A&M adds Jean Chow-Callam to expand disputes capacity in China

14 June 2019 Consultancy.asia

Global consultancy Alvarez & Marsal has added Jean Chow-Callam as a Managing Director to its Disputes and Investigations practice in the US and China.

The disputes and litigation consulting sector continues to heat up in Asia with yet another senior appointment – that of Jean Chow-Callam as a Managing Director in Alvarez & Marsal’s Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai offices to expand the firm’s China-related capabilities. Chow-Callam crosses from a senior managing director role with FTI Consulting, where she has spent the past 15 years.

“With mounting pressures on corporations to stay on top of the regulatory landscape and adapt to changing geo-political pressures, Jean’s insight and experience will be imperative in advising our U.S. clients with interests in China,” said Keith Williamson, Managing Director with A&M and leader of the firm’s Disputes and Investigations team in greater China. “Her addition to the firm in Los Angeles further expands the reach of our capabilities in China and Hong Kong.”

A testifying forensic accountant, Chow-Callam brings more than 25 years of multi-jurisdictional professional advisory experience in investigations, corporate governance and compliance, with expertise in forensic accounting, auditing, fraud investigations, internal controls, and governance among other areas. At A&M, Chow-Callam will focus on financial investigations and analysis related to corporate governance, earnings management and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Jean Chow-Callam - Managing Director, Disputes & Investigations - Alvarez & Marsal

According to the firm, Chow-Callam will additionally provide consulting on embezzlement issues, accounting process improvements, compliance programs, reverse merger, options backdating, cryptocurrency, corporate internal investigations, securities litigation, and other white-collar crime investigations resulting from the US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting violations.

“Jean’s experience significantly enhances our team’s offerings when advising on international deals and navigating cross-border issues,” said Bryan Ruez, Managing Director and Global Co-Leader of A&M's Disputes and Investigations practice. “China remains one of the fastest growing economies and expanding our capabilities related to China is a pillar of growing A&M’s Disputes and Investigations practice.”

It’s been a busy past couple of months or so for A&M’s disputes and litigation practice in the US, with no less than half a dozen managing directors added across the continent since March – including Chow-Callam’s new LA colleague Robert DeCicco last week. Meanwhile, the segment in Asia continues to see heightened activity with a slew of recent appointments at Duff & PhelpsBerkley Research Group and FTI among others – the latest being Joseph Quiazon as APAC Head of Financial Crime Compliance at Exiger.