Peter Easton is an expert on corporate valuation and financial statement analysis. Professor Easton has extensive experience with complex accounting issues, including derivative securities and cryptocurrency, valuation of many types of assets and liabilities, and financial statement forecasts.
Professor Easton has served as an expert in numerous matters involving loss causation, valuation, and damages. He has expertise with Rule 10b-5, Section 11, Section 12, and Section 13 securities class actions, as well as litigation related to mergers, acquisitions, and spinoffs. Professor Easton has provided testimony before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Delaware Court of Chancery, and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. He has testified in depositions, at trial, and at arbitration, across industries such as energy and commodities, financial services, high tech, and professional services.
Professor Easton is editor-in-chief of a new peer-reviewed journal, Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly. He has served as editor or associate editor of leading accounting journals in the United States and internationally, including the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, and the Review of Accounting Studies. The author of numerous articles on finance, accounting, and valuation topics, Professor Easton has also coauthored four reference books, including Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation and Financial Accounting for MBAs.
Professor Easton has been recognized for excellence in thought leadership, research, and teaching. In 2023, he was inducted into the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame as an eminent accounting scholar and thinker. The Limperg Institute awarded him with the 2018 Limperg Medal for sustained contributions to the accounting research community in the Netherlands.
An educator with several decades of experience, Professor Easton has taught courses on valuation, financial accounting, and managerial accounting at various international universities. In recent years, his teaching has also focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues and their impact on sustainability reporting.
In addition to his appointment at the University of Notre Dame, Professor Easton has also held faculty positions at The Ohio State University, Macquarie University in Australia, and the University of Chicago, among others.