Ryan Baker
Senior Managing Director
rbaker@douglaswilson.com

Ryan Baker has extensive regulatory receivership, operating company and real estate receivership experience. He has been appointed on or managed 80+ Receiver, Provisional Director, Trustee and Partition Referee cases. These projects and appointments include regulatory matters, operating companies and real estate.

Mr. Baker has been involved with assisting in a number of regulatory receivership appointments originating from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice and State Courts. Mr. Baker has directly managed the operations and provided financial oversight for companies and properties with gross revenue ranging from $700k to $15 million. His experience includes management, financial oversight and forensic accounting.

In the real estate arena, Mr. Baker has managed a wide variety of residential and commercial properties ranging from a four-plex apartment building in Missouri, to a 40-unit retail center, to a 180,000 square-foot commercial building in central California. The duties involved with these properties varied depending upon the Court’s direction. Tasks ranged from the simple collection of rents to the more involved forensic accounting of books and the oversight of ground lease and sale negotiations. At the Court’s direction, Mr. Baker has sold and managed residential and commercial properties ranging from the straightforward to the complex. His responsibilities included forensic accounting of books, and the
oversight of rents, ground leases, and sale negotiations.

Mr. Baker earned an MBA at the University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University. He currently participates in receiver and insolvency education courses sponsored by the Forum and Loyola Law School.

Project Highlights

Private Equity Management Group

Mr. Baker’s most significant assignment was in the matter of Private Equity Management Group – a billion-dollar alleged Ponzi scheme exposed in Federal Court by the Securities and Exchange Commission that led to the appointment of a Federal Equity Receiver. Mr. Baker was tasked with tracing $1 billion worth of investment from nine investors over a 10-year period into 46 investment vehicles located in the British Virgin Islands. The overall investments included over 50 assets and 275 life insurance policies (with over a billion dollars in face value) and a cash flow requirement of $70 million per year to keep the premiums current. Most of the assets were jointly owned by multiple investors. This analysis provided the basis for the court-approved distribution plan to victims of the $336 million recovery.

Time Night Club and La Vida Cantina

Mr. Baker was appointed as Receiver to take operational and financial control of the nightclub and restaurant which was the subject to an investor dispute.  Mr. Baker operated both businesses, generating gross revenues of $15M per year, in a neutral capacity while the investor lawsuit played out in Court.  Mr. Baker implemented cost saving measures as well as robust cash controls over the business which had accusations of malfeasance and fraud.

JVS Development

Mr. Baker was appointed as Receiver over a 25-unit strip mall located in Westminster, CA with many complex issues including a ground lease reevaluation and negotiation, allegations of fraud and misconduct relating to a prior sale and title transfer.  Not to mention the defendant filed for bankruptcy during the Receivership whereby Mr. Baker was able to successfully petition the bankruptcy court to keep Mr. Baker in as Receiver during the bankruptcy process.

Starr Pass Hotel

Mr. Baker provided operational and financial oversight of a 575 room hotel-resort located in Tucson, Arizona which was the subject of a receivership appointment.  The hotel generated $70M+ each year and, adding to the complexity, underwent a $10M construction project during the receivership to repair the hotel’s façade.

Caraccia Trust

Mr. Baker was appointed as the Partition Referee for a 2.5 acre car dealership located in Simi Valley.  The property was subject to a partition action involving three owners and a tenant, all with competing interests.  Mr. Baker was able to successfully sell the car dealership for 20% above appraisal by creating a bidding process between the owners and obtaining a third party interested buyer.

Pennington Construction

Liquidation of a construction company which had defaulted on its loan with a bank. In order to achieve the maximum recovery for its creditors the company was liquidated in two parts: a portion of the equipment was sold to a competitor while the rest of the company, along with all the work-in-progress projects, was sold to a separate buyer.

Specialty Chemical Group

Liquidation of a $75M specialty chemical company involved in a bitterly contested partnership dispute. The liquidation included the sale of valuable chemical inventory as well as properly disposing of unsellable chemical inventory.  Finding purchasers for the unique chemical inventory required resourcefulness and persistence.

Aspen Medical

Medical equipment vendor that came under the scrutiny of the District Attorney for alleged wrongdoing. Mr. Baker oversaw the review of the invoicing practices of the business to determine if it was performed in accordance with prescribed guidelines.

 

Professional Affiliations

California Receivers Forum (CRF) – Board Member

National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER) – Member

California Bankruptcy Forum (CBF), Los Angeles County Chapter – Member

California Bankruptcy Forum (CBF), Orange County Chapter – Member

Participates on panels for Receiver and Insolvency Education courses sponsored by the CRF and Loyola Law School

Community Outreach

Habitat for Humanity

    Douglas Wilson Companies was founded in 1989 to provide a wide range of specialized business, workout, and real estate services to law firms, state and federal courts, corporations, partnerships, pension funds, REITs, financial institutions, and property owners throughout the United States.

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    1620 Fifth Avenue
    Suite 400
    San Diego, California 92101

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    (619) 641-1141

    EMAIL

    info@douglaswilson.com