Mark Bezant is a “brilliant” expert witness who is active in “lots of the highest-value work”. He is hailed as “a big name with a great reputation” and “a mainstay in London”.
Mark Bezant is a senior managing director at FTI Consulting, based in London. He leads FTI's economic and financial consulting practice in EMEA and Asia Pacific. He has over 30 years' experience of valuing businesses, companies, listed and unlisted securities, intellectual property and intangible assets. He has acted in many contexts: mergers and acquisitions; corporate restructuring; regulatory compliance and corporate governance (including fairness opinions); financial reporting; tax planning; expert determination; and dispute resolution. Mark also has a master’s degree in chemistry from Oxford University.
From 2010 to 2016, Mark was a board director for Stelara NV, a Belgian holding company for the Truvo group of companies, which operated leading directories, search and advertising businesses, and had annual revenues of around €90 million.
Prior to joining FTI, he was the European managing director of the finance and accounting services division at LECG. Mark was also formerly a partner in the valuation team of Deloitte’s corporate finance practice and the partner-in-charge of the UK economic and financial consulting practice of Arthur Andersen, which comprised valuation, litigation support, economic consulting and business modelling services.
Mark was the founding chairman of the Valuation Community of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a position he held from 2007 to 2016.
He has carried out well 500 substantive valuations in his career, on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and has been appointed as an expert witness or independent expert on over 300 occasions, to assess damages, valuation or accounting issues.
His experience covers matters before the UK High Court, the Patents Court, the Chancery Division, the Queens Bench Division, the Restrictive Practices Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Family Division, the Copyright Tribunal, the Special Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the UK Lands Tribunal, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, and the Court of Appeal.
Mark has also acted in matters before the Royal Court of Jersey, the Royal Court of Guernsey, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI, Antigua), the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, the Supreme Court of Bermuda, the Supreme Court of the State of New York, various courts in Germany, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Enterprise Division), the High Court of Hong Kong, the District Court of the Hague, and the European Court and Commission.
He has acted in arbitrations before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, LCIA, ICC, DIFC, HKIAC, SCC, SIAC, SCAI, DIS, UNCITRAL, ICSID, the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation, and other arbitration forums, and mediations including under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s jurisdiction.
Mark is one of the leading valuation and damages experts identified by WWL: Arbitration 2011 to 2019 inclusive, and as one of the top 10 practitioners in Europe.
He has given oral evidence on 60 occasions.