Edward Westerman

Managing Director

Mr. Westerman is a leading forensic accounting and internal investigations expert with more than 25 years of experience working on engagements in the US and around the world. He is a leader of Secretariat’s global Investigations practice, which includes consulting and expert services that address complex business challenges regarding financial reporting and accounting issues, governmental and regulatory inquires, fraud and corruption, and white-collar crime.

Mr. Westerman is often engaged by counsel representing companies and board of director committees to conduct internal investigations in connection with subpoenas, government inquiries, and whistleblower allegations concerning accounting and financial reporting fraud and misappropriation of intellectual property and other assets. These projects have been in the US as well as foreign jurisdictions, and have pertained to revenue recognition, reserves, , embezzlement, insider trading, registration issues, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) violations and other bribery, and financial reporting disclosures. He has assisted with materiality assessments, financial restatements, and internal control and remediation measures.

Mr. Westerman is also regularly retained in various securities litigation and white-collar defense matters surrounding auditing, technical accounting issues and alleged fraud. Throughout his career, Mr. Westerman has also provided assistance to counsel, buyers, and sellers regarding working capital adjustments, post-closing balance sheet adjustments, earn out calculations, and breach of reps and warranties of all sizes, including disputed amounts in excess of a billion dollars. In addition, he has often served as the neutral accounting arbiter adjudicating these disputes. Mr. Westerman also has significant experience quantifying financial damages in large class action, breach of contract and other commercial disputes.

Mr. Westerman has testified at deposition, arbitration, and court and has served as an arbiter, special master and third-party neutral in various engagements. During his career, he has participated in numerous speaking panels and other presentations regarding forensic accounting topics.

Before joining Secretariat, Mr. Westerman held investigations leadership roles at FTI Consulting. He also was a partner in Deloitte’s forensic accounting practice.

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