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.
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B. Riley Financial is a leading full service Investment Bank, providing a comprehensive set of corporate finance, research, sales and trading services to corporate, institutional and high net worth clients. B. Riley Financial’s diverse suite of services go beyond traditional financial service offerings. By leveraging cross-platform expertise and assets, B. Riley Financial companies are uniquely positioned to provide full service, collaborative solutions to high net worth individuals and public and private companies at every stage of the business life cycle.
Thomas J. McNulty, CQF, FRM, MBA, is Managing Director at B. Riley and has 25 years of experience working across the entire Commodity and Energy Value Chain. He draws on a rare combination of industry, banking, consulting, and government experience to provide clients with transaction, commercial analytics, litigation, and valuation opinion services. Mr. McNulty is a nationally recognized commodity and energy industry expert, and is a frequent contributor on CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV.
CNBC Oil Pulse Check with Tom McNulty
Mr. McNulty has delivered more than $52 billion in energy-related transaction, valuation, restructuring, and litigation projects. He has advised on, or executed, $13 billion in M&A and principal investment deals, and executed or valued more than $14 billion notional in derivative instruments. As a merchant banker, he helps management teams grow businesses through acquisitions. He provides introductions to private capital sources, including family offices, and advises clients on valuation, risk management, and transaction structuring issues.
Transaction Advisory Services: Mr. McNulty's corporate, banking, legal, and private capital clients benefit from his broad and deep Energy M&A Experience and Expertise. He delivers services customized to the transaction at hand. He and his team expertly provide appraisals and valuations that are essential for the financial reporting and taxation requirements that all transactions generate. All segments of the Energy Complex are covered.
Commercial Analytics - Mr. McNulty works closely with energy clients to help them solve the business, competition, market, performance, and strategy challenges that they face in a rapidly changing global energy environment. Given the volatile nature of energy commodity businesses, he often helps his clients to implement Predictive Analytics and Probabilistic/Stochastic Modeling for their strategy and transaction work.
Background Experience - Mr. McNulty studied military and diplomatic history at Yale, where he was a varsity football letterman. Following graduation, he went to work on Wall Street with Brown Brothers Harriman and Co. (“BBH”), the nation’s oldest private bank. He was a Federal funds and Eurodollar trader, and also worked in the bank’s international treasury department. During his time with BBH he was selected for training in the elite US Foreign Service, and was commissioned a Foreign Service Officer in November 1990. Volunteering for critical threat postings, Mr. McNulty served tours of duty in Southeast Asia and in Russia. He was a Staff Officer at headquarters in Washington DC, where he worked on energy security issues. He left the Foreign Service to pursue his MBA at Northwestern University, where he studied Analytical Finance and Accounting.
Following business school, Mr. McNulty moved to Houston and worked with three Fortune 100 energy companies: Enron International, Duke Energy, and Plains All American. At all three companies he worked on the M&A teams and in Corporate Treasury. These roles involved transaction due diligence, strategic planning, corporate finance, risk management, and market analysis responsibilities. Mr. McNulty's career has also included substantial cross-border work in Asia, Europe, and in Latin America. His corporate experience, in particular, enhances his ability to advise clients with complex transaction, litigation, valuation, and business strategy challenges. More specifically, Mr. McNulty is an expert in treasury operations, post-merger integration, and value harvesting.
Alistair Hynd has over 15 years experience in Corporate Finance. He heads the Project Finance and Financial Modelling Team that functions at Baker Tilly Corporate Finance, LLP (Baker Tilly). Mr. Hynd specialises in Project Finance, PFI, PPP and Debt Advisory plus Financial Modeling.
Mr. Hynd is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and member of the Institute's Corporate Finance faculty. He is also a full member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Mr. Hynd's team at Baker Tilly can become involved in Project Finance or Financial Modeling in three ways:
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Profile: J. Michael Feeks, one of the founders of Bank Experts Group, provides consulting services to banks and bank clients, and litigation support and expert witness services to law firms. Services to Financial Institutions:
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Background: 35+ years of banking experience. 10+ years of consulting experience. Served major bank in lending, branch operations, and management. Served community banks as president, director, and other senior positions. MBA – New York University. Graduate – Manhattan College and Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Bank Experts Group is a consulting firm that provides litigation support in banking-related matters and specialized assistance to banks and other financial institutions. The principals are experienced former bankers, regulators and educators with extensive experience in bank management.
Bank Resources and Solutions is an executive management consulting group that has provided Financial, Operations, and Regulatory / Compliance consulting services nationwide to financial institutions, attorneys, and regulatory authorities since 2008. Their services include:
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Mark C. Riley is an experienced and successful former Bank Chief Executive Officer whose background includes leading the turnaround of two banks that had been operating under regulatory agreements upon arrival. Mr. Riley’s relevant experience was overseeing all areas of his banks including the development, approval, and implementation of effective risk management programs. For example, as CEO, Mr. Riley was involved in all phases of lending from business development to credit analysis and underwriting to overseeing loan approval and review process, providing due diligence of client bank loan portfolios, developing and overseeing workouts of nonperforming loans.
Susan E. C. Riley is an experienced Senior Officer whose background includes the total responsibility for creating and managing the enterprise-wide systems of two denovo banks. Her relevant experience also includes creating and managing the Human Resources Department, Compliance, IT and IT Security, BSA/AML, ACH, Vendor Management, and related contract negotiations and Retail Bank Management. As co-founder, Mrs. Riley has analyzed, recommended, and implemented complex banking software within tight guidelines. She has established a solid reputation as a “no nonsense, identify the challenges, develop effective strategies and get the solutions in place” administrator.
Barrington Capital Management, Inc. provides customized financial solutions for unique financial challenges and objectives. Their expertise is in the development, implementation and ongoing management of a customized and diversified investment strategy. Barrington's mission is to assist in building, enhancing, and protecting personal wealth and maintaining financial security. President and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Lawson, has over 35 years of financial services experience as an Investment Advisory and Insurance Agency Executive, Securities Principal, and Options Principal. Bob proudly serves as an industry arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the National Futures Association (NFA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), ERISA (3)-21 Fiduciary, Master Registered Financial Consultant, and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. In addition to teaching advanced investment strategies and Retirement Planning classes throughout the year.
Bob Lawson has special expertise in stock options and has presented the following Options Industry Council (OIC) seminars to retail and industry professionals throughout the United States:
Marguerita M. Cheng, CFP®, CRPC®, RICP®, CDFA™, Chief Executive Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth, is a Certified Financial Planning Expert with 18 years of experience. Prior to co-founding Blue Ocean Global Wealth, she was a Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial and an Analyst and Editor at Towa Securities in Tokyo, Japan. Ms. Cheng is a past spokesperson for the AARP Financial Freedom Campaign and a regular columnist for Investopedia & Kiplinger. She is a CFP® professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, a Retirement Income Certified Professional® and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. As a Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) Ambassador, Ms. Cheng helps educate the public, policy makers, and media about the benefits of competent, ethical financial planning. She served on the Financial Planning Association (FPA) National Board of Directors from 2013 – 2015 and is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area (FPA NCA).
Marguerita Cheng CNBC Interview on Social Security
Awards and Honors - Ms. Cheng is a recipient of the Ameriprise Financial Presidential Award for Quality of Advice and the prestigious Japanese Monbukagakusho Scholarship. In 2017, she was named the #3 Most Influential Financial Advisor in the Investopedia Top 100, a Woman to Watch by InvestmentNews, and a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE®) by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC).
Litigation Support - Ms. Cheng serves as a Women’s Initiative (WIN) Advocate and subject matter expert for CFP Board, contributing to the development of examination questions for the CFP® Certification Examination. She also volunteers for CFP Board Disciplinary and Ethics Commission (DEC) hearings. Services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant include financial due diligence, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
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Jack G. Cohen has been involved in the Automobile Industry for over 30 years, wholesaling and retailing, and running several dealerships and franchises. Mr. Cohen has been retained as an expert witness over 50 times since 2015. His services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He consults with attorneys, dealers, consumers, and insurance companies.
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Convergent Capital Appraisers (CCA), is a full-service Business Valuation firm located in Houston, Texas, CCA specializes in providing its clients appraisals of closely-held operating businesses, family investment entities, and a variety of other financial assets. With clients and businesses located throughout the State of Texas, CCA also works frequently with clients and their advisors from across the United States to international locations, including Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Peru, and Poland.
All valuation engagements undertaken by Convergent Capital Appraisers consider the various elements of appraisal theory developed by The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and are performed under the ASA's Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics, as well as the Statements on Standards for Valuation Services No. 1 issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In the preparation of their valuation reports, CCA also conforms to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice "USPAP" as developed by The Appraisal Foundation.
Principal, Scott S. Miller, MBA, ASA, ABV, specializes in Business Valuation and Transaction Consulting for small to middle market companies. He has over 35 years of professional business experience that ranges from senior operations management with publicly-traded companies to handling all aspects of operations in small privately-held manufacturing and service businesses.
Along with an MBA from the University of Houston, Mr. Miller achieved the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation from the American Society of Appraisers, the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) certification from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has over 15 years of business / financial asset valuation and consulting experience.