Forensic Accounting

Nathan Associates' accounting investigations and analyses reveal the story behind the numbers.

Accounting controversies are at the core of many disputes. Nathan Associates' experts provide forensic accounting analysis to help investigate and resolve these controversies. We review and analyze financial data and business records to reconstruct accounting treatment and unravel complex financial transactions. Our forensic accounting engagements range from commercial litigation investigations to broader economic consulting projects such as environmental remediation cost analyses. The following are some of our forensic accounting capabilities.

Accounting Investigations

Whether unraveling a complex Ponzi scheme, reconstructing financial records, or tracing the use of assets, we determine and communicate clearly the accounting facts of financial disputes in matters such as fraud, shareholder and partnership disputes, and bankruptcy.

Alter Ego

Corporate liability protection, or "piercing the corporate veil," often comes down to adherence to corporate formalities and capitalization issues that require accounting expertise. Our experts are often asked to undertake forensic investigation of the general ledgers and business records and provide opinions on the presence of alter ego indicia.

Contract Compliance

Business agreements that contain financial reporting, royalty payment, revenue-sharing, or expense-sharing arrangements often require the review and analysis of accounting data to ensure compliance with the contractual provisions. Our experts frequently conduct contract compliance "audits" and document inspections that occur in the course of such business relationships.

Environmental & Tort Litigation

Insurance coverage litigation and other disputes often involve the need to substantiate, audit, and evaluate remediation, settlement, or legal costs.  Our experts efficiently analyze invoices, accounting systems and payments. Our experts work in close concert with other in-house experts who evaluate whether cost expenditures and remedial actions were consistent with the National Contingency Plan (NCP) and/or include those costs in an insurance coverage & claims analysis.

Post-Acquisition Disputes

Most merger and acquisition transactions require representations, warranties, and benchmarks relating to closing balance sheets and earn-out provisions. Our experts have assisted buyers and sellers with the accounting, valuation, and damages issues that frequently arise in connection with these provisions.

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