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Chris Osborne

Chris Osborne

Osborne Partners29 Throgmorton StreetLondonEnglandEC2N 2AT
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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

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Chris has spent over 35 years bringing economic and financial analysis to complex commercial, regulatory and legal problems. He is the former global head of FTI’s economic consulting business, and prior to this was the global head of Arthur Andersen’s economic and financial consulting business. He has testified multiple times in the UK’s domestic courts, in multiple arbitration forums, in the US tax court and before the Competition Appeals Tribunal. He has also advised regulators and regulated companies in the electricity, gas, media, post, rail, telecoms and water sectors.

Describe your career to date.

I was lucky to spend the early part of my career at Arthur Andersen, where I learned much of what I know about the importance of quality work, client focus and team building. Since then, first at LECG and then at FTI, I have tried to bring the same disciplines to bear on the work that we do.

What do you enjoy most about working as an arbitration expert witness?

The variety of issues, industries and contexts for the disputes that arise.

On what types of matters are you being called to give evidence most frequently at present?

The variety is still extraordinary. But recently there has been more work involving the mining industry, and more work involving Africa.

What effect does the increasing number of arbitral seats emerging around the globe have on the international arbitration market?

The market is increasingly global. It is very common to have multi-location legal teams, and multi-location expert teams.

What role do you see for London in the arbitration space post-Brexit?

I think London as an international arbitration centre is unlikely to be affected by Brexit (at least in the medium term).

How has the role of expert witness changed since you started practising?

The rise in international arbitration work is the most significant feature. Although the nature of the work is similar (whether in domestic litigation or international arbitration) the style of the hearings is quite different.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Helping to build the finest international arbitration expert witness team in the world.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career as an expert witness?

Get a job at FTI.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration Expert Witnesses 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Global Elite Thought Leader Chris Osborne does "brilliant work" as an expert witness, with observers "particularly impressed" by his handling of matters such as post-acquisition disputes and loss of profit claims.

Biography

Chris Osborne works with FTI Consulting as an affiliate. Chris was previously the global leader of FTI Consulting’s economic consulting practice. Prior to that he was the global head of Arthur Andersen’s economic and financial consulting group. Mr Osborne has over 30 years' experience in bringing economic and financial analysis to complex commercial and regulatory disputes. 

During the course of his career Mr Osborne has been involved in over 200 cases of litigation and arbitration, covering loss of profits claims, post-acquisition disputes, insurance claims and restrictive trade practices. He has worked on regulatory issues in the electricity, gas, media, post, rail, telecoms, and water sectors, working for regulators, incumbents and new market entrants, in the UK and more widely in Europe.

He has given oral evidence on over 30 occasions – in the UK’s domestic courts, as well as in London, Paris, Stockholm, Geneva and Singapore, in ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitrations. He has also given evidence in the US tax courts, in the US-Iran Tribunal, in the then Restrictive Trades Practices Court and in front of the then Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

He was named as one of five “most highly regarded individuals” in Europe in the expert witness analysis of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2016).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Chris Osborne is well versed in handling loss of profit and damages claims in complex contentious proceedings and is highlighted by sources as “extremely credible in the witness box”.

Biography

Chris Osborne an independent consultant. Chris was previously the global leader of FTI Consulting’s economic consulting practice. Prior to that he was the global head of Arthur Andersen’s economic and financial consulting group. Mr Osborne has over 30 years' experience in bringing economic and financial analysis to complex commercial and regulatory disputes.

During the course of his career, Mr Osborne has been involved in over 200 cases of litigation and arbitration, covering loss of profits claims, post-acquisition disputes, insurance claims and restrictive trade practices. He has worked on regulatory issues in the electricity, gas, media, post, rail, telecoms, and water sectors, working for regulators, incumbents and new market entrants, in the UK and more widely in Europe.

He has given oral evidence on over 30 occasions – in the UK’s domestic courts, as well as in London, Paris, Stockholm, Geneva and Singapore, in ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitrations. He has also given evidence in the US tax courts, in the US-Iran Tribunal, in the then Restrictive Trades Practices Court and in front of the then Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

He was named as one of five “most highly regarded individuals” in Europe in the expert witness analysis of WWL: Arbitration (2016).

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