After two years with one of Mexico’s most renowned law firms, this Competition and Market Regulation alum was invited to join Mexico’s Regulatory Commission of Energy as chief advisor to the Commissioner.
Describe your career path since graduating from the master program.
After completing my master degree, I came back to Mexico and started working at one of the best, most renowned law firms in the country, Santamarina y Steta, as a senior associate, in charge of the Energy practice area. I worked at Santamarina y Steta for nearly two years, until I received an invitation from the Commisioner’s office at the Regulatory Commission of Energy, to join as chief advisor to Commissioner Guillermo Zúñiga. This job is exactly the job I wanted to have after graduating. Working in a multi-disciplinary environment like this is particularly rewarding for me, since it allows me to develop my legal skills while applying solid economic concepts related to regulation and competition matters in energy markets.
How did the master program prepare you for this step in your career?
My current job represents the biggest challege I have faced professionaly, since Mexico is experiencing a deep paradigm shift in the energy sector that came with a strong energy reform last year; therefore, the skills and concepts I learned at BGSE help me a lot in every task I carry out, given that the energy reform introduced a whole new regulatory scheme which entails competitive markets in different sectors of the industry. In this sense, the concepts and intuitions I received during my master degree help me greatly to understand how these new markets need to be regulated, and how the competitive process needs to be developed. Industrial Organization, Microeconomics, Competition Policy and Competition and Regulation in Energy were (and are) particularly helpful courses for me.
What hints or advice would you give to current students who want to follow this career path?
Being a lawyer, I would say that the most important thing about the Competition and Market Regulation program is understanding the concepts and general intuitions that are taught. Even though I acquired strong quantitative skills through the courses that I took, the theoretical concepts help me constantly to analyze real-life situations that I have every day on top of my desk, since they are easily applicable to energy markets.
Are you still in touch with your classmates? What do you miss most from the master year?
I know several Barcelona GSE Alumni (most of them were my exclassmates) around Mexico City, who hold job positions similar to mine – especially at the Competition Commission and Telecommunications Commission in Mexico. What I miss most about the Barcelona GSE is the academic environment and the opportunity to interact with people with different backgrounds.
Interview conducted in June 2015.
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