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March 24, 2014
Valuation Expert Yvette Austin Smith Joins The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group has announced that valuation expert Yvette Austin Smith had joined the firm’s New York office as a principal. Ms. Austin Smith specializes in M&A and bankruptcy disputes with subject matter expertise in valuation and credit and solvency analysis.

“We are pleased to welcome Yvette to the firm,” said Alexis Maniatis, president of The Brattle Group. “She brings extensive knowledge of complex financial markets and a strong network of professional and community relationships to our growing New York office.”

Ms. Austin Smith has provided expert services in several high-profile litigation matters related to recapitalizations, going-private transactions, mergers and acquisitions, dissenting shareholder actions, and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy. Most recently, she has been designated as a testifying expert on behalf of JPMorgan Chase in Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. In both litigation and non-litigation matters, she has also worked on behalf of Barnes & Noble, TD Bank Group, Travelport, Allianz SE, and a number of private companies.

Prior to joining Brattle, Ms. Austin Smith was a Managing Director at Stout Risius Ross, Inc., a Managing Director at Charles River Associates, and a Director at Duff & Phelps LLC. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty of Harvard University Extension School, where she teaches a graduate finance course, and a faculty member of the American Bar Association’s National Institute of Negotiating Business Acquisitions. She holds an M.B.A in Finance from Columbia University and an A.B. in Government and Philosophy from Harvard College.