Laura Hardin is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal's disputes and investigations practice in Houston, Texas.
She has more than 20 years of experience in providing business valuation, damages assessments, forensic accounting and consulting services on a variety of engagements.
Ms Hardin has provided expert guidance on damage quantification for both investment treaty and commercial matters and has submitted evidence in international arbitration cases brought before ICC, ICDR, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, and ad hoc tribunals. These disputes involved amounts at issue of more than several billion dollars and have included allegations of expropriation, shareholder disputes, breach of contract controversies and purchase price disputes.
Ms Hardin has experience in disputes in several industries including oil and gas, power generation, telecoms, aviation, real estate development, metals and mining, and general manufacturing and has worked both as a consultant and party-appointed expert for private entities as well as sovereign governments and government-owned entities.
Before joining Alvarez & Marsal, Ms Hardin was a vice president with CRA and held prior roles with FTI Consulting, Navigant Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston and in Moscow.
Fluent in Russian, Ms Hardin has testified in Russian courts, and has worked extensively on engagements involving entities in Russia and the CIS in particular, as well as Latin America, Europe and Africa and the Middle East.
Ms Hardin holds an MBA from the George Washington University and a BA in Russian language and literature from Wesleyan University. She is also a certified valuation analyst with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.
WWL says: Laura Hardin stands out for her “encyclopaedic knowledge”, providing expert guidance on matters ranging from business valuation and damages assessments, to forensic accounting.
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