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Expert in Valuations, SEC, forensics, CFO, public company, damages

Expert ID: 735251 California, USA

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Expert is a CPA, CFE, CVA and CFO and has worked with dozens of lawyers on over 50 cases in various states. Sometimes he provides financial support for a client in litigation, or pre-litigation, and other times he provides a report, such as a damages calculation, which can be used in litigation. He also has experience providing testimony in depositions and trials. His areas of expertise are Valuation, CFO/CPA malpractice, Elder abuse, RICO, Fraud and many others.

Expert, CPA is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). He has valued small and midsize closely-held companies, fractional interests, purchase accounting and intangible assets for business owners, shareholders, investors, attorneys, CPAs, fiduciaries, courts and others who need reliable and defensible valuations. Expert performs valuations for estate, gift and other tax filings, succession planning, buy-sell agreements, management buyouts, ESOPs, mergers and acquisitions, financing, reorganizations, shareholder disputes, marital dissolutions and litigation.

Since 2005 Expert has been involved in the valuation, sale, merger and acquisition of dozens of businesses. Clients appreciate the real-world M&A transaction experience and practical knowledge of market participant behavior that Expert brings to business valuation engagements. His industry experience encompasses publishing, distribution, technology, financial services, food and beverage, professional practices, many types of B2B and consumer services, telecommunications, internet, solar, eCommerce, SAAS, IOT, software, crowdfunding, retail, entertainment and more. Expert has authored articles, developed courses and instructed groups of business owners, students and others on valuation, forensics, accounting/finance and M&A.

For nearly 30 years, Expert has been CFO/Controller of various public and private companies in several industries in US/Canada/Europe/Asia. Expert raised $35 million for several of them, and founded and bought and sold several of the companies. He also worked at KPMG. He has extensive experience with acquisition due diligence, expert witness work and audit preparation.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1990 Degree: Bachelor of Arts Subject: Business Management Institution: Bucknell University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: CFO Department: Responsibilities: Expert is a CPA, CVA, CFE with nearly 30 years of accounting experience as a Controller and CFO in various types of businesses up to $10 billion in size.
He has done 5 IPO's/DPO’s and reverse mergers, been a Director of Public companies in various countries and has raised over $35 million in debt and equity financing.

He has worked in telecom, media, retail and financial services in addition to having consulting experience at startups in the software, technology and life sciences fields. He has run his own businesses, a publishing entity and a public accounting firm, in addition to working at KPMG. Expert was in pre-IPO companies and CFO in a growing public company, responsible for SEC filings. He was on the founding team of a Fintech company and a Retail App startup.

He has done many acquisitions and sales of businesses, performed SOX work, has done nearly 100 valuations, over a hundred audits/reviews and stock options accounting and forensic work (discovered a $300,000 embezzlement). He has done turnaround work and brokered various legal settlements.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Organizations:
FEWA, Forensic Expert Witness Association
ACG, Association for Corporate Growth
Accountant Lawyer Alliance
Financial Executives International
Provisors
CalCPA, Forensic Services Section
Gerson Lehrman Group-Council Member
Consumer Attorneys of California-Member
Licenses / Certifications
ACCREDITATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
 Certified Public Accountant (CPA, VA)
 Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
 Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Publications and Patents Summary
PUBLICATIONS
Fraud Magazine-Preventing Fraud in Troubled Companies (3 articles)
CPA Magazine: Peachtree software review
SBA accounting software review
Quickbooks, Netsuite review
Small Business Accounting software review
Fraud Magazine-2018/Nigerian fraud ring

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has done many evaluations in various industries including: technology, software, real estate, startups, professional services, printing, semiconductors, food & beverage. Many were for PCAOB audits as part of SEC reporting, and for IRS purposes. Forensic, divorce, economic damages, bankruptcy etc.

Number of cases by year breakdown
2012: 2
2013: 6
2014: 3
2015: 3
2016: 8
2017: 2
2018: 7
2019: 13 cases to date

Prior
 Employment-$300k embezzlement/Masse, Boston 2009
 Employment- Washington, DC 1995
 PI case-Boston $100k-testify 2005-2008
 Breach/misrep/fraud/negligence 2009
 Adversarial bankruptcy-2008-2011 Massachusetts/consulted. $300k
 Tortious Interference 2005
Training / Seminars
Teaching:
Developed video course for accountants 2006
Developed accounting courses in conjunction with largest public CPA in US for small cap companies 2012

Speaking engagements/panels:
Various re tax, crowdfunding and Silicon Valley pitches to investors
Toastmasters
Radio show: Fraud in M&A
Webinar: Fundraising for startups

Continuing education:
40 hours/year average: Valuations, Fraud, General accounting, other business (1999-present)-seminars, conferences, books, online

Fields of Expertise

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