Renewable Energy Projects in Mexico, Brazil and Chile
Leveraging Favorable Legislation and PPPs While Navigating Pricing Issues, Regulatory Hurdles and Infrastructure Shortfalls
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide guidance to energy counsel to companies exploring renewable energy opportunities in Latin America, and also discuss the obstacles to successful development of renewable energy projects. Fundamentally, the opportunities derive from huge needs, government policies favoring renewables and an opening to PPPs. The obstacles derive from very low prices in recent auctions, transmission issues and some degree of regulatory uncertainty. The panel will focus on the obstacles, particularly the pricing issues.
- Procurement opportunities for new renewable energy projects
- Regulatory challenges in Latin America
- Navigating the Mexican reforms, economic and political environment
- Choosing local partners
- Best practices
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- How will the developing economic and regulatory landscape impact companies going into Mexico?
- Are the low prices established in Mexico’s recent auctions sustainable? How will pricing from public utility auctions affect corporate PPAs and other renewable energy opportunities?
- What regulatory hurdles will companies face in Mexico? Brazil? Chile?
- What approaches can parties and counsel use to overcome or mitigate risks while capitalizing on the opportunities in Latin America?
Juan Francisco Mackenna
Mr. Mackenna is co-head of the firm’s Energy Group. His practice area is focused on energy regulatory matters and... | Read More
Mr. Mackenna is co-head of the firm’s Energy Group. His practice area is focused on energy regulatory matters and various types of energy projects, including contracts for electricity, liquid fuels, natural gas, NCRE accreditations, electric transmission, gas transportation, engineering and construction of infrastructure projects, property and land use permits, environmental matters and litigation related to regulatory matters of the energy industry, and civil law.Close
John B. McNeece, III
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Mr. McNeece's practice focuses on renewable energy and international business transactions primarily in... | Read More
Mr. McNeece's practice focuses on renewable energy and international business transactions primarily in Mexico. He has worked on numerous U.S. energy transactions and projects in Mexico. He has written and presented extensively on Mexico’s recently enacted Energy Reform, and the opportunities available to the private sector under that reform. His work in Mexico extends back to the NAFTA negotiations, for which he served as an advisor on issues of Mexican law to the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S.T.R. negotiating team. In Mexico, he has provided legal representation on matters involving both US and Mexican law, including joint ventures, project development, complex financial transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and venture capital transactions.Close
Paulo H. Varnieri
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Mr. Varnieri is in his firm's Corporate & Securities and Latin America practices and is licensed in... | Read More
Mr. Varnieri is in his firm's Corporate & Securities and Latin America practices and is licensed in both Brazil and New York. He represents large international banks in various energy projects throughout Latin America, including hydropower projects, wind projects and solar projects. He also represented the Brazilian subsidiary of a large international oil company with respect to a biofuel joint venture, and was involved in forming a joint venture for the development of a biofuel derived from tobacco leaves in Brazil for a Brazilian investor. He represented Brazilian utilities and investment companies in their business transactions.Close