RICARDO COLMENTER is a Director of Entra Consulting. He was previously General Counsel for the Western Hemisphere of Weatherford International, a member of Halliburton law department, a Partner at Johnson and Cato, and a Legal Director of the Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office. He holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello,a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in International Intellectual Property from Lund University in Sweden, and an LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Law from the University of Houston Law Center. Mr. Colmenter is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, guest professor at the Universidad de Nuevo Leon and lnstituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and participates as Lead Chairman and Program Director for advanced training courses for the legal and business development departments of national oil companies (NOCs) (such as Pemex, Petrobras, Petroecuador, and Ecopetrol) and regulators (Mexico's Comision Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), Argentina 's Energy and Mines Ministry, and Secretaria de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador) sponsored by the University of Houston, the lnstituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Colombia's Universidad de la Sabana, NOCs and international oil companies (IOCs). In addition, he is the author of law books and law articles regarding international oil transactions, technology transfers in the oil industry, and oil and gas international business. Mr. Colmenter actively participates as a speaker at international seminars, symposiums, and colloquiums, and as an expert in workshops for oil production countries organized by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the U.S. Department of Commerce. His practice centers on transactional law with a strong business view, which involves structuring multi-milliondollar energy integral services contracts, mergers and acquisitions in the oil industry, and sophisticated oil and gas projects. He has more than 20 years of international business experience in the oil and gas industry, with a very extensive international network and very strong negotiation skills based on his experience as the Venezuela representative before the Andean Community and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
Mr. Colmenter was included in the latest edition of the Legal 500: Latin America (Legal 500), which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house counsel working in the region.