About: George Baker

George Baker

Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Over 1,000 reports have been issued in the last 20 years. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who directs the firm, has carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.

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Press as Risk Factor in Mexico: Reputations and Brands in Play in the Energy Sector

Press as Risk Factor in Mexico: Reputations and Brands in Play in the Energy Sector MEI REPORT 818 (HOUSTON) — On Sept. 12, 2016, The New York Times ran an editorial “Suing Journalists in Mexico,” and called for legal reform to protect journalists from defamation suits intended to intimidate journalists. This characterization understates the challenges of Continue Reading

Pemex Migration Regime: Discretionality vs. Market Solution

Pemex Migration Regime: Discretionality vs. Market Solution This report, MEI 827, describes the Pemex Migration Regime, its purposes, limitations, time-line and peculiar lexicon. The report reconstructs the time-line in 14 steps, each with its own technical vocabulary — much of which consists of neologisms like “migración” that have no prior usage in Mexican legislation or Continue Reading

Guidelines: Industrial and Environmental Safety in Oil & Gas Operations

ASEA – Guidelines: Industrial and Environmental Safety in Oil & Gas Operations Mexico’s Hydrocarbon Safety Agency on December 7 issued safety and environmental guidelines that apply to all operators. We prepared tables of contents in Spanish and English. A screen-only PDF of these guidelines may be downloaded with site registration.

Inter-American Regulators Conference: Inventory of Issues

Inter-American Regulators Conference: Inventory of Issues This report identifies themes and topics pertaining to hydrocarbon regulation that arose in presentations and discussions in the Hydrocarbon Regulator Conference, which was held at the University of Houston (UH) on Oct. 7, 2016. The report draws on panels on Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, also on the remarks of Continue Reading

Trion Farmout Analogy: A farmout and the Trion auction are alike in just two respects

Trion Farmout Analogy: A farmout and the Trion auction are alike in just two respects Industry observers and their lawyers who are familiar with farmout agreements in jurisdictions outside Mexico have been puzzled by the government’s use of “farmout” for a contract model that lacks the essential elements of this kind of agreement. A farmout Continue Reading