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Christopher Goncalves

Managing Director


Christopher J. Goncalves, a managing director and chair of BRG’s Energy practice, has over twenty-eight years of international experience in the energy and financial industries. He provides energy industry and damages expert analysis and testimony for international energy arbitration and litigation matters for law firms and industry clients. He also advises industry and financial-sector clients in the areas of business and commercial strategy, commercial negotiation, economic and market analysis, valuation, regulatory assessments, project development and financing, asset acquisitions and divestitures, and international carbon markets.

Mr. Goncalves is a seasoned industry and damages expert with independent analysis, reporting, and testimony experience for significant international arbitration and litigation matters concerning disputed energy prices, markets, commercial standards, practices, values, and financing requirements for energy projects, assets, contracts, and transactions. He has provided expert analysis and reports for over thirty pre-dispute and dispute matters, including matters that were settled prior to final hearings and oral testimony. Of these, he has provided oral testimony for fourteen international investment and commercial disputes under the auspices of the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, ICDR/AAA, Milan Chamber of Commerce, and US federal courts. For the last several years, Who's Who Legal has recognized Mr. Goncalves as a leading energy industry and damages expert.

As a business advisor, Mr. Goncalves has counseled industry and financial sector clients on energy infrastructure and commerce, including LNG, LPGs, natural gas, oil, conventional power generation, and renewable energy. He is accomplished in providing these services to global energy companies, national energy companies, utilities, state energy agencies, independent developers, equity investors, and banks.

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 leading NOCs and US LNG exporters.

Mr. Goncalves’ professional experience spans over 50 countries throughout the Americas, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, and Asia. Within these regions, he offers direct energy market experience in the US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Algeria, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Angola, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, and other countries.


Johns Hopkins University
MA, International Economics

Brown University
BA, International Relations

Employment History

Charles River Associates
Vice president, Energy & Environment
2010 - 2012

Director, Energy
2004 - 2010

Pace Global Energy Services
Managing director, International Programs, and director, Financial Advisory
1998 - 2004

Crossborder Energy, Inc.
Vice president, International Projects
1993 - 1998

National Corporate Division, Corporate finance associate
1989 - 1991

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Professional Affiliations

International Association for Energy Economics

International Bar Association
Associate member

DC Bar Association
Associate member

Phi Beta Kappa