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.
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 evi¬dence 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.
Compliance & Anti-Corruption Global anti-corruption laws mandate that companies refrain from all forms of corrup¬tion, 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 client systems that promote compliance.
A&M Economics is a rapidly developing team of specialist post-graduate economists recently recruited from the Big 4, specialist economic boutiques and authorities. The team, which already has three Managing Directors, provides specialist testifying economists with experience across High Courts, Competition Tribunals and International Arbitration Tribunals in many countries. Experts at A&M Economics have testified, and provided support to legal advisors, across issues including anti-trust abuses, class actions, mergers, economic damages and valuations, and economic regulation. The team are noted as providing a strong quantitative basis to their work, with particular strengths in econometric, game theoretic and scenario modelling, allied to professional economists with a strong industry background. A&M Economics also has particular strength in the communications, energy, infrastructure, financial services and healthcare and life-sciences sectors.
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 associ¬ated 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, and also have substantial experience working on the vari¬ous aspects of post-acquisition disputes, including as advisors to either party. 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.
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 antimon¬ey laundering, sanctions, forensic accounting, trade and export, counter-terrorism financing, white collar crime, and corruption compliance to deliver lasting results.
Forensic Accounting Investigation
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 investiga¬tions, internal investigations and lawsuits.
In contentious legal and regulatory situations, we expertly 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, discovery and regulatory 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, information systems and data compliance expertise, along with the appreciation of how to best utilise technology to meet the clients’ needs. As the cyber 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.
A&M recently bolstered its Privacy and Data Compliance services team to advise clients on increasingly complex local, global and cross-border data rules and sectorial requirements impacting on corporate data strategies, technology deployment and innovation.