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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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For two decades, Kai has used the power of facts and financial analysis to quantify damages in international arbitrations and related forensic investigations. He has led more than 150 engagements in his career with values of up to €170 billion. Kai has specialised in the assessment of lost profits, diminutions in value, lost royalties, purchase price adjustments and financial representation and warranties.  Most often his cases relate to breaches of contract, investor-state arbitrations, allegedly defective machinery as well as post-M&A, joint venture and IP disputes. In the past, he provided advice in respect of more than 40 (contentious) sale and purchase agreements and commercial contracts. Kai has an MBA, is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a CPA.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER AS AN ARBITRATION EXPERT?

In this special area, solid work can make a huge difference. I love this job and the aspects involved with each phase of an arbitration.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE PRACTICE AREA?

Hot tubbing and witness conferencing. I find it great fun.

HOW HAS THE MARKET CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED PRACTISING?

It appears that the pleadings on quantum are getting on average more comprehensive and more contentious.

WHAT DO CLIENTS LOOK FOR IN AN EFFECTIVE ARBITRATION EXPERT?

That depends on the client. Some look for an experienced, highly skilled expert who is passionate about his or her role as an advisor to the arbitral tribunal. Others look for someone who they can control to hopefully benefit their case.

WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU NOTICING IN DAMAGE QUANTIFICATIONS AT THE MOMENT?

This small industry is maturing with less conceptual questions. However, the way the concepts are applied still differs tremendously.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

The better is the enemy of the good. Therefore, I am very positive about the next five years.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACHIEVE THAT YOU HAVE NOT YET ACCOMPLISHED?

Leading the cross-examination of the opposing expert.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

At the beginning of my career, I was told that I should only sign what I believe in. I have never regretted following such good advice.

Thought Leaders - Germany

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Biography

For two decades, Kai has used the power of facts and financial analysis to quantify damages in international arbitrations and related forensic investigations. He has led more than 150 engagements in his career with values of up to €170 billion. Kai has specialised in the assessment of lost profits, diminutions in value, lost royalties, purchase price adjustments, and financial representation and warranties.  Most often his cases relate to breaches of contract, investor-state arbitrations, allegedly defective machinery as well as post-M&A, joint ventures, and IP disputes. In the past, he has provided advice in respect of more than 40 (contentious) sale and purchase agreements and commercial contracts. Kai has an MBA, is a chartered financial analyst and a certified public accountant.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER AS AN ARBITRATION EXPERT?

In this special area, solid work can make a huge difference. I love this job and the aspects involved with each phase of an arbitration.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE PRACTICE AREA?

Hot tubbing and witness conferencing. I find it great fun.

HOW HAS THE MARKET CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED PRACTISING?

It appears that the pleadings on quantum are getting on average more comprehensive and more contentious.

WHAT DO CLIENTS LOOK FOR IN AN EFFECTIVE ARBITRATION EXPERT?

That depends on the client. Some look for an experienced, highly skilled expert who is passionate about his or her role as an adviser to the arbitral tribunal. Others look for someone who they can control to hopefully benefit their case.

WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU NOTICING IN DAMAGE QUANTIFICATIONS AT THE MOMENT?

This small industry is maturing with fewer conceptual questions. However, the ways the concepts are applied still differ tremendously.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

The better is the enemy of the good. Therefore, I am very positive about the next five years.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACHIEVE THAT YOU HAVE NOT YET ACCOMPLISHED?

Leading the cross-examination of the opposing expert.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

At the beginning of my career, I was told that I should only sign what I believe in. I have never regretted following such good advice.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kai Schumacher is “one of the most well-rounded practitioners in the field” and the “best expert in Germany on quantum issues” commend sources.

Biography

Kai Schumacher specialises in international arbitration (both commercial and investment treaty). With more than 20 years of experience, he has been the expert in engagements ranging from €0.2 million to over €170 billion at stake. He has managed more than 150 national and international projects dealing with entities from 53 different countries, including the UK, USA, Switzerland, Argentina, Singapore, Venezuela, Russia, Indonesia and Turkmenistan.

His recent caseload includes appointments as a party or tribunal-appointed expert witness in ICSID, SIAC, ICC, VIAC, LCIA and DIS disputes. He has testified to tribunals and national courts.

He has worked in a wide range of sectors, including utilities/energy, oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, engineering, private equity, financial services and media/internet.

Mr Schumacher's experience includes breaches of contract, investment disputes, post-M&A disputes, expropriations, shareholder disputes, financial disputes, valuation of financial assets and financial institutions, as well as financial investigations. In the past, he provided advice in respect of more than 40 (contentious) sale and purchase agreements and commercial contracts.

Prior to joining AlixPartners in 2014, he was with Alvarez & Marsal, and managing partner with an international audit firm.

Mr Schumacher earned an MBA studying at the HEC School of Management, Paris, and the Wharton School, Philadelphia. He achieved distinction by ranking on HEC's Dean's Honor List. In addition, he is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a certified public accountant (CPA).

A German national, he is fluent in German and English and conversational in French.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kai Schumacher is greatly respected by market sources who consider him a “very focused and knowledgeable” expert who “performs on a very high level”.

Biography

Kai Schumacher specialises in international arbitration (both commercial and investment treaty). With more than 17 years of experience, he has been the expert in engagements ranging from €0.2 million to over €170 billion at stake. He has managed more than 150 national and international projects dealing with entities from 53 different countries, including the UK, USA, Switzerland, Argentina, Singapore, Venezuela, Russia, Indonesia and Turkmenistan.
His recent caseload includes appointments as a party or tribunal-appointed expert witness in ICSID, ICC, VIAC, LCIA and DIS disputes. He has testified to tribunals and national courts.
He has worked in a wide range of sectors, including utilities/energy, oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, engineering, private equity, financial services and media/internet.
Mr Schumacher's experience includes breaches of contract, investment disputes, post-M&A disputes, expropriations, shareholder disputes, financial disputes, valuation of financial assets and financial institutions, as well as financial investigations. In the past, he provided advice in respect of more than 40 (contentious) sale and purchase agreements and commercial contracts.
Prior to joining AlixPartners in 2014, he was with Alvarez & Marsal, and managing partner with an international audit firm.
Mr Schumacher earned an MBA studying at the HEC School of Management, Paris, and the Wharton School, Philadelphia. He achieved distinction by ranking on HEC's Dean's Honor List. In addition, he is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a certified public accountant (CPA).
A German national, he is fluent in German and English and conversational in French.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kai Schumacher is highly sought after by sources who note he is “the best expert witness for complex damage calculation cases”.

Biography

Kai Schumacher specialises in international arbitration (both commercial and investment treaty). With more than 17 years of experience, he has been the expert in engagements with values ranging from 200,000 to over €170 billion at stake. He has managed more than 150 national and international projects dealing with entities from 53 different countries, including the UK, the USA, Switzerland, Argentina, Singapore, Venezuela, Russia, Indonesia and Turkmenistan.
His recent caseload includes appointments as a party or tribunal-appointed expert witness in ICSID, ICC, VIAC, LCIA and DIS disputes. He has testified to tribunals and national courts.
He has worked in a wide range of sectors, including utilities/energy, oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, engineering, private equity, financial services and media/internet.
Mr Schumacher's experience includes breaches of contract, investment disputes, post-M&A disputes, expropriations, shareholder disputes, financial disputes, valuation of financial assets and financial institutions as well as financial investigations. In the past, he provided advice in respect of more than 40 (contentious) sale and purchase agreements and commercial contracts.
Prior to joining AlixPartners in 2014, he was with Alvarez & Marsal, and was managing partner with an international audit firm.
Mr Schumacher earned an MBA studying at the HEC School of Management, Paris and the Wharton School, Philadelphia. He achieved distinction by ranking on HEC's Dean's Honor List. In addition, he is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a certified public accountant (CPA).
A German national, he is fluent in German and English and conversational in French.

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