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.