms of insurance, including:
    • Life Insurance
    • Health Insurance
    • Property and casualty Insurance
    • Disability Insurance
    • Annuities
    • Retirement, IRAs & Pensions
  • Flood Insurance
  • Broker Malpractice / Bad Faith
  • Profit Sharing
  • Group Coverage
  • Self-insurance
  • Insurance Laws / Regulations
  • Mr. Citron has served as an instructor for Prudential Insurance Company Brooklyn Agency (1973) educating personnel in general insurance matters, underwriting, and insurance law. He has worked with companies including Prudential Insurance Company, United States Life Insurance Company, North American Company for Life and Health Insurance, American General Life Insurance Company, William Penn Life Insurance Company, American Life Insurance Company, Chubb Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance Company, Mass Mutual Insurance Company, John Hancock Insurance Company, and American International Group (AIG), among other.

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    3/8/2018 · Insurance
    It's a daunting decision, whether or not you need to pay for an insurance expert when you have an insurance claim. Typically, you would just contact your broker to handle things. And while this might be the right and necessary decision, your broker represents the insurance company. That means they work for them, not you. If you're in a fender bender, then calling your broker or agent is most likely the best first step. The truth is that you may be able to handle the matter yourself. Once you make the call and file the claim, the insurance company's adjuster will come out, take note of the damage, assign a value and pay you. If your body shop disagrees with the claims adjuster, they can call the adjuster, file a subsequent claim, and handle the matter for you.

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    Prof. J. Gregory Sidak
    1717 K Street, NW
    Suite 900
    Washington DC 20006
    phone: 202-518-5121
    Gregory Sidak Antitrust Economics ExpertJ. Gregory Sidak is an Expert Economist in the fields of Damages, Antitrust, Patent, Telecommunications Regulation, Commercial and Investment Arbitration, and Intellectual Property Law. Prof. Sidak is Chairman of Criterion Economics, L.L.C. in Washington, D.C. The focus of his research has been regulation of network industries, antitrust policy, the Internet and electronic commerce, intellectual property, and constitutional law issues concerning economic regulation.

    Prof. Sidak formerly served as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission and as Senior Counsel and Economist to the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President. His writings have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and lower state supreme courts. He has also been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, the European Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and other regulatory agencies.

    In a typical engagement, Gregory Sidak assists senior management and outside counsel in devising and executing a litigation or regulatory strategy for addressing a consequential challenge or opportunity. Although he also serves as a court-appointed neutral expert, his typical clients are Fortune 500 companies or their overseas counterparts. Prof. Sidak's comparative advantage is applying economic analysis to novel legal questions that can materially affect the company’s enterprise value. He excels at communicating to legal decision makers the relevance of that economic analysis to answering the pertinent legal questions.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Damages and Valuation - Trade Secrets, Trademark, Trade Dress, Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Licensing (Know-How), Patents
    • Technology Disputes
    • Claims of Monopolization Antitrust & Unfair Competition
    • Administrative Proceedings
    • Price-Fixing & Dominance Allegations
    • Trade & Distribution Agreements
    • Competition Regulation and Enforcement in the US and EU
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    6/17/2015 · Telecommunication
    Regulators in many countries have asserted that setting asymmetric mobile termination rates (MTRs) between the incumbent mobile telephony operator and its smaller rivals is an efficacious means by which to help entrants attain efficient scale. We investigate empirically the efficacy of this policy experiment using data from a global sample of 34 countries from 1996 through 2014. We estimate a model that relates operators' long-run market shares to initial entry conditions and the degree of asymmetry among MTRs using an instrumental variables (IV) strategy. The estimates imply that a high degree of asymmetry among MTRs lowers an entrant's long-run market share by roughly 4 percentage points compared with a regime of symmetric MTRs, and the effect is roughly constant across market penetration levels. Furthermore, mobile operators tend to perform better when entering markets with higher levels of concentration and lower levels of market penetration. Our novel findings cast doubt on the efficacy of imposing asymmetric MTRs as a means to achieve greater equality of competitive outcomes. Our findings inform the larger body of theoretical literature on the pricing of interconnection and network access.

    5/18/2015 · Patents
    Under what conditions may the holder of standard-essential patents (SEPs) seek to enjoin an infringing implementer without breaching the SEP holder's contract with the standard-setting organization (SSO) to provide access to those SEPs on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms? I show that the SEP holder's contractual obligations still permit it to seek an injunction. A FRAND commitment requires the SEP holder to offer a license for the SEPs on FRAND terms (or otherwise to grant implementers access to the SEPs). Extending an offer containing a price within the FRAND range discharges the SEP holder's contractual obligation.

    4/17/2015 · Telecommunication
    In 2005, Ofcom, then telecommunications regulator in the United Kingdom, implemented functional separation of British Telecom plc (BT), separating its wholesale and retail services. BT established a division within the company, Openreach, to provide equal access to its local access network and backhaul products. The tenth anniversary of this regulatory and corporate experiment is an appropriate moment to ask whether functionally separating Openreach from BT benefited consumers. We find that Openreach's creation generated short-run consumer benefits in the form of lower prices but also led to negative long-run effects, which outweighed the short-term price reduction.

    3/18/2015 · Insurance
    Google distributes proprietary applications for its open-source Android mobile operating system (OS) free of charge. Some of those applications (apps) are offered together as a suite of apps known as Google Mobile Services (GMS). Manufacturers of mobile devices can agree, pursuant to Google's Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA), to install the suite of apps on their devices at a price of zero. Some theorize that Google's policy of offering some applications together as a suite of apps harms competitors or menaces consumer welfare.

    2/10/2015 · Patents
    Mark Lemley and Carl Shapiro propose that standard-setting organizations (SSOs) mandate that their members henceforth submit to binding, final-offer arbitration (commonly called "baseball arbitration") to set fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) royalties in licensing disputes concerning standard-essential patents (SEPs). SSOs should reject this proposal. It does not rest on sufficient facts or data, nor does it apply intellectually rigorous principles and methods of law and economics in a reliable manner. This is not to say that the voluntary use of arbitration to resolve FRAND licensing disputes is inherently problematic. However, the incremental efficiency that Lemley and Shapiro claim that their proposal would achieve over litigation or conventional commercial arbitration is illusory. For one, it is much harder to value a portfolio of SEPs over the span of five years than to value an individual baseball player for a single season.

    1/8/2015 · Patents
    What does it mean for a patent holder to commit to a standard-setting organization (SSO) to license its standard-essential patents (SEPs) on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms? When is a royalty FRAND? Drawing from both legal theory and economic theory, I propose an interpretation of FRAND that distinguishes and reconciles the conflicting definitions of FRANDand provides courts a practical approach to identifying FRAND royalties

    12/4/2014 · Economics
    Complex civil litigation routinely includes expert economic testimony. However, determining which expert economist is more credible may confound a lay jury. It may even confound the judge when ruling on the admissibility of expert economic testimony during the Daubert hearing.1 One solution rarely employed is for the court to appoint its own neutral economic expert under Rule 706 of the Federal Rules of Evidence2 when a lawsuit contains a claim for damages that will require rigorous analysis of data. Based on my recent experience as Judge Richard Posner's court-appointed neutral economic expert on damages in patent infringement litigation, I explain in this article how the wider use of Rule 706 would assist the judge and jury and would facilitate the prompt settlement of intellectual property, antitrust, securities, contract, business tort, and other complex disputes.3 The benefits to courts and litigants would surely exceed the costs.

    9/23/2014 · Telecommunication
    As part of the Modification of Final Judgment (MFJ) that implemented the divestiture of the Bell operating companies (BOCs) from AT&T on January 1, 1984, the BOCs were forbidden to carry telephone calls from one local access and transport area LATA) to another. Although the Telecommunications Act of 1996 superseded the MFJ, it retained the BOCs' interLATA prohibition and established, in section 271, a process – involving each state public utilities commission, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Department of Justice (DOJ), acting on a state-by-state basis – by which the BOCs could earn regulatory approval to enter the interLATA market within the regions in which they provide local exchange service. As of September 1, 2002, the BOCs had received section 271 authorizations to provide in-region interLATA service in fifteen states.

    8/19/2014 · Antitrust
    A recent phenomenon in competition policy is the acquisition of a private firm by an enterprise that is either wholly owned by government or in the midst of privatization. Such an acquisition poses the question of how public ownership may alter the incentives of a firm to engage in anticompetitive conduct. It also prompts one to examine the process by which such altered incentives revert, as the level of government ownership declines, to the same incentives that face purely private firms. Using Deutsche Telekom's acquisition of VoiceStream Wireless as a case study, this article presents the economic questions relevant to evaluating the competitive consequences of acquisitions by partially privatized firms. It predicts gains or losses to various constituencies of producer groups.

    7/15/2014 · Antitrust
    In this review of John Lott's book, Are Predatory Commitments Credible?: Who Should the Courts Believe?, we find that Lott is more successful in pointing out the likelihood of predatory pricing by public enterprises than in proving that predatory pricing by private enterprises does not occur. In Part I of this Review, we critique Lott's theoretical and empirical attempts to show that predatory pricing by private firms is implausible.

    6/6/2014 · Economics
    Mail delivery is one of the few economic activities that has avoided the wave of deregulation and privatization that has swept network industries over the last few decades. This Article examines several questions regarding the business activities of Canada Post Corporation in a competitive environment. What should be the appropriate mandate of Canada Post? If Canada Post is a natural monopoly, what form of regulation best serves Canadian consumers? If Canada Post's delivery of letter mail is not a natural monopoly, what basis exists for retaining Canada Post's current statutory monopoly? What potential exists for Canada Post to abuse its statutory monopoly-and other statutory privileges and immunities-to compete unfairly against efficient private suppliers of postal services?

    5/1/2014 · Economics
    Few phrases in public policy have become so overused so quickly as the information highway. Although it is unclear to many what that superhighway is or will be, this uncertainty has not prevented proposals to regulate the superhighway from being made. In this Article, we examine the economic principles that should govern competition and regulatory policies concerning the development and operation of the information superhighway.

    3/28/2014 · Antitrust
    Since 1975, when the debate over monopolistic predation began to boil in courts and universities, most discussion has focused on predatory pricing. And although the allegation of predatory innovation arose in some well-known litigation involving Kodak and IBM, lawyers and economists have produced little credible work explaining how this phenomenon can occur, let alone how it should be identified and remedied if deemed to threaten consumer welfare.

    2/19/2014 · Antitrust
    Antitrust law currently lacks a unified theory of liability and damages. But the Supreme Court's recent acceptance of consumer welfare as the goal of antitrust law underscores a growing judicial inclination to construe antitrust liability rules to encourage efficient production and efficient resource allocation. As the Court reconstructs the law of antitrust liability, it should also revise the law of antitrust damages by defining the rights created by those damage measures to accomplish specific economic goals.

    1/21/2014 · Antitrust
    A routine defensive tactic of targets of hostile tender offers is to seek a preliminary injunction under section 16 of the Clayton Act on the ground that the offeror's acquisition of the target's stock would effect a merger violating section 7 of the Act. The litigation costs that an antitrust injunction imposes on an offeror seems unlikely to exceed the offeror's risk-adjusted expected benefit from the takeover. In this Article, I discuss several reasons why the possibility of delay tendes to discourage a potential offeror from ever making a tender offer.

    12/13/2013 · Antitrust
    Through its antitrust enforcement system, society allocates resources to deter anticompetitive behavior. Antitrust enforcement is costly because prosecutors and judges mischaracterize some competitive or efficiency-enhancing behavior as horizontal collusion. In this early application of the Polinsky-Shavell argument about the tradeoff between the probability and magnitude of fines, this essay argues that, given prosecutorial and judicial error, society will not optimally allocate its antitrust enforcement resources by threatening price fixers with exorbitant economic penalties that have only a minimal probability of being enforced.

    11/11/2013 · Antitrust
    Current controversies over patent policy place standard-setting organizations (SSOs) on a collision course with antitrust law. Recent theoretical research conjectures that, in an SSO, patent owners can "hold up" patent users in the sense of demanding high royalties for a patented input after the SSO has adopted the patented technology as an industry standard and manufacturers within the SSO have incurred sunk costs to design end products that incorporate that standard.

    9/23/2013 · Antitrust
    We examine the consumer-welfare implications of Google's project to scan a large proportion of the world's books into digital form and to make these works accessible to consumers through Google Book Search (GBS). In response to a class action alleging copyright infringement, Google has agreed to a settlement with the plaintiffs, which include the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers.

    8/19/2013 · Antitrust
    We favor revision of the Horizontal Merger Guidelines.1 Our preliminary comments in this essay are based on a work in progress that we provisionally entitle, "Favoring Dynamic Competition over Static Competition."

    7/31/2013 · Antitrust
    Competition authorities in foreign jurisdictions have recently adopted or are considering guidelines on applying competition law to intellectual property rights (IPR). A common concern that certain exercises of IPR can restrict competition underlies IPR provisions that would enable competition authorities to compel holders of IPR to license their IP at regulated royalties.

    7/16/2013 · Antitrust
    The OECD's proposed regime of asymmetric ex ante regulation for Mexico's telecommunications marketplace would reduce competition, contrary to the OECD's aims. The OECD's proposals would harm Mexican consumers and force an increase in prices paid for telecommunications services. They would create a government-sanctioned price cartel among the telecommunications providers.

    6/24/2013 · Antitrust
    A recent phenomenon in competition policy is the acquisition of a private firm by an enterprise that is either wholly owned by government or in the midst of privatization.

    6/5/2013 · Antitrust
    agencies in the United States and the European Union began investigating Google's search practices in 2010. Google's critics have consisted mainly of its competitors, particularly Microsoft, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other search engines.

    5/6/2013 · Antitrust
    The landmark Microsoft case raises challenging questions concerning antitrust remedies. In this Article, we propose a framework for assessing the costs and benefits of different remedies, particularly divestiture, in monopolization cases involving network industries.

    4/2/2013 · Antitrust
    What is the proper legal standard for product integration involving software? Because software is subject to low marginal costs, network effects, and rapid technological innovation, the Supreme Court's existing antitrust rules on tying arrangements, which evolved from industries not possessing such characteristics, are inappropriate.

    2/28/2013 · Antitrust
    A “price squeeze,” or “margin squeeze,” is a theory of antitrust liability under section 2 of the Sherman Act that concerns a vertically integrated monopolist that sells its upstream bottleneck input to firms that compete with the monopolist’s production of a downstream product sold to end users.

    The Telecommunications Act of 1996 sets forth extensive provisions to unbundle the local telecommunications network to encourage the development of a competitive market for local telephone.

    10/22/2012 · Antitrust
    The September 2009 announcement that the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice have initiated a review of the Horizontal Merger Guidelines provides a formal process for redefining the proper role of dynamic competition in antitrust law.

    J. Gregory Sidak, Dan Maldoom, Richard A.D. Marsden, Hal J. Singer
    The Brussels Round Table, a forum of leading EU telecommunications operators and equipment manufacturers, commissioned these articles. They examine the deployment of broadband in European countries and make policy recommendations related to telecommunications regulation. Specific topics include pricing flexibility, competition, growth potential, likely future dynamics, competition, investment opportunities, eliminating excess regulation, facilitating longer-term points of view, and suggestions for transparent and competition-neutral subsidies.
    J. Gregory Sidak
    This book addresses deregulatory policies that threaten to reduce or destroy the value of private property in network industries without any accompanying payment of just compensation, policies that are termed "deregulatory takings." The authors further consider the problem of renegotiation of the regulatory contract, which changes the terms and conditions of operation of utility companies.
    J. Gregory Sidak
    Restrictions on foreign investment in U.S. telecommunications firms have harmed the interests of American consumers and investors, argues J. Gregory Sidak in this convincing study. Sidak shows why these restrictions, originally intended to protect America from the perils of wireless telegraphy by foreign agents, should be repealed...
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    Dr. Karina Sneiderova, MBA, ICFA, ASI
    Vice President
    Rue General Dufour 22
    Geneva CH-1211
    phone: 41-225-752-948
    fax: 41-225-948-025
    Carlo Scevola & Partners is an International Fiduciary Company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with branches in six continents. We specialize in International Planning, Strategic Consulting and Wealth Management.

    Our clients trust us for everything from setting up an Offshore Company to Mergers and Acquisitions to Business Finance and Asset Protection. CS&P’s customer-centric methodology ensures that each client gets a custom-tailored solution which addresses that business’ individual objectives and requirements.

    Our team has expertise in every functional category and every important geography. From finance to operations to human resources to marketing – from the Americas to Europe to Africa, Asia and Oceania – CS&P can bring together experienced executives who know how to advise you and will make your enterprise a success. All this while always protecting your privacy.

    Services Offered:

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    CS&P Operates In More Than 80 Countries Around The World.

  • Carlo Scevola and Karina Sneiderova
    Intended as a unique source of inspiration for effective business organization and tax planning, as well as a quick and easy reference book, the Offshore Jurisdictions Guide is a comprehensive and objective guide to offshore jurisdictions offering personal taxation and business opportunities. Providing a solid overview of 100 jurisdictions around the world, this is an essential handbook for financial experts, legal advisors, consultants, and the general public.
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    Charles Porten, CFA
    CFA, President
    9 Little Fox Lane
    Weston CT 06883
    phone: 203-454-4615
    fax: 203-227-2763
    Charles Porten, CFA, is a Registered Investment Advisor, Chartered Financial Analyst, and investment expert with more than 30 years of experience in portfolio management of trust and advisory accounts, brokerage accounts, hedge funds and mutual funds, due diligence procedures, and compliance issues. His clients include attorneys, individuals, banks, investment advisors, broker-dealers, corporations, and the SEC.

    Background Experience - Mr. Porten has an extensive background within broker-dealer, investment advisor and bank trust environments and overseeing organizations staffed by as many as 100 personnel in managing asset bases as high as $20 billion. He has been an analyst, research director, portfolio manager, chief investment officer, business manager, and registered representative at four leading financial institutions. He has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and serves as a FINRA arbitrator.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Porten has testified over 75 times in court, depositions and arbitrations. He has been qualified to testify as an expert witness for both plaintiff and defendant on matters including:
    • Fiduciary Duty
    • Hedge Funds
    • Mutual Funds
    • Trusts and Estates
    • Variable Annuities
    • Investment Advisor
    • Brokerage Accounts
    • Portfolio Management
    • Due Diligence
    • Supervision
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    Donald M. May, PhD, (Financial Economics), CPA
    Managing Partner
    4 Lynwood Ct.
    Cortlandt Manor NY 10567
    phone: 212-390-0595
    Donald May Business Damages Expert PhotoDonald M. May PhD, CPA, Managing Partner at DMA Economics, LLC, possesses over 30 years of Valuation and Economic Damages experience. He implements a broad range of damage analyses and valuations for clients, including billion-dollar investment funds under SEC investigation as well multi-national firms involved in intellectual property disputes, consumers in product mislabeling cases, and small to mid-sized businesses involved in complex commercial litigation.

    Background Experience - Prior to founding DMA Economics LLC, Dr. May was Managing Director at Berkley Research Group and the Principal in charge of valuation and litigation support services for a regional accounting firm, a Managing Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management. He has performed over 200 valuations of closely held businesses across numerous industries for financial reporting and estate planning.

    Dr. May has been published in several distinguished academic and practitioner journals such as The Journal of Finance, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Hedge Fund Law Review, and is currently an editorial board member of The Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis.

    Litigation Support - Dr. May is a world class expert in the Valuation of Damages. Dr. May has prepared expert reports and testified in federal and state courts as well as AAA, JAMS, and FINRA arbitration hearings, and has also effectively communicated as an expert witness testifier and consultant in several multi-million dollar cases.

    Recent Litigation Matters:
    • Misrepresentations in Leveraged Buyout (“LBO”) Financing Practices
    • Theft of Trade Secrets, Trade Dress, and Intellectual Property
    • Food Product Mislabeling
    • Securities Fraud Under SEC Section 10b-5 and Section 11
    • Accounting Misstatements in Public and Private Company Acquisitions
    • Lost Profits and Lost Enterprise Value Associated with Product Defects and Breach of Contract
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    1/19/2018 · Economics
    Benchmarks are the basis for damages. But when the assumptions behind the benchmarks fail to stand up to Daubert scrutiny, expert testimony may be excluded.

    12/14/2017 · Economics
    This article finds evidence consistent with the hypothesis that managers consider personal risk when making decisions that affect firm risk. I find that Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) with more personal wealth vested in firm equity tend to diversify. CEOs who are specialists at the existing technology tend to buy similar technologies. When specialists have many years vested, they tend to diversify, however. Poor performance in the existing lines of business is associated with movements into new lines of business.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mr. Herman has led many advisory and restructuring engagements as well as numerous litigation support and expert witness assignments. Key engagements have included Enron, Integrated Electrical Services, Laclede Steel, LTV Steel, Mississippi Chemical Corporation, Parmalat, RAB Food Group, Solutia, Spansion, Summit Global Logistics, United Rentals, and WestPoint International.
    Henry F. Owsley, et al
    This classic book is an authoritative source about the restructuring of troubled companies. It provides an insider's view on the methods and complexities of this highly specialized area of investment banking. Owsley and Kaufman are widely acknowledged leaders in this field and are the senior partners at Gordian Group, a top-tier boutique investment banking firm headquartered in New York. Gordian Group advises mid-sized companies in financial distress. They provide unconflicted advice to boards of directors interested in recoveries of shareholders.
    Henry F. Owsley, et al
    A must-read for all constituencies of distressed companies -- owners, creditors, buyers and professionals. Owsley and Kaufman apply principles of asymmetric warfare to the "zero sum" game of restructurings. With a sophisticated approach and tongue-in-cheek humor, Equity Holders Under Siege gives readers an unvarnished behind-the-scenes look into the real world rough and tumble of negotiating on behalf of "under water" owners.
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    Kelly Hickel
    Co-Founder and Main Contact
    950 3rd. Avenue
    17th Floor
    New York NY 10022
    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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    Daniel Reser
    369-B Third Street, #543
    San Rafael CA 94901
    phone: 415-482-9513
    Daniel Reser is a trusted Fiduciary and Registered Investment Advisor. Prior to his role at Fiduciary Services, Inc., he served as Vice President and Manager for Wilmington Trust based in Santa Monica, CA, also of Bank of America, and Security Pacific Bank. Mr. Reser also has a JD from Southern Methodist University. In 1989, he graduated from the UCLA John Anderson Graduate School of Management Executive Program.

    Mr. Reser is considered a highly effective and capable trust fiduciary due to his legal training, his extensive experience as a fiduciary for corporate reorganizations and retirement plans as well as his reputation for ethical business practices and pragmatic management style. He has been a corporate fiduciary for corporate securities and reorganization transactions as well as trustee and custodian of retirement plans for over 25 years. During his career, Mr. Reser has administered and managed a wide variety of Governmental, Corporate and Union Retirement Plans as plan trustee. His current role as principal of an investment advisory firm includes acting as Fiduciary for Company Stock in Retirement Plans including ESOPs.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Leveraged and Unleveraged ESOP Transactions
    • Acquisitions and Sales of Employer Stock by Company Retirement plans
    • Company Stock in Other Qualified Plans
    • ERISA Sec. 404 (c) protection for Employer Stock
    • Pass-through Voting and Tender Offer Decision Making
    • Management and Divestiture of Shares
    • Satisfying Independent Fiduciary Requirement for Meeting Prohibited Transaction Exemption in Connection with Settlement of Litigation Per P.T. Exemption 2003-39 of 12-31-03
    • Orphan Plans
    • Rabbi trusts
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    W. Timothy Finn
    Managing Partner
    483 Emerald Hill Road
    Russell Springs KY 42642
    phone: 270-866-2566
    fax: 270-866-4624
    Financial Management Consulting Group is an affiliation of well-experienced consultants serving banking interests throughout the country. Our years of experience, as bankers, as bank consultants, and as regulators provide valuable insight into case matters.

    We can assist both from the industry perspective and from the regulatory perspective, offering a comprehensive assessment and well supported opinion. We have qualified as experts in numerous State and Federal jurisdictions, and on numerous banking related matters. We are dedicated to providing clients with quality, results-oriented service.
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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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    Stephen P. Magee, PhD
    1801 Lavaca St. Suite 10E
    Austin TX 78701
    phone: 512-656-6666
    Stephen Magee Finance Economics Expert PhotoStephen P. Magee, PhD, has over 40 years of experience in the fields of Finance and Economics. He is currently the James L. Bayless/Enstar Corporation Professor of Finance and Economics and former chairman of the Department of Finance at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Dr. Magee teaches courses in managerial microeconomics and global finance, covering topics including antitrust, intellectual property, company and security valuation, and the cost of capital. Dr. Magee has published nearly 80 academic articles and three books. He has won three major teaching awards and the top career research award at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas.

    Dr. Magee’s current research interests include:
    • The Economics of Intellectual Property and Industrial Organization
    • The calculation of Royalty Rates and Patent Infringement Damages
    • Cross-national Economic Effects of Legal Systems and Lawyers
    • The economics of mergers
    • The Supply Effects on Physicians of State Medical Malpractice Reforms
    • International trade
    Dr. Magee has worked on the White House staff and has advised four administrations (Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and George R. W. Bush). In 2003, he presented an academic paper before 1000 international economists at a conference in Havana, Cuba that was attended by Fidel Castro. The paper was on intellectual property and the effect of the informational revolution on economic development. One of Dr. Magee’s books (Black Hole Tariffs) was endorsed on the cover by two Nobel laureates in economics (Stigler and Buchanan) and the chairman at the time of the Nobel committee for economics (Assar Lindbeck).

    Dr. Magee has served on the National Science Foundation Committee for Economics and the Secretary of Commerce’s Economic Advisory Board and on the editorial boards of six academic journals: the Review of International Economics, Journal of Economic Integration, Journal of International Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economics and Politics, and the International Trade Journal. He has also served as a member of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Magee has extensive experience as an expert witness for leading companies in the software, computing, e-commerce, internet search, consumer products, healthcare, and petroleum and petrochemical industries. Clients he has testified for include Kodak, DuPont, Microsoft, HP, Cisco, Amazon, Exxon, Dow, Western Union, Becton Dickinson, Mondis and before the Texas Public Utility Commission. He won a $2.4 billion securities case, affirmed on appeal in 2014 and a $156 million antitrust case in 2014, affirmed in 2015 by the Fifth Circuit and affirmed in 2016 by the US Supreme Court.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Antitrust
    • Econometrics
    • Business & Finance
    • Business Analysis
    • Business Economics
    • Business Interruption / Lost Profits
    • Business Securities
    • Commercial Litigation Damage Analysis
    • Damage Models
    • E-Commerce Economic Analysis
    • Economic Forecasting
  • Economics Finance Infringement
  • Intellectual Property Damages
  • Intellectual Property Valuation
  • International Economics
  • International Trade Litigation
  • Patent Analysis
  • Patent Infringement Damages
  • Trade Secrets
  • Securities / Stock Litigation
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Misappropriation
  • Stephen P. Magee, PhD, et al
    This book provides a special interest theory of protection, developing a full general equilibrium theory that explains the distribution of income with goods markets, factor markets, lobbies, political parties, and voters all pursuing their self interest. This probabilistic voting model shows how well-organized groups can use seemingly irrational government policies to exploit poorly organized groups.
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