Gary M. Lawrence
Executive Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Pacific Financial Group; Executive Director, Center for Advanced Due Diligence Studies, Southern Methodist University; Adjunct Faculty, SMU Dedman School of Law
J.D., Vanderbilt Law School
Summary of Experience
Mr. Lawrence is an expert in due diligence, investment practices, and corporate governance. He has testified and been retained as an expert in high-profile securities lawsuits and advised the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on due diligence and investment practices. In his role at Pacific Financial Group, Mr. Lawrence oversees a portfolio of private equity, marketable securities, and alternative investments. He teaches due diligence at Southern Methodist University, where he founded the Center for Advanced Due Diligence Studies. Mr. Lawrence has published extensively in the field and is the author of Due Diligence in Business Transactions, a leading text in the field for more than 20 years; Due Diligence: Investigation, Reliance & Verification – Cases, Guidance and Contexts; Due Diligence: Law, Standards and Practice; and Due Diligence, a Scholarly Study. His work has been cited by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, in filings before the US Supreme Court, and in other publications. He has served on boards of directors and on the audit, management, compensation, and executive committees of public and private companies. Prior to his academic and investment career, Mr. Lawrence was a managing partner of an international law firm, where he founded and taught the firm’s due diligence training program, managed its investment fund, and chaired the global technology, media, and telecommunications practice. He has been admitted to the state bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and Texas.