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Anthony Charlton
Office:
185 Avenue Charles de Gaulle
Neuilly sur Seine Cedex
92524
City:
Paris
Country:
France

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration

Anthony Charlton leads the international arbitration team of Deloitte France, and is a chartered accountant. His main focus is the quantification of economic loss, forensic accounting, and business valuation in the context of international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. He has provided written and oral evidence before arbitral tribunals on many occasions.

He is also heavily involved in post-acquisition disputes, both in an advisory role and acting as expert to determine accounting disputes.

What attracted you to a career as an expert witness in arbitral proceedings?

I have always been deeply interested in finance and law; when I was studying career options, I came close to training as a lawyer. In many ways, my role as an expert witness neatly bridges the two worlds. I enjoy getting to the heart of and solving complex financial, economics, valuation and accounting issues, working with the legal and client teams, and defending my analysis under cross-examination.

Describe your career to date.

I spent the first 10 years of my career in London, training and working with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and Deloitte, before moving to Paris with Deloitte in 2004. In 2009, I left Deloitte to co-found FTI’s Parisian disputes practice before returning to Deloitte in 2015 to lead the international arbitration practice.

What makes for a good expert witness?

There are the usual (and crucial) qualities such as intellect, ability to communicate clearly, creativity, general business acumen and ability to lead or work as part of a team; however, a much underrated virtue in my view is humility. I think this especially applies to expert witnesses, who must at all times remain credible in the eyes of the Tribunal. Having a “God complex” is a complete no-no!

As head of international arbitration at Deloitte in France, what would you say are the firm’s main priorities for the future to allow it to maintain its leading market position?

Attracting the right talent is key; to convince clients to choose Deloitte, we need to demonstrate our depth of expertise on any given subject area and across different geographies. This requires strong individuals at all levels who can think creatively, apply intellectual rigour in testing ideas, and work as part of a team.

Another priority is developing ever-closer coordination with other practice areas and geographies within Deloitte. We aim to put forward the best available expert for each case. We are present in 150 other countries and territories, and have some of the world’s leading industry experts in so many sectors.

From your perspective, what do you foresee as the future challenges currently facing arbitration practitioners and expert witnesses?

The obvious challenge is for international arbitration to remain the first choice of parties to resolve business disputes, despite the threat posed by the available alternatives and user concerns over time and costs. For expert witnesses specifically, I hope the recent increase in the number of practitioners in this field does not lead to a drop in standards. To remain relevant, we need to be seen to add real value to the dispute resolution process at all levels.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal France - Arbitration Expert Witnesses

Anthony Charlton is a partner of Deloitte France, where he leads the international arbitration team.

Anthony has over 20 years' specialist experience of forensic accounting, damages quantification and business valuation. He has assisted public and private companies, regulators, governments, law firms and individual investors, across many jurisdictions and industries, in the context of claims involving lost profits, post-transaction disputes, contentious valuations, expert determination, wasted costs, fraud, joint-venture disputes, and other types of forensic accounting assignments.

Anthony has acted as testifying, consulting, and tribunal-appointed expert witness in many arbitrations and litigations of differing size and complexity, conducted under the auspices of various arbitral institutions including the ICC, ICSID, SCC and LCIA, and under UNCITRAL rules. He has also acted as an expert witness in litigation matters before both the French and Belgian national courts. He is often instructed to provide preliminary assessments of the value of potential claims for damages.

He has assisted clients in contentious and non-contentious matters in many different regions including the US, the UK, Eastern Europe, Africa, continental Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East. His experience covers many different industry sectors including telecommunications, construction, hotel and leisure, aviation, real estate, infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, banking, chemicals, satellites and materials.

Anthony is a graduate of Durham University and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has been based in Paris since 2004.

WWL says: Anthony Charlton is identified as a “standout” by interviewees for his expertise in damages quantification and forensic accounting.

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Who's Who Legal France - Investigations Forensic Experts

Anthony Charlton is a partner of Deloitte France, where he leads the international arbitration team.

Anthony has over 20 years' specialist experience of forensic accounting, damages quantification and business valuation. He has assisted public and private companies, regulators, governments, law firms and individual investors, across many jurisdictions and industries, in the context of claims involving lost profits, post-transaction disputes, contentious valuations, expert determination, wasted costs, fraud, joint-venture disputes, and other types of forensic accounting assignments.

Anthony has acted as testifying, consulting, and tribunal-appointed expert witness in many arbitrations and litigations of differing size and complexity, conducted under the auspices of various arbitral institutions including the ICC, ICSID, SCC and LCIA, and under UNCITRAL rules. He has also acted as an expert witness in litigation matters before both the French and Belgian national courts. He is often instructed to provide preliminary assessments of the value of potential claims for damages.

He has assisted clients in contentious and non-contentious matters in many different regions including the US, the UK, Eastern Europe, Africa, continental Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East. His experience covers many different industry sectors including telecommunications, construction, hotel and leisure, aviation, real estate, infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, banking, chemicals, satellites and materials.

Anthony is a graduate of Durham University and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has been based in Paris since 2004.

WWL says: The revered Anthony Charlton is one of the pre-eminent forensic accountants in France.

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

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