Pedro Morales

Counsel, Mexico City

Biography

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 and 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