Dawna Wright is a senior managing director and leader of the Australian forensic practice of FTI Consulting. She is based in Melbourne, Australia.
A chartered accountant with nearly 25 years’ experience, Dawna began her career as an auditor and has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, France and Australia. She reads, writes and speaks fluent French.
Dawna specialises in economic loss, business valuations and forensic accounting, acting as an expert witness, a consulting expert and an independent expert determiner. Her experience includes general commercial disputes, class action litigation, shareholder disputes, post-acquisition disputes, corporate investigations and financial statement restatements.
Dawna has acted as an expert in many complex and high-profile matters. She has provided expert testimony many times, in litigation in all jurisdictions of Australia, as well as arbitration hearings in Singapore and Hong Kong. She also has extensive experience with expert conclaves and concurrent evidence, which are widely used in Australia.
Dawna’s international arbitration experience is mainly related to assessing economic loss in the mining, pharmaceutical and manufacturing/distribution sectors. Her litigation experience also reaches across most other sectors.
Dawna has served as a director on several not-for-profit boards, including as chair of audit and risk committees. Currently she is the chair of the national forensic accounting committee of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is one of a handful of business valuation specialists, as designated by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Dawna specialises in the interpretation of complex data and financial information for non-financial clients, particularly lawyers and boards of directors. Clients value her accessibility and her hands-on approach.
WWL says: Dawna Wright comes highly recommended thanks to her 20 years of forensic accounting experience and her enviable track record as an expert witness.
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