Allen D. Applbaum is the global leader of BRG’s Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence practice. With more than 25 years of litigation and investigative consulting experience, Mr. Applbaum is a leading expert in independent monitorships and receiverships, providing oversight to the government, regulators, law enforcement and the judiciary. He routinely serves as a trusted advisor to corporations, audit committees, special committees of boards of directors, law firms and financial institutions.
In connection with his management of high-profile investigations and business intelligence assignments, Mr. Applbaum draws on his public- and private-sector experience to provide cutting-edge strategies and integrate investigative skills with technology and financial expertise to provide clients with seamless approaches to solve critical problems. In addition to his independent oversight experience, Mr. Applbaum’s investigative expertise spans diverse areas including internal investigations, fraud investigations, investigative due diligence, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption investigations, anti-money laundering investigations, corporate governance, and integrity advisory services.
Among Mr. Applbaum’s high-profile monitorships was his selection by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to serve as the Independent Monitor for the world’s largest online gaming site, with more than 50 million registered users, following the government’s filing of a civil suit to seize the company’s domain names. Subsequently, the company reached a “domain name use agreement” that allowed it to reopen on the condition that the company agree to have the government appoint an independent monitor who would oversee its compliance with the blocking of players from the United States from accessing the site to play for real money. Mr. Applbaum put together a multidisciplinary team comprised of former prosecutors, investigators, technology experts, financial and enterprise data analytics experts, and forensic accountants to assist him in monitoring the company and evaluating its cooperation and compliance with the agreement with the government. This work helped to pave the way for the parties to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement resolving all civil disputes.
In a noted receivership, Mr. Applbaum was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to be the Receiver of a company whose owner had been arrested for conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud. Mr. Applbaum evaluated the financial condition of the business, safeguarded the assets, and put in place a regimen of procedures to pay existing staff and critical suppliers while assessing and documenting losses to victims, which ran into the tens of millions of dollars. Simultaneously, he supervised a parallel investigation of an alleged Ponzi scheme perpetrated by the businesses’ owner. Mr. Applbaum determined that the business needed to be placed into bankruptcy, hired bankruptcy counsel, and worked with an appointed bankruptcy trustee to ensure the orderly distribution of assets to creditors and victims.
Before joining BRG, Mr. Applbaum headed the investigations practices at two global consulting firms and served for one of the firms as regional counsel in its headquarters in New York. From 1990 to 1999, he was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he led sensitive and high-profile law enforcement investigations of international money laundering, securities fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, racketeering, extortion, organized crime, drug trafficking, gambling, identity theft and credit card fraud, immigration fraud, and corruption. His investigative work in two separate organized crime prosecutions earned him the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. During his tenure in the Southern District, Mr. Applbaum served as deputy chief of the Criminal Division and as chief of the General Crimes Unit. In addition, he was appointed as the Southern District’s International Affairs coordinator in charge of all requests for international legal assistance from foreign governments.
Mr. Applbaum began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Lowell A. Reed, Jr., U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, Mr. Applbaum taught as an adjunct professor of law at Temple University School of Law.
Mr. Applbaum was the managing editor of the Law Review and published his Law Review Note at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a member of the Federal Bar Council, American Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Managing Editor, Law Review
B.A. (cum laude)
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- Consulting MagazineJanuary 2018
- BRG press releaseOctober 30, 2017
- Consulting Magazine Recognizes Allen Applbaum among Its Inaugural “Global Leaders in Consulting” WinnersBRG press releaseOctober 18, 2017
- BRG press releaseJune 5, 2017
- BRG Expands Investigation & Strategic Intelligence Practice in Asia Pacific with Appointment of Stuart WitchellBRG press releaseOctober 19, 2016
- New York City BarJune 30, 2016
- Investigative Expert Jeffrey H. Cramer Joins BRG's Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence PracticeBRG press releaseJune 28, 2016
- BRG’S Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence Practice Continues Growth with Senior Hire in LondonBRG press releaseMay 17, 2016
- Investigative Expert David A. Holley Joins BRG's Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence PracticeBRG press releaseDecember 9, 2015
- Intelligence OnlineDecember 2, 2015
- BRG Adds Mike Slattery as Global Senior Advisor to Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence PracticeBRG press releaseOctober 8, 2015
- BRG press releaseApril 15, 2015
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