Leonardo Giacchino, PhD

PhD, Economics, Duke University; MA, Economics, Duke University; BA, Economics, Universidad Católica Argentina
Languages: English, Spanish; Working Knowledge of: Portuguese, Italian, French

Dr. Leonardo R. Giacchino provides economic and financial analyses and advisory services in litigations, arbitrations, and regulatory matters. Over the course of more than 20 years, he has worked in more than 30 countries on over 100 projects that have addressed economic and regulatory issues for U.S. and international businesses, investors, governments, and organizations. He has helped negotiate tariff adjustments and regulatory reform with politicians and regulators; provided opinions on contract disputes; performed demand, tariff, pricing, and cost studies; calculated damages and compensation estimates; developed business plans for new regulatory agencies in several countries; conducted due diligence and feasibility studies for power plants, utilities, and pipelines; and developed network models for the energy industry. Dr. Giacchino has vast experience in regulated industries such as the natural gas, electricity, oil, mining, water, transport and milk industries.

Dr. Giacchino has provided testimony in numerous forums; these include FERC, U.S. federal district court, US states courts, Mexico’s Federal Court, the London Courts of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. He has participated in proceedings before public utility commissions in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.

Dr. Giacchino taught economics at Duke University and at Universidad Católica Argentina. He was Vice President at NERA and a Partner at Bates White, where he provided economic analysis and advisory services in regulated markets. He served as Senior Economist at a private oil and natural gas company in Argentina and worked at another. In his work at the oil and gas companies, he coordinated project evaluations of oil field auctions, renegotiated contracts with the state owned companies, directed research in international energy markets, and participated in planning for the deregulation of energy markets in Argentina. He has an extensive background in microeconomics, regulation, finance, modeling, econometrics, international trade and finance, and macroeconomics. Dr. Giacchino is a former faculty member at the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy, University of Florida, Public Utility Research Center. He is also the coauthor (with Dr. Jonathan Lesser) of Fundamentals of Energy Regulation, published in 2007 by Public Utilities Reports, Inc. (PUR) and Principles of Utilities Corporate Finance, also published by PUR in 2011. He is listed in Who’s Who Legal as one of the world's top international arbitration experts.


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Court Experience

  • FERC
  • U.S. federal district court
  • US states courts
  • Mexico Federal Court
  • London Courts of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • Administrative court at FERC
  • Regulatory Proceedings in
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Bolivia
    • Brazil
    • Guatemala
    • Mexico
    • Peru
    • United States

Areas of Expertise

  • Competition
  • Contract negotiations
  • Costing practices
  • Demand and price studies
  • Due diligence
  • Energy
  • International Arbitration
  • International economics
  • Market power and market valuation analysis
  • Policy recommendations
  • Price and rate design
  • Privatization
  • Regulatory policy and market design
  • Regulatory strategy
  • Restructuring
  • Transport
  • Water