James F. Davidson, CPA, CFE, CFF, FCPA, CGMA, CM&AA, CM&AP, CIRA, CTP, CBA, CD Expert Witness

Forensics, Fraud, M&A, Distressed, Governance

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Accounting and Business Operations

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Financial forensics, operational turnarounds, restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, CEO, CFO, CRO, governance, fraud, corporate investigations, certified, turnaround, insolvency, restructuring, CPA, chartered global management accountant, credentialed, fraud examiner, board advisory, best practices


BA - Psychology; Political Science, University of California - Irvine; Masters -Business (Finance; Accounting; Economics), University of California - Irvine

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Business, forensic accounting, consulting. mergers & acquisitions, distressed, insolvency, bankruptcy, financial restructuring, operational turnarounds, performance & profitability improvement Forensics, fraud, dispute resolution, financial diligence, strategic planning, corporate governance & board advisory, quality of earnings Board of Directors OC Forensic Expert Witness Association, Board of Directors LA Association Certified Fraud Examiners, Co-founder/board of Private Directors Association Consumer products, services; franchising; retail, wholesale distribution; food processing, packaging; restaurants; agribusiness; real estate; engineering, construction; industrial manufacturing, assembly; trucking, transportation; aerospace, defense; waste management; energy – oil & gas, shale, mining; chemicals; fertilizers; lending; dealerships, service, repair; education; telecom, media, technology. Distressed Asset Acquisitions; Underperforming companies; Due Diligence; Capital Stack, Structure; Strategic Planning; Post-Acquisition, Working Capital Disputes; Quality of Earnings; Best Practices; Buyouts; Valuations; Structuring, Financing; Carve-outs, Operational, Financial; Fraud Examinations; Corporate Transgressions; Financial Reporting Gimmickry; investigation failed M&A transactions • Certified Director (CD). • Certified Board Advisor (CBA) • Certified Merger & Acquisitions Advisor (CM&AA) • Certified Merger & Acquisitions Professional (CM&AP) • Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) • Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) • Certified Financial Forensics (CFF) • Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA) • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Publications • 2024 LA Times “Banking and Finance: Trends, Updates and Visionaries” • 2024 The Enterprise World “The Most Dynamic Business Executives to Watch In 2024” • 2023 Financial Services Review “Top Corporate Advisory Services Provider” Corporate Advisory Edition • 2023 LA Times “Banking and Finance: Trends, Updates and Visionaries” • 2022 Los Angeles Times “Bankruptcy & Restructuring Roundtable” • 2022 Los Angeles Business Journal “Leaders of Influence” Private Equity Investors and Advisors” • 2022 Los Angeles Times, “Orange County Banking and Finance: Trends, Updates and Visionaries” • 2019 Corporate Live Wire, “Mergers & Acquisitions Roundtable” • 2017 Corporate Live Wire, “Bankruptcy & Restructuring Roundtable” • 2017 Linked-in Blog, “Three Ways to Avoid ‘Messy’ Merger & Acquisition Transactions” • 2017 The Virtual Round Table – “Mergers & Acquisitions” • 2011 CFO Magazine - “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fraud” Presentations • “Utilization of Specialists in Turnarounds & Workouts” • “Pitfalls, Risks & Deal Breakers Surfaced (or Should Have Been) by a Quality of Earnings” • “Cautionary Tales, Red Flags, Broken Deals & More Lessons from M&A Experts” • “Quality of Earnings, Forensic, and Other Issues: Forewarned is Forearmed” • “M&A Due Diligence – Financial Quality of Earnings & Operations” • “Lessons from the Trenches – How to Avoid Bad Deals & Minimize the Harm When They Happen” • “Post-Closing Working Capital Disputes & How to Avoid Them” • “Trends & Techniques in Fraud, Forensics & Corporate Investigations” • “Critical Issues in Corporate Fraud Investigations” • “Corporate Transgressions &Financial Reporting Gimmickry” • “Distressed Asset Acquisitions” • “Restructuring –Lessons Learned from the Experts” • “Structuring & Financing Special Situation & Tough Deals – Carve-outs, Distressed, Operational & Financial” • “New Trends in Capital & Financing Options for Independent Sponsors” • “Got Profits? Now You See Them, Now You Don’t as Profits Vanish in Crisis Situations & Fraudulent Activity” • “Lessons Learned from Strategic Planning and Execution Failures” • “Small Business Bankruptcy Under the CARES Act & SBRA” • “Advantages of 363 Sale vs 1129 Plan & Alternatives