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Pocket MBA 2020: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals


Speaker(s): Andria van der Merwe, Ph.D., Arla Lach, Brenda K. Morris, Craig T. Alcorn, Elke Rehbock, Gene Cahill, George M. Wilson, Holly L. Johnson, Jenni Perko, Jonathan M. Wier, Kathleen M. LaVoy, Kimberlee G Yapchai, Lynn Rogozinski, Megan M. Preusker, Mose (Chad) Rucker III, Rex Homme, Scott E. Walster, Sidney Dillard, William J. Rowe
Recorded on: Oct. 21, 2020
PLI Program #: 301905

George M. Wilson, MBA, CPA

Director
SEC Institute, a Division of PLI

 

As a Director of the SEC Institute Division of PLI, George teaches workshops dealing with a variety of SEC and FASB related topics. He developed the Institute’s initial “Advanced Accounting and Reporting for SEC Professionals” workshop, as well as workshops in a variety of technical areas including “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities,” and SOX 404 ICFR audits. Before joining the SEC Institute, George was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. He was director of the University's Accounting MBA program and also taught in the undergraduate accounting department. He has received the AICPA's Outstanding Discussion Leader Award and the Minnesota State Society's R. Glenn Berryman Award. George also served as Senior Vice President, Operations of Security Financial, where he managed the organization's initial public offering, and as a senior manager with KPMG.


Arla Lach has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting. She has extensive experience in providing auditing and accounting services. Throughout her career, Arla has worked with both public and private companies with revenues over $1 billion.

She is also highly skilled in the review of SEC filings, including annual and quarterly filings, securities registrations and proxy statements. She has assisted a variety of companies with the implementation and maintenance of their internal control systems.

From 2008 through 2010 Arla served as Chief of Staff to the U.S. firm CEO. This prestigious, two-year appointment represents a secondment and affords invaluable insight into leadership, management and business.

This role provided her with unique, in-depth experience in the development, execution and communication of firm strategy, contingency planning, budgeting, senior management transition and many other areas in the day-to-day operations and long-term planning of the firm. Arla has served clients in a number of industries, including for profit higher education, manufacturing, distribution, technology and professional services. 

Arla is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). In 2011, Arla was honored by the Illinois CPA Society, and received the “Women to Watch” award in the emerging leader category. Arla currently serves on the Board of Directors and Vice Chair for Gateway Foundation.


Brenda Morris is the Managing Director for Corporate Compliance and Business Oversight at Affiliated Monitors, Inc.  (“AMI”) She has successfully worked in senior corporate legal and compliance positions to provide strategic leadership, enhance business integrity, fortify enterprise risk programs.  She has provided training that reinforced business growth and increased employee engagement.  Ms. Morris is also an accomplished litigator who has secured trial victories in federal and state courts.  She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from regulatory compliance, parallel investigations, and cybersecurity. 

Before joining AMI, Ms. Morris worked for 7 years as Deputy General Counsel at Booz Allen Hamilton (“Booz Allen”), a Fortune 500 Company providing professional services to government and commercial clients.  Ms. Morris served as a trusted advisor to executives on sensitive government inquiries and civil litigation.  She joined Booz Allen to create the company’s first Business Investigations team, situated within the Legal Department, to conduct internal investigations, as well as provide risk mitigation and litigation management. Ms. Morris hired and led a team of attorneys, investigators, and paralegals to investigate potential violations of the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other federal laws relating to international contractor integrity and inadvertent release of proprietary information, as well as potential violations of Booz Allen’s ethical codes of conduct.   

Ms. Morris established the Litigation and Government Inquiries team (“LGI”) at Booz Allen.  The LGI provided rapid response to government inquiries and oversaw complex global litigation.  Ms. Morris was a critical decision-maker regarding legal strategies and successful resolution of major litigation, as well as matters that impacted national security.  She oversaw outside counsel spend and enhanced the firm’s insurance recovery.  She led cross-functional business teams to establish the first Insider Risk Management Program to protect internal information, and established protocols to safeguard the firm against potential cyber-attacks.   

Ms. Morris draws upon her years of experience as a Senior Executive Service litigator with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section.  The Public Integrity Section is a distinctive unit responsible for the nationwide investigations and prosecution of white-collar public corruption.  Ms. Morris honed her courtroom skills in Manhattan during her tenure as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she conducted hundreds of investigations and secured dozens of trial victories.

Ms. Morris received her BS from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and her JD from Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC.   She is a member of the American Bar Association; the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics; the Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington Metropolitan Area; and CALIBR, Global Leadership Network.


Craig T. Alcorn is a counsel in the Chicago, IL office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP whose practice focuses on advising companies and their officers and directors on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities, and other matters. From 2000 through 2004, Craig worked in the internal audit and risk consulting group of Arthur Andersen LLP and then Protiviti Inc., and is a Certified Internal Auditor.  

Craig received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his JD and MBA from Northwestern University.


Dr. Andria van der Merwe is an Executive Vice President at Compass Lexecon where she specializes in complex litigation and regulatory investigations related to financial markets. She provides consulting and testimonial expertise in derivatives, fixed income securities, market microstructure, cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. Before joining Compass Lexecon, she served as a Director of Portfolio Management at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, where she developed as well as executed trading strategies in fixed-income markets, focusing on debt, derivatives and securitized products.

As an author, Dr. van der Merwe wrote Market Liquidity Risk: Implications for Asset Pricing, Risk Management and Financial Regulation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and co-authored Credit Default Swaps: Mechanics and Empirical Evidence on Benefits, Costs, and Inter-Market Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).  Her research has been published in several internationally renowned journals on topics including complex mathematical algorithms to extract information from digital signatures and economic analysis of cryptocurrency.  Dr. van der Merwe holds three U.S. patents that propose new communication protocols for wireless network services.

Dr. van der Merwe has presented to audiences around the world from Munich, Germany to Zurich, Switzerland to London and Chicago.  Her topics include economics in litigation context, economics of blockchain, cryptocurrency and bitcoin and managing liquidity and liquidity risks, for esteemed groups including the American Bar Association, Swiss Finance Institute and 100 Women in Hedge Funds. 

Dr. van der Merwe earned her Ph.D. in electrical engineering with concentrations in signal processing and applied mathematics from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. with concentrations in finance, econometrics and accounting from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  She is a Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise.


Gene Cahill is a Partner in the Forensic Advisory Services practice in the Chicago office of Grant Thornton LLP.

Gene has worked on behalf of clients and Audit Committees, advising them on global fraud and anti-corruption matters. He has assisted management and Special Committees of boards of directors with comprehensive risk assessments to identify potential fraud related risks as well as compliance with GAAP accounting. He has assisted corporations in developing and enhancing their anti-corruption compliance programs to meet regulatory requirements and internal corporate mandates.

Gene focuses on the life sciences, manufacturing and distribution industries.

Professional qualifications and memberships

Certified Public Accounting (CPA)
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
AICPA member
ICPAS member

Community involvement

Center for Conflict Resolution – Board Member and Treasurer

Education

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana


Holly L. Johnson is a Senior Manager in the Forensic Advisory Services practice of Grant Thornton. Since transitioning from Grant Thornton’s audit practice, Holly has provided services to clients in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, insurance, construction, and not-for-profit industries.

Holly has been involved in several corporate investigations pertaining to alleged bribery, corruption, fraudulent financial statements, and asset misappropriations. In additions to her investigation experience, Holly has experience in litigation assignments including asset tracing through the reconstruction of financial records, lost profits, and damage claims. Further, Holly assists clients through post-acquisition disputes in which she can support the Buyer or Seller or serve as the neutral accountant. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Selected experience is as follows:

  • Performed a forensic accounting assignment in the investigation of a corporate controller who had allegedly misstated financial statements and created fictitious vendors. The analysis included performing over 300 account reconciliations over a two year period, interviewing accounting personnel, and reviewing source documents.  The investigation resulted in the discovery of fraudulent disbursements in the amount of 2.9 million dollars and an overall net income adjustment of 3 million dollars.  
  • Prepared a rebuttal expert report involving a company who acquired a business and subsequently discovered that the fixed assets on the financial statements were overstated by at least $22 million. The seller suggested that because their auditors had not identified it as material, nor commented on ineffective internal controls, the financial statements were not misstated. The buyer performed a physical inventory count and physically could not identify $22 million of assets.
  • Assisted neutral accounting arbitrator in a post-acquisition dispute involving seven disputed items totalling over $8 million dollars. Disputed items included the eligibility of certain items for capitalization in construction in process, inventory write-off adjustments, proration of expense accounts across periods, change in accounting policies, currency translation errors, and the GAAP implications of various terms of the Agreement.
  • Assisted a public client through a six year restatement of their financial statements. Reviewed 10-K and 10-Q footnotes to ensure supporting documentation was available to the auditors to support the figures included in the footnotes. Compiled fixed asset ledgers from 20+ subsidiaries to re-categorize the fixed assets for financial statement presentation. Prepared debt covenant analyses to assess covenant compliance.


Jenni Perko is an Audit Managing Director in the National Professional Practice Director Group and has worked extensively with multi-national companies and gained international experience while working for Grant Thornton in Sydney, Australia. She has extensive experience in providing auditing and accounting services, as well as in the review and improvement of internal control systems.

Jenni has more than fourteen years’ experience serving clients in manufacturing, distribution, and technology industries. She has worked with a broad range of public and private clients, including large and mid-size companies. She is also highly skilled in the review of SEC filings, including annual and quarterly filings, securities registrations and proxy statements. She has assisted a variety of companies with the implementation and maintenance of their internal control systems.

Jenni has served clients in a number of industries, including manufacturing, distribution and technology services. She has worked on securities registrations and public-debt offerings for both manufacturing and technology companies. Currently she focuses her time working with companies in the manufacturing and consumer products industries.

Professional qualifications and memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois Certified Public Accountant Society

Awards

In 2017, Jenni was honored by the Illinois CPA Society, and received the “Women to Watch” award in the emerging leader category.

Community involvement

Jenni currently serves on the Next Generation Board for the Trust for Public Land.

Education

Jennifer received her Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Accountancy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Jonathan Wier is a Litigation Counsel with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (“ARDC”).  He is responsible for investigating charges of attorney misconduct and prosecuting disciplinary cases.  Jonathan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, with a bachelors’ degree in economics and then received his JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.  Prior to joining the ARDC in 2015, Jonathan worked for two Chicago law firms where he was a commercial litigator with extensive experience in utility regulation.  He also served as Assistant General Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.


Katie LaVoy is the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ: GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States. GLDD also has significant international dredging operations in the Middle East. Ms. LaVoy provides legal and regulatory guidance to GLDD’s Board of Directors and serves on the company’s Executive Management committee.

Prior to joining GLDD, Ms. LaVoy was a litigation attorney in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn LLP where she focused her practice on commercial litigation and patent litigation.

Ms. LaVoy earned a J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, graduating with distinction. Ms. LaVoy is currently a candidate for an Executive M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Kimberlee Yapchai reports to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Tenneco, Inc. (NYSE:TEN) – an automotive component manufacturer in the FT Global 500.  Kim provides leadership and oversight for the compliance program globally, including governance, standards and procedures, training and communication, auditing and monitoring, hotline management, corrective actions, and continuous improvement.  She presents to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors quarterly and she leads the Ethics & Compliance Committee comprised of the company’s C-Suite executives.  

Tenneco is an automotive component manufacturer with revenues of ~$17 billion and a market cap of ~$3 billion based in Lake Forest, Illinois.  It primarily designs and manufactures ride performance, powertrain, and clean air components.  With 90,000 employees, Tenneco operates in over 20 countries.  Tenneco owns powerful brands such as Monroe®, Champion®, Öhlins®, MOOG®, Walker®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Rancho®, Thrush®, National®, Sealed Power® and others.  In the last year, Kim contributed to the strategic acquisitions of Federal Mogul and Öhlins.  Kim is currently assisting Tenneco to prepare for an IPO to spin off a company later in 2019.  Kim will be accompanying the spinoff.

She is an experienced global leader with substantial track record of dealing successfully with complex legal and compliance issues in multi-national, public companies, including Ford, Whirlpool, Masco Corporation, and Tenneco.  She is known as a business-oriented advisor who counsels senior leaders on issues of major importance and designs pragmatic solutions to achieve strategic results.  She is a recognized, transformational thought leader.

Prior to joining Tenneco in 2018, Kim was Chief Compliance Officer at Whirlpool Corporation.  She led Whirlpool’s efforts to achieve Ethisphere’s World Most Ethical Company® designation after two significant acquisitions in Europe and China.  Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s largest appliance manufacturer (NYSE:WHR), is a Fortune 100 company with market cap of over $8 billion and 90,000 employees in 30 countries.  Prior to joining Whirlpool in 2014, Kim served in roles of increasing responsibilities for 15 years in the legal department of Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), a Michigan-based, Fortune 500 conglomerate. Masco is a manufacturer of products for the home improvement and new home construction markets with market cap of $11 billion and over 30,000 employees.  Kim’s last role at Masco was Assistant General Counsel, a #2 corporate lawyer of the company, with primary legal responsibilities for key customer relationships in the retail and homebuilder channel, the global compliance program, and oversight of the legal team for the business units in the retail channel.  Prior to Masco, Kim started her legal career at Ford Motor Credit Company, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: FORD), where she specialized in consumer and commercial financing.  At Ford Credit, Kim received awards for customer service and continuous improvement.

Kim has been a keynote speaker at Compliance Week’s Annual Conference and Ethisphere’s Global Ethics Summit. She is an active volunteer with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the largest in-house bar association in the world, with over 43,000 in-house lawyers in 85+ countries as members.  She is currently on the planning committee for the ACC Chicago Annual Gala.  She is the former co-chair of the Manufacturing Industry Group of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (f/k/a Ethics and Compliance Officers Association).  From 2010-2012, she co-chaired the In-House Counsel Committee for the State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section and launched the In-House Insights column.                         

Kim has been recognized by numerous publications and organizations, including named as 2018 Top Mind by Compliance Week Magazine, 2017 Top Corporate Counsel by dBusiness Magazine, the 2016 Salute to Excellence Award by the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, the 2016 Transformational Leadership – Visionary Leader by Inside Counsel Magazine, 2014 Top Assistant General Counsel by First Chair, and named as one of the top 100 “Next Generation General Counsel” by Inside Counsel Magazine.  Kim also achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster award in Toastmasters International.

Kim is Asian American and she enjoys yoga, traveling and gardening.  Her husband is a CPA.


Lynn Rogozinski is an accomplished compliance and ethics professional with ten years’ experience managing compliance programs for Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Rogozinski was most recently the Director of Corporate Compliance for Avery Dennison Corporation is a multinational manufacturer and distributor of pressure-sensitive adhesive materials, apparel branding labels and tags, RFID inlays, and specialty medical products. While at Avery Dennison, she led both the corporate compliance and the crisis management programs.

Ms. Rogozinski also served as the first Director of Compliance at Eaton Corporation, a multinational power management company. Prior to the corporate compliance role, Ms. Rogozinski spent eight years in the Law Department at Eaton advising on environmental and health and safety (EHS) compliance issues affecting Eaton facilities and working with Corporate EHS staff on implementing and improving compliance activities at manufacturing locations worldwide.  

Ms. Rogozinski earned a juris doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


Megan Preusker focuses her practice on restructuring and insolvency matters. Megan is experienced representing borrowers, secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers and sellers of distressed assets, and other parties in interest in all variety of default and workout scenarios, including out-of-court restructurings and corporate and municipal bankruptcies.  Representative industries include healthcare, retail, and education.


Mose (Chad) Rucker III is a Managing Director at Valuation Research Corporation (“VRC”).  Mr. Rucker heads VRC’s New York fairness opinion and solvency practice where he provides financial advisory services to leading private equity firms (such as Apollo Capital Management, the Carlyle Group, Warburg Pincus), family offices and founder-led companies.  Mr. Rucker has provided advisory services on over $250 billion of financial transactions.  Prior to joining Valuation Research Corporation, Mr. Rucker was a vice president of investment banking in the global power group at Citigroup in New York.  Mr. Rucker also served as a principal at Rucker Capital Advisors, LLC a private merchant bank that provides funding to venture stage and distressed companies.

Mr. Rucker earned a juris doctor from New York University School of Law, a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Augusta State University.


Rex Homme, a Partner with StoneTurn, has more than 25 years of experience. He provides clients with financial consulting and accounting advice on forensic accounting investigations, complex business litigation matters and general business-related disputes.

Rex has advised audit committees, boards, senior management and outside counsel with cases involving risk assessments, financial restatements, accounting irregularities, accounting defense, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) violations, fraud and embezzlement, and financial due diligence. These engagements have included the interpretation and application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) in areas such as revenue recognition, reserves and allowances, intercompany and inventory. Rex has also led complex business litigation cases involving lost profits quantification, accounting guidance interpretations, partnership disputes, purchase price disputes, cash analysis, solvency matters, breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego claims.  He has also worked on several matters as the forensic advisor to the monitor on FCPA monitorships.

Prior to joining StoneTurn, Rex served for three years as a co-leader of Kroll’s Forensic Accounting and Litigation Consulting practice in Chicago. Previously, he spent nine years as a forensic accountant with Deloitte.

Rex is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in the state of Illinois), Certified Fraud Examiner and Chartered Global Management Accountant, and is Certified in Financial Forensics.


Sidney Dillard is head of the Corporate Investment Banking Division at Loop Capital. In addition to managing the corporate team at Loop Capital, Ms. Dillard is responsible for relationship management and the team's business development efforts with corporations across all areas of the firm, including bond underwriting, initial public offerings, at-the-markets, share repurchase, private institutional capital raising and mergers & acquisitions advisory; she has worked on well over $600 billion in financings and advisory assignments.  Ms. Dillard serves on the firm's Management Committee and Fairness Opinion & Valuation Committee. 

She has over 30 years of experience in financial services, encompassing a long tenure at The Northern Trust Company, where she was a Senior Vice President and Division Manager responsible for commercial banking, treasury management, retirement plan custody and investment services for large corporations.

Outside of Loop Capital, Ms. Dillard is heavily involved with various professional organizations. She is a member of The Chicago Network, International Women's Forum, Economic Club of Chicago, Obama Foundation Inclusion Council and a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. In addition to her organizational memberships, she also sits on various boards including the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), IFF, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Harriet's Daughters and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago (chair).

Ms. Dillard received a Masters of Management in Finance, Marketing and Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor's of Arts in Economics from Stanford University.

She holds 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses.


William J. Rowe is a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group in Chicago. William assists clients ranging from public Fortune 100 companies to private start-ups with domestic and international transactional, securities, commercial and licensing matters. He also serves as Baker McKenzie’s lead corporate partner for North America knowledge and training development.

Practice Focus

William frequently acts as lead counsel assisting clients with complex and development strategy driven cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in multiple industries, including intellectual property driven transactions in the technology and healthcare fields. His practice also includes public mergers and acquisition transactions, securities compliance, venture capital investments, co-development agreements, licensing arrangements and supply chain transactions.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented FedEx in its USD 1.4 billion acquisition of Genco Distribution System.
  • Represented Material Handling Systems in its sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners.
  • Represented Safran in its USD 710 million sale of its Morpho Detection airport security business.
  • Represented FedEx in the US securities aspects of its USD 4.8 billion acquisition of TNT Express.
  • Represented Ecolab in its USD 8.1 billion merger with Nalco.
  • Represented Medtronic in connection with its USD 816 million acquisition of China Kanghui.
  • Represented the independent committee of the board of directors of Telvent with respect to Schneider Electric USD 2 billion tender offer for all outstanding shares of Telvent.
  • Represented McDonald’s in its flagship commercial and technology partnership with UberEats.
  • Represented Walgreens in its Specialty Pharmacy and Mail Service Pharmacy Joint Venture with Prime Therapeutics.


Elke Rehbock heads the German and French desks and is a member of the Dentons' Corporate practice. She focuses on U.S. and foreign corporate and financial institution clients representing them in the U.S. and abroad on domestic and international corporate, finance and commercial matters.

Elke serves as the US external general counsel for a number of foreign companies. Because of her international background and German and French fluency, nearly all of these transactions are cross-border in nature and cover a wide range of product and service sectors.

Honors and Awards

  • The American Lawyer honored Dentons with a Global Pro Bono Deal of the Year (Environmental) award for outstanding pro bono achievements at its 2014 Global Legal Awards.
  • Elke was recognized as a 2017 Young Leader for the American Council on Germany.
  • Recognized by Crain's as one of Chicago's Notable Women Lawyers, 2018.

Presentations

  • "Anatomy of a Deal," Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • "Investing in the United States," various cities, Germany
  • "Loan Documentation," training series for commercial bankers
  • "Introduction to International Project Finance," Cornell Law School
  • "Introduction to International Project Finance," Bucerius Law School Hamburg, Germany

Memberships

  • American Council on Germany, Director of the Chicago Chapter
  • Board member, Lyric Opera Chicago
  • Board member, Legacy Charter School Chicago

Education

  • Cornell Law School, 2004, JD
  • L’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, 2001, Ecofi
  • Université Panthéon-Assas, 2000, Maîtrise, en Droit
  • Universität des Saarlandes, 1998, DEUG, Mention Droit


Scott E. Walster is a Principal in the securities and financial regulation practices at Global Economics Group.

Most recently, Mr. Walster served as Assistant Director in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While at the SEC, Mr. Walster supervised and performed economic analysis for hundreds of enforcement actions. His work focused on the economics of spoofing and high frequency trading market manipulations; insider trading; securities lending; corporate disclosure; and investment adviser “cherry picking” and churning frauds. The economic advice he provided was used to help determine investor damages, ill-gotten gains, and corporate penalties – as well as to distribute money back to investors through Fair Funds.

Mr. Walster has provided live and written expert testimony on matters involving portfolio performance, derivative trading strategies, and market manipulations. He was part of a team that received the SEC’s Analytical Methods Award – an award presented annually for innovative analytical work – for a large-scale statistical analysis that was used to identify dozens of participants in an insider trading ring.

Mr. Walster has advised and provided testimony for the US Department of Justice on a number of criminal securities fraud investigations and trials; and he has advised the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Federal Trade Commission on investigations.

Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Walster spent nearly a decade managing consulting teams supporting litigation and regulatory matters, including a previous stint at Global Economics Group during which he helped develop the firm’s securities fraud and valuation practices. Mr. Walster received B.S. degrees in Economics and Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he graduated with university honors and highest distinction in Finance.