Financial Advisory and Valuation - Quantum of Damages 2018

This year we highlight 216 experts from 62 firms across 18 jurisdictions who stand out for their exceptional expertise handling damages assessments, pecuniary remedies and asset valuations, as well as their strong testifying experience.

Methodology

The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

EMEA

Thought Leaders
1. Richard Boulton QC Berkeley Research Group (UK) Ltd, London
2. Philip Haberman Haberman Ilett, London
3. Boaz Moselle Compass Lexecon, London
4. Roula Harfouche Accuracy, London
5. John Ellison Independent Consultant, London
6. Kai F Schumacher AlixPartners GmbH, Munich
7. Mark Bezant FTI Consulting, London
8. Carlos Lapuerta The Brattle Group, London

Global consulting giant FTI Consulting stands out in EMEA, achieving 14 nominations across its London and Paris offices.
Mark Bezant is “an outstanding expert” according to sources who describe him as “a valuations thought leader”. He focuses his first-class practice on valuations across a range of matters, from transactions to tax planning and disputes.
Mike Pilgrem is “an extremely clever and experienced practitioner” who stands out among peers for his “absolute attention to detail and accuracy”. According to one source, “Mike’s greatest strength is his ability to explain complex issues simply – one of the most important qualities of a testifying expert.”
Chris Osborne is highly respected by market sources who consider him “one of the most distinguished experts around”. He is recognised as a leader in damages work, an area in which he “really stands out in the crowd”.
James Nicholson is a well-recognised name in the European market and receives plaudits from peers for his excellent work handling a wide array of valuations including loss of profits and assets.
Navin Waghe is “extremely impressive in terms of the quality and focus of his work” according to respondents, who note, “He is able to explain and present difficult concepts very clearly and precisely.”

UK-based accounting and consultancy firm Haberman Ilett performs well this year, achieving an impressive nine nominations in this chapter. 
Philip Haberman is “hugely respected as an expert” according to sources who commend his exceptional work providing valuation analyses in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Frank Ilett impresses peers who consider him “an absolute must for inclusion” and praise his market-leading quantum expertise in financial-related disputes. 
Andrew Flower possesses over 20 years of testifying experience in international disputes and is recognised for his quantum expertise across a range of industries from transport to pharmaceuticals and TMT.

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte sees seven practitioners from its EMEA offices highlighted for their excellence on the quantum side.
Philip Rees is “a standout name” in the valuations space and boasts strong experience providing damages assessments in disputes proceedings. Sources consider him “a top name” and “a go-to expert” in the field.
Elizabeth Gutteridge leads the disputes practice in the UK and garners “huge respect” from market sources for her impressive testifying work on quantum matters before courts worldwide.
Anthony Charlton is “a real standout” in the French market where he is widely recognised for his top-tier work handling damages assessments and corporate valuations.

Berkeley Research Group’s Richard Boulton QC is highlighted as “an excellent valuations and economics expert”. He wins high praise from clients who note, “He brings great experience to his practice.”
Daniel Ryan stands out as “a prominent figure” in the European market and is well known for his superb work handling business valuations and damages quantification.

At Compass Lexecon, Boaz Moselle is “a seasoned expert” who “should definitely be on the list”. Sources particularly commend his excellent work on gas pricing disputes and consider him “a thought leader in economics”.

Roula Harfouche at Accuracy is a top expert in the London market who is commended by peers as “a good operator” with “strong valuation skills”.

Independent consultant John Ellison continues to impress peers and clients alike, who consider him a first-class expert witness and describe him as “a major figure in the community”.

Kai Schumacher at AlixPartners is “a standout name” in the German market where he is highly respected for his extensive testifying experience before arbitration tribunals.

Carlos Lapuerta at The Brattle Group is “definitely a top name” in the UK market where he stands out among peers for his leading work handling a range of financial valuations and analyses.

At PwC, Timothy Allen is widely respected by peers who describe him as “one of the biggest names in the space”. He is well known for his expert handling of financial loss and valuation matters.
John Fisher is “a very experienced expert” who focuses his impressive practice on a range of matters including disputes-related damages and valuations.

At Ernst & Young, Richard Indge heads the firm’s disputes team in the UK. He is “a big name” with a “great practice”, which includes delivering oral testimony in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Dominic Wreford at Duff & Phelps is well versed in handling a range of complex commercial disputes, where he provides oral and written testimony relating to loss and claims valuations.

Gervase MacGregor at BDO is “a very experienced expert” who is “excellent” when it comes to handling complex business and damages valuations.

At Alvarez & Marsal, Alexander Demuth gains recognition for his excellent work in relation to disputes, with one source noting, “He understands what is needed of him to bring across his message to the arbitral tribunal.”

 

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Daniel Flores Econ One Research Inc, Washington, DC
2. Brent Kaczmarek Navigant, Washington DC
3. Manuel A Abdala Compass Lexecon, Washington, DC
4. Pablo T Spiller Compass Lexecon, New York
5. Howard Rosen FTI Consulting, Toronto

Compass Lexecon sees 13 experts from across its North American offices highlighted here. 
Manuel Abdala is “a highly distinguished expert” who receives widespread plaudits for his outstanding work providing damages analyses and valuations in international arbitration proceedings.
Pablo Spiller is one of the foremost quantum experts in the region who comes highly recommended by market commentators for his top-tier handling of damages assessments and valuations.
Daniel Fischel is “a top expert”, particularly when it comes to securities litigation, according to sources who praise his strong expertise in the space.

FTI Consulting achieves 10 nominations across the region.
Howard Rosen enjoys a fantastic reputation on an international level for his expertise in the space, and is regarded by sources as “a key player in major Canadian damages cases”.
Neal Mizrahi is “a very strong up-and-coming expert” who is widely respected for his impressive work handling economic loss and business valuations.
Greig Taylor boasts “a wealth of experience and knowledge” in the quantum space, and wins praise from sources who say, “He quickly picks up the key issues at the heart of a dispute.” He is also recognised for his “superior work product” and “strong interpersonal skills”.

At Econ One Research Inc, Daniel Flores draws effusive praise from sources who comment, “He is a very intelligent expert who thinks fast and can perform complex assessments and calculations in very limited time frames.”

Brent Kaczmarek at Navigant is a financial and valuations expert who is “very good at presenting complex issues”. He is highlighted as a leading light in the space, with sources noting, “Everybody knows Brent.”

Berkeley Research Group’s David Teece is a well-established figure in the economics arena, and receives plaudits from sources here for his outstanding financial expertise.
Christopher Goncalves is highly sought after by clients who commend him for “his combination of commercial knowledge and testifying skills” as well as his “very impressive oral testimony”.

Scott Davidson at Duff & Phelps is a well-recognised figure in the Canadian market who is highly recommended for his adept handling of complex disputes and related valuations.

 

Asia-Pacific and Latin America

Thought Leaders
1. Jorge Fantuzzi F&K Consultores, Santiago
2. Mike Allen FTI Consulting, Hong Kong

Mike Allen at FTI Consulting is “an exceedingly thorough and diligent expert” who is “cool under pressure and excellent in the witness box”. He is particularly highlighted by sources for his expertise in complex and high-value construction claims.
Jon Rowell is well known for his strong work on damages disputes and stands out in the market for his work on both the contentious and non-contentious sides.

Jorge Fantuzzi of F&K Consultores is a first choice for many clients who recommend him for “his combination of economic and statistical expertise with competition law knowledge”. He is commended for his “attentiveness to identifying and neutralising potential counterarguments” of a case, as well as his “meticulous work”.

Tony Samuel at Sapere Forensic is “one of the leading figures in the market for independent expert work” according to respondents who highlight his “strong international arbitration practice” and testifying work in related proceedings.

At Berkeley Research Group, Jonathan Humphrey is a well-recognised name in the Australian market who stands out for his expertise when it comes to loss of profits calculations and disputes valuations.

At Berkeley Research Group, Mustafa Hadi stands out as “an elite practitioner” who peers would “highly recommend” for his valuations and damages work. One source effuses: “He’s extremely bright and always a great pleasure to work with.”

Jon Prudhoe at Navigant Consulting is a prominent name in the Singaporean market. According to sources, “He always performs well under cross-examination,” and “is able to distil complicated issues so that they are easily comprehensible for the tribunal.”

Accuracy’s Jonathan Ellis is a quantum and valuations specialist who “displays exceptional attention to detail and produces carefully prepared and strategically astute work”.

 

Future Leaders

This year, we also highlight 31 impressive experts who are considered future leaders in the quantum of damages space.

Haberman Ilett’s Anastasia Mikhalitsyna “possesses very strong analytical skills and complements those with the valuable ability to communicate complex technical concepts clearly and concisely”, according to sources who commend her particularly strong understanding of the Russian market.
Simon Procopiou is recognised for his great knowledge and understanding of quantum matters and wins high praise from sources – one of whom notes, “He is able to produce excellent reports that truly make an impact in proceedings.”
Kate Lilleyman is “excellent to work with” when it comes to valuation and loss of profit claims, where she is known for her “strong drafting skills” and “diligent approach”.

At F&K Consultores, María Valentina Konow Vial boasts “vast experience in the assessment of damages” and is commended for “providing high-quality and independent opinions”.
Juan Pablo Philippi Prado “always delivers on time” and is “quick to understand the legal issues”. He wins praise from lawyers who consider him “a great complement to our work”.

Chaitanya Arora at FTI Consulting is commended by clients for his “truly international background and experience” as well as his “keen eye for detail” when handling damages and business valuation matters. They note, “His dedication to his clients is exceptional.”

At Ernst & Young, Andrew Cochran is highlighted as “an up-and-comer” who “has quite a few noteworthy case decisions under his belt”. He wins commendations from sources for his strong valuation expertise.

Jessica Resch at Independent Economics & Finance is “a consummate professional” who boasts “excellent skills as an economist and forensic expert”. Sources consider her “a dedicated and extremely bright individual”.

Patrick Hébréard at CEG comes highly recommended for his excellent work handling disputes throughout the gas industry, an area in which he is “analytically very strong”. One sources notes, “The analytical rigour with which he comes at the issue is very impressive.”

Gwynn Hopkins at Perun Consultants “has a mind like a steel trap” according to respondents, who “have the utmost confidence in his views on valuation issues and methodologies”. One source effuses: “Gwynn has always been an eminent professional and a pleasure to work with.”

At Cornerstone Research, Andrea Cardani is recommended by peers for “his ability to explain highly complex quantum issues to counsel and tribunals in a clear yet sophisticated way”. They comment, “He is a very bright, highly motivated and reliable expert.”

Florin Dorobantu at The Brattle Group is “a very strong up-and-coming expert” who is well versed in handling a range of valuation matters in international arbitration disputes as well as litigation proceedings.

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