Rogelio López-Velarde

ROGELIO LÓPEZ VELARDE is an Attorney and Counselor 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 Center 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 honored with the “Most Distinguished Attorney Award” of Pemex for the period 19901991.

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.


Vera Alexandropoulou

Vera Alexandropoulou is a graduate of the Law Faculty of the University of Athens and has completed postgraduate studies at the University of Heidelberg and Harvard University.

She was admitted to the Greek (Piraeus) Bar Association in 1998 and qualified as a UK Solicitor in 2004. Vera has worked for the Harvard Business School, a major shipping law firm in New York, Norton Rose, and is general counsel at the Piraeus Port Authority. She established Alexandropoulou Law Firm in 2005. Vera has acquired a significant experience in sectors including commercial and corporate law, energy, banking and finance and real estate. Vera is involved as Chief Legal Officer with various institutions and associations mainly in the field of energy, business and fund structures. Vera is the author of codification of Greek renewable energy and natural gas legislation, and has published articles on Greek ship finance, Greek listed funds and environmental issues. She is fluent in Greek, English, French, German and Spanish and understands Chinese.

Energy & Natural Resources:

Renewable energy (wind farms, photovoltaic plants, hydroelectric projects, biomass,) is increasingly at the forefront of investors’ interest, particularly in Greece. The renewable energy sector though, is highly regulated and requires extensive knowledge.

The firm provides advice on the legal and regulatory framework as well as the commercial legal issues of projects. We undertake legal work from the inception of an opportunity / investment and continue to work with our clients, domestic and foreign, institutional or not, well after an energy project has been built and is operational.

We are involved at each stage of a project’s life-cycle from inception (procurement and risk management) to implementation (project counsel). We advise owners, contractors, developers, operators, engineers and suppliers on the legal framework relating to the design and construction of power plants and energy facilities. We draft and negotiate procurement, engineering and construction agreements, operations and maintenance (O&M) agreements connection, sale or insurance contracts and undertake all negotiations with third parties and the Authorities. Our cooperation with research analysts and engineers allows us to understand better any financial, commercial and technical issues and to find the legal formulas to address any issues that come up during and after the construction stage of a project.

We have recently assisted on a number of successful renewable energy transactions on structure, licensing, financing, due diligence and EPC contracts. Our broad experience in the support of renewable energy sources projects, gives us a competitive edge in this sector.


We are a dynamic and energetic firm always seeking to achieve results for our clients. We pride ourselves on offering practical and prompt legal advice and services of unparalleled quality. We consider all our clients unique, each with their particular business concerns and needs and we exhibit the same standard of professional commitment to all.

With their combined skills and knowledge, the firm’s lawyers are well versed in providing a range of comprehensive legal services. These range from helping to navigate the Greek business environment and regulatory landscape to explaining the complexities of cross-border transactions including tax rules, foreign exchange and regulatory requirements.

Drawing upon our unique blend of local, national and international experience, we strive to meet the needs of both established local companies and foreign investors and institutions. We aim to provide a value for money service throughout, offering our clients high quality legal services as a team that continuously broadens its expertise, in order to maintain its esteemed standard of client satisfaction.


Gustavo Buffara Bueno

Attorney at law with broad experience with contracts of the electric area, including the coordination of teams and advisory in legal, trade and strategyc matters


Pontifica Universidade Católica do Paraná (2001)

Bachelor of Law

Pontifica Universidade Católica do Paraná (2001)

Specialization in Business Law

Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV (São Paulo) (2007)

MBA in Economic and Strategic Business Management


Fluent English and intermediate Spanish



2015 to now 

Fouder Partner 

– Agency for companies, rasing within the market assets or structuring asset disposals;

– Advising for capital reconstruction; and

– Advice on developing business and deals, as well as project finance.


2010 to now 

Founder Partner 

– Negotiation of national and international contracts;

– Participation in public and private bidding procedures;

– Leading Legal Due Diligence;

– Management of public grants in the area of energy and transmission;

– M&A transactions and their corporate consolidation for IPO.


2007 to 2010 

General Counsel 

– Leaded the due diligence and negotiation of the agreement for sale of Geoplan to the Haztec Group;

– Set up the Legal Advise (current name given by Haztec to the former Legal Management of Geoplan) in all companies of the Haztec Group;

– Headed a team of ten (10) attorneys, leading the advice and litigation area for the Haztec Business Units, namely: i. Waters (former Geoplan); ii. Environmental (former Haztec); iii. Residues (Gaiapan and another company being merged); and iv. Equipment (Aquamec);

– Colaborated with the due diligence and negotiation of agreements for purchases of the group in 2008 (which are already 4 companies fully purchased and being merged);

– Took part with the preparing Haztec corporately to its IPO in 2010.


2004 to 2007

Legal Director (2006 to 2008)

Legal Manager (2004 to 2006) 

– Developed and implemented concept of reconciliation and agreement in the labor and civil litigation of the company, with cost reduction in the management of outsourcers from the civil litigation by about 90%;

– Responsible for the contractual and litigation legal coordination of the company;

– Developed the standard drafts and implemented remote access by collaborators to the standard contract drafts through the company’s internet portal;

– Developed and implemented controls in the contractual management of the company’s BOT grants and contracts;

– Headed the project to recover the company’s receivables.


2002 to 2004

Attorney (2003 to 2004)

Junior Attorney (2002 to 2003)

– Developed the standard contract drafts and implemented remote access to the drafts by the works collaborators.

– Headed the team responsible for managing the company’s claims.

– Responsible for managing civil, labor and tax litigation of the transmission and distribution area (CCES).

– Member of the Risk Committee.

– Developed and headed professionals with focus on management of the civil and labor litigation outsourcing, preparing successors.


 – Deliver a lecture on outsourcing of legal services, elaboration and writing of contracts to guarantee safety in the hiring of outsourcers, guarantees, liabilities and licenses in service contracting of international market and on water reutilization;

 – Associate of Inter American Bar Association – IABA, since 2010;

 – Vice President of the Committee V of Commercial, Banking, Securities Law, and Corporate and Institutional of the Inter American Bar Association;

 – President of the Arbitration Chamber (Rio de Janeiro) of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Brazil-China (CCIBC), since 2016;

 – Arbitrator of the Arbitration Chamber of the Federation of Industries of the State of Paraná (CAMFIEP), since 2016; and

 – Brazilian. Native of Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil. Born in November 15th of 1977.


Mohamed Y. Alem

Mohamed Alem is the founder and managing partner of Alem & Associates and focuses his practice on alternative dispute resolution, energy, and complex commercial cross-border transactions.

Mohamed advises public and private clients on concession in energy projects, roads and public lighting, PPP projects, energy generation and distribution, and maintenance works of industrial and petrochemical facilities.

With more than 20 years of experience in international and domestic arbitration, as well as commercial transactions with special emphasis on real estate, telecommunication, foreign direct investment, financial structuring and aviation. Mohamed Alem has built a regional reputation as one of the leading Arab lawyers operating in the Middle East region.

Mohamed Alem is often requested to advise Governments and State owned enterprises on legislative reforms and regulatory developments as benchmarked to international best practices. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences on a multitude of currently legal subjects.

Mohamed is also considered one of the upcoming Arab leaders through his contribution to domestic and regional efforts in promoting core values of modern societies such as freedom, democracy, human rights and transparency.

He is currently co-chairing the Beirut Committee of Human Rights Watch (HRW), acting as Secretary General for the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) and the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies (LCPS). He is also chairing the Lebanese Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

He holds an LLB, an LLM, as well as an Executive MBA.

Languages: Arabic, English and French.


Pijan Wu

Pijan Wu is a Senior Counsel with LCS & Partners, specializing in energy and project finance. He received his J.S.D. degree from New York University School of Law and a LL.M. degree from Soochow University Graduate School of Law (LL.M., 1989).

Pijan is the head of the Energy Practice Group at LCS, and has frequently advised the Taiwan Bureau of Energy on highly sensitive regulatory matters.  In 2012, the Group was given the Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award “Energy Law, Firm of the Year in Taiwan.”

Furthermore, Pijan works extensively on international transactions and dispute resolution. He is an renown expert of international trade regulations including foreign investment and the WTO rules. He is able to leverage this expertise in energy related international trade and foreign investment issues.


● “Solving the Problems of Incapacity of Unrecognized Foreign Juristic Persons under Taiwan Law: From the Transnational Legal Perspective”, Chinese (Taiwan) Review of International and Transnational Law, Vol.7:2, Dec. 2011, pp.293-320 (in Chinese).

● “Investment Protection Issues under ECFA between Taiwan and China”, in the COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION PAPERS (Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei, October, 2011) (in Chinese).

● “Corning (Taiwan) — Case Study on Corning’s Investment in Taiwan”, in OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE APEC REGION (APEC Human Resources Development Working Group Capacity Building Network, December 2008).

● “Study on the Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Engaged by Born Globals”, National Taiwan University EMBA thesis, June 2008.

● “Taiwan‘s Legal Strategies in Response to the Emerging Regional Trading Arrangement – Proposal for WTO Rules”, 17 CHINESE REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, 2003, pp.29-67 (in Chinese)

● “An Analysis of the WTO Case ‘United States – Investigation of The International Trade Commission in Softwood Lumber From Canada’”, in TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION JOURNAL, December 2005 (in Chinese).

● “An Analysis of the WTO Case ‘United States – Section 129(C)(1) Of The Uruguay Round Agreements Act’”, in TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION JOURNAL, December 2005 (in Chinese).

● “An Analysis of the WTO Case ‘United States – Anti-Dumping Act of 1916’”, in TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION JOURNAL, December 2005 (in Chinese).

● “An Analysis of the WTO Case ‘Argentina – Definitive Safeguard Measure On Imports Of Preserved Peaches’”, in TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION JOURNAL, December 2004 (in Chinese)

● “An Analysis of the WTO Case “Chile – Price Band System And Safeguard Measures Relating To Certain Agricultural Products’”, in TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION JOURNAL, December 2003 (in Chinese)

● “Development of International Investment Regulations”, TAIWAN LAW REVIEW, October 1997 (in Chinese).

● “A Model of Regulatory Cooperation between Global and Regional Trading Regimes”, J.S.D dissertation at NYU Law School, 1996.

● “Trade and Environmental Protection: NAFTA”, in ROC RESPONSE TO INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: REFLECTION, OUTLOOK AND SUGGESTIONS (Research Project Commissioned by Environmental Protection Administration of ROC, 1996; in Chinese).


Chad Eggerman

Chad Eggerman is a Partner in the Energy & Natural Resources and Construction & Infrastructure practice groups in the Saskatoon office of Miller Thomson LLP.


  • Certificate in Mining Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 2014
  • LL.M. Contract & Commercial Law, University of Helsinki, 2003
  • LL.B., University of Saskatchewan, 2001
  • B.A., University of Regina, 1998

Professional Achievements

  • Ranked by Lexpert in June 2015 Guide to Leading Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada as, Corporate Lawyer to Watch
  • 2014 Lexpert Rising Star, Leading Lawyer Under 40 Award


  • Member, The Saskatoon Club
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (2004 – 2013)
  • Member, Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Saskatoon Bar Association
  • Member, International Lawyers’ Association of Finland (ILAF)
  • Member, Finnish Canadian Business Club
  • Member, Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB)
  • Member, Saskatchewan Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (SYPE)
  • Member, Saskatchewan Environmental Industry & Managers’ Association (SEIMA)
  • Team Finland

Miller Thomson LLP:

Miller Thomson’s dedication to its lawyers, staff and the communities in which we practise, gives us a distinctive position in the Canadian legal industry.

With 500 lawyers across Canada in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Markham, and Montréal, the firm offers a complete range of business, advocacy and personal legal services to corporations, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, governments, not-for-profit organizations and individuals.

Through strategic growth, Miller Thomson has added enhanced capabilities, depth and resources in many core and specialty areas of expertise in the firm. Today, we are exceptionally well-positioned to help domestic and international decision-makers with all their Canadian legal needs.

 Miller Thomson’s History:

Formed in 1957 as Miller, Thomson, Hicks & Sedgewick, it is now one of Canada’s leading business law firms.

Starting with just six Toronto lawyers, Miller Thomson’s practice underwent two dramatic periods of growth. The first was through the 1960s, and again between 1992-2007 through a series of mergers with well-respected firms and practices that have helped build a strong national presence for Miller Thomson.

Through strategic growth, the firm has added enhanced capabilities, depth and resources to serve its steadily expanding domestic and international client base.

With 11 offices country-wide, Miller Thomson can cover Canada better than any other firm.


Luis Bottaro

Luis Bottaro advises Venezuelan and Latin American companies in the oil, gas, petrochemical, and telecommunications sectors on matters related to energy, dispute resolution, and general corporate law.

He advises clients on regulatory energy matters, particularly regarding hydrocarbons and gaseous hydrocarbons laws, administrative law, civil and commercial codes, tax law, commercial and investments arbitrations, government contracting matters, and foreign investments protection law.

He negotiates complex government and commercial contract/licensing transactions, and advises clients concerning engineering, procurement and construction, transfer of technology, construction, and management of contracts.

Luis has been involved in numerous international arbitration procedures as in-house and external consultant, arbitrator, and expert witness. He has been included in the Arbitrators list of the Cámara de Comercio de Caracas corresponding to the ICC Paris Chapter. He is a member of the ICC Arbitrator Counsels Panel based in Caracas and is also listed as an Arbitrator in the Bolivian Arbitration Chamber.


Hogan Lovells:

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organizations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. The firm’s lawyers are straight talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.


Radoslav Mikov

Radoslav Mikov has extensive expertise in the energy sector and regularly advises clients across the CEE/SEE region on regulatory issues regarding generation, public procurement, licenses and tariffs, connection to the grid, electricity distribution, non-discriminatory compliance programs and equal access issues, retail supply and electricity trade, as well as construction matters. He also has experience advising clients on multi-disciplinary due diligence projects with respect to regulatory and real estate law matters in the energy sector. Prior to joining the firm, Radoslav worked as senior counsel for a nuclear power plant in Bulgaria.  He also served as head of regulatory management for one of the major energy suppliers in Bulgaria.

Our Firm:

Wolf Theiss is one of the leading law firms in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (CEE/SEE). We have built our reputation on a combination of unrivalled local knowledge and strong international capability. We opened our first office in Vienna almost 60 years ago. Our team now brings together over 340 lawyers from a diverse range of backgrounds, working in offices in 13 countries throughout the CEE/SEE region.

Over 80% of our work involves cross-border representation of international clients. Our full range of services covers: Banking & Finance; Business Crime; Capital Markets; Competition & Antitrust; Compliance; Corporate/ Mergers & Acquisitions; Dispute Resolution; Employment Law; Energy & Renewables; Infrastructure; Intellectual Property & Information Technology; International Arbitration; Investment Funds; Life Science; Real Estate & Construction; Regulatory & Procurement; Retail and Tax.

We have concentrated our energies on a unique part of the world: the complex, fast-developing markets of the CEE/SEE region. Through our international network of offices, we work closely with our clients to help them solve problems and create opportunities.


We do exactly what you would expect a law firm to do. We just do it differently. Our people are smarter, quicker and sharper than most. (So they keep telling us.) But they’re also ready to listen, receptive to argument and lightning quick to grasp what you need.

We like our working relationships to be enjoyable, open and direct. But it’s ultimately about getting results. So if you want advice on whether to go ahead with a deal, we won’t give a long list of delicately nuanced arguments for and against. Just a straight yes or no, backed by a concise rationale.

It’s about helping you make decisions and move your organisation forward. That’s what we do and where we get our satisfaction.