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Former Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, Author of Controversial Book on
U.S./Mexico Relations, To Keynote Conference on
Resort Development in Mexico
All conference attendees to receive free copy
of Davidow’s “The Bear and the Porcupine”
SAN DIEGO, CA, November 2, 2005 - Jeffrey Davidow, former U.S.  Ambassador to Mexico, will discuss the state of Mexico-U.S. relations during his keynote address at the upcoming conference “Resort Development in Mexico: Opportunities for Foreign Investment and Development”, which will be held in San Diego this December 5-7 at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort.
Davidow, acknowledged on both sides of the border for his candor and criticisms of both the Mexican and U.S. governments, is expected to offer his thoughts on the upcoming Mexican presidential elections and how possible outcomes may impact the landscape for foreign investment in Mexico.  

The conference is being presented by Baker & McKenzie, the world’s largest international law firm, and Contact Development Corporation, a leader in resort real estate investment in Mexico and Latin America.  In addition to Davidow, the speaker roster for the conference includes some thirty experts in real estate, foreign investment, insurance, law and resort management who will familiarize attendees on the inner workings of managing real estate development deals in Mexico.

As author of the controversial 2003 book, “The Bear and the Porcupine”, Davidow raised eyebrows with his assessments of the personalities, policies and politics 

Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
that he encountered during his four years as Ambassador under the Clinton and current Bush administrations.  The book’s title is a parable with the United States cast as an insensitive and aggressive bear with Mexico portrayed as a hypersensitive and defensive porcupine.   

Reforma, the largest daily newspaper in Mexico, offered the following review: “Davidow’s analysis seeks to inform, educate and contribute to dissolving the obstacles to understanding on both sides of the border.  The book serves as a departure point for the debate and to generate ideas about the future relationship.”

All attendees to the conference will receive their own copy of Davidow’s book.

Davidow served as Ambassador to Mexico from 1998-2002.  His term saw changes in administration on both sides of the border, perhaps most importantly the election of the current Vincente Fox administration, which put an end to decades of domination by Mexico’s PRI party. Davidow now serves as President of the Institute of the Americas, based in La Jolla, California. 

For more information on attending the “Resort Development in Mexico: Opportunities for Foreign Investment and Development” conference, visit

About Contact Development Corporation 

Contact Development Corporation (CDC) is a resort real estate firm whose principal services include: investment banking, real estate development and “cross-border” resort/residential marketing and sales, all to the domestic and international resort real estate industry.  CDC’s principal functions are facilitating the equity capital and debt financing for the development or acquisition of resort, residential, hospitality and mixed-use real estate projects, including whole ownership and fractional ownership projects, both domestically in the U.S. and abroad with a special emphasis on Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean as well as executing on the development on such projects.  CDC has been involved in projects in Mexico since it was founded in 1986 and has maintained an office in Mexico City for the past 9 years as well as its headquarters in San Francisco, California.  As it relates to Mexico, due to its long tenure and extensive involvement in the country, CDC is partnering with American resort developers and financial institutions to lead the way into new development and financing opportunities for such developers and institutions and, in certain cases, remain an active participant in the successful execution of such projects.  

About Baker & McKenzie 

Baker & McKenzie is the world’s largest international law firm. Founded in 1949, it has more than 3,200 lawyers offering services in 38 countries, with 69 locations in the major cities and financial centers of the world. Its attorneys have extensive knowledge and professional experience to handle national and international legal affairs, being capable of providing highly sophisticated legal advice on any subject related to the law of their respective country.

Baker & McKenzie has had a presence in Mexico since in 1961.  The firm has gained unrivaled expertise in a wide range of legal specialties to serve its clients. Currently, the firm has six offices throughout Mexico, including Mexico City, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Chihuahua. The Mexican offices of Baker & McKenzie are regularly involved in major real estate projects, including hotel, residential and resort development, fractional ownership and timeshare, construction. The firm also advises on related fields of law, including, corporate structuring, tax, financing, securities, environmental and labor, among others.

The firm is well known for the high level of specialization of its professionals. Partners and other members of the firm are recognized as the top professionals in their respective practice areas. It is the only firm in Mexico that has an integral highly specialized professional team which includes attorneys, accountants and economists, enabling the firm to respond to the legal needs of sophisticated companies operating in Mexico and abroad.


Brian Sullivan 
Great American Exhibition 
Phone: 203.375.6371  Fax: 203.375.6485 

Also See: Nation's Leading Resort Development Specialists to Present Educational Conference on Resort Investment in Mexico / October 2005

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