Daniel Basurto González is the founding and managing partner at Iniciativa para el Desarrollo Ambiental y Sustentable (IDEAS), a renowned environmental law firm in Mexico City. He graduated from the Universidad Anáhuac in 1983, and has been involved in all aspects of environmental law ever since 1987. In Mexico, Mr Basurto has developed and coordinated environmental law courses and diplomas at several prestigious law schools; in addition he is an active member within global commissions and organisations with an environmental reach. In particular, Mr Basurto has acted as chairman of COPAMEX, CONCAMIN and the Mexican Bar, and he was a member of NAFTA's joint public advisory committee (JPAC), the ten years review assessment committee (TRAC), and the environmental and natural resources national standardisation committee, which is the programme in charge of developing NOMs.
At an international level, Mr Basurto is the president of environment and energy commission at the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the International Bar Association (IBA). In 2013, he authored the Mexican chapter of the Practitioner's Guide to the Laws of the Planet.
With over 25 years of professional experience in the field of environmental law, Mr Basurto has represented multinational corporations and renowned national companies in a wide range of industries such as manufacturing, chemical, petro-chemical, waste, energy, gas, pharmaceutical, automotive, tyres, personal care, tourism, dyes, and real estate, among others.
At IDEAS, Mr Basurto's main role is to provide his clients with valuable legal advice in order to assist them in making the best and most informed decision from both the economic and the environmental point of view. Mr Basurto, along with his team have developed optimal and comprehensive skills in environmental law compliance, environmental policy, as well as a general familiarity with the governmental authorities in the field, all of this allows Mr Basurto's clients to comply with all applicable laws and regulations within the three levels of government in Mexico. IDEAS has a lobbying power with the legislative and executive branches of government, and Mr Basurto regularly acts as an intervener in the law creation process in Mexico which allows the private sector's and the industry's interests to be reconciled with those of the public sector, and results in a more objective legislation.
Mr Basurto, together with his IDEAS team, have developed strong skills in urban development laws and in the processes of purchase and sale of industrial facilities and premises. Also, Mr Basurto has an extensive expertise in national and international arbitration disputes.
At IDEAS, Mr Basurto has created an interesting dynamic where lawyers and engineers work together to achieve the best outcome for his clients, such a combination allows IDEAS to be equipped with all the necessary skills required to succeed in the field of environmental law.
For the past eight years, Mr Basurto has been involved in projects concerned with climate change and clean development mechanisms (CDM's), and with emission reduction purchase agreements (ERPA's), he is currently a supervisor in projects regarding energy efficiency and the viability of its implementation.
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