Gwynn Hopkins

Gwynn Hopkins

Gwynn Hopkins

Having previously spent 20+ years working between Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom, Gwynn founded Perun Consultants in 2017.

Gwynn has worked as a forensic accountant and insolvency practitioner over a wide range of local and crossborder engagements and has a proven track record in dealing with cases involving complex litigation or with contentious matters to resolve. Many of his appointments have related to companies affected by serious fraudulent conduct and so have involved significant forensic accounting, valuation, and asset tracing work.

He has regularly been appointed by various courts to act as liquidator or receiver of distressed companies, and also act as an expert witness, submitting affidavits and expert reports for use in court or arbitration proceedings particularly in relation to valuation and quantum matters. Gwynn has been recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts in the fields of both forensic accounting and quantum of damages, where he is described as having “a mind like a steel trap, according to respondents, who have the utmost confidence in his views on valuation issues and methodologies”.

Representative engagements

Expert witness valuation of a financial services group for breach of contract litigation.
Part of the quantum expert defence team in a Hong Kong arbitration dealing with a USD100 million claim against a manufacturer arising from alleged supply of defective goods.
Valuation of joint venture company created to distribute film and television productions, in support of designated expert witness in Hong Kong arbitration.
Valuation of joint venture company created to undertake public relations and marketing communications consultancy work, in support of designated expert witness in Hong Kong arbitration.
Provision of expert opinion on valuation methodology and whether information sought in discovery was relevant to the valuation process.
Expert witness valuation of a medical device manufacturer.
Expert witness valuation of an internet company.
Valuation of cross-connected companies to provide an independent determination of a fair and equitable division of the assets amongst competing shareholder groups to facilitate a negotiated settlement avoiding protracted litigation.
Member of mediation team defending liquidators in proceedings brought by an aggrieved claimant.
Analysis of the financial records of a manufacturing company to assist in recovery action against a former director.
Litigation support consultant to the liquidators of an investment fund affected by a major fraud bringing a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against a service provider.
Advised on the restructuring of a corporate property portfolio involving numerous cross-ownership and cross-guarantee issues.
Reconstruction of records, and tracing of stolen assets, in relation to a Latin American banking group defrauded by its directors.
Analysis of construction company contracts, and associated fund flows for a lender’s due diligence.
Liquidator of three connected property holding companies with extensive shareholder dispute issues to be resolved.
Liquidator of an insurance company whose directors had fraudulently transferred over USD300 million in assets.
Liquidator of a captive insurance management company subjected to fraudulent conduct by a director, and assisting the Crown Prosecution Service with the criminal prosecution brought against that director.
Liquidator of a media investment company.
Receiver of a St. Lucian company which was exposed to the Madoff Ponzi-scheme fraud.
Investigation and analysis of a taxpayer’s financial dealings as part of the taxpayer’s response to an investigation opened by a European tax authority.
Liquidator of Parmalat Capital Finance Limited, a Cayman Islands treasury company affected by a multi-billion dollar fraud.
Liquidator of Kingate Global Fund and Kingate Euro Fund; two BVI based funds with multi-billion dollar investments in the Madoff Ponzi-scheme fraud.
Liquidator of Bay Capital Asia. Litigation in this case helped clarify Hong Kong law on the obligation of banks and other institutions to provide information to foreign court appointed liquidators.
Assisting the liquidator of five connected companies with the pursuit and recovery of assets in Russia.

Banking and Financial Services, Mediation

Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Certified Public Accountant (Hong Kong)
Certified Fraud Examiner
Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards
Joint Insolvency Examination Board examination
Ordre des Experts-Comptables& ACCA joint certificate in business valuations

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Hong Kong