Chambers Diversity Seminar: Mexico City
Thank you to all those who attended the Chambers Diversity Seminar, in association with Galicia Abogados, S.C.
Date: Wednesday, 14th March 2018
Hyatt Regency Mexico City
Campos Elíseos No. 204, Polanco Chapultepec
08:00 – 09:00 Registration and Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30 Keynote address: Irene Espinosa, Subgobernadora - Banco de México
09:30 – 10:30 Panel (Barriers to Leadership Positions in the Legal Profession)
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45 Panel (The Value of Diversity)
11:45 – 12:00 Final speech
12:00 – 13:00 Networking
After our keynote address, the panels engaged in a morning of insightful discussion into the current state of gender, thought leadership and innovative advancement of diversity best practices across the legal spectrum. They examined the extent of diversity and inclusion within the profession and provided useful information and practical knowledge that can then be applied to different regimes. We encouraged engaging and critical discussion and we took the opportunity to network with peers.
This event is free to attend.
Subgobernadora - Banco de México
Economist and finance officer, Irene Espinosa Cantellano owns a remarkable career of more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector, mainly in the public field, as well as in the academy. On January of 2018, the Plenary of the Permanent Commission of the Congress approved Irene’s appointment as Deputy Governor of Banco de México, making her the first woman to hold that position since the creation of the Bank in 1925. Before joining Banco de México, Irene was designated as Federal Treasurer of Mexico, position which she hold from April of 2009 to January of 2018. Irene was also invited to be Chief of Staff of the former Federal Treasurer; subsequently, she assumed the position of Deputy Treasurer of Operations until she was appointed as Head of the Federal Treasury.
In the international filed, in 2001, Irene was appointed as Senior Counselor of the Office of the Executive Director for Mexico and the Dominican Republic of the Inter-American Development Bank, for a period of 6 years. Within her extracurricular activities, Irene has been an advocate to promote and increase the participation of women in leadership and decision making positions. From March of 2016, she has gathered a group of leading women to create the Comisión de Mujeres Líderes por una Economía Incluyente (MULEI), an organism belonging the Federación de Colegios de Economistas de la República Mexicana, to foster dialogue with institutions and key actors on the benefits of diversity and participation of women in the economy, as well as to make them visible.
Recently, Irene assumed the Vice-presidency of the Federación de Colegios de Economistas de la República and the Vice-presidency of the Alumni of Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ExITAM). Irene has a Master degree in Public Policy with a Specialization in Projects’ Socioeconomic Assessment and a Bachelor degree in Economics, both from ITAM, where she also received the prize for Academic Excellence Miguel Palacios Macedo. In 2011, the Chamber of Senators, through the Equity and Gender Commission, granted her recognition as Woman of the Year, for her outstanding career and contribution to the country's development.
In November of the same year, Irene received the Professional Merit Reward by the ITAM, for her outstanding performance in the public sector.
Founding Partner - Galicia Abogados, S.C.
Manuel Galicia Romero is founding partner of the Mexican firm Galicia Abogados, S.C. He is an attorney specialised in national and international business transactions and his practice areas include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and private equity. He has broad experience in transactions with respect to credit facilities, private and public offerings, co-investments, privatisations, as well as advising corporations with respect to joint ventures in Mexico, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructurings. He has advised local, state and federal governments, as well as other governmental entities in diverse commercial transactions.
He participated as legal advisor to the Coordinating Office of Foreign Trade Organizations in the negotiation of NAFTA and the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union (FTA EU-MX) and has served as advisor for national and international organisations. Mr Galicia serves as member of the Board of Directors of different corporations. He has been recognised in national and international publications as one of the most important transactional lawyers in Mexico.
María Amo González
Seminars Manager - Chambers and Partners
María Amo is a journalist who has been involved in the events’ sphere for the last eight years. She also worked at several radio stations as a culture journalist before moving to London, where she worked as an events journalist for a Spanish media company before taking up her present position at Chambers & Partners. María currently works with law firms globally, organising General Counsel and Diversity Seminars in Latin America and Europe.
María has always been committed to promoting women’s rights and helping them to achieve their professional goals. In her current role she is actively involved in exploring new avenues to highlight the importance of diversity with the legal events that she organises to promote gender equality and diversity across the legal market. She works closely with law firms to share their expertise in this field, exchanging ideas and demonstrating the relevance of creating an equal and inclusive world.
Antonia E. Stolper
Latin America Regional Managing Partner - Shearman & Sterling
Antonia Stolper is Shearman & Sterling’s Latin America Regional Managing Partner and a member of the Capital Markets-Americas practice group. Ms Stolper’s practice focuses primarily on corporate finance transactions in emerging markets. Her practice focuses on debt and equity securities offerings for Latin American corporate and sovereign issuers, representing both underwriters and issuers, and on restructuring transactions in Latin America, representing issuers, dealer managers and creditors. In addition, she advises a number of Latin American issuers on their ongoing SEC reporting requirements and corporate governance matters. Her clients including Ecopetrol, CABEI, Intercorp, Volaris and Banco de Chile.
Ms. Stolper also advises the Climate Bonds Initiative pro bono on establishing standards for financing the transition to a low carbon economy. Ms Stolper is also Vice- Chair of the Cyrus R. Vance Center of the New York City Bar Association, promoting pro bono work by private lawyers in Latin America. She also sits on the Women in the Profession (WIP) International Steering Committee, a Vance Center program that promotes the status of women in the legal profession. She was named one of the National Law Journal’s Outstanding Women Lawyers in 2015 and selected by Latinvex in 2015 as among Latin America’s top 50 female lawyers. Ms Stolper is a graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and New York University Law School (J.D.)
Managing Director and Head of the ICG Legal in Mexico
Carolina Machado is a licensed lawyer by ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) who obtained an LLM from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. At the beginning of her career, Carolina worked at the law firms Creel García Cuéllar y Muggengburg in the Mexico City and Shearman & Sterling in New York. In 1997, she joined JPMorgan´s Legal and Compliance Department in Mexico, which she led as General Counsel from 1999 to 2015, dealing with financial transactions in Markets and Structured Products, M & A, Capital Markets, Private Bank, Treasury Services, Agency and Trust Services and Private Equity. In 2015, she transferred to New York to assist in the establishment of the Global Financial Crimes Legal Department for Latin America at JPMorgan. Carolina was appointed General Counsel for ICG (Institutional and Corporate Clients) of Citibanamex (part of Citigroup) in June 2016, reporting to Mexico´s General Counsel.
Carolina Machado is part of the Women´s Council (“Consejo de Mujeres”) at Citibanamex, and is a founding director and board member of Abogadas MX, a Mexican Association whose mission is to promote the inclusion of women in the legal profession in leadership positions.
Carrie H. Cohen
Partner - Morrison & Foerster
Carrie H. Cohen is a partner in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster. She is an experienced trial attorney, focusing on white-collar criminal matters, securities and investment fraud cases, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings, bribery, procurement, and money laundering. Previously, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she tried public corruption, investment fraud, and securities cases.
Ms Cohen also served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office as Chief of the Public Integrity Unit in the Criminal Division, and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau. Among her many public service roles, Ms Cohen has held numerous bar leadership positions, including serving as the past Vice President of the New York City Bar, and chair of its Executive Committee. Ms Cohen currently serves on the Advisory Group to the New York Federal-State Judicial Council, as a representative to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, and as a member of the Federal Bar Council, American Inns of Court. Ms Cohen has also been a leader in advancing women in the legal profession both in the United States and globally, and she currently serves as a member of the New York City Bar’s Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, where she serves on the International Steering Committee for the Women in the Profession (WIP) program, which promotes the status of women in the legal profession. Ms Cohen is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.)
Partner - Gómez-Pinzón
Member of the corporate and real estate groups and Director of the Pro Bono practice of the firm. Paula was a member of the Drafting Committee of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, an initiative promoted by the Cyrus Vance Center (N.Y.) that has been signed by more than 350 law firms all over the region. She has 20 years' professional experience in corporate law and real estate. Ms Samper is a lawyer from the Universidad de los Andes and has a degree in financial law from Rosario University in Bogotá.
She is a founding member of Fundación Pro Bono Colombia, and a member of its Board of Directors since 2008; Fundación Pro Bono is a clearing house with a membership of 25 Colombian law firms doing pro bono work. Ms Samper has been recognised as a leader in the advancement of pro bono in Colombia, including receiving an award from Chambers and Partners for her outstanding contribution to the legal profession in 2011, and the Latin Lawyer Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2013.
Additionally, Ms Samper has participated in a local initiative for advancement of women in the legal profession, with the assistance from the Women in the Profession Committee of the Cyrus Vance Center (NY) with conferences and seminars across the South American region. Ms Samper is an active participant in the Board of Directors of several non-profit institutions which include, amongst others, Compartamos con Colombia, América Solidaria, Instituto Roosevelt and Women´s Link Worldwide.
Partner - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Paula Vieira is a corporate transactional lawyer with wide-ranging experience in domestic and cross-border M&A, including private equity investments, joint ventures, divestitures and corporate reorganizations, involving public and private companies. Paula is an Executive Officer of the Mattos Filho Institute and Gender and Diversity Officer of the Latin American Regional Forum of the International Bar Association. Paula worked as foreign associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Laws from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.
Legal and Corporate Security Sr. Director (In-Country General Counsel) - Home Depot
Monica Bichara is a licensed attorney in Mexico graduated from the Tec de Monterrey with honors and has over 25 years' experience in retail, industrial, financial and educational/non-profit legal environments in Mexico, USA, Caribbean, Central and South America. Since 2005, she has held the position of Senior Director Legal Affairs and Corporate Security for The Home Depot Mexico. In this capacity, she is responsible for assuring the business complies with all laws, regulations and policies affecting its activities in Mexico, including operations, M&A, real estate, anti-trust, consumer protection, global supply chain, logistics, labor and employment, corporate, tax, GL and commercial litigation, merchandising and marketing/e-commerce legal issues, comprising over 120 stores and other facilities in 32 states in Mexico.
Her professional career includes in-house Counsel positions in diverse entities in Mexico and USA including Gruma (Grupo Maseca), Internacional de Inversiones, Global Payments, Virginia Tech and MARCO-Monterrey Contemporary Art Museum. In addition, Ms Bichara is Co-Founder and Board Member of Abogadas MX; Board Member of the Mexican Bar Association Nuevo León Chapter – (Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados, Capítulo Nuevo León), President of the Board of Advisors for the Law Programs of Tec de Monterrey and Board Patron of Patronato de Vida y Familia Monterrey ABP (VIFAC).
Magistrada del Poder Judicial
From Saltillo Coahuila. Adriana Canales studied at the Faculty of Jurisprudence of the Autonomous University of Coahuila, where she received her law degree in 1979. She obtained a Master Degree in Policy and Government in Latin America from the University of Essex in England. She has obtained different diplomas in Comparative Law Mexico-United States, in Judicial Psychology from the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM), and a Diploma in Legal Advances in Human Cloning through the International Organization of Postgraduates Studies in Law. She has recently been involved in the following courses: Courses on Psychology and Family law against Interfamily violence from the Centro de Convivencia Familiar from the Superior Court of Justice of Mexico City, the Judiciary Council and the Institute of Judicial Studies; Courses on Children’s rights and access to justice taught by the Supreme Court of Justice, as well as a course on Mediation taught by the University of Barcelona in Spain. Additionally, she attended courses on forensic psychology specialised in girls, boys and adolescents taught by the Supreme Court. Since 2004 she has participated in several international seminars of judges operators of the Hague Conventions on International Child Protection and International Judicial Cooperation. The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed her in 2007 as the Judge in charge of the International connection to facilitate the information exchange and cooperation regarding the application of the 1980 Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
She was professor at the Institute of Legal Research at UNAM in different courses, among them on interfamily violence and child protection. She was also professor at ITAM and at CIDE, where she published the book on civil law “Family law: cases and problems to teach law” together with Diego Galer. She has also been author of different articles, among them, “Right of cross-border contact” in the book “The International Restitution of Childhood, an Ibero-American Perspective”, compiled by Lázaro Tenorio and Graciela Tagle, as well as in in the Journal of Private International Law of the UNAM and in the Mexican Journal of Comparative International Law.
During the last years she has been lecturer on different subjects, including interdiction and the perspective of judges about international restitution of minors, among others. She joined the Superior Court of Justice of the Federal District in 1989 to the Direction of Jurisprudence and the judicial newsletter. Since 2000 Adriana Canales is Magistrate of the Third Chamber on Family Law. She collaborated as unique local judge in Ramos Arizpe in the Superior Court of Coahuila in the Direction of Prevention and Social Rehabilitation. She also worked at the Faculty of Political Science in UNAM, at the Ministry of Energy, in the General Direction of Land Regularization of the Federal District and at the Ministry of the Interior.
Vice President & General Counsel, Latin America - Honeywell
As Honeywell International Inc.´s Vice President & General Counsel for Latin America, Valeria provides general commercial, corporate governance and compliance advice to Honeywell's operations in LATAM with over 19,000 employees in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay. The LATAM Law Department she leads is currently formed by 18 legal and contracts managers based in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. Before joining Honeywell, Valeria was a partner at Baker & McKenzie based in Monterrey, Mexico. She also worked at the firm’s New York (2004) and Mexico City (2006-2008) offices. She holds a JD from the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico (Cum Laude, 2001) and a Master of Laws (Harlan Stone Fiske Scholar, 2004) from Columbia University in New York.
In 2015, Valeria co-founded an NGO formed by Mexican in-house and law firm attorneys called Abogadas MX, which aims to increase the representation of women in leadership positions through initiatives that promote networking, professional development and leadership opportunities for women attorneys. Through this NGO, Valeria launched an innovative mentoring program in Mexico that pairs senior lawyers from corporations and law firms with junior lawyers to guide their professional growth and share best practices. Valeria is a 2013 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and an active supporter of the Women in the Profession initiative led by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar.
Manuel Tron, S.C.
Manuel is a specialized tax attorney with vast experience in international tax law. For over thirty years, Manuel has been providing legal consulting and planning services to international businesses from a tax perspective, as well as personal and family counseling related to wealth and estate planning both in Mexico and abroad. His practice primarily involves the design of structures for cross-border investment both from abroad to Mexico, and from Mexico internationally. Manuel is regularly involved in designing strategies for negotiation and resolution of tax disputes both in Mexico and abroad and assisting in tax litigation matters on a federal level. He is an Honorary President of the International Fiscal Association after being President of the Association for four years, and is recognized on the international legal scene as one of Mexico's most renowned tax lawyers.
Manuel has taught extensively on subjects related to tax law at various universities in Mexico and abroad, has lectured on international tax issues and authored numerous articles in publications specialized in tax matters. Manuel is fluent in English, Spanish and French. He is licensed to practice law in Mexico and is currently a member of different professional and academic associations, including the Mexican Bar Association where he actively participates as a member of the Committee of Public Finance and Tax Law, of which he was Secretary for more than six years.