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MSc in economics and economic history, London School of Economics
BA in economics and BA in history, University of Michigan
Robert Patton is an Associate Director in NERA's Securities and Finance Practice. He holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
A significant focus of Mr. Patton’s work is consulting on cross-border litigation and disputes. He has performed economic analyses assessing damages and related issues in complex securities and commercial litigation brought in the US and elsewhere involving companies domiciled and/or traded in the United Kingdom as well as Canada, China, France, Italy, Ireland, Kazakhstan, and South Korea. He has testified and submitted affidavit evidence in Ontario Superior Court in a proposed cross-border securities class action against a US issuer.
Mr. Patton has also carried out economic analyses of damages and other issues in the context of international arbitrations, including matters before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
In addition, Mr. Patton has undertaken examinations of market efficiency, materiality, loss causation, liability, damages, and settlement prediction in numerous securities class actions. His assignments have included cases involving subprime and credit crisis allegations, accounting restatements, insurance-related issues, backdating of employee stock options, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions, in claims brought by bondholders and options traders as well as by shareholders.
In other litigation engagements, Mr. Patton has performed analyses relating to insider trading, breach-of-contract claims, market timing and late trading of mutual funds, fraudulent conveyance, and valuation of securities. He has also analysed the economics of leveraged leases and other complex financial transactions.
Mr. Patton previously worked in Central Europe, first as a financial journalist and later as an economist at Citadel Investment Services. He began his career as a researcher in Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, DC.
Previously based in NERA’s New York City office, he is currently based in London.