Alvarez & Marsal adds two managing directors to Disputes & Investigations practice

06 September 2018 3 min. read
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Turnaround and management consultancy Alvarez & Marsal has bolstered the strength of its Disputes & Investigations practice by appointing two new managing directors to the division in LA and San Francisco. Deepak Jain and Geoff Winkler both boast over 20 years’ experience consulting in the area of disputes and investigations.

Alvarez & Marsal are one of the best known global restructuring and turnaround consultancies. When a big firm is hitting rocky business waters, chances are A&M are one of the top choices to help right the ship (or scuttle it, if need be). The firm offers a number of other services related to business risk and change – including compliance, crisis management, and disputes and investigations.

The consulting firm has reinforced its Disputes & Investigations practice on the West Coast, with the hiring of Deepak Jain and Geoff Winkler as managing directors. Jain will be based out of A&M’s LA office, while Winkler will be based in San Francisco.

Jain has more than 20 years’ consulting and expert testimony experience. He has performed risk, loss, and damage analyses, security analyses, and post-merger analyses, among a host of other dispute and litigation-related work. Jain has consulted on malpractice disputes for Big Four firms, analyzed damages related to copyright infringement for a leading toy manufacturer, and led a costs assessment for an oil spill on behalf of an oil firm.Alvarez & Marsal adds two managing directors to Disputes & Investigations practiceJain has served clients in a diverse range of industries, including aerospace, software, real estate, healthcare, and entertainment. Before joining A&M, Jain was vice president at TM Financial Forensics. Before that, Jain worked at Navigant Consulting, and at litigation and business consultancy Tucker Alan before it was acquired by Navigant.

He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in business administration from Boston University.

Geoff Winkler has over 20 years’ experience in fraud, forensic, and regulatory investigations. He has experience conducting anti-money laundering and white collar crime investigations, and has served as an expert witness in numerous fraud and forensics cases.

Winkler has conducted investigations for the SEC and FTC, and has worked with clients across industries ranging from agriculture to telecommunications. Before joining A&M, he was Director of Fraud and Forensics Investigations Bates Group LLC, leading large teams of investigators, accountants, and data scientists on complex regulatory and criminal investigations. Prior to that, Winkler was Director of Case Management at the Grassmueck Group.

He holds BA, MBA, and JD degrees from Willamette University, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor. In addition to his consulting work, Winkler also teaches courses on fraud and forensic accounting, business law and ethics, and American government. He is a frequent speaker at conferences related to fraud and investigations.

“Our clients in key metropolitan hubs such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest have an increasing need for regulatory and litigation expertise across a broad range of industries,” commented Bryan Ruez, Managing Director and Global Leader of A&M’s Disputes and Investigations practice. “Deepak’s and Geoff’s decades of experience providing creative solutions, managing complex forensic investigations, and working closely with regulators will significantly enhance our team’s ability to serve our clients on the West Coast.”

Back on the East Coast, the expanding business consulting firm recently expanded its office space at its Manhattan headquarters. The deal will add an additional 22,000 sq ft to its office footprint at 600 Madison Ave.