Accounting

Experts at The Brattle Group have extensive experience advising clients on financial accounting and reporting, disclosures, regulatory accounting, managerial and cost accounting, forensic accounting, and auditing.

Our experts have testified in, or consulted on, matters involving Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS); disclosures with regard to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) guidelines; audit and review procedures with regard to Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS); and the adequacy of internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR). Areas of research have included revenue recognition; cost allocations; the timing and amount of asset write-offs; allowance for loan losses; accounting for derivatives, including repurchase agreements; guarantees; fair value reporting; consolidation; off balance sheet accounting; and pensions. Our expertise in forensic accounting includes the reconstruction of financial records and the tracing of transactions from source documents.

We address both liability and damages issues related to securities class actions, internal investigations, antitrust litigation, tax controversies, international arbitrations, M&A disputes, intellectual property disputes, and breaches of contract. Our clients include law firms, large corporations, Big 4 accounting firms, and U.S. government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the SEC, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Our Focus

  • Reporting Entity Liability
  • Auditor Liability
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Restatement and Misstatement
  • Disclosure Adequacy and Information Materiality
  • Regulatory Accounting
  • Managerial and Cost Accounting
  • Internal Controls
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Causation and Damages

Principals
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Principal
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Ms. Adoria Lim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance at a Big 4 accounting firm, a Fortune 500 publicly-traded company, and top-tier and boutique consulting firms. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal
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Dr. Villadsen specializes in finance and accounting matters with an emphasis on the energy industry. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal
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Dr. Zhou is a valuation, corporate finance, and accounting expert with more than 15 years of consulting experience. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Academic Advisors
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Academic Advisor
Shannon Anderson is the inaugural Hurlston Presidential Chair Professor of Management at University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management, where she teaches courses in management accounting and internal management controls. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Academic Advisor
Dr. Maydew is Chair of the Accounting Area, Director of Research at the UNC Tax Center, and the David E. Hoffman Term Professor of Accounting at the University of North Carolina. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Other Outside Experts
Outside Expert
Peter Easton is an expert in corporate valuation and financial statement analysis. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Outside Expert
John Ellingsen is an expert in accounting and auditing matters with over 36 years of experience. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Outside Expert
Gordon Klein, an expert in accounting, finance, and valuation, is a Lecturer in Accounting and Entrepreneurship at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Outside Expert
Roman L. Weil, Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is an expert in accounting, financial literacy, and corporate governance. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Book
Financial Accounting for MBAs
2018
Peter Easton, Robert Halsey, Mary Lea McAnally, and John Wild
Published by Cambridge Business Publishers LLC, Chicago. First Edition, 2003, Second Edition, 2005, Third Edition 2008, Fourth Edition, 2010, Fifth Edition 2013, Sixth Edition, 2015, Seventh Edition, 2018.
Book
Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
2018
Peter Easton, Mary Lea McAnally, Greg Sommers, and Xiao-Jun Zhang
Published by Cambridge Business Publishers LLC, Chicago. First Edition, 2008, Second Edition, 2010, Third Edition, 2013, Fourth Edition, 2015, Fifth Edition, 2018.
Article
March 3, 2017
Published in Law360
Article
February 22, 2016
Published on Law360
Article
December 2015
Published in Practice Points, a publication of the ABA’s Securities Litigation Committee
Article
The unaccounted cost of accounting – sounding terms in purchase agreements
December 2015
Published in the December 2015 issue of Financier Worldwide
Article
What Makes Securities Class Actions with Accounting Allegations Different?
2011
Elaine Harwood , Adoria Lim, and Laura Simmons
Published by the American Bar Association