Daily News: May 16, 2014

A&M Expands Global Forensic/Dispute Team

Alvarez & Marsal has expanded its Global Forensic and Dispute Services group with the addition of managing director John Brennan, a former senior detective at New Scotland Yard, and managing director Eric Stovall, a veteran expert witness and arbitrator focused on litigation and post-acquisition disputes.

With more than 30 years of investigative and security experience, Brennan advises companies, boards of directors and legal counsel on corporate compliance, risk and security issues. Immediately prior to joining A&M, Brennan led the expansion of Guidepost Solutions LLC – a global investigations and security company – into Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Before that, he founded The Trust Strategy Group, served as a vice president with Charles River Associates where he launched the Corporate Intelligence and Investigative Services practice, and extended his investigative expertise to the commercial world with a role at Network Security Management Limited in London. Earlier in his career, he led New Scotland Yard’s Regional Crime Squad Covert Firearms Team and was recognized with a Bramshill Fellowship for his police work with Jamaican organized crime.

Stovall, who brings more than 20 years of financial and consulting experience as an expert witness, advises corporate clients, law firms and outside counsel across a range of business, financial and accounting-based issues, with special expertise as an expert and arbitrator in post-acquisition disputes.

Before joining A&M, Stovall was a partner with KPMG, where he served as practice and industry leader. He has assisted clients with internal investigations as a consultant to special committees of publicly-registered companies related to allegations of improper financial conduct, SEC and other regulatory inquiries, and restatements. He also regularly counsels clients facing accounting reconstructions, financial statement restatements, difficulty meeting reporting and / or audit deadlines, delayed filings and potential de-listing.

“As the propensity of both white collar crime and larger-scale litigations continue to rise, the arrival of these two seasoned and well-respected professionals augments A&M’s already strong, global capabilities,” said Bryan Ruez, managing director and co-leader of A&M’s Global Forensic and Dispute Services. “With John’s focus on the application of human intelligence to forensic accounting and Eric’s deep commitment to delivering world-class litigation expertise in a nimble and responsive manner, A&M clients will benefit from the proven expertise of our firm’s latest senior appointments.”