Overview

Franco Benza has  over 12 years of experience in the areas of project management, accounting, financial analysis, and process review. He has extensive background in international construction, energy, and mining. Franco has provided expert witness quantum of damages, accounting, financial analysis, and lost profits in $20-$300 million cases under ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and domestic arbitration in both English and Spanish. These projects have been located throughout North and South America and include highways and bridges, wind farms, solar plants, hydroelectric plants, waste-water treatment plants, and commercial buildings. He has worked on behalf of contractors, owners, and government entities.

Previously, Franco was responsible for evaluating financial business improvement opportunities in retail banking as well as executing financial analyses, audits and process review while managing project teams at Ernst&Young’s leading multinational audit firm.

Project Experience

  • Testified to DAB on Quantum analysis and Delay on two wind farms in Mexico. Claims included various direct damages, delay, and financial disruption totaling $70 million.
  • Preparation of an expert report of damages for the defense of the Municipality of Lima. Granted three section of the grant of the Pan American Highway totaling $700 million under UNCITRAL arbitrations.
  • Quantum analysis of three solar plants in Mexico for defense in a claim of $150 million in lost revenue.
  • Quantum analysis of a damages expert report for the defense of the Republic of Peru in the construction and tender of one of the sections of the Pan American Highway of $300 million under ICSID arbitration.
  • Quantum analysis of a damages expert report and preparation of a preliminary counterclaim report for the defense of a Spanish glass supplier for a $ 20 million building in New York under mediation.
  • Quantum analysis of a damages expert report for the defense of a contractor in the construction of a $270 million wind farm in Costa Rica under ICC arbitration.
  • Quantum analysis of a damages expert report for the defense of a tunneling contractor in the construction of a $300 million hydroelectric generation plant in Chile under ICC arbitration.
  • Support in the quantum analysis of a damages expert report for the defense of the engineers in the construction of a drainage plant in New York under US courts.
  • Quantum analysis for the owner of a LEED certificate building construction project in Miami under US litigation.
  • Evaluated strategic initiatives of the projects portfolio of the Small Business segment at Scotiabank Peru.
  • Directed a team of international EY consultants in the implementation of a financial shared services center in Ecopetrol, main Oil and Gas company in Colombia.