Thursday, June 11, 2009

Management Consultant Awarded Certified Fraud Specialist Designation

Martin S. McDermut, CPA, CM&AA, and managing director of Avant Advisory Group, with offices located in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Santa Barbara, California, and a global practice, has recently been designated a Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) by the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists. The CFS Credential is granted only to those professionals who have the qualifying experience and demonstrated expertise in the field of financial forensics and fraud investigation, detection, deterrence and/or education. Mr. McDermut met the requirements to earn the CFS credential and as such, he has the requisite expertise for resolving a wide range of allegations of fraud and white-collar crimes.

In addition to the CFS, Marty McDermut is a certified public accountant, certified merger and acquisitions advisor, and former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. McDermut leads the firms CFO and C-Suite services, which provides interim and transition senior executives to companies which have the need for accessing such senior level experience and expertise. He also oversees financial forensics and fraud investigation projects as well as due diligence activities relating to the firm's M&A engagements. To learn more about McDermut, his capabilities, and client accomplishments, please refer to

About Avant Advisory Group

Avant Advisory is a professional consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Santa Barbara, California. The firm is comprised of highly skilled strategic, operating, and financial executives. Avant's consultants have decades of combined business, executive, and consulting experience and thousands of successful case studies. Its professionals come from some of the most prestigious consulting firms and companies.

Avant Advisory Group specializes in:

• Forensics, fraud investigations, and litigation support

• Mergers, acquisitions, and capital transactions

• C-Suite executive and interim management: CFO, CRO, COO, CEO, and board of directors

• Turnarounds, restructurings, insolvency, and bankruptcy for companies in crisis

Clients include public, middle-market, and emerging-growth companies across the country. Their management teams, investors, capital providers, and other professionals, including attorneys, trustees, receivers, creditor committees, secured lenders, and other parties in interest, all benefit from the firm's services.

Avant Advisory Group's mission is to leverage trust and confidence in its services, create value, and enhance each client's success. The firm accomplishes this by helping clients improve profits, EBITDA, cash flows, and asset management. There is also no stronger advocate for each client than Avant whether it is by its merger and acquisition advisory services, turnaround, restructuring, and crisis management expertise, its profitability and operational improvement capabilities, or its forensics and litigation support services. To learn more about Avant Advisory Group, please refer to

About The Association of Certified Fraud Specialists (ACFS)

The Association of Certified Fraud Specialists (ACFS) is a national, professional organization headquartered in Sacramento that administers the Certified Fraud Specialist program across the country. As part of its mission, the association also provides conferences, specialized training, research, and fraud related professional services. Its members include professionals such as certified public accountants, auditors, law enforcement and private security professionals, private investigators, and attorneys who deal with white-collar crime, fraud and abuse.

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