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Susana is a forensic economist specializing in providing advisory services as an independent expert in the resolution of judicial or extrajudicial conflicts of a financial, economic nature.

Professional background and experience

Susana has more than ten years of experience having spent her professional career in the following departments:

  • Auditing at KPMG, which she joined at the beginning of 2008 and where she specialized in auditing engineering, distribution and services companies.

  • Forensic at PwC which she joined at the end of 2010.

During this time, she participated in more than 60 projects, providing advice to national and foreign clients, stemming from all kinds of sectors (especially the construction sector).

Her main areas of specialization are:

Drafting and ratification of expert reports

Susana has a vast experience in serving as an expert witness in various judicial and arbitration proceedings and in a wide variety of disputes arising across a range of settings.

 

Some of the subjects in which Susana has acquired a high degree of specialization could be summarized as:

  1. Determining the damages in various contexts and areas of action, resulting from breach of distribution, franchise, construction and maintenance contracts, collaboration agreements, etc.

  2. Thorough and critical analyses of the preliminarily reports submitted by the other party.

  3. ​Determining the economic balance in order to restore the economic and financial situation of the concessionaire to the initially envisaged terms.

  4. Evaluation of the fulfillment of certain economic and financial requirements for the offers presented in public tenders.

  5. Quantifying and accrediting the settlement of relationships in various types of agreements, for instance, for setting up online casinos, for promoting and organizing concert tours, etc.

  6. Assessment of the implications which, from an economic point of view, could arise from the interim execution of a judgment. For instance, in a scenario where there is a broadcasting suspension of a television program.

  7. Determining the damages that have been caused as a result of the cancellation of the digital spectrum of frequency allocation, integrated by four DTT channels, due to the judgement by the Supreme Court of November 2012.

Corporate Fraud

Susana has also provided comprehensive advice on prevention, detection and fraud investigation to a wide variety of clients and in different sectors. Specifically:

  • She has advised various entities on compliance and on the development of models for crime prevention and detection.

  • She has led a wide variety of projects, designing procedures for analyzing and identifying irregularities in matters of liability of company directors, accounting manipulation, misappropriation, private corruption, bribery, forgery, asset stripping, price distortion in public tenders and unfair competition.

She has also acted as an expert in labor and criminal proceedings, when requested.

Other specializations

Susana has acted as an expert arbiter for the purpose of solving extrajudicially the discrepancies existing between different companies.

Some of the matters that have been analyzed could be summarized in establishing: (i) the most adequate criteria for the evaluation and obsolescence of inventories in a transactional environment of purchase and sale of productive units; (ii) the need to rebalance the cash balance and to estimate, where appropriate, the funding requirements.

 

In addition, she has participated in the elaboration of independent expert reports that have established:

  1. The degree of progress of major public infrastructure works, from a technical and economic and financial point of view, partially funded by European funds.

  2. The direct and indirect costs incurred for the development of R&D projects funded by European funds.

  3. The issues that have been highlighted in reports issued by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

  4. The regularity in the awarding and processing of investment projects and/or real estate development, partially financed by public funds.

Academic background and certifications

Susana holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

In 2014 she enrolled in the Consulting Finance Program from IE Business School, developed for PwC.

Susana is an economist and a member of the College of Economists of Madrid, has a diploma certifying her as an Expert in Accounting and Auditing issued by the Registry of Economic Auditors (REA in Spanish) of the General Council of Economists of Madrid. She is also a member of the Registry of Forensic Economists.

 

She has been an instructor in various events relating to auditing, expert evidence and the investigation and prevention of corporate fraud.

 

She is fluent in both Spanish and English, written and spoken.

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