FinTech Investments

Cornerstone Research leverages significant experience in complex securities and asset management cases and applies it to issues specific to FinTech investments. We have consulted with clients and supported investment and market microstructure experts on a wide range of issues pertaining to:

  • Alleged violations of investment guidelines and the reasonableness of disclosures.
  • Alleged violations of fiduciary duties and internal risk control procedures.
  • Performance of automated investment strategies. This includes analyzing “robo advisors” and how automated investment strategies perform relative to alternative portfolios under different risk-return scenarios.
  • Cybersecurity in financial markets.

These disputes may involve huge quantities of transaction-level and participant-level data. Our staff and affiliated experts have applied market microstructure theory to datasets with billions of observations.

Blockchain Technology

Cornerstone Research assists clients in analyzing the economics behind a number of diverse use cases of the blockchain technology, including cryptocurrency and tokens. We have experience in analyzing whether a crypto token is a security based on the economic realities of the case.

In addition to cryptocurrency and tokens, we have expertise analyzing the structural features of payment systems and supply chain data management, as well as other implementations of blockchain in financial and capital markets. For example, we have evaluated value propositions and underlying blockchain codes for scalability and operability related to use cases in the financial world. We have also examined blockchain data to trace movements of the crypto tokens for the purpose of assessing damages claims.

Consumer FinTech

As technology has begun to change the way consumers interact with financial products, new types of disputes have emerged. Cornerstone Research’s experience with traditional consumer financial products provides a solid foundation to assist clients with regulatory and litigation matters arising from new technologies. For example, we have evaluated how existing consumer finance regulation applies to new platforms and how borrowers interact with developing technology for loan products.

Featured Publications

10 November 2021

CME Ether futures: How is the contract designed?

The authors discuss how the CME Group calculates the price index underlying futures contracts based on the cryptocurrency Ether.

3 November 2021

SEC Cryptocurrency Enforcement: Q3 2021 Update

Under the Biden administration, the SEC continues to be active in policing the cryptocurrency space with 19 enforcement actions related to cryptocu...

23 November 2020

Tech and Big Data Expertise in Finance

Cornerstone Research provides complex consulting services and economic analysis for litigation matters and government investigations related to Fin...

13 March 2020

FinTech Expertise

Cornerstone Research has significant experience analyzing the economic, financial, and technological issues arising from FinTech, blockchain, and c...

17 December 2018

What Does Blockchain Mean for Dispute Resolution?

Nicole Moran discusses how using blockchain technology in the collection and analysis of data and documents could affect dispute resolution.