Vincents Litigation Series:
Economic Frameworks & Data Analytics Tools

In this series, we introduce a range of forensic and economic frameworks based on first-hand experience with complex disputes and emerging data science trends. Our aim is to share our experience with applying versatile analytic frameworks and to build your intuition around utilising data analytics in litigation.

Machine Learning in Litigation: New Tools for the Digital Age

A key hallmark of our information age is the abundance of “big data”.  As more and more decisions, communications, and transactions are recorded, the opportunity to use that information in litigation will grow.  Granular data, when carefully analysed, can contribute towards an unprecedented understanding of drivers and potential causes of events. In this seminar, we provide an overview of emerging techniques that can be used to find hidden patterns, develop new lines of inquiry, and communicate insights in intuitive ways.  The seminar will cover the intuition behind some common artificial intelligence techniques, how they can be used to shed light on case issues, and the implications for lawyers.

Wednesday 17 August at 5.30 – 6.15pm

Vincents Brisbane Office
Level 33/32 Turbot St
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Examining Excessive Fee Claims: U.S. Mutual Fund Case Study

Claims of excessive customer or usage fees can arise in disputes and litigation.  Examples include “excessive fees” charged for financial products, investment products, infrastructure use, and common use assets in partnerships/franchises etc.  Forensic cost accounting techniques represent one method that can be employed to investigate fee issues.  In this seminar we discuss a case study based on first-hand experience working on three waves of U.S. mutual fund litigation.  We discuss how cost accounting and data analysis techniques can be applied to develop a picture of the relevant costs required to fulfil the services associated with the fees at issue.

Wednesday 31 August at 5.30 – 6.15pm

Vincents Brisbane Office
Level 33/32 Turbot St
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Registrations opening soon

Corporate Governance in Litigation: An Information Flow Perspective

Corporate governance is a broad term that is often used when referring to the formal legal structure of a company and the duties of directors and officers.  However to systematically address corporate governance allegations, a broader view of the company’s operating system may be required.  This broader context includes considering communications, information systems, internal controls, policies and procedures, and reporting structures that underpin well-functioning information flows and decision making.  In this seminar, we walk-through a versatile model of information flow used in previous large corporate governance matters in Australia and the U.S. and show how management accountants and financial specialists can contribute towards developing a comprehensive picture of the alleged misconduct.

Wednesday 14 September at 5.30 – 6.15pm

Vincents Brisbane Office
Level 33/32 Turbot St
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Registrations opening soon

Business Interruption Damages: New Insights from Customer and Transaction Data

One of the most challenging aspects to analysing a business interruption matter is to identify confounding influences.  Understanding potential causes and drivers are key to formulating robust but-for scenarios that can be used as reference points for assessing damages.  Traditional techniques for creating but-for worlds often rely on aggregated data such as accounting line items and industry data.  While these approaches can be informative, the increasingly availability of granular customer and transaction data has the potential to generate deeper business insights at a micro level.  In this seminar, we introduce some techniques that can be utilised to identify damages hypotheses, fine-tune damages estimates, and debunk opposing expert narratives.

Wednesday 5 October at 5.30 – 6.15pm

Vincents Brisbane Office
Level 33/32 Turbot St
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Registrations opening soon

Series Presenter
Hans Weemaes – Director, Head of Economics & Data Analytics

Hans Weemaes is a Director and testifying expert at Vincents with experience leading complex analytical projects on behalf of lawyers and regulators in Australia and the United States. He is a former Commonwealth Treasury official and Principal at Cornerstone Research – a leading US based litigation consulting firm. He has extensive international commercial litigation and arbitration experience including with respect to economic damages, corporate governance, and securities matters.

In addition, Hans has participated in several trials and has been deposed as a testifying expert in U.S. jurisdictions. Hans leads Vincents’ Economics and Data Analytics business unit. Hans holds post-graduate degrees in economics and business from the University of Chicago and the Australian National University. He has also participated in pro-bono activities over the years including in collaboration with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

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