Global law firm Baker McKenzie recently welcomed Hon. Juan Carlos Bermeo Calderon, the Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources in Ecuador, to its Houston office from February 22 – 24. His visit included several meetings with Firm partners and clients regarding economic developments and cooperation between Ecuador & Mexico, two countries which are close to announcing an official trade agreement.

In meetings with Firm clients, the Minister spoke on a range of topics of keen interest to many companies tied to the energy sector, including the portfolio of energy projects available for investment in Ecuador, how the country is positioning itself as a prime location for cross-border clean energy investment and the growing interest in energy across all sub-sectors.

"It was a pleasure to further connect our deep Latin America footprint with our energy clients in Houston and surrounding areas as they seek strategic portfolio investments in energy-rich LatAm," said Benjamin Torres, Baker McKenzie Partner based in Mexico City and part of the Houston Energy Team.

"We were pleased to welcome the Minister to our Houston office and to connect opportunities in Ecuador with many of our clients who are in the midst of an energy transition," said Bobby Albaral, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie's Houston and Dallas offices. "Ecuador represents a major investment opportunity with its burgeoning energy projects, and Juan Carlos shared valuable information about the latest developments in the region."

Luis Carbajo, a partner in the Tax Group based in Mexico City, commented: "The opportunities that arise from Ecuador's strategy to attract investments are very interesting for various sectors, so we are sure that specialized advice will be an important need for companies."

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