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Anchin Names Russell Shinsky as Co-Managing Partner

Russell Shinsky

Russell Shinsky

New York-based Anchin Block & Anchin (FY18 net revenue of $102 million) announced that Russell Shinsky has been elected as Anchin’s co-MP, and will take the reins next year.

Shinsky will serve alongside current MP Frank Schettino, who is scheduled to retire Sept. 30, 2020. Shinsky will become the seventh MP in Anchin’s nearly 100-year history, and like Schettino, has spent his entire professional career at the firm.

Shinsky has been with the firm for 27 years and has served as a member of Anchin’s executive committee since 2015. He has been the practice group leader of the firm’s services group and leads the firm’s assurance practice. He has built a strong reputation for the firm among industry stakeholders, particularly in legal services, and has been instrumental in consulting with law firms on traditional accounting and tax matters, as well as improving operational aspects of their businesses, the firm announced

“I am looking forward to working alongside Frank during the next year to shape how we will continue to deliver outstanding service to our clients, helping them grow and achieve their objectives in an increasingly complex landscape. I have always deeply valued the people, unique culture and history of our almost 100-year-old firm, and am honored to continue that tradition of excellence,” Shinsky says.

Schettino will work with Shinsky and the other members of the executive committee on firm strategy, client service and operations decisions. “In this period of rapid industry change, Russell sees the inherent challenges, yet more importantly, the opportunities for growth,” Schettino says.

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Anchin Appoints Nancy Lieberman as General Counsel

Nancy Lieberman

New York-based Anchin (FY18 net revenue of $102 million) announced that it has appointed Nancy Lieberman as the firm’s general counsel and will advise the firm on a variety of business and legal matters.

Lieberman, who has practiced corporate and securities law for over 25 years,  joins Anchin from a national accounting firm, where she held the position of deputy general counsel.

“We welcome Nancy and very much look forward to working with her team,” says Frank Schettino, Anchin’s MP. “Not only is she an accomplished M&A specialist, she is also experienced in numerous client-facing agreements and compliance issues.”

Previously, she was a partner in the corporate and banking department of law firm Farrell Fritz, where she counseled large and small businesses, both private and publicly traded, as well as private investors.

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Anchin Block & Anchin Expands Regulatory Compliance and Investigations

Brian Sanvidge

New York-based Anchin Block & Anchin LLP (FY17 net revenue of $104 million) announces that Brian Sanvidge, a certified inspector general and certified fraud examiner, has joined the firm’s litigation, forensic and valuation services group as the leader of regulatory compliance and investigations.

He brings more than 30 years of litigation and investigation support, and independent monitoring services, to public and private sector clients covering a variety of highly regulated industries, including construction, transportation, infrastructure, retail and hospitality, not-for-profits, specialty health care and pharmaceuticals.

“Not only is he a noted expert in fraud and forensic investigations, labor investigations and statutory and regulatory compliance issues, but he also has the rare distinction of being a certified inspector general. His experience will complement our team’s strengths by augmenting our service offerings and expanding our expertise across a broader range of industries,” says Anthony Bracco, leader of Anchin’s litigation, forensic and valuation services group.

He served as inspector general for 12 years, including 10 years for the New York State Department of Labor, where he oversaw investigations resulting in criminal convictions and more than $250 million in civil restitution. He led the investigation of $7 million in questionable costs for a Fortune Global 50 company, and he has supported large-scale government cases, some valued at more than $1 billion. He has extensive experience as an advisor on business compliance issues, with a focus on minority- and women-owned company matters.

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Anchin Block & Anchin Announces New Partner, New Subsidiary

Russell Safirstein

New York-based Anchin Block & Anchin LLP (FY17 net revenue of $104 million) has welcomed Russell Safirstein to the firm as PIC of its new subsidiary – Anchin Digital Risk Solutions LLC (ADRS).

Safirstein’s expertise centers on combining audit, accounting, risk compliance and technology to help clients.  into client solutions. He delivers and develops technology driven risk and compliance advisory and analytics-based services.

“After introducing our Redpoint Cybersecurity services a little over a year ago, we recognized that companies also need guidance when it comes to the efficiency and compliance aspects of their technology systems,” says MP Frank Schettino. “Bringing Russell in will help us broaden our significant industry expertise, particularly by leveraging his experience with financial services, management consulting and health care companies.”

Marc Newman, Associate MP says the new subsidiary “signals our commitment to continuously add crucial advisory services that will strengthen and differentiate Anchin’s value proposition.”

ADRS will provide privately held, middle market companies with services previously reserved for larger companies, the firm says. The team will bring technology solutions to companies in an underserved market that need guidance to meet the demands of risk management and audit, while maintaining profitability and achieving regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Anchin, Safirstein was a partner with Prager Metis Technology, leading their AI and machine learning initiatives in addition to their cybersecurity and risk advisory practices.

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Chapter Closes in Novelist’s Suit Against Anchin

An eight-year legal dispute between a crime novelist and Anchin Block & Anchin of New York (FY15 net revenue of $97 million) has ended.

According to a statement from MP Frank Schettino, the firm has “amicably resolved the dispute with Patricia Cornwell.”

Cornwell, known for her novels featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, sued the firm in 2009 for negligence and breach of contract, asserting that the firm and former principal Evan Snapper mismanaged her finances, causing the loss of $89 million. A federal jury in 2013 ordered the firm to pay $51 million, but a District Court judge set aside the verdict soon afterward, barring a number of core claims by Cornwell and her spouse Staci Gruber.

An appeals court last year allowed a new trial, which was avoided by the Jan. 17 settlement. Cornwell’s attorney, Joan Lukey, said in a statement that Cornwell will be dismissing the pending litigation in Boston, the Boston Globe reported.

Anchin Admits Feldman to Co-Practice Leader

Jared Feldman

Jared Feldman

New York-based Anchin Block & Anchin LLP (FY14 net revenue of $92 million) has admitted Jared Feldman to co-practice leader of Anchin Private Client, a specialty group within the firm devoted to working with affluent clients.

Feldman specializes in providing a wide array of accounting tax, advisory and family office services for high-net-worth individuals including financial services and corporate executives, owners of privately held companies and established family offices. Feldman joins Ehud (Udi) Sadan as co-practice leader.

“As a partner and member of the Private Client steering committee, Jared has been instrumental to the success and strategic focus of the team during a period of unprecedented growth in clients as well as in our capabilities. His appointment to co-practice leader will add strength to the firm’s leadership as we enhance our capabilities and realize our vision for the future,” says Frank Schettino, Anchin’s MP. “Jared and Udi are supported by an amazing team of professionals, as well as the full complement of the firm’s resources.”

Anchin Private Client is committed to expanding its resources as the needs of affluent clients grow in scope and complexity. The Private Client Group plans to increase the current space, doubling the area occupied by practice at the firm’s headquarters in New York.

Anchin Private Client has served family offices, high-net-worth individuals and private foundations for almost a century, employing a holistic approach to help simplify clients’ lives, allowing them to better pursue their interests and passions. Core services include business management and family office support, tax planning and compliance, accounting and estate planning.

Anchin, Block & Anchin Announces New Director

Dennis S. Neier

Dennis S. Neier

Anchin, Block & Anchin of New York is pleased to welcome Dennis S. Neier to its litigation, forensic and valuation services group, as of Nov. 1.

“We are continuously looking for new ways to grow and expand the services we offer to our clients,” said Frank Schettino, Anchin’s MP. Bringing in Neier will “make our firm better, ultimately benefiting our clients and staff.”

Neier provides litigation consulting, forensic accounting, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and expert witness services to law firms and in-house counsel.

He has provided forensic accounting and litigation consulting services for cases involving individuals, and both small and large companies with an emphasis on breach of contract or fiduciary duty, business interruption, purchase and sale agreement disputes, lost profits, fraud, mass claim cases and white collar crime.

New Partner, Director at Anchin, Block & Anchin

Raphy Soussan

Raphy Soussan

Raphy Soussan has been admitted as a partner at Anchin, Block & Anchin of New York (FY14 net revenue of $92 million).

Soussan is a commercial audit partner with more than 20 years of experience providing auditing, accounting and consulting services to private companies, with more than 15 years at Big 4 and national firms. Soussan also has extensive experience working with clients to develop proactive tax and business strategies.

Mark Nadritch

Mark Nadritch

Director Mark Nadritch has also been added to the team as a director in its private equity practice. He will be primarily focused on performing financial due diligence on behalf of both private equity and corporate acquirers in the middle market.

Anchin Block & Anchin Admits Two Partners to Executive Committee

New York-based Anchin Block & Anchin LLP (FY13 net revenue of $96 million) announced the addition of Russell Shinsky and Gregory Wank to the executive committee, as of May 1. Shinsky and Wank have both spent their entire careers at Anchin and were selected by the firms’ partners to join the executive committee to help guide the firm into its next chapter of growth.

Russell Shinsky

Russell Shinsky

“The addition of Russ and Greg to the executive committee will help Anchin continue to provide high touch service to clients and help the firm continue to expand,” says to Frank Schettino, Anchin’s MP. “These two talented partners will continue to make our firm better, ultimately benefiting our clients and staff. We are very excited for what lies ahead here at Anchin.”

Shinsky is an accounting and advisory partner. He is the firm’s audit practice coordinator where he focuses on the efficiency and technical proficiency of Anchin’s attest practice. He provides a range of business and consulting services to law, architectural and engineering firms. Shinsky also services clients within the construction, retail, food, apparel & textile and manufacturing and distribution industries.

Gregory Wank

Gregory Wank

As practice leader of Anchin’s law firms industry group, Shinsky is thoroughly familiar with the accounting, audit and tax requirements of law firms. He has been instrumental in consulting with these clients on operational aspects of their business as well as in due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.

Wank is an accounting and advisory partner at Anchin. He is the practice leader of the firm’s food and beverage industry group, providing accounting, business and tax planning services to privately held companies throughout the industry, including many emerging brands, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. In addition to his keen focus on food and beverage companies, he also advises other consumer product companies as well as finance companies.

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP Promotes Noble to Partner

Christopher Noble

Christopher Noble

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP (FY13 net revenue of $96 million) announced the addition of Christopher Noble to the partnership as of Oct. 1. With his addition, Anchin has a roster of 54 partners and principals who provide creative, proactive advisory services to clients representing all major industries in the tri-state area.

Noble is an accounting and audit partner at Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP with more than 15 years of experience. He is a member of the firm’s technology industry group and construction industry group and specializes in working with aggressively growing entrepreneurial businesses to well-established privately held companies.

Noble provides accounting, business and advisory services for clients in various industries including software and technology, construction, retail and wholesale services. In addition to compliance services, he has assisted clients with mergers and acquisitions, securing financing and funding, developing business plans and implementing and advising tax strategies which include tax credits and incentives.