Jean-Marie Van der Elst is a director in BRG’s Latin American Global Investigations & Strategic Intelligence, Corporate Finance, and Construction Practices and is based in Miami.

He has significant experience in financial management, treasury, accounting, and corporate management. He has provided international expert testimony on both financial, economic and socio-economic matters. His industry experience includes automotive, pharmaceutical manufacturing, packaging and distribution, and retail in Europe, South America, Africa, the United States, and Russia.

Dr. Van der Elst has more than thirty-five years of experience, which includes forensic finance in domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, ICSD), valuations, financial fraud, contract disputes, business and consequential losses, and economic and loss of earnings claims, as well as matters involving financial conflict or anticipated litigation. He has significant experience in the financial services and construction sectors, leading economic analysis and market research projects in developing countries. His track record of negotiating pre-litigation settlements outside of the formal mediation process has helped deliver significant value to clients.

Dr. Van der Elst has experience in structuring and financing successful public–private partnerships, trade agreements, implementing financial and commercial risk management policies, international trade and transfer pricing, free trade zone structures, and developing shared services centers. He has led strategic planning initiatives including developing and implementing business renewal plans for a pharmaceutical company.

Dr. Van der Elst has led teams responsible for multiple benchmarking projects, including supply chain logistics and brand and business development redesigns for multinational pharmaceutical, beverage, and tobacco companies. As a CFO in the packaging industry, he gained experience in supervising finance, treasury, internal audit and information technology, management accounting, tax planning, developing and executing financial structures, transfer pricing, and creating and implementing sales support finance solutions.

Dr. Van der Elst holds a doctorate (summa cum laude) in international economics and business from Florida Institute of Technology. He holds a master’s degree in economics and finance from University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he was a lecturer in the faculty of economic sciences before completing the SEP program at Columbia University.

His previous roles have included treasurer, finance director, CFO, general manager, and chairman/executive director. He founded a financial forensic services firm and joined BRG in 2016. He continues to teach as a visiting lecturer on economics and finance at international universities.

Dr. Van der Elst is a licensed member of American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI), American Bar Association (ABA), Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DBRF), and Florida Council for Public Private Partnerships (FCP3).

Employment History

TAS Forensic Services
2009 – 2016

Grahams Pharmaceuticals
Managing and executive director
2006 – 2008

Business Sculptors Management Consultants
Partner and director
2003 – 2006

Coca-Cola Sabco
Group manager
2001 – 2003

Dar es Salaam Tanzania
General manager
1999 – 2000

RJ Reynolds Russia

Int. Distillers & Vinters
Finance and commercial director
1996 – 1997

Tetra Pak Russia
Director of finance
1994 – 1996

Tetra Laval
Director of finance, Russia
1993 – 1994
Manager of product and trade
1992 – 1993
Manager of international leasing
Financial projects manager
1990 – 1991

Professional Affiliations

American College of Forensic Examiners Institute

Areas of Expertise


Florida Institute of Technology
PhD, Summa Cum Laude, International Economics and Business, 2019

Columbia University
Senior Executive Program, 1996

London Business School
Corporate Finance Program, 1992

University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
MA, Economics and Finance, 1989
BA, International Economics, 1985

University of Cape Town
Advanced Marketing Program, GSB, 1983
BA, Economics and Psychology, 1980