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The Latin America energy, mining and infrastructure industry is transitioning to a New Normal. The evolving market conditions drive the need for new regulations and business strategies to be addressed by governments and multinational and local companies in the sector.

We invite you to listen to our Latin America Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Podcast Series entitled Latin America EMI Talks in which we aim to explain and facilitate discussions about what we are seeing in each sector and what trends we can anticipate for the steadiness of our businesses.

Our podcast on investment environment after COVID-19 highlights compliance obligations for ongoing and standby deals, M&A and Competition outlook in Latin America and practical guidance for future contracts and due diligences. Our speakers include Jonathan Adams, Liliana Espinosa, Raymundo Enriquez, Alejandro Mesa, with María Fernanda Furtado* as moderator.

Our podcast on the Latin America’s power industry amid COVID-19 highlights discussion about the current regulatory scenario in the power industry, continuity plans amid service interruptions and the New Normal: energy transition to renewables and alternative energy sources. Special thanks to our Guest Speaker: Gregory Odry, Legal Manager of ENGIE México. Other speakers include José Roberto Martins*, Benjamín Torres-Barrón, and María Eugenia Salazar.

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Our podcast on the Latin America’s oil and gas industry amid COVID-19 highlights discussion about the current regulatory scenario in the oil and gas industry, continuity plans amid service interruptions and the New Normal: Energy transition to Renewables and alternative energy sources. Special thanks to our guest speaker: Carlos Morales, CEO of PetroBAL. Other speakers include Benjamín Torres-Barrón, Danielle Valois*, and Rodrigo Diaz de Valdes.

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Our podcast on the Latin America mining industry amid COVID-19 highlights discussion about the current regulatory scenario in the mining industry, continuity plans amid service interruptions and the New Normal: workforce’s wellbeing during isolation and being prepared to long-term impact. Our speakers include Antonio Ortuzar, Adolfo Durañona, and María Eugenia Salazar.

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Our podcast on the Latin America Infrastructure amid COVID-19 highlights discussion about the current regulatory scenario in the infrastructure industry, continuity plans amid service interruptions and the New Normal: workforce’s wellbeing during isolation and being prepared to long-term impact. Our speakers include Carolina DuqueHenrique Frizzo*, and Rodrigo Diaz de Valdes.

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*Content prepared in cooperation with Trench Rossi Watanabe, a Brazilian law firm

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Jonathan Edward Adams heads Baker McKenzie's compliance team in Mexico and is the Global Compliance Practice Group's regional coordinator for Latin America. He has extensive experience in corporate, pharmaceutical and compliance law, having worked seven years in the US and 13 in Mexico and Central America. Jonathan combines a US-based perspective on legal implementation and compliance issues with years of on-the-ground experience in Latin America. He works closely with client commercial teams to implement innovative solutions to legal challenges. He is admitted to practice law in Mexico and two US states.

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Solid background in M&A, Private Equity and Corporate law. Liliana Espinosa is a best-in-class lawyer who has led many domestic and cross border acquisition transactions and sale of companies and assets including private and public M&A and PE deals, mergers, spin-offs, and other sophisticated structures, in different industries such as energy, infrastructure, financial institutions, telecommunications, retail, education, agribusiness, fishery, pharma, among others. She worked at O'Melveny & Myers, achieving wide experience and been exposed to sophisticated transactions in multiple jurisdictions. Liliana is the head of Corporate/M&A in the Lima office and serves as member of the Latin America M&A/PE Steering Committee of the Firm. About Liliana, Chambers & Partners states that she is highly regarded by clients and praise her: "She was absolutely fantastic on the deal," while underlining her "professionalism, availability, swiftness and accuracy of advice." Other sources portray her as "brilliant in her specialism, with an incredible capacity for work." They additionally appreciate her personal involvement in matters, as well as her responsiveness. Liliana is recognized for her people skills and is highlighted as being talented, intelligent and a pleasure to work with. About her work, Latin Lawyer (LL250) has stated that she is "known for her determination, intelligence and hard work". A client highlights "her great M&A experience, which has helped the client’s company anticipate potential issues and solve them with well-considered proposals". A private equity client said that, "it's a privilege to have her represent you in M&A deals", adding that her positive attitude helped his company get positive results from a complicated negotiation. Liliana is undoubtedly the highest ranked female M&A lawyer in Peru in all reputable legal rankings.

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Raymundo Enriquez is currently a partner in Baker McKenzie's Antitrust Practice Group in Mexico City. Mr. Enriquez focuses his practice on foreign trade and competition law. He advises and represents clients in proceedings before the Mexican antitrust authority. He also has extensive experience assisting clients in a wide range of issues involving merger control, compliance programs, cartel investigations and antidumping proceedings involving WTO.

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Alejandro Mesa leads the Firm’s Energy Law practice in Bogota and serves as the Latin American Regional Coordinator of the International Commercial & Trade Practice Group. He has over 12 years’ experience advising on oil and gas and power generation and transmission matters. Also, Mr. Mesa has participated in several major projects and project finance transactions. Mr. Mesa was recognized for his energy practice in the 2011 edition of Chambers Latin America. He is also listed in the inaugural ranking for Best Lawyers of Colombia. Mr. Mesa is currently a professor of technology transfer contracts at the El Rosario University in Bogotá, and has been an assistant professor of contract law at the Los Andes University. He is a member of the Colegio de Abogados Comercialistas.

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Maria Fernanda Furtado joined the Firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2006, leading the tax practice at the Rio de Janeiro office ever since. Acting on the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure industries, Maria Fernanda has a wide breadth of experience in international taxation, mergers and acquisitions and indirect taxes. Among her clients, we highlight Chevron, Queiroz Galvão, Fugro, EDF Renewables, Petrobras, Transocean, Seadrill, Schlumberger and Total Eren. *Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.

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Jose Roberto Martins is a Principal in Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, Rio de Janeiro office. Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.

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Benjamín Torres-Barrón leads Baker McKenzie's Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Practice Group in Mexico. Mr. Torres-Barrón is listed as a recommended lawyer by Who’s Who Legal for oil, gas, and project finance in Mexico and was named by Chambers Latin America as one of the country's leading lawyers in the energy and natural resources practice. For several years, he has been acknowledged by the magazine Petróleo & Energía as one of the 100 leaders in Mexico's energy industry. He is a professor of the Master’s Degree in Energy and Sustainability Law at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon and of the Diploma Degree in Energy at Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.

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Danielle Valois joined the Firm in 1999 and became partner in 2011. As a principal, she heads the Oil & Gas Practice in Brazil. Her practice is focused on energy cross-border transactions. She has a wide breadth of experience providing legal, regulatory and commercial support on M&A, international trades, Oil & Gas and infrastructure development projects, disputes, anti-corruption and sanction advice, policymaking and corporate governance. Danielle is accredited as a lawyer in Brazil and has a vast experience in working in international projects with multiple jurisdictions. Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.

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Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés heads the Dispute Resolution and Antitrust practice groups of Baker McKenzie's Santiago office. He has represented the Chilean State, as well as major transnational and local companies in a broad range of cases, from long-term energy contracts to construction, projects and investment protection matters. He is ranked among the most recommended lawyers for dispute resolution, antitrust and public law by Chambers & Partners. Rodrigo serves as arbitrator of the Center of Arbitration and the Chamber Commerce of Santiago, and is a professor of constitutional and civil law at the Catholic University’s School of Law. He has written articles for various publications, particularly on constitutional law, civil liabilities and arbitration matters.

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Carolina, domiciled in Medellin, is a transactional attorney with over 15 years of experience, 10 of which involved handling legal structuring, drafting, negotiation and closing of local and international financings and projects as senior associate at an Ibero-American law firm in Colombia. Before joining Baker McKenzie as local partner of Banking & Finance, Carolina founded a Medellin-based law firm. She was a contracts professor at EAFIT University, senior associate of an Ibero-American law firm, legal director at a Brazilian financial company and an in-house counsel for financial institutions.Carolina’s performance has been constantly acknowledged since 2012 by international publications such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Best Lawyers in both banking and finance and projects. Most recently, she was also recognized by Chambers Global 2019, which said, "Carolina is endorsed by clients for 'being a good and efficient lawyer’ as well as very 'capable and knowledgeable.' Interviewees recognize her great performance in dealing with project financing."

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His area of expertise is Public Law, Government Affairs and Regulatory, with focus on consultancy matters. Mr. Frizzo is recognized by Chambers & Partners as a leading Individual in Public Law. He elaborates legal opinions and responds to consultations on the areas of expertise, including public tenders and contracts with the government, concession and public-private partnership contracts. Has experience in complex negotiations with the government and in the alignment of strategies to meet the local content requirements in public tenders. Assist clients in the regulatory area, especially pharmaceutical, medical devices and health areas. Also acts in procurements in the defense area, including the negotiation of offset arrangements. He is a speaker in events related to compliance in contracts with the government and regulatory. Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.