Cornerstone Research provides economic and financial consulting and expert testimony in all phases of complex litigation and regulatory proceedings. The firm works with an extensive network of prominent faculty and industry practitioners to identify the best-qualified expert for each assignment. Cornerstone Research has earned a reputation for consistent high quality and effectiveness by delivering rigorous, state-of-the-art analysis for thirty years. The firm has 700 staff and offices in Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington.
Founded over 100 years ago, Withers is a leading international law firm for global businesses, their equity and debt stakeholders, and the executives who manage them. The firm is one of the largest tax law firms in the world and consists of over 160 partners supported by more than 1,000 people across 18 strategically located international offices.
Its global corporate team has the depth and diversity of knowledge to advise on issues that arise over the entire life cycle of a company, from securing initial investment and raising follow on equity and debt capital privately and publicly, to structuring executive and incentive compensation, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights and day-to-day operational issues, and managing complex governance issues, to completing mergers, acquisitions and exit strategies. They excel at working with corporate clients both large and small, new and long-established and domestic and international. With their unique in-house as well as law firm experience, they focus on anticipating issues and finding solutions, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Abe Chernin is a vice president at Cornerstone Research, based in the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Chernin’s primary areas of focus include consumer finance, banking, and real estate. He has extensive experience with FinTech, asset-backed securities, private equity and venture capital, corporate and asset valuation, and general damages.
Mr. Chernin is a leader of Cornerstone Research’s consumer finance practice. He has provided expertise for mortgage originators, servicers, and appraisers; credit card companies; student lenders; small dollar lenders; insurers; and retail and consumer banks. Across numerous consulting engagements, Mr. Chernin has analyzed business practices, credit decisions, loss causation, damages, class certification issues, professional liability claims, and regulatory investigations. These projects have required careful evaluation of large datasets, sizable document production, or both.
Nicole Moran is a principal at Cornerstone Research, based in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. Dr. Moran provides financial and economic analysis in complex commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings. She supports experts in preparing for deposition and trial testimony. Her experience spans several industries, including energy, agriculture, FX, consumer lending, and electronics. Dr. Moran’s case experience includes arbitration, regulatory investigations, market manipulation, antitrust, consumer finance, and financial institutions.
Her emphasis is on derivative markets for both exchange-traded and over-the-counter products that involve trading activity, order book data, and evaluation of market design that affect market participant behavior. She has extensive experience working with a variety of different types of large, complex transactional datasets from financial institutions. On behalf of clients, she has appeared before enforcement staffs at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Reserve.
Ridge is a partner in Withers' corporate team.
He is actively engaged in the full range of corporate and business legal and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and compliance, corporate governance, capital markets (IPOs and other registered offerings, SPACs, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, asset securitizations and credit facilities), private equity and venture capital, equity and executive compensation, internal investigations, and corporate control litigation, among other areas. As a trusted advisor for small to medium-sized domestic and international public and private companies across a whole range of legal issues and business needs, he regularly represents clients on both highly complex, sensitive and confidential matters as well as routine day-to-day needs.
Ridge’s clients span industries ranging from telecommunications, technology, chemicals and manufacturing to financial services and retail.