Attorney and Counselor-at-Law, admitted in Mexico in 1988, and in the State of New York in 1991. Mr. López-Velarde received his J.D. Degree (Licenciado en Derecho), summa cum laude, from the Universidad Iberoamericana Law School in 1988, and earned his LL.M. degree from University of Houston Law Center in 1989.
Mr. López-Velarde held various positions at Pemex during 1988-1993, including that of Financial Advisor to the Finance Department, In-House Counsel in Houston, Texas, In-House Counsel in New York, and Head of the International Legal Department of Pemex. He was honored with the Most Distinguished Attorney Award of Pemex for the period 1990-1991.
Mr. López-Velarde practice concentrates on international business transactions, with special emphasis on international energy matters, NAFTA, and international business transactions.
Mr. López-Velarde is the former Chairman of the Energy Committee of the Mexican Bar Association, and currently he is the President for the Latin America Chapter of the Association of the International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
Mr. López-Velarde was a Professor of Private International Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana Law School from 1992-2000, was Visiting Professor of Judicial Process on the Mexican Legal Studies Program at the University of Houston Law Center, and he is currently the director of the Energy Law Seminar organized between the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Mexican Bar Association. He has been an active speaker on numerous occasions, and has extensively published articles on international law in Mexico, U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. He is a member of the Mexican Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Mexican Academy of Private International Law, among other associations. He is the Mexican representative of the Editorial Board of the Oil & Gas Law and Taxation Review, the U.K.-based International Law Office, and the Oil & Gas Committee of the International Bar Association, and Editorial Board of the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association.
Mr. López-Velarde has been appointed by the Mexican Government as representative in the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes, and has been designated as arbitrator in NAFTA-related commercial arbitration proceedings.
Mr. López-Velarde is considered by Euromoney, Who is Who and Latin Lawyer as one of the top energy lawyers in the world.