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Paul Hastings and Financial Times Strategic Forum: Mexico In The New Global Economy

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - Thursday, February 12, 2015
4:00 pm Chicago - 8:30 pm Chicago

Join us for a timely discussion of Mexico’s future growth and development, featuring Agustín Carstens, Governor of Banco de México, as keynote speaker.

Co-hosted by Paul Hastings and the Financial Times, and in association with the Mexican Stock Exchange and ProMexico, this exclusive, invitation-only forum will bring together senior business executives and legal counsel from leading Mexican and international organizations, as well as high-profile economic strategists and top-ranked advisors, to discuss Mexico’s future as an economic and commercial powerhouse and the steps that need to be taken for its potential to be realized.

The unprecedented reforms undertaken in Mexico over the past year are dramatically altering the country’s economic and political landscape, as well as reshaping its potential role in the new global economy. The opening up of the energy and telecoms sectors to greater competition, alongside reforms to labor markets, the tax system and other areas, are set to generate major opportunities for investors who have long sought access to the country’s growing middle class and relatively well educated workforce.

Although the economy has begun to gather steam, with the government forecasting an acceleration in GDP growth to 3.7 per cent in 2015 from a projected 2.7 per cent in 2014 and only 1.1 per cent in 2013, much will depend on implementation of the reforms, particularly the opening of the energy sector to private investment for the first time in eight decades.

Alongside the market reforms, further measures may be needed to improve the efficiency of a "two-speed" economy still burdened by inadequate infrastructure, weak governance, and a large informal sector bereft of capital.

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WHY ATTEND?

  • Discuss Mexico's future as a commercial powerhouse

  • Work to increase the efficiency of a "two-speed" economy still burdened by inadequate infrastructure, weak governance, and a large informal sector bereft of capital

  • Learn from key players about challenges investors face in optimizing the opportunities generated by Mexico's reforms

  • Network with senior executives and legal counsel from leading Mexican and international corporations and financial institutions

The forum will be co-chaired by

, Partner, Latin America practice, and Jude Webber, the Financial Times Mexico and Central America Correspondent.AGENDA

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Registration

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm

Opening Remarks by Paul Hastings and Financial Times

  • Taisa Markus, Partner, Latin America practice, Paul Hastings

  • Jude Webber, Mexico and Central America Correspondent, Financial Times

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm

Keynote Address

  • Agustín Carstens, Governor, Banco de México

5:10 pm - 6:20 pm

Panel Discussion

  • Jorge Alegría, CEO, Mexican Derivatives Exchange (MexDer) and Head of Market Operations and Data Services, Mexican Stock Exchange Group

  • Michael Fitzgerald, Partner and Chair, Latin America practice, Paul Hastings

  • Francisco Gil Díaz, President, Telefónica Mexico

  • Ivan Sandrea, CEO, Sierra Oil & Gas

  • Jude Webber, Mexico and Central America Correspondent, Financial Times

  • Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund

  • Juan Carlos Zepeda, President Commissioner, National Hydrocarbons Commission

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cocktail Reception

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OUR LATIN AMERICA PRACTICE

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 includes experienced lawyers who have advised clients in nearly every industry on some of the largest, most complex, and “first-ever” transactions in the region. We have established leading practices in Mexico and Brazil, and also provide strategic legal advice to clients in Central America, Colombia, Peru, and the Southern Cone. Our diverse expertise spans capital markets, bank finance, M&A, debt restructuring, anti-corruption/FCPA investigations and compliance, and litigation and dispute resolution.