MEXICO CITY (January 24, 2017) – Holland & Knight has added a new practice area to its growing Mexico City office with the hiring of environmental lawyer Hector Velasco Perroni. Mr. Velasco, who is joining the firm as senior counsel, was previously a senior associate and head of the environmental practice at Greenberg Traurig, S.C.
Mr. Velasco has more than 10 years of experience advising companies with operations in Mexico on environmental matters. His areas of focus include green economy and sustainability, climate change, Equator Principles, environmental liability, environmental impact and risk, hazardous materials and waste, national waters, transference and remediation of polluted sites, environmental assessments and audits, forestry law, protected areas and urbanization, among others.
Mr. Velasco also specializes in assessing the social impact of high-profile infrastructure projects and has been lead counsel for several indigenous communities consultation processes under the International Labor Organization’s 169 Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.
"We are pleased that Héctor will be leading our new environmental practice," said Boris Otto, executive partner of Holland & Knight's Mexico City office. "His hiring is a confirmation of Holland & Knight’s long-term commitment to Mexico."
"Many of our clients are involved in some of the most important infrastructure and construction projects in the country," Mr. Otto said. "Héctor’s arrival will bring a new dimension to our service offerings for these clients and help them address their environmental compliance concerns."
"Mexico is undergoing significant change and companies need to navigate regulatory compliance very carefully in order to be successful," said Mr. Velasco. "I look forward to using my experience as an environmental counselor to assist Holland & Knight’s clients in this challenging area."
Mr. Velasco received his master’s degree in law from Universidad Panamericana (UP) and his bachelor’s degree in law from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He currently serves on the faculty of ITAM, teaching Mexican and international environmental law. He is also a fellow of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.
Holland & Knight's Mexico City office was established in 2013 and now includes 22 attorneys primarily focused on corporate finance, energy, project finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, international trade, litigation and private equity.
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