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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Alexander Demuth is a “very good name” in the market, and is in high demand by clients who say he “explains his cases amazingly”.

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Alexander Demuth is co-head of A&M’s international arbitration group, and leader of the German disputes and investigations practice. He specialises in advising clients in arbitration, litigation and settlement, with a focus on post-merger and commercial disputes, and has more than 20 years’ experience in quantification of damages, valuation, business modelling, transaction services, accounting and auditing. His experience includes giving evidence in more than 20 hearings including arbitrations under AAA, DIS, ICC, SCC and VIAC rules.

What do you enjoy most about acting as an expert witness in arbitrations?

The variety and the challenge. No two cases are the same and, thus, all knowledge and experience must be used to master each matter. Often, this involves gaining in-depth insights into a company, an industry or a market. It also often entails adapting well-known theories and methodologies to the issue at hand. As a result, working as an expert witness is exciting and seldom boring.

How has the arbitration market changed since you started practising?

It is my impression that the use of experts has become more common in continental Europe, including our involvement at an earlier stage of the proceedings. And since these days there is no lack of data – rather, there’s an abundance of it – management of information has become vital, and identifying the relevant information as early as possible has become one of the most critical issues.

How does your experience as an accountant assist your work as expert witness?

My background as an accountant provides me with a thorough knowledge and understanding of accounting, auditing, business modelling and valuations – in this way it’s the basis of my work, especially in post-M&A matters. Furthermore, accountants are trained to form a fact-based opinion based on the comprehensive analysis of the available information. This conclusive assessment of information forms a robust basis for sound judgement and, thus, compelling and convincing conclusions.

What are the challenges of working in such an international area of law?

While, generally, numbers, calculations, approaches and methods to assess damages can be used interchangeably in various jurisdictions, it is important to understand the legal framework and, specifically, the requirements for establishing damages under the applicable law. Therefore, close interaction with legal counsel is required to understand these prerequisites.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of hot-tubbing in arbitration proceedings?

If well prepared, witness conferencing enables the tribunal to directly compare the opinions and reasoning of two opposing experts on a specific matter. Ideally, this will support the tribunal in forming its opinion on a critical issue, and working towards a conclusion. However, if not properly prepared, witness conferencing will not produce any additional insight, but merely repeat opinions and arguments that have already been submitted to the proceedings.

How do you see the demands of clients changing over the next five years?

Clients already, and rightfully, demand a balance between the use and cost of international arbitration. Considering both the growing complexity of business models and the ever-growing volume of available data, new challenges will arise in meeting this demand.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

The greatest achievement (which is not all my doing) is to have recruited and retained the highly motivated and excellently skilled team that is the basis of everything we deliver to our clients.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Alexander Demuth is heralded by peers as “the best expert for post-M&A disputes in Germany today”. Sources say, “He is incredibly in-demand."

Biography

Alexander Demuth, co-head of Alvarez & Marsal’s international arbitration group and leader of its German disputes and investigations practice, is a managing director based in Munich and Hamburg. He specialises in advising clients in arbitration, litigation and out-of-court settlement with a focus on post-merger and commercial disputes.

Alexander has acted as party-appointed or tribunal-appointed expert in international arbitration proceedings under AAA, DIS, ICC, ICSID, SCC, SIAC and VIAC and ad hoc rules as well as in litigation proceedings.

His experience covers various industries, including automotive and automotive supply, biotechnology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, private equity, renewable energy, retail and software.

A German national, Alexander is fluent in German and English and has issued reports and testified in both languages.

Alexander is a German Certified Public Accountant and has earned his master’s degree in economics from the University of Passau.

He is a member of the German Institute of Public Auditors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Alexander Demuth is a “very good name” in the market who is in high demand by clients who say he “explains his cases amazingly”.

Biography

Alexander Demuth, co-head of A&M’s international arbitration group and leader of its German dispute and investigations practice, is a managing director based in Munich and Hamburg. He specialises in advising clients in arbitration, litigation and out-of-court settlement with a focus on post-merger disputes, commercial disputes and intellectual property disputes.

Alexander has acted as party-appointed or tribunal-appointed expert in international arbitration proceedings under DIS, ICC, ICSID, SIAC and VIAC rules as well as in litigation proceedings.

His experience covers various industries, including automotive and automotive supply, biotechnology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, private equity, renewable energy, retail and software.

A German national, Alexander is fluent in German and English and has issued reports and testified in both languages.

Alexander is a German Certified Public Accountant and has earned his Master’s degree in economics from the University of Passau.

He is a member of the German Institute of Public Auditors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Alexander Demuth is a “very persuasive” expert who is highlighted as “an excellent expert witness for accounting matters and investment cost calculations”.

Biography

Alexander Demuth, co-head of A&M’s international arbitration group and leader of its German dispute and investigations practice, is a managing director based in Munich and Hamburg. He specialises in advising clients in arbitration, litigation and out-of-court settlement, with a focus on post-merger disputes, commercial disputes and intellectual property disputes.

Alexander has acted as party-appointed or tribunal-appointed expert in international arbitration proceedings under DIS, ICC, ICSID, SIAC and VIAC rules as well as in litigation proceedings.

His experience covers various industries, including automotive and automotive supply, biotechnology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, private equity, renewable energy, retail and software.

A German national, Alexander is fluent in German and English and has issued reports and testified in both languages.

Alexander is a German Certified Public Accountant and earned his Master’s degree in economics from the University of Passau.

He is a member of the German Institute of Public Auditors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

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