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José Alberro
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José Alberro co-heads Cornerstone Research’s international arbitration and litigation practice. He is a sought-after authority with expertise across a number of industries. He has acted as an ICSID arbitrator, and as a damages expert, in high-stakes international arbitrations involving investor-state and commercial disputes on four continents. Dr Alberro brings a unique multifaceted perspective from his years as a tenured university professor, high-level government official, and CEO of a company with sales of US$10 billion.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER THUS FAR?

I started as a tenured university professor, then became a UN official and later worked in the Mexican government. By the time I was in my early 40s, I was the CEO of a company with 13,000 employees and sales of US$10 billion. I have lived in three countries and I am a native speaker of French and Spanish. My multifaceted background has served me well in my latest career as a full-time economics and finance expert.

WHAT ARE THE KEY QUALITIES NEEDED TO BUILD A STRONG INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION PRACTICE? 

We look for highly qualified individuals with strong analytical skills and the ability to explain complex issues clearly and concisely. As with any practice, intellectual rigour and credibility are key. Experts who work in international arbitration must also be able to understand and adapt to the procedures and customs of a wide range of venues and countries.

ARE THERE ANY INDUSTRIES THAT ARE PARTICULARLY ACTIVE FOR ARBITRATION WORK AT THE MOMENT?

In addition to the traditionally important resource and utility sectors, the technology sector is becoming increasingly active. The rise of piracy, counterfeiting, cybersecurity and issues related to intellectual property rights have generated complex commercial arbitration cases, and we are likely to see them in investor-state arbitration before long.

HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE FIELD OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION TO DEVELOP OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS? WHAT SPECIFIC CHALLENGES WILL THIS BRING TO ARBITRATION EXPERT WITNESSES?

As trade and foreign direct investment grow in the coming decades, the field of international arbitration will likewise expand. Arbitrators will increasingly be knowledgeable about sophisticated valuation techniques and demand analytical rigour and clarity in presentations from expert witnesses.

HOW IS CORNERSTONE RESEARCH WELL PLACED TO DEAL WITH THESE DEVELOPMENTS?

With 700 staff and eight offices in the US and Europe, the firm is big enough to meet the challenge of any complex litigation yet small enough to stay true to our core values of responsive support and consistent, high-quality work for our clients.

HOW DOES YOUR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AS THE CEO OF A MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR COMPANY ASSIST YOU IN DEALING WITH COMPLEX DAMAGES VALUATIONS?

I had to make complex strategic and operational decisions that affected all those involved. The weight of those responsibilities gives you an important outlook on problems.

YOU HAVE A PHD IN ECONOMICS AND HAVE 15 YEARS EXPERTISE AS A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR. TO WHAT EXTENT DOES A STRONG ACADEMIC BACKGROUND ENHANCE YOUR STANDING AS AN EXPERT WITNESS?

Academic knowledge increases credibility and effectiveness. As a researcher, I bring methodological rigour and analytical expertise. As a teacher, I am experienced in explaining complex issues. I also continue to publish and participate in conferences. 

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Expert Witnesses

José Alberro co-heads Cornerstone Research’s international arbitration and litigation practice. He has acted as both an ICSID arbitrator and a damages expert in high-stakes international arbitrations involving both investor-state and commercial disputes.

Dr Alberro has provided testimony in cases related to confiscation of major petroleum and natural gas assets; cancellation of the licenses of a mining company; seizure of real estate assets; and alleged negative impact of regulatory changes and tariff adjustments on the distribution of LPG.

His expertise focuses on applied economic and financial modelling across a variety of industries, with particular depth in oil and natural gas, mining, petrochemicals, consumer goods, industrial inputs, and telecommunications. He specialises in damages estimation in the context of international arbitration; mergers and competition; tariff design in network industries (electricity, natural gas transportation and distribution, and water); and economic impact analyses.

Dr Alberro brings a unique multifaceted perspective from his years as a corporate leader, high-level government official, and tenured university professor. He was the founding CEO of a large Mexican gas and liquids company with sales of US$10 billion. During the NAFTA negotiations, Dr Alberro was the chief representative of Petróleos Mexicanos. He served in several Mexican ministries, including treasury and budget. Dr Alberro taught at universities in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Mexico for 15 years

Dr Alberro has consulted for the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

His research and analyses have been widely published, including in the ICSID Review; the Journal of Damages in International Arbitration; the International Arbitration Law Review and Transnational Dispute Management.

WWL says: José Alberro comes highly recommended for his strong expertise in damage estimation analysis as well as his long-standing experience across the energy and natural resources industries.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Arbitration which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Consulting Experts: Economic Consulting - Quantum of Damages

José Alberro co-heads Cornerstone Research’s international arbitration and litigation practice. His expertise focuses on applied economic and financial modeling across a variety of industries, with particular depth in oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, consumer goods, industrial inputs, and telecommunications. He specialises in damages estimation in the context of international arbitration; mergers and antitrust; tariff design in network industries (electricity, natural gas transportation and distribution, water); and economic impact analysis.

Dr Alberro has provided expert testimony on four continents, involving both investor-state and commercial disputes. He has testified in proceedings under ICSID, UNCITRAL, ECT, and ICC rules.  He has been an expert in cases related to investments in oil and gas assets, mining, construction, sweeteners, alcoholic beverages, and port operations. Most recently, Dr Alberro was chosen as damages expert by the Costa Rican government in an ICSID arbitration.

He was the founding CEO and president of Pemex Gas, a large Mexican gas and liquids company, and served as Pemex’s chief representative during the NAFTA negotiations. He has consulted for the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr Alberro taught at universities in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Mexico. His research and analyses have been widely published, including in the GAR Guide to Damages in International Arbitration, the ICSID Review, the Journal of Damages in International Arbitration, and the International Arbitration Law Review.

WWL says: José Alberro enjoys a “very strong reputation” for his impressive economic and financial modelling expertise.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Consulting Experts which can be purchased from our Shop.

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