Javier Espel is a member of the BDO global forensics practice, partner and he has led the forensic department in Spain since September 2011, when he joined BDO.
Over the past 20 years working as a full time dedicated forensic accountant, he has accumulated extensive experience in acting as an independent expert on complex economic, financial and accounting matters in multiple jurisdictions (administrative, commercial, civil, criminal, labour), international arbitration (ICSID, SCC, ICC) and Spanish arbitration courts (Madrid, Bilbao and Valencia courts of arbitration, Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration (CIMA), Barcelona Arbitration Court (TAB)).
He is experienced in cases across a wide range of industries including insurance, banking, energy (mainly renewables and oil), retail, telecoms, hospitality, manufacturing, and professional services.
Mr Espel has also acted as an expert determiner appointed by the parties in private disputes in various cases involving national and international companies.
He has given testimony before courts of justice and national and international arbitrations more than 180 times over the past 20 years.
He has conducted a wide range of cross-border and local fraud investigations leading multidisciplinary teams: computer forensics and eDiscovery, forensic accountants, interviewers, corporate intelligence professionals, issuing reports to companies’ boards of directors and to counsels in the course of criminal proceedings.
During his career he has conducted many cross-border projects between Spain and the USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Andorra and Tunisia.
Before joining BDO, he was part of the management group of KPMG Forensic in Spain in the early years of the practice. Following this, Mr Espel was one of the founders of the Ernst & Young (EY) fraud investigations & dispute services department in Spain.
During the first five years of his career, he worked in finance and later internal audit departments in the insurance industry. This previous experience has given him a complete perspective of business before working in advisory matters.
He has taken part as a speaker at numerous conferences on the role of the expert in arbitration and fraud investigation matters. He has also been interviewed and has published several articles relating to fraud topics and dispute resolutions.
He earned his degree in economics and business science from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is a member of the Madrid Economists Association (CEMAD) and the Spanish Register of Forensic Economists (REFor).