Erin B. McHugh

Associate Director


Tel: +44 20 7659 8736
Fax: +44 20 7659 8501

New York City
Tel: +1 212 345 3000
Fax: +1 212 345 4650

Email: erin.mchugh@nera.com
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MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management
BA, magna cum laude, in economics and French, Amherst College
Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder


Erin McHugh is an Associate Director in NERA’s Securities and Finance Practice and in the International Arbitration Practice. She has over 10 years of experience managing projects globally in the areas of economics, finance, and valuation. Ms. McHugh has consulted on litigation and arbitration matters in various venues, including US federal and state courts, US domestic and international arbitration forums, and UK High Court, as well as on internal and regulatory investigations. She has also provided testimony as an expert witness. She is listed in Who’s Who Legal (WWL) Arbitration: Future Leaders – Expert Witnesses. Ms. McHugh was "highly recommend[ed]" by WWL and was described as a "very impressive" expert with "extensive experience in valuation of financial products and business assets, and in the quantification of damages in arbitration proceedings".

Ms. McHugh has extensive experience in estimating alleged damages in matters involving an alleged breach of a contract or investment treaty. She also has considerable experience in the valuation of financial products, including various derivatives, and in the valuation of business assets, including those in emerging markets. She has consulted on a number of merger-related disputes, including those involving SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies). In regulatory investigations, she has consulted on matters involving retail sales of distressed sovereign debt, retail sales of equity-linked structured notes, and the alleged manipulation of benchmark rates. Ms. McHugh has also consulted on numerous disputes between brokerage firms and customers concerning investments in equities, derivatives, fixed income, and structured finance securities. She has evaluated risk characteristics of the investments, concentration, and damages, among other issues. In securities class action lawsuits, she has analyzed issues of class certification, materiality, and damages.

Ms. McHugh has presented at industry conferences and law firms on various topics, including estimating the economic impact of an alleged misrepresentation. She is co-author of “Floating-Rate Mortgage Securities” in The Handbook of Mortgage-Backed Securities (Frank J. Fabozzi, ed., 2016) and co-author of “Causation” in The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review (Barton Legum, ed., 2018). Ms. McHugh holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA, magna cum laude, in economics and French from Amherst College, where she was awarded three departmental prizes in economics. She is a CFA® charterholder and has also completed coursework in finance and mathematical finance at New York University.