France: Arbitration Expert Witnesses 2019

In this chapter we highlight 20 expert witnesses who stand out for their experience and expertise providing damages valuation, forensic accounting and economic analysis across a broad range of sectors in arbitration proceedings.

Most Highly Regarded
1. James Nicholson FTI Consulting, Paris
2. Juliette Fortin FTI Consulting, Paris
3. Jean-Luc Guitera  KPMG SA, Paris

Global player Accuracy demonstrates the strength and depth of its expertise with six listings here.
Christophe Schmit is one of the most distinguished experts in the French market. He is particularly recommended by peers for M&A-related and damages quantification work, as well as his “practical approach”.  
Damien Gros impresses market commentators with his top-tier work in international arbitration proceedings, which includes quantification of damages in post-M&A and investment disputes.
Jean-Baptiste de Courcel has over 20 years of forensic accounting and damage quantification experience in arbitrations, where he frequently assesses damages and testifies on accounting and economic matters.

Renowned firm FTI Consulting performs strongly in our research with three experts recognised in this chapter.   
The “excellent” James Nicholson brings “clarity of thought and presentation” to his work, while being “highly efficient and a pleasure to work with”.  He is renowned for giving expert testimony in commercial and investment treaty tribunals for disputes across the media and energy sectors.
Juliette Fortin ranks among the foremost arbitration expert witnesses France has to offer. One client effuses: “Our experience with Juliette is one of the best we’ve had with quantum experts.” She is described as “very competent, focused and responsive” and provides “sound and realistic” advice. Matthias Cazier-Darmois has over a decade of experience assessing damages in commercial disputes arising from breach of contract, transfers of shares and breaches of fiduciary duties.

Anthony Charlton at Deloitte is well versed in analysing financial losses incurred by breaks in contract and investment treaties in international disputes involving both corporations and nation sates.
Karl Payeur is “an outstandingly good expert” in the market who has over 15 years of experience as a forensic expert, conducting investigations across North America, Europe and Africa.

Jean-Luc Guitera of KPMG is a prominent expert who “knows the deal business very well, and is known for his sounds valuation skills”. Clients impart that he is “good under cross-examination” and “extremely knowledgeable”.

Alexandre Rivière at Secretariat International is a favourite among clients who celebrate his “excellent analytical skills”, as well as his “complete knowledge of reports, his calm and great interpersonal skills”.

Maurice Nussenbaum of Sorgem Evaluation stands out for his particular expertise in finance matters and has experience before the French Supreme Court and Administrative Courts of Appeal.

Mikaël Ouaniche with OCA – Organisation Conseil & Audit is endorsed for his impressive experience of testifying under ICC and ICSID rules regarding damages valuation and forensic matters.

David Sevy at Compass Lexecon is “a really excellent expert” who has acted as an expert witness in arbitration proceedings across the transport, energy, defence and pharmaceutical sectors.   

Frederic Elkeslassy of Ernst & Young is recommended by sources across Europe for his practice. As a damages quantification expert, he has testified in major investment and commercial arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC rules.

Anton Mélard de Feuardent with Fair Links is described as “the best financial expert in Paris”. He has over 20 years of experience in valuing assets and businesses, as well as providing economic analysis of contracts across the energy, mining, defence and construction sectors.

Andrew Flower at Alvarez & Marsal is praised as “a very good and experienced damages expert”. He has over 25 years of experience as a forensic accountant in international commercial and investor state arbitrations.

Patrick Hébréard with CEG has “the outstanding ability to organise the case to make sure the final product is exactly what was expected” say sources, who add that he is “quick and efficient”. He is a damages valuation expert, with a focus on the energy and aeronautics sectors.

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