Ms. Saitz is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group and is based in New York, NY. She has over eighteen years of experience in providing forensic accounting and financial and economic analysis to attorneys in litigation. Ms. Saitz specializes in commercial disputes matters and has significant experience providing financial consulting services relating to financial analysis and damage analysis in a variety of industries including financial services, consumer products, manufacturing and entertainment. She has performed financial analyses relating to profit calculations, additional cost claims, incremental profit analysis, licensing and royalty determinations, manufacturing and marketing capacity, fixed and variable cost analysis, allocation of costs, evaluation of forecasts and projections and product line profitability.
Ms. Saitz has a deep bench of experience relating to general commercial disputes and intellectual property issues and damages. She has extensive experience serving clients that include: corporate entities as intellectual property owners and licensees, artists, designers and authors. Ms. Saitz has served as a damages expert in matters involving patent, trademark, copyright and royalty disputes.
In addition to her role as a damages expert and assisting in forensic investigations, Ms. Saitz leads the contract and royalty compliance practice at Ankura. She has extensive experience serving clients ranging from individual authors to multi-national corporation licensors. Her work in this area includes developing and implementing royalty compliance programs and performing audits of licensees around the world. She has helped a wide range of clients recover millions of dollars in asserting their audit rights related to licensed copyrights, trademarks and patents. She works with clients to navigate the shift in the publishing industry to electronic content delivery methods and adaptive learning platforms in education.
Prior to joining Ankura Consulting in 2015, Ms. Saitz was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting. While at FTI, Ms. Saitz developed and implemented a global royalty compliance program for a Fortune 100 Company to monitor and protect its trademark and patent royalty streams. In post–merger scenarios, she assisted buyers, sellers and neutral arbitrators in working capital disputes. Ms. Saitz served as the testifying expert on a number of matters including claims related to trademark infringement, patent infringement, false advertising and breach of contract.
Ms. Saitz joined KPMG in 2001 and worked on wide variety of projects prior to its acquisition by FTI Consulting in 2003. Ms. Saitz provided economic analysis for one of the country’s largest police unions in an important contract negotiation. She led a large team in connection with a wide–spread document retrieval exercise as part of a broad discovery request. In addition, Ms. Saitz worked on a number of patent infringement cases in a variety of industries in support of nationally recognized experts.
From 2000–2001, Ms. Saitz worked in Silicon Valley as a Senior General Ledger accountant for the startup, GetThere.com. In addition to her regular general ledger responsibilities, Ms. Saitz, developed the company’s revenue recognition policies and procedures and implemented a program for managing and depreciating the Company’s fixed assets. GetThere.com was acquired by The Sabre Group.
Ms. Saitz began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the Financial Advisory Services Practice in New York in 1997. As an Associate and Senior Consultant at PwC, she assisted on a variety of matters, including working as part of a court appointed neutral accounting team in a highly publicized divorce case, class action settlement administrations, large scale accounting investigations and full-scope financial statement audits.
Ms. Saitz has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from New York University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Ms. Saitz is an active member of the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. She also belongs to Licensing Executive Society, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The New York Society of Certified Public Accountants and The Authors Guild.