Mexico’s Energy Reform

What’s Next for Business?

Houston, TX, February 7, 2014

Mexico moved into phase two of energy reform on February 1, taking on the task of promulgating the implementing legislation. The next two years in particular will be crucial for constructing competitive contract terms to attract international investors and for establishing effective regulatory institutions. The University of Texas at Austin’s Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program and the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Energy and Environment Program presented a discussion on the reform’s trajectory over the next several months. Panelists discussed near-term commercial opportunities and challenges and provided critical scenarios for energy companies to consider. Here is a look at our keynote speaker and panelists: Mexico Energy Reform: What’s Next for Business? Agenda


The University of Texas at Austin has 100-year history of education and research throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. As a result, the University has a vast array of resources that can be utilized to assist in understanding and addressing issues of importance to the region. These internal assets are force-multiplied by the fact that many of our graduating students have returned to their home countries, achieved prominence in government, industry and academia, and can be easily engaged in cooperative discussions and projects. While imbedded in the Jackson School of Geosciences, the Latin America and Caribbean Energy and Environmental Program pursues an interdisciplinary collaborative approach among the Jackson School of Geosciences, Cockrell School of Engineering, LBJ School of Public Affairs, McCombs School of Business, Texas School of Law, the College of Liberal Arts and the Energy Institute; and acts as an enabler by identifying and facilitating research and academic opportunities among the program’s stakeholders and UT’s faculty, researchers and students.

Mexico Energy Reform Panel

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic Community in meeting global challenges. Founded in 1961, the Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic shifts in economic and political influence that are shaping the twenty-first century by educating and galvanizing its uniquely influential, nonpartisan network of international political, business, and intellectual leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we promote, and the communities we build, the Council’s ten regional centers and functional programs shape today’s policy choices and foster transatlantic strategies to advance international security and global economic prosperity.

View Mexico’s Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons H.E. Dr. María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios keynote presentation: Mexico’s Energy Reform