Jaime P Zaldumbide

Jaime P Zaldumbide

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Jaime P Zaldumbide was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1957. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1981, and his Doctor of Law degree in 1983 from the Catholic University of Quito. In 2005, he obtained his master’s degree in environmental law from the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain. He has attended several postgraduate programmes: Negotiations at Harvard Law School, Arbitration and Oil & Gas at the Southwestern Legal Foundation in Dallas, and Oil & Gas Management at the Southern Methodist University, also in Dallas. In 2009, he attended the Global Course on Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Practice at the Earth Institute in Columbia University.

In his legal practice, he worked as an associate lawyer at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce. In 1996, he became a partner of the firm, and in 2005–2008 he served as its managing partner.

In 1991–1996, he worked as chief counsel at Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Corporation in Quito (currently Anadarko). He also served as private secretary to the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Ecuador in 1984–1987.

He is a member of the Quito Bar Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and former Vice President of the Board of Directors of CEDA (Ecuadorian Centre for Environmental Law). He also served as Member of the Board of Directors of the Quito Chamber of Industries and is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of the American–Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Mr Zaldumbide is an arbitrator of the Quito Construction Chamber Arbitration Centre.

He also represents the firm at RIELA (Inter-American Network of Environmental Legislation Specialists), which has only one member law firm per country.

His main areas of legal practice are oil and gas, environment, power generation, mining, commercial and foreign investment law.

Mr Zaldumbide speaks Spanish and English.

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