Ryan Baker Promoted to Vice President at Douglas Wilson Companies
SAN DIEGO – January 11, 2022 – Douglas Wilson Companies (DWC) today announced that Ryan C. Baker has been promoted to vice president of the firm, where he will continue to lead the Fiduciary Practice. DWC is a real estate development, receivership and advisory firm that has completed more than 1,200 projects in 35 states valued in excess of $15 billion. The company provides a wide range of specialized business, workout, and real estate services to financial institutions, law firms, state and federal courts, property owners and REITs.
Baker, who joined DWC in 2019, has been appointed on or served as lead agent on more than 150 receivership assignments originating from banks, private equity, debt funds, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice. Many projects combine the firm’s expertise as a receiver and DWC’s nationally recognized institutional real estate advisory and development platform.
Previously, Baker served as a receiver for 10 years with Mosier & Company, Inc. of Costa Mesa, a court-appointed fiduciary and crisis management firm.
“Ryan is a rising star in receivership with the perfect combination of professional credibility, experience and education,” said Douglas Wilson, CEO and chairman of the board of DWC. “During his three years with us he has been extraordinarily talented at managing complex litigation, operating diverse companies, overseeing forensic accounting, and dealing with government regulatory agencies. As we strategically develop the next generation of leadership at DWC, Ryan is a key team member.”
Baker’s most significant assignment as a Federal Equity Receiver involved a billion-dollar alleged Ponzi scheme exposed in Federal Court by the SEC. His team traced $1 billion in investments from nine investors over a 10-year period into 46 investment vehicles and returned $336 million to victims.
Recently, he completed an assignment involving an 18-parcel portfolio, including apartment, retail, office, and hospitality assets across Southern California. The complex assignment resulted in a return of $134 million to creditors.
Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from New York University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is a director of the California Receivers Forum, and a member of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers and the California Bankruptcy Forum.