First DBG Program in Mexico Draws 250

Our Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City last week brought together senior business leaders and Baker McKenzie practitioners from across North America to discuss the legal and business challenges facing companies in Mexico. The event drew nearly 250 attendees, including dozens of general counsel, senior in-house counsel and other senior business executives.

Federico Ranero, General Manager at Uber Mexico, provided thoughtful insights on the challenges and future of urban mobility during his keynote address, while our plenary panel, moderated by Jason Marczak, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, explored the risks for Mexican companies in the global economy.

During our breakout sessions, we examined the complexities of operating across borders, and the geopolitical and macroeconomic developments impacting multinational companies in Mexico — from digital currency and GDPR to trade policy and supply chain readiness .

Check out tweets and photos from the event below.

Meet Mexico City Keynote Speaker Federico Ranero

Our keynote speaker at Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City is Federico Ranero, General Manager at Uber Mexico. Federico oversees the operation, marketing, strategy and finance of the technological platform in Mexico.

“Latin America, and Mexico in particular, provides a wealth of opportunities for international companies looking to expand their global reach,” Federico said. “I look forward to exploring the complexities of operating in this region during Baker McKenzie’s Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City, as well as the macroeconomic developments that are influencing business decisions of companies operating in Mexico.”

Prior to his current role, Federico served as General Manager of Uber in West Mexico. He began his career at the consulting firm A.T. Kearney, where he specialized in the implementation of operational and strategic optimization projects.  After that, he served as Managing Director of Operations of Linio Mexico, where he directed high impact projects focused on the continuous improvement of payments, logistics, supplies, transportation and customer service.

Federico received his BBA in Entrepreneurial Management at Texas Christian University and his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Finance and Strategy.

Addressing the Challenges of Data Security and Privacy

As the May 25 implementation date for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) quickly approaches, how can businesses in Mexico  prepare for this major regulatory change?

Our Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City will explore the impact of GDPR and other international regulatory developments during our Session II panel, “The Perfect Storm on Data Privacy and Security.” Panelists include Baker McKenzie lawyers and senior business executives, who will explore what companies are doing to prepare compliance in this rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.

Carlos Vela-Treviño, Baker McKenzie Partner

“We are seeing an increasingly complex maze of data regulations around the world, as digitalization continues to reshape how businesses operate,” said Carlos Vela-Treviño, a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Mexico City office who will serve as a panelist. “This panel will offer concrete strategies to help companies respond to GDPR and other regulatory changes.”

The panel will address several other data privacy and security challenges, including:

  • Counter-measures you may (and should not) attempt against cyber criminals.
  • Responding to data-theft incidents in a way that does not put your company at risk for regulatory involvement.
  • Navigating the data privacy class-action minefield.

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Changes to Trade Policy?

Our Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City will explore how changes to trade policy may impact supply chains during our Session 1 discussion on “Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Changes to Trade Policy?”

This panel, featuring Baker McKenzie lawyers and senior business executives, will highlight recent developments on NAFTA, Pacific Alliance, TPP and other international trade agreements, while delivering practical steps for companies to navigate uncertainty and prepare their supply chains for all possible outcomes.

Adriana Ibarra Fernández, Baker McKenzie Partner

“Trade policy can significantly impact the way a company does business, particularly in terms of a company’s supply chain management,” said Adriana Ibarra Fernández, a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Mexico City office who will serve as a panelist. “This panel is designed to help multinationals prepare for changes to trade policy and identify and manage supply chain risks.”

The panel will focus on:

  • The status of the renegotiation of NAFTA and how each of the players may react under various scenarios.
  • How the future of NAFTA may shape commercial relationships in key industries.
  • How recent developments on other major international trade agreements may impact multinationals operating in Mexico.

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Registration Opens for Doing Business Globally in Mexico City

Registration is now open for Doing Business Globally in Mexico City.  This complimentary program will feature top legal advisors, thought leaders and senior executives at the forefront of global business, who will explore the complexities of operating across borders and examine the trends impacting multinational companies in Mexico. Federico Ranero, General Manager at Uber Mexico, will deliver the keynote address.

Baker McKenzie’s highly rated Doing Business Globally series unites a dynamic mix of business executives, in-house counsel and Baker McKenzie practitioners from around the world to exchange insights and network with fellow market leaders. Through a series of topical panels and interactive discussions, the program is designed to address the geopolitical and macroeconomic developments that are influencing cross-border business decisions.

View the program brochures and register for the event on our website. Plus, stay tuned for details on our India program on April 24.

Benefits of attending the program include:

Gain Insight From Global Thought Leaders
Learn practical tips and strategies from leading executives in Mexico. Hear how top companies are seizing opportunities and gaining a competitive advantage.

Customize Your Experience
Tailor your own itinerary and choose to attend the breakout panel sessions that are most relevant to your industry and business. Take advantage of opportunities for personalized discussions with Baker McKenzie practitioners to address your specific needs.

Build Your Global Network
Grow a network of invaluable contacts for benchmarking your business strategy, and
building your company and career. Learn and interact with market leaders during a half-day of programming and networking with industry peers.

Access Exclusive Publications
Enjoy exclusive complimentary access to legal publications and handbooks that highlight trends and analysis around specific countries and areas of law, authored by industry leaders.

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GDPR: What B2B Companies Need to Know


Brian Hengesbaugh, Partner at Baker McKenzie

Brian Hengesbaugh, a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Chicago office, explores what business-to-business (B2B) companies need to know about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in his four-part video series, “What GDPR Really Means for B2B Companies.” 

The series examines the roles of data controllers and processors, and discusses the key components of IT performance standards, data breaches and breach notification, and customer contracting issues.

Watch the full series below:

Part 1 – data controllers and data processors

Part 2 – IT performance standards

Part 3 – data breaches and breach notification

Part 4 – customer contracting issues

For more information on GDPR, check out Brian’s five-part series, “What GDPR Really Means for HR Data.”

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Energy industry gathers for annual Global Oil & Gas Institute

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Baker McKenzie hosted its fourth annual Global Oil & Gas Institute in Houston on May 10, offering a global perspective on the current oil and gas market with speakers from Mexico City, Houston, Washington, DC, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Brussels, Sao Paulo, New York and London. Nearly 250 industry leaders and Firm lawyers attended the event, including in-house lawyers from oil companies, service companies and financial institutions.

Featured speakers included keynote David Brinley, General Counsel – Projects and Technology at Shell International, as well as remarks by Regina Mayor, Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader of Energy and Natural Resources at KMPG, during the pre-event Women’s Energy Breakfast.

The annual gathering of energy professionals discussed a broad range of topics, including:

Baker McKenzie’s Oil & Gas Practice spans 47 countries and has a broad-range of skills in finance, corporate, tax, and environmental and competition law. The practice’s industry expertise includes the full range of oil and gas transactions throughout the entire value chain, from upstream to downstream, including production, distribution and trading, as well as deep experience in matters involving unconventional resources.

GDPR: What businesses need to know from an HR perspective

Baker McKenzie Partner Brian Hengesbaugh

Brian Hengesbaugh, a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Chicago office, explores what businesses need to know about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from a human resources perspective in his five-part video series, “What GDPR Really Means for HR Data.” The entire series is available below, including an introductory video previewing the series’ key components.

Coming soon: “What GDPR Really Means for B2B Companies.”


Part 1: Notice, Consent and Legitimacy

Part 2: Information Technology Performance Standards

Part 3: Governance and Accountability

Part 4: Data Breach and Notification

Part 5: Cross-Border Transfer Solutions

Learn more about Brian and his practice | Connect with him on LinkedIn.

How does business mitigate the risk of cybercrime?

In recent times, nations around the world have experienced a marked rise in cybercrime. With the ever-evolving threat and sophistication of cyber attacks on corporations across the globe, it has become critically important for businesses to adopt robust pre-emptive measures to counteract the schemes of cyber criminals.

We have witnessed Governments taking action to address the growing risk of cybercrime which is often seen as a growing threat to national security. Recently, Singapore adopted a new cybersecurity strategy to create a robust framework in respect to cybercrime. Government action alone cannot address the risks associated with cybersecurity.

What are steps that a business can take to address the growing risk of cybercrime?

Basic steps to managing cybersecurity

Firstly, it is easy to forget basic but crucial steps. The company should regularly update its operating systems and backup its files. It is also important to implement advanced authentication and ensure that all sensitive data is encrypted.

In this regard, businesses ought to establish cyber security frameworks to manage cyber security threats. For instance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework consists of guidelines which focus on identifying, deterring, detecting, responding to and recovering from cyber security attacks.

Next, companies may consider instituting mandatory cyber security breach readiness training and simulation, to prepare for any breach that may occur. All employees should be trained to detect and report cyber security threats.

Computer crime concept

Importantly, managing cyber risk is a business critical activity and as such, cyber security should be regularly discussed at the highest levels. For example, management needs to receive and review frequent and adequate cyber risk reports. It may therefore be prudent to appoint a Chief Information Security Officer to take charge of the security programme.

Additionally, businesses can consider purchasing cybersecurity insurance to help mitigate the financial impact of cybercrimes when they do occur. Companies should look to negotiate specialized cyberinsurance products that suit their risk profiles, cover first and third-party losses, and provide for breach response experts.

Finally, information sharing is an efficient way to improve threat awareness and intelligence. In this respect, it would be beneficial for companies to collaborate with other organizations to share best practices.

As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. There are numerous initiatives which businesses can adopt to guard themselves against cyber crime, and it would only be wise to start now.

Cybersecurity is one of the subjects that we will be addressing at our Doing Business Globally series in India this February.

As Indian businesses expand globally to capitalize on it’s growing business and economic influence, the need to navigate a host of unfamiliar regulatory environments, decide how to protect assets and make sound investment decisions will increase. These are just some of the areas in which we provide insights and guidance so that Indian companies can successfully do business globally.