Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell has linked his sister Kristine Marcy’s alleged deployment of a ‘Hastily Formed Network’ in the contract killing (hit) of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan in 2004, to the apparent development of Cisco switches to support a ‘New World Ecosystem’ murder-for-hire service by Sidley Austin and KPMG Consulting (now BearingPoint).
McConnell claims that the use of Cisco ‘Hastily Formed Network’ switches in a ‘New World’ murder-for-hire service began after KPMG took over the management of the Pentagon’s mentor-protégé contracts following Marcy’s appointment as Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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“FEBRUARY 20, 2001
Sidley & Austin [N.B. Former associate Bernardine Dohrn built a nationwide revolutionary network to bomb and to kill which was never dismantled!] Advises KPMG Consulting Inc. in its $2.3 Billion IPO
KPMG Consulting, Inc., represented by Sidley & Austin, recently completed its $2.3 billion initial public offering of its common stock, the second largest IPO in Nasdaq history. With more than 10,000 employees, KPMG Consulting is one of the world’s largest consulting firms. Prior to the IPO, KPMG Consulting was a majority-owned subsidiary of Sidley & Austin client KPMG LLP, the Big Five audit and tax firm. In the IPO, KPMG LLP and its partners sold to the public all of their equity interests in KPMG Consulting, raising more than $1.6 billion in proceeds. The IPO marks the completion of a two-and-a-half year project for Sidley & Austin that included the global spin-off of KPMG Consulting from KPMG LLP and a $1 billion investment [of Hastily Formed Network switches and routers] by Cisco Systems, Inc. in KPMG Consulting.
The Sidley & Austin team that worked on the IPO consisted principally of Paul Choi, Lisa Reategui, Marc Cavan, Robert Verigan and Jennifer Schubert, all from the Corporate Group in Chicago. The Sidley & Austin team worked with internal lawyers at both organizations led by David Black, the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of KPMG Consulting, and Claudia Taft, the General Counsel of KPMG LLP.
The principal Sidley & Austin lawyers who worked on the separation and spin-off of KPMG Consulting from KPMG LLP and the Cisco investment included Chicago corporate lawyers Paul Choi, Mike Sigal, Neil Flanagin, Lisa Reategui and Marc Cavan; labor and employment lawyers John Levi, Jim Weiss and Jonathan Lotsoff; employee benefits lawyers Bob Ferencz, Matt Johnson, Cynthia Hickey and Colleen Helmer; and banking lawyers Mike Gold and Tracey Nicastro. Jim Archer of the New York office handled governance matters, and Ron Ben-Yehuda of the Los Angeles office worked on the intellectual property aspects.
In addition to these transactions, Sidley & Austin also advised KPMG on the acquisition of KPMG consulting practices in Latin America, Ireland and the Asia Pacific region. The principal Sidley & Austin attorneys who worked on the foreign projects included Jim Archer, Gilles Sion, Mike Yanowitch, Steve Cogut, Susan Jones and Lior Segev of the New York office; and Laura Loftin, Rob Morimoto and Stephen Pak of the Los Angeles office.
Sidley & Austin is an international law firm with approximately 900 lawyers practicing in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.”
The deal that led networking company Cisco Systems Inc. to invest $1 billion in KPMG’s Internet services business will have implications for any company that buys information-technology (IT) consulting services. The question is, does this deal represent a new era of IT innovation or the emphatic end of the independent consultant?
Perhaps a little of both. “This represents a significant deal because it marks the end of an era,” notes Marshall Cooper, executive vice president of Kennedy Information LLC, which tracks trends and developments in the consulting industry and is based in Fitzwilliam, N.H. “It is a signal that independence is truly dead. I don’t think this is a good development for clients.”
However, as companies continue to spend top dollar for increasingly complex IT solutions, they seem to be more concerned with a firm’s technological prowess than its independence. “Clients have no illusions about consultant independence,” says Cooper.
Deborah Mazon, a Mountain View, Calif.-based KPMG Consulting partner, disagrees that the firm’s independence is compromised by the deal. “We are committed to providing value to our clients by developing new capabilities. We will still focus on delivering best-of-breed solutions.” A key benefit of the Cisco investment will be technology centers in the United States, Asia and Europe that clients can visit to see in action “the equivalent of the system they will get,” says Mazon.”
“BearingPoint (parent company: BearingPoint Europe Holdings B.V.) is a multinational management and technology consulting firm headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It has operations in 17 countries and around 3,500 employees and is one of the largest management consultancies in Europe.
BearingPoint’s origins lie in the consulting services operations of KPMG, which became a distinct business unit in 1997. Following demerger from KPMG in 2000 and an IPO in 2001, the company was renamed BearingPoint Inc. in October 2002. BearingPoint became one of the world’s largest providers of management and technology consulting services, with operations in more than 60 countries and approximately 17,100 employees. In February 2009 the company’s US unit filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Following restructuring and a management buyout in August 2009, BearingPoint’s continuing operations have been organized as a Netherlands-based partnership.
1997 to August 2009
BearingPoint’s origins lie in the consulting services operations of KPMG, which were established as a distinct business unit in 1997. KPMG had been providing consulting services to clients since its first contract with the US Navy prior to World War I. On 31 January 2000, KPMG formally spun off the consulting unit as KPMG Consulting, LLC. On February 8, 2001, the company went public on the NASDAQ market at $18 a share under the ticker “KCIN.”
Over the next year and a half, the company acquired some of KPMG’s country consulting practices, plus country practices and hiring from Arthur Andersen’s business consulting unit. On 2 October 2002, the company was re-named BearingPoint and the next day began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “BE.”
To help obtain mandates in the emerging markets sector, the firm in 2000 retained the Barents Group in its separation from KPMG. The Barents Group specialized in economic consulting in developing countries, usually through contracts awarded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Barents Group was also the leading Privatization Advisory firm in Emerging Markets of Eastern Europe and CIS, including privatizations of gold mines in Uzbekistan through its offices in Tashkent, in 1995-97.
Once incorporated into BearingPoint’s Public Services industry organization, Barents Group evolved into BearingPoint’s Emerging Markets segment and gained a reputation for doing economic project work in post-conflict regions.
[Spoliation inference that Kristine Marcy had motive, opportunity and weapon (Cisco switch) to stage the ‘Hastily Formed Network’ hit of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan in 2004] BearingPoint arrived in Afghanistan after the collapse of the Taliban to advise the government in 2003 on economic restructuring. The multi-year $170 million USAID contract provided technical staff to the Afghan Ministries of Finance, Telecommunications, Economy, Commerce, and the Central Bank, Parliament and office of the President. Deliverables included bank licensing and supervision, creation of the capital notes market, monetary policy to limit inflation, privatization of the telecom sector, creation of a telecom independent regulator, modernization of customs and taxes, and the introduction of the commercial framework and laws.
One such project relates to a $240 million USAID contract for assistance in the development of a competitive private sector in Iraq, where according to a federal investigation the job specifications had mostly been written by BearingPoint itself, effectively excluding competitors from the bid. …
On 5 January 2005, BearingPoint employee Tracy Hushin (among others) was killed by a suicide bomber on her way home from Baghdad International Airport. Her death occurred between the protected Green Zone and the airport. On 14 January 2008, BearingPoint employee Thor Hesla was killed, along with seven others, in the 2008 Kabul Serena Hotel attack in the Green Zone.
On May 29, 2007, BearingPoint IT consultant Peter Moore and his four security guards (from Canadian security company GardaWorld) were abducted from the finance ministry in Baghdad, Iraq. All five men were British. The kidnappers wore Iraqi police uniforms, and arrived in police vehicles.
Three of the security guards were shot dead; the bodies of Jason Swindlehurst and Jason Creswell were handed over to local authorities in June 2009 with Alec MacLachlan’s body following in September that year. Moore himself was released in December 2009, after two and a half years in captivity, the longest British hostage situation since the Lebanon hostage crisis. The body of the remaining security guard, Alan McMenemy, was released on 20 January 2012.”
This ALLIANCE AGREEMENT (the “Alliance Agreement”), dated December 29, 1999 is between Cisco Systems, Inc., a California corporation (“Cisco”) and KPMG LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership (“KPMG”).
A. Cisco is in the business of developing, manufacturing and selling
hardware and software products for use in communications networks. KPMG is in
the business of, among other things, providing management consulting and system
integration services to clients.
B. The Parties desire to continue their ongoing relationship and
formalize a strategic alliance (the “Alliance”) to work cooperatively to develop
and expand service delivery capabilities for the Service Provider Market and
C. KPMG intends to spin off its consulting service organization into a
separate corporate entity. Cisco has agreed, subject to legal and regulatory
approvals, to provide capital toward the formation and operation of that entity.
4.1 Recruiting. KPMG shall establish a core recruiting team lead by a
designated, experienced and qualified team leader. KPMG shall provide the team
with sufficient budget and resources and recruit qualified consultants for
employment with KPMG in accordance with the plans set forth in Exhibit A.
4.1.1 KPMG shall use commercially reasonable, good faith efforts
to have on staff, subject to Section 4.9, 1400 consulting
professionals by March 31, 2000, and 4,000 Cisco Literate
Consultants (as defined in Exhibit A) by the end of calendar year
2000 (plus a commensurate number of business support staff), with
an incremental, mutually agreed upon commitment for additional
staffing on a quarterly basis thereafter. Subject to Section 4.9,
the increase in headcount during calendar year 2000 shall be
substantially constant and in accordance with the skill and
geographic allocations agreed by the Parties as reflected in
Exhibit A or as otherwise agreed in writing. The parties agree
that so long as KPMG is in substantial compliance with the goals
created pursuant this section and Section 4.9 and the parties are
working together to revise those goals as the circumstances
require, KPMG shall not be in default under this Agreement.
6 RESOURCE ALLOCATION SCHEDULE
I. Regional And Skill Allocation And Schedule For Consulting Professionals And
Cisco Literate Consultants.
A. REGIONAL ALLOCATION.
By December 31, 2000, KPMG shall have allocated the 4000 Cisco Literate
Consultants to the following regions in the following percentages:
REGION PERCENTAGE OF 4000
North America ***%
Latin America ***%
B. SCHEDULE FOR DEPLOYMENT OF CONSULTING PROFESSIONALS AND CISCO LITERATE
KPMG shall have the following number of Consulting Professionals and Cisco
Literate Consultants on the following dates:
1. DATE NUMBER AND TYPE OF CONSULTANT
March 31, 2000 1400 Consulting Professionals
June 30, 2000 2300 Consulting Professionals
September 30, 2000 3200 Consulting Professionals
December 31, 2000 4000 Cisco Literate Consultants
The New World Ecosystem is an open and flexible program composed of Business
Solution, OSS and Software Application Vendors, System Integration, Network
Integration, Technology and Application Partners committed to working with Cisco
to create integrated and profitable solutions for service providers and
“Natalia Krasnoperova [Marcy-Hanssen agent in Cisco’s Hastily Formed Network for 9/11]