EMERYVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/04/2005 -- LECG (NASDAQ: XPRT), a provider of expert services, today announced nine director-level additions to its expert talent pool, including one internal promotion. New directors include: Yobie Benjamin, Dick de Boer, Kenneth Froese, Laurie Radler, Lawrence Schwartz, Fred Spee, Roger Smith, Leonard Waverman, and Gerben Weistra.
Dr. David Teece, chairman of LECG, commented, "LECG is not only pleased with our expansion in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, but also with our ongoing success in attracting high-caliber expert talent to the firm."
Yobie Benjamin, a managing director in Emeryville, is a globally recognized expert in the field of business risk management and strategy, information systems security, entrepreneurial business services, and enterprise technology services. Prior to LECG, Mr. Benjamin was a managing director and partner at Computer Sciences Corporation where he led the business and technology risk management practice. He was also a partner at Ernst & Young where he held the positions of chief of global strategy -- consulting services, distinguished fellow, and chief technology officer.
Dick de Boer, a director in London, has over 12 years of experience in international tax consulting, mainly in transfer pricing. His expertise ranges from transfer pricing documentation and valuations to re-structuring and negotiations with tax authorities. Before co-founding IntraPrice, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. Mr. de Boer holds a master's degree in fiscal economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Kenneth Froese, a director in Toronto, is a specialist in investigative and forensic accounting with 14 years of experience in the area. In addition to fraud and financial investigations, Mr. Froese has expertise quantifying economic loss, advising on fraud prevention strategies, tracing and recovering assets, and acting as a court-appointed inspector. Prior to LECG, Mr. Froese led Grant Thornton's forensic accounting and investigative services group in Canada.
Laurie Radler, a director in New York, has more than 20 years of broad-based health care experience with providers, payors, managed service organizations, and consulting organizations. Prior to joining LECG, Ms. Radler was a principal at Deloitte & Touche, where she launched the health care regulatory and dispute consulting practice in New York. During her tenure at Deloitte & Touche, Ms. Radler served as the HIPAA privacy practice leader for the Northeast region. Ms. Radler has a master's of public administration degree in health care financial management from New York University and a bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Columbia University.
Lawrence Schwartz, a director in Toronto, advises in antitrust/competition cases, damages, securities, and financial-sector policy and regulatory issues. Dr. Schwartz returns to LECG after completing a five-year term as a lay judge on Canada's Competition Tribunal, adjudicating in particular, Canada's landmark merger efficiencies case. His previous experience in corporate finance includes banking and securities transactions. He has served as a policy advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission and as a policy development consultant to many business and government organizations. Dr. Schwartz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Fred Spee, a director in London, has over 15 years of international tax experience in consulting at KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an in-house tax manager in the information technology industry. In 1997, he started The Resource, an independent company providing multinational businesses with tailored tax management support. Mr. Spee holds master's degrees in company law and tax law from the University of Leiden.
Roger Smith, recently promoted to director in Salt Lake City, specializes in calculating both commercial litigation damages and intellectual property damages, and in valuing business and intellectual property assets. Prior to LECG, Mr. Smith was a manager in the financial advisory services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Smith is a CPA, accredited in business valuation, and holds a master's degree in accounting from the University of Utah.
Leonard Waverman, a director in London, has consulted on antitrust and regulatory matters for over 30 years. He is professor and chair of the Department of Economics at the London Business School, where he teaches MBA courses in microeconomics, the analysis of industry and competition, and telecommunications economics. Dr. Waverman holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree in economics and a bachelor's of commerce degree from the University of Toronto.
Gerben Weistra, a director in London, has over seven years of experience in international tax consulting, predominantly in transfer pricing. Mr. Weistra has worked on projects dealing with group-wide compliance and establishing documentation and tax strategy, and has authored various economic papers on topics such as valuation, royalties, and comparability studies. Before joining IntraPrice in 2000, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Amsterdam and London. Mr. Weistra holds a master's degree in fiscal economics from the University of Groningen.