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Rafael G. Quijano Fernández is a senior consultant with Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados. With over 30 years of experience in the international oil and gas market, his practice has had a strong emphasis on the Latin American market. His career combines not only the technical aspects of the oil and gas industry, but also incorporates the practical applications of economic and management principles. He is also an expert on tax aspects applied to hydrocarbons.
His areas of expertise for project implementation include: processes involved in upstream for licensing schemes (competitiveness, contractual and fiscal aspects), valuation of assets, corporate structuring, corporate and strategic planning.
His extensive previous work experience includes many different aspects of the energy business. He led Nala Energía, an investment vehicle dedicated to the energy sector financed by the “family office” of a prominent dynasty of Mexican investors. Previously, he led the group of field development opportunities at Baker Hughes, participating in the negotiation for the exploitation of mature fields in Mexico. For over a decade, he served as senior consultant at Gaffney, Cline & Associates participating in the group for strategic decisions, planning, project analysis, structuring and corporate planning His team participated in the various rounds to obtain licenses for exploration and production in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Australia, Afghanistan and East Timor. He worked for 12 years in Washington, DC with the prestigious consulting firm PFC Energy.
He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and the International Association of Energy Economics.
He earned his degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon. Later, he earned his Master's Degree in Policy and Energy Resources Management from the University of Pennsylvania.