Pavitra Kumar

Associate Director


Dr. Pavitra Kumar has expertise in complex securities litigation and valuation. She has worked on a variety of cases involving corporate finance issues. These have included financial statement and valuation analysis in bankruptcy disputes, assessing reasonableness of investments made by trust administrators, developing transfer pricing models, evaluating structured investments in tax litigation, conducting event study and earnings response analyses, and investigating trading patterns to quantify “but-for” damages scenarios. She has also been involved in marketing initiatives and litigation concerning structured finance instruments. She has published academic journal articles on hedge fund performance persistence and the nature and impacts of high-frequency trading, and a white paper on the credit rating agencies’ role in failed mortgage-backed vehicles.

Dr. Kumar previously worked at a leading economic consulting firm based in Boston. Before that, she worked 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.

Dr. Kumar is a CFA Charterholder.


MIT Sloan School of Management
PhD, Financial Economics, 2008

London School of Economics and Political Science
BSc, Mathematics and Economics (first-class honors), 2004

Employment History

The Brattle Group (San Francisco and Boston)
Associate and senior associate
2009 - 2017

Lehman Brothers/Barclays (New York)
Senior associate
2008 - 2009



Passed CFA Levels I (2013), II (2014), and III (2015), CFA Charterholder as of December 2015.

Securities Training Corporation (STC): Passed Series 7 (90%) and Series 63 (86%), 2008.

MIT Sloan Graduate Fellowship, 2005 - 2008.

MIT Presidential ‘Provost’ Fellowship, 2004.

Joint Winner of Cyril Offord Prize, awarded at the LSE for the most outstanding overall undergraduate performance in Mathematics, 2004.

Winner of CS Mactaggart Scholarship Prize (one of three prize winners out of 1,000 students), awarded at the LSE for best undergraduate performance in first- and second-year examinations, 2003.


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