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Benjamín Torres-Barrón

Benjamín Torres is the leader for Baker McKenzie's Energy, Mining & Infrastructure (EMI) and Projects Practice Group in Latin America and Mexico.
He is recognized as "Highly Regarded Lawyer" by IFLR, and is also listed as a recommended lawyer by Who's Who Legal for oil, gas, and project finance in Mexico. He is recognized as one of the country's leading lawyers in the energy and natural resources area (Band 1) by Chambers and LEGAL 500. Benjamin has been named "Lawyer of the Year" for Energy and Natural Resources by The Legal 500 at the 2023 Mexico Awards. This award recognizes the leading legal players from private practice and in-house who have contributed to the Mexican and global market. For several years, he has been acknowledged by the magazine Petróleo & Energía as one of the top 100 leaders in Mexico's energy industry and he currently serves in its Editorial Board. Additionally, in 2021, Benjamin was awarded the recognition of "Stand Lawyer" during the Stellar Performance Stand Out Talent Survey of Acritas and Chambers Latin America.
Benjamin is Board member of Association of International Energy Negotiators (formerly AIPN) and served as President of the Energy Committee in AmCham Mexico during 2018 through 2021. In addition, he has lectured for the Energy and Sustainability Law Master's Degree at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and taught Energy Law classes at Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez and Business Law at ITESM Campus Ciudad Juarez. He has served at the Energy Editorial Boards of Reforma and Norte newspapers.

On 1 August 2023, the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) published in the Federal Official Gazette Accord CNH.04.07/2023 that contains General Guidelines for the Operation of the Electronic Single Window. The purpose of these guidelines is to establish the mechanisms through which a person authorized by CNH may file digital briefs, and the CNH may carry administrative procedures through the Electronic Single Window.

At the leading edge of solving key challenges that face the international energy industry, the International Energy Summit offers globally recognized experts and high-profile speakers a forum to share diverse perspectives and knowledgeable insights in a rapidly evolving market. Connect with Baker McKenzie on the ground in Miami on 1 June 2023 at 10:50am EST for AIEN’s annual meeting, where Jose Moran, Global Co-Chair of our Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Group, will lead a discussion on Infrastructure Development & Electrification Challenges in the context of energy transition.

On 8 March 2023, the Government Body of the National Hydrocarbons Commission published in the Federal Official Gazette Resolution CNH.E.89.010/2022 containing Guidelines for Assignments, Corporate Changes and Liens applicable to Contracts for the Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons.

On 26 July 2022, the Energy Regulatory Commission submitted before the National Regulatory Improvement Commission a preliminary document draft of the General Administrative Provisions that establishes (i) new obligations and compliance procedures for commercialization and distribution permit holders of oil-refined products or petrochemicals, as well as (ii) new requirements and procedures for applications to secure permits before CRE.

On 20 April 2022, the Decree amending and adding several provisions of the Mining Law, presented by the President of the United Mexican States on 17 April 2022 before the Chamber of Deputies was published in the Federal Official Gazette. The main purpose of the Reform is to exclusively reserve to the Mexican State the exploration, exploitation, benefit and use of lithium located in Mexican territory.

On 7 April 2022, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) resolved the matter of unconstitutionality, filed by a parliamentary group of the Senate, against the modifications to the Electric Industry Law, published on 9 March 2021. The precedent created by the resolution of the unconstitutionality action by the SCJN, could be relied upon by the District Courts and the Collegiate Courts when ruling in amparo trials.