DOJ veteran Richard Gregorie joins BRG’s Global Investigations practice

31 January 2019

California-based Berkeley Research Group (BRG), a consulting firm focused on disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and strategy and operations, has made a high-profile addition to their investigations team. Richard Gregorie, best known for his indictments of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and the Medellin Drug Cartel, has joined BRG as a managing director.

Gregorie retired last year from the US Attorney’s Office in Miami, concluding a distinguished 42-year career with the Department of Justice. An expert in money laundering, racketeering, and extraterritorial jurisdiction, Gregorie handled high-profile prosecutions involving international drug traffickers and heads of state, including Noriega.

Noriega was captured and sent to the US after the 1989 invasion of Panama, and stood trial for charges of racketeering, drug smuggling, and money laundering. Noriega was convicted on most of the charges, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, though he ultimately served only 17.

Gregorie joined the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida as chief of narcotics in 1982, in the midst of then-President Ronald Reagan’s "War on Drugs." He also served as senior litigation counsel, chief assistant US Attorney, and chief of the criminal division. He has also prosecuted organized crime cases in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

DOJ veteran Richard Gregorie joins BRG's Global Investigations practice

Gregorie's career has intersected with some of the most celebrated subject matter of crime films and television. He also tried cases related to public corruption, terrorism, and fraud.

He has appeared in numerous documentaries, as well as on national programs such as "60 Minutes," "Frontline," and "The Today Show."

"It's not every day that you can add someone with Dick's experience and pedigree – and he knows more about criminal law than anyone I've ever met," Frank Holder, leader of BRG's Global Investigations and Strategic Intelligence practice, said. “He's a well-known figure, having testified before Congressional committees and appeared on national television. His impressive experience in such areas as white collar crimes, sanctions, and regulatory matters makes him a strong addition to our team at BRG."

Gregorie received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award three times. He also received the National Association of Former US Attorneys award as the country's outstanding assistant US Attorney. 

"BRG is regularly involved in high-profile investigations and business intelligence engagements, generating praise as a forward-thinking firm that provides strong expertise and perspectives to clients," Gregorie said. "My more than four decades at the Department of Justice will dovetail nicely with BRG's existing work, particularly in matters related to money laundering and the False Claims Act, and I'm excited to provide strategic counsel and serve as a spokesman for BRG."

BRG has 1,200 employees across offices in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

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Real estate consultancy CBRE appoints Leah Stearns as chief financial officer

22 April 2019

CBRE, the world’s largest real estate services and investment firm, has appointed Leah Stearns as its new chief financial officer. Stearns was previously the CFO of the US division of American Tower, a major communications infrastructure firm. She will be based out of Dallas.

As CFO, Stearns will oversee CBRE’s global finance and accounting structure, including tax, treasury, financial planning, and investor relations. Stearns has nearly 20 years of experience in finance and investor relations.

She rapidly climbed the ranks at American Tower after joining the firm in 2001. Based in Boston, the Fortune 500 company – structured as a real estate trust – owns and operates over 170,000 wireless and broadcast communications sites in 16 countries. Real estate consultancy CBRE appoints Leah Stearns as chief financial officerOver her career at the firm, Stearns focused on investor relations, financial planning, and capital markets, rising from the position of manager, to director, to vice president, and then senior vice president. In 2017, she was appointed CEO of the EMEA region, and in November 2018 Stearns was appointed CFO of the US division. In her final role at American Tower, she oversaw the US business’ finance and accounting, mergers and acquisitions, and supply chain, as well as other areas. American Tower had over $6 billion in revenues in 2017, with 50% of its operating profit arising from the US division.

Stearns holds an MBA from Boston College, as well as a BS In finance from Boston University. She is a board member of the non-profit Brookline Community Mental Health Center.

“Leah will bring tremendous capabilities to CBRE,” Bob Sulentic, the company’s president and chief executive officer, said. “She is an exceptional executive who has risen rapidly in her career and has had significant responsibilities in financial management, operational leadership and international activities. Her background is well suited to help us drive our strategy.”

Stearn’s appointment, effective May 15, will see current CFO Jim Groch transition to the role of global group president and chief investment officer.  As chief investment officer, Groch will lead CBRE’s M&A activities and capital allocation into real estate investments.

Based in LA, CBRE had over $14 billion in revenues in 2017, and has approximately 480 offices and 90,000 employees worldwide.

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