Robert G. Manz specializes in the application of financial forensic analysis to complex business disputes and investigations.  With over 20 years in professional services, Mr. Manz has diversified experience in a range of areas, including analysis of economic damages, business valuation, on-site investigation of alleged financial irregularities, and evaluation of conduct of auditors, chief financial officers, and others under relevant standards and principles.

Mr. Manz has issued expert opinions in cases ranging from small commercial disputes to matters with claimed damages in excess of $1 billion.  He has evaluated lost profits, lost business value, unjust enrichment, reasonable royalty, and other measures of economic damages involving such claims as breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, fraud, trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement, securities law violations, business interruption, and wrongful termination.  Mr. Manz has evaluated allegations in matters brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and others, including such issues as revenue recognition, inventory and receivables valuation, liability accruals, adequacy of internal controls, and alleged round-tripping and options backdating.  He has testified at state and federal trials and in arbitration. 

In domestic and international arbitrations, Mr. Manz has analyzed such issues as valuation-based quantum of economic damages, application of financial concepts expressed in contracts, and tracing of hundreds of millions of dollars of funds through multiple entities over years.  Mr. Manz is a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Mr. Manz has performed financial forensic investigations both domestically and internationally, including in Mexico, Argentina, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Greece.  He has investigated allegations of irregularities including improper revenue recognition, misappropriation of assets, and kickbacks.  He has conducted and overseen reviews of compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  He has also planned and directed covert collection of physical and electronic evidence.

After attending the University of Texas as a National Merit Scholar, Mr. Manz graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in the Plan II Honors program.  Before joining BVA, Mr. Manz was with AlixPartners and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Mr. Manz has taught professional development courses on forensic accounting and business valuation, and has served as a reviewer and editor of materials published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He has working proficiency in Spanish and French and elementary proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, and holds the following professional certifications/licenses:

  • Certified Public Accountant* (State of Texas)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners)

*Although BVA employs CPAs, it is not a CPA firm.