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Mr. Chris Polson is a valuation and damage quantification expert who specializes in corporate/commercial, securities, tax, and restructuring matters.  He draws upon over 20 years of experience in M&A transaction advisory and corporate finance to bring a real world perspective to complex financial issues. 

Mr. Polson has testified in both US and Canadian courts, as well as in connection with numerous arbitration and mediation proceedings.  He has also held a number of leadership and advisory roles within the capital markets community, including advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission and as president and chairman of the CFA Society Toronto. 

Representative Engagements
In connection with valuation disputes:

Provided testimony before a JAMS arbitration tribunal in California regarding the value of a shareholder’s 50% interest in connection with shareholder oppression claims in the food products industry.

Authored an expert report regarding the value of a minority shareholder’s interest in a Canadian pipeline construction and maintenance business, as well as interests in real estate developments and a utilities contracting business.

Co-authored an expert report before the Tax Court of Canada regarding the determination of a reasonable interest rate and the resulting fair market value of certain structured financial products.

Authored an expert report in connection with the valuation of a complex structure of several real estate limited partnership interests subject to estate litigation and review by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Co-authored an expert report establishing the fair market value of certain transferred intellectual property of a newly-developed molecule beneficially owned by a major pharmaceutical company.

Authored numerous expert reports and fairness opinions for the boards of certain publicly traded companies regarding the sufficiency of bids to acquire some or all of the assets of the business.

In connection with damage quantification:

Provided testimony before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta as to the damages suffered by an investor due to the wrongful issuance of options in a publicly-traded company.

Authored an expert report regarding the damages arising from the alleged breach of a representation clause within a purchase and sale agreement.

Co-authored an expert report regarding the damages suffered by certain grocery franchisees due to certain alleged errors in accounting for the business’ trade spending receipts.

Co-authored a responding expert report concerning the damages allegedly stemming from a failed joint venture within the North American airbag market.

Authored an expert report regarding the quantum of damages allegedly suffered due to the improper solicitation of certain customer accounts in the insurance industry.

Authored an expert report regarding the quantum of damages allegedly suffered due to an investor’s inability to sell their shares of a publicly-traded technology company.

Testimony

Authored an expert report regarding the quantum of damages allegedly suffered due to an investor’s inability to sell their shares of a publicly-traded technology company.

Authored an expert report regarding the quantum of damages allegedly suffered due to the improper solicitation of certain customer accounts in the insurance industry.

Provided testimony before a JAMS arbitration tribunal in California regarding the value of a shareholder’s 50% interest in connection with shareholder oppression claims in the food products industry.

Provided an expert report before the Tax Court of Canada regarding the fair market value of certain structured financial products (Lynn Cassan et al v HMQ)
Provided an expert report and oral testimony before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta regarding the quantification of alleged damages suffered by Lombard Financial Group Inc. arising from the wrongful issuance of options in White Gold Ventures Ltd. (Lombard Financial Group, Inc. v. Davies & Co., 2005 ABQB 387)
Provided numerous expert affidavits to compel the production of additional documentation relevant to the quantification of damages.

Co-authored an expert report before the Tax Court of Canada regarding the determination of a reasonable interest rate and the resulting fair market value of certain structured financial products.

Provided testimony before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta as to the damages suffered by an investor due to the wrongful issuance of options in a publicly-traded company.

Provided numerous expert affidavits to compel the production of additional documentation relevant to the quantification of damages.

Publications
News & Events
March 27, 2019
Chris Polson to Speak at Canadian Tax Foundation Transfer Pricing Conference

Brattle Principal Chris Polson will speak on a panel at the Canadian Tax Foundation's (CTF) Transfer Pricing conference, to be held March 27 in Montréal, Québec.

September 28, 2018
Chris Polson to Present at CFA Society Toronto and CICBV's The Art and Science of Forecasting Event

Brattle Principal Chris Polson will speak at the CFA Society Toronto and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV) The Art and Science of Forecasting event, on September 28 in Toronto, Ontario, from 12:00-2:00 PM EST. The event will take place live and via webinar.

January 19, 2018
The Brattle Group Introduces Its Newest Experts

The Brattle Group is pleased to introduce the seven exceptional experts who became Brattle principals over the past year.

July 20, 2017
Valuation and Commercial Damages Expert Chris Polson Joins The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group is pleased to announce that Chris Polson, a valuation and commercial damages expert, has joined the firm’s Toronto office as a principal.