ROGELIO LÓPEZ VELARDE is an Attorney and Counsellor at Law, admitted in Mexico in 1988, and in the State of New York in 1991. Mr. López-Velarde received his J.D. Degree, summa cum laude, from the Universidad Iberoamericana Law School in 1988, and earned his LL.M. degree from University of Houston Law Centre in 1989.
Mr. López-Velarde held various positions at Pemex during 19881993, 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 honoured with the “Most Distinguished Attorney Award” of Pemex for the period 1990/1991.
Mr. López-Velarde is the former Chairman of the Energy Committee of the Mexican Bar Association, the former President for the Latin America Chapter of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and the former Chairman of the International Practice Committee of the U.S. Institute for Energy Law, 2010 – 2012. Currently, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission.
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 Oil & Gas Committee of the International Bar Association, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association.
With close of 30 years of experience in the energy sector, Mr. López-Velarde is considered by Chambers, Euromoney, Who is Who and Latin Lawyer the top energy lawyer in Mexico, and one of the top energy lawyers in the world.