Aruni Weerasekera
Senior Director
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15+ years in Asia, with almost eight in cross-border restructuring and insolvency
Global professional and commercial experience from living and working in Australia, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa
Chartered Accountant
Management board of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
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As the global business universe converges, the harmonization of cross-border insolvency and restructuring regimes is going to be key to ensuring greater returns to all stakeholders.
Aruni Weerasekera is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Hong Kong. She brings broad international experience both within the professional and commercial arena enriched with the combined exposure and experience gained in the preparation and presentation of statutory financial statements; deal support on mergers and acquisitions with a focus on business and financial due diligence; and over the past few years, through her involvement in investigation, dispute analysis and litigation support assignments.

Ms. Weerasekera commenced her career in audit with a Big Four accounting firm in Perth, Australia, during her four-year tenure there, she undertook two transfers to Moscow and Indonesia. She also spent a year in Sri Lanka involved in audit and due diligence reviews prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2000. In her first two years in Hong Kong with the same Big Four accounting firm, she specialized in local, cross boarder and international merger and acquisition assignments before joining a Swire / Hutchinson joint venture company as an in-house consultant to assist in their merger and acquisition ventures. Ms. Weerasekera jointed the Forensic Accounting and Litigation support team in 2004.

Within the area of investigation and litigation support, Ms. Weerasekera has worked on a range of forensic, investigative, expert witness and litigation support assignments, notably involving commercial fraud, professional negligence and the preparation of expert reports in respect of a construction dispute.

Having worked in a wide range of investigation assignments, Ms. Weerasekera has developed a specialization in commercial fraud investigations and corporate governance investigations. Over the past two years, she has been working on a series of actions to be undertaken in Hong Kong and Taiwan against directors and former directors of a Hong Kong listed group of companies, focusing on breach of director's duties, breach of fiduciary duties and sale of company assets at a significant under value. Most recently, she has worked on another investigation into director's conduct focusing on breach of fiduciary duties and failure to act in the best interest of a group of companies in Malaysia.

Ms. Weerasekera has gained a wide range of international experience within the professional and commercial arena through her work in Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Russia and Kenya.

Ms. Weerasekera earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia and a master's degree in accounting from the University of Western Australia. More recently, she obtained a diploma in human resource management from the University of Hong Kong. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants Insolvency Interest Group (HKICPA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).