|[January 24, 2013]
Grant Thornton LLP Continues Expansion of Forensic & Valuation Services Practice
MCLEAN, Va. --(Business Wire)--
Grant Thornton (News - Alert) LLP is continuing the expansion of its Forensic &
Valuation Services (FVS) practice, which offers unique services,
including valuation, forensic technology, investigations, disputes and
Russell Battaglia, Director, Forensic & Valuation Services (Photo: Business Wire)
Jeremy Cusimano and Russell Battaglia, both based in McLean, Va., will
serve as directors in the FVS practice. They will focus on forensics,
investigative and dispute services.
"Jeremy and Russ's vast experience and knowledge, particularly involving
the commodities and derivatives industries, will be tremendous resources
for our clients," said Bryan Moser, FVS partner. "Their additions
highlight Grant Thornton's continued commitment to building a
comprehensive suite of forensic and valuation services."
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Cusimano was the economic advisor to
the enforcement director at the US Commodity Futurs Trading Commission
(CFTC) and chief economist for petroleum reserves at the US Department
of Energy. He has extensive experience in global petroleum markets,
economic analysis, investigations into commodity and derivatives trading
and regulatory policy.
Cusimano developed and led the CFTC's first group of economic experts
dedicated to the forensic analysis of trading and market events to
identify potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA). He is
a certified fraud examiner (CFE) and a member of the US Association of
Energy Economists. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the
Rochester Institute of Technology (News - Alert) and a master's degree in environment
and natural resource economics from the University of Maine.
Battaglia brings nearly 20 years of experience with the commodities and
derivatives industries. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, he was a senior
economist in the CFTC's Division of Enforcement. While there, he served
as an industry expert and advisor to the director of enforcement and his
staff of 150-plus attorneys and investigators on CFTC investigations and
litigation. Battaglia initiated and executed numerous investigations
into commodities and derivatives markets activities. He performed
economic analysis utilizing both quantitative and qualitative forensic
techniques to identify potential violations of the CEA and other federal
He has extensive experience providing brokerage and trading services to
clients that include hedge funds, commodity trading advisors, banks and
futures commission merchants. Battaglia is a CFE and received a
bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Delaware.
About Grant Thornton LLP
Grant Thornton LLP is the US member firm of Grant Thornton International
Ltd. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a
worldwide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct
legal entity. In the United States, visit Grant Thornton LLP at www.GrantThornton.com.
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