Sears Consult LLC
Liquidation and Asset Management Professionals
 

 

Our Team 

Each member of our team brings outstanding skills to any project. Together, as a team working for several years on a significant business closure, we have integrated these skills and developed an effective, efficient, and collaborative approach to identifying and meeting Client needs.

Although our team includes attorneys and CPAs, we do not offer legal advice or certified public accounting services. However, if the Client needs such assistance, we can suggest professionals with the appropriate expertise from our extensive international network of contacts.
 

Herbert T. Sears, Senior Principal

Herb Sears is a business professional and attorney with more than 30 years of domestic and international experience. Recognized for his expertise and creativity in commercial negotiations, claim resolution, and corporate structuring, Herb has negotiated contracts and claims for major power, petrochemical, and infrastructure concerns. He served as a Vice President and Counsel to Stone & Webster, at that time one of the premier engineering and construction companies in the world. The company was headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Herb's clients benefit from his broad knowledge base and entrepreneurial approach.

Current assignments include:

  • Court-appointed Trustee of the Liquidating Trust for Stone & Webster Engineers and Constructors, Inc., responsible for closing all of the domestic and foreign operations. As such, he manages the team performing the liquidation of the remaining assets of the Trust and the resolution of claims filed against the Consolidated SWE&C Estate totaling in excess of $2 billion.
  • Liquidator and/or Restructuring Advisor for several overseas companies affected by the 2001 Washington Group International Chapter 11 filing.

Education
  • Boston University, School of Management, BS/BA, International Business
  • Washington University School of Law, JD

Licenses and Affiliations
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • State Bar in Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • International Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association (Corporate, Bankruptcy, Tax, and International Sections)
  • International Bar Association
     

John P. McGann, Counsel

John McGann is a business professional and attorney with 35 years of corporate and securities experience, including litigation management, corporate bankruptcy, and mergers and acquisitions. He practiced as Corporate Secretary and Senior Counsel of an international manufacturing company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and as Senior Assistant Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of Stone & Webster, Incorporated, a NYSE-listed corporation with global engineering, construction, and management consulting operations. John's bankruptcy-related experience includes serving as Counsel to a large corporate entity during both its initial bankruptcy filing and its subsequent operation as a Debtor-in-Possession. He has also participated in all phases of merger and acquisition activities − from due diligence through financing and closing − including the purchase of companies forming new lines of business for a conglomerate, and the sale of all assets (over $500 million) of a large company in a Bankruptcy Court-approved auction. As well, he served as the New York State Liquidator for a registered broker dealer. He focuses on corporate organization and administration matters, insurance and litigation management, and claims resolution.

Current assignments include:
  • Counsel to the Liquidating Trust for Stone & Webster Engineers and Constructors, Inc.
  • A Director of Stone & Webster Canada Limited, a privately held company in the process of winding up its business activities.

Education
  • Boston College, Honors Program, BS magna cum laude, Finance
  • Fordham University School of Law, JD

Licenses and Affiliations
  • State Bars in Massachusetts and New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Silver Quill Member, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
     

Stephen A. Quattrocchi, CPA

Steve Quattrocchi is a senior accounting and business professional with more than 30 years of domestic and international experience. He gained a solid foundation at a Big 4 accounting firm, and has worked for a variety of small private companies and larger public companies. His areas of expertise include management, internal controls, treasury operations, SEC reporting, and financial analysis. Steve served as the CFO of a high-tech, defense-related company that had significant venture capital investment, where he was responsible for insurance, human resources, and information technology functions as well as the financial organization. As part of that company's exit strategy, he supported its sale to Northrop Grumman Corporation and worked for a year to transition the acquisition over to Northrop. Prior to that position, Steve was CFO of a start-up dot.com company, which continues to provide business-to-business services in the utility industry. He also actively serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Current assignments include:

  • A Director of the Advisory Board of the Liquidating Trust for Stone & Webster Engineers and Constructors, Inc.
  • President and CFO of a management consulting firm focused on operational, planning, and market research solutions, primarily in the energy industry.

Education

  • Boston University, BS, Business Administration

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Licenses and Affiliations
  • CPA in Massachusetts
  • Member, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants


Kathryn Ieada, CPA

Kathryn Ieada is an accomplished accounting professional with 20 years of experience in conducting financial and compliance audits; testing and documenting internal controls; and managing the accounting functions of numerous companies. For five years she served in increasingly responsible positions in a Big 4 accounting firm. Kathryn has extensive experience working with business management in all aspects of their accounting operations, including cash receipts, cash disbursements, payroll, monthly closings, internal reporting, and preparation of special analysis reports.

Current assignments include:
  • Responsible for the management of numerous grantor accounts for the Liquidating Trust for Stone & Webster Engineers and Constructors, Inc., including updating and maintaining grantor information and processing distributions, annual grantor letters and Forms 1099, and entity tax filings.
  • Responsible for the accounting functions for Stone & Webster, Debtor-in-Possession during the continued operation of the business under Chapter 11. Responsibilities have included preparing daily cash and cash flow reports for the Chief Restructuring Officer; performing the day-to-day accounting activities of the company; reconstructing, reconciling, and analyzing cash receipts and disbursements, project accounts, and general ledger accounts; and filing tax returns, annual reports, and certificates of state corporate withdrawal.

Education

  • University of Massachusetts, BS summa cum laude, Accounting

Licenses and Affiliations
  • CPA in Massachusetts
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners


Kathi O'Donnell, Administrative Assistant

Kathi O'Donnell leads our administrative services. In addition to office management, she performs internet research, oversees records retention, and develops periodic reports. Kathi has many years of experience in office services and management.
 


98 Epping Road, Suite 26 - Exeter, New Hampshire  03833
 
Phone: (603) 773-0153 Facsimile: (603) 772-8426 Email:

 

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