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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
USA
phone: 800-741-0704
fax: 952-835-1504
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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.

In 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
Services:
  • Litigation Consulting
  • Unbiased Case Analysis
  • Discovery Review & Recommendations
  • Portfolio Risk Reports
  • Securities Fraud Investigation
  • Damage Calculations
  • Expert Testimony
View Bob Lawson's Consulting Profile.
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
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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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    Charles Porten, CFA
    CFA, President
    9 Little Fox Lane
    Weston CT 06883
    USA
    phone: 203-454-4615
    fax: 203-227-2763
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    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
  • Standards of Care
  • SEC
  • Exchange Funds
  • ETF's
  • ERISA
  • IRA's
  • Securities Fraud
  • Acquisions
  • Suitability
  • Compliance Issues
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    Gontran de Quillacq
    Securities Consultant / Quantitative Portfolio Manager
    FINRA Arbitration
    NY / NJ
    USA
    phone: 732-533-9066
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    Gontran de Quillacq has over 20 years of Securities experience specializing in Portfolio Management, Equity Derivatives Trading, Proprietary Trading and Investment Research. He has worked with top-tier banks and hedge funds in both London and New York.

    Background Experience - A proprietary and derivatives trader, Mr. de Quillacq traded derivatives, from vanillas to exotics. As a portfolio manager, he researched and managed investment strategies, delivered both in hedge fund and in structured note formats. He actually initiated the distribution of investment strategies with derivatives, an activity now called 'portable alpha' and 'smart beta'. For five years, Mr. de Quillacq then ran due diligence on investments strategies and selected senior investment personnel for some of the world’s most famous and most demanding hedge funds and asset managers - portfolio managers, analysts, quants, CIOs, CROS. In 2017, he co-founded a quantitative fund deploying the latest machine learning techniques in global long/short equities.

    Litigation Support - Mr. de Quillacq's investment experience and cross-sectional review of other professionals give him unique experience on what can be done, what should be done, what should not be done, and the grey areas in-between. During a personal case against HSBC, his legal team was so impressed by his wide and thorough knowledge in finance, his capacity to explain complicated ideas in simple terms, and his strong performance on the stand, that they strongly recommended he expand his litigation support services.

    Mr. de Quillacq's services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include written reports, deposition, arbitration, mediation, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Investments and Trading: Securities and derivatives (stock options, swaps, exotics...), structured products, complex financial instruments, benchmarks manipulation (Libor, FX, indices), liquidity management, statistical arbitrage and algorithmic trading, portfolio construction and risks, management fees, broker dealers, hedge funds
    • Recruitment and Employment: Front-office personnel, portfolio managers, traders, quants, analysts, broker-dealers, compensation, due diligence, U5
    • Supported Practice Areas: Financial fraud & litigation, commodities & securities manipulation, white-collar crime, broker-dealers, hedge funds, investigations, enforcement, whistleblowing, ADR, FINRA arbitrations
    Education / Training:
    • HEC Paris, MBA Finance, 1995
    • US Berkeley, visiting scholar, differential algebra, 1993
    • Ecole Superieure d'Electricite, doctoral degree (DEA), 1993
    • Stanford Research Institute, international fellow, atomic physics, 1992
    • Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, MS theoretical physics, 1992
    • Ecole d'Application du Train, lieutenant, 1990
    • Lycee Faidherbe, classes preparatoires, 1989
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    Keith Underwood, MBA
    FX Expert Witness
    315 Madison Ave, 24th Fl.
    New York NY 10017
    USA
    phone: 917-860-0208
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    Keith Underwood is a respected 25-year veteran of the Global Foreign Exchange market where he earned a reputation as a formidable FX derivatives portfolio manager and business architect. He is an expert in market practice and in the institutional structure and widespread trading strategies commonly employed by traders.

    Background Experience - Mr. Underwood has managed spot, forward, option, and NDF traders globally. In the course of building customer franchise businesses for US investment banks and European commercial banks, his endeavors carried him to every major trading center in the world. He spent 17 years in the London FX market and eight years in New York. He is a dual citizen of the US and the United Kingdom.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Underwood has held several managing director positions at global FX banks including Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Chartered, Credit Agricole, Lehman Brothers, and Morgan Stanley.

    Litigation Support - Keith Underwood provides expert witness services to top multinational law firms on cases involving Loss Attribution, Product Identification, Derivative Pricing, and Trader Reasoning. His services include detailed written reports and testimony when needed. Mr. Underwood's specialized knowledge is available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Currency, Product, and Trade Detail Identification: Investigations and forensic deal deconstruction
    • Valuation and Pricing: Expertise in the pricing of derivatives and historical pricing
    • Data Solutions: Consolidate and mine key historical trade and market data for analysis
    • Trade Blotter Analysis: Identify abnormalities, off-market prices and practices, or inconsistencies in connection with trading activity
    • FX Market Speak: Translate industry language and provide clarity to complex market practices
    • FX Best Practice: Providing best practice global guidelines from the foreign exchange committees worldwide

    View Keith Underwood's Consulting Profile.
    5/13/2016 · Finance
    Between the Delloite 2016 Global FX Survey and the FIREapps Q4 2015 Currency Impact Report, it appears that treasurers and CFO's have resigned themselves to accepting emerging markets currency risks. A deeper dive into the surveys reveals that the FX exposures to hedge (if known because its too expensive to track) can't necessarily be trusted (can't verify hedging numbers), and the high volatility price of EM currency pairs makes it difficult. My advice to those with responsibility for hedging currency exposures is to budget for currency exposure reporting software for 2017, put in place a hedging policy and procedure document that is board approved, and ensure that zero cost collars are utilized to hedge EM exposures.