Dr Manuel A Abdala is a PhD in economics from Boston University and an executive vice president with Compass Lexecon. He has provided written and oral expert testimony in more than 130 international arbitration cases, many of them involving treaty disputes between private investors and governments on topics related to damage valuation, as well as opinions on government conduct with regard to investors’ expectations and regulatory standards. He also has substantial experience in commercial arbitrations in shareholder disputes, competition clauses, property damages and political risk insurance claims.
He has published extensively on topics covering infrastructure economic regulation, institutional design, utility privatisation and valuation, industry structure and competition policy. Dr Abdala has completed projects on ex post privatisation analysis in several countries, including various research studies led by the World Bank. He has also served as key economic adviser to Argentina’s Secretariat of Energy on the energy sector reform that took place in the 1990s. He has conducted numerous works and studies for private companies and public institutions related to business valuation, damage analysis, and regulatory analysis of infrastructure projects in multiple countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.