Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Laura Hardin is a Managing Director in in Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes & Investigations group. She is co-chair of the Alvarez & Marsal International Arbitration Group and heads the firm’s international arbitration practice in the United States. Ms. Hardin has extensive experience providing business valuation, damages quantification and forensic accounting services on a variety of engagements. She is regularly recognized as one of the most highly regarded experts and thought leaders in the Global Arbitration Review’s “Who’s Who” of International Arbitration Expert Witnesses (including in the current year 2021) and she also regularly appears on Who’s Who Legal’s List of Energy Experts.
Ms. Hardin has been engaged on international arbitration cases brought before ICC, ICDR, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, SIAC, PCA and ad hoc tribunals, involving the valuation of investments and calculation of damages suffered for disputes in a variety of industries. In particular, she has been involved in numerous of investor-state and commercial arbitrations involving oil & gas, power generation, telecommunications, financial institutions, metals & mining, real estate construction and development projects and agribusiness.
Ms. Hardin is fluent in Russian and has worked extensively on engagements involving entities or assets in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia. Ms. Hardin has also worked on engagements involving South America including Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and Trinidad & Tobago, Ecuador, in North Africa, and in Asia.
Ms. Hardin has developed and taught classes on damage theory, valuation, expert discovery, expert report writing, and various international arbitration-related topics.
Ms. Hardin holds a MBA from the George Washington University and a BA in Russian language and literature from Wesleyan University. She is also a certified valuation analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) and is currently a Vice President of the Houston, TX NACVA Chapter.