This year’s research shines the spotlight on 80 experts recognised for their first-rate work across the energy sector. Their expertise includes pricing issues, providing expert testimony and evaluating long-term energy contracts.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Phil Burns is held in awe for his “incisive approach and knowledge of utility regulation” along with his “strong economic input, quick command of facts, and ability to express issues clearly to non-economists”.
Mike Huggins is looked upon with enormous favour for his “ability to critique a position from both a technical economist’s perspective and a business/public policy leadership angle”.
Dan Roberts is praised for his sweeping knowledge of the gas and electricity sectors, with a concentration on institutional arrangements and retail competition matters.
Wynne Jones is touted for his “impressive judgement and great strategic understanding”, which he combines with “excellent drafting and effective presentational skills”.
Christoph Riechmann attracts attention for always remaining “calm under cross-examination” as well as his “no-nonsense and fuss-free expert reports”.
Matt Roberts has a remarkable forte in providing “highly practical and commercially astute advice”, which he “combines with top-end economic insights”.
Fernando Barrera receives accolades for his “superb knowledge of the economic and regulatory aspects of the energy markets” in addition to his “excellent technical skills”.
Boaz Moselle is “widely known and respected in the industry” for his profound oil and gas expertise, and real strength in undertaking economic analysis for the prices of LNG and gas in contracts.
Joseph Cavicchi draws high praise from market sources as “extraordinarily knowledgeable of the energy and electricity markets”. He is commended for his “ability to make complicated concepts accessible to the decision-maker through clear and concise written and oral work”.
Jorge Padilla is a “strong economist for competition matters” and a seasoned expert witness with experience before a range of regulatory authorities.
Manuel Abdala possesses profound experience providing first-rate expert testimony and is regarded as “fantastic on damages valuation in energy”.
Fabien Roques is endorsed for his “top-tier handling of energy economic-focused cases”, with impressive experience in gas and carbon market design.
José Antonio García is esteemed as “one of the main experts in the Spanish energy market” who “is able to explain the complex mechanics of the energy market so anyone can understand how it works, without giving up on the precision and accuracy of his explanation”.
Carlos Lapuerta garners high praise from peers who “highly recommend him for cases in the energy sector” as well his experience in a range of resources including electricity, and oil and gas.
Ahmad Faruqui is a seasoned expert with over 40 years of experience in complex matters including gas and electricity pricing.
Kathleen Spees is noted for her impressive profile, encompassing know-how in economic analysis and wholesale electricity for which she is highly sought after by regulators and market operators.
William Hogan is renowned for his excellent work in the design and improvement of competitive electricity markets globally including design of market rules and organising bid-based markets for energy.
Aris Karcanias garners plaudits for his “high-level work in the clean energy market” and is deemed a “definite inclusion on the list”.
Jason Mann is commended for his “deep industry knowledge and broad experience in energy projects”. Clients also appreciate his “excellent analytical and communications skills”.
Richard Edwards is exalted for his “excellent technical knowledge of a topic as intricate as the Spanish electricity sector”.
Tomas Haug is regarded as “a strong economist who presents his findings convincingly” and displays exceptional awareness of the storage and gas market.
Sean Gammons receives glowing praise for his “ability to produce a compelling opinion on a complex matter under intense time pressure, and articulate his opinions clearly”.
Julie Carey is complimented on her “deep knowledge of the oil transportation industry” and earns acclaim as “a go-to expert for this type of work.”
Kurt Strunk is celebrated for his “ability to simplify complex concepts and calculations while conveying the larger picture to executive management”.
Julia Frayer comes “highly commended for her encyclopaedic knowledge” and world-class economic analysis of utilities, power plants and natural gas-related infrastructure.
AJ Goulding has a strong profile in the energy market, where he stands out for his strong analytical skills and considerable experience in gas and electricity.
Jim Snow at Oakley Greenwood has amassed considerable experience in modelling of complex issues, market development, gas supply and pricing.
Howard Rosen at Secretariat International is credited with “razor-sharp intellect” and an “ability to explain highly technical and complex issues in a way that others can understand”.
Robin Cohen at Robin Cohen Consulting is a “well-versed economist with a broad spectrum of expertise” who remains “extremely calm under cross-examination”.
Jostein Kristensen of Oxera Consulting is looked upon with enormous favour for his expertise in the natural gas, thermal coal and electricity sectors.
Tony Ward at Ernst & Young is a widely respected practitioner who is valued for his top-tier work in the power and utilities sector.
Matthias Laue of Pöyry Management Consulting is a “eloquent and knowledgeable practitioner” with an “ability to deliver high-quality work on short notice”.
Ernst Hechenberger at CAA is “one of the most experienced and able experts I have ever known” effuses an impressed client, adding: “He is the perfect match between an experienced engineer and acute litigator.”
Christopher Goncalves of Berkeley Research Group is “widely known and respected well beyond the USA”, and has 30 years of experience in the energy industry.
David Hunger at Charles River Associates is “strong on the FERC issues” with a wealth of insight in merger analysis in the energy market.
Seabron Adamson is distinguished for his “top-tier business knowledge and energy sector experience” with profound expert testimony experience before the US and Canadian regulators.