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Bates Group Promotes Benjamin Pappas to President


Benjamin R. Pappas has been promoted to President of Bates Group LLC,
the leading expert witness and consulting firm for the financial
services industry. Bates Group Chief Executive Officer Jennifer L. Stout
made the announcement today.

"Ben, who has been Chief Operating Officer since 2015, has brought
tremendous energy and commitment to Bates Group. In addition to being a
key officer of the company, Ben has successfully led the expansion of
our Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Compliance Consulting, and
Institutional Litigation practices. The Board and I are eager for Ben to
further expand his role and contributions at Bates," said Stout.

Key responsibilities for Pappas will include executing the company's
overall strategic goals to drive continued growth and success, she said.
"I look forward to working with Ben in his new capacity and believe he
will provide great value in support of our firm initiatives."

Pappas' appointment became effective January 1st. He will
continue to report to CEO Stout.

Before joining Bates Group, Pappas was Senior Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer of D.A. Davidson Companies' Equity Capital Markets
business, where he was responsible for the implementation of strategic
growth initiatives and the development of an annual financial budgeting
and forecasting process. Pappas also previously worked as an equity
research analyst and strategic planning analyst focused on the
technology industry, after beginning his career as a financial advisor
at Merrill Lynch.

About Bates Group:
has been a trusted partner to our financial services clients and their
counsel for over 30 years, delivering superior quality and results on a
cost-effective basis. Voted a Best Securities Litigation Consulting Firm
by readers of the New York Law Journal and a 2017 NYLJ Hall of Fame
service provider, Bates Group provides end-to-end solutions throughout
the lifecycle of your legal, regulatory, and compliance matters. With a
roster of over 165 financial industry and regulatory experts, Bates
offers services in litigation consultation and testimony, regulatory and
internal investigations, AML solutions and staffing, compliance
solutions, forensic accounting, fraud and financial crimes
investigations, damages and big data consulting. Bates is also proud to
offer Arbitrator Evaluator™, a new generation of intelligent analytics
for identifying and selecting the best arbitrators for your customer and
intra-industry cases.

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