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Gabriela Merla


CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow, S.C.
Paseo de la Reforma 115
Piso 19
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
Mexico City
Languages Spanish, English, French

Gabriela G. Merla is a corporate-environmental lawyer with 15 years of experience and a special focus on climate change.

Her corporate experience was gained as Corporate Manager of what was the second largest construction company in Mexico, as Director of the European branch (located in Paris, France) of a Mexican law firm (advising European companies interested in investing in Mexico) and as a member of the Task Force Group of the International Chamber of Commerce that prepared the ICC Model Subcontract for Major Projects. Among the projects Gabriela G. Merla has participated in, she advised a member of the winning consortium of the public bidding for the construction of the world’s largest water treatment plant (Atotonilco), where she gained experience in cogeneration for the production of electricity through the burning of biogas. Gabriela has been recognized by Chambers & Partners Global as leading lawyer for International Projects in Corporate Law.

Gabriela has over 15 years of experience in environmental law. The projects she has participated in include the procurement of environmental impact authorizations, permits within the water sector and concessions in the federal maritime land zone, for energy, tourism and real estate projects; regularization and audits to water treatment plants; and legal environmental audits to industries and tourist developments, with their respective regularisations. She has been recognised as a leading lawyer in environmental issues by publications such as Who’s Who Legal Mexico and Chambers & Partners.

Gabriela is a pioneer in the area of climate change. Since 2000, Gabriela has provided legal advice for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects in Mexico and Latin America (Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Argentina) which went on to obtain certification for reduced emissions under international or regional programs (Kyoto Protocol, voluntary regimes or United States regional regimes such as the Climate Action Reserve). She has advised European companies and governments on the purchase of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) and on the development of legal audits for such purchases. Gabriela is one of the few lawyers with experience in Programmatic Clean Development Mechanisms (CDMs) (programs for the reduction of GHG), having provided legal advice for the first Programmatic CDM registered worldwide by the United Nations (“Cuidemos México”), and for the implementation of five Programmatic CDMs developed by various institutions of the Mexican Government (legal structuring and drafting of contracts). She participated in the drafting and coordination of the Legal Guide for Coordinating Entities of Programmatic CDMs.

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Relevant experience

  • Advised on the structuring and drafting of the necessary contracts for the first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme worldwide to be registered by the United Nations.
  • Currently advising government institutions on the implementation of Programatic CDMs (FIRA, Banco de México, Financiera Rural and two other institutions).
  • Advised a member of the winning consortium in the public bidding for the construction of the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world (Atotonilco), which contributed its experience on the cogeneration and production of electricity through the burning of biogas.
  • Participated in the Task Force Group of the International Chamber of Commerce on the drafting of its Model Subcontract for Major Projects.
  • Advised the Government of Luxemburg and BP Gas Marketing, among others, on audits for the development of CDM Projects in Mexico.
  • Advised European consultants and developers of CDM projects in Mexico and Latin America (Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Argentina) for ECOSUR, BIONERSIS and ONECARBON.
  • Advised a European firm on the drafting of the contracts for a Voluntary Emission Reduction project (Turkey).
  • Advised the National Association of Refrigerant Recycling Centers on the implementation of a project to destroy Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases under the Climate Action Reserve scheme.
  • Advised the Cabo del Sol Trust on an environmental audit regarding a transaction with Grupo Hyatt.
  • Obtained various environmental impact authorizations for the Cabo del Sol Trust, including a multimillion dollar real estate project.
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  • Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Law Degree, (1993‐1998).
  • London School of Economics, Masters Degree in Environmental Law, (2000‐2001).
  • Universidad Iberoamericana, Postgraduate studies on Law and Environmental Policies in Mexico (1999‐2000).
  • Colegio de México, Mexico City, Course on “Contemporary Mexico” (1995).
  • La Sorbonne University, Paris, France, Course on “French Civilization” (2006).
  • Saint Petersburg University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Course on “Russian Economy and Political Situation” (2001).
  • Jülich Research Centre, Jülich, Germany, Course on “Climate Change: Identified options for developing countries”. Selected and given a scholarship by the German Government (2003).
  • RENAC Academy (Renewable Energy Academy), Berlin, Germany, Course on “Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency”. Scholarship obtained from the German Government (2010).
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