RAN, MIRES, CLARK & ASSOCIATES IS THE GLOBAL LEADER IN DETECTING AND ANALYZING FRAUD ON BEHALF OF COMPANIES AND SHAREHOLDERS. www.ranmires.com
EXECUTIVE TEAM Ran, Mires, Clark & Associates is led by a talented team of seasoned executives, who are dedicated, passionate and unwavering in their commitment to the company and its clients. Don Clark Amir Mireskandari Yuval Ran James Wesley ("Wes") Christian Chief Legal Consultant Wayne M. Greenwald Chief Bankruptcy Consultant David E. Wenger DON CLARK Don K. Clark, is the former FBI special agent-in-charge of FBI’s New York, San Antonio, and Houston field offices. Mr. Clark brings immense experience in areas of white collar crime, securities and investment fraud to the firm. MR. Clark oversaw these areas during his tenure while managing the New York, San Antonio, and Houston FBI field offices. Clark served as a Special Agent of the FBI in Miami, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Newark, San Antonio and Houston. His assignments as an investigative agent and manager in the FBI included security fraud, white-collar crimes, foreign counterintelligence, counterterrorism, organized crime, and other FBI investigative programs. Clark’s many assignments included, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division New York Office, in 1991 and in January 1994, Mr. Clark was assigned to manage all counter-terrorism investigations in the New York Office. Later in June 1994, he was designated Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division of the New York FBI Office. In December 1994, he was named Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio FBI Division and on July 2, 1996, FBI Director Louis Freeh appointed Mr. Clark as the Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division, one of the FBI’s Top three Field Divisions, the position he held until his retirement. Clark supervised numerous high profile FBI investigations including the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis where he handled the movement of the Shah of Iran from New York City to San Antonio and beyond. He supervised the investigation of the terrorist attack aboard the Achilles Lauro cruise ship, and he managed the investigation of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City. Back to top AMIR MIRESKANDARI Amir Mireskandari is the Founder, President and CEO of Miresco Investment Services. The Company was founded in 1999 and focuses in sales and distribution of home furnishing and is very active in distressed asset and distress retail operations of luxury and high-end portion of the industry. Miresco has had a wholesale and retail division. The wholesale side of the business was focused on area rugs with an extensive amount of licensing arrangements. Mireskandari served as CEO of Retail Management Partners, a company formed for the operations of concessions of high-end home furnishings, accessories, rugs, and art departments in the Great Indoors, a division of Sears. He also co-founded The Lugano Group, Incorporated in 1998, which offers securities brokerage, advisory and investment and consulting services as well as economic and financial studies. In the early 90’s, Mr. Mireskandari worked at The World Bank in Washington, D.C for 5 years. Three of those years was at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector lending of the World Bank, with a focus on lending in emerging markets. He has served as an advisor on privatization to the Kingdom of Morocco, the Government of Belize, and various capacities to Governments of Jamaica and Barbados. Mireskandari previously held both General Securities Representative (Series 7 and Series 63) and Principal (Series 24 and Series 28) licenses. He earned his B.B.A. and M.B.A. in International Business from George Washington University. He completed his postgraduate studies in Management from Harvard Business School. Mireskandari is fluent in English, Farsi, French and Italian. He resides in Houston, Texas, and is married with two young daughters. Back to top YUVAL RAN Yuval Ran is an international expert in securities fraud in the US and in other emerging markets. Over the last 25 years, Mr. Ran has been a part of, exposed to, detected, uncovered and fought various kinds of stock and investment fraud. Ran has an extensive knowledge and proven experience in uncovering and reverse engineering various kinds of securities and corporate fraud, done through multi-layer transactions and a web of shell corporations and straw people. Prior to starting his career in the private sector, Ran worked as portfolio manager and broker at Israel Central Bank. Ran was the first entrepreneur to implement and float “blank check” companies in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (“TASE”). Between 1992 and 1995, eleven of his portfolio companies performed IPOs in the TASE, or were listed. In 1993, Mr. Ran founded Israel Credit Lines, Complementary Financial Services Ltd, Israel’s first non banking, non-institutional, retail finance company. In 1993, Israel Credit Lines went public in the TASE. In 1995 and 1996, Israel Credit Lines, led by Mr. Ran performed a leveraged buyout of J.O.E.L. and the Isramco Group, which at the time was the biggest publicly traded oil and gas exploration group in Israel. (A summary can be found in Columbia University Case Study: ”Yuval Ran and Israel Credit Lines” by Professor David Beim.) In 2000, as a result of a deep financial crisis in the Israeli stock market and as a result of the embezzlement of Israel Credit Line’s main assets by insiders, Israel Credit Line went under involuntary receivership. Since 2009, Mr. Ran has been working together with Israel Credit Line’s receivers in order to reveal, expose and reverse the fraudulent insider transactions that led to the collapse of Israel Credit Lines. In 2012, under Yuval Ran and Associates, Mr. Ran acted as an adviser and detected, exposed and prepared for litigation a multi company reverse merger “Pump and Dump” schemes, in the US micro cap market. His work led to a multi-million dollar settlement to his clients, the victims. In 2013, together with Mr. Amir Mireskandari and Mr. Don K. Clark, the former FBI special agent in charge of the New York and Houston field offices, Yuval Ran founded Ran, Mires, Clark & Associates, LLC, which specializes in the investigation, detection, and analysis of stock and investment fraud on behalf of companies, shareholders and entrepreneurs. Ran received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University, and received his Master’s degree in Economics with a specialty in Finance also from Tel Aviv University. Ran also taught economics at the Law School of Tel Aviv University. Back to top JAMES WESLEY ("WES") CHRISTIAN Chief Legal Consultant Wes is a fourth generation Texan, who has handled complex litigation in at least eight different states and two countries. Most of these cases have been in State or Federal Courts; some have been complex arbitrations. He is licensed to practice in 11 Courts across the U.S. and everywhere in Texas and New York. His primary focus in the last 11 years has been suing Wall Street for naked short selling and other frauds committed by investment banks, banks, mortgage or broker dealers and clearing firms. Wes and his legal consortium have satisfactorily settled four cases against Wall Street and hedge funds. He has preformed due diligence on at least 50 public companies with regard to manipulation of the public company’s stock. He and his legal consortium are the leading legal group taking on Wall Street in these various areas on a national basis. Presently, we have cases in New York, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, New Jersey and numerous other jurisdictions. The firm has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Sun, Bloomberg Magazine, Business Week, Forbes, The Economist, Time, Euromoney, Canadian Business and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Wes is a frequent speaker on various Wall Street frauds and has spoken in the last three years at least eight times on various radio programs concerning these topics. In addition, he and his firm have been featured in three documentaries, The Wall Street Conspiracy by Brown Saddle Films, Phantom Shares by Bloomberg T.V. Special and Stock Shock by Sandra Mohr, Mohr Productions. Back to top WAYNE M. GREENWALD Chief Bankruptcy Consultant Wayne M. Greenwald represents the entire spectrum of parties-in-interest in debtor-creditor matters and cases under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. He has extensive experience in business and commercial litigation and assists clients at all phases of dispute resolution, including pre-claim negotiations, mediation, arbitration and trial. Wayne M. Greenwald has been concentrating in debtor-creditor law for more than 30 years. He was the assistant chair of the Defense Research Institute's Special Litigation Group on Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy. He formerly served as co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's commercial fraud task force. Greenwald lectures frequently and has published or edited articles, treatises and books on bankruptcy and creditors' rights, including Criminal Practice/ Bankruptcy Proceedings. He is highly regarded in the legal community and has been included in 2007, 2008 and 2010 New York Super Lawyers. Back to top DAVID E. WENGER With over twenty plus years in the securities industry, Mr. Wenger brings a broad range of numerous professional capacities spanning financial advisory work, venture capital, private equity funding, brokerage and public offerings. From those experiences, Mr. Wenger founded Shareholder Intelligence Services, LLC (ShareIntel) in 2003. During his career on Wall Street, Mr. Wenger has been involved in numerous transactions involving investment banking, private equity financing, portfolio management, retail and institutional sales. Wenger was a founder and shareholder of Auerbach Financial Group, Inc. and Auerbach Pollak & Richardson, Inc., a regional boutique investment banking firm. In this capacity, he was responsible for the strategic development and growth of the firm and he led and managed the firm's Private Equity Group. Previously, Mr. Wenger was associated with a number of global financial firms and investment banks, including PaineWebber, Inc., Lehman Brothers and Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he focused primarily on client service, training, and new business development. Wenger obtained his formal education at Syracuse University. He currently maintains a Series 24 General Securities Financial Principal's License and a Series 7 General Securities Representative's License. He is registered with an NASD member firm.
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