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Seth Freeman


Seth R. Freeman, CIRA, CTP is a Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Consultant, Crisis and Turnaround Manager and Asset Manager with over 30 years of diverse  consulting experience including financial advisory, operational and financial restructuring, controlled wind-downs, transaction management, arranging new financing, fiduciary, litigation support; and cross-border due diligence, insolvency and debt resolution, market-entry strategies, compliance, fraud investigation and recovery and complex dispute negotiation.  His practice also includes serving as independent advisor to significant investors and directors of companies undergoing change.   

Seth has over 20 years’ extensive cross-border emerging markets experience involving India, Mainland China, Hong Kong, South East Asia; as well as in Mexico, Central and South America.  Seth is an acknowledged expert on cross-border India investment and business practices and provides clients with an extraordinary local market network to assist the firm’s U.S. clients in this fast-growing economy.

Over the past several years, Seth has developed expertise in the EB-5 investment immigration program to assist groups of foreign investors and their attorneys in EB-5 related fraud, mismanagement and bankruptcy, as well as assessing “redeployment” of “at-risk” investor funds and compliance required under USCIS regulation.  

He has gained experience in all aspects of real estate investment, asset management, development, finance, lending, distressed asset and debt portfolios and investment banking across most property-types with an aggregate value exceeding $1 Billion, including client projects in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

Prior to joining GlassRatner (now doing business as B. Riley Financial Services), Seth was Senior Managing Director of EM Capital Global Advisors and CEO of EM Capital Management, LLC, an international restructuring, insolvency and emerging markets advisory and asset management firm, he co-founded in 1996, where in addition to delivering consulting services he has served as investment manager of funds investing in India.

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s he was a managing partner of a restructuring and leveraged buyout boutique focused on metal fabrication and stamping companies and a real estate consulting, syndication and management company focused on under-performing, value-add San Francisco apartments and San Jose office market.  He began his career in real estate investment, development, leasing and asset management, rising quickly to Chief Operating Officer of a private Southern California diversified real estate and venture firm where among other duties, he was responsible for resolving complex litigation and restructuring and rehabilitating under-performing properties, hotels and operating companies.  Seth later served as President of a San Francisco developer focused on office projects incorporating Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. 

Seth’s clients include creditors, investors, debtors, lenders, banks, venture and private equity managers, family offices, boards and government agencies and their attorneys and other professionals.  His roles have included court-appointed Financial Advisor, CRO, interim CEO, interim CFO, interim/replacement general partner, Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors (ABC), expert and fiduciary in a variety of complex matters and cases involving both private and listed companies across a wide range of industries. 
Industry experience includes: startups, technology, software, IT services, consumer products, apparel, distribution, industrial products, pharma, food and beverage, agriculture, hospitality, investment management, private equity, venture capital, professional services, banks and lenders, shipping, real estate and retail.

Seth has been interviewed over 120 times on Bloomberg TV and CNBC TV on global and cross-border business, Fed policy, restructuring and investment issues.  He has been an invited speaker and moderator at leading MBA programs including Wharton, Chicago Booth, Harvard, NYU Stern, Columbia, Georgetown and UC Berkeley Haas; and at numerous industry and professional conferences, including AIRA and TMA, where he served as a Chairman of the Editorial Board of the TMA Journal of Corporate Renewal and a director and officer of the Northern California Chapter.

Seth holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Management from St. Mary’s College of California. He is a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA), a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) and a licensed CA real estate broker and general building contractor. In 2018, Seth was elected to the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum. 

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