Swami Venkat

CFO Advisory Services Leader, CohnReznick LLP

Swami Venkat, CPA, CISA, CFE, ACA, is the lead partner in our CFO Advisory Practice. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in accounting and internal controls, financial and internal audit, internal control assessment, and SEC/US GAAP reporting. Swami is focused on providing support to CFOs: from assisting with the financial close process and preparing financial statements to preparing for an IPO and successfully managing the transition from a private to a publicly listed company.

Swami is actively involved in assisting clients adopt new technical accounting pronouncements and has hands-on experience with the various stages of the implementation process. He is an in-house subject matter expert on ASC 606 and just completed an engagement in which he assisted a technology company with the transition to the new guidelines. His experience in this regard also includes energy and manufacturing clients.

Swami served as the SEC / accounting and internal controls compliance expert for a leading European hedge fund in their efforts to get listed on the NYSE through a reverse merger. Most recently, he was involved in assisting a data center operator and a SaaS company through a similar exercise. His roles included assisting the client in preparing the financials, schedules, and other information ready for external audit review, writing accounting opinions, and advising on and reviewing registration statements data for consistency and completeness with SEC Regulation S-X and S-K requirements. He was also involved in developing and implementing the corporate governance structure required to fulfill the stock exchange listing requirements.

Swami also specializes in assisting companies with their financial close and reporting process and specializes in working with companies that need help reconstructing their books and records and successfully get through an audit of their financial statement by their external auditors.

Swami's professional experience includes tenures at Ernst & Young, American Express, and Citigroup in various managerial capacities. He is a certified public accountant (CPA), certified information systems auditor (CISA), certified fraud examiner (CFE), and a chartered accountant (ACA) in India.