Jean-Luc Guitera heads the KPMG forensic team in Paris and is a partner of KPMG SA. He is also head of KPMG’s Dispute Advisory Service for the EMA region and is in charge of relations with Paris-based law firms and general counsel. He has 30 years of experience with KPMG, having been an auditor before specialising first in transaction services (M&A), and then, since 2003, in forensic (fraud investigations, M&A and commercial disputes, international arbitration). He has led engagements in France and in more than 20 countries across all continents. In a transaction advisory role, Mr Guitera has been involved in more than 40 engagements and has worked on major transactions such as the creation of EADS (the leading aerospace and defence manufacturer in Europe) and Airbus. He has also acted as independent expert appointed by both parties to determine the final transaction price in M&A operations in 10 transactions.
He has been involved in more than 60 valuations of all types acting either as auditor, transaction services partner leading a due diligence team, court or tribunal appointed-expert (arbitral tribunals, Monaco appellate court), expert witness (arbitral tribunals and French state courts), member of an arbitral tribunal or independent expert.
As a financial expert, Mr Guitera has been involved in 30 international arbitration and has given oral evidence more than 20 times, in French or English, acting as expert either for claimant, respondent or as tribunal -appointed expert, in Paris, New-York, London, Geneva, Cayman Islands and Bucarest, under ICC, CIRDI, UNCITRAL, OHADA, and ad-hoc arbitration rules. He also has strong experience in the financial assessment of complex industrial and construction contracts.
Mr Guitera has also extensive experience of fraud investigations (misappropriation of assets, fraudulent financial reporting, corruption). He has led more than 100 investigations in the operations of foreign subsidiaries of French-based groups in 20 countries.
A chartered accountant, Mr Guitera graduated in economics and finance (Felicitations du Jury, 1988) from Sciences-Po Paris, one of the leading French business schools, and holds a master’s degree in business law and a diploma in tax law from University Paris-II Assas. He is fluent in French and English and also reads Spanish and Portuguese.