Shareholder Disputes

Shareholder disputes can be highly sensitive and complex. Reaching agreement between the parties regarding valuation and other financial issues can be particularly challenging. Further, allegations of fraud or breach of fiduciary duty are often raised, which require an enhanced analysis of the business and the actions of employees and shareholders.  Therefore, it is crucial to retain consultants and/or experts that not only have a broad range of analytical and investigative skills, but who also bring the ability to build a compelling, independent case and credibly testify. 

Whatever the cause of the shareholder dispute, Stout offers a team of professionals with the cross-functional expertise and independent perspective necessary to facilitate resolution of even the most contentious matters. Our expertise encompasses:

Forensic Services: 

  • Misappropriation or theft of physical assets
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Fraudulent transactions
  • Diversion of income or profits
  • Funding of personal expenditures through corporate accounts

Valuation Services: 

  • Determination of business enterprise and equity value
  • Valuation of physical assets such as real estate and machinery and equipment
  • Quantification of relevant minority and lack of marketability discounts applicable to the subject interest
  • Analysis of financial terms of buy-sell agreements
  • Measurement of impact of violations of non-compete agreements

Who we work with: 

  • Outside counsel
  • In-house counsel
  • Boards of directors
  • Majority and minority shareholders
  • Family law attorneys
  • Courts, mediators, and others in need of neutral experts