internal peer review is a hallmark of the Hawthorne Company. Before
we issue a valuation opinion, it must survive internal challenge
from other staff professionals. This promotes defensible opinions
and helps ensure accuracy and clarity in the presentation of those
opinions have survived many challenges in US District courts, tax
courts, and other adversarial, mediation, and negotiation venues.
We are experienced
experts in valuation opinion, litigation support, and testimony
in shareholder disputes. We assist clients in dissenting shareholder
lawsuits, "fair value" issues, minority interest squeeze outs, and
corporate redemptions and restructurings.
We assist corporate
officers, directors, trustees, and other fiduciaries in analyzing
proposed transactions to determine fairness and equity. We have
issued fairness opinions and adequate consideration opinions for
public and private company mergers, acquisitions and divestitures,
ESOP and other qualified plan transactions, corporate restructurings,
squeeze outs, and liquidations.
part of our practice over the years has been assisting clients with
estate settlements or inter-vivos gift transactions where intangible
asset valuations are required. We are frequently called upon to
render opinions relating to limited partnerships, trust contributions,
and charitable donations.
Stock Ownership Plans
We are a leading
provider of valuation services for ESOP companies. Our services
include preliminary valuation and planning support, transaction
structure consulting, adequate consideration opinion letters for
transaction closings, annual update valuations, and ongoing trustee