Kristin M. Feitzinger

Senior Vice President

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  • Silicon Valley

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Kristin Feitzinger heads Cornerstone Research’s Silicon Valley office. Ms. Feitzinger has more than two decades of experience addressing securities and valuation issues arising in class actions, breach of contract, and general damages litigation. Her experience spans all stages of the litigation process, including exposure analysis and settlement estimation; class certification; expert reports and depositions; summary judgment filings; and mediation, arbitration, trials, and regulatory agency hearings. Ms. Feitzinger is a frequent speaker on issues related to securities class and regulatory actions.

Securities and white collar

Ms. Feitzinger coleads Cornerstone Research’s initiatives related to Rule 10b-5 and Section 11 matters, with a focus on disclosure cases involving equity and debt trades. She has consulted on more than one hundred securities cases, including some of the largest class actions in recent history. In these matters, she has led large teams to address all aspects of securities litigation, directing research related to class certification (market efficiency, price impact, Comcast, individual knowledge), loss causation, materiality, and damages issues.

Ms. Feitzinger also consults on Securities and Exchange Commission matters, analyzing issues such as materiality and loss causation due to options backdating, and executives’ alleged gains resulting from accounting misstatements.

Financial institutions and real estate

Ms. Feitzinger has addressed a range of matters involving financial institutions and real estate, including trials such as the Glendale Federal Bank breach of contract case. She also applies her financial expertise to litigation involving mortgage-backed securities, class certification issues such as market efficiency, differences among debt offerings and tranches, and differential knowledge among putative class members. Her work has also addressed issues of loss causation and damages.

Valuation

Ms. Feitzinger provides valuation analyses in the context of breach of contract and merger and acquisition (M&A) deals. In M&A matters, she has assessed the appropriateness of valuation methodologies employed in fairness opinions, analyzed the effect of acquisition-related news on stock prices, and evaluated the sufficiency of control premia.

Article

Economic Analysis at the Class Certification Stage of Exchange Act Securities Class Actions

Press Release

Cornerstone Research Promotes Five to Senior Vice President

Research

The Role of Economic Analysis in U.K. Shareholder Actions

Case

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 Pension Fund et al. v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation et al.

Case

In re Broadcom Securities Litigation

Case

JDS Uniphase Corporation Securities Litigation

  • “Estimating Recoverable Damages in Rule 10b-5 Securities Class Actions,” Cornerstone Research, 2014
  • Halliburton II and the Importance of Economic Analysis Prior to Class Certification,” Cornerstone Research, 2014
  •  “Forum on Securities Litigation,” Cambridge Forums, 8 March 2021
  •  “New Frontiers in Securities Litigation and Regulation,” Cornerstone Research, 12 December 2016
  • “Disputes in Corporate Governance,” California Lawyer Corporate Governance conference, 9 November 2016
  • “Current SEC Enforcement Initiatives and Corporate Governance Risks,” Directors Roundtable Institute, 2 December 2015
  • “Life after Halliburton: Proof of Reliance and Expert Evidence at Class Certification,” Boston Bar Association, 20 March 2015
  • “The ‘Efficient Market’ Basis for Fraud on the Market and Reliance Presumptions in Securities Class Actions,” Federal Bar Council’s Winter Bench and Bar Conference, 19 February 2015
  • “Halliburton II: The Earthquake That Didn’t Happen and the Future of Securities Litigation,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Fall Meeting, 21 November 2014
  • “Key Issues Facing Boards of Directors,” Directors Roundtable Institute, 1 October 2014
  • “Key Issues Facing Boards of Directors: New SEC Enforcement Initiatives and Corporate Governance Risks,” Directors Roundtable Institute, 1 July 2014