Washington, D.C. ,
Antitrust Law , Competition Law
Dr. Manuel A. Abdala is a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University and holds a Master of Arts in Political Economy from the same school. He is a Senior Managing Director with Compass Lexecon since 2011 and was previously a Director at LECG since 1998, where he acted as co-chair of its international arbitration practice group.
He has provided written and oral expert testimony in more than 175 disputes, many of them involving critical arbitration treaty disputes between private investors and governments on topics related to damage valuation, as well as opinions on government conduct vis-à-vis 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 extensively published topics covering economic regulation, institutional design, utility privatization and valuation, industry structure, and competition policy. Dr. Abdala has completed projects on ex-post privatization analysis in several countries, including various research studies led by the World Bank. He has also served as a key economic advisor to Argentina’s Secretariat of Energy on the energy sector reform 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 several countries, including Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
One of the world’s leading economic consulting firms, Compass Lexecon provides law firms, corporations, and government clients with clear analysis of complex issues. We have been involved in a broad spectrum of matters related to economics and finance – providing critical insight in legal and regulatory proceedings, strategic decisions, and public policy debates. Our experience and expertise apply to virtually any question of economics, in virtually any context of the law or business, and in any industry.
At Compass Lexecon, we believe that critical economic issues – whether in connection with litigation, regulatory review, strategic planning, or other corporate activities – are best understood when subjected to a rigorous empirical analysis. Our firm is known for developing a thorough understanding of the issues that face our clients, relating those issues to relevant economic theory, and then supporting our analysis with solid and persuasive empirical evidence.