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Fraud, Disputes & Litigation

Fraud Investigation & Forensic Analysis

When financial misconduct has occurred in a business, personal or trust/estate setting, having a qualified and experienced forensic accountant help determine the extent of the fraud is invaluable. Our team includes auditors, certified fraud examiners and certified public accountants whose collective experience covers a wide range of fraud engagements. We work closely with you to create a cost-efficient plan at the outset of an engagement to minimize the impact on your financial resources and provide the insight that is required to understand what happened.

Domestic Relations Litigation

The emotional stress of divorce is often compounded by the complexity presented in determining the value of a family or privately held business. Our team has performed well over 1,000 valuations of privately held businesses for domestic relations litigation purposes. AGP provides credible and reliable fair market value reports and has extensive expert testimony experience. The AGP team also provides forensic accounting, separate property tracing and spousal and child support analyses.

Economic Damage Opinions

Litigation can arise from contractual or business disputes. AGP can provide expert opinions on lost profits or economic damages from contract breaches, trade secret disclosure and intellectual property challenges in cases like these.

Our economic damages experts review documents, conduct management interviews and perform economic and industry research to construct a financial model to express the monetary damages in a report used during evidence presentation or through expert testimony at trial. Gathering this value opinion from an independent source such as the economic damages experts at Apple Growth Partners – can determine litigation strategy, improve negotiating positions or even optimize the outcome of a trial.

Expert Witness Testimony

AGP provides sound opinions and analysis backed by documented, attestable support. Our team provides expert witness testimony in the Akron and Cleveland region in the areas of:

  • Antenuptial agreement (appreciation) analysis
  • Asset tracing analysis
  • Business valuation
  • Contract disputes
  • Economic damages
  • Entity & income equalization
  • Forensic accounting
  • Generally accepted accounting principles
  • Gift & estate tax consequences
  • Income tax consequences
  • Intellectual property valuations
  • Marital dissolution
  • Patent infringement
  • Professional malpractice (defense)
  • Stockholder disputes
  • Tax fraud
  • Trade secret infringement

We have testified as expert witnesses in both bench and jury trials in the following courts:

  • United States District Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • Ohio County Courts of Common Pleas (Domestic Relations, Probate and Civil)
    • Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Crawford, Franklin, Geauga, Hamilton, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Sandusky, Stark, Summit, and Tuscarawas counties
  • State Common Pleas Courts
    • Nevada, Florida, and Louisiana

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial form of alternative dispute resolution whereby the husband and wife craft a settlement without resorting to the uncertainties of litigation. Our business valuation and tax experts are often referred to as “financial neutrals” in the collaborative process due to our impartiality to both parties. We are collaboratively trained and can help promote the free flow of information between all parties as well as assist in articulating the financial interests of each party.

Shareholder Disputes

Most business partnerships begin with the best of intentions and shared visions of the future. However, as time passes interests can diverge and trust can be lost. When it’s time to sever a business partnership the process can be fraught with emotion and hard feelings. AGP’s business valuation team has participated in hundreds of shareholder dispute resolutions and provided the independent business valuation that can serve as the basis for the monetary payment between ex-business partners. If needed, our team has the experience to defend our fair market value opinions in court.

Fairness & Solvency Opinions

Corporate mergers, acquisitions, sales, financing and refinancing are subject to intense scrutiny by creditors, stockholders, and regulators. The opinion of an independent expert is critical to the deal moving forward or providing assurance to creditors in a bankruptcy proceeding. Our professionals can provide objective, independent fairness and solvency opinions to ensure you have the protection you need. The result is an opinion that will stand up in any courtroom or boardroom, and put fiduciaries in a position to make the most effective business judgments.