Kevin Ramnarine served as Minister of Energy of Trinidad and Tobago from June 2011 to September 2015.
During his tenure he created a positive climate for investment which resulted in major investments in deepwater exploration, the expansion of the petrochemical sector and new port infrastructure. Under his watch, Trinidad and Tobago attained country compliant status with the EITI in addition to the first IPO of a State-owned energy company (TTNGL).
Prior to being appointed Energy Minister, he held positions in the Energy Chamber and at British Gas where he worked as the Lead Economist. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry, a M.Sc. in petroleum engineering and an International MBA with distinction.
Since leaving Ministerial office, he has worked as a consultant for major companies in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally. He is currently a Senior Consultant for the consulting firm IPD Latin America. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and is a media commentator on energy related matters in his native Trinidad and Tobago and in Guyana. He is also a lecturer in two MBA programmes at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business in Trinidad and Tobago.
For his contribution to the development of the Trinidad and Tobago energy sector he received the award of “Energy Executive of the Year” from the Petroleum Economist magazine in 2014.
Pablo Tarantini has accumulated a broad professional experience in the mining industry. For two years, he has served as Executive Director of the Argentinian Bureau of Investment and International Trade, coordinating investment initiatives, and contributing with his vast experience in several industries and countries. In that role, Mr. Tarantini worked together with mining companies settled in the country and supported the promotion of the mining activity in Argentina, along with the Argentinian Secretary of Mining. He has served as President and Executive Director of SAPISA and Minera Don Nicolás, an Argentinian private fund and one of its investments in the mining sector, respectively. Minera Don Nicolas is the first mining project based on Argentinian capital. He has also served as M&A Director at General Electric and Advent International Corporation for Latin America, and as Manager at A.T. Kearney. In all these roles, he carried out businesses and projects at the regional level. Mr. Tarantini is a Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). He has a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Doris Capurro is the founder and CEO of LUFT Energía S.A., an Argentine energy and investment company created at the beginning of 2016 (www.luftenergia.com).
LUFT has played a key role in bringing together the equity partners and the financing for the first operational wind farm (100 MW) coming out of a tender process, located in the province of Buenos Aires.
Doris was the vice-president of YPF, Argentina’s largest energy company, where she led, during 2012-2015, corporate and public affairs, institutional strategy, sustainability, marketing and communications. In this period, Doris was also in charge of the YPF Foundation, focused on education, social and environmental issues.
Under her leadership, together with the CEO of the company, YPF started the commercial development of unconventional resources (Vaca Muerta), achieving the license to operate from public opinion, local communities and government officials, and also attracting the investments from companies such as Chevron, Dow and Petronas.
Prior to this, in 2001, she founded two consulting firms, CAP Comunicación S.A. and Ibarómetro S.A, following the sale in 2000 of the leading national advertising agency she founded in 1983 (Capurro y Asociados) to the French multinational Publicis.
Doris has 30 years of global communications experience in reputation management, government affairs, crisis and issues management, as well as in sustainability program development and execution.
During the length of her career, Doris has earned numerous national and international awards for creativity, strategy and management. In 2015 she was chosen by the US magazine Advertising Age as one of their Women to Watch, and Citibank named her as one of the most innovative and creative women in Argentina. In 2017, she was the lead spokesperson for Argentina´s renewable energy process at the CERAWeek by Markit in Houston and also at AIREC in Buenos Aires.
Doris is a sociologist from Universidad de Buenos Aires. She teaches and lectures at several universities in Argentina and Spain.
International Energy | Electric Power | Energy Finance | Global Projects and Infrastructure | LNG/GTL | Mexico Energy | Midstream | Renewable Energy | Solar Energy
Claudio Rodríguez serves as the Firm’s Mexico City Office Leader and focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure matters. With experience in several Latin American markets and more than 16 years in close connection with the energy market in Mexico, he represents international energy companies doing business in Mexico, including with regard to wind, downstream, water, solar, cogeneration, combined-cycle, pipeline, LNG, nuclear, geothermal, and transmission projects. Claudio is considered by peers and clients as a pragmatic and business-oriented attorney who quickly understands the effects of complex regulation on his clients’ businesses, including those derived from the Mexican Energy Reform and new federal administration criteria.
Claudio has extensive experience representing developers, procurement firms, producers, investors, contractors, suppliers, and multilateral institutions in all phases of the development, M&A, and financing of energy projects. He advises clients regarding complex regulatory issues and project development, EPC, O&M, supply contracts, M&A, services agreements, hydrocarbon transportation agreements, self-supply agreements, and power purchase agreements (PPA) in the power, renewable, and gas sectors.
According to Chambers Latin America 2019 by Chambers and Partners, Claudio is “consistently highlighted by peers as a significant practitioner in the power sector.” Furthermore, according to The Legal 500 Mexico 2017 by Legalease, Claudio is “singled out for his ‘ample level of knowledge and excellent customer service.’”
Power and Renewables
- Represented a Portuguese company in its strategy to launch waste-to-energy businesses in Mexico
- Represented an American-Mexican consortium in the definition of regulatory confirmation criteria to be submitted before the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission in connection with power storage projects in Mexico
- Represented several Spanish consortiums and global solar companies in the First and Second Long-Term Power Auctions called by the National Center of Power Control
- Represented a global Chinese solar panel manufacturer in the understanding of the PPA to be awarded under the Second Long-Term Power Auction
- Represented a global Spanish power company in defining competition rules under the new Wholesale Power Market in Mexico
- Represented global Spanish solar companies in the successful challenge of National Power Control Center decisions through Reconsideration based on the Power Industry Guidelines
- Represented a global Spanish power company in the negotiation of a power purchase agreement to supply an American car manufacturer
- Represented a Spanish solar company in the execution of due diligence for several solar projects in Mexico and the closing of co-development agreements as needed to participate in the Second Long-Term Power Auction
- Represented a global French-Belgian gas and power company in the negotiation of a steam purchase agreement to supply the largest glass manufacturer in Mexico
- Represented a German fund in the financing of a 30 MW wind farm in the State of Tamaulipas
- Represented a Brazilian global company in all legal aspects regarding a new ethylene facility in Mexico
- Represented an American global power company in its Joint Development Agreement for the construction of a combined-cycle facility in Mexico
- Represented a Mexican conglomerate in the drafting and negotiation of the first ever geothermal development private agreement in Mexico
- Represented a Mexican infrastructure company in the negotiation of a purchase agreement of wind turbines from a global German-Spanish manufacturer
- Represented a global Spanish energy company in the legal administration of an IPP agreement
- Represented a global Spanish energy company in the award of a 300 MW cogeneration agreement from Mexican Federal Electricity Commission
- Represented a global Spanish power company in the bidding process called by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission for the construction of a 600-kilometer pipeline
- Represented a Mexican consortium in the legal strategy and instrumentation of a PPP agreement for the construction of a 100 MW waste-to-energy facility in the State of Hidalgo
- Represented a Mexican bank in the execution of due diligence for the biggest wind farm in Mexico, which was developed by an Australian investment fund
- Represented a Korean power company in its claims against a global construction firm as well as regarding the construction of a photovoltaic project in Mexico
- Represented an Argentinean consortium in the legal strategy to obtain the award under PPP rules of a water treatment facility to supply one of the mayor refineries in Mexico
- Represented a global Chinese company in the drafting of an Oil Rig Lease Agreement
- Represented a global Canadian solar company in the drafting and negotiation of long-term lease agreements as needed for the development of solar projects in Mexico
- Represented a Spanish global infrastructure company in the review and negotiations of EPC agreements for the construction of long-term photovoltaic projects in Mexico awarded as a result of Long-Term Power Auctions
- Represented a global Spanish construction company in the negotiation of a 230 MW engineering, procurement, and construction agreement for a wind farm in the State of Tamaulipas
- Chambers Global by Chambers and Partners (Energy & Natural Resources), 2017-2019
- Chambers Latin America by Chambers and Partners (Energy & Natural Resources, Projects), 2011-2016, 2018-2020
- Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 Latin America by Legalease (Energy and Natural Resources), 2013-2019
- Latin Lawyer 250 by Law Business Research Limited (Mexico), 2012-2016
- Who’s Who Legal: Mexico by Law Business Research Limited (Energy), 2013-2016
- Leading Lawyer, IFLR1000, 2014-2016
- Chevening Scholar, Foreign Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom
- Mexican Academy of Energy Law (AMDE); Coordinator, Foreign Affairs Committee
- Mexican Bar Association; Chairman, Energy Committee, 2009-2011
- International Bar Association
- Adjunct Professor, Foreign Investment and Economic Regulation, Universidad Iberoamericana School of Law
- Adjunct Professor, International Business Law, Universidad La Salle Graduate School
- Adjunct Professor, Public International Law, Universidad La Salle
- Adjunct Professor, International Business, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
- Adjunct Professor, Private International Law, Universidad de las Américas
- Adjunct Professor, Energy Law, Escuela Libre de Derecho
- “”El futuro del sector eléctrico mexicano,” Expansion, August 5, 2020
- “Derecho de los Negocios Internacionales (International Business Law)”, Editorial Porrúa, Mexico City, Third Edition, 2019
- Client Alert: Mexican Energy and Projects Landscape Within a New Federal Administration Era, December 11, 2018
- Derecho de los Negocios Internacionales (International Business Law), Book, Editorial Porrúa, Mexico City, Third Edition, 2018, 2018
- Manuales Sobre El Mercado Eléctrico Mayorista, January 24, 2018
- Client Alert: Update: Mexican Government Tenders Baja California Transmission Line Project, December 12, 2017
- Client Alert: EPC in the Mexican Energy Market, October 24, 2017
- Client Alert: Third Power Auction and Clearinghouse Transactions, May 24, 2017
- Client Alert: Power Market and Associations in Mexico: Synergies in Energies, February 16, 2017
- Client Alert: Mexican Federal Electricity Commission Tenders Landmark HVDC Transmission Line Project, November 08, 2016
- “Legal Aspects of Energy Reform,” Arizona Mexico Commission, Scottsdale, June 2016
- “Derecho de los Negocios Internacionales (International Business Law)”, Editorial Porrúa, Mexico City, Second Edition, 2016
- “Energy Reform and Renewable Power,” Mexico Infrastructure Projects Forum, Monterrey, November 2015
- “Energy Reform,” ” BN Americas, 2nd Mexico Energy Summit, Mexico City, May 2015
- “The Promise of the Mexican Energy Reform,” Foreign Affairs Magazine, New York, March 2015
- “Public Private Partnerships in the Mexican Energy Reform,” InterAmerican Development Bank (IABD), Mexico City, January 2015
- “Commercial Aspects of 2014 Energy Reform,” Border Energy Forum, Monterrey, November 2014
- “Energy Reform,” Transmission Summit, Sweetwater, Texas, January 2014
- “Legal Issues Regarding Energy Reform 2013 and Commercial Implications,” Border Energy Forum, San Antonio, November 2013
- “Legal Frameworks on Renewable Power in Mexico,” International Development Law Organization (IDLO-Rome), Mexico City, September 2013
- “Cross-Border Oil Transactions,” PECOM Annual Oil Congress, Villahermosa, Tabasco, April 2013
- “Wind Industry: What should happen in México?,” Wind Power Mexico Congress, WEC, Mexico City, January 2013
- “Alternate Dispute Resolutions in Energy Market,” Club Español del Arbitraje, Mexico City, November 2011
- “Cross-Border Energy Transactions,” Border Energy Forum, El Paso, October 2011
- “Dispute Resolutions on Energy Sector,” Energy Law Committee, Mexican Bar Association, Mexico City, April 2011
- “PPP and Energy,” Hispanic-American Forum on Infrastructure PPP, ITESM Campus Santa Fe, Mexico City, October 18, 2010
- “Oil Reform: Perspective,” National Congress, Mexican Bar Association, Mérida, Yucatán, October 17, 2008
- “Technical Aspects of the Energy Sector for Lawyers,” Mexican Bar Association, Mexico City, September 10, 2008
- “Renovables y Sustentabilidad; Faltan Reglas para Concretar Negocios,” Energía Hoy Magazine, Year 5, No. 54, September 2008
- “Derecho de la infraestructura eléctrica; ¿Derecho público o privado?,” Postgraduate Law Journal, Universidad Iberoamericana, No. 2, Spring 2008
- “National Infrastructure Programme; Description and Goals,” Section on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Magazine, International Bar Association, November 2007
- “Energía Nuclear en México; tendencias de una energía incomprendida,” Onexpo Magazine, September 2007
- “Dispute Resolutions in Construction,” International Chamber of Commerce, Mexican Chapter, Mexico City, June 26, 2007
- “Linking National Interest and Private Sector Participation in Mexico,” LatinLawyer Magazine , Volume 6, No. 4, 2007
- “Algunas consideraciones conceptuales y jurídicos en torno a las alianzas internacionales,” Revista Derecho (Law Journal), Universidad Panamericana, No. 36, 2006
- “Efectos positivos por el financiamiento de proyectos energéticos en Mexico,” Revista Derecho (Law Journal), Universidad La Salle, No. 6, 2005
- “Empresas transnacionales como vehículos de políticas comerciales internacionales; nuevos sujetos del Derecho Internacional Público?,” Revista Derecho (Law Journal), Universidad Iberoamericana, No. 34, 2004
- “La nueva lex mercatoria y su valor para la comunidad empresarial internacional,” Revista Derecho (Law Journal), Universidad La Salle, No. 3, 2004
- Doctoral Candidate, Energy Law, Universidad Panamericana; Mexico City
- M, International Business Law, 2002, with merit, University of Exeter; England
- Bachelor of Law, 1999, Universidad Iberoamericana; Mexico City
- United Mexican States, 1999
Studies & Skills
Chemical Engineer: Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay(1995-2001).
Master in Environmental Science: environmental sociology; economic valuation of ecosystems; eco-toxicology – exposition and effects of environmental pollutants; lipids metabolism and analysis techniques; environmental planning and conservation. Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay (2002).
ISO 9000:2000 Quality Management: Uruguayan Institute of Technical Norms – UNIT, Uruguay (2002).
Logistics integrated into customer services: CIDEL, Uruguay (2003).
Industrial costs: Renglon Uno, Uruguay (2003).
Atmospheric emissions: Cleaner Production Center, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay. (2008).
Introduction to the gas industry: Argentinean Oil and Gas Institute, Argentina (2009).
Introduction to carbon markets: GHG Management Institute. (e-learning, 2009)
CDM Programs: CFC, AECID,RIOCC, ECLAC, World Bank, Uruguay (2010).
Hydrocarbons refining and logistics: YPF Training Program, Argentina (2010).
Marketing Specialization Program. IAE Business School – Universidad Austral. Argentina (2011).
English (excellently spoken & written). Higher examination level approved: University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
ARPEL: more than 15 years of management of regional projects involving upper managers, managers, and experts from oil and gas companies mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean but also from outside the region, some involving external consultants or jointly developed with external institutions in the region, either financed internally or externally (by international institutions); management of regional and international networks of specialists; institutional representation at international and regional forums; development of several communication activities such as presentations in regional and international events, development of documents, etc; technical assistance such as the development of benchmarking activities among member companies; design and maintenance of databases; organization of bilingual regional seminars and congresses of more than 100 participants located in different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the development of agendas, search for best-in-class speakers, moderating, leading breakout sessions, reporting, etc. The technical scope of the projects and activities stated above is on downstream and midstream of oil and gas, downstream of biofuels, as well as corporate issues regarding climate change, energy efficiency, and occupational health and safety.
Prior to ARPEL: coordination of environmental research projects in the Chemical Institute of the Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay; coordination of national projects on wastes management jointly developed by the University and the Environmental Regulatory Agency in Uruguay; quality control of raw materials, intermediates and products at ICI (multinational paints company); project coordinator for the installation of the first headquarters abroad of a Uruguayan textile industry in association with a multinational textile partner.