- Expert Witness
Expert Witness SnapshotMark Bezant leads the EMEA and Asia Pacific (APAC) Economic & Financial Consulting group at FTI Consulting. Mark has over 35 years of analysing and valuing businesses, companies, listed and unlisted securities, intellectual property and intangible assets. He has acted in many contexts: mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, regulatory compliance and corporate governance (including fairness opinions), financial reporting, tax planning, expert determination and dispute resolution.
From 2010 to 2016, Mark was a board director for Stelara N.V., a Belgian holding company for the Truvo group of companies, which operated leading directories, search and advertising businesses, and had annual revenues of c. EUR 90 million. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, he was the European Managing Director of the Finance & Accounting Services division at LECG. Mark was also formerly a partner in the valuation team of Deloitte’s corporate finance practice and the partner-in-charge of the UK economic & financial consulting practice of Arthur Andersen, which comprised valuation, litigation support, economic consulting and business modelling services.
Mark was the founding chairman of the Valuation Community of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a position he held from 2007 to 2016. He has carried out well over 550 substantive valuations, on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and has been appointed as an expert witness or independent expert on over 325 occasions, to assess damages, valuations or accounting issues.
Mark’s experience covers matters before the UK High Court, the Patents Court, Chancery Division, Queens Bench Division, the Restrictive Practices Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Family Division, the Copyright Tribunal, the Special Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, the UK Lands Tribunal, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, and the Court of Appeal.
Mark has also acted in matters before the Royal Court of Jersey, The Royal Court of Guernsey, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI, Antigua), the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, the Supreme Court of Bermuda, the Supreme Court of the State of New York, various courts in Germany, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Enterprise Division), the High Court of Hong Kong, the District Court of the Hague, and the European Court and Commission.
Mark has acted in arbitrations before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, LCIA, ICC, DIFC, HKIAC, SCC, SIAC, SCAI, DIS, UNCITRAL, ICSID, JCAA, the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation, and other arbitration forums, and mediations including under the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s jurisdiction. Mark is one of the leading valuation and damages experts globally, as identified by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2011 to 2021 inclusive. He has given oral evidence on over 60 occasions.