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Matthew Bialecki

Matthew Bialecki

Alvarez & Marsal540 West Madison Street18th FloorChicagoIllinoisUSA60661

Thought Leader

WWL says

The distinguished Matthew Bialecki has been a consistent “top name” in the market, culminating in his listing as a Global Elite Thought Leader. He has broad industry experience in energy, construction and telecoms, among other areas.

Questions & Answers

Mr Bialecki leads the disputes and investigations eastern US regional team, and is a member of the executive committee. He has more than 25 years’ experience as an expert witness, neutral arbitrator and consultant in a variety of areas, including litigation, fraud and forensic investigations. He specialises in post-acquisition disputes, disputes with complex financial issues and financial investigations. Prior to joining A&M, Mr Bialecki was a partner with a Big Four public accounting firm in Chicago. 

What attracted you to a career in forensic accounting?

In college, my initial plan was to go to law school. My major was public accounting and after working at a law firm in college, I decided I would do something in between accounting and being a lawyer, which was forensic accounting. I have loved doing it ever since.

What do clients look for in an effective forensic accountant?

Clients typically look for the proper credentials and relevant experience. Credentials might be certifications or specific training on dealing with a particular matter. Relevant experience might be familiarity with a specific issue the client is dealing with, experience working in a specific industry, or any other unique skills acquired that might be helpful in dealing with the current situation. Clients also want the work to be cost-effective.

How has the market changed since you started practising?

The market has changed tremendously over the 25-plus years I have been practising. When I started, I was working on resolution trust real estate crisis cases and have worked on many different types of cases since then. The market continues to change year after year, often driven by the focus of the regulators, and I have been able to adapt and change with the market. 

What is the greatest challenge for forensic experts in financial investigations in the USA today?

I think the greatest challenge for forensic experts in financial investigations today is the decrease in regulation, creating fewer opportunities in the marketplace.

In your opinion, where does the future of forensic accounting in investigations lie?

The future of forensic accounting in investigations lies in the ability to combine traditional forensic accounting experience with technology. As technology becomes more and more complex, the ability to create applications that can aid in an investigation and also create efficiencies in our work will be key to being successful.

How does Alvarez & Marsal distinguish itself from competition?

Alvarez & Marsal distinguishes itself from its competition by being a consulting firm known for asking tough questions, listening well, digging in and rolling up our sleeves. We are fact-driven and action-oriented. We act decisively and deliver practical solutions to unique problems.

What has been your proudest achievement to date?

My proudest career achievement to date was making partner in 2006. 

What advice would you give to younger practitioners hoping to one day be in your position?

I would advise young practitioners to, of course, work hard, but also to bring solutions to challenges they have in their daily work. Do not wait for someone to always solve issues for you. You will always need guidance, but come to your superiors with perspectives that show you have thought about an issue and have an opinion about the direction a matter should take. That will make you stand out from your peers.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Matthew Bialecki is distinguished for his profound knowledge of damages, lost profits, accounting, auditing and fraud across a wealth of industries.

Biography

Matthew Bialecki (CPA, CFF, CGMA) is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal's disputes and investigations group, leading its eastern US region and serving as a member of its executive committee. He has more than 25 years' experience as an expert witness, neutral arbitrator and consultant in a variety of areas, with a focus on pre and post-acquisition matters. He is, and has for many years, been a member of the select American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) taskforce on merger and acquisition disputes and is an author of the AICPA's practice aid on mergers and acquisitions disputes which provides guidance to CPAs serving as consultants, experts or neutral arbitrators.

Mr. Bialecki has experience in the automotive, professional services, banking, insurance, healthcare, construction, petroleum, speciality chemicals, finance, gaming, manufacturing, distribution, food and beverage, branding, telecommunications, aerospace, agriculture, software, real estate, retail, and metals industries. He specialises in disputes with complex financial issues and is an expert on the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and post-merger and acquisition disputes.

Mr. Bialecki has served as a neutral arbitrator, mediator, consultant and expert witness in a significant number of matters involving the application of GAAP, on earn-outs and in the determination of working capital in mergers and acquisitions involving accounts receivable, accrued vacation, percentage of completion revenue recognition, deferred revenue, allowances for co-op advertising, volume rebates, obsolete and excess inventory reserves, inventory physical count adjustments, accrued expenses, inter-company accounts, accounts payable, accrued coupon liabilities, contingent assets and liabilities, workers' compensation and franchise tax issues, among other current asset and liability accounts. He has been involved in the preparation of carve-out financial statements, closing balance sheets and working capital statements.

Mr Bialecki has been involved in many matters involving indemnification under purchase agreements and has reviewed and consulted on hundreds of purchase agreements.

Mr Bialecki has conducted many internal forensic accounting investigations, SEC investigations and restatements.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr Bialecki was a partner at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS) in Chicago. While with Deloitte FAS, Mr Bialecki was the midwest and north central region professional practice director (PPD) for the dispute and forensic practice, was the midwest insurance industry leader and was the midwest insurance industry fraud specialist.

Mr Bialecki earned a bachelor's degree in public accounting from Loyola University of Chicago. Mr Bialecki is a certified public accountant licensed in the states of Illinois and California, a chartered global management accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Illinois CPA Society, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and certified through the AICPA in financial forensics.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Matthew Bialecki has a wealth of experience in providing first-class quantum and damages assessments in international arbitration proceedings. 

Biography

Matthew Bialecki (CPA, CFF, CGMA) is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal's disputes and investigations group, leading its eastern US region and serving as a member of its executive committee. He has more than 25 years' experience as an expert witness, neutral arbitrator and consultant in a variety of areas, with a focus on pre and post-acquisition matters. He is, and has for many years, been a member of the select American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) taskforce on merger and acquisition disputes and is an author of the AICPA's practice aid on mergers and acquisitions disputes which provides guidance to CPAs serving as consultants, experts or neutral arbitrators.

Mr. Bialecki has experience in the automotive, professional services, banking, insurance, healthcare, construction, petroleum, speciality chemicals, finance, gaming, manufacturing, distribution, food and beverage, branding, telecommunications, aerospace, agriculture, software, real estate, retail, and metals industries. He specialises in disputes with complex financial issues and is an expert on the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and post-merger and acquisition disputes.

Mr. Bialecki has served as a neutral arbitrator, mediator, consultant and expert witness in a significant number of matters involving the application of GAAP, on earn-outs and in the determination of working capital in mergers and acquisitions involving accounts receivable, accrued vacation, percentage of completion revenue recognition, deferred revenue, allowances for co-op advertising, volume rebates, obsolete and excess inventory reserves, inventory physical count adjustments, accrued expenses, inter-company accounts, accounts payable, accrued coupon liabilities, contingent assets and liabilities, workers' compensation and franchise tax issues, among other current asset and liability accounts. He has been involved in the preparation of carve-out financial statements, closing balance sheets and working capital statements.

Mr Bialecki has been involved in many matters involving indemnification under purchase agreements and has reviewed and consulted on hundreds of purchase agreements.

Mr Bialecki has conducted many internal forensic accounting investigations, SEC investigations and restatements.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr Bialecki was a partner at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS) in Chicago. While with Deloitte FAS, Mr Bialecki was the midwest and north central region professional practice director (PPD) for the dispute and forensic practice, was the midwest insurance industry leader and was the midwest insurance industry fraud specialist.

Mr Bialecki earned a bachelor's degree in public accounting from Loyola University of Chicago. Mr Bialecki is a certified public accountant licensed in the states of Illinois and California, a chartered global management accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Illinois CPA Society, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and certified through the AICPA in financial forensics.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Global Elite Thought Leader Matthew Bialecki is “well respected in the post-M&A dispute space” and has over 25 years of experience handling high-profile forensic investigations. 

Biography

Matthew Bialecki (CPA, CFF, CGMA) is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal's disputes and investigations group, leading its eastern US region and serving as a member of its executive committee. He has more than 25 years' experience as an expert witness, neutral arbitrator and consultant in a variety of areas, with a focus on pre and post-acquisition matters. He is, and has for many years, been a member of the select American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) taskforce on merger and acquisition disputes and is an author of the AICPA's practice aid on mergers and acquisitions disputes which provides guidance to CPAs serving as consultants, experts or neutral arbitrators.

Mr. Bialecki has experience in the automotive, professional services, banking, insurance, healthcare, construction, petroleum, speciality chemicals, finance, gaming, manufacturing, distribution, food and beverage, branding, telecommunications, aerospace, agriculture, software, real estate, retail, and metals industries. He specialises in disputes with complex financial issues and is an expert on the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and post-merger and acquisition disputes.

Mr. Bialecki has served as a neutral arbitrator, mediator, consultant and expert witness in a significant number of matters involving the application of GAAP, on earn-outs and in the determination of working capital in mergers and acquisitions involving accounts receivable, accrued vacation, percentage of completion revenue recognition, deferred revenue, allowances for co-op advertising, volume rebates, obsolete and excess inventory reserves, inventory physical count adjustments, accrued expenses, inter-company accounts, accounts payable, accrued coupon liabilities, contingent assets and liabilities, workers' compensation and franchise tax issues, among other current asset and liability accounts. He has been involved in the preparation of carve-out financial statements, closing balance sheets and working capital statements.

Mr Bialecki has been involved in many matters involving indemnification under purchase agreements and has reviewed and consulted on hundreds of purchase agreements.

Mr Bialecki has conducted many internal forensic accounting investigations, SEC investigations and restatements.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr Bialecki was a partner at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS) in Chicago. While with Deloitte FAS, Mr Bialecki was the midwest and north central region professional practice director (PPD) for the dispute and forensic practice, was the midwest insurance industry leader and was the midwest insurance industry fraud specialist.

Mr Bialecki earned a bachelor's degree in public accounting from Loyola University of Chicago. Mr Bialecki is a certified public accountant licensed in the states of Illinois and California, a chartered global management accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Illinois CPA Society, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and certified through the AICPA in financial forensics.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

The distinguished Matthew Bialecki has been a consistent “top name” in the market, culminating in his listing as a Global Elite Thought Leader. He has broad industry experience in energy, construction and telecoms, among other areas.

Biography

Matthew Bialecki (CPA, CFF, CGMA) is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal's disputes and investigations group, leading its eastern US region and serving as a member of its executive committee. He has more than 25 years' experience as an expert witness, neutral arbitrator and consultant in a variety of areas, with a focus on pre and post-acquisition matters. He is, and has for many years, been a member of the select American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) taskforce on merger and acquisition disputes and is an author of the AICPA's practice aid on mergers and acquisitions disputes which provides guidance to CPAs serving as consultants, experts or neutral arbitrators.

Mr Bialecki has experience in the automotive, professional services, banking, insurance, healthcare, construction, petroleum, speciality chemicals, finance, gaming, manufacturing, distribution, food and beverage, branding, telecommunications, aerospace, agriculture, software, real estate, retail, and metals industries. He specialises in disputes with complex financial issues and is an expert on the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and post-merger and acquisition disputes.

Mr Bialecki has served as a neutral arbitrator, mediator, consultant and expert witness in a significant number of matters involving the application of GAAP, on earn-outs and in the determination of working capital in mergers and acquisitions involving accounts receivable, accrued vacation, percentage of completion revenue recognition, deferred revenue, allowances for co-op advertising, volume rebates, obsolete and excess inventory reserves, inventory physical count adjustments, accrued expenses, inter-company accounts, accounts payable, accrued coupon liabilities, contingent assets and liabilities, workers' compensation and franchise tax issues, among other current asset and liability accounts. He has been involved in the preparation of carve-out financial statements, closing balance sheets and working capital statements.

Mr Bialecki has been involved in many matters involving indemnification under purchase agreements and has reviewed and consulted on hundreds of purchase agreements.

Mr Bialecki has conducted many internal forensic accounting investigations, SEC investigations and restatements.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr Bialecki was a partner at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS) in Chicago. While with Deloitte FAS, Mr Bialecki was the midwest and north central region professional practice director (PPD) for the dispute and forensic practice, was the midwest insurance industry leader and was the midwest insurance industry fraud specialist.

Mr Bialecki earned a bachelor's degree in public accounting from Loyola University of Chicago. Mr Bialecki is a certified public accountant licensed in the states of Illinois and California, a chartered global management accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Illinois CPA Society, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and certified through the AICPA in financial forensics.

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