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Asset Recovery Experts 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Diane Hughes is a "highly efficient" asset recovery specialist who is commended by peers thanks to her "excellent credentials" in fraud-related proceedings.

Biography

Diane Hughes is a managing director who specialises in forensic and litigation support assignments. She has over 30 years of diverse experience in professional services and in industry. In the course of her career, she has worked as an independent expert or adviser on over 40 commercial disputes and has given oral evidence in the High Court on liability, causation and damages. Diane also leads forensic investigations, latterly in multiple jurisdictions, particularly Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

After graduating from Durham University in 1984, Diane joined Arthur Andersen and qualified as a chartered accountant. She worked in the audit and business advisory division in Manchester and Sydney, Australia, before joining the strategy, finance and economics group in London in April 1992. She became a partner in 1996. Her work included transaction advice, contentious and non-contentious valuations and several major international claims, with damages at stake of up to £2 billion. Diane left Andersen in 1998 to join a FTSE 100 global conglomerate, initially as group financial controller and subsequently as director of Merger Integration following a £10 billion merger.

Diane has been a director of several companies. She founded her own specialist internet recruitment business in 2001 and ran this business for almost five years before selling the company to Reed Plc. Diane is a former board member of CEDR, a non-profit organisation providing alternative dispute resolution services.

Prior to joining AlixPartners, Diane led the forensic and litigation support team at Zolfo Cooper Europe for almost six years. She was involved and continues to be involved in the strategic management of claims in the UK, Europe and the Middle East on behalf of corporates alongside her appointment taking restructuring partners. Diane has extensive experience of negotiating and settling claims.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Diane Hughes is an "extremely efficient" asset recovery expert with over 30 years' experience in the field.

Biography

Diane Hughes is a managing director who specialises in forensic and litigation support assignments. She has over 30 years of diverse experience in professional services and in industry. In the course of her career, she has worked as an independent expert or adviser on over 40 commercial disputes and has given oral evidence in the High Court on liability, causation and damages. Diane also leads forensic investigations, latterly in multiple jurisdictions, particularly Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

After graduating from Durham University in 1984, Diane joined Arthur Andersen and qualified as a chartered accountant. She worked in the audit and business advisory division in Manchester and Sydney, Australia, before joining the strategy, finance and economics group in London in April 1992. She became a partner in 1996. Her work included transaction advice, contentious and non-contentious valuations and several major international claims, with damages at stake of up to £2 billion. Diane left Andersen in 1998 to join a FTSE 100 global conglomerate, initially as group financial controller and subsequently as director of Merger Integration following a £10 billion merger.

Diane has been a director of several companies. She founded her own specialist internet recruitment business in 2001 and ran this business for almost five years before selling the company to Reed Plc. Diane is a former board member of CEDR, a non-profit organisation providing alternative dispute resolution services.

Prior to joining AlixPartners, Diane led the forensic and litigation support team at Zolfo Cooper Europe for almost six years. She was involved and continues to be involved in the strategic management of claims in the UK, Europe and the Middle East on behalf of corporates alongside her appointment taking restructuring partners. Diane has extensive experience of negotiating and settling claims.

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