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Peers and clients say

"Sandy has a great deal of expertise in investment treaty work on both the claimant and respondent side"
"Sandy has detailed knowledge and familiarity of working in Africa"

Biography

Sandy Cowan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and leads Grant Thornton's international arbitration group. Sandy focuses on complex international dispute resolution and has a breadth of experience in international arbitration, expert witness, and shareholder dispute work.

Sandy is experienced in claimant, defence, and advisory work both in litigation and international arbitration fora; he also focuses on expert determinations arising from shareholder disputes. He has worked on assignments across a multitude of jurisdictions including Africa, Europe, and the Middle East in a variety of sectors including energy and natural resources, construction and technology media and telecoms involving claims ranging from £1 million to £500 million.

Who's Who Legal describes Sandy as being lauded by clients and "a personable expert who is analytical, knowledgeable and full of creative ideas “. Sandy is the only forensic accountant ranked in Legal 500’s International Arbitration Power list.

Some of Sandy's recent dispute resolution experience includes: international arbitration in relation to the loss of value of an international retail business (ICC; a warranty dispute arising from the sale and purchase of a renewable power plant; a warranty dispute arising from the sale and purchase of two high-end hotels; international arbitration in relation to alleged breaches of a BIT due to the imposition of certain measures against the Claimant’s investment in the agriculture sectors (ICSID); international arbitration in relation to the valuation of a power station in East Africa, Involved in assessing the compensation due to the client for unpaid power invoices and recalculating the invoiced amounts based on the debt: equity split (ICSID).

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