Dr. Manuel A. Abdala has participated as an expert or advisor in around two hundred international arbitration matters, many relating to arbitration treaty disputes between private investors and governments on topics such as damage valuation, government conduct versus investor expectations, and regulatory standards.

He has substantial experience in commercial arbitrations involving shareholder disputes, competition clauses, intellectual property rights, property damages, and political risk insurance claims.

Dr. Abdala has published extensively on economic regulation, institutional design, utility privatization and valuation, industry structure, and competition policy; and on sectors including digital markets, mining, energy, and oil and gas. He has completed projects on ex-post privatization analysis in selected countries, including research studies led by the World Bank. He also served as a key economic advisor to Argentina’s Secretariat of Energy on energy-sector reform in the 1990s. He has conducted numerous works and studies for private companies and public institutions related to business valuation, damage analysis, and regulatory analysis of infrastructure projects in countries and territories including Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico , Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Dr. Abdala has a PhD in economics and an MA in political economy from Boston University.

Employment History

Metrica Economics, LLC, Washington, DC and Bal Harbour, FL
Director, 2024

Compass Lexecon, Washington, DC
Senior Managing Director, 2020 – 2024
Executive Vice President, 2013 – 2020
Senior Vice President, 2011 – 2013

LECG, LLC, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and Washington, DC
Director, 1998 – 2011

Expectativa – Consultores Económicos, Córdoba, Argentina
Director, 1992 – 1998

Professional Affiliations

The Institute of Transnational Arbitration
Advisory Board, 2006 – present

American Economic Association
Member, 1992 – present

Asociación Argentina de Economía Política
Member, 1993 – present

Areas of Expertise


Boston University
PhD, Economics, 1992
MA, Political Economy, 1990

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Licenciado en Economía, 1985