Cecilia Curiel



Cecilia Curiel Piña has over thirteen years of experience which is specifically focused on the planning, negotiation and implementation of various corporate strategies for the development of projects in the energy sector, mainly related to the generation of electricity from renewable and conventional sources, as well as the transportation and distribution, commercialization of hydrocarbons and natural gas where, due to her many years of experience, she has become one of the most recognized experts in the Energy, Oil and Gas sectors in Mexico. Furthermore, she is a professor in the Specialty of Energy Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM for its acronym in spanish). She has earned recognition as one of the few women to be named a partner in law firms with an energy practice in Mexico.

Experience

  • Advise CFE during the implementation process of the energy reform, mainly assisting with the activities required for its power generation state subsidiaries to commence operations under the newly implemented Wholesale Electricity Market. As well, we represented them in the negotiations, preparation and execution of new fuel supply agreements for the operation of its power plants. Also, successfully counseled CFE on several arbitrations, in connection to claims made by independent power producers regarding un-programmed outages, delays on the programmed outages, controversies over fuel quality and construction of transmission lines and power substations. Finally, we avised CFE on the implementation of the current indigenous public consultation protocol for hydroelectric projects.​

  • Advise CNH in the bidding processes 2 and 3 of Mexico’s Round One regarding the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons through an outsourcing agreement with the firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, S.C.

  • Advice to SSA Mexico, world leader port operator during the planning for the development of a project of one of its terminals operated in Mexico, regarding the transport and storage of petroleum goods, specifically gasoline and diesel.

  • Representation in the development of renewable energy sources projects specifically projects for the production of electric energy from flaring landfill gas (methane).

  • Advise in its registration as energy Qualified User, as well as with the negotiations of a supply agreement with multiple Qualified Suppliers in accordance with the Electric Industry Law and other applicable laws and regulations.

  • Advise Abengoa (as a developer of the construction of a Synchronization Bus of 34.5KV in the Termo 1 of the Franciso I Madero refinery) in the negotiations with Pemex before the Ministry of Public Affairs for the amendment to the construction agreement, as a result of the increase of the costs related to the dollar exchange rate.

Education

LL.M. in American Law
Boston University School of Law
Boston, United States of America
2016

Energy Regulation Certification Course
Mexican Legal Bar Association and the Mexican Academy of Energy Regulation
Mexico, City
​2013

Bachelor Degree in Law
Universidad Iberoamericana León
Mexico, City
2005

Practice Area

Corporate Energy