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Alvarez & Marsal

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Chairmen: Tony Alvarez II & Bryan Marsal
Number of employees worldwide: +4000
Languages: With offices around the world, Alvarez & Marsal consultants cover all major business languages

Overview & History:
Alvarez & Marsal (‘A&M’) is a global professional services firm specialising in turnaround and interim management services; transformation, performance improvement and business advisory services; and dispute resolution and litigation support. Founded in 1983, the firm is known for its distinctive heritage, hands-on approach, and relentless focus on execution and results. The firm currently boasts more than 4,000 professionals spanning 59 offices in 25 countries.

A&M’s disputes and investigations practice comprises litigation experienced accountants, technologists and economists. These professionals provide clients with independent and highly qualified advice throughout the litigation/arbitration process; as well as expert evidence to courts and tribunals. A&M sets the standard for delivering results on critical matters involving sensitive corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement actions and high stakes litigation and arbitration and the firm’s services are characterised by a high level of objectivity, due diligence and intensive analysis that culminate in a summary of findings, often reinforced with live expert testimony.

Services:
Disputes:

A&M provides independent experts for dispute resolution. Typically, the firm focuses on aspects of quantum and damage, but its work for courts and tribunals also includes valuation, economic causation, financial regulation and subject matter expertise.

A&M’s experts are familiar with and have testified in the local litigation venues associated with its offices, as well as before arbitral Tribunals in international disputes across the globe. The firm’s experts have provided evidence in arbitrations conducted under the auspices of most of the major arbitration institutions including the ICC, ICSID, ICDR, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, DIS, NAI, DIAC HKIAC CEITAC and under UNCITRAL rules and in ad-hoc arbitrations. A&Ms experts have acted as both party-appointed experts and tribunal appointed experts. A&M’s experts also have substantial experience of working on the various aspects of post-acquisition disputes. They have been appointed as experts to determine post-acquisition disputes and as advisors to either of the parties. They also regularly advise parties on the formulation of their dispute resolutions and accounting policy clauses prior to the consummation of the transaction being completed. Forensic

Accounting Investigations:
Heightened regulatory scrutiny and fallout from the global economic crisis has resulted in increased fraud investigations and litigation. Money laundering, misappropriation of assets, anti-trust, fraudulent financial reporting and other illegal transactions pose a myriad of issues for clients and their stakeholders. A&M’s forensic accounting and technology experts work hand-in-hand with clients to respond to regulatory enforcement investigations, internal investigations and lawsuits.

Compliance & Anti-corruption:
Global anti-corruption laws mandate that companies refrain from all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery. Failure to comply with the laws and regulations can result in debilitating, significant financial penalties and criminal sanctions that could threaten the very survival a client’s organisation. Given the multi-jurisdictional nature of anti-corruption violations and investigations, A&M’s global team leads internal investigations designed to strengthen clients systems that promote compliance.

Fiduciary Services:
When a company’s performance declines, affected parties seek to salvage their stake in the entity. The likelihood of fraudulent acts significantly increases as internal controls deteriorate. In suspected cases of wrongdoing, stakeholders need answers and support from unbiased experts. A&M serves as, or advises, independent fiduciaries and bring deep expertise in providing investigation and litigation services related to companies facing a crisis. The firm reconstructs audit trails, analyses relevant facts, conducts asset searches and facilitates asset preservation, and provides control and stability for companies subject to judicial supervision. A&M has served as court-appointed trustees, examiners, plan administrators, litigation trustees, liquidating trustees, mediators, monitors and receivers in multiple cases.

Forensic Technology:
 In contentious legal and regulatory situations, we effectively use technology to uncover and manage evidence and intelligence. A&M’s forensic technology team identifies, collects and analyses electronic information to support its clients’ investigation and discovery needs. A&M’s customised approach guarantees that electronic information is admissible and produces maximum benefit. A&M’s team of forensic technologists, information security specialists and investigators have the computer science and information systems expertise along with the appreciation of how to best utilise technology to meet the clients’ needs. In respect to cyber, as the landscape continues to evolve, clients can no longer depend on traditional approaches and decades-old practices to solve security challenges. A&M helps clients understand that cybersecurity is not a technology issue, but a business issue.

Financial Crime:
Transforming compliance programs results in reduced risk, lowered costs, and improved efficiency. A&M’s comprehensive approach to compliance transformation merges people, process, training, and technology solutions. The firm leverages key principles of anti-money laundering, sanctions, forensic accounting, trade and export, counter-terrorism financing, white collar crime, and corruption compliance to deliver lasting results. On time. On budget.