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Managing Director, Complex Litigation & Regulatory
Chris Riper is a Managing Director for the Litigation and Regulatory Practice at Bates Group. Mr. Riper is a seasoned consulting leader who helps clients resolve their high-stakes legal and regulatory issues. He has more than 16 years of experience providing attorneys, individuals, and corporate clients with complex dispute consulting, forensic data analytics, and investigatory services.
Mr. Riper applies a combination of business and technical skills to solve a wide range of complex financial issues, which frequently involve forensic data analytics and the analysis of big data sets to develop insights and key facts used by decision makers. He has assisted legal counsel and corporate clients in the analysis of class action damages, financial restatements, debt restructurings, billing disputes, vendor audits, structured products, and other retail securities.
As a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Mr. Riper has been involved in numerous forensic accounting engagements and investigations. Mr. Riper has managed or participated in matters involving SEC and DOJ regulatory enforcement actions, sales practice issues, financial reporting issues, whistleblower complaints, stock option backdating, Ponzi schemes, travel and entertainment expenses, and the misappropriation of assets.
Mr. Riper regularly supports expert witnesses in complex litigation matters in federal and state courts with issues involving finance, accounting, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, employment discrimination, executive compensation, and failed software implementations.
Prior to joining Bates Group, Mr. Riper served in progressive leadership roles in FTI Consulting’s Dispute Advisory Services practice group. Prior to FTI Consulting, Mr. Riper held consulting roles at Bates Private Capital/LECG, where he worked on complex litigation and investigative matters, and at Axiom EPM, where he assisted healthcare clients implement leading enterprise performance management software.
Mr. Riper holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in computer science from Oregon State University and is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
Bates Group, Managing Director, Portland, OR, 2023 - Present
FTI Consulting, Portland, OR, 2011 - 2022
Axiom EPM, Consultant, Portland, OR, 2011 - 2011
Bates Private Capital/LECG, Consultant, Portland, OR, 2006 - 2011
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Bachelor of Science (BS), Computer Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)