Hector Herrera

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Education and Clerkships

Ph.D., Universidad Panamericana, 2002

Postgraduate Degree, Economic and Corporate Law, Universidad Panamericana, 1989

J.D., Escuela Libre de Derecho, 1987

Admissions

Mexico

Languages

Spanish

Profile

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Hector Herrera has more than 29 years of experience practicing law in Mexico, with extensive experience in Environmental Law, Water Law, and Administrative Litigation. He focuses primarily on industries and developments with relevant environmental impacts, providing legal assistance and representation for domestic and foreign companies doing business in Mexico.

Professional Recognition

  • Latin Lawyer 250, Law Business Research Ltd., 2016
  • Chambers Latin America, Chambers & Partners, Environment (Mexico), 2015-2018

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Selected Client Representations

  • Successful environmental legal representation (in a federal court) of a major Mexican mining company allegedly responsible for a major spill in Northern part of Mexico.
  • Challenge (in a federal court) the indigenous consultation imposed to a major Mexican mining company in the federal authorization in the area of environmental impact, granted by the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) for the development of a mining project in the State of Hidalgo.
  • Challenge (in a federal court) a resolution of SEMARNAT that illegally denied the change of the use of land for a mining project in the State of Oaxaca.
  • Challenge (in a federal court) a resolution of SEMARNAT that requires an environmental impact assessment for a mining exploration project in the State of Hidalgo, which exploration activity under Mexican Law is expressly exempted of that assessment given the type of exploration.
  • Environmental legal assistance to a Mexican oil company in the area of environmental obligations deriving from the License Agreement for the Extraction of Hydrocarbons onshore (Round 1.3).
  • Environmental legal assistance to a major US oil company in the area of environmental legal framework applicable to upstream operations in Mexico and environmental obligations deriving from License Agreement for the Extraction of Hydrocarbons (Deep Water) in the Gulf of Mexico (Round 1.4).
  • Environmental legal assistance to a Mexican contractor of oil companies in the area of transportation and storage of fuels in Mexico.
  • Legal assistance to a Mexican contractor of Pemex in the area of environmental and safety due diligence for rigs offshore.
  • Environmental due diligence in a terminal for the storage of basic lubricants in Mexico of a major US oil company.
  • Environmental and safety opinion of possible consequences deriving from social protests blocking access to an oil field in Mexico.
  • Successful environmental legal representation to a major petrochemical company in Mexico allegedly responsible for not complying with environmental provisions in the area of management of hazardous wastes.
  • Environmental legal advice for the location and construction in Mexico of a tailing dam and lixiviation plant for a major mining company for the exploitation of manganese.
  • Successful environmental legal representation of a major mining company in Mexico allegedly responsible for damages to marine mammals.
  • Successful water legal representation of a major mining company allegedly responsible for exceeding allowable parameters of pollutants in national waters.
  • Water legal advice for major Japanese Bank in the area of the public service of potable water in Mexico, regarding the granting of a possible loan for hydrological infrastructure.
  • Environmental legal advice for a railroad company regarding the transportation of hazardous materials.
  • Successful water legal representation of a major U.S. company engaged in the production of food in Mexico, allegedly responsible for the omission of payment of federal duties related to water discharges.
  • Environmental and water legal advice to a major producer of alcoholic beverages in Mexico regarding the compliance of the applicable legal provisions in the area of environment and water.
  • Environmental legal advice to a major foreign company, in the area of environmental impact for the location and construction of a plant to reuse hazardous wastes as alternate fuel for the production of cement.
  • Environmental legal advice to the fiduciary department of a foreign bank operating in Mexico, for the residential developments on the Pacific Coast.
  • Environmental due diligence to a foreign company in Mexico producing chemicals, as part of the legal work for the acquisition of assets by a third foreign company.
  • Obtain federal environmental authorization for the transfer of various sites polluted with hazardous wastes and the corresponding remediation programs for companies in the area of automotive parts, chemicals, prints, etc.

Chambers

Chambers Latin America 2018

Haynes and Boone Maintains Strong Presence in Chambers Latin America

Haynes and Boone and lawyers in its Mexican affiliate, Haynes and Boone, SC, have been recognized in the 2018 Chambers Latin America legal directory for their work in multiple legal practices.


Published by Chambers and Partners, September 2017

Professional and Community Activities

  • Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados, A.C.), First Vice-President, 2017-2019
  • Member of the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Law
  • Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados, A.C.), Second Vice-President, 2015-2016
  • International Bar Association
  • Mexican Mining Chamber (Cámara Minera de México)
  • National Council of Industrial Ecologists (Consejo Nacional de Industriales Ecologistas, A.C.)

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Disposiciones Administrativas de Carácter General Que Establecen Los Lineamientos en Materia De Seguridad Industrial, Seguridad Operativa y Protección al Medio Ambiente Para Realizar Las Actividades de Reconocimiento y Exploración Superficial, Exploración y Extracción de Hidrocarburos,” La Barra, No. 101, January-April, 2017.
  •  "Disposiciones Administrativas Para la Exploración y Extracción de Hidrocarburos," author, Petroleo & energia, February 2017.
  • “Plan Nacional de Contingencia Para Derrames de Hidrocarburos y Sustancias Nocivas Potencialmente Peligrosas en las Zonas Marinas Mexicanas,” La Barra, No.100, August–December, 2016.
  • "Economic and Environmental Implications in the Mexican Energy Reform," speaker, Mexico’s Energy Reform: The Bidding Has Begun, presented by IBA North American Regional Forum, January 29, 2016.
  • “Aspectos Jurídico Ambientales a considerar en la planeación de un proyecto del sector hidrocarburos en México,” La Barra, No. 96, August-September 2015.
  • “Environmental Legal Aspects to Consider When Planning to Carry Out Works and/or Activities of the Hydrocarbons Sector,” presented at the Environmental Law Commission of the Mexican Bar Association, June 18, 2015.
  • “Aspectos Jurídico Ambientales de la Reciente Reforma a la Constitución en Materia de Energía,” La Barra, No. 90, January-February 2014.
  • “Ley Federal de Responsabilidad Ambiental,” La Barra, No. 88, May-July 2013.
  • “Notas Preliminares para el Mejoramiento de la Legislación Ambiental del Estado de San Luis Potosí,” La Barra, No. 84, May-July 2012.
  • “Consecuencias del Cambio Climático, Incidencia en los recursos hídricos,” La Barra, No. 79, March-May 2011.

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