Derek J. Luster is a Risk Management Consultant with Allison & Mosby-Scott Risk Management where he assists clients in a variety of risk management areas, including program design, merger, acquisition and divestiture due diligence and contract review. In addition to being a Risk Management Consultant, Derek is also an Attorney with the Law Office of Allison & Mosby-Scott where he focuses his practice on commercial and business law, captive insurance and mergers and acquisitions. He works closely with President of AMS Risk Management Michael T. Scott.
Derek leverages his 12-plus years of legal and risk management experience and his broad knowledge-base to assist clients in resolving complex risk management issues so they may reach their goals.
Prior to joining the firm, Derek was Senior Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions at Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), a publicly-traded, Fortune 50 company. While in this role, Derek was entrusted with handling extraordinary large and complex cross-border transactions, including a $3 billion acquisition of a European flavorings business, the $1.3 billion sale of ADM’s cocoa processing business to a sovereign wealth fund, the $400 million sale of ADM’s chocolate business to a direct competitor of ADM and the $120 million sale of ADM’s Crop Risk Services to a private buyer. Before taking on the role of Senior Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions, Derek served as Senior Counsel – Business Law at ADM, handling multiple sensitive and complex transactional and commercial issues.
A native of Central Illinois, Derek grew up in a small farming community prior to attending college at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. When enrolled there, he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance, with specializations in both Investments and Banking, and a minor in Accounting. Derek then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law while also working for ADM’s Insurance and Risk Management Department.