WASHINGTON & MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monarch Global Strategies LLC, formerly ManattJones Global Strategies LLC, is pleased to announce its launch and new brand. Though this long-established team will continue to provide the same excellent service advising firms that conduct business in the Americas, it will do so now as an independent firm with a renewed focus on helping companies and investors achieve their business goals in North America. With offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., — as well as strategic partnerships throughout the region — the firm provides unmatched coverage and expertise.
“With the imminent renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the transformation of Mexico into one of the world’s most dynamic, open, and diverse economies, we realized our expertise makes us uniquely well-positioned to capitalize on these regional opportunities for our clients,” said Michael C. Camuñez, co-founder and President & CEO of Monarch Global Strategies.
Amb. James R. Jones, the firm’s Chairman and co-founder, added, “Our firm’s bi-national, bi-literate, and bi-cultural team of professionals is deeply knowledgeable across several sectors — including energy, infrastructure, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications — and will prove invaluable in guiding international investors and companies doing business in Mexico and throughout North America.”
Both of Monarch Global Strategies’ co-founders have enjoyed long and distinguished careers in foreign policy and regional commercial and government affairs. As the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Commerce for Market Access, Camuñez was the lead trade policy official at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the first term of the Obama administration. In this capacity, he was one of the leading commercial diplomats to manage the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship, leading many trade and policy missions to Mexico. He was also the principal architect of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, launched in 2013, which provides presidential and cabinet-level focus to the issue of North American competitiveness.
Likewise, Jones, known as the “NAFTA Ambassador,” helped lead the effort to pass and then implement the NAFTA while serving as President Clinton’s ambassador to Mexico from 1993-1997. He also was a member of Congress for 14 years, where he served as chairman of the Budget Committee and a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee. Jones was also formerly CEO of the American Stock Exchange and President of Warnaco International, and has worked with major U.S. energy firms in Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Lithuania.
Joining Camuñez and Jones in the leadership of Monarch will be Mexican partner Luis Ricardo Rodríguez Meneses, who previously was the Managing Director of the firm’s Monterrey Office and in charge of the manufacturing and site location practice. A former partner at KPMG Mexico who led that firm’s site location practice for the Americas, Rodríguez will continue to expand this critical practice at Monarch.
While at ManattJones, Camuñez and Jones have led teams that consulted on numerous successful cross-border projects in the region, helping clients access new markets, build powerful governmental relationships and achieve important business goals. All of the firm’s current engagements will be following the team to Monarch.
The firm’s broad experience crosses numerous key sectors, from helping a leading publicly traded solar company successfully compete in Mexico’s first renewable energy auction for the production and distribution of renewably generated electricity to serving as a strategic advisor to a major U.S.-based engineering firm in its capacity as project manager for Mexico City’s new international airport — the largest public works project in the country’s history. The firm continues to bring world-class companies and state-of-the-art technology to Mexico, whether to manufacture or to offer financial services and insurance products. Monarch also maintains a deep engagement in promoting investment in the U.S.-Mexico border region, including advising on the development and construction of one of the most advanced commercial border crossings in U.S. and Mexican history.
As an independently owned firm, Monarch Global Strategies will be positioned to expand the scope of its value proposition to clients while leveraging the regional expertise of its team. And with strategic relationships with additional partners in Canada, Mexico and the U.S., Monarch has the ability to service clients throughout North America, whether their focus is “inbound” investment in the United States or “outbound” to Mexico and Canada.
The Monarch Butterfly, after which the firm was named, annually migrates to and from Mexico and Canada, traversing the United States, constituting one of the most inspiring symbols of North American integration. “That symbol underlies our firm’s core belief in the enduring and promising potential of North America, which by almost every measure represents the most competitive and productive economic region in the world,” said Camuñez. “Unlike other firms who focus on markets far and wide, our core commitment and expertise lies in helping our clients realize the benefits of trade and investment in North America, with a particular emphasis on Mexico and the United States.”
About Monarch Global Strategies
Monarch Global Strategies (MGS) is a strategic consulting firm providing senior corporate executives with specialized intelligence, advice and stakeholder engagement support to drive market entry and business expansion efforts in Mexico and other major Latin American markets. More information is here: www.monarch-global.com