Leadership

AML RightSource, a Gabriel Partners Company, provides the resources necessary to meet AML/BSA regulatory needs. 

Our team of well over 350 professionals is capable of assisting in the areas of transaction monitoring, enhanced due diligence, and financial crimes.

Christopher R. Brauser

CPA/ABV/CFF, CIRA, CAMS

Mr. Brauser is the Chief Executive Officer of AML RightSource and serves as a primary Subject Matter Expert. Mr. Brauser has focused his 20-year career on forensic and investigative accounting, with a specialized focus on Anti-Money Laundering ("AML") for the last decade. He is a frequent speaker on AML topics and issues, and provides specific focus on data analytics and statistically-derived methodologies for measuring and managing risk. An accomplished financial and consulting professional, he has also frequently served as an expert in the areas of financial analysis, mathematics, econometrics, and forensic accounting in a number of courts and arbitrations. Mr. Brauser is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (BSc Economics) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc Finance and Accounting). Mr. Brauser is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio, is Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

cbrauser@gabrielpartners.com
(216) 771-1207


John S. Ellis

JD

Mr. Ellis is the partner in charge of the firm's AML recruiting, personnel development, and training efforts. It is Mr. Ellis's responsibility to ensure that the firm is attracting and retaining the most talented people; providing best in class AML training; and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement at all levels. Prior to this role, Mr. Ellis led business valuation and related advisory services for over 18 years, with a primary focus on the value of equity, derivative securities, invested capital, and intangible assets. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Case Western Reserve School of Law.

jellis@gabrielpartners.com
(216) 771-8172


Frank H. Ewing, Esq.

CAMS

Mr. Ewing is the partner in charge of operations and subject matter expertise in the firm’s risk and compliance practice and also serves as Assistant General Counsel.  He is a licensed attorney and an anti-money laundering expert with over 13 years of combined professional experience in global consulting, banking, and law.  Mr. Ewing has extensive hands-on experience in the areas of anti-money laundering compliance, regulatory enforcement actions, regulatory affairs, internal audit, commercial litigation, corporate investigations, fraud, and risk management. Mr. Ewing earned his undergraduate degree at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and his juris doctor at the University of Buffalo Law School.

fewing@gabrielpartners.com
(216) 771-4499


Eric M. Fudo

CPA, ABV, CFF

Mr. Fudo is the partner in charge of the firm’s advisory practices. He specializes in providing forensic investigations related to accounting and cash flow related issues, along with providing opinions related to lost profits and other forms of economic damages. His dispute analysis experience spans many different industries in a number of different venues, including Federal court, state court, and in the arbitrated proceedings run by American Arbitration Association and FINRA. His corporate recovery experience spans the globe, having performed financial forensic investigations across Asia, Europe, South America, and, of course, North America.

Mr. Fudo earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University and began his career in New York City as a big-four (the, big-six) auditor, serving several Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Fudo is a Certified Public Accountant in Ohio and New York, is Accredited in Business Valuation, and Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

efudo@gabrielpartners.com
(216) 771-7943


Paul W. Linehan, Esq.

JD

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Mr. Linehan is heavily involved in the firm’s risk and compliance practice as a subject matter expert. Mr. Linehan also serves as the firm’s General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the firm, he spent 16 years as an attorney at a large Cleveland-based firm, advising clients including financial institutions, in multiple areas of complex litigation including bankruptcy, fraud, and AML related issues. Mr. Linehan earned his B.B.A in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and spent four years as an audit-side CPA at a big-four (then, big-six) accounting firm before returning to law school at the Case Western Reserve School of Law. Mr. Linehan serves his community as a member of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation Board. 

plinehan@gabrielpartners.com
(216) 771-1206


Vic R. Maculaitis

CAMS

Mr. Maculaitis is the partner in charge of the firm’s Financial Crimes Advisory practice and operates out of the Phoenix office. Mr. Maculaitis, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), has over 14 years of experience with multiple financial services firms and the United States Government. He is an expert in strategic policy and operations within the financial crimes risk and compliance space. His domain expertise spans across matters pertaining to the USA PATRIOT Act (USAPA); Bank Secrecy Act (BSA); Anti-Money Laundering (AML); Know Your Customer (KYC); Financial Intelligence (FININT); Economic Sanctions; Corruption and Bribery; Financial Integrity; Threat Finance; and Financial Fraud. Mr. Maculaitis holds an AAS in Criminal Justice from The University of Akron, a BA in Political Science from Walsh University, and has completed graduate work in Strategic Intelligence at American Military University. Mr. Maculaitis also serves as the Founder & CEO of i3strategies, LLC, a strategic management consulting firm that focuses on illicit/threat finance issues within the commercial and federal marketplaces.

vmaculaitis@gabrielpartners.com
(330) 354-1955


Zachary A. Schweda 

Mr. Schweda is a partner in the firm's Valuation and Corporate Support Group. He consults extensively with corporate clients, external auditors, and attorneys on valuation topics within a wide range of industries. His valuation opinions are often used to effect M&A transactions by providing a third party opinion as to the reasonableness of a proposed purchase or sale. Mr. Schweda has extensive experience in providing valuation opinions, which are used to support client's financial and tax reporting positions. Mr. Schweda also provides consulting services on valuation matters within litigious contexts. These matters typically include intellectual property infringement matters and lost profits calculations to assess the potential magnitude of alleged damages a party has incurred as a result of a specific event.

Mr. Schweda was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio and joined the firm in 2005, shortly after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is an active member of the community who supports a variety of professional and non-profit organizations. Mr. Schweda has been an active supporter of The First Tee of Cleveland since 2013.

zschweda@gabrielpartners.com
(216) 771-8278