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.


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Rakesh Magodia is a Director in our Technical Accounting and IPO Support services group. Rakesh has over 18 years of experience in auditing and consulting and has deep knowledge and experience in business combinations, carve out financial statements, reporting under SEC rule 3-10, debt refinancing, stock based compensation, revenue accounting, and variable interest entities (VIEs). He is a CPA and member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Prior to joining Acilon, Rakesh was a Director of Technical Accounting at Verifone Systems, Inc. Before that he worked in Deloitte's Advisory services assisting key clients with complex accounting issues. Rakesh also worked at Deloitte’s San Jose office managing audits of clients in technology industry. Rakesh has assisted clients with IPO filings, and other SEC registration statements.


Karo Galstyan is our founding partner and leads Technical Accounting and IPO Support services. Karo has over 22 years of experience in auditing and consulting and has deep knowledge and experience in financial instruments, revenue recognition, complex equity transactions, 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.