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 Expert  727252

Expert in Internal Controls Remediation, SOX and FCPA Compliance, Risk Management, Financial Due Diligence


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
USA
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Expert, CPA is an audit partner with a New York full-service accounting firm specializing in audit of pubic companies, internal controls and SOX compliance, due diligence, and risk management. Expert has more than 20 years of public and private accounting experience; he supports the firm's Chinese SEC practice and works closely with the Quality Review team to evaluate and manage related audit risks and ascertain the integrity of the respective audits. Expert has dealt with various accounting and financial reporting issues across a spectrum of industries and professions, including manufacturing, communications, media and publishing, real estate, insurance, law and entertainment.

Expert advises on all aspects of internal controls, develops practical and cost-effective solutions, and builds compliance into enterprise risk management. He is particularly skilled in controls and process improvement to drive operational efficiencies into compliance and risk management. Based on his internal control expertise and proven compliance methodology, clients have successfully remediated their control deficiencies, complied with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and cured their FCPA violations. His expertise also encompasses process re-engineering, business reorganization and margin improvement, and system review and implementation.

Expert brings extensive experience to the due diligence process with a hands-one approach that blends a deep understanding of the financial, tax, accounting, and internal controls issues involved along with any industry-specific matters. In evaluating potential transactions, he sheds light on irregularities and potential liabilities and advises on ways to mitigate risks. Throughout the process, Expert offers insights and guidance that enable clients to make wise business decisions.

Expert has held various executive positions with a publicly traded media company, meeting business challenges as divisional chief financial officer, vice president of enterprise financial solutions, and vice president for business acquisitions. As a hands-on finance executive, Expert led a series of business turnaround and operational cost reduction projects. His experience in financial and operational management included implementing a new accounting system, strengthening controls over cash management and financial reporting, and establishing controls over the purchasing and payment processes.

Expert was also director of corporate development for a major US television network and served 10 years at Big Four accounting firms delivering assurance and M&A consulting services. With extensive auditing and SEC reporting experience, Expert has assisted clients in resolving complicated accounting matters including revenue recognition and expense capitalization.

In the M&A arena, Expert had advised on inbound Asian acquisition opportunities and assisted Taiwanese buyers in their evaluation of target US companies. His international experience includes providing financial due diligence for strategic and financial buyers on various cross-border opportunities in China, Taiwan, Finland, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Expert is proficient in Chinese and speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin.

Expert has been quoted in various publications, including Compliance Week, Crain's New York Business, The Trusted Professional, Long Island Business News, and Auditing News. He has authored and co-authored articles on internal controls published in The CPA Journal. Expert frequently lectures on internal control issues and has written and presented CPE courses on SOX compliance, enterprise risk management and internal controls for SmartPros Inc. and the Foundation for Accounting Education.

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compliance testing

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due diligence

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enterprise risk management

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internal controls

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risk assessment

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Sarbanes-Oxley


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Hartford, Connecticut;  and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1989   MBA   Finance & Investments   Baruch College, CUNY  
1987   BA   Accounting and Economics (dual major)   Queens College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2011 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

SEC China Practice

 

Partner

 

Expert is a partner at Expert's Firm specializing in the audits of publicly-traded entities with operations in China. He supports the firm's Chinese SEC practice and works closely with the Quality Review team to evaluate and manage related audit risks and ascertain the integrity of the respective audits.

2005 to 2011

 

Berdon LLP

 

Internal Controls & Risk Management

 

Partner

 

Expert was a partner with Berdon LLP specializing in internal controls, due diligence, and risk management. He led Berdon's Due Diligence Services and Internal Controls & Risk Management practices and was co-director of the firm's FCPA & Internal Control Investigative Services.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;

New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants: Member and Former Chair, SEC Practice Committee; Member, Internal Audit Committee; Former Member, Accounting & Auditing Oversight Committee; Former Member, Committees for CFOs, M&A, and Printing and Publishing; Former Chair, Staff Accountants Committee;

Member, Institute of Internal Auditors

Licenses/Certifications

CPA

Professional Appointments

The CPA Journal: the Editorial Review Board Member

St. John's University Department of Accounting and Tax: Executive Advisory Board Member


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Foundation for Accounting Education: Improving Risk Management with Effective Internal Controls

Foundation for Accounting Education: Cost Effective SOX Compliance for Small Businesses

SmartPros: How to Comply with Sarbanes 404?

SmartPros: Best Practices in Fraud Prevention and Detection


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • SOX Compliance: Leveraging his proven risk-based methodology, Expert has delivered cost-effective compliance solutions to his clients. Expert is skilled in controls remediation and has been effective in developing and implementing specific corrective actions to fix the control gaps and address the control deficiencies identified. His internal controls and SOX compliance expertise ranges from small businesses to accelerated filers. Expert has developed compliance programs that are not only practical but also sustainable. His SOX consulting experience includes fraud risk assessments, detailed process reviews, controls enhancement and remediation, and testing of key controls to determine their control design and operating effectiveness.
  • Internal Controls: Expert was instrumental in the remediation of material weaknesses reported by managment and implemented corrective actions(including the development of a training program) to strengthen the company's internal control environment.
  • Due Diligence: Expert was credited for the identification of key deal breakers and other purchase price adjustment issues in a recent financial due diligence engagement.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Worked as an internal controls expert for a litigation matter
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • 404 china expert for consulting on SOX 404.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Chinese   Cantonese and Mandarin

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Expert has been quoted in various publications, including Compliance Week, Crain's New York Business, The Trusted Professional, Long Island Business News, and Auditing News. He has authored and co-authored articles on internal controls published in The CPA Journal. Expert frequently lectures on internal control issues and has written and presented CPE courses on SOX compliance, enterprise risk management and internal controls for SmartPros Inc. and the Foundation for Accounting Education.

Other Skills and Services

Expert is proficient in Chinese and speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin.


 

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