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 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.
Craig W. Broderick
Craig Broderick is the former Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of Goldman Sachs where he served on the Management Committee and was Chair or Co-Chair of the Firmwide Risk Committee. In a 32 year career Craig oversaw control of the firm’s credit, market, liquidity, operational, model, counterparty and insurance risks.
Ms. Jarcho served as a Deputy Director at the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections & Examinations (“OCIE”) and Head of the Investment Adviser/Company (“IA/IC”) examination program. Ms. Jarcho’s enforcement work covered a breadth of areas, including complex financial frauds, insider trading, offering frauds, market manipulation, broker-dealer supervision, and IA/IC violations.
Joanne M. Hill
Joanne has over 30 years of experience in leadership roles in investment strategy at investment banks and asset managers with a focus on index and quantitative products, derivatives, along with volatility and risk management. She currently serves as Chief Advisor for Research and Strategy at Cboe Vest, a fund manager, specializing in option-based investments.
Dawn Stump is a highly seasoned financial executive and regulatory thought leader who recently served as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Her most recent areas of attention are business continuity, supply chain disruptions, cyber intrusion impact, integrity of emerging assets (e.g., crypto), data protection, and climate-related market risks.
Peter Selman, as the former Head of Global Equities at Deutsche Bank, and the Co-head of Global Equity Trading at Goldman Sachs, is a world-class expert in all aspects of equity products including cash equities, OTC options, listed derivatives, equity valuation, securities lending and prime finance, ETFs and structured products.
Peter U. Vinella, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Advisor to the Board
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.
Lisa Robins is a Senior Executive and Board Director, recognized globally for her deep experience and expertise in transaction banking and trade finance. In recent years, she was based in Asia (separately Hong Kong, China, and Singapore) where she effectively led organizations with diverse teams focused on developing technology, digitization, and risk management.
R. Bram Smith
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.
Bradley Ziff is a world class expert in counterparty and credit risk, the LIBOR transition and issues surrounding central clearing as a risk mitigant. Over the past thirty years, Brad has led multiple global benchmarking projects focusing on different aspects of capital and financial markets.
Dr. Svetla Tzenova
Dr. Tzenova provides expert testimony and litigation consulting services on a broad spectrum of economic issues in the areas of commercial damages, business valuation, intellectual property, antitrust and competition strategy, and various issues at the intersection of business and government.
Craig Coben has over 25 years of financial industry experience serving as the Vice Chairman of Global Capital Markets and Global Head of Equity Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is an investment banking world-class expert with deep expertise in a full range of equity products, including IPOs, SPACs, block trades.
J. Bradley Bennett
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.
Robert Mass as a former Goldman Sachs Senior Executive, Global Compliance Head of the sales and trading businesses, and International Compliance Head is a world-class expert in governance, supervision and compliance across markets and business types – and particularly in sales and trading, commodities and derivative compliance.
Mr. Mills is a former Superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department and a retired Deloitte Managing Director and Global Insurance Regulatory Leader. He has been a Senior Advisor to the Insurance Practice at McKinsey and Company and currently serves on the Boards of Genworth Financial and The Doctors Company Group.
Dr. Mark Calabria
Dr. Mark Calabria served as the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and as a senior member of the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. He is an expert in residential and consumer finance regulation and markets, as well as the prudential regulation and supervision of SIFIs.
Bruce G. Dubinsky
Bruce G. Dubinsky is a world-class forensic accountant with over 40 years of financial investigative and dispute consulting experience and a nationally recognized expert in fraud investigations, forensic accounting, and dispute consulting.
Sekhar has almost 35 years of experience in investment banking. He ran Deutsche Bank’s Sponsor Coverage Business, which covered private equity firms as investment banking clients, and then took responsibility for the firm’s European Leveraged Finance business.
Kevin D. Oden Ph.D.
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.
Willem Buiter, Ph.D.
Dr. Willem has over 40 years of experience in the financial industry as the Global Chief Economist at Citigroup, Professor of International Economics at Yale University and consultant to international financial institutions such as the IMF, and the World Bank. He is an expert in bank insolvency, central bank interventions in financial markets, crypto-assets, and DeFi.
Avinash Persaud is an expert on global finance and economics, on the role of public policy in banking and financial crises, and a specialist in financial regulation and emerging markets. He has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in large financial institutions and a respected policy advisor to major global bodies such as the G20, OECD, United Nations, and G7 Central Banks.
Blake Mather, as a Partner and former Head of Bank Loan Sales, and Co-Head of High Yield and Distressed Sales at Goldman Sachs, is an expert in capital markets across multiple fixed-income products, including high-yield debt, loans, and distressed assets, as well as valuation and pricing across the capital structure.
Mr. Douglass provides advice in both litigation and business consulting matters requiring specialized financial and economic expertise. He has more than fifteen years of experience in business valuation, analysis of damages in securities litigation, valuation of intellectual property in trademark and patent disputes, loss causation analysis, solvency analysis, and regulatory compliance.
Dr. Adam Werner has more than twenty-five years’ experience in litigation consulting, concentrating primarily on security class actions, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, shareholder derivatives and valuation cases. He has provided expert opinions and testified over 50 times in federal, state and bankruptcy courts within the United States.
Mark J. Buono
Mark Buono is a CMBS and CRE industry pioneer. He is a former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where he held various roles in the commercial real estate business for 20 years, and a Managing Director and CRE Portfolio Manager at the Global Atlantic Financial Group. He is an expert in CMBS, CRE CDOs, and REITs, CRE Portfolio Management, and Risk Management.
Bruno Roch has over 20 years of experience in energy markets covering both physical and derivatives transactions and has overseen global trading activities within Goldman Sachs and Trafigura amongst others. He is a world-class expert in Power, Gas, Dry Freight, Iron Ore, Fertilizers, Biomass, Emissions, Petroleum Coke, Thermal and Metallurgical Coal.
Mona T. Elliot
Mona Touma Elliot has over 20 years of experience as a former officer at the Federal Reserve Board, an Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs, and a corporate restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer at the law firm Shearman & Sterling. Mona is an expert in evaluating bank risk management, governance, and recovery and resolution practices.
Chris Whitman has more than 30 years of debt and equity capital markets experience, alongside as a bank treasurer and capital allocator. Chris helmed a handful of global functions over the second half of his 23 years at Deutsche Bank developing and drawing upon these skills.
Paul Frost-Smith is a distinguished expert in Cryptocurrencies and Digital Assets, with a particular focus on trading, infrastructure, custody and regulation. Mr Frost-Smith has over 30 years’ experience in international financial markets, and he is the Founder & CEO of Corinthian Digital, a Crypto investment management & advisory firm.
Mr. Schiller has spent his entire career in financial restructuring and M&A. He provides advice and testimony to parties involved in financially distressed and bankrupt organizations, whether they be creditors, debtors, equity holders, regulators or unions. He has over twenty-five years of experience in developing and assessing valuations, analyzing liquidity under various scenarios.
Mitchell I. Gordon
Mitchell Gordon has over 30 years of industry experience as a C-suite executive (in both public and private companies), as partner at private equity firms, and as senior investment banker. He has extensive experience in Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) as President and CFO, and he brings significant expertise in Investment Banking, M&A, and restructuring transactions.
Brett Holleman has over 25 years of experience trading in financial markets. He served as Co-Head of Global Trading at Fortress Investment Group's flagship $9bn global macro fund, responsible for all trading in fixed income, currency, and commodity products. He has extensive experience in plain vanilla and exotic option structures across all asset classes.
Babak Eftekhari has over 25 years of experience in the finance industry, primarily as an emerging markets and foreign exchange derivatives trader. He served as managing director and head of local European Emerging Markets trading at Goldman Sachs and then subsequently Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Tony Platt has over 34 years of experience in Institutional Security and Derivative Operations. As a former Executive Director and Global Risk Officer at Morgan Stanley, he is an Industry-wide respected expert in Operations leadership, processes, and controls supporting a wide range of asset classes.
William A. Badia
William Badia worked twenty-five years in Goldman Sachs's Credit Department; he was the only Senior Risk Manager to have been stationed in all four of the Firm's major offices: New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London. He was the Chief Credit Officer overseeing Goldman Sachs Asian Credit Risk in the 1990's and European Credit Risk during the 2000's.
Arthur Miller has over 43 years of experience in public finance and municipal bonds serving as Managing Director and Co-Head of Public Finance Strategies & Analytics Groups at Goldman Sachs. He covered leading roles at industry organizations including Vice Chair and Member of the Board of Directors at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.
Slim Bentami has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry, primarily at Goldman Sachs’ Risk Division where he co-founded and led the Model Risk as well as the Market Risk & Capital Quantification groups. He is an expert in models used to assist in the valuation and risk management of a variety of financial products across all asset classes.
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.
Richard Jefferson is a former Global Head of Commodities Trading at Deutsche Bank with over 25 years of financial markets experience. He spent 19 years at Deutsche Bank in London and New York as a Foreign Exchange Derivatives Trader and then helped to build the energy trading franchise in North American Power and Gas, Oil and Refined Products.
In a 35 year career in financial services, Robert Almanas has held a variety of management positions in firms representing the various transaction banking and post-trade functions associated with cross-border financial activity: global custody, correspondent banking, contract administration, asset management administration, local market custody, and market infrastructure.
James N. Lane
Jim Lane has over 35 years of Wall Street experience as a private equity and investment professional. In his career Jim created and led two highly successful private equity firms. One of these groups, Goldman Sachs’ PIA, is now one of the largest alternative investment firms in the world and the second, SG Capital Partners, generated top quartile investment returns.
David Saul is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 year’s experience in financial services in both Compliance and Internal Audit as the Global Head of Compliance Risk Assurance at HSBC, the UK Head of Compliance Monitoring, Testing and Surveillance at Barclays, and the Group Head of Internal Audit and Operational Risk at BMO Asset Management.
Bill is an experienced Financial Risk, Capital Markets and Risk Transformation Executive most recently with Capital One from 2012 to 2022 where he was the Chief Market & Liquidity Officer and established the risk management functions for Market, Liquidity and Counterparty Credit.
Thorvin Anderson, CFA
Thorvin Anderson, CFA is a senior energy expert with extensive knowledge of complex commodity transaction structuring, power and gas trading analysis, physical asset dispatch, and finance. His experience also includes the creation and management of Front Office analytics teams and the development of risk management frameworks.
Michael Dafforn is a former Executive Director, Corporate Derivatives Trading at Nomura International, and a financing specialist with over 24 years of global markets experience across structuring and trading roles within leading investment banks where he was responsible for structuring, executing, and managing financing transactions.
Robert MacLaverty is a managing director with SEDA Experts (SEDA) providing financial, economic, and testifying expert services to the nation's leading law firms, investment banks, pension funds, endowments, and foundations.
Robin Shoemaker has over 30 years of experience in equity research focused on the oil and gas industry. Robin’s tenure in energy research started at Lehman Brothers and included a two-year assignment as co-head of Asia Equity Research in Hong Kong. At Bear Stearns, Robin served as a Managing Director covering the oilfield services industry.
Stephen Laughton has more than 25 years experience in interest rate products, derivatives and government bond trading. Stephen has extensive experience in both flow and structured products spanning both developed and emerging markets, with deep expertise in derivative documentation, portfolio modelling and valuation, risk, regulation, and financial resource optimisation.
Alfred G. Jackson
Alfred G. Jackson has over 40 years’ experience in financial markets where he was a leader in the field of equities research and valuation as well as Managing Partner in a successful Registered Investment Adviser (RIA). In his long career at Credit Suisse First Boston Mr. Jackson was consistently voted the #1 analyst for the food category.
Edward J. Fraim Jr.
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, 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.
Nina Rodriguez is an accomplished expert in the field of corporate governance and regulatory law and has deep experience in matters relating to ethics, whistleblower complaints, board member roles, and bylaws. She has also opined on areas of IPO derivative lawsuits, corporate governance compliance, insider trading, and disclosure requirements for public and private offerings.
Timothy J. Fogarty Sr.
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.
Damiano Colnago is the co-founder of SEDA Experts LLC. 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.
Jeanette Jin, Ph.D.
With three decades of experience working in the financial services industry as a senior executive, Dr. Jin has gained a deep knowledge of the industry’s customs, practices, and standards of care. Dr. Jin has provided expert testimony and advisory services on more than fifty matters involving cryptocurrencies, MBS, derivatives, alternative investments, risk management and corporate trust services.
Sergio C. Godinho
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.
Caitlin Owen has over 10 years of experience specializing in litigation support and forensic accounting services. Her professional experience includes financial analysis, forensic investigations, business valuations, economic damages, and post-acquisition disputes.
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.
Alexander Huang has over 10 years of experience specializing in litigation support and forensic economic services. His professional experience includes financial analysis, econometric analysis, class certification, market efficiency, price impact, damages estimation, loss causation, materiality, damages quantification, and assisting in settlement and mediation disputes.
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.