Laura Kobes joined CohnReznick, an advisory, assurance and tax firm, as a managing director in its Value360 transaction advisory services practice. Based in Virginia, Kobes will focus on leading and growing the firm’s dedicated sale and purchase agreement (SPA) advisory practice and on M&A dispute capabilities, both as the neutral arbitrator and as an advisor to buyers and sellers. She brings expertise as a transaction forensics leader focused on M&A-related due diligence, integrity diligence, disputes, representation and warranty claims and complex litigation support for a variety of industries including private equity, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

“As our clients increasingly turn to us for guidance navigating financial due diligence processes and the complexities of M&A transactions, deepening our SPA and disputes bench strength is a critical part of maintaining an extraordinary client experience,” Margaret Shanley, principal and practice leader at CohnReznick Advisory – Transaction Advisory Services, said. “Laura’s exceptional technical knowledge and proven negotiation capabilities, inclusive of leading 50 arbitrations ranging in value from $1 million to $1.4 billion in disputed consideration, will be an asset to our clients and our practice.”

“Helping our clients to maximize value and minimize risk is the cornerstone of our rapidly expanding Value360 practice,” Claudine Cohen, managing principal at CohnReznick’s Value360 Practice, said. “Laura’s breadth of experience providing clients with a strong competitive advantage during sales and purchase negotiations and the post-closing purchase price adjustment process across multiple industries will drive even greater value for our clients.”

Kobes’ experience in transaction forensics, investigations and compliance includes providing industry-leading service advising clients on deal pricing mechanisms and accounting- and financial-related aspects of SPAs. She has served as both the neutral arbitrator and as a consulting expert assisting companies resolve complex post-acquisition disputes related to the application of U.S. and foreign GAAP and accounting and finance provisions of contracts. She has also conducted investigations into a variety of complex matters such as code of conduct violations, financial irregularities, procurement fraud, whistleblower complaints and bribery and corruption allegations (including the FCPA).