Shareholder and Partnership Disputes

In a shareholder or partnership dispute, emotions can run high and relationships can quickly deteriorate. It’s critical in these situations to have objective and professional support to arrive at the best outcome for all parties involved. Our experienced forensic accountants and valuation professionals help parties and the attorneys that represent them achieve this goal.

Independent and Impartial Analysis in Shareholder Disputes

Whether a disagreement over the value of a business or an allegation of embezzlement, a dispute between shareholders can be debilitating for a business and costly for its owners. With a team of experienced forensic accountants and valuation professionals, we provide an independent and impartial analysis in the issues at hand, including determining the value of a company and identifying any potential irregularities or financial misconduct.

Most of our professionals have advanced degrees and certifications in areas such as accounting (CPA), valuation (ASA, ABV, CVA), financial forensics (CFF, MAFF), and fraud investigation (CFE). As professionals who routinely serve as expert witnesses and consulting experts to either one or both parties in a shareholder or partnership dispute, our team members have performed a wide variety of services to help the parties resolve their differences, both in or out of the courtroom.

Fair Market Value Determinations of Ownership Interest

The outcome of a dispute among shareholders or business partners often involves the buyout of one owner by another. Our team provides an in-depth analysis of the company's financial and operational performance to determine the fair market value (FMV) of an ownership interest in the business. This FMV determination includes a review and assessment of the company’s historical and projected financial performance, its business operations, market transactions, and industry benchmarks, among other information to help the parties make informed decisions regarding a potential buyout.

Forensic Accounting and Financial Investigations

Our forensic accountants specialize in investigating and untangling “messy” financial and accounting records to identify any irregularities or financial misconduct. We leverage accounting records, bank statements, company agreements, and other relevant documents to identify instances of financial misrepresentation, theft, embezzlement, misuse of corporate funds and fraud. With the help of our forensic accountants, business owners and their attorneys gain a clearer understanding of a company’s sources and uses of funds to identify potential improprieties.

Litigation Support and Expert Witness Testimony

Our team of forensic accountants and valuation professionals are recognized as experts in their respective fields, having testified numerous times in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations around the country. Our team provides support by presenting evidence and testimony that is objective and easy to understand by the trier of fact.

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Helga Zauner

Helga Zauner

Managing Director, Forensics and Litigation Services

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Helga A. Zauner, CVA, CFE, MAFF, is a testifying expert witness with 27 years of experience in litigation consulting, financial…

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Jeff Spilker

Jeff Spilker

Managing Director, Forensics and Litigation Services

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Jeff Spilker, CPA, ABV, CFF, J.D., has more than 30 years of diverse business experience as both a hands-on executive and as a…

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