Carlos A. Moran is a corporate associate in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on acquisitions, divestitures and formation of joint ventures involving energy assets in the U.S. and Latin America. Carlos is also actively involved in the Firm's pro bono work.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Oil & Gas Regulation, Chapter: Argentina, Global Legal Group Ltd, London, 2016–2018 editions

Co-author, Pemex's Contracting Regime After the Energy Reform, OGEL, 2016

Co-author, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Oil & Gas Regulation, Chapter: Developments in the North American Energy Sector, Global Legal Group Ltd, London, 2015–2018 editions

Co-author, The new Pemex procurement rules: a 180° change of mindset / Las nuevas disposiciones de contratación de PEMEX: Un cambio de mentalidad de 180°, Newsletter, US-Mexico Bar Association, August 2015

Co-author, Responsabilidad por Daños Causados por Fugas de Hidrocarburos en las Zonas Marinas de México: La Urgencia de Crear un Fondo Catastrófico para Accidentes Petroleros Costa Afuera (Liability for Damages by Oil Leakages in Mexican Maritime Zones: The Need to Create a Catastrophic Fund for Offshore Oil Accidents), Publication on the occasion of the 76th Anniversary of the Expropriation of the Oil Sector, coordinated by Pemex’s General Counsel, December 2014

Author, Updated timeline for the Mexican Energy Reform, The Energy Law Advisor, Vol. 8, No. 4, Institute for Energy Law, September 2014

Co-author, Mexican Oil and Gas Reform: Getting It Right This Time, ABA Energy Litigation E-Newsletter, Spring 2014, Vol. 13, No. 3, May 2014

Author, Believe it or not: Mexico finally opens up its oil industry, The Energy Law Advisor, Vol. 8, No. 1, Institute for Energy Law, February 2014

Author, The proposal to amend PEMEX’s tax regime – Is it a good indication of how IOCs will be taxed when Mexico opens up to private investment in the oil sector?, The Energy Law Advisor, Vol. 7, No. 4, Institute for Energy Law, December 2013

Interview, Por qué hay que unirse a la AIJA (Why to join AIJA)?, El Mundo del Abogado (Lawyer’s World magazine), Vol. 15, No. 172, Mexico, August 2013

Author, The legal treatment of vessels and offshore installations under the Mexican foreign investment and navigation frameworks, Newsletter of the Maritime and Transport Law Committee of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association Vol. 9, No. 1, International Bar Association, London, UK, May 2013

Interview, Las ventajas de ser miembro de la AIJA (The advantages of being a member of AIJA), El Mundo del Abogado (Lawyer’s World magazine), Vol. 15, No. 166, Mexico, February 2013

Co-author, The future of renewable energy in Mexico, Global Energy Review, October 2012

Commentary, Is Mexico Prepared for Deepwater Drilling in the Gulf?, Inter-American Dialogue’s weekly Energy Advisor newsletter, March 2012

Co-author, The new Mexican Law on Public-Private Partnerships, Latin American Regional Forum Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2012

Co-author, Investment and Financing Opportunities in the Mexican Mining Sector, Latin American Regional Forum Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, October 2011

Author, La nueva ley anticorrupción del Reino Unido (The New UK Bribery Act), Petróleo & Energía (Oil & Energy magazine), Vol. 8, No. 153, Mexico, June 2011

Co-author, The New Pemex E&P Risk Service Contracts, The Energy Law Advisor, Institute for Energy Law, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2011

Co-author, Predicar con el ejemplo: El TLCAN y la inversion en el autotransporte de pasajeros (Preaching by example: North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and investment in the bus services sector), Abogado Corporativo (Corporate Lawyer magazine), Mexico, November-December 2010

Co-author, Getting the Deal Through — Shipping, Chapter: Mexico, International Bar Association, 2009


Moderator, Fireside chat with Mexican Energy Regulatory Commissioner Guillermo Zúñiga, American Conference Institute’s 14th National Forum on Energy Trading Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement, Houston, January 12, 2018

Moderator of the panel Mexico Energy Reform: Prospects and Challenges, Women’s Energy Network Annual Conference 2017, Houston, April 27, 2017

Speaker in the panel Key Environmental and Maritime Issues in Offshore Oil & Gas Projects, 4th IEL-ANADE Conference, The New Energy Legal Framework in Mexico: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward, Mexico City, August 26, 2016

Speaker in the legal panel (speaking on the liberalization of the Mexican fuel market), ONEXPO 2016 (convention of the confederation of associations of gas station owners), Mexico City, June 10, 2016

Speaker, II ANADE Regional Seminar – Ensenada 2015, presentation on the new oil and gas legal framework in Mexico, Ensenada, Mexico, September 2015

Speaker in the panel Effectively Navigating the Legal Framework & Opportunities for Improvement, Mexico Oil & Gas Summit 2015 – organized by Mexico Business Events, Mexico City, July 22, 2015

Speaker, presentation on the Mexican oil and gas reform, Meeting of the Houston-Mexico Energy Group, Houston, January 2015

Speaker in the pre-conference workshop, presentation entitled: Exploring the environmental liabilities in contracts in Mexico and potential scenarios, LatAm Contract Risk Management Summit for Oil and Gas – organized by Hanson Wade, Houston, December 2014

Moderator of the panel Analysis and discussion of the new hydrocarbons regime and its contractual models, Investment Opportunities for Oil Companies – Its regulatory framework, as well as its tax and international trade implications – seminar organized by ANADE, Mexico City, October 2014

Debater, Shale Gas vs. Liquefied Natural Gas – who wins and why?, Energy Debate Series – organized by the Australia, New Zealand and Mexico Business Council (ANZMEX), Mexico City, June 24, 2014

Speaker, presentation on the Mexican oil and gas reform, Meeting of the Houston-Mexico Energy Group, Houston, May 2014

Speaker in the panel Nuts and bolts of Mexico’s Apertura, 3rd IEL-ANADE conference, La Reforma – Mexico Enters the Global Oil and Gas Market, Houston, May 1–2, 2014

Speaker in the panel Bid-Rigging, Corruption and Antitrust – Are you sure your company is not involved?, AIJA Annual Congress, Buenos Aires, September 2013

Speaker in the panel Investing in Strategic Areas: Mining, Oil and Gas – Mining after years without regulation: new understanding of cleaner technologies, environmental protection – Overview of changes and barriers, which are of legislative, technologic, and economic nature, AIJA Pre-Congress Seminar, Buenos Aires, September 2013

Conference’s closing remarks and moderator of the panel Protecting assets in deep seas; understanding the offshore legal requirements and insurance options, Offshore platforms, rigs, ships & boats –‘things that float’– challenges to extract oil & gas from deep seas in the Gulf of Mexico – conference organized by The British Chamber of Commerce (Britcham), in collaboration with ANZMEX, the World Energy Council, the European Chambers and ANADE, Mexico City, May 2013

Speaker in the panel Recent Legislative Developments in Mexico in the Project Finance Arena in Mexico, 3rd Annual Project Finance Conference – organized by Latin Lawyer magazine, Mexico City, October 2012

Conference Co-Chair, 2nd IEL-ANADE conference, The Future of Renewable Energy in Mexico, Mexico City, May 2012

Speaker, Overview of the legal aspects of entering and operating in Mexico, Doing business in Latin America – Brazil and Mexico – seminar organized by chartered accountants Campbell Dallas LLP with the support of Scottish Development International and UK Trade and Investment, Aberdeen, UK, March 22, 2011

Speaker at the panel: Multimodal transportation and legal pitfalls case study, Full Speed Ahead: Recent challenges and solutions for the shipping industry – conference presented by the IBA Maritime and Transport Law Committee and AIJA Transport Law Commission, Istanbul, Turkey, November 4–6, 2010

Moderator at the panel Important Aspects on National Content, Contractual schemes in the oil industry: International Experience and its implementation in Mexico – conference by ANADE, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mexico and the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMCI), Mexico City, September 9–10, 2010

Moderator of the panel Pemex’s Corporate Governance: Strengthening its Operational Structure, 1st IEL-ANADE conference, International Conference on Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas in Mexico: The New Contractual Regime, Mexico City, April 15, 2010

Speaker, presentation on Pemex Exploration and Production New Contracting Regime, Energy Trade Mission to Alberta–Chamber of the Americas, Ports to Plains Alliance and the Alberta Ministry of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Calgary, March 18, 2010

Speaker, presentation on Legal Framework: Doing Business in Mexico, Energy trade Mission to Mexico–Scottish Development International, Mexico City, February 22, 2010

Speaker, Legal framework for foreign companies in Mexico, Seminar on Operating and Manufacturing for the Oil Industry in Mexico – organized by Proméxico, Pemex, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mexican Association of Petroleum Services Companies (AMESPAC), Amsterdam, November 6, 2009

Speaker, NAFTA Cross-Border Transportation Update, Annual Meeting of the Transportation Lawyers Association, San Diego, California, May 1st, 2009

Speaker at the Salvage Committee Meeting, Salvage of the M/V “APL PANAMA”, Annual Spring Meeting of the Maritime Lawyers Association of the United States, New York City, May 5, 2006


Ranked in Chambers Latin America for Energy & Natural Resources (Mexico), 2014

Recognized in Chambers and Partners’ New Faces in Latin America, 2015

Memberships & Affiliations

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

International Bar Association

State Bar of Texas—International Law Section and Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2017Texas
  • 2004Mexico


  • English
  • Spanish


  • University of Houston Law CenterLL.M., U.S. Law2017
  • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de MéxicoLaw2004

    One-year exchange program at Stockholm University

  • University of NottinghamLL.M., International Commercial Law2003