A financial expert’s role in alter-ego cases
Abstract: Operating as a corporation encourages investment by insulating shareholders’ personal assets against liability for corporate debts. But protection isn’t absolute. A plaintiff unable to collect a judgment from a corporation may ask a court to invoke its powers to “pierce the corporate veil” and hold owners responsible. This article explains how valuation experts can provide insight into whether particular corporate practices, such as shared services or related-party transactions, are appropriate or indicate an improper “alter-ego” relationship.