Monarch Global Strategies
Monarch Global Strategies (previously ManattJones Global Strategies) is a strategic consulting firm with over 20 years of experience providing senior corporate executives with market and political intelligence, strategic advice and trade and investment support to facilitate market entry, business expansion and supply chain development efforts globally, with a particular emphasis on North America, including Mexico. From our offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Monterrey (Nuevo Leon), our truly binational, bicultural and biliterate team has deep regional expertise and an invaluable presence on the ground. We have a proven track record of success, expert knowledge of the market and regulatory environment, and connections at the highest levels of business and politics globally. Our chairman, James R. Jones, a former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, and our president and CEO, Michael C. Camuñez, a former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and White House Special Counsel, have both enjoyed long and distinguished careers in foreign policy and regional commercial and government affairs. We also work with carefully vetted strategic partners to support your business when necessary.
Whether you are seeking to enter Mexico or another market for the first time to establish a manufacturing or operational presence, to source reliable and trusted supply chains and inputs, or you need assistance with a complex regulatory, permitting or licensing issue, or you are seeking the best local partners to expand and grow your business, Monarch can help with end-to-end commercial and market entry solutions, from government affairs and stakeholder engagement to due diligence, supply chain sourcing and site location. And we cover a wide range of industries such as infrastructure, energy, healthcare, financial services and telecommunications, as well as dynamic manufacturing, site location and nearshoring.
We also support “north-bound” investment from Mexico and Latin America into the United States through a wide range of services and in connection with our strategic relationships with the top law, investment banking, private equity, accounting and public relations firms in the U.S.
MICHAEL C. CAMUÑEZ is President and CEO of Monarch Global Strategies LLC, a bi-national consulting firm providing strategic advice and advocacy to companies doing business in emerging economies, with a particular emphasis on Mexico and Latin America. Mr. Camuñez has significant experience as a senior executive, counselor, and advocate advising U.S. companies in domestic and global markets, and he possesses a unique combination of bi-partisan political, legal, economic, and international expertise. He is a frequent commentator on international trade, international economics, NAFTA and the US-Mexico relationship in the press, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, CNBC’s Squawk Box and other media outlets.
Mr. Camuñez served from 2010 to 2013 as one of the nation’s leading commercial diplomats as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce at the International Trade Administration, where he managed a global portfolio to help lead the U.S. government’s efforts to open new markets for U.S. goods and services. In this role, he visited more than 30 countries to advance U.S. trade and economic policy, helping to expand market access for U.S. industry. Mr. Camuñez is most widely recognized for playing a critical role in rebalancing U.S. economic policy toward Mexico, leading numerous trade and policy missions there, and helping to update and modernize a range of initiatives to enhance cross-border trade and investment. He was the chief architect of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, which he proposed, coordinated, and later helped launch during President Obama’s visit to Mexico in May 2013. Concurrently, Mr. Camuñez was also appointed as the President’s representative on international economic issues to the U.S. Helsinki Commission, managing the economic dimension of U.S. engagement with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Mr. Camuñez previously served for two years as Special Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel, as well as Special Assistant to the President. He is a former equity partner of the global law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP and of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP.
A graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, Mr. Camuñez is a Director of Edison International (NYSE: EIX) and Southern California Edison and is an Independent Director of the American Funds, one of the nation’s largest families of mutual funds managed by the Capital Group. He is also a Trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and of the Stanford University Board of Trustees. He is also a director of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the U.S.-Mexico Business Association (AEM) and the Center for Law & Social Policy. He is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Most recently Mr. Camuñez co-founded and directs Meekara, a new apparel company providing branded, reusable face coverings to consumers around the world.
AMBASSADOR JAMES R. JONES is the Chairman of Monarch Global Strategies LLC. His practice focuses on international trade, investment and commerce, business-government relations, and financial services. He has worked extensively with a wide range of U.S. businesses seeking to enter or already operating in Mexico, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. He is a former United States Ambassador to Mexico and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ambassador Jones’ consulting work currently focuses on business development and government relations for clients in Mexico and Latin America. He has provided strategic advice to a multinational automobile manufacturer based in Asia and helped facilitate its entry into the Mexican market. Ambassador Jones has worked with major energy firms in Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Lithuania. He counseled a U.S. insurance company in its purchase of a privatized Mexican company as well as a U.S.-Mexico joint venture to build a water-treatment project in Mexico. Ambassador Jones assisted a U.S.-based resort developer in establishing projects in Mexico and Latin America, and assisted a Class I U.S. railroad with investments in Mexico and Panama.
Ambassador Jones participated in the negotiation, passage, and implementation of NAFTA. He also helped formulate the United States government’s rescue package for Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis, which prevented bankruptcy of the Mexican government. Ambassador Jones’ previous business experience includes his service as Chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) in New York. During his tenure at AMEX, listings, revenues and market share increased. He was also President of Warnaco International in New York.
Ambassador Jones’ public service career began at the White House at age 25. At age 28, he became President Lyndon Johnson’s final Appointments Secretary/Chief of Staff. He was also a member of Congress for 14 years, where he was Chairman of the Budget Committee and a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee.
PEDRO NIEMBRO runs Monarch Global Strategies’ energy practice from Mexico City. Since joining the firm in 2015, he has successfully advised on over $2 billion of energy projects. His work has included guidance on indigenous consultation processes, environmental issues, and the design and execution of lobbying strategies to guide public policy and raise high-level government support.
Before joining Monarch, Pedro was the Director General of Strategic Coordination with the Mexico Ministry of Tourism, where he served as a liaison with the office of the President of Mexico, the legislative branch, and state governments. Pedro also served as the Director General of Coordination in the Office of the Secretary at the Ministry of Energy. While in this position, he coordinated implementation of public policies, including leading the National Energy Strategy and the National Biofuels Strategy, to ensure compliance by PEMEX, CFE, and other federal energy-related entities, and he developed relations with the private sector. Pedro also served as Country Manager in Mexico for Enerthi, a Spanish renewable energies development company.
He has extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors across a range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, tourism, agribusiness and IT. His experience includes developing, implementing, and advising on public policy.