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WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Chris is widely known and respected well beyond the US for his expert work"
"He provides very impressive oral testimony. Mr Goncalves is an outstanding practitioner"
"Chris is very smart and has a depth and breadth of energy expertise that rivals anyone"
"His combination of commercial knowledge and strong testifying skills is a unique asset"

Biography

Christopher Goncalves is chair and managing director of BRG’s energy and climate practice. He offers 30 years of international experience in dispute resolution, energy advisory and finance. He provides expert industry and damages analysis and testimony for international energy investment and commercial arbitration and litigation matters. He also provides advisory services in relation to business and commercial strategy; contract price and flexibility negotiation; economic and market analysis; policy and regulation; project development; financing; acquisitions and divestitures.

Mr Goncalves has expert analytic, reporting and testimony experience in matters concerning energy damages, valuations, commodity pricing and prices, markets, trading, contracts, commercial and financing conditions, policy and regulation, and standards and practices. He has provided expert services for over 35 international investment and commercial disputes adjudicated under the auspices of ICSID, UNCITRAL, the ICC, the LCIA, ICDR/AAA, the Royal Court of Justice of England and Wales, the Milan Chamber of Commerce and US federal courts. Of these matters, he has provided oral testimony for 15 international investment and commercial arbitration hearings. For the last several years, Who's Who Legal has recognised Mr Goncalves as a leading energy industry and damages expert.

Among his expert witness and business advisory experience, Mr Goncalves has served as the lead LNG and natural gas market and industry expert to energy companies and their legal counsel for over a dozen LNG and natural gas price reviews and/or price review arbitrations in Europe and Asia. He has also provided LNG commercial strategy for short- and long-term sales pricing, target markets, and priority customers for a leading NOCs and US LNG exporters. Mr Goncalves recently co-authored the chapter entitled “Expert Evidence in Price Reviews and Disputes” in the book Gas & LNG Price Arbitration 2019. He also has given numerous presentations and has written several articles on LNG, natural gas, and renewable energy market, commercial, pricing, and policy conditions worldwide.

For dispute resolution and advisory matters, Mr Goncalves’ clients have included leading law firms, independent and national energy companies, utilities, project developers, equity investors, private and multilateral development banks, and state energy agencies.

Mr Goncalves also has extensive strategic, commercial, and transactional advisory experience with respect to energy infrastructure development projects, financings, investments, markets, contracts and trading. His experience is concentrated in LNG, NGLs, natural gas, and thermal and renewable energy generation. In this work, he has experience with the full range of project sizes and scales, including several large multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects, national energy initiatives and projects, and small-scale projects and investments.

Mr Goncalves’ relevant experience spans 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. A native English speaker, he is also fluent or proficient in Spanish, German and Italian, and has intermediate skills in Portuguese and Turkish.

Mr Goncalves received his MA in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in international relations and economic development from Brown University. He is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics, and an associate member of the International Bar Association and DC Bar Association.

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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Christopher Goncalves is an “excellent strategist and economist” who is celebrated for his “incredible eye for detail” and “ability to simplify and explain the most complex economic issues”.

Biography

Christopher Goncalves is chair and managing director of BRG’s energy and climate practice. He offers over 30 years of international experience in dispute resolution, energy advisory and finance. He provides expert industry and quantum analysis and testimony for international energy investment and commercial arbitration and litigation matters. He also provides advisory services in relation to business and commercial strategy; contract price and flexibility negotiation; economic and market analysis; policy and regulation; project development; financing; acquisitions and divestitures. Mr Goncalves’ clients have included leading law firms, independent and national energy companies, utilities, project developers, equity investors, private and multilateral development banks, and state energy agencies.  His relevant experience spans over 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Mr Goncalves has expert analytic, reporting and testimony experience in matters concerning energy damages, valuations, commodity pricing, markets, trading, contracts, commercial and financing conditions, policy and regulation, and standards and practices. He has provided expert services for over 45 international investment and commercial disputes adjudicated under the auspices of ICSID, UNCITRAL, the ICC, the LCIA, ICDR/AAA, the Royal Court of Justice of England and Wales, the Milan Chamber of Commerce and US federal courts. Of these matters, he has provided oral testimony in over 16 international investment and commercial arbitration hearings. For the last several years, Who's Who Legal has recognised Mr Goncalves as a leading energy industry and damages expert.

Mr Goncalves also has extensive strategic, commercial, and transactional advisory experience with respect to energy infrastructure development projects, markets, contracts, trading, financings, and investments. His experience is concentrated in LNG, NGLs, natural gas, and conventional and renewable electricity generation. In this work, he has experience with the full range of project sizes and scales, including several large multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects, national energy initiatives and projects, and smaller scale projects and investments.

Among his expert witness and advisory experience, Mr Goncalves has served as LNG and natural gas market and industry expert to energy companies and their legal counsel for over a dozen LNG and natural gas price reviews and/or price review arbitrations in Europe and Asia. He has also provided LNG commercial strategy for short-and long-term sales pricing, target markets, and priority customers for leading LNG exporters.

Mr. Goncalves recently co-authored the following chapters: “Expert Role in Causation Analysis for Energy Transition Related Arbitration,” in the book The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review – Edition 6 and “Expert Evidence in Price Reviews and Disputes” in the book Gas & LNG Price Arbitration 2019.   He also has given numerous presentations and has written several articles on the energy transition and LNG and natural gas market and commercial conditions worldwide.

Mr Goncalves received his MA in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in international relations and economic development from Brown University. He is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics, and an associate member of the International Bar Association and DC Bar Association. A native English speaker, he is also fluent or proficient in Spanish, German and Italian, and has intermediate skills in Portuguese and Turkish.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The “impressive” Christopher Goncalves has “deep experience” in providing expert services in international energy arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Biography

Christopher Goncalves is chair and managing director of BRG’s energy and climate practice. He offers 30 years of international experience in dispute resolution, energy advisory and finance. He provides expert analysis and testimony for international energy investment, and commercial arbitration and litigation matters. He also provides advisory services in relation to business and commercial strategy; contract price and flexibility negotiation; economic and market analysis; policy and regulation; project development; financing; acquisitions and divestitures.

Mr Goncalves has expert analytic, reporting and testimony experience in matters concerning energy damages, valuations, commodity pricing and prices, markets, trading, contracts, commercial and financing conditions, policy and regulation, and standards and practices. He has provided expert services for over 35 international investment and commercial disputes adjudicated under the auspices of ICSID, UNCITRAL, the ICC, the LCIA, ICDR/AAA, the Royal Court of Justice of England and Wales, the Milan Chamber of Commerce, and US federal courts. Of these matters, he has provided oral testimony for 15 international investment and commercial arbitration hearings. For the last several years, WWL has recognised Mr Goncalves as a leading energy industry and damages expert.

Among his expert witness and business advisory experience, Mr Goncalves has served as the lead LNG and natural gas market and industry expert to energy companies and their legal counsel for over a dozen LNG and natural gas price reviews and/or price review arbitrations in Europe and Asia. He has also provided LNG commercial strategy for short- and long-term sales pricing, target markets, and priority customers for a leading NOCs and US LNG exporters. Mr Goncalves recently co-authored the chapter entitled “Expert Evidence in Price Reviews and Disputes” in the book Gas & LNG Price Arbitration 2019. He also has given numerous presentations and has written several articles on LNG, natural gas, and renewable energy market, commercial, pricing, and policy conditions worldwide.

For dispute resolution and advisory matters, Mr Goncalves’s clients have included leading law firms, independent and national energy companies, utilities, project developers, equity investors, private and multilateral development banks, and state energy agencies.

Mr Goncalves also has extensive strategic, commercial, and transactional advisory experience with respect to energy infrastructure development projects, financings, investments, markets, contracts and trading. His experience is concentrated in LNG, NGLs, natural gas, and thermal and renewable energy generation. In this work, he has experience with the full range of project sizes and scales, including several large multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects, national energy initiatives and projects, and small-scale projects and investments.

Mr Goncalves’ relevant experience spans 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. A native English speaker, he is also fluent or proficient in Spanish, German and Italian, and has intermediate skills in Portuguese and Turkish.

Mr Goncalves received his MA in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; and a BA in international relations and economic development from Brown University. He is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics, and an associate member of the International Bar Association and DC Bar Association.

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