José Alberro is lauded by sources as "a true economist and a pure valuation expert, which makes him a regular choice as an expert witness".
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 licences 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 been named an independent expert by the ICC and he is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.
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. Dr Alberro is fully trilingual and testifies in English, Spanish and French.