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About Richard

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Professor Richard Puntillo combines a robust Expert Witness practice with his role as a tenured, full professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco (“USF”).

Since 1999, he has prepared 44 Expert Reports, given deposition testimony 29 times and testified in court proceedings on six occasions.  He has served as a due diligence expert regarding the standard of care and custom and practice in the following areas: underwriter due diligence, M&A due diligence, investment due diligence in private equity and venture capital transactions, and lending due diligence in commercial and mortgage loan transactions.  He has also served as an expert on customary practice in the following industries: investment banking, private equity, venture capital and commercial & mortgage banking.  In addition, he has served as a corporate governance expert in customary practices of Board members in M&A and financing transactions, including the customary practices of Special Committees when Board member conflicts exist.

Before becoming a full-time business school professor in 1990, Richard Puntillo spent nine years as an investment banker and 11 years as a commercial banker.  His background  includes experience as a CFO, significant SEC reporting responsibilities and extensive transactional experience in securities and commercial lending transactions, including conducting and overseeing numerous due diligence investigations.  He has over 30 years of board of directors service, including serving as Chairman of the Board and Audit Committee Chair.  During his career, he has been directly involved as a corporate officer or director in negotiating, structuring and approving over a dozen mergers & acquisitions.

Professor Puntillo regularly teaches the following MBA finance courses at USF’s School of Management: Capital Markets & Investment Banking and Private Equity & Venture Capital.  He started teaching at USF as a part time instructor in 1986, and in 1990 he was appointed Associate Professor.  He was made a tenured, full professor in 1998 and has been recognized as one of the School of Management’s top teachers, winning a total of seven awards for distinguished teaching.