Robert Patton

Associate Director


Tel: +44 20 7659 8620
Fax: +44 20 7659 8621

New York City
Tel: +1 212 345 3269
Fax: +1 212 345 4650

Email: robert.patton@nera.com
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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.

Title Type Author
Trends in Regulatory Enforcement in UK Financial Markets 2015/16 Year-End Report Report By Robert Patton, Erin McHugh, Giulio Renzi-Ricci, and Marcin Pruski
Trends in Regulatory Enforcement in UK Financial Markets 2015/16 Mid-Year Report Report By Robert Patton and Marcin Pruski
Trends in Regulatory Enforcement in UK Financial Markets 2014/15 Mid-Year Report Working Paper By Robert Patton
Thin Capitalisation: An Issue That Should Not Be Looked At Thinly Published Article By Amanda Pletz, Dr. Emmanuel Llinares, and Robert Patton
FSA Calendar Year-End Update 2012 Report By Robert Patton et al.
Recent Trends in US Securities Class Actions against Non-US Companies Book Chapter By Robert Patton
Trends in Regulatory Enforcement in UK Financial Markets: Fiscal Year 2011/12 Report By Robert Patton et al.
Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2011 Year-End Review Report By Dr. Jordan Milev, Robert Patton, Svetlana Starykh et al.
ETFs: Overview and Recent Issues Brief By Dr. Patrick Conroy, Dr. James Overdahl, Robert Patton, and Raymund Wong
Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2011 Mid-Year Review Working Paper By Dr. Jordan Milev, Robert Patton, and Svetlana Starykh