Will Davies

Will Davies
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Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Expert Witnesses

Will leads Grant Thornton's forensic and investigations practice in the United Kingdom. He is an experienced forensic accountant with a proven track record in complex disputes (including international arbitration). Will has undertaken forensic accounting assignments since 1993 and has vast experience in contentious matters, often in high-profile cases. Will has given written evidence on over 400 occasions and oral evidence in over 30 cases.

Will's experience in disputes matters is wide-ranging and covers valuations, commercial transactions, breach of contract, professional negligence, loss of profits, matrimonial, insurance claims, claims following insolvency, libel, financial product close-outs and other derivatives-related matters.

Will has been appointed as expert in proceedings in both the United Kingdom and overseas jurisdictions, including the United States, Guernsey, the BVI, Malta, Gibraltar, Germany, Dubai and Bulgaria. While most of these matters have settled, Will has given evidence in the UK High Court and in various arbitration arenas (ICC and BCC (Bulgaria)).

Will qualified as an accountant with a legacy PwC firm in their audit practice, before specialising in forensic accountancy from 1993. Will co-founded a boutique investigations and forensic practice in 1997, and joined Grant Thornton as a partner in 2002.

Will has advised clients and acted as expert in a wide range of industries, including financial services (particularly insurance, banking and asset management), manufacturing, energy, retail, media, health care, pharmaceuticals, professional services and construction.

WWL says: Will Davies is an esteemed forensic accountant and impresses market sources with his high-quality reports and expert testimonies. 

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

Who's Who Legal Investigations: Forensic Accountants

Will is an experienced forensic accountant specialising in complex multi-jurisdictional financial investigations and commercial disputes. His work covers many of the world's offshore financial locations, the Middle East, Europe and North America. His sector experience covers financial services (especially banking and insurance), private equity, pharma, manufacturing and energy.

Will has acted in a number of large reported financial services investigations and civil disputes including: Calyon v IKB Deutsche Industriebank Aktiengesellschaft (2011); Financial Guaranty Insurance Company and FGIC UK Limited v IKB Deutsche Industriebank Aktiengesellschaft (2011); Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd and Other v Glenalla Properties Limited and Others (the Oscatello litigation) (2012); and Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc (2013). He is currently engaged in a substantial multibillion-dollar multiparty multi-jurisdiction asset-tracing exercise spanning Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Will is regularly retained by regulators (in Europe and the Caribbean), liquidators/receivers, corporates, lawyers and private equity funds in sensitive and typically very complex matters. He specialises in bringing together teams from different disciplines and locations to deliver timely, clear and objective evidence for his clients.

Will has also carried out numerous UK-based fraud and irregularity investigations (both civil and criminal) including POCA 2002 matters, search and seize operations, SFO investigations, black hole investigations and insider trading allegations.

Will also has extensive experience acting as an expert witness in courts and at arbitrations and has given evidence on over 30 separate occasions. He regularly speaks at international conferences on financial investigations and disputes.

Will is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992.

WWL says: Will Davies has built up an impressive forensic and investigations practice and is widely recognised for his “superb expertise”.

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

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