Mr Abastos specialises in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking regulation and financial transactions and concessions.
He is the former vice-president and general counsel of Citibank Perú, and supervisor of the legal department of Citibank Bolivia.
His previous experience includes working as foreign associate of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (2001–2002); as corporate associate at the New York Office of Baker & McKenzie (1995–1996); as director of the legal department of the Private Promotion Commission, nowadays called PROINVERSION (1992–1995).
He has been ranked by prestigious legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR1000, among others, due to his corporate work.
Mr Abastos graduated from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (1985), and has a postgraduate diploma on the legal aspects of privatisation sponsored by the International Law Institute of Washington, DC (1993), and on construction contracts sponsored by the International Development Law Institute of Rome (1991).