Friday, December 2, 2016
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

A panel discussing the transboundary impact on U.S. and Mexican transactions.

Featuring Dr. César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa, Undersecretary of Electricity of the Mexican Ministry of Energy as the Keynote Speaker.

The Mexican Wholesale Electricity Market became operational on January 27, 2016, and the new regulation, transactions and industrial practices are still developing. The new regime involves a liberalization of the electricity sector which requires a greater reliance on markets to coordinate power demand and supply as well as incorporate environmental objectives. Dr. César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa will present an overview of these issues in order to discuss the challenges ahead to implement this major energy policy initiative.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa
Undersecretary of Electricity of the Mexican Ministry of Energy

Dr. César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa was appointed as Undersecretary of Electricity of the Ministry of Energy by President Enrique Peña Nieto on February 5th, 2014. Prior to this designation, on February 16th of 2013, and up until his appointment as Undersecretary, he served as Head of Legal Affairs Unit of the Ministry of Energy; and currently he is member of the Governing Board of CFE.

Within the Federal Public Administration, he has occupied several important roles: Director-General of Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Economy, Director-General of Legal Counsel of the Federal Government and Director General of Long Distance within the Federal Telecommunications Commission. Furthermore, he was a researcher within the Center for Development and Research (CIDAC), and is author of several books, such as: (The politics of foreign trade: regulation and impact), and (The Captive Reform: Investment, Work and Entrepreneurship in the Mexican Electric Sector).


Panelist

Image resultRobert J. Downing
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Robert J. Downing has 30 years' experience in international business transactions and is Board Certified in International Law by The Florida Bar. He focuses on energy, infrastructure, finance, and project development in Latin America. Since joining Greenberg Traurig, a substantial part of his practice has been devoted to the Mexican Energy Reform in the power sector.

Prior to joining the firm, Robert was Associate General Counsel at Duke Energy International, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, the largest electric utility in the United States. He worked throughout Latin America. He previously served as Senior Attorney at the Cisneros Group, a Venezuelan conglomerate with global operations. He holds an LL.M. in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law.


Workshop Information

PROGRAM AGENDA

08:30 am - 09:00 am Check-In, Bates Law Building Room 109
09:00 am - 09:15 am Welcoming Remarks
09:15 am – 10:15 am Panel Discussion: Transboundary impact on U.S. and Mexican transactions.
Robert J. Downing, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
                                               
Moderator, Julian Cardenas, Research Assistant Professor, The Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center, University of Houston Law Center 
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:45 pm Keynote Speaker: Dr. César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa, Undersecretary of Electricity of the Mexican Ministry of Energy
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Closing Remarks

 

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Venue
University of Houston Law Center
4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060

Bates Law Building Room 109
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Limited metered parking is available (credit card only) in UH parking lot 19B.  The East Parking Garage can be accessed off Calhoun Rd.

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