Forensic accounting & damages

Sapere Forensic is a team of Forensic Accountants providing expert accountancy and valuation services in commercial and intellectual property disputes. Our team has accumulated decades of experience in the provision of expert witness services, ranging from large and complex disputes (with quantum exceeding $100 million) to small quantum or single issue matters.

What we do

Our experience includes the provision of expert reports and oral testimony in:

  • The Federal Court of Australia;
  • The Supreme Courts of NSW, Victoria, QLD, SA and WA; and
  • Overseas jurisdictions, such as the UK, the US, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland and Vienna for Court and International Arbitration hearings.

We have also assisted our clients with the:

  • Initial assessment of likely issues in dispute;
  • Identification of relevant documentation to be relied upon;
  • Preparation of complex financial models to assess damages, and valuation calculations based on different scenarios and assumptions; and
  • Provision of our findings in the form of a presentation and/or short-form or formal report.

We have provided independent expert reports and oral testimony as to the quantum of damages arising from claims for loss of profit, loss of value, loss of opportunity or wasted costs in numerous industries, including:

  • Investor class actions in many industries;
  • Mining;
  • Pharmaceutical and medical;
  • Financial services;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Computer software;
  • Managed investment schemes;
  • Food and beverage;
  • Construction; and
  • Waste disposal.

We have extensive experience in the valuation of businesses, shares and intellectual property. Our experience includes both non-contentious and contentious valuations arising in the context of:

  • Fundamental value issues arising from shareholder class actions;
  • Taxation disputes;
  • Post-acquisition disputes (including expert determinations);
  • Business interruption;
  • Viability concerns; and
  • Misrepresentation claims.

Sapere Forensic has been instructed in over 50 class actions, including some of Australia’s major investor and security class actions (see case examples).

The Sapere Forensic team has been involved in large number of major international arbitrations, including:

  • A US$2 billion Build-Operate-Transfer contract dispute in the telecommunications sector in Lebanon;
  • A US$4 billion dispute in the telecommunications sector;
  • A software distribution dispute;
  • A beer distribution dispute; and
  • A Build-Operate-Transfer contract dispute in the construction sector.

Sapere Forensic has unparalleled experience (see case examples) in the estimation of loss arising from intellectual property disputes, including:

  • Enquiries as to damages;
  • Accounts of profit;
  • Undertakings as to damages;
  • Determination of reasonable royalty rates; and
  • Conducting royalty examinations.

Sapere Forensic has significant experience in expert determinations. We have provided determinations as the independent expert in the financial services sector, the broadcasting sector, compulsory land acquisitions and insurance claims.

Sapere Forensic is regularly instructed to investigate accounting records in the context of disputes or alleged irregularities. Our experience includes the provision of expert opinions as to whether:

  • Accounting records have been maintained in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001;
  • Accounting is in accordance with GAAP and relevant accounting standards;
  • Accounting is in accordance with Sale and Purchase Agreements;
  • Accounting is in accordance with other prescriptive requirements, such as Trust Deeds; and
  • There are any solvency issues.

Sapere Forensic has provided independent expert reports and oral evidence on a number of large and complex asset tracing assignments.

Sapere Forensic is regularly instructed as experts by solicitors acting either for or against the Commissioner of Taxation. These disputes typically involve either technical accounting issues or the value of shares, businesses and/or intangible assets.