Ms. Austin Smith specializes in M&A and bankruptcy disputes with subject matter expertise in valuation and credit and solvency analysis.

She provides testifying and consulting expert services in litigation and disputes related to mergers and acquisitions, dissenting shareholder actions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalization, debt recharacterization, and avoidance actions. Ms. Austin Smith has also served as an expert in international trade subsidy disputes. She has submitted expert oral and written testimony in multiple venues including the Delaware Court of Chancery, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Commercial Division, US Bankruptcy Court, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario), the World Trade Organization, and other international arbitration forums.

In addition to opining on valuation, Ms. Austin Smith has also provided expert testimony on market practice and transaction structure in M&A disputes. As representative bankruptcy engagements, she has been retained as a solvency or valuation expert in connection with the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers (on behalf of JPMorgan Chase), Caesars Entertainment Operating Company (on behalf of Apollo Global Management), Energy Future Holdings (on behalf of Wilmington Trust Company), and US Steel Canada (on behalf of United States Steel).

Ms. Austin Smith has written a number of publications and presented on valuation and credit analysis, for organizations including the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the Delaware State Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, and Bloomberg Law. She is a contributing author to the Model Merger Agreement for the Acquisition of a Public Company, published by the ABA’s Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, and a contributing researcher to The Standard & Poor’s Guide to Fairness Opinions: A User’s Guide for Fiduciaries. She is co-chair of the American Bar Association Joint Task Force on M&A Litigation and is founder and former co-chair of the ABA Financial Advisor Task Force.

Ms. Austin Smith has also been a member of the teaching faculty of Harvard University Extension School, where she taught a graduate finance course, and a past faculty member of the American Bar Association’s National Institute of Negotiating Business Acquisitions.

Ms. Austin Smith serves as Chair of the Board for The Brattle Group.

Prior to joining The Brattle Group, Ms. Austin Smith provided investment banking advisory services including mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, solvency opinions and commercially reasonable debt opinions.

Practices
Education

Columbia University, MBA in Finance

Harvard College, AB in Government and Philosophy

Personal Interests

Yvette is on the board of directors for the Appalachian Mountain Club and is currently the Vice Chair and interim Treasurer. Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.