Joao dos Santos is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura, based in Los Angeles. He has more than 20 years of experience in applying economic, financial, statistical, and complex database methods to assist clients facing complex legal, regulatory, and strategic challenges. He has led over 100 engagements developing economic analyses, financial modeling, valuations, and forecasts; reviewing financial statements and contracts; and conducting statistical sampling and econometric analyses.
Joao’s experience in disputes and investigations covers a wide range of issues, including forensic investigations of allegations of misconduct, assessment of materiality and loss causation, evaluation of Rule 23 class certification requirements, and quantification of economic damages. He has been retained as a privileged consultant or expert testifier in various litigation and regulatory enforcement matters, including class actions, securities and white-collar fraud, healthcare, and complex commercial disputes. He has provided expert testimony in arbitration proceedings, state, and federal courts, and submitted expert reports to regulatory agencies.
In class action matters, Joao is experienced at applying various data-driven techniques such as statistical sampling, big data analytics, econometric modeling, and survey research to evaluate a broad range of economic issues, including the determination of common impact on a class-wide basis, proof of injury, analysis of intra-class conflict, and the feasibility of standard approaches to quantification of damages.
In securities litigation and regulatory enforcement matters, Joao has extensive experience in conducting econometric, statistical, and financial analyses (e.g., event studies, market efficiency tests) to examine materiality and loss causation of selected events, as well as to evaluate economic damages, and to support settlement negotiations. Also, he is experienced in analyzing complex transactional and trading databases to evaluate patterns and allegations related to insider trading, market manipulation, and trade allocation.
In healthcare and life sciences matters, Joao has assisted healthcare companies in responding to investigations related to Medicaid and Medicare false claims, fraud, and abuse issues as well as issues related SEC reporting. He has also worked on a variety of complex disputes regarding contractual and claim adjudication issues. His work in this area often encompasses the application of complex data analytics, econometric modeling, and statistical sampling to evaluate questions related to reimbursement, pricing, eligibility, and cost reporting. Joao has also been retained by life sciences companies to assist with issues related to complex civil litigation and strategic management.
Joao’s experience in Management consulting engagements includes the application of economic and finance theories and complex database analytics to issues ranging from strategic planning and forecasting to customer relationship management and economic impact analyses. He has led various large data analytics engagements to evaluate the potential impact of alternative business, taxation, and regulatory scenarios.
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