MEXICO CITY – Apr. 16, 2019 — Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP Shareholder Erick Hernández Gallego participated as a panelist in the 9th Latin America China Investors Forum, held Mar. 26, at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel. The event was hosted by Latin Finance, and co-sponsored by Greenberg Traurig. Shareholders José Raz Guzmán, Juan Delgado, and Dawn Zhang were also in attendance.
According to Latin Finance’s website, this forum provides a platform for policymakers and corporate leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean to come together with their Chinese counterparts to discuss “how best to take advantage of new trade and investment opportunities in a rapidly changing world.”
As panelist of “The Build Out: Chinese Capital in LatAm Infrastructure & Natural Resources” session, Hernández Gallego emphasized why Mexico is an interesting market for Chinese investors, and talked on important elements to make projects successful.
“A local partner is key for successful investments,” Hernández Gallego said. “You must work with a local company that is familiar with the country’s market, with the regulatory framework and the business practices; including services providers, such as lawyers, tax advisors and contractors. This will minimize risks and is crucial for the project’s prosperity.”
Fellow panel members included Latin American Association of Development Financing Institutions (ALIDE’s) Secretary General, Edgardo Alvarez; Sinopharm’s Chief Engineer, Fu Qiang; HK New Energy Investment Holdings’ Managing Director, Ruyi Chen; and Greenberg Traurig client Envision Energy’s Head of M&A for LatAm and the Caribbean, Nina Chen, who agreed that a success factor in their Mexican operations has been to partner with local companies and work with local advisors.
The forum’s keynote session was addressed by Mexico’s Undersecretary for North America, Mr. Jesús Seade Kuri, with additional special presentations addressed by members of the Government of Brazil and Panama.
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