Bart M. Schwartz
Described by The New York Times as the person “often sought out in…thorny situations” by corporations, Bart Schwartz has wide experience providing advice and support to corporations, governments and individuals.
Mr. Schwartz has served as a trial lawyer, corporate advisor and CEO of a private company and a unit of a public company. For more than 30 years, he has managed complex investigations, prosecutions and security assessments, and provided sophisticated investigative services to a wide array of clients. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of SolutionPoint International, Inc., which owns Guidepost Solutions, LLC; Bode Technology Group, Inc.; and NSM Surveillance. Mr. Schwartz also serves on the board of HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) where he serves as the Chairperson of the Compliance Committee.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Schwartz served under United States Attorney Rudolph Giuliani as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the Southern District of New York. In that post, he had direct responsibility for overseeing prosecutions related to financial and business fraud, organized crime, and other types of white collar crime.
Among the assignments he has had over the years are:
- Currently serving as the independent compliance expert to a special committee of the Board of SAIC, arising out of the “CityTime” investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the New York City Department of Investigation;
- Appointed monitor in December 2010 by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in its Non Prosecution Agreement with Deutsche Bank AG in a matter involving the bank’s participation and implementation of fraudulent tax shelters;
- Appointed Receiver of the Madoff-related Merkin hedge funds, which includes making investment decisions, managing litigation and investor relations;
- Selected by the CFTC and the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice to monitor BP trading activities, arising out of BP’s settlement of illegal trading activities investigated by DOJ and CFTC;
- Retained by the United Arab Emirates to oversee compliance with MOUs between the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and Sudan relating to the repatriation and compensation of children from those countries who were involved in camel racing in the United Arab Emirates;
- Retained by Hewlett-Packard to conduct a worldwide review of their investigative practices and procedures;
- Engaged by a publicly traded utilities company to conduct a review of the corporation’s compliance program and advise regarding best practices;
- Appointed monitor of DHL, an international logistics company, by the U.S. Department of Commerce for issues relating to OFAC violations;
- Elected, by investors, to the Board of Directors of the Bear Stearns High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies Enhanced Leverage (Overseas) Ltd. to conduct an independent investigation; now serving as Co-Counsel to the Receiver;
- Conducted independent investigation at Texaco into allegations of racial discrimination and destruction of documents in civil discovery;
- Appointed by Mayor Giuliani to chair a task force to conduct a top-to-bottom management review of the New York City Department of Buildings;
- Selected by the NY Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to conduct a transparency assurance audit for the procurement of $5 billion of new subway cars;
- Retained by the MTA in 2003 to build a compliance and ethics department and to study MTA procurement procedures;
- Served as a Monitor of a hedge fund;
- Appointed with the approval of the SEC to review Smith Barney’s compliance with the settlement in the Independent Research case;
- Currently serving as the General Counsel of the Fortress Monitoring Group, which was selected by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as the integrity monitor for the construction of the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero; and
- Guidepost is the integrity monitor for the Port Authority of NY and NJ on the multi-year, multi-billion dollar construction of the Vehicle Security Center at the World Trade Center complex in New York.
Mr. Schwartz has had numerous court and other appointments to monitor the conduct of corporations in the concrete, construction, waste management and other industries. He has received assignments from or with the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., the U.S Attorney’s Office for the S.D.N.Y., the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, the New York Organized Crime Task Force, the New York School Construction Authority, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. He has conducted asset searches for the Bankruptcy Court, Trustees and Board Special Committees, including most recently in the Adelphia case.
Mr. Schwartz was a partner in a New York law firm specializing in federal civil and white-collar litigation. He also served as a Deputy Special Prosecutor in the investigation of a Presidential Cabinet Officer.
In 1991 Mr. Schwartz founded and was CEO of Decision Strategies, an internationally recognized investigative and security firm, which was sold to SPX (NYSE:SPW) in 2001. He continued as CEO until 2003, when he resigned to start his new venture. He has conducted many domestic and international investigations, including internal investigations and inquiries relating to HR matters, compliance issues, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, fraud, asset searching and due diligence.
He is a 1971 graduate of the New York University School of Law and a 1968 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He co-authored a chapter on investigations for West Publications in the treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts. Mr. Schwartz frequently speaks at law and other conferences. He has served as an expert witness.