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We examine every case to identify the most effective expert witnesses.

We examine every case to identify the most effective expert witnesses.

Christine A. Parlour

Sylvan C. Coleman Chair in Finance and Accounting,
Haas School of Business,
University of California, Berkeley

Christine A. Parlour is a finance expert who focuses on market microstructure, limit order markets, cryptocurrencies, FinTech, and payment systems. Professor Parlour provides expert testimony on a range of institutionally complex topics involving financial markets, institutions, cryptocurrency, and regulation. A former member of the Nasdaq Economic Advisory Board, she also previously served as visiting economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

For more than twenty years, Professor Parlour has researched issues related to the economics of financial exchanges. She specializes in financial markets, including equity markets, debt markets, and cryptocurrencies. In equity markets, she has examined price dynamics, competition for order flow, payment for order flow, and informed trading. Her research on cryptocurrencies addresses the effect of Central Bank Digital Currency on banking system stability, the costs of settlement on the Bitcoin Ledger, and how initial coin offerings (ICOs) differ from traditional funding.

Widely published, Professor Parlour’s award-winning research has appeared in leading finance and economics journals, including the American Economic Review, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics. She is an editor at the Review of Finance; associate editor of the Journal of Financial Markets, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, and the Journal of Financial Services Research; and a former associate editor of Management Science and the Journal of Finance.

Professor Parlour has taught courses in investment analysis, FinTech, auctions and microstructure, and capital markets. She is a winner of the Haas School’s Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She has held visiting academic appointments at INSEAD, the London School of Economics and Politics, and Paris Dauphine University. Professor Parlour is a past president of the Finance Theory Group.

We examine every case to identify the most effective expert witnesses.

Greg Leonard

Senior Vice President

Greg Leonard heads Cornerstone Research’s finance practice and its European finance practice. He is also head of the firm’s London office. Dr. Leonard has nearly two decades of experience consulting for clients in complex litigation and regulatory proceedings. On behalf of clients, he has led regulatory investigations on both sides of the Atlantic, managing teams and simultaneously supporting experts across multiple related matters. Dr. Leonard has substantial experience directing analyses of large and complex high-frequency financial data sets, from both private entities and trading exchanges.

Dr. Leonard’s expertise includes high-profile matters at the intersection of finance and competition. He has evaluated a range of alleged anticompetitive activities in financial and commodities markets, including collusive conduct by various market participants, at both the class certification and merits stages.

Market manipulation

An expert on market manipulation, Dr. Leonard addresses issues that include allegations of benchmark manipulation, banging the close and other manipulation of settlement indices, misreporting of trade information, front-running client orders, trading to trigger stop-loss orders, spoofing and disruptive trading, wash trading, and inappropriate sharing of proprietary information.

In financial markets, Dr. Leonard has led engagements to evaluate risk management practices and the valuation of complex portfolios of trade positions. He has assessed Last Look features of FX client trading platforms, as well as FX algorithmic trading. In addition, Dr. Leonard has substantial experience in analyzing the execution, fulfilment, and hedging of client orders, from complex, market-moving transactions to smaller, routine orders.

Dr. Leonard’s expertise spans a broad range of financial instruments and physical commodities, both on futures exchanges and in over-the-counter markets. In finance, these include fixed income instruments and interest rate products such as LIBOR and other IBOR-linked instruments, FX, and swaps and swaptions. In commodities, he has led matters involving crude oil, natural gas, natural gas transportation contracts, liquefied natural gas, refined petroleum products, electric power, metals, and agricultural products, among others.

Financial investments and valuation

Dr. Leonard has consulted on issues involving investment activities across various financial instruments, notably auction rate securities, mutual funds, convertible stock, high-yield bonds, and private equity. He has applied real options valuation techniques to assess long-term structured power contracts, and employed other valuation methods to assess aspects of multiyear liquefied natural gas contracts. In addition, Dr. Leonard has conducted valuation analyses of alleged breaches of contract in a variety of contexts.

U.S. natural gas trading research

Dr. Leonard is the former head of Cornerstone Research’s energy and commodities practice. In that capacity, he managed the firm’s research on trading activity and pricing methods in the U.S. natural gas trading markets, based on Form 552 submissions to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

We examine every case to identify the most effective expert witnesses.

René M. Stulz

Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics,
Director, Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics,
Fisher College of Business,
The Ohio State University

René Stulz is a leading finance expert, whose work focuses on corporate finance, risk management, derivatives, securities, financial institutions, and valuation. Professor Stulz has provided expert testimony in U.S. federal and state courts, U.S. and international arbitrations, the London High Court of Justice, and the Federal Court of Australia.

René Stulz’s findings have provided the foundation for favorable rulings in motion practice and on damages. His expert testimony played a key role in class certification and summary judgment in a number of high-profile matters, including In re BP p.l.c. Securities Litigation and In re Moody’s Corporation Securities Litigation.

He has testified in many securities class actions, as well as matters related to mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), bankruptcy, derivatives, cross-border transactions, alleged state discriminatory practices against investors, hedge fund and pension fund management, fixed-income securities, insurance contracts, taxes, and breach of contract allegations.

Professor Stulz was president of the American Finance Association, edited the Journal of Finance, and co-edited the Journal of Financial Economics. He wrote the textbook Risk Management and Derivatives, has edited several books, and has published more than one hundred papers in finance and economics journals. Thomson Reuters includes Professor Stulz in its list of the world’s most influential scientific minds. He is one of the most highly cited scholars in financial economics. Who’s Who Legal has recognized Professor Stulz as a leading expert witness in legal arbitration.

Professor Stulz is a bank director and a trustee of the Global Association of Risk Professionals. He has consulted for the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and various corporations and law firms. Professor Stulz is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. At the NBER, he directs the research group on the risks of financial institutions.

We examine every case to identify the most effective expert witnesses.

Pierre Collin-Dufresne

Professor of Finance,
Swiss Finance Institute

Pierre Collin-Dufresne is a professor of finance at the Swiss Finance Institute at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He researches credit risk, fixed-income securities, asset allocation, and securitization.

Professor Collin-Dufresne was a senior portfolio manager responsible for fixed-income and credit strategies in the Quantitative Strategies group of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Before joining the Swiss Finance Institute, he was the Carson Family Professor of Business at Columbia University, a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously also held professorships at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received awards for his teaching, and at Carnegie Mellon University.

Professor Collin-Dufresne is a current or past member of the advisory research boards of Moody’s, Inquire Europe, Kepos Capital, and Lombard Odier Asset Management. He has published in leading academic journals, including Econometrica, the Journal of Finance, and the Review of Financial Studies. Professor Collin-Dufresne is a coeditor of Finance and Stochastics, an associate editor of several other leading academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, and a director of the Western Finance Association.

Finance Capabilities

Expert Assessments of Complex Financial Issues

Cornerstone Research consultants apply their analytical expertise and deep industry knowledge in a range of commercial disputes and regulatory investigations.

  • Banks and securities firms
  • Investment advisers
  • Hedge funds
  • Insurance companies
  • Consumer finance
  • Market manipulation and collusive trading
  • High-frequency trading
  • Foreign exchange
  • Private equity and venture capital

Although they are a relatively recent addition to the European legal landscape, shareholder litigations (or “securities class actions”) have proliferated in the US over several decades. Our more than thirty years of experience positions us to address the economic and financial issues that are likely to arise in UK and European matters.

We provide support in all phases of litigation, including:

  • Initial case evaluation
  • Discovery
  • Class certification
  • Merits, damages and summary judgment
  • Mediation and settlement
  • Trial or arbitration

Cornerstone Research approaches valuation matters using sound finance and economics principles as well as local knowledge applied to the circumstances of each case.

  • Corporate transactions
  • Corporate restructurings
  • Agreements and contracts
  • Specific business assets
  • Specific securities and stakes

Cornerstone Research provides clients with practical, insightful solutions to accounting issues that arise in investigations, litigation and regulatory matters. We draw from our extensive network of experts—including experienced audit partners, standard setters and academics.

Featured Cases and Publications

24 February 2021

The Legal and Economic Implications from Recent UK Spoofing Cases

The authors discuss the FCA’s increased enforcement focus on spoofing cases.

22 September 2020

Cross-Market Manipulation Under the Microscope

The authors discuss illustrative cross-market manipulation enforcement cases and their implications for market participants in the EU, UK and US.

20 December 2018

Economic Analysis in UK Shareholder Group Actions

Ronnie Barnes outlines the key elements of a typical US economic analysis in order to consider what differences might be needed in a UK context.

27 November 2018

Issues in Cross-Border Valuation and the Implications for Damages Assessments in Investor-State Disputes

Ronnie Barnes discusses the discounted cash flow methodology, and the specific challenges in applying this methodology to cross-border valuations, ...

30 June 2016

European Commission Enquiry of Credit Default Swaps Market

The Commission dropped its investigation into allegations that 13 large investment banks had prevented exchanges from entering the European CDS mar...

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