HKA adds leading expert witness Patrick Hébréard to partner team

11 September 2023 2 min. read
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HKA has boosted its Forensic Accounting & Commercial Damages practice with Patrick Hébréard, who becomes the practice’s sixth partner in the EMEA region.

Patrick Hébréard brings over 20 years of experience to the global consulting firm. Specialising in international arbitration, he advises companies and law firms on expert witness matters regarding contracts and project development, notably in relation to supply contracts, transportation matters, market dynamics and infrastructure development.

Operating out of Paris, Hébréard has worked on engagements in various regions across the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East and South America.

HKA adds leading expert witness Patrick Hébréard to partner team

A recognised leader in the industry (among others named a ‘Global Elite Thought Leader’ by Who’s Who Legal), Hébréard has been appointed as testifying expert in many complex and high value arbitration proceedings, including those where damages claimed have exceeded $1 billion.

His track record includes working on the termination of a gas pipeline concession agreement in South America, the termination of a hydropower plant project in Southern Europe, a litigation in France over Force Majeure in a power sales contract during the Covid-19 pandemic, a gas price review in Southern Europe, a maritime border dispute in Africa, a gas pricing dispute in South East Asia, and the termination of a gas transportation contract in South East Asia.

In addition to his work as expert witness, Hébréard also has significant experience of the gas and power markets and has negotiated multiple long-term supply and purchase, transportation and tolling agreements. Having acted as buyer, seller, producer, shipper, regasification capacity holder, pipeline operator and shareholder, he enjoys a broad and unique perspective on the commercial, contractual, regulatory and financial issues at play.

He joined HKA at the start of this month from FTI Consulting, where he was a managing director in its Paris office. He previously held leadership positions at economic consultancy Competition Economists Group, BP, and EDF.

“I am thrilled to welcome Patrick, a highly experienced commercial damages and international arbitration expert, to our team based in Paris,” said Amanda Clack, EMEA chief executive at HKA.

Hébréard said: “I am very pleased to join the team at HKA where I will be focusing on the energy sector, on both the disputes and the advisory sides. I am very excited to be part of the ambitious development of our expert dispute practice in EMEA and to be working with such an amazing group of talented and experienced professionals.”