Pedro Morales | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Pedro Morales
Pedro Morales

Pedro Morales

Associate, Mexico City

T +52 55 5540 9673

E pedro.morales@whitecase.com

Overview

Pedro Morales joined White & Case in 2014. His practice has focused on environmental and climate change, as well as operational health and safety (OHS) and sanitary law matters. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked in an international firm for the environmental and climate change practice group, as well as in the Federal Ministries of Health (Secretaría de Salud) and of Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente, Recursos Naturales y Pesca). He has also been an academic in Mexico and abroad.

Mr. Morales has significant experience in the development and supervision of real estate, tourism, industry, energy and mining projects; performing environmental audits; negotiating with authorities and local communities; and securing environmental and health permits, as well as drafting agreements or environmental clauses for the same. His expertise also includes administrative litigation in matters involving environmental, OHS and health authorities.

In the past years he has also provided lobbying services for the private sector or national and regional industry associations, with regard to environmental bills (such as the General Law on Climate Change) and regulatory drafts (such as the environmental land use plan for the coast of Jalisco). His practice includes providing advice regarding climate change matters, including preparing proposals for regulatory changes, both for private and public institutions, and drafting and negotiating emissions reduction purchase agreements (ERPAs). In doing so, he has provided assistance to national and international governments and institutions.

Bars and Courts

  • Authorized to practice law in Mexico

Education

  • PhD Studies in Environmental and International Trade Law, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Diploma on Environmental Law, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
  • LLM, Environmental Law, University of Georgia

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Experience

Provided advice to several global mining companies, in the development and operation of some of the most relevant projects in Mexico.

Legal assistance to real estate and tourism projects, enabling the continuous operation of the same, including administrative litigation that has set up precedents with regard to the application of certain federal and local laws.

Advice in the negotiation and drafting of the Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) related to the reductions of greenhouse emissions derived from the national program "Luz Sustentable," which involved the substitution of incandescent lights for energy saving fluorescent lamps, being the first programmatic Clean Development Mechanism project to be implemented in Mexico.

Advise and negotiate ERPAs with public entities, such as PEMEX and CFE, representing some of the most important global financial institutions.

Participate and advise in environmental aspects of public biddings.

Speaking Engagements

"XIII Conference of Safety, Health and Environment "Promoting Sustainable Leadership", November 6, 2013: organized by Index Nuevo León

General Law of Climate Change and the Federal Law of Environmental Liability

XXX International Mining Convention, October 17, 2013: Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, Pragmatic Solutions to the Problems Regarding Land Use and How the Same Affect Mining Projects

SolarTech Mexico 2013 and Wind Power LATAM, October 1, 2013: by Green World Conferences Ltd., Legal Aspects of Renewable Energy Projects Development in Mexico

Updates in Carbon Markets, Carbon Expo, Cologne, Germany

Publications

  • Was a Law on Climate Change Necessary?, What Are the Next Steps? Legal Perspectives on Mexico's General Law on Climate Change, The Mexico-US Climate Law Network, 2012
  • Development of a Forest Protocol, Players of Life, June 2012
  • How clean is clean? Principles of soil remediation, Mexican Environmental Law Innovations, 2005

Awards & Recognition

Who’s Who Legal, 2015

Environment

Legal 500

Recommended attorney

Mexico-US Climate Law Network

Designated as a member of the binational network of experts on climate change