Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced that Laura Hardin and Geoffrey Senogles have joined the firm as vice presidents specializing in international arbitration. Ms. Hardin, who is based in Houston, specializes in damage quantification, business valuation, and forensic accounting for international arbitration disputes across a variety of industries, including oil and gas, mining, and aviation. Mr. Senogles, who is based in Geneva and London, specializes in investigative accounting and the measurement of financial losses in international arbitration, commercial disputes, post-conflict compensation schemes, and insurance matters involving loss of earnings, business interruption, business valuation, and also financial governance. “It is a pleasure to welcome Laura Hardin and Geoffrey Senogles to CRA,” said CRA's President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh. “Laura and Geoff are valuable additions based on their work advising law firms, corporations, governments, and international organizations and their experience managing cases and testifying in front of various global international arbitration tribunals and courts, including the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) tribunals, among others. Their arrival adds global depth to our international arbitration capabilities and greatly enhances the services CRA provides in this area to clients.” Additional information about them follows. Laura Hardin Ms. Hardin has extensive experience providing litigation support, business valuation, and forensic accounting services on a variety of engagements. These have included damage analysis for international arbitration disputes on both investment treaty and commercial matters, breach of contract, purchase price disputes, libel/slander litigation, and patent disputes. She has managed international arbitration cases brought before the ICC, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), ICSID, and ad hoc tribunals involving the valuation/calculation of alleged damages suffered for disputes in a variety of industries, including energy and mining, aviation, manufacturing, and financial services. Ms. Hardin has worked on behalf of private entities as well as for sovereign governments and government-owned entities. She has authored and co-authored reports that have been used in the context of the settlement of disputes being heard in both US courts and in international arbitrations. In addition, Ms. Hardin is a frequent speaker on business valuation topics as well as on calculating damages in oil and gas arbitrations and in arbitrations involving entities in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). She has appeared in seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the ICC, the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP).
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