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Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek
Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek

Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek

Partner

Knowledgeable lawyer in environmental and regulatory law

About

Leopoldo is partner at the firm and heads the environment Agrarian and Social Impact practice area. With over 30 years of experience, Leopoldo is a pioneer of this practice in Mexico and brings a wealth of knowledge on all environmental law aspects and related areas, with extensive expertise on corporate governance (ESG), sustainable development goals (SDG), and environmental and social principles. Leopoldo advises his clients through all aspects of complex asset acquisition processes, cross-border transactions, planning and project and finance infrastructure, where he always assesses the management of social issues across different stages. He also leads in the implementation of risk management and crisis programs.

“He is fantastic lawyer who is familiar with all the relevant players in this area”, Chambers and Partners

His practice also encompasses energy, water management, hazardous waste control (including cross-border transportation), atmospheric pollution, environmental impact and due diligence, auditing, climate change, emissions market, natural protected areas. He also guides on land contamination and soil restoration, mining, forestry, oil and gas activities, ethical standards, cannabis use, project development with cross-border implications as well as environmental litigation and dispute resolution

Experience

  • PMI Services North America in the development of a cross-border pipeline project to transport diesel and gasoline from a refinery in Texas to a PEMEX Storage Facility in Cd. Juarez, including obtaining a Presidential Permit to cross the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) and the approvals of the International Boundary and Waters Commission (IBWC/CILA)
  • Lowes in the remediation process of a polluted site to be acquired in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and in the legal strategy to minimize potential liabilities
  • Valeo in obtaining required environment, health and safety approvals for the imports of hazardous materials and substances used in the autoparts industry
  • Keppel Seghers, in the performance of development feasibility studies to build a utility scale wastewater treatment plant for the use of treated water in petroleum refining processes
  • Mitsubishi Corporation in the purchase of a 395MW wind farm in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • InterGen in the preparation of the environmental and social assessments and the Community Relations Plan of the 280MW gas fired Combined Cycle Power Plant in San Luis de la Paz and the Altamira Compression Station, to comply with the Equator Principles and obtain project finance for both facilities
  • DuPont in obtaining key infrastructure and water permits to build an aqueduct of 22km in the Lagunario system of Altamira, Tamaulipas to conduct water from the Río Tamesí to DuPont’s Titanium Altamira Plant and construct the wastewater discharge infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico and modifications to the National Waters and the Federal Maritime and Terrestrial Zone concession titles to duplicate capacity and allow the placement of two new wastewater pipelines in said area

Awards & Recognitions

Environmental and Natural Resources ranked lawyer, Chambers and Partners

Environment leading individual, The Legal 500

Recognized in Environment, Latin Lawyer 250

Thought Leader in Environment, Who’s Who Legal

Environment Expert in the field, Who’s Who Legal

Environmental recognized lawyer, Best Lawyers

Administrative recognized lawyer, Best Lawyers

Lawyer of the Year in Environment 2019, Best Lawyers

 

Academia

Taught the course: “Urban Environmental Law for the Postgraduate Course on Urban and Tourism Law” at the Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara, Mexico

Taught the course: “Fundamental Principles of Environmental Law” for the Postgraduate Program in Law, Specialization in Corporate and Economic Law, at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Campus Mixcoac, Mexico City

Taught the course: “Selected Topics in Environmental Matters” for the Postgraduate Course in Law, Specialization in Corporate and Economic Law, at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Campus Mixcoac, Mexico City

Education

Sustainable Capitalism & ESG Online Program, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, California, United States

Certification of Agile Management for Social Impact Projects, Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,Texas, United States

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Comparative Law, visiting scholar, University of Illinois, Chicago, United States

Postgraduate studies in Economic and Corporate Law, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico

Member of the eighth generation of the Leadership for Environment and Sustainable Development (LEAD) Program offered by the Colegio de México, A.C.

Law degree, (J.D. equivalent), Universidad La Salle, Mexico City, Mexico

Memberships

Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados (Mexican Bar Association) – Environmental Law Committee Former Coordinator, Former Environmental Law Committee Member and current Ethics Committee Coordinator and former Counsel of the BMA’s Foundation

National Corporate Counsel Association (Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa, Colegio de Abogados – ANADE) – Former Environmental Law Committee

Mackrell International- Head of Environmental Law Practice Group

American Bar Association (ABA) – Member of the Environmental Law and Natural Resources Committee

International Bar Association – Representative

International Bar Association (IBA), Member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Hygiene (EHS) Committee and Coordinator of the Climate Change Group

May 2021 Cohort on Sustainable Capitalism ESG at Berkeley Law School, Member

Publications & Collaborations

  • Medical Cannabis & Cannabinoid Regulation Guide 2021, published by Chambers and Partners Read more
  • First discussion in the distance mode on Environmental Law, Socially Responsible Companies, panelist, El Colegio de México, Mexico, April 2021
  • International Corporate Social Responsibility - Sustainable Business: Environmental, Social and Governance Frameworks for the 21st Century Guide 2020, Mexico Chapter, published by Wolters Kluwer International Read more
  • Organization of a seminar on Health Law in conjunction with other firms, event sponsored by GCSC, with the participation of Lirio Salgado and Enrique Muñoz Guízar as panelists, Mexico City, 2018
  • ABA Convention, Topic of Cannabis, panelist, Mexico City, 2018
  • He often participates as speaker in local and international forums organized by professional legal associations, in some of which he is member of the environment committees or former founder thereof
  • Throughout his career he has collaborated in numerous publications through articles and written works related with his environmental, climate change and regulatory practice

Languages

Spanish – English