Chadbourne & Parke hires in Mexico City

February 10, 2013 Chadbourne & Parke has bolstered its Mexico City office with the hire of prominent energy partner Jose Antonio Prado Carranza and employment law counsel Leslie Maribel Palma.

Prior to joining the firm Prado served as general counsel for Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico's state-owned electric facility. Before that he worked at Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Mexico's state-owned petroleum company, where he served first as as general counsel for contracts and corporate affairs (2002-2006) and then as chief legal officer for control and compliance (2010). He also served as general counsel to the hydrocarbons section of the Mexican Ministry of Energy, and as general counsel to the Mexico and Latin America operations of Koch Industries, Inc -- the biggest private sector industrial conglomerate in the petrochemical sector.

Palma joins the firm from a senior associate position at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.  She also worked at Thompson & Knight Abogados, S.C. and Thacher Proffitt & Wood S.C. Additionally, she was an attorney at Servicios Administrativos Walmart S. de R.L. de C.V., the company's Mexico unit.

"Latin America continues to be a key growth region in Chadbourne's emerging markets strategy," said Chadbourne's worldwide Managing Partner Andrew Giaccia. "Jose joins one of the world's leading global energy practices. His unique background and extensive experience in Mexico's power, oil and gas industries make him the perfect addition to our highly respected energy team. Additionally, Leslie brings the ability to more comprehensively assist our clients with quality advice in the important area of Mexican employment law."

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