Meet the Moderators for Track I: Global Markets

Our Doing Business Globally Track I: Global Markets: Mapping Country Opportunities and Risks sessions will provide critical legal updates in a variety of markets:  Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, China, India, Africa, Turkey and the Middle East.

These sessions are for companies that are expanding globally and need insights on the current legal and business developments in their local markets.

Ambassador Hector E. Morales Jr. and Global Torchlight Managing Director and Co-Founder David Chmiel will moderate the Track I sessions in Houston (Oct. 14) and Dallas (Oct. 15).

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Hector Morales

Morales, a Senior International Advisor at Baker & McKenzie, is the former U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States and U.S. Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank.  For more than 20 years, he has been engaged in Latin American affairs as a lawyer, businessman, and diplomat. Morales will moderate our session on Brazil, Cuba and Mexico.

“Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba as well as other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are facing important political and economic challenges.  In this environment, businesses and investors seek guidance about managing factors such as falling commodity prices, ongoing corruption investigations, and operating in protected or closed markets,” Morales said.  “Given Baker & McKenzie’s significant presence and experience in Latin America, I am pleased to have the opportunity to chair this timely and important discussion.”

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David Chmiel

Chmiel, who has more than a decade of experience in private practice, now leads Global Torchlight, a consulting group that provides strategic advice and international political and security risk consulting services to multinational enterprises. He will moderate the sessions on China and India; Africa; and Turkey and the Middle East.

“Recent events have highlighted the challenges that geopolitics can present to global trade and investment,” Chmiel said. “I’m looking forward to chairing a discussion that integrates analysis of regional and global political trends into an assessment of best practice for managing risks and taking advantage of opportunities in some of the world’s most dynamic markets.”

Morales received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. in history from Columbia College in New York City.

Chmiel has an M.A. from the War Studies Department at King’s College London, an LL.B. from the University College London and a B.A. from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.