Richard is one of the few professional, independent financial expert witnesses in banking, corporate securities, trading, derivatives, client/bank disputes and market misconduct.
His strategy is to stay ‘current’ by spending half of his time in the investment markets and half in providing financial expert evidence.
Mr. Harris has been appointed to provide research reports and Court evidence for a wide range of complex financial litigation and arbitration cases from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the US. He is also available for cases in Australia, Dubai and especially London, for he worked in the City for 12 years.
Richard has reviewed the cases of both Plaintiffs and Defendants, in civil and criminal disputes, including those involving synthetic derivatives, insider trading, mis-selling, misuse of information, employment contracts, shareholder agreements, loan documents, disputes between banks and clients, setting of pricing, and determination of quantum.
He has a great deal of experience of sifting evidence in the field of market misconduct, frequently being appointed by the Regulators – or indeed (to prove his independence) appointed by the defendants. He is also able to bring in or work alongside other experts, such as forensic accountants and liquidators. Richard is a Practising Member of the Academy of Experts.
Richard Harris is a pioneer of the asset management industry in Asia – having been working in the region since 1978. Within that period, he has over 15 years of experience in Europe, China and the US. He first arrived in Asia in 1970. Richard’s financial expertise may be reviewed HERE.
Richard Harris has provided independent financial expert witness evidence for private and public clients since 2008 in both Hong Kong and Singapore. He has completed HK International Arbitration Centre training in Arbitration and Mediation in dispute resolution.
Mr. Harris is very familiar with the financial markets having been a stockbroker, fund manager and private banker involved with sales, trading, investment management and banking. He has very strong and current technical skills, including managing directly invested long and hedge funds and funds of funds in many asset classes (see full curriculum vitae).
He has developed a specialisation of building financial businesses in Asia and Europe and has proven Board experience (including inside China) as a senior director.
Richard is a sought-after financial commentator and is published in the Financial Times, SCMP, Singapore Business Times and frequently in the China Daily. He appears weekly on global television including Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and CNBC Asia & Europe. Mr Harris has a very wide global network incorporating high-ranking political, government and business figures.
He has established several compliance departments and implemented such processes. He is an SFC Type 1, 4 and 9 Responsible Officer for East Capital Asia and is qualified to run HK Authorised Funds through types 4 and 9; and the equivalent with the FSA in the UK.
Mr Harris operates as an investment management consultant through his firm, Port Shelter Investment Management, whose clients include investing institutions, Fund Boards, expert witness panels, Family Offices and the HK SFC.
His curriculum vitae include Citigroup, Jardine Fleming (now J.P. Morgan), Newton (BNY Mellon) and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken. He established and ran an investment manager for a mega-wealthy Family Office and he has been engaged in ‘turn-around’ roles for various companies. He also has substantial entrepreneurial experience having set up and sold a private equity fund in London.
Richard Harris began his career as a Chartered Engineer in Hong Kong and was awarded the Institution of Civil Engineer’s prize for the best young engineer of 1982. He holds a First Class Honours degree from the London School of Economics / King’s College; a Masters’ degree in Engineering Geology from Imperial College, London University; a MBA from Harvard Business School; and certificates in Chinese from Peking University and in Strategic Leadership from Stanford Business School.
Richard was born in the UK but lived in Africa and Asia from early childhood. Richard is still playing rugby, this being his 50th consecutive season; he owns and flies an aerobatic aircraft; and is married with two adult daughters.