Duff & Phelps Announces 22 Managing Director Promotions

NEW YORK – Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients, today announced that the firm has promoted 22 colleagues to the managing director level.

Jacob Silverman, President of Duff & Phelps, commented, “At Duff & Phelps, we are committed to providing clients with best-in-class service while promoting transparency and good governance. Our new managing directors achieved this career milestone through their hard work and dedication to our firm’s values and I look forward to their continued success at Duff & Phelps.”

Devon Ackerman, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – New York 
Mr. Ackerman is part of the Cyber Risk practice and an industry-recognized authority on digital forensics and the investigation of cyber-related threats and incidents. He has over 10 years of investigative and leadership experience in law enforcement as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, and now leads a forensic team guiding investigations on cyber-based corporate espionage and sabotage investigations; ransomware and malware cyber intrusion events; PII and PHI compromises; and many other types of cyber-related investigations involving misuse of networked endpoints and infrastructure.

John Arvanitis, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – Boston
Mr. Arvanitis is part of the Compliance Risk and Diligence practice and has more than 27 years of experience across a broad range of compliance-related programs, including anti-money laundering, know your customer, global anti-money laundering processes and program and policy formation. He advises clients worldwide on anti-money laundering matters and other aspects of compliance programs, bringing impactful and valuable insight to their challenges through his extensive international and domestic financial investigative experience.

Katsumi Asai, Valuation Advisory – Tokyo 
Mr. Asai is part of the Valuation Advisory Services practice and has more than 10 years of experience in business enterprise valuations, exchange ratios, valuations of goodwill and intellectual properties and other related issues. His expertise includes valuation of both minority and controlling interests in closely-held companies for purposes of acquisition and divestiture pricing, tax planning and financing.

Rishi Aswani, Valuation Advisory – Mumbai 
Mr. Aswani is part of the Alternative Asset Advisory group, based in Mumbai, with responsibility for overseeing portfolio valuations and secondary market advisory in India. He has over 14 years of financial advisory experience and specializes in mark-to-market valuations across diverse portfolios of illiquid and privately-held securities.

Nicolas Ballian, Valuation Advisory – São Paulo
Mr. Ballian is responsible for overseeing the Valuation Advisory Services and Alternative Asset Advisory practices in Brazil. He has over 15 years of financial advisory experience and specializes in the valuation of Level 3/illiquid assets for private equity fund managers and intangible assets under IFRS 13 guidelines or equivalent local GAAP standards. 

Mariellen Davies-DeMarco, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – Reston
Ms. Davies-DeMarco of the Compliance Risk and Diligence practice has 18 years of experience in the due diligence, compliance and investigations industry. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and leads the practice’s North American operations as well as Kroll’s due diligence research and analysis process. 

Seth Fliegler, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – Morristown 
Mr. Fliegler is part of the Disputes practice and has more than 15 years of experience in business valuation and financial analysis with a focus on the financial services industry. He provides consulting and expert testimony on a wide range of matters including valuation, solvency, commercial and economic damages and fraud investigations. 

Brendan Hanratty, Corporate Finance – Dublin 
Mr. Hanratty is part of the Restructuring Advisory practice and has more than 20 years of experience in corporate advisory services. He advises clients on strategic financial issues, debt raising and structuring and corporate restructuring situations. Mr. Hanratty focuses on providing independent advice on financial and operational matters to produce concise, actionable objectives supporting clients through projects and transactions.

Santiago Hernando, Valuation Advisory – Bilbao 
Mr. Hernando is part of the Valuation Advisory Services practice in Spain. He has 33 years of valuation experience focused on projects primarily in Spain, Portugal and other countries in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and several countries in Africa.

David Jimenez-Ayala, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – Madrid 
Mr. Jimenez-Ayala is part of the Disputes practice and has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, transaction services, forensic accounting and auditing. He has led major forensic projects for anti-money laundering cases, forensic accounting and fraud detection and provides litigation support as an expert witness. 

Hiroki Katayama, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – Tokyo 
Mr. Katayama is head of the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice in Japan. He is responsible for managing a variety of risk consulting engagements, including complex compliance-related engagements in Japan and coordinating the delivery of such tasks globally for Japan-based clients. Mr. Katayama’s areas of expertise include reviews of business processes and financial due diligence. 

Stephen Kopeck, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – Reston 
Mr. Kopeck is part of the Cyber Risk practice. Over a career spanning both law enforcement as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service and a cyber leader in private industry, he has developed extensive expertise in cyber investigations, specializing in digital forensics, incident response and threat intelligence.

Dave Kothari, Internal Firm Services – Mumbai
Mr. Kothari leads the firm’s global service center, which provides client and operational support services to the firm’s subsidiaries across the globe. In a career spanning over 17 years, he has built his expertise through spearheading technology and operations for companies, enabling profitable business expansion, improved performance and exponential growth. Mr. Kothari previously led the firm’s global technology support initiative and integration for over 25 acquisitions made by Duff & Phelps.

Robin Lesage, Corporate Finance – Paris 
Mr. Lesage is part of the Transaction Advisory Services practice and has more than 13 years of due diligence experience related to both buy-side and sell-side projects for a range of clients in France and internationally. He has advised both private equity funds and strategic buyers across a wide variety of sectors, including manufacturing, energy, telecommunications and infrastructure.

Jonathan Martin, Valuation Advisory – Chicago 
Mr. Martin is part of the Valuation Advisory Services practice, focusing on the consumer products and industrials sectors. His experience includes purchase price allocations and goodwill/asset impairment testing for financial reporting purposes under U.S. GAAP; business and asset appraisals for tax planning purposes; stock option valuations; and business valuations for management planning and advisory purposes.

Savino Alfredo Natalicchio, Valuation Advisory – Milan 
Mr. Natalicchio is part of the Real Estate Advisory Group and is responsible for the special divisions department, which includes the shopping center, hospitality, renewable energy and feasibility practices within Valuation Advisory Services. He has more than 16 years of experience in real estate valuation for a wide range of clients, including private equity firms, funds and banks, and has conducted work in the U.S., Italy and throughout Europe. He is currently Chair of the Italian Retail Professional Group in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Michael Quinn, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – Philadelphia 
Mr. Quinn is part of the Cyber Risk practice and has more than 12 years of experience in cybercrime investigations, having managed a variety of state-sponsored and criminal intrusion matters for several FBI field offices. He leads a multi-disciplined team of incident response experts to help clients evaluate and strengthen their cyber readiness.

Kurt Uhler, Valuation Advisory – Los Angeles
Mr. Uhler is part of the Real Estate Advisory Group and has over 10 years of experience in the Southern California and Las Vegas markets. He is primarily focused on real estate valuation and consulting for institutional owners/operators of real estate. Mr. Uhler has performed valuation assignments relating to financial reporting, fairness opinions, appraisal reports, debt valuation, positive assurance and market analysis.

Amaury Wernert, Valuation Advisory – Paris
Mr. Wernert is part of the Valuation Advisory Services practice. He has over 10 years of experience performing valuation engagements for financial reporting, tax and transactional purposes, across various industries including Infrastructures, energy, healthcare and industrial products. 

J. Andrew Valentine, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – Dallas 
Mr. Valentine is part of the Cyber Risk practice. He is a prominent computer crime and cyber security professional who excels in multiple capacities, with more than 17 years of experience in cybercrime investigations in both law enforcement and private capacities. He has managed several high-profile criminal forensic and data breach investigations in the U. S. and internationally. He routinely leads PCI forensic investigations (PFI) and manages a team of investigators certified to do the same.

Mengmeng Yu, Valuation Advisory – Morristown 
Ms. Yu is part of the Valuation Advisory Services practice and has over a decade of experience assisting clients with appraisals of businesses, intangible assets and equity. She specializes in advising corporations and estates regarding their financial reporting and tax reporting needs. Ms. Yu is a member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry group and has extensive expertise in the cable, media, consumer products and telecommunication industries.

Sarah Zheng, Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes – Shanghai
Ms. Zheng is part of the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice and has over 15 years of experience with high-profile multinational companies, financial services, management consulting and investment firms. She specializes in due diligence, business intelligence, litigation support and fraud investigation cases in China and internationally, and helps clients best manage investment risks, employee risks, intellectual property protections and corporate security.

About Duff & Phelps
Duff & Phelps is the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients in the areas of valuation, corporate finance, investigations, disputes, cyber security, compliance and regulatory matters, and other governance-related issues. We work with clients across diverse sectors, mitigating risk to assets, operations and people. With Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps since 2018, our firm has nearly 3,500 professionals in 28 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.duffandphelps.com.

M&A advisory, capital raising and secondary market advisory services in the United States are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Pagemill Partners is a Division of Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. M&A advisory, capital raising and secondary market advisory services in the United Kingdom are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd. (DPSL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. M&A advisory and capital raising services in Germany are provided by Duff & Phelps GmbH, which is a Tied Agent of DPSL. Valuation Advisory Services in India are provided by Duff & Phelps India Private Limited under a category 1 merchant banker license issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

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