HKA promotes eight to global partner group

14 May 2024 4 min. read
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Risk advisory expert HKA has appointed eight new members to its global partner group. The move comes as the firm continues to grow its international presence.

HKA is an international consultancy specialising in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness and litigation support services. As well as more than 500 advisors and consultants across over 45 offices in 17 countries, this means HKA also has 500 expert witnesses in its ranks. In recent years, HKA has been growing its offering in the arbitration market through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

As the firm looks to continue this expansion, it has announced a raft of 111 promotions across its global footprint. These included eight new members of HKA’s global partner group, rewarded for their hard work with the firm.

HKA promotes eight to global partner group

Renny Borhan, CEO of HKA, commented, “I’d like to congratulate all our promoted colleagues and welcome our newest partners to the HKA global partnership. We understand that our people are the heart of our business, and our newly promoted colleagues have excelled not only in their financial and value-adding performance, but also in their behaviours by both living and promoting our collaborative culture and values.”

Carsten Orlowski becomes a partner in HKA’s EMEA claims practice. A civil engineer, he has been acting for 25 years in the fields of turnkey and fossil fuel and nuclear energy. Over the course of his national and international career, he concentrates on claims and project management strategy and claims negotiations. Working as a consultant based in Dusseldorf, he is experienced with project management, contract and claims management in all its facets, and is accustomed to working in large multicultural and interdisciplinary project teams.

Amri Denton has been named a partner in HKA’s Asia Pacific wing. As strategic and commercial advisory lead for the region, he has extensive and varied public and private sector contracts and procurement experience at a senior leadership level. He is also experienced in public and private sector procurement and has sound knowledge of construction contract law and probity, industry engagement, tendering procedures, contract establishment and contract management.

Brian Badala has also been promoted in the firm’s Americas branch. With over fifteen years of experience in intellectual property, commercial damages, valuation and forensic accounting matters, he has analysed claims relating to lost profits, reasonable royalties, and unjust enrichment arising from intellectual property infringement, breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation and construction delays.

Julia Alcarez will now serve as an Americas partner in government contracts, meanwhile. Alcarez is a certified public accountant, and specialises in the investigation and resolution of business disputes, primarily related to government contracts and commercial litigation, and in engagements that require extensive data analysis.

Konstantine Tonas also takes up partnership in the Americas, in HKA Tech – a dynamic division within the HKA global organisation. With origins dating back to 1996, HKA Tech has a foundation of expertise in construction, engineering, technology, and software applications. With 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge in project control and cost management software, Tonas has worked with over 200 organisations and is recognised as an industry authority in leading-edge technologies and strategic problem-solving.

Charles Bucci becomes a partner in HKA’s Americas delay and quantum offering. As a professional engineer with 16 years of construction industry experience, he has been retained as a delay and quantum expert on numerous occasions for disputed projects in arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Nader Akkaoui also becomes a partner in delay and quantum in the Americas. Akkaoui has 18 years of experience in construction, project management, and claims and dispute resolution, and specialises in evaluating and developing construction claims and expert reports, providing expert testimony on delays/damages, and performing construction cost and schedule assessments. He also provides construction litigation support, conducts construction cost audits, and performs project management reporting and risk management.

Peter Vosbikian finally also becomes a partner in the same field and geography. With more than 20 years of experience in engineering, construction, project controls, claims analysis and litigation support services, he has testified in litigation and has had extensive involvement with arbitrations, mediations and negotiations. His delay and disruption expert work has included disputed sums in excess of $170 million.