Arbitration 2019: Future Leaders – Expert Witnesses Analysis

For the first time we identify 30 individuals as the future leaders of the arbitration expert witnesses market. We highlight those individuals, who are 45 and under, and stand out as the top of their generation when it comes to providing testimony in international arbitration proceedings.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. Andrea Cardani Cornerstone Research, New York
2. Nishad Morjaria FRP Advisory, London
3. Anastasia Mikhalitsyna Haberman Ilett, London
4. Andrei Soltan HKA, London

NERA Economic Consulting’s Clara Segurola wins high praise from respondents who consider her “an extremely bright, personable and smart individual”. She is recognised for her expert handling of economic and financial analyses in commercial disputes.
Robert Patton possesses “extensive knowledge and great ability as an economist” according to sources, who highlight his “real mastery and grasp of cases”. He is praised for his “excellent response times” as well as his “creativity and thoughtfulness”.
Erin McHugh impresses market sources with her excellent work assisting clients in high-profile commercial and financial disputes, where she provides high-quality expert testimony.

At Accuracy, Taoufik Lachheb receives widespread plaudits from international sources who commend his impressive work providing expert testimony in complex construction disputes.
Laura Cozar is “a top-tier expert” who is highly sought after by clients for her “strong expertise and experience” in the arbitration field. They commend her “excellent coordination of complex and multi-faceted matters”.
Delphine Sztermer is a well-recognised name in the French market where she is known for her “excellent work” providing support in sophisticated disputes across a range of sectors from infrastructure to energy.

Sarah Cameron at Ernst & Young is “a responsive and client-friendly practitioner” who is “always on top of the details”. One source notes, “Her ability to quickly grasp the issues and calmly analyse and explain them was very impressive.”

At Cornerstone Research, Andrea Cardani is “very strong at presenting complex issues in a simple and understandable way” say sources, who praise his “deep knowledge of economics” and “excellent and persuasive written reports”.

Andrei Soltan at HKA is described as “a very knowledgeable and communicative expert witness” who “is exceptionally good at dealing with the opposing legal counsel’s line of questioning”.
Michael Hennigan wins high praise from sources who recognise his “exceptional work ethic” and note, “He obviously has a good understanding not only of his own area of expertise but also of what makes a good expert witness.”

At Independent Economics & Finance, Jessica Resch is highlighted as a strong name in the UK market where she is recommended for her adept handling of quantum and damages issues in complex arbitration proceedings.

Haberman Ilett’s Anastasia Mikhalitsyna is “a hard-working expert” who is recommended by clients for her “great attention to detail” when dealing with forensic matters in international investment treaty arbitrations.

Grant Thornton’s Philippa Hill is “an excellent team player” who stands out for her “ability to respond calmly in questioning and withstand hostile cross-examination”. One source comments, “She is able to assimilate information and present coherent and strong arguments and analyses.”

At FTI Consulting, Ben​ Johnson “has really got a great career trajectory” say sources, who effuse, “I’d be happy to hire FTI knowing he was playing a key role on the case.” His experience spans a range of industries including retail and pharmaceuticals.
Alex Davie always presents “high-quality, carefully reasoned and well-drafted analyses” say sources, who note, “His work has always been thorough and he provides confidence that nothing has been missed.”

Nishad Morjaria at FRP Advisory is “extremely diligent and thorough, and most importantly a real pleasure to work with” according to sources. They praise his “impressive depth of know-how” as well as his strong presentation of his analyses.

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