Richard has also served as an acting security director, building and rebuilding security departments, in banking, gaming, telecommunications, technology and food service industries. He has worked with trustees in bankruptcy, federally appointed monitors and financial institutions in international assets searches and other activities.
Matt Clark has broad experience managing risk for corporate clients in diverse sectors domestically and abroad. He oversees all aspects of enterprise security to protect employees, safeguard intellectual property, and minimize corporate liability.
Matt currently supervises security operations internally for RosettiStarr’s global investigations practice and externally for a multinational corporation. He develops and implements security standards worldwide. Previously, Matt managed security for a regional bank, including physical security for branches, operations centers, and the corporate headquarters. Additionally, he has successfully led complex investigations relating to financial fraud, intellectual property theft, and white-collar criminal prosecutions. He maintains a network of security vendors and investigators in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to support his client’s objectives.
Kip Edwards has extensive experience managing complex domestic and international investigations relating to white-collar crime, corporate fraud, intellectual property enforcement and asset recoveries for law firms, corporate management teams and private-sector clients seeking more facts and better outcomes. Kip also assists major hedge funds and the world’s largest private equity firms assert influence in arbitrage, M&A, and leadership overhaul campaigns by providing strategy guidance, assessing investment risk and conducting assessments of high net worth and influential individuals and companies, worldwide.
He is comfortable operating in novel legal environments and maintains a trusted network of investigators and financial and security professionals around the world. Kip has led successful investigations for large private investors and publicly traded companies in six continents for civil and governmental claims worth over $19 billion and for institutional-scale investments valued at more than $10 billion. Recently, Kip led a multi-jurisdictional investigation which resulted in a record setting $500 million judgment for his client--the largest ever award for copyright infringement of images and the third largest award for copyright infringement of any kind.
Kip holds a Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland.
Justin McLendon has 13 years of experience in pre-transactional due diligence investigations, white-collar crime, high level corporate talent investigations, and corporate leadership investigations. He is a skilled case manager and investigative researcher whose expertise in open-source and public record data as well as domestic and international court structures is invaluable to our corporate intelligence and litigation support practices. Justin's attention to detail and ability to synthesize massive amounts of OSINT and public record data serves our clients investigative and due diligence needs with precision. Justin graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland.
Anthony Sartori is an industry expert on open-source research and intelligence. He is a seasoned investigator with over two decades in the field, specializing in financial due diligence investigations, white-collar crime investigations, pre- and post-trial litigation strategies, fraud identification, asset searches, and other transactional and business intelligence matters. His efforts have resulted in completion of thousands of due diligence reviews in advance of mergers and acquisitions, the recovery of millions of dollars in assets, and hundreds of successful litigation results for his clients.
He has developed an extensive network of experienced investigators and former intelligence agents with a truly global reach. Anthony previously led his own investigative research firm and has served in senior positions at other well-known investigations companies. He holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.
Elizabeth Schmitz specializes in corporate intelligence and high level corporate deep dive investigations for RosettiStarr. Prior to RosettiStarr, she worked on behalf of corporate and foreign government clients at a leading DC lobbying firm. She has also distinguished herself in the world of international nonprofits, including postings in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She holds an M.A. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
R. Jeffrey Smith
Jeff Smith is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and world renowned expert in fraud and corruption investigations. Smith won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2006, along with two colleagues at the Washington Post, for articles on corruption involving House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He was also a finalist with other Washington Post reporters for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 1999 (from Kosovo), and a finalist with others for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 2005 (about Abu Ghraib and military prisoner abuse). In 2006, he and two other Washington Post reporters received the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting and the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting.
Before RosettiStarr, Smith was managing editor for national security at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was the national investigative editor, national security correspondent, and national investigative correspondent at The Washington Post, writing about public corruption, judicial issues, intelligence matters, counter-terrorism, and other national security topics. From 1998 until 2001, he was the newspaper’s bureau chief in Rome, covering Southern Europe and the armed conflicts and political revolutions in the Balkans.
Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and public policy from Duke University and a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control, the East-West Center in Hawaii, New York University’s Remarque Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Sebastian Sosman started his investigative career in 2010 and specializes in business intelligence, transactional due diligence and internal corporate investigations. He has worked on numerous high profile matters involving corporate takeovers, shareholder disputes and white color fraud.
Sebastian has over 10 years of international experience, living and working on three continents. He has a BA in European History from Bates College and an MA in International Affairs from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Faith Apt is an accomplished administrator who is responsible for the day-to-day operations at RosettiStarr. She oversees office facilities, telecommunications/IT, purchasing, employee on-boarding, benefits administration and accounting. Faith manages all aspects of personnel relations and the RosettiStarr Mentorship Program.
Previously, she worked for a large national accounting firm first their operations administrator and as the event manager on the national marketing team.
Mykyta Baryshev has deep expertise in enhanced due diligence and risk assessments related to large private placements, acquisitions, and complex transactions involving large institutional investors. Additionally, Mr. Baryshev is adept in a range of highly technical disciplines helping clients analyze mobile phone operating systems, applications, and computer software for security risk and implementation into secure communications systems.
Prior to RosettiStarr, Mr. Baryshev worked in corporate ethics and compliance, where he led compliance training for all employees of a multinational corporation and headed due diligence processes for third party intermediaries. Mr. Baryshev holds an M.B.A. from American University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Harnessing years of experience in civil litigation, Stuart Koo supports RosettiStarr's investigations and litigation support practice and conducts pre-transactional due diligence investigations for hedge funds, private equity firms, and other institutional investors.
Prior to RosettiStarr, he worked on a wide variety of complex litigation matters relating to pharmaceutical product liability, antitrust, copyright infringement, and breach of contract matters. Stuart also provided litigation support to investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is barred in Maryland and holds a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, with concentrations in Business Law and Intellectual Property Law, and a B.A. with honors from the University of Maryland.
Andrew Martel specializes in deep-dive corporate investigations, pre-transactional due diligence investigations, and competitive intelligence. He has extensive experience conducting qualitative customer and market studies for major investors and businesses interested in acquiring other ventures or entering new markets.
Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Andrew worked in marketing, market research and business intelligence. This experience allows him to provide clients with unique insight into market dynamics and the competitive positioning relevant businesses. Additionally, Andrew spent years as a print journalist covering a wide range of subject from government to business matters where he gained strong experience conducting hard-hitting interviews, researching public records, and reporting relevant facts. He holds an M.B.A. from Temple University and a B.A. from American University.
Xinran Qi is an experienced investigator and research manager whose regional area of expertise is North America and Asia Pacific. He has led numerous complex investigations worldwide involving corporate intelligence, fraud investigation and litigation support. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Mr. Qi worked at an international investigations and due diligence firm where he performed risk assessment on high-profile transactions and IPOs for some of the world’s largest investment banks. He has also researched and wrote for an array of nonprofits and think tanks. Mr. Qi holds an M.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Adam Amrani is a skilled research associate and investigator with experience in pre-transactional and corporate due-diligence, compliance, corporate investigations, and IPO/M&A research. He specializes in Arabic language investigative research and focuses on the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining the firm, Adam managed international compliance for a major compliance and due diligence firm as well as managed geopolitical research focusing on Mauritania and North Africa for a boutique consulting firm. He holds an M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Yael Benkel has extensive experience researching Counter-Terrorism issues and the Middle East. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Yael was a Research Assistant at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and conducted a research focused internship under the former Co-Director of the Center for 21st Century Security & Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. Yael was a part of a U.S. Department of State commissioned Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Student Task Force that conducted research on how to combat violent extremism online, and she is a co-author of “The Battle Over Influence in the Digital Space” for the Georgetown Security Studies Journal. Yael graduated cum laude from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel) with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and has a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University. Yael is a native Hebrew speaker and has intermediate skills in reading, writing and speaking in French.
Lara Coger is a senior associate at RosettiStarr. She has over 7 years of experience conducting business intelligence and investigations in the U.S. and Latin America.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Coger conducted open source research for clients under her own shingle, Oppo & Intel LLC. She began her career in BI&I at an international investigations and due diligence firm in Miami, where she conducted risk assessment for high profile acquisitions and IPOs and provided litigation support for complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.
She holds a Masters of Public Diplomacy from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sofia Cabrejas is an seasoned researcher and project manager with extensive experience conducting and managing multi-month long projects including litigation support, strategic analysis and situation monitoring. Since joining RosettiStarr in 2019, Sofia has led and completed intellectual property related litigation support research, as well as managing a team providing regular updates on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic to multiple major clients. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Sofia was a senior manager at a New York-based global due diligence firm, where she led its M&A and pre-IPO diligence practice. Sofia holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in Corruption, Conflict, and Terrorism from American University in Washington, DC.
Diane Francoulon is a multilingual research associate with broad experience in pre-transactional due diligence and international compliance matters. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Diane developed and managed the training program for a major compliance firm in Washington D.C. There she also managed the firm's international research teams, relying on her broad knowledge of European cultural and legal structures. Diane is fluent in French.
Diane holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Florida, and an M.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Comparative and Regional Studies in Europe and Eurasia from American University.
Hannah Giambattista has strong experience developing and implementing innovative technology solutions in various security design and intelligence research applications. She is also a strong investigative researcher focusing on pre-transactional due diligence, litigation support, and executive talent investigations.
Prior to RosettiStarr, Hannah worked for the District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service where she gained valuable experience interviewing witnesses, evaluating legal defenses, and working with attorneys in defense of their clients. At RosettiStarr she has developed this experience further by participating in domestic and international intellectual property investigations to support corporate and legal clients around the world. Hannah graduated Cum Laude from American University.
Daniel Joly-DeMars is a research associate with extensive experience in public records research and pre-transactional due diligence. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Daniel was head of pre-IPO due diligence at a major compliance firm in the D.C. area, where he oversaw client communication, product development, quality assurance, and researcher training for the firm’s highest value pubic records-based products. Early career highlights include working for an international development consultancy from the firm’s houseboat-office on the Nile and a brief stint as Eva the Otter at Bosse Field, the third-oldest active baseball stadium in the United States. Daniel holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, from the University of Notre Dame.
Matt Nash is an expert OSINT and public records researcher with well-honed interview skills. He spent 11 years as an investigative reporter for local publications in Beirut, Lebanon, covering everything from an international criminal tribunal to an emerging oil and gas industry to a dysfunctional waste management sector. He specializes in owning complex topics and digging deep to connect the dots.
Since pivoting from journalism in 2018, Matt has specialized in high level corporate talent investigations and aided in litigation support. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Marquette University in 2005.
John Rodrigues is a senior research associate at RosettiStarr with experience in pre-transactional due diligence and deep-dive corporate investigations. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, he was a senior associate in Investigative Due Diligence practice of a large financial advisory services/consulting firm, where he focused largely on investment migration matters in the Citizenship group of the practice, and has also worked in the Business Intelligence Services group of a Big Four accounting firm. John is a JD and formerly licensed attorney with experience in the eDiscovery services industry. Prior to law school, John worked for several years as a litigation paralegal in New York City. He holds a JD from the City University of New York School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Drew University.
Bryn Williams is a senior associate with broad experience in open-source research, investigations, and public markets intelligence. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Bryn was a research manager and client liaison at a major compliance firm where he was responsible for project oversight, targeted research engagements, and communication with a wide array of clients which included multinational investment banks, private equity firms, and activist hedge funds. Bryn began his career in strategic political consulting and opposition research. He graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College with a B.A. in Political Theory and minors in Muslim Studies and Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.
Kukua Amissah-Arthur is an associate at RosettiStarr. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Kukua was an intern at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) where she conducted qualitative and quantitative research into all military-security crises since the end of WW1 across all continents, which was later disseminated to homeland security professionals. Kukua holds a B.A. as a dual major in Global Liberal Studies with concentration in Politics, Rights, & Development, and French, with a minor in Social & Public Policy from New York University.
Michaela Connell is an OSINT and public records expert. At RosettiStarr she focuses on pre-transactional due diligence, litigation support, executive talent investigations. Michaela is a detail-oriented researcher with extensive training and experience identifying relevant legal records, conducting witness and reputational interviews, and structuring investigative reports to meet client demands.
Gabriela Gomez is an associate with experience in public records research and pre-transactional due diligence. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Gabriela worked at a consulting firm and conducted domestic and international due diligence investigations on individuals and entities as well as worked in the Citizenship by Investment division of the due diligence practice. Early in her career, she worked as a paralegal for a law firm specializing in worker’s compensation and immigration. Gabriela is fluent in Spanish and has spent time studying abroad in Argentina. She holds a B.A. in International Relations with a focus on Latin America from Grand Valley State University.
Sasha Han is a multilingual research associate with experience in pre-IPO and M&A due diligence and international compliance. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Sasha managed the research process for a large compliance firm in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition, she oversaw product and internal database management. Sasha is fluent in Chinese and French and holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies and English Literature from Wellesley College. She also holds a M.A. in Asian Studies with a focus on China and Southeast Asia from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Secondary Education from the Relay Graduate School of Education.
Steven M. Hergenroeder
Steven Hergenroeder is an associate at RosettiStarr. Prior to joining the firm, Steven conducted market research at a growing technology startup based in Brooklyn, NY. He also supported the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Security as an Insider Threat Intern, undertaking a six-month long research project which developed alternative strategies to deter, detect, and mitigate insider threat actions. Steven holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College.
Eva Hong is an associate at RosettiStarr with extensive experience conducting due diligence research for large corporations and organizations. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Eva was a manager at an international compliance firm based in the Washington, DC area, where she was primarily focused on pre-IPO and M&A due diligence research. She is fluent in Chinese and holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC, where she graduated cum laude.
Troy Howley is a research associate, joining RosettiStarr in July 2021. Prior to RosettiStarr, Troy worked as a senior associate in the investigative and due diligence department of a large accounting firm. Earlier, Troy spent five years working with a local nonprofit assisting the resettling of refugees. He holds a B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University, graduating with a History major and Political Science minor and a Master’s from Cornerstone University.
Clarissa Kroeger is a multilingual research associate at RosettiStarr. Prior to joining the company, Clarissa gained experience at a risk-management consulting firm in the Washington, DC area and also worked in the non-profit and higher education sectors. Clarissa is a native speaker of German and has spent time studying and working abroad in Germany, Italy, and Ecuador. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Europe and a Minor in Spanish from the University of North Georgia, and an M.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Global Governance, Politics, and Security from American University.
Samantha Margolis is a research associate at RosettiStarr who recently graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Modern Languages and Literature (Arabic concentration), along with a minor in History. Samantha is also a near-fluent Hebrew speaker and a recipient of the U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Samantha had the opportunity to work for a Non-Governmental Organization in Geneva, Switzerland where she spoke before the United Nations Human Rights Council on various human rights violations occurring in Madagascar.
Monica Selles Sudwi
Monica Sudwi is a research associate with broad experience in the U.S. and international pre-transactional due diligence matters. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Monica interned at a major Asia-focused government relations firm where she monitored policy updates and regulatory changes primarily in e-commerce, fintech, and technology sectors. Monica is a native Indonesian and also has some knowledge of conversational Mandarin and French. Monica holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University and an M.A. in International Economics Policy from George Washington University.
Mary Taylor is an associate at RosettiStarr with experience conducting open-source investigations. Prior to joining the company, Mary was a research affiliate at a major UK university where she was primarily focused on uncovering evidence of ongoing DPRK sanctions violations. She also worked as a research assistant for the 2021 Bob Woodward and Robert Costa book, Peril. She holds an M.A. in International Peace and Security from King’s College London and a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Helen M. Whetstine
Helen Whetstine is a research associate at RosettiStarr. She has extensively researched political and economic topics including Latin American political and social movements and the commodification of Indigenous knowledge. Prior to joining RosettiStarr, Helen worked in the higher education sector, where she managed corporate sponsorships and external outreach for new student orientation programming. She is proficient in Spanish and holds a B.S.F.S. in Culture & Politics with a minor in Economics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she graduated cum laude.