MANAGING CONSULTANT | SAN DIEGO
I have a BS in international political economics and a certificate in Latin American studies from Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service). I’m studying part-time as an MBA Candidate at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, with an expected graduation date of September 2020.
Years in industry
I have been working in economic consulting, specifically international arbitration, since June 2012. I began my career working for Santiago Dellepiane, a BRG managing director and co-chair of its Economics & Damages practice. International arbitration was the perfect marriage of my interests in economics and international affairs.
FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT BRG
I started at BRG in October 2018, and I’ve enjoyed a larger leadership role. Working with Santiago and Managing Director Daniela Bambaci, we’ve been tasked with growing the International Arbitration practice in New York, Buenos Aires, and San Diego. BRG has been great, providing the necessary tools and trust to achieve our strategic vision. The BRG community of professionals and experts makes you feel fully supported, and we have a great technology platform as well.
FAVORITE CLIENT ENGAGEMENT
I’ve had many favorite client engagements over the years, but one in particular comes to mind thanks to the positive result. A few years ago, before I joined BRG, we began working for an investor in the food distribution business in Venezuela. The engagement was challenging due to the economic climate in Venezuela and the level of client engagement in our analysis. The arbitration was held in 2016, and we recently received a favorable award applying many of our valuation parameters. It’s encouraging to see a case end on such a high note with an international court relying heavily on our work; it reminds us that what we do has real-world implications.
I recently started a new project related to telecommunication investments in Africa. This client is very sophisticated, holding us to a high standard and a high level of analysis. The case is challenging due to the limited telecom infrastructure in this country and a challenging economic context.
MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF THE JOB
The biggest challenge and one of the most interesting parts of my job is working in diverse industries like energy, food distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications, and many others. For each new engagement, I need to become an “expert” in that industry and operation, learning about the investments, how the business is operating, the revenue and cost drivers, and the environmental context. You can’t rest on your laurels and understanding of any other industry, as each sector has a different dynamic and structure. It keeps things interesting and new.
Another challenge is to remember that our duty as international arbitration experts is to the arbitral tribunal. Our economic analysis needs to be clear and concise, and it needs to convey the magnitude of damages in a way that’s helpful to the Tribunal.
ADVICE FOR ENTERING THIS FIELD
One of the greatest resources to grow in this field is the experience of the people you work with. The experts I have worked with have a wealth of knowledge that I have had the opportunity to learn from.
Also, when starting in this field, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. Explain your point of view and perspective on a case. As an analyst, you’re close to the data and exposed to a lot of important information. As a result, your understanding might shed light on an issue or offer a point of view other team members may not have considered. The diversity of viewpoints often makes our work more robust and a lot more fun.