Board Process and Fiduciary Duty
In many cases, we have evaluated the activities of directors, officers, and their advisors to determine whether they acted prudently and in a manner consistent with their roles and fiduciary duties. Our analyses have addressed mergers and acquisitions, corporate decisions, marketing statements, oversight of internal audits and processes, elections, and independence of directors.
Cornerstone Research has addressed the appropriateness and materiality of corporate disclosures in the context of financial restatements, mergers and acquisitions, and annual proxy statements.
We have analyzed allegations of options backdating, excessive golden parachutes, claims related to deferred compensation, and other elements of executive compensation packages that are difficult to value. We have also addressed the incentive structure of executive pay, and whether a company’s board or its compensation committee has acted appropriately in establishing compensation packages for corporate officers.
Piercing the Corporate Veil
Our consultants have worked with experts and counsel to determine whether a corporate parent and subsidiary have established themselves as genuinely separate entities. This work has covered the formalities of corporate structure and governance processes; the economic foundations of corporate veil law; and the operational, financial, and marketing relationships that exist between the parent and the subsidiary.
Michael Keeley provides economic, financial, and statistical consulting and expert testimony. He has consulted and served as an expert in a variety of cases, including antitrust, intellectual property, product misrepresentation and consumer fraud, securities fraud, breach of contract, and environmental matters.