Pavithra Kumar

Pavithra Kumar

  • New York
Senior Vice President
  • PhD in Financial Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • BSc in Mathematics and Economics, London School of Economics

Pavithra Kumar is a Senior Vice President with Compass Lexecon based in New York. With nearly a decade in high-stakes economic litigation consulting, she is proficient in conducting detailed analyses of finance, valuation, and accounting issues, and analyzing complex problems in litigation matters using statistical modeling and other sophisticated quantitative techniques.

Prior to this, Dr. Kumar was an Associate Director at Berkeley Research Group managing various securities and transfer pricing litigations, and spent eight years at The Brattle Group spearheading projects, leading teams to deliver actionable insights to clients and supporting in-house and external experts in a variety of successful testimonies. Dr. Kumar’s specific expertise is in securities and structured finance litigation, including financial statement and valuation analysis in bankruptcy disputes, conducting event study and earnings response analyses, and investigating trading patterns to quantify “but-for” damages scenarios. Her most notable contribution was when she led a team assisting the U.S. government in a high-profile fraud investigation against a major credit ratings agency after the 2008 economic meltdown, providing evidence that key inputs in its risk models inflated ratings of CDO tranches. This culminated in a multi-billion-dollar, headline-generating settlement.

Dr. Kumar has also published academic journal articles on hedge-fund performance persistence and the nature and impacts of high-frequency trading. Her early work was in the Global Technical Strategy group of a major securities brokerage and financial advisory services firm, where she built an online tool for clients to back-test complex trading strategies based on a selection of technical signals.