Xavier Oustalniol is a Partner with StoneTurn in San Francisco. He focuses on complex forensic accounting issues, fraud investigations and prevention, and anti-corruption matters, and provides consulting services regarding damages analysis, securities class action litigations, arbitration, accountant malpractice and purchase price disputes, including providing expert testimony. Xavier currently leads the team assisting the Trustee, Claims Administrator and Claims Processor of the PG&E Fire Victim Trust with a range of complex economic and financial analyses related to tort claims, arising from the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 North Bay Fires, and 2018 Camp Fire. He has also assisted Ken Feinberg, court appointed estimation expert, in the first LTL Management bankruptcy related to Johnson & Johnson talc mass tort litigations.
With over 30 years of experience as an auditor, forensic accountant and litigation consultant, Xavier has worked with clients across a wide range of industries, including FinTech, banks (mortgage, retail, investment), insurance companies, investment companies, and other securities broker / dealers, as well as automotive, aviation, real estate, technology, energy, food, luxury apparel, chemicals, electronic components, gaming, telecom, broadcasting, professional services partnerships (including law firms), leasing, consumer products, agricultural business, manufacturing and transportation. Xavier has also assisted clients including the government and public defenders dealing with Ponzi scheme issues, False Claims Act and Qui Tam cases.
Xavier has testified as an accounting expert on the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and other financial issues at trial, deposition and in arbitrations. He has authored expert reports, declarations and assisted with the preparation of experts for deposition and testimony. He also assisted counsel with deposition preparation of opposing experts and fact witnesses, and responses to Wells submissions.
He has assisted clients (debtors, creditors including tort claimants, trustees, appointed estimation experts) in a number of bankruptcy-related cases or litigations (including PG&E, Johnson & Johnson, Enron, Lehman, Washington Mutual) and other accounting investigations, including during settlement negotiations and mediation.
Xavier has directed complex forensic accounting investigations for boards where regulators such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) were involved. He consulted on other cross-border disputes before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), involving companies in Europe, South and Central America and Japan.
Prior to joining StoneTurn, Xavier was with Alvarez & Marsal, where he served as a Managing Director in the firm’s Global Forensic and Dispute Services practice in San Francisco. Previously, he was with two other global professional services firms. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte.
Xavier is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in California and New York), Certified in Financial Forensics and a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor. He is fluent in French.