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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.

Episode 8: Stabilizing Operations in Latin America

Stabilizing  

Our podcast starts with a conversation with a brief context of the main challenges and opportunities that energy and mining companies are experiencing due to the pandemic effects on their businesses. The conversation continues with recovery strategies that companies are analyzing for the repurpose of their assets in the new normality. Finally, speakers navigate through the process of getting ready for the deal execution, highlighting the major concerns and opportunities in either a reorganization proceeding or a distressed divestment. Our speakers include Gabriel Gomez-GiglioInes Vazquez and Monica Pereira-Cavalcanti* with Jaime Trujillo as moderator.

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Episode 7: Financial Relief Measures in Latin America’s Major Projects

Financial relief 

Our podcast starts with an overview of a resilience stage about how major projects in Latin America have faced the pandemic effects due to the shutdown of operations or consumption downturn and how federal and state governments are reacting to provide financial relief measures to distressed companies. On a second and recovery stage, speakers discuss about the reopening: the new normal expectations and how this new situation might affect the investment environment on the major projects. Our speakers include Jose “Pepe” Barnola and Yoshie Concha, with Bruno Duarte* as moderator.

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Episode 6: Challenges and Solutions in EPC Projects in Latin America

Challenges 

Our podcast covers strategic points and legal issues one must consider in the planning stage prior to development, the most common reasons projects fail, new challenges brought on by the pandemic and how the crisis is impacting projects from a regulatory and contractual standpoint, solutions, perspectives on what the future will bring and areas of opportunities for EPC companies in energy projects during recovery in the region. Special thanks to our guest speaker, Noe Saenz, Country Manager, Burns & McDonnell. Other speaker is Daniel Sanchez, with Natalie Flores as moderator.

Episode 5: Latin America Investment Environment after COVID-19

Investment Environment 

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 AdamsLiliana EspinosaRaymundo EnriquezAlejandro Mesa, with María Fernanda Furtado* as moderator.

Episode 4: Latin America Power amid COVID-19

Power 

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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Episode 3: Latin America Oil & Gas amid COVID-19

Oil Gas

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-BarrónDanielle Valois*, and Rodrigo Diaz de Valdes.

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Episode 2: Latin America Mining amid COVID-19

Mining

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 OrtuzarAdolfo Durañona, and María Eugenia Salazar.

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Episode 1: Latin America Infrastructure amid COVID-19

Infrastructure

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.

Author

Jaime Trujillo is a member of the Firm's Global Executive Committee, member of the Firm's Financial Committee, and chair of the Latin America region. Previously, he was Acting Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, the Managing Partner in Colombia. Between 2013 and 2016, Jaime was the leader of Baker McKenzie's Latin America Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity Practice Group. He joined Baker McKenzie Colombia in 1985 as a law clerk. In 1997, he was appointed partner and in 2000 was designated a principal in the Firm. Jaime has been consecutively ranked as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers & Partners Latin America and by Chambers & Partners Global.

Author

Gabriel Gómez Giglio practices mainly in banking and finance law in Baker & McKenzie’s Buenos Aires office. He is a correspondent of the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation and International Company and Commercial Law Review. He is the author of more than 20 articles and book chapters on topics related to his area of practice published in the UK, Germany and Argentina. Mr. Giglio is a law professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and member of the Buenos Aires Bar Association.

Author

Ines Vazquez is a partner in Estudio Echecopar. Prior to joining the Firm, she was the head of Latin America Power's Legal Department for two years, during which she gained wide experience and was exposed to transactions in multiple jurisdictions. She has worked on privatization and concession procedures in the electric power sector for private clients, as well as in bidding processes of public services concessions in general. She also has a solid background in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and has participated in several acquisition transactions and sale of companies, assets and shares participations, including mergers, spin-offs, reorganizations and other structures, both domestic and international. Additionally, Ines has contentious and non-contentious construction practice based on domestic and international arbitration, advising both private and state owned companies.

Author

Monica Pereira-Cavalcanti is a Partner in Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, Rio de Janeiro office.