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James J. Agar

James J. Agar

PwC
Director, Advisory Forensic Services
Boston, MA, USA


Jim Agar, a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's Advisory Forensic Services practice, where serves in the leadership of the firm’s national Post-M&A Disputes practice.  Mr. Agar first joined the firm in 1993; his twenty-one years of professional experience include:

  • Advising buyers and sellers engaged in purchase price adjustment disputes, particularly those related to earnout and GAAP-derived working capital calculations;
  • Assisting counsel with liability assessments and damages quantifications with respect to breach-of contract and tortious interference allegations;
  • Conducting internal investigations addressing alleged and suspected accounting irregularities and other potential fraud issues;
  • Helping targeted entities to address regulatory and criminal inquiries;
  • Working with trustees, receivers, and companies in reorganization in the pursuit of legal remedies; and
  • Performing financial statement audits of publicly-traded and privately-held companies as well as “forensic audit” (SAS 99-related) assistance, auditor malpractice defense consulting, and restatement investigations.

His clients have included numerous multi-national, national, regional, and single-office law firms and entities in such diverse industries as government, as well as publicly-traded and privately-held insurance, pharmaceuticals, energy, commercial real estate, consumer products manufacturing and distribution, and retail sales companies.

Mr. Agar is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in Massachusetts and New York, and is a member of those states' CPA societies.  Additionally, he holds the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) designation from American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), of which he is also a Forensic and Valuation Services Section member; and he is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) (Association of CFEs) and a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) (Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors [AIRA]). He is also an Associate member of the American Bar Association (ABA), and serves on its Criminal Justice Section (CJS) Northeast Regional Subcommittee and is the Co-chair of the CJS’s National Forensic & Investigative Practices Committee.

Outside the profession, Mr. Agar is a 2010 and 2011 recipient of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation's National President's Award.  He is also an Eagle Scout and a council- and unit-level volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.

He is a graduate of Fairfield University.

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