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Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos is Founding Partner of the firm and a specialist in the main components of the energy sector such as: petroleum, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, petrochemicals, petroleum products, refining, power generation, clean energy and offshore projects related to the sector; as well as the components of strategic infrastructure projects.
With over 20 years of experience, he has advised national and international companies, as well as the federal government and local governments in the development, implementation and efficient operation of investment projects and the management thereof.
He has represented natural gas distribution companies since 1995. Since 2000, he has advised independent power production companies, cogeneration plants and renewable energy projects in more than 12 different states in Mexico and Central America. He represents more than 5000 MW of installed or developing capacity. For the last 14 years he has advised Pemex on strategic alliances for matters regarding gas pipelines and storage terminals. Under his leadership more than 5500 km of rights of way for strategic projects have been released. He represents more than 2500 gas stations. He represents 16 E & P blocks. Mr. Rodriguez and his team recently worked with Pemex to obtain the permits and regulated tariffs for 8 transportation systems of oil, petroliferous and petrochemicals, as well as those of 77 petrochemical and oil product storage facilities.
He has actively consulted on the processes for creating legal systems that are applicable to the energy field such as: the Hydrocarbons Law; Regulation of Activities to which Title III of the Hydrocarbons Law refers; the Energy Regulatory Commission Law; Natural Gas Regulations; Liquefied Petroleum Gas Regulations, and Guidelines on natural gas and liquid petroleum gas, etc. He has also successfully advised various industry associations on regulatory issues.
He has led numerous projects considered strategic and "first of it kind" such as the first SWAP operation of natural gas in Mexico; the first private transmission pipeline for liquefied petroleum gas; the development of the legal and financial strategy for the first private pipeline in Mexico for the transmission of petrochemicals between processing centers; the first cross-border wet gas export pipeline to the United States of America; the development of the strategy for legal, contractual and regulatory projects of strategic importance to Mexico such as the "Los Ramones" natural gas transmission system in its three stages; the storage terminal for liquefied petroleum gas in Zapotlanejo; among many other projects of national and international importance.
As part of his previous experience, Jesús participated in the representation of Pemex abroad in the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He later worked at a law firm in Washington and then founded Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados.
He is the President of the Mexican Right of Way Association (Asociación Mexicana de Derecho de Vía) and is a member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA). He is a Director and Secretary of the Board for the Mexican Natural Gas Association and Legal Adviser to the World Energy Council. He is a member of the Publications Committee of the American Gas Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), among other associations.
Jesús Rodríguez is also the founder of “Cutting Edge Sports & Entertainment” since 2012 in which, among other projects, represented the soccer deal for athlete Giovani Dos Santos with the Los Angeles Galaxy and produced Miss Universe in the Mexico edition in 2007. Cutting Edge has helped finance and produce 6 feature films including “Opening Night” featuring stars Topher Grace and Rob Riggle, “Deadtectives” featuring stars Martha Higareda and Chris Geere and more recently “3 Idiotas” directed by Carlos Bolado.
He completed his Law Degree at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He recently published a compilation of Laws and Regulations from the Energy Reform.