Mr. James Davidson, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, CIRA, CTP, CM&AA
Managing Director & Partner
Avant Advisory Group

4000 MacArthur Blvd
East Tower, Suite 600
Newport Beach
California 92660

601 S Figueroa St.
Suite 4050
Los Angeles
California 90017
949 417 5708

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Jim Davidson is an Avant Advisory partner and managing director. A Certified Public Accountant, who has also obtained multiple financial forensic specialization credentials (CFF, CFS, and FCPA), and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA), Certified Merger & Acquisitions Advisor (CM&AA), Certified Merger & Acquisitions Professional (CM&AP), Certified Corporate Advisor (CBA), and Certified Corporate Director.

As a former senior executive (CFO, CEO, and COO) and member of boards of director in private industry, he provides expert advice in the areas of distressed and special situations that include insolvency, bankruptcy, financial restructurings, operational turnarounds, and profitability improvement. He uses his expertise in issues of financial forensics, fraud, and corporate investigations, litigation and dispute resolution, strategic planning, and corporate governance. His combined experience and professional qualifications fulfill the financial expert requirements defined by Sarbanes-Oxley, NYSE, and NASDAQ. He also served on the Financial Executives International (“FEI”) committee for Mid-Sized Public Companies. He has served on the Small Business Bankruptcy Task Force of the American Bankruptcy Institute and as president and current member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Jim has served in executive positions at both public and private companies ranging from entrepreneurial to multi-billion dollar firms. After 10 years of accounting, auditing, and consulting for Big Four Certified Public Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jim spent over 10 years as a member of several boards of directors and in various financial and executive positions, including president and CEO, COO, CFO, secretary-treasurer, chief accounting officer, and corporate controller.

He primarily serves middle-market companies ranging from $25 million to billion dollar sales, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, banks, and other capital providers. He is both a Certified Merger & Acquisitions Advisor (CM&AA) and Certified Merger & Acquisitions Professional (CM&AP) who has been involved with hundreds of merger, acquisition and financing transactions, in addition to operational turnarounds and financial restructuring, forensic, fraud, and corporate investigations for lenders, private equity firms, and attorneys under privilege.

He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with specialization credentials of Certified in Financial Forensic (CFF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS), and Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA).

He has been interviewed by CFO Magazine and quoted in such articles as: “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fraud”

He has been 4-year president and remains member of the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA), Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA), Certified Board Advisor (CBA), and Certified Corporate Director.

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He has also presented to various professional and business associations such as the following:
1. “Corporate Transgressions and Financial Reporting Gimmickry” at the National Fraud Conference of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
2. Advantages of 363 Sale vs. 1129 Plan and Other Alternatives” by YPA 360 Conference
3. “Quality of Earnings, Forensic, and Other Issues: Forewarned is Forearmed” for Orange County M&A and Financing Transactions Network
4. “Recovering Value from Underperforming Companies in the Current Economy” by OPUS
5. “The Impact of Asset Valuations on Credit Decisions” for Commercial Finance Conference of California
6. “Structuring and Financing Special Situation and Tough Deals – Carve-outs, Distressed, Operational and Financial Restructuring –Lessons Learned from the Experts” for OPUS in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York
“Lessons from the Trenches, Views from Industry Experts" for Commercial Finance Conference of California
“Got Profits? Now You See Them, Now You Don’t as Profits Vanish in both Crisis Situations and Fraudulent Activity” at Commercial Finance Conference of California
7. “Trends & Techniques in Fraud, Forensics & Corporate Investigations” by ProVisors
8. “Mortgage Fraud - The Rise, Fall, and Emergence from Bankruptcy of a Public Company and Subprime Lender during the Financial Crisis” by the Beverly Hills Bar Association and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
9. “Liability of Attorneys, Accountants and Other Professionals in Ponzi Schemes” by the Beverly Hills Bar Association and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
10. “Managing a Turnaround” at the Southern California Business Conference by the Los Angeles Venture Association and Harvard Business School Alumni
11. “When the Next Bubble Bursts: How to Invest in the Next Economic Downturn” by OPUS
12. “Managing in a Down Economy: Doing More with Less” by the Los Angeles Venture Association
13. “Turnaround Opportunities in Consulting” for the Institute of Management Consultants
14. “Municipal Fraud and Corruption” by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Jim has been a business mentor for the Midas Nation Advisor Program and current/past member of the following professional associations:
1. Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
2. Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors
3. National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
4. National Association of Certified Directors
5. Turnaround Management Association
6. Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors
7. Forensic CPA Society
8. Association of Certified Fraud Specialists
9. California Society of CPAs
10. California Bankruptcy Forum
11. American Bankruptcy Institute
12. Association for Strategic Planning
13. National Association of Corporate Directors
14. Financial Executives International Mid-Sized Public Division Committee
15. Member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
16. Association for Corporate Growth – Orange and Los Angeles County Chapters
17. Los Angeles Venture Association
18. Institute of Management Consultants
19. M&A Source
In over 35 years’ experience as CPA, management consultant, financial advisor, business executive, and entrepreneur, Jim has obtained diversified experience across many industries which include: technology, energy (oil & gas, coal, ethanol, shale, etc.), industrial manufacturing - aerospace and defense, heavy equipment, construction & contracting, consumer products and services, retail and wholesale distribution business and professional services, digital media, government, not-for-profit, education, real estate, and many other industry niches. He serves numerous organizations ranging from $25 million to billion dollar revenues, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, banks, and other capital providers, and stakeholders.

A university-certified facilitator and instructor, Jim has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business and management. These have primarily related to business ethics, auditing, forensic accounting, finance, economics, management, mergers & acquisitions, and critical thinking.
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