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Chadbourne Expands Mexico City Office With Lateral Hires In Energy, Finance And Employment Groups

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP today announced that it has expanded its Mexico City office with the hiring of a prominent energy lawyer and an employment attorney.

Jose Antonio Prado Carranza has joined the firm as international partner, bolstering Chadbourne's M&A and Finance capabilities in the region. At the same time, Leslie Maribel Palma Rojano joined the Mexico City office as international counsel in the labor and employment practice.  

Mr. Prado comes to Chadbourne with substantial experience in the Mexican energy industry. Prior to joining the firm he served as general counsel for Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico's state-owned electric facility. Before that, he worked at Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Mexico's state-owned petroleum company, where he served as chief legal officer for control and compliance (2010), as well as general counsel for contracts and corporate affairs (2002-2006).

Mr. Prado's other senior advisory positions in Mexico's energy sector include serving as general counsel to the hydrocarbons section of the Mexican Ministry of Energy, as well as general counsel to the Mexico and Latin America operations of Koch Industries, Inc -- the biggest private sector industrial conglomerate in the petrochemical sector.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Palma worked as a senior associate at the Mexico City office of Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.  She also worked at Thompson & Knight Abogados, S.C. and Thacher Proffitt & Wood S.C. Additionally, she was an attorney at Servicios Administrativos Walmart S. de R.L. de C.V., the company's Mexico unit.

At the law firms, Ms. Palma advised on individual corporate employment issues, provided advice on general corporate and administrative matters, individual bargaining and conciliation of labor issues within companies, employment litigation, audits and due diligence to domestic and foreign clients in labor matters and administrative disputes before the Ministry of Labor Law and the Federal Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice.

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