Shawn Johnson is a Partner in our Technical Accounting and IPO Support services. Shawn has over 28 years of experience as both a senior technical consultant and as a senior financial executive with public companies. He has managed significant number of complex transactions, including over 30 IPOs and 30 M&A transactions. Shawn has served clients in many industries, including software, internet, biotechnology, medical device, and manufacturing companies. He has profound knowledge and significant experience with complex technical accounting issues, including revenue recognition, debt and equity transactions, options and derivatives, business combinations, and government grant accounting. Prior to starting his consulting career in 2002, Shawn was a member of the executive management team at Sangamo BioSciences, Inc., which he took public in 2000. Prior to Sangamo, he held senior finance positions with Neurobiological Technologies, Glycomed, and Cognitive Systems. Shawn received his MBA from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, and has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Miloo Patwa is a Managing Director at Acilon with more than 14 years of experience in advising and serving a wide range of clients across North America, Europe and Asia. Before joining Acilon, Miloo led Cisco’s technical accounting & policy team and before that he was Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s (EY’s) Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) practice in the San Jose. He spent his last five years at EY in building out the FAAS practice in the west coast. Miloo has deep expertise on various technical accounting, SEC reporting, and internal control matters including revenue recognition (led multiple ASC 606 projects), leasing (ASC 840 and ASC 842), consolidation and VIE analysis, purchase accounting, SEC filing rules pertaining to capital market transactions, stock-based compensation, debt vs. equity, impairment, foreign currency matters, EPS, segments, impairment, discontinued operations, restructuring, and internal controls. He has assisted and advised clients on a wide spectrum of transactions including, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs/carve-outs, divestitures, debt/equity financing, joint ventures. He is well versed with the process and what the SEC expects in filings from registrants. He has successfully led multidisciplinary teams on various transactional and process improvement projects during his career. Miloo is a Chartered Accountant from India and is a graduate in commerce from Rajasthan University.
Denis Kozhevnikov is a Technical Accounting Partner having overall responsibility for ensuring high quality of service and professional development of our team. Denis has more than 20 years of accounting advisory and audit experience. Prior to joining us, Denis was a Partner in Connor Group Global Accounting Practice (National Office). Until joining Connor Group, Denis was a Director in PwC Transaction Services Accounting Advisory group. Denis has advised on structuring and accounting analysis for hundreds of transformative/complex projects including adoption of new revenue recognition guidance; new leasing guidance; acquisitions, consolidation and strategic investments; financial instruments and derivatives; significant revenue arrangements; US GAAP to IFRS conversion and other. Denis has also developed and instructed numerous internal and external courses on new revenue recognition guidance, new leasing guidance, technical updates, and other. Denis graduated with honor from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with major in applied mathematics and has Master in Financial Management (joint program of University of Catania and Erasmus University of Rotterdam). Denis is a California CPA.
Karo Galstyan is our founding partner and leads Technical Accounting and IPO Support services. Karo has over 24 years of experience in auditing and consulting and has deep knowledge and experience in financial instruments, revenue recognition, including multiple ASC 606 projects, complex equity transactions, leases, business combinations and variable interest entities (VIEs). He is a CPA and member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of United Kingdom. Karo also holds a PhD in accounting and auditing. Prior to starting his consulting career, Karo was at Deloitte's National Office assisting with complex issues and performing quality control reviews on key clients. Before that Karo was working at Deloitte’s San Jose office leading audits of clients in semiconductor, software and cleantech industries. He was member of Deloitte’s regional financial instruments expert team, member of Deloitte’s National team dealing with software revenue recognition issues and lead development of national software revenue recognition e-training. Karo has assisted several clients with IPO filings, including a recent IPO in Singapore Stock Exchange under International Financial Reporting Standards. Karo has also performed number of acquisition and financing related due diligence projects.