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Geoffrey Senogles
Office:
Route de St-Cergue 15
CH-1260
City:
Nyon
State:
Vaud
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 22 360 8090
Fax:
+41 22 360 8092

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration

Geoffrey Senogles is a Welsh chartered accountant based in Geneva and London. He leads CRA’s European team of forensic accountants. Geoff’s practice covers international arbitration (treaty and commercial), joint venture disputes, sports, business valuations, financial investigations and compliance. He has testified over 30 times and has worked across Europe, the Middle East, India, Levant, Africa and North America. For many years, he has taught financial damages at the Universities of Geneva and Fribourg. He speaks Welsh, English and French.

Describe your career to date.

In 1989, I began my career in UK accountancy practices, working on audit, accounts preparation, tax, and advisory projects, then focusing on forensic accounting. I relocated to Geneva in 2000 to join the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) and thereafter founded and ran Swiss consulting firms, before joining CRA in 2012.

How did you come to be an expert witness in arbitral proceedings?

I progressed from UK-based forensic accounting expert witness work, getting a major boost from working alongside legal colleagues and Commissioners at the UNCC. My first arbitration testimony was in front of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.

What is the most memorable matter you’ve worked on?

Many cases compete for this title, as I have been blessed with a varied and often fascinating caseload over the years. Three stand out: acting for a global sports organisation in front of TAS/CAS; acting for the Palestinian Authority quantifying losses; and working in Kinshasa advising, in French, the RD Congolese government on reparations.

What makes for a good expert witness?

Communication skills (listening as well as oral and written) are paramount, plus a robust disposition, backed by technical solidity.

My lecturing to LLM students has been a valuable, illuminating and thoroughly enjoyable aspect of my practice over the years.

Given your perspective, what are the challenges currently facing arbitration practitioners and expert witnesses?

Among the many challenges faced by counsel and expert witnesses is the need to express such voluminous information and detail to the Tribunal, while also presenting arguments or explanations in such a way that the Tribunal understands quickly and intuitively before making a decision. Making a complex issue easily understandable takes a great deal of effort.

Would you say that forensic accounting and expert witness testimony is increasing in importance during arbitral proceedings? If so, why is this?

In my experience, the case’s real importance to the parties’ representatives is typically the numbers. This places a burden on practitioners (both legal and quantum) as well as the Tribunal to understand the arguments and evidence. Quantum witnesses need to be able to explain issues in such a way as to convey the essential impact – without seeking to lecture for an hour on their “pet” financial topic. 

How does CRA distinguish itself from the competition?

We have a broad range of specialist practices across our firm, allowing generalists like me to collaborate with and support sector or topic specialists or affiliated academics. As a group of around 125 VPs, we are collegiate and meet regularly.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Expert Witnesses

Geoffrey Senogles is a chartered accountant based in CRA Geneva and in London, leading the firm’s European team of forensic accountants.

He is a specialist in international arbitration (treaty and commercial).

He focuses on investigative accounting and the measurement of financial losses, loss of profits, joint venture disputes, business valuations, royalty audits and financial investigations. He has worked on assignments across the Middle East, Persian Gulf, India, Turkey plus Africa, North America and Europe generally; this includes spending three years on staff at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Switzerland. He has extensive and diverse testifying experience, including; in the High Court, London; in ICSID, LCIA, SCC and ICC arbitrations; at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS/CAS); and at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.  He has also acted as expert in UNCITRAL, ECT and AAA arbitrations. He advises small company technology start-ups internationally, with growing operations in India and Africa. His broad sector experience includes, for example; oil and gas (incl. LNG), sports/football, telecoms, renewable energy, media, food, banking, construction and commodity trading. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).

He is engaged by claimants or respondents, but also as a tribunal-appointed expert.

He speaks Welsh, English and French.

For many years, he has lectured on financial damages on the MIDS LLM programme at the University of Geneva. He has also provided workshops at the Swiss Arbitration Academy and the Universities of Fribourg and Dundee. He provides training workshops to law firms; speaks at legal conferences internationally; co-delivers staff training workshops within CRA, and is on the board of editors of the Journal of Damages in International Arbitration (Juris Publications).

London Offices:
99 Bishopsgate
London, England
EC2M 3XD
Tel: +44 207 664 3700

WWL says: Geoffrey Senogles regularly assists with arbitrations as an accountancy expert witness, offering substantial expertise in assessing financial loss.

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Who's Who Legal Consulting Experts: Economic Consulting - Quantum of Damages

Geoffrey Senogles is a chartered accountant based in CRA Geneva and in London, leading the firm’s European team of forensic accountants.

He is a specialist in international arbitration (treaty and commercial).

He focuses on investigative accounting and the measurement of financial losses, loss of profits, joint venture disputes, business valuations, royalty audits and financial investigations. He has worked on assignments across the Middle East, Persian Gulf, India, Turkey plus Africa, North America and Europe generally; this includes spending three years on staff at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Switzerland. He has extensive and diverse testifying experience, including; in the High Court, London; in ICSID, LCIA, SCC and ICC arbitrations; at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS/CAS); and at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.  He has also acted as expert in UNCITRAL, ECT and AAA arbitrations. He advises small company technology start-ups internationally, with growing operations in India and Africa. His broad sector experience includes, for example; oil and gas (incl. LNG), sports/football, telecoms, renewable energy, media, food, banking, construction and commodity trading. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).

He is engaged by claimants or respondents, but also as a tribunal-appointed expert.

He speaks Welsh, English and French.

For many years, he has lectured on financial damages on the MIDS LLM programme at the University of Geneva. He has also provided workshops at the Swiss Arbitration Academy and the Universities of Fribourg and Dundee. He provides training workshops to law firms; speaks at legal conferences internationally; co-delivers staff training workshops within CRA, and is on the board of editors of the Journal of Damages in International Arbitration (Juris Publications).

London Offices:
99 Bishopsgate
London, England
EC2M 3XD
Tel: +44 207 664 3700

WWL says: Senogles is considered “a definite inclusion”, especially for his “excellent marshalling of complex material, which is presented in a clear and practical manner".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Consulting Experts which can be purchased from our Shop.

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