Our experts have unmatched industry experience in a vast array of banking services practices.


With decades of industry experience as senior executives and global managing directors at leading financial institutions, consulting firms, and regulators, each of our banking expert witnesses is dedicated to applying exceptional real-world economic, financial, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges.

Our financial expert witnesses have been successfully engaged in hundreds of cases pertaining to litigations, disputes, and consulting.

We at SEDA Experts are proud to provide our world-class financial expert witness services on a wide range of matters; including, but not limited to disputes, determining causation, liability, and damages.  

Many of these matters comprise alleged negligence, misrepresentation, and fraud for Fortune 500 corporations, including premiere global financial institutions, top tier banks, financial regulators, large sovereign funds, and hedge funds.  

Our expertise also covers policy and procedures, internal operational controls, regulatory guidelines and industry-standard practices that financial institutions must comply to mitigate risks and potential asset losses.


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  • Richard A. Marin

    Richard A. Marin

    Managing Director

    Richard Marin as a former finance senior executive with over 40 years of investment banking industry experience, and as a former clinical professor at Cornell University is a world class testifying expert in asset management, alternative investments, private equity investments, securities lending, retirement and pensions, and real estate / project financing.

  • Kristin Kaepplein

    Kristin Kaepplein

    Managing Director

    With over 30 years of industry experience as former SEC Director, Goldman Sachs VP, and Consultant, Kristin Kaepplein is an expert in financial intermediaries’ regulation and compliance, broker-dealer and investment adviser business practices, and technologies employed in provisioning financial services to institutional and retail investors.

  • R. Bram Smith

    R. Bram Smith

    Managing Director

    Thanks to 40 years of experience in the US corporate loan market, both as the Executive Director of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) and senior executive in three leading financial institutions such as Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley, and Bankers Trust, Bram Smith is a world-class expert in loan syndications, sales and trading, and capital markets.

  • J. Bradley Bennett

    J. Bradley Bennett

    Managing Director

    J. Bradley Bennett has over 30 years of experience in broker-dealers’ financial regulation, holding executive positions as an attorney and former Chief of Enforcement at FINRA. He is an expert in SEC and FINRA enforcement proceedings, internal investigations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), shareholder litigation, criminal matters, and financial frauds.

  • Kevin D. Oden Ph.D.

    Kevin D. Oden Ph.D.

    Managing Director

    Dr. Oden, has unrivaled financial risk management expertise and over 30 years of financial markets experience with leading financial institutions firms Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs, holding executive positions. As former EVP and Head of Operational Risk and Compliance he is a world class expert in market risk, credit risk, counterparty risk, and operational risk.

  • Tad Philipp

    Tad Philipp

    Managing Director

    Tad Philipp is a CMBS pioneer who had an influential role in the development of the commercial MBS market. As the former head of Moody’s CMBS group he helped establish their rating methodologies to assess the credit risk of CMBS transactions, and he also oversaw commercial real estate research at the agency.

  • John C. Siciliano

    John C. Siciliano

    Managing Director

    John Siciliano is a seasoned global financial services executive with over 40 years of experience across a number of leading financial institutions. He is a world-class expert on key issues facing financial institutions across strategy, product, distribution, pricing, and talent. He is a Qualified Financial Expert (QFE).

  • Douglas Lucas

    Douglas Lucas

    Managing Director

    Douglas Lucas has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry and he is a world-class expert in fixed income and structured product's credit risk. He created Moody’s CLO rating methodology, and he invented measures of portfolio risk, such as the WARF and the diversity score, which are in wide use today.

  • David Hinman, CFA

    David Hinman, CFA

    Managing Director

    David Hinman, CFA has over 25 years of fixed income asset management and trading experience, holding executive positions such as the Head of Fixed Income at Salient Partner and Portfolio Manager at PIMCO. He is an expert in trading and managing portfolios of credit derivatives, investment grade, and high yield corporate bonds, bank loans, emerging market debt, and CLOs.

  • Tim Rezvan, CFA

    Tim Rezvan, CFA

    Managing Director

    Tim Rezvan, CFA has over twenty years of experience in equity research, in both the asset management and sell-side equity research industries, working for leading financial institutions such as BlackRock and Oppenheimer. His expertise encompasses equity securities in the Exploration & Production (E&P) industry, oil and natural gas commodities, and commodity derivatives.

  • Gontran de Quillacq

    Gontran de Quillacq

    Managing Director

    Gontran de Quillacq brings his unparalleled knowledge and over 20 years of Securities experience specializing in Portfolio Management, Equity Derivatives Trading, Proprietary Trading, and Investment Research. His work with top-tier banks and hedge funds in both London and New York gives him a unique perspective on the financial industry.

  • Peter U. Vinella

    Peter U. Vinella


    Peter U. Vinella has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry as a consultant and an executive with leading financial institutions. Mr. Vinella has extensive testifying experience acting as an expert for both plaintiff and defendant, involving more than 25 matters and including seven cases with more than $1 billion at stake.

  • Edward J. Fraim Jr.

    Edward J. Fraim Jr.

    Managing Director

    Edward J. Fraim Jr. has over 25 years of experience in Energy and Financial Derivatives, Futures and Options. As the former Head of ICE Proprietary Data he is an expert in derivatives trading, benchmark price valuations, complex pricing models, commodities risk management, hedging strategies, and supporting technologies.

  • Kenneth Simmons

    Kenneth Simmons

    Managing Director

    Kenneth Simmons, with over 30 years of industry experience as Executive Vice President at leading financial institutions, and at regulatory agency such as OCC and FDIC, is a top expert in regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, bank secrecy act, and financial crimes risk management.

  • Timothy J. Fogarty Sr.

    Timothy J. Fogarty Sr.

    Managing Director

    Timothy Fogarty is a former senior Federal Reserve Bank officer with over 35 years of industry experience covering all aspects of international central banking operations and extensive special purpose financial transactions in support of U.S. government and multinational policy objectives.

  • Donald M. May, Ph.D.

    Donald M. May, Ph.D.

    Managing Director

    As a former MIT finance professor with extensive testifying experience, Dr. May is a world-class expert in the valuation of damages. Dr. May possesses over 30 years’ experience in consulting, valuation, and litigation support as well as researching, publishing, and teaching at the university level, and he has invaluable experience in testifying in arbitrations as well as state and federal court.

  • John I. Salomon

    John I. Salomon

    Managing Director

    For over 40 years, Mr. Salomon has provided expert testimony and advice in over 100 cases involving accounting and auditing issues (GAAP/GAAS), internal investigations, income tax and accounting issues, partnership and shareholder disputes, post-acquisition disputes, damages, lost profits and breach of contract.

  • Damiano Colnago

    Damiano Colnago

    Managing Partner

    Damiano Colnago is the co-founder of SEDA Experts LLC and the former Co-Head of CDO Risk and Compliance at Wilmington Trust. He specializes in custody and trustee services, and collateral administration. His expertise includes banking operation, collateralized debt obligations, fund of funds, derivatives , asset-backed securities (ABS), mortgage backed securities (MBS), syndicated loans, and cryptocurrencies.

  • Sergio C. Godinho

    Sergio C. Godinho

    Managing Partner

    Sergio Godinho is the co-founder of SEDA Experts LLC and the former Head of CDO Risk and Compliance at Wilmington Trust. He is a senior professional with diversified experience in both the financial services industry, as well as providing advice in litigation, dispute resolution, mediation, and business consulting matters, including class actions and class certifications.

  • Paul Lindemann

    Paul Lindemann

    Managing Director

    Manfred Paul Lindemann possesses over 25 years of Mortgage banking and Loan Servicing experience, with twelve years in Executive level management. His expertise includes default loan servicing, foreclosure, loss mitigation, collections, short sales, real estate marketing, loan servicing contracts, pooling and servicing agreements, loan defects and loan repurchase.

  • Robert Munns

    Robert Munns

    Managing Director

    Robert Munns is a banking professional with over 30 years of experience in Asset Based / Middle Market Lending. As former Senior Vice President for leading financial institutions he specializes in loan operations, cross-selling, portfolio management, and sound credit practices. His expertise includes direct loans, commercial mortgages, and loan syndications & participations.

  • Stephen F. O'Byrne

    Stephen F. O'Byrne

    Managing Director

    Stephen F. O'Byrne is a world-class expert in executive compensation valuation, and employment agreement negotiation. He has more than thirty years of experience as a consultant to companies on compensation, performance measurement and valuation issues.

  • Federico Chiavazza

    Federico Chiavazza

    Managing Director

    Federico Chiavazza is an expert in international large-scale real estate developments, specializing in real estate development valuation, accounting, project and construction management. He is currently a Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management, and a member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

During all stages of the engagement, our banking expert witnesses are adroitly supported by highly skilled, experienced, and dedicated staff.  


These stages include case early assessment, data analysis, damages and valuation calculation, as well as report and exhibits preparation and submission to ensure that deliverables are met at the highest standards protecting expert witnesses’ reputation and credibility.


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