Michael N Christiansen Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Banking and Financial

Specialty Focus:

asset tracing, asset tracing analytics, securities transactions, securities compliance, securities fraud, broker-dealer, FINRA compliance, SEC compliance, securities regulatory compliance, financial due diligence, corporate governance, reverse mergers, bankruptcy, solvency, business economics

Education:

BS, Utah State University; MBA, University of Southern California; Post-Graduate, LVMPD Citizens Police Academy

Years in Practice:

1

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Experienced investment banker, corporate executive, and consulting economist. Senior investment banker with 25+ years at Weild&Co., WestPark Capital, Prudential Securities, Seidler Amdec Securities, and Laffer Associates. Advised issuers on over $2 billion of public and private equity transactions, mergers & acquisitions and strategic advisory engagements, focused on enterprise technology, consumer, retailing and natural resources. Senior corporate executive responsibilities include 10+ years with small-cap public and private companies in enterprise technology, digital media, and natural resources industry sectors. Currently serving on Board of Directors of two listed public companies, with respective audit committee chairmanships. Five years’ service as CFO of FINRA-registered broker-dealer; voting member of commitment and compliance committees. Chaired two official committees representing unsecured creditors in bankruptcy litigation, most recently from 2018-2021. In court appearances and depositions, my constellation of knowledge, skills and experience in financial analytics, corporate governance and economics have contributed to positive outcomes in multiple bankruptcy, family trust and divorce litigation cases. Currently Senior Managing Director at Weild&Co., FINRA member broker-dealer, holding FINRA Series 7, 63, 79, 82 and 99 designations. TS-SCI Security Clearance issued September 1992, expiration undisclosed Litigation Experience: 2018 Bankruptcy Litigation — My sworn testimony in Federal Bankruptcy Court, Arizona District, identified potential fraudulent conveyance of key assets, management malfeasance and governance abuse of minority stockholders, perpetrated by Debtor-in-Possession incumbent management. As Chair of the Creditor Committee, achieved removal of Debtor-in-Possession management, appointment of an Independent Trustee, disqualification of opposing counsel legal fees, and subsequent retention of litigation counsel, who are now pursuing a $100 million fraudulent conveyance claim with trial scheduled in early 2023. 2015 Divorce Litigation — My asset tracing analysis demonstrated that Respondent had a separate property interest in 48.6% of total community-controlled assets, directly attributable and traceable to Respondent’s pre-marital financial assets. This asset tracing incorporated nine institutional financial accounts, covered 26 years of account records, and addressed pre-marital account values followed by community contributions, distributions, rollovers, investment returns and account appreciation, all credited and debited proportionally to separate and community interests. Upon presentation of the "Tracing Analysis & Separate Property Claims” report, Petitioner’s counsel promptly requested settlement negotiations. 2014 Family Trust Litigation — My asset tracing analysis demonstrated 19 years of irregular property transfers, misappropriated and amalgamated financial and real estate assets, unaccounted distributions and accounting discrepancies, all tending to the detriment of the Family Trust Plaintiff—aggregate amount of $1.2 million over the 19-year period. This initial tracing presentation resulted in retention of a major west coast law firm with payment of all legal fees deferred until financial recovery, which was ultimately achieved in 2017. The negotiated financial settlement achieved recovery of real estate and financial assets from Respondent roughly equivalent to values asserted in my original analysis. 2008 Bankruptcy Litigation — My initial status conference presentation in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware identified irregularities and potentially fraudulent creditor claims in a public telecom company bankruptcy filing. My appointment and service as Chairman of the Creditor Committee negotiated significant asset recoveries and supervised cash distributions to creditors at 104.0% of undisputed claims totaling $4.4 million.