Middlegame Advisors

Economic Consulting

About Middlegame

In the game of chess, the 'middlegame' refers to the portion of the match where a player takes stock of their positional and material advantage or disadvantage and decides how to best proceed. It is in that spirit that Middlegame Advisors assists its clients.

Middlegame Advisors is an economic and litigation consulting firm dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of cost-effective expert consulting services to the legal industry. Middlegame specializes in providing pre-litigation damage assessments, early-stage litigation expert consulting services, and expert support & testimony. We are experienced consultants with demonstrated skills and expertise in a wide range of subject matters.

Middlegame Advisors was founded in 2017 by George Hickey, an economic consulting expert with over 20 years of experience advising clients involved in high-profile legal and regulatory disputes.

George S. Hickey


George Hickey is an economic consultant with over 20 years of experience advising clients involved in legal and regulatory disputes. Prior to founding Middlegame Advisors, George spent 11 years at Chicago Partners and 10 years at Compass Lexecon where he specialized in litigation and consulting matters involving business valuation, financial instrument valuation, regulatory inquiries, and general damage calculations. He has experience in a broad range of financial issues arising out of complex mergers and acquisitions including appraisal proceedings, preliminary injunctions, breach of fiduciary duty claims, MAC/MAE claims, and other M&A litigation.

George has a B.A. from Marquette University and an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Chicago.

Phone: (847) 574-2500
e-mail: george@middlegameadvisors.com
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What We Have Done

Prior Consulting Experience

Delaware Appraisal Matters

In Re: Appraisal of Starz - Consulting Expert to Petitioners

In Re: Appraisal of PetSmart, Inc. - Consulting Expert to Petitioner

Verition Multi-Strategy Master Fund Ltd. et al. v. Aruba Networks Inc. - Consulting Expert to Respondent

Verition Multi-Strategy Master Fund Ltd. v. Ruckus Wireless Inc., - Consulting Expert to Respondent

In Re: Appraisal of Dell Inc. - Consulting Expert to Petitioner

In Re: Appraisal of Dole Food Company - Consulting Expert to Petitioner

Cede Co. v. Technicolor, Inc. - Consulting Expert to Respondent

MAC/MAE Claims

Genesco v. The Finish Line et al. -Member of expert team hired by Genesco to determine if (a) Genesco had suffered a MAC and (b) the combined Genesco/Finish Line entity would be solvent.

Rohm & Haas Company v. The Dow Chemical Company -Member of expert team hired by counsel for Dow Chemical Company in a lawsuit seeking specific performance pursuant to the parties' merger agreement.

Hexion Specialty Chemicals v. Huntsman Corporation -Member of expert team hired by Acquiror to determine if Huntsman had suffered a MAC.

Other M&A Litigation

In re Sauer-Danfoss Stockholder Litigation- Consulting Expert to counsel for directors in a stockholder class action arising out of acquisition by controlling stockholder.

In Re Jefferies Group, Inc. Shareholder Litigation- Consulting Expert to counsel for Leucadia National Corporation officers and directors in a class action claiming the merger between Leucadia and Jefferies undervalued the investment banking and securities firm, and gave Jefferies shareholders too low a stake in the combined company.

Krieger v. Wesco Financial Corp.- Consulting Expert to counsel for Wesco Financial Corp and its directors in a class action to enjoin a transaction whereby Berkshire Hathaway would acquire the remaining 19.9% of Wesco Financial that it did not already own.

In re: J.Crew Group Inc. Shareholders Litigation- Consulting Expert to counsel for J.Crew Group Inc. in a class action challenging the terms of of a proposed sale of the Company to a buyout group that included TPG Capital, Leonard Green & Partners and Mickey Drexler, J.Crew's Chairman and CEO.

The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. v. Wildrick, et al.- Consulting Expert to counsel for Jos. A Banks Clothiers, Inc. in litigation before the Delaware Chancery Court seeking to enjoin the proposed acquisition of Eddie Bauer by Jos. A. Bank

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. v. Airgas, Inc- Consulting Expert to counsel for Air Products & Chemicals in a long-running takeover battle between Air Products and Airgas.

In re Feihe International, Inc. Stockholder Litigation- Consulting Expert to counsel for Mr. You-Bin Leng, Feihe International’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in a suit alleging that Mr. Leng and an affiliate of Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia were attempting to acquire the company via an unfair process at an inadequate and unfair price.

Securities Litigation

Torchmark Corporation v. KPMG Peat Marwick LLP -Measured stock price impact of alleged misstatements and omissions in accounting statements audited by KPMG.

Central Laborers' Pension Fund, et al. v. Sirva, Inc., et al. -Retained by counsel for Defendant Sirva, Inc. to measure the stock price impact of alleged misrepresentations made in certain press releases and SEC filings, including the prospectuses for the Company's initial and secondary public offerings.

Regulatory Inquiries

Retained by the Federal Defenders of New York (Southern District) to analyze securities trading in two separate insider trading matters brought by the DOJ.

Member of expert team hired by a major rating agency to respond to inquiries from the SEC and DOJ regarding a proprietary model employed to value and rate certain collateralized debt obligations ("CDOs.").

Member of expert team hired by a multi-billion dollar hedge fund to respond to inquiries from the SEC and DOJ regarding certain of the fund's investments in complex mortgage-backed securities.

Consulting expert to directors and officers of multiple community banks in FDIC D&O lawsuits.

Lost Profits

In Re Deepwater Horizon: Member of expert team that negotiated and implemented a historic class action settlement of economic loss claims by businesses owners and individuals arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Kraft Foods Global, Inc v. Starbucks Corporation - Consulting Expert to Starbucks in a multi-billion dollar breach of contract action brought by Kraft Foods Global, Inc. regarding joint venture to distribute Starbucks coffee in the CPG channel.

What We Can Do

Expert Consulting Services


Preliminary Appraisal Analysis

Preliminary Damages Assessment

Settlement Evaluation

Review of Merger Background and Financial Advisor's Analysis

Research of Relevant Damage Issues in Precedent Cases

Fact Discovery

Keyword Search Assistance

Production Review

Fact Deposition Preparation

Fact Deposition Live Support

Expert Identification and Research Services

Expert Discovery

Expert Witness Support

Expert Witness Deposition Preparation

Live Expert Deposition Support

Expert Testimony

Contact Middlegame Advisors

731 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL. 60202

(847) 574-2500