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Expert in International Dispute Resolution, Banking, NGOs. Swiss-Based British Forensic Accountant

Expert ID: 729436 Switzerland

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Expert is a Welsh Chartered accountant who has been in practice since 1989; originally in Great Britain and now in Switzerland. He has strong experience in forensic accounting and dispute resolution in many, diverse contexts.

His principal practice area is international arbitration; including investment treaty and commercial disputes. He manages one of the few specialist forensic accounting practices in Switzerland, which is itself of course a well-known seat for the settlement of international disputes. Expert has acted as quantum/damages expert witness in many arbitration disputes over the years including under ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC rules. Unusually, he has also acted as tribunal-appointed expert in ICSID proceedings. He has testified in front of arbitral tribunals and also the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.

He runs the Switzerland office of LBC Investigative Accounting; a nine-office niche firm based in Montreal, Canada.

Example clients include; various law firms in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium; United States Department of State; Palestinian Authority; United Nations Compensation Commission; Worldwide Fund for Nature; Government of Democratic Republic of Congo; Government of Kuwait; various commercial client companies; high net worth individuals.

He lectures on financial damages at the renowned Masters in International Dispute Settlement programme at the Universite of Geneve, Faculte de Droit.

Between 2000 and 2003, he worked at the UNCC as the only forensic accountant on the staff of approximately 250 assessing financial claims arising from Iraq's August 1990 invasion and occupation of Kuwait. He advised several panels of commissioners including the oil and gas panel.

Expert advises commercial clients (both corporate and individual) on issues of banking, corporate governance and other matters.

He speaks Welsh, English and French.

World Bank ICSID arbitration dispute: acting for claimant company against a state in a power generation infrastructure B.O.O.T. dispute. ICC arbitration dispute, commodity trading sector; reported and testifed to tribunal - appointed by respondent companyICC arbitration dispute, commodity trading sector Asia. Reported and testified to tribunal - appointed by claimant company

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1989 Degree: BA (Honours) Subject: Accounting and Finance Institution: Middlesex University, London

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Responsibilities: He established and now runs the firm's Switzerland office.
Years: 2004 to 2007 Employer: INDEVAL sarl Title: Director / Co-Founder Department: Responsibilities: Established an independent evaluation practice "INDEVAL". Successfully gained large and small clients, on an international scale.
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: United Nations Compensation Commission Title: Senior Accountant Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1997 to 2000 Employer: PKF Pannell Kerr Forster Title: Forensic Accounting Department Manager Department: Liverpool Office, UK Responsibilities:
Years: 1995 to 1997 Employer: Blease Lloyd, Forensic Accountants Title: Manager Department: Responsibilities:

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2007 to Present Agency: Government of Kuwait Role: Independent Reviewer Description: Expert acts as financial independent reviewer on the multi-disciplinary advisory team on the USD 3 bllion rehabilitation of Kuwait.
Years: 2009 to 2009 Agency: Govt. of Democratic Republic of Congo Role: Advisor Description: Intervention in Kinshasa on war reparations folloing ICJ judgement against Uganda.
Years: 2005 to 2006 Agency: US Department of State Role: Expert Witness Description: Testified to Iran-US Claims Tribunal on valuation matters

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Austria Summary: Arbitration dispute; acted as expert witness
Years: 2007 to Present Country / Region: Germany Summary: Arbitration dispute; acted as expert witness
Years: 2010 to Present Country / Region: United States of America, CT Summary: Arbitration dispute; acted as expert witness
Years: 2008 to 2009 Country / Region: Tunisia Summary: Advised a UN agency on financial systems
Years: 2007 to 2009 Country / Region: France Summary: He led a financial investigation at a UN agency

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member of Academy of Experts (MAE);
Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).
Licenses / Certifications
Accredited Forensic Accountant - ICAEW;
Accredited expert Witness - ICAEW.
Professional Appointments
Director of LBC Investigative Accounting (Suisse) sarl;
Lecturer at Universite de Geneve, MIDS post graduate programme.
Publications and Patents Summary
Has published articles on the assessment of losses.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Testified before various international arbitral tribunals (ICSID, ICC, Iran-US Claims Tribunal).
Also advised orally and in writing various panels of Commissioners (eminent arbitrators) of UNCC.
Training / Seminars
Conducted training to INTERLAW group of pan-European arbitration lawyers (London, Sept 2009 and Sept 2010);
Conducted residential traing courses to finance managers of Worldwide Fund for Nature "WWF" (2007 to 2010);
Conducted fraud and corruption implementation training to WWF head office (2010);
Lectured at University of Dundee (2006);
Lecturer at Faculty of Law, Universite de Geneve - International Dispute Settlement;
One on one financial mentoring/coaching to lawyers in practice .
Vendor Selection
Private banking - advising high net worth individual on relative services offfered by private banks (both present and prospective).
Other Relevant Experience
Commercial advice to companies on which he sits as a non-executive board member.
Advises non-Swiss clients of Swiss business practices.
Connects clients to commercial and professional contacts internationally.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Welsh Expert's mother tongue (bilingual)
English Expert's mother tongue (bilingual)
French Good knowledge; regular usage.
Spanish He is able to read Spanish - very basic spoken ability.

Fields of Expertise

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