Dr. Miriam Grunstein’s experience in the energy sector began 21 years ago as the personal advisor to a Commissioner of the Mexican Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) where she was part of work teams dedicated to the analysis and drafting of energy regulations, directives, orders, resolutions and model contracts related to gas and power projects. She participated in the study, approval, implementation and oversight of important projects such as the transport, distribution and LNG facilities of natural gas by the largest companies located in Mexico’s. She also participated in the approval of Mexico’s first renewable projects such as the wind and solar farms in Oaxaca and Baja California.
Dr. Grunstein has also practiced energy law in the Mexico City offices of several international law firms and has participated in various material legal activities, for example:
- The review of compliance of environmental and energy regulation and permitting for midstream and downstream companies.
- Permitting and contractual drafting for Comisión Federal de Electricidad’s (CFE) LNG regasification terminal in Manzanillo.
- The review of the tariff for the natural gas pipeline system of Petróleos Mexicanos.
- Energy and environmental due diligence procedures for merger and acquisition transactions.
- Assisting IOC’s in understanding Mexico’s energy legal reform.
She has also collaborated with the Mexican government as an advisor to the Mexican Senate and by assisting several other public institutions in creating and implementing energy policy instruments.
Today Dr. Grunstein is an independent legal consultant, a nonresident scholar at the Baker Institute US Mexico Center, and has taught in Mexico’s top tier universities. Her consulting and research focus on energy and environmental law, public regulation, administrative law and international transactions. Her legal publications include books and articles on energy and environmental law. In 2012, she won the Fernando Cuevas Prize, awarded by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, for the best essay on energy and climate change. Further, in 2017 she won the Matias Romero Grant for research on social and environmental impacts of energy projects by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of the University of Texas at Austin.
Grunstein holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico, a law degree (summa cum laude) from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and a doctorate (summa cum laude) from New York University’s School of Arts and Sciences