M&A Post Acquisition Disputes

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Duff & Phelps is a leading provider of expert consulting and testifying services to companies, venture capital firms, private equity funds and their legal counsel who have or are defending a claim in post-acquisition purchase price disputes.

Duff & Phelps’ Post-Acquisition Disputes professionals combine accounting, valuation, financial and fact-finding expertise with experience in litigation consulting (including expert testimony) as well as substantial experience in post-acquisition transactions and as a neutral third-party arbitrator regarding post-acquisition issues. We work with counsel and their clients as a consultant, expert witness or neutral arbitrator in domestic, cross-border and international commercial disputes. Our multi-disciplinary team is in more than 70 offices globally, including the key global financial centers and is knowledgeable of local laws and regulations.

Our team of highly qualified professionals includes CPAs, CFEs, CFFs, CFAs and ABVs with many holding advanced degrees. We analyze disputes in numerous industries that arise in connection with issues such as:

Contractual and GAAP Accounting Calculation Disputes

  • Post-closing adjustments based on working capital and net worth calculations
  • Contingent earn-out provision calculations
  • Interpretation of "GAAP consistently applied" language and calculation
  • Quantification and valuation of balance sheet assets, liabilities or reserves
  • Pre-closing metrics and adjustments
  • Compliance with financial covenants, e-discovery, computer forensics and complex data analytics

Valuation and Damages Disputes

  • Shareholder valuation disputes
  • Benefit-of-the-bargain valuation and diminution in value claims
  • Lost profits damage claims
  • Evaluation of whether a “material adverse change” has occurred
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