FINANCIAL & ECONOMIC FORENSICS

The fields of finance and economics are intricately related. In some situations, such as financial statement analysis or valuations, an experienced analyst can provide insight into how financial data should be correctly interpreted, including how to make adjustments that make data useful for economic analyses. In addition, some laws and regulatory bodies require certain analyses to be completed in accordance with specific professional rules and guidelines, such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards.

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The fields of finance and economics are intricately related. In some situations, such as financial statement analysis or valuations, an experienced analyst can provide insight into how financial data should be correctly interpreted, including how to make adjustments that make data useful for economic analyses. In addition, some laws and regulatory bodies require certain analyses to be completed in accordance with specific professional rules and guidelines, such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards.

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Our team includes economists, Certified Public Accountants, MBAs, and financial professionals with the academic training and experience required to analyze financial and economic data prepared in accordance with recognized standards. We combine statistical and econometric expertise with an in-depth understanding of the nature and possible flaws in the underlying financial data. We are frequently asked to provide consulting or expert testimony. Our experts have extensive experience with identifying and interpreting the accounting standards or financial concepts appropriate in ambiguous circumstances.

We are often asked to evaluate financial transactions, the accounting methodology employed, and the economic substance behind reported results. We have applied this specialized knowledge in numerous engagements involving accounting issues including:

  • Analyzing the value of securities tied to subprime lending.
  • Examining allegations of accounting fraud in securities transactions.
  • Evaluating economically complex transactions or entities.
  • Determining the economic effect of hedging strategies.
  • Analyzing the financial ramifications of credit rating downgrades.
  • Examining the economic effect of accounting assumptions and estimates.