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Dennis Lee

A key to any expert witness engagement or valuation report is to be able to explain complex concepts and methodologies in a way that all stakeholders can understand. Dennis Lee
Corporate Finance Partner

Professional experience

Dennis is a Partner in our Corporate Finance team with over 18 years of experience in Forensic Accounting and Corporate Advisory roles, including the past twelve years working exclusively on Forensic Accounting and Business Valuation matters.

Dennis is an experienced commercial litigation specialist and has extensive loss and damage, valuation, forensic accounting and investigations experience. Dennis’ experience consists of undertaking numerous independent and consulting expert assignments for a wide variety of legal, government and private sector clients.

Dennis has prepared reports and given evidence in many Australian courts, including Federal Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, Country Court of Victoria, Family Court and several administrative and arbitral tribunals. Over his career to date, Dennis has prepared over 300 expert reports, independent accountant reports or submissions on behalf of clients involved in dispute processes.

Dennis has a broad experience in many types of commercial disputes, including loss quantification, disputes involving accounting standards, account reconstruction, loss of opportunity, shareholder oppression, post-acquisition/purchase price disputes, insurance claims, intellectual property matters, franchise disputes, financial investigations and assessments of solvency.

Dennis presents to the legal profession on a regular basis on accounting, finance, solvency and expert witness matters, having given over 70 presentations over the past seven years to various law firms and legal associations. Dennis was also a founding member of the Alumni Council for the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, has been a student mentor through the University of Melbourne for more than 12 years, is a mentor through Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and as a member of the RMIT University School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain Advisory Board.

Recent examples of work include:

  • Regularly appointed as single expert valuer in cases involving private company shareholder disputes (shareholder oppression)
  • Regularly appointed as joint / single expert valuer for the purposes of family law matters
  • Regularly appointed in matters involving quantification of loss
  • Giving testifying evidence in County Court regarding the value of a mortgage loan book
  • Quantifying loss suffered at a suburban Melbourne retail store of a national homewares business due to an alleged building defect
  • Assisting companies seeking to make a claim for loss or respond to a claim of loss as a consulting expert, starting with financial investigation and identifying potential losses through to assisting with reviewing expert reports and providing questions for cross-examination at trial
  • Preparing numerous submissions to independent accountants or valuers on behalf of purchasers, vendors or parties involved in disputes over the value of a business or working capital/completion account balances.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne)
  • Bachelor of Information Systems (University of Melbourne)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ)
  • Forensic Accounting Specialist (CA ANZ)

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