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Ivan J. Romo Valdovinos of Soeli Consulting Selected as One of ABI’s 2019 “40 Under 40”

Alexandria, Va. ABI announces that Ivan J. Romo Valdovinos of SOELI Consulting (Mexico City, Mexico) has been selected as one of ABI’s “40 Under 40,” ABI’s annual program that recognizes 40 of the top insolvency industry professionals under the age of 40. Honorees will be recognized at a special ceremony during ABI’s 2019 Winter Leadership Conference, taking place Dec. 5-7 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Romo Valdovinos has international experience in commercial and labor consultancy, litigation, arbitration and insolvency, which enable him to provide a general perspective of business development all around the globe. He has participated as leading attorney, of counsel and expert witness in some of the most important insolvency cases in Mexico, including REFA Mexicana, Vitro, Mexicana de Aviación, Oceanografía, Altos Hornos de México, ICA and Abengoa, among others. Romo Valdovinos's experience in the energy sector includes solar-power plants, renewable energy, production, transportation, and the refinery of oil and gas and electric energy. He was the CEO for more than four years of Sonpetrol México, a drilling and work-over oil and gas company with more than 50 years of experience in technical assistance, onshore and offshore well and work-over drilling, and geothermal energy and mining.

Romo Valdovinos has presented at conferences and been interviewed on TV in such countries as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. He also has taught classes in undergraduate, diploma and master’s levels at such prestigious institutions as Escuela Libre de Derecho (where he is joint professor of its insolvency course), Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Universidad Panamericana, Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Jurídico, Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Estado de Hidalgo and the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice.

He is an active member of the Mexican Bar Association and currently is the sub-coordinator of the Energy Commission. Romo Valdovinos received his law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, his M.B.A. from ITAM, his Master’s in global management from Tulane University and his Ph.D. from the Insituto de Investigaciones Juridicas UNAM.

“This 2019 class of honorees is incredibly accomplished and diverse, and well representative of the multidisciplinary nature of our community,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “We look forward to engaging these young leaders in the full range of ABI's activities, in service to the profession.”

The “40 Under 40” winners are distinguished by professional achievements and service and were selected by a group of experienced professionals from ABI’s current leadership. Nominations were submitted via the initiative’s website, through which professionals nominated themselves or a colleague. Membership in ABI was not required, and more than 350 candidates were evaluated. Those selected were chosen from both large and small firms from every region of the country, and represent diverse practice areas such as law, finance, accounting, consulting, academia, government and more.

Click here to view the full list of the 2019 “40 Under 40” honorees.


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 11,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit