Partner Profile

César Fernández

Norton Rose Fulbright


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César Fernández, an accomplished energy and projects lawyer, joined Norton Rose Fulbright's Mexico City office in 2019. He previously worked for Pemex and served as legal vice president for projects and businesses for the state-owned oil company. 

At Pemex, Fernández oversaw a team that provided legal guidance for implementing the comprehensive energy reforms – passed in Mexico in 2014 – that radically transformed the country's hydrocarbon and electricity industries and opened up private investment opportunities.

Fernández drafted and negotiated the first area of mutual interest (AMI), joint study and bidding (JSBA), and joint operating (JOA) agreements related to the first Pemex alliances in deepwater, shallow water and onshore in history, with international, independent and national oil companies in order to participate in CNH bidding Rounds.

Fernández was part of the Pemex negotiating teams for NAFTA renegotiation, the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union and negotiations of the model of transboundary unit agreement with the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

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