Energy Experts 2018

This year, WWL has extended its research to identify the leading consultants, economists, and expert witnesses working in the energy sector. Through interviews with eminent lawyers and consultants around the globe, we have identified 47 of the leading players in the space.

Thought Leaders
1. Phil Burns Frontier Economics, London
2. Robin Cohen Robin Cohen Consulting, London
3. AJ Goulding London Economics LLC, Boston
4. Mike Huggins Frontier Economics, London
5. Julia Frayer London Economics LLC, Boston


Leading Firms

Frontier Economics

This group leads the research with a phenomenal 12 lawyers from its London, Dublin, Cologne, Madrid, Singapore and Melbourne offices. The firm performs particularly well in the UK market and sees six lawyers listed.
Phil Burns is a frontrunner in this year’s research. He is a major name in the London market with a superb track record working with regulated entities in the UK. Clients say, “His considerable experience in the energy sector is evident in all aspects of his advice.”
Mike Huggins boasts extensive expertise in network regulation and competition matters. He stands out for “his intellectual and analytical horsepower” and impresses clients with “his strategic outlook as well as his practical and hands-on approach”.
In Germany, Christoph Riechmann stands out as an excellent testifying expert with “a bright analytical mind and deep knowledge of European gas markets”. Clients comment on his “substantial experience on the stand and his broad scope of knowledge across commodities and countries”.
Dan Roberts is a well-known expert in economic and regulatory matters in the energy sector. Market commentators speak highly of his “excellent combination of economic and strategic modelling skills and superb regulatory understanding”.
Wynne Jones is a distinguished economic consultant with an impressive record advising on disputes between “energy giants”. Sources say: “He shows impressive judgement and great strategic understanding. He has excellent drafting and effective presentation skills.”
Fernando Barrera is a top name for litigation, due diligence and consulting work in Spain. He has strong expertise in energy policy and regulatory matters and draws praise for “his particular ability to bridge the gap between the positions of regulators and regulated companies”.
In Singapore, James Allan is an esteemed expert with extensive modelling experience in the energy and utility markets. Peers speak highly of his “vast knowledge across gas regulatory systems in jurisdictions around the world” and highlight “his excellent leadership style and first-class service to clients”.

London Economics

This specialist economic consulting firm achieves two listings in this chapter.
AJ Goulding draws praise for his strong North America practice. He is widely regarded as “a top name” in the international market and he is endorsed as “knowledgeable and insightful economist who always provides excellent input”.
Julia Frayer stands out as “an extremely capable economist” draws praise for her “excellent insights” on cost and pricing matters. She boasts broad international experience and has advised on energy matters around the world.

Compass Lexecon

This group is known for its excellent service to major law firms and corporate clients and is home to four highly regarded practitioners.
The “excellent” Jorge Padilla leads the firm’s EU practice. He is a highly regarded economist with vast experience representing energy sector clients before competition authorities in Europe.
“Elite practitioner” Fabien Roques is an esteemed expert in regulatory matters in the energy sector. According to one client, “I have not worked with a better economist in the energy sector in France. He is the best – there is no one in the market who can match his capabilities and knowledge.”

Oxera Consulting

This specialist economic firm achieves two listings in London.
Jostein Kristensen is a “highly regarded” expert with experience spanning the oil and gas, coal, and renewable sectors. Clients say, “He has a fantastic breadth of experience across the industry and provides excellent regulatory advice in the electricity sector.”
Sahar Shamsi is a well-known corporate finance and regulatory adviser. She has broad international experience and draws praise as “a technically sound expert with excellent empirical analysis skills”. Clients speak highly of her “strong understanding of client objectives and her pragmatic approach”.


Two experts from the London office of this Big Four firm are listed here.
Stuart Cook is widely regarded as “a top name at PwC”. He boasts deep regulatory knowledge in energy and utilities and experience acting as managing director of Ofgem. Peers say, “He is tremendously qualified and undoubtedly an excellent economist.”
Steve Mullins is “great to work with”, say peers, who speak highly of his programme management and project development experience. Peers comment, “He has been an expert in the energy and utilities sector for a long time” and, as global head of PwC’s smart energy offering, he stands out for his vast experience in the space.

The Brattle Group

This specialist economic and expert witness practice is home to three highly regarded experts in its US, UK and Spanish offices.
In Spain, José Antonio García is a seasoned expert in competition and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience before courts and regulatory authorities and is a well-known damage quantification expert.
Ahmad Faruqui is a prominent name in the US market for his extensive testifying experience. He has broad international experience in the gas and electricity sector.
Carlos Lapuerta enjoys a superb reputation as an expert who peers “can’t recommend highly enough”. He is described as “a fantastic name in the market” and is a go-to expert for investment analysis and pricing matters.

NERA Economic Consulting

Two seasoned experts from this global consulting firm are listed here.
The “excellent” Oscar Arnedillo is a standout name in the Spanish market. He is known for his extensive regulatory expertise and vast knowledge of local and international electricity markets.
Sean Gammons “does excellent work in the energy sector”, say peers, who speak highly of his extensive expertise in gas and electricity matters. He has broad regulatory knowledge and deep experience as an expert witness.

Other Leading Individuals


In London, Robin Cohen at Robin Cohen Consulting is a seasoned written and oral testifying expert who draws praise for his broad international arbitration experience. Clients say he is “thoughtful, thorough and calm under pressure” and commend his “deep knowledge of power and commodity prices and trends”.


At Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, Laura Hardin comes highly recommended by peers and clients alike. She is an experienced expert witness and enjoys a superb reputation for her expertise damage quantification matters in the oil and gas and power sectors.

Seabron Adamson at Charles River Associates is a stand-out name in the firm’s Boston office. Peers hold him in high esteem as “an experienced energy practitioner with notable insights on energy wholesale markets and combined transmission pricing arrangement”.

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