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Binational Meeting (08/11/10)

Mexico City hosted the annual three-day Binational Meeting and Awards Dinner Gala of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. On the premises of the St. Regis Hotel, attendees enjoyed a day of informative panels and conferences including a lunch with Jose Angel Cordova, Mexico’s Secretary of Health. The day ended with a welcoming reception at the Residence of the Ambassador of the United States to Mexico with John Feeley, Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico as keynote speaker. The next day began with different conferences containing interesting topics such as a panel on the Projected Financial and Economic status of Mexico by Ernesto Cordero, Secretary of Public Credit and Finance, among others.

The meeting ended on Wednesday November 10.


Bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution (19/11/2010)

Around 200 guests, including the Acting Consul General of Mexico in New York, and   representatives from the office of the Mayor of New York City enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by a Gala-type served dinner. Dinner was served by renowned Chefs Jason Munger and Osvaldo Garrido, accompanied by an open bar courtesy of Tequila Jose Cuervo, XX Lager and LA Cetto's wines.

            Guests were able to enjoy jazz music by Grammy nominee Magos Herrera while dining, and afterwards they were able to dance with music provided by the Chamber member French Tuesdays. Live Mariachi music was performed by Mariachi Bustamante who has played at Madison Square Garden with artists such as Pedro Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis, and Lucero.

This event is held once a year and is recognized as the most significant ceremony of Mexico’s Independence and Revolution among the business community in New York. It is the most important annual social and networking event of Chamber.

Fifth Annual Hispanic Market Forum (12/02/2010)

The event was hosted on the premises of Chadbourne & Parke, and in association with the Colombian-American Association, Ecuadorian-American Association, Peruvian-American Association, and Venezuelan American Association of the U.S.

More than 40 attendees received an objective and concise analysis about the new developments and trends in the Hispanic dynamic market sector, such as statistics and demographics of the Hispanic population in the U.S. and mass market strategies for small and medium enterprises.

The panelists wereJeffrey S. Passel, Senior Research Associate from the PEW Research Center; Douglas Darfield, SVP of Multicultural Measurement from The Nielsen Company; Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Institute; and Deborah Notkin, Partner from Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP.

This event is held once a year and represents an extraordinary opportunity to increase exposure among professionals of the Mexican and American business community in New York. It also provides an opportunity to share and learn more about how to approach the growing Hispanic community in the USA.


Mexico’s Pension Fund System: Evolution, Regulation and Business Opportunities (12/03/2010)

In December, BNY Mellon hosted a conference, on Mexico’s Pension Funds System. Some of the topics addressed during the conference included the analysis and evolution of the regulatory framework; business opportunities for foreign entities; instruments and securities designed for Mexican Pension Funds which are traded at the Mexican Stock Exchange; and real estate investments of Mexican Pension Funds.

Speakers included Pedro Ordorica Leñero, President of the Mexican Commission of the Pension Fund System; Xavier de Uriarte, Vice-President of the Mexican Association of Pension Fund Administrators (AMAFORE); Javier Murcio, Deputy Portfolio Manager and Senior Sovereign Analyst from Standish; Ramon Guemez Same, Investor Relations Director from the Mexican Stock Exchange; and Blanca Rodriguez, Managing Director of Rockwood Real Estate Advisors.

This was the first of a series of events that will cover this important topic.


Why Mexico, Why Now? Mexican Private Equity/Venture Capital Industry Success Stories and Opportunities (01/28/2011)

More than 150 people gathered on the morning of January 28 on the premises of The Union League Club in Manhattan to attend this informative and networking event.

Amongst the important topics discussed were Mexico’s current position and macro-economic perspectives, improvements to the investment regulatory framework and incentives for foreign investments, Mexico’s Competitiveness vis-à-vis BRIC countries and other Emerging Economies, foreign and domestic direct investment in Mexico (private sector perspective), the Industry of Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds in Mexico and the role of development banks and the Mexico’s Fund of Funds, and success stories and investment opportunities for foreign investors in private equity & venture capital funds in Mexico.

Speakers included Hector Rangel Domene, Director General of Nacional Financiera (NAFIN) and the National Bank of Foreign Trade; Lorenza Martinez, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Economy; Luis Tellez, president of the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV); Robert Newell, CEO of the Mexico Institute for Competitiveness; and Claudio X. Gonzalez, Chairman of the Board for Kimberly Clark Mexico.  

Attendees included more than 20 Mexican funds, as well as investors who enjoyed breakfast and a coffee break as opportunities for networking.

            The event was co-organized by Nacional Financiera and Promexico, hosted by Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and sponsored by Mexico Fund of Funds and McKinsey & Company.

Mexican Housing Day 2011 (02/10/2011)

     For the third consecutive year, the USMCOCNE co-organized the 8th Mexican Housing Day. The Waldorf Astoria became the host for more than 360 attendees at this event co-organized by the most important housing developers in Mexico: Homex, Ara, Urbi, Sare, Geo and Hogar.

      Guests were welcomed by Ariel Cano, president of the National Housing Commission.  Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, spoke through a video message to the audience. Ernesto Cordero, Minister of Finance, addressed the economic perspectives of Mexico in the year 2011.
       Other speakers included Ignacio Deschamps, President of the Mexican Banking Association; Javier Gavito, CEO Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal; Manuel Perez Cardenas, Executive Director of the Fondo de la Vivienda del Instituto de la Seguridad y Servicio Social de los Trabajadores del Estado; Carlos Lozano, Coordinator of CONAGO; Victor Borras, CEO of the Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda para los Trabajadores; Luis Orvanos, CEO and Chairman of the Board of GEO.

          Panels were then followed by a lunch and a keynote presentation given by Sara Topelson, Vice-Minister of Social Development, who was introduced by Ismael Naveja, Acting Council General of Mexico in New York City. The day ended with two simultaneous workshops on IFRS implementation and its impact in the Mexican Housing industry given by Deloitte and Ernst & Young.

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