Mr. Polson advises corporations, governments, and law firms on valuation and commercial damages issues, particularly in connection with securities, tax, and mergers and acquisitions disputes. His valuation expertise covers both the standard valuation of corporations and assets as well as the complex valuation of subsidiaries and financial instruments. Mr. Polson also has deep experience in commercial damages, and has consulted on matters related to breach of contract, bankruptcy, material omissions or misrepresentations, employee stock options, insider trading, and disputed merger terms. He has worked across a number of industries, including natural resources, pharmaceuticals, commodities, financial services, consumer products, technology, media, and transportation.
Some of Mr. Polson’s recent mandates include a shareholder dispute regarding the value of a minority interest in a pipeline construction and maintenance business; a quantification of the damages arising from an alleged breach of a representation clause within a share purchase agreement; and the determination of a reasonable commercial interest rate and resulting fair market value for certain securities under review by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Mr. Polson is qualified as an expert in the quantification of commercial damages and has also provided expert witness testimony in a number of arbitrations and mediations. Prior to joining Brattle, Mr. Polson worked in the Toronto offices of Duff & Phelps and Campbell Valuation Partners, preparing analysis relating to valuation and damage quantification issues, and providing transaction advisory services in connection with the purchase and sale of privately held companies.
Valuation of a minority interest in an offshore holding company, which owned a Canadian pipeline construction and maintenance business as well as interests in real estate and a utilities contracting business.
Quantification of the damages arising from the alleged breach of a representation clause within a share purchase agreement, and the resulting lost opportunity to reinvest certain funds.
Determination of a reasonable commercial interest rate and the resulting fair market value of certain securities in connection with concerns raised by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Quantification of the efficiencies anticipated pursuant to the merger of two telecommunications companies.
Provided numerous expert affidavits to compel the production of additional documentation relevant to the quantification of damages.
Provided an expert report before the Tax Court of Canada regarding the fair market value of certain structured financial products (Lynn Cassan et al v HMQ)
Provided an expert report and oral testimony before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta regarding the quantification of alleged damages suffered by Lombard Financial Group Inc. arising from the wrongful issuance of options in White Gold Ventures Ltd. (Lombard Financial Group, Inc. v. Davies & Co., 2005 ABQB 387)
Queens University, MBA