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Marcelo Paramo

Marcelo Páramo Fernández

Marcelo Paramo has over 30 years’ experience in representing multinational companies within the oil and gas, power generation, electricity and mining industries on regulatory, transactional, and corporate legal matters, as well as dispute resolution.

Marcelo focuses his practice on the energy sector, including oil, gas and electricity. He began his legal practice in PEMEX’s law department. He additionally served as General Director of Legal Affairs for the Regulatory Energy Commission.

Marcelo Páramo Fernández of DLA Piper continues to assist national and international clients in the energy domain in Mexico, advising clients on the acquisition of assets in the renewables and oil and gas spaces, as well as obtaining permits from the regulator. Lauding his solid service, one client declares: 'Marcelo Páramo Fernández is a fantastic lawyer. He is very responsive and extremely practical.'
— Chambers Latin America Guide, 2023


  • Represented a power and electric company based in Spain in the acquisition of a wind power project in "La Ventosa" state of Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Represented a renewable power producer from Spain in the development of a wind power project in Oaxaca, Mexico, including power generation permit 
  • General representation of the Baja California Government on the development of a wind power generation project
  • Represented a Korean developer in the negotiations of a photovoltaic power generation project with the State of Sonora, Mexico
  • Represented a large European utility company in the acquisition of several natural gas distribution systems in the states of Jalisco, Querétaro, and Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • Represented a US-based oil and gas company in the legal aspects for the development of a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) storage facility in Baja California, Mexico
  • Served as outside counsel to Pemex-Petrochemicals in the design of the legal framework for the development of an ethylene cracker facility through a joint venture with private participation
  • Advised a Mexican concession holder of salt caverns on the development of first gas storage project in salt caverns in Mexico
  • Represented several awarded winners of exploration and production oil and gas contracts with the Mexican government
  • Represented a retail sector client in an ICC arbitration arising out of a long-term contract for the supply of renewable energy in Mexico.
  • Served as chairman of an arbitration panel in a dispute between a port concession holder and a contractor
  • Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration dispute in relation to a power supply agreement
  • Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration dispute in relation to an oil field services contract
  • Represented a large gas and power utility from Spain in a gas transportation rate case in federal courts
  • Represented a large natural gas transmission company in a land dispute settlement
  • English
  • Spanish
    • American University, Washington College of Law, LL.M., 1994
    • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Law Degree, 1990
  • Law Degree (Licenciatura en Derecho), Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México 1990


  • Chambers Global
    • Band 3, Mexico Energy & Natural Resources (2023) 
  • Chambers Latin America
    • Band 3, Mexico Energy & Natural Resources (2024)
  • PEMEX Legal Department, Best Thesis Award (1992)


  • DLA Piper Client Alert, "Mexican renewable energy projects affected by new measures, May 19, 2020
  • "Current Energy Regulation, Selected Topics; Gas Regulation in Mexico," Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), November 2009
  • Co-author, "The Pemex Law and Related Measures – What Energy Reform Means for Mexico," Latin American Law & Business Report, August 2009


  • Panelist, ICC Mexico, "Arbitraje en Materia de Petróleo y Gas," Mexico City, 2017
  • Panelist, Latin Lawyer, "Oil and Gas Conference," Mexico City, 2017
  • Panelist, OGF Global (Euromoney): "Mexico Offshore Oil and Gas Finance," Mexico City, 2015
  • "Mexican Oil & Gas Opportunities," The Petroleum Club, Houston, May 2014
  • Panelist, "Reforma Energética," ICC Mexico, Mexico, D.F., May 2014
  • Panelist ,ICC Mexico, "Curso de Actualización en Proyectos de Infraestructura," Mexico, D.F. June 2013
  • Panelist, "Mecanismos de Solución de Controversias," Foro de Debate: El Derecho de la Energía en México, México D.F., 2012
  • "Hot Topics in Mexico’s Energy Future," US-Mexico Bar Association, Houston, November 2011

Media Mentions

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Marcelo was a partner in the Mexico City office of an international law firm, where he counseled national and international clients on investment in the Mexican energy and mining sectors.

Memberships And Affiliations

    Founding Member, Mexican Energy Law Academy