The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
AV. PEDREGAL NO 24 10TH FLOOR, MOLINA DEL REY, 11000 MEXICO DF, MEXICO
Tel:
Work +52 55 9178 7000
Fax:
Fax +52 55 9178 7095
Email:
Web:
www.ritch.com.mx

Lawyer rankings

Oscar A. Lopez Velarde

Tel:
Work +52 (55) 91787030
Email:
Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

Work Department

Tax

Position

Partner

Career

Oscar Lopez Velarde joined Ritch Mueller in 2017, as head of the firm’s tax practice. He has provided tax and legal advice to companies operating in Mexico and the rest of Latin America with a specific focus on the design and implementation of capital and financing structures of all sort of energy and infrastructure projects. He is also very active advising in the structuring and implementation of private equity investments and capital markets transactions.

More recently, he has been an active participant in the development of the Mexican Energy Reform, advising most of the companies that have participated in Round 1, new midstream and downstream projects, power generation, transmission and commercialization transactions, and in the development of the new asset class called FIBRA E.

Prior to joining Ritch Mueller, he served as Mexico's energy tax leader for one of the major accounting firms, where he was a partner for more than 5 years at its New York and Houston offices.

Languages

Spanish and English

Member

Mr. López Velarde is the Vice-president of the Energy Committe at the Mexican Institute of Finance Excecutives, as well as a member of the International Fiscal Association and the Mexican Bar.

Education

In 2002, he obtained his law degree from the Iberoamericana University with Academic Excellence. In 2005, he received a LLM in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center as a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar.


Mexico

Tax

Within: Leading lawyers

Oscar Lopez Velarde Pérez - Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

Within: Tax

Admired and recommended, corporate powerhouse Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.’s tax team provides ‘high quality, objective tax services, with timely responses; well oriented, it shows consistent knowledge of the industry and applicable regulations, both tax and non-tax’. The now 13-strong practice, which combines lawyers and accountants, has developed rapidly since the January 2017 arrival of two energy-focused tax partners (and their seven-strong team, which includes accountants) from Ernst & Young. While it does represent clients in controversy and litigation issues, its core practice is decidedly transactional and it has demonstrated strong activity not only in the oil, gas and energy sector, but also in capital markets, banking and finance and real estate. Oscar Lopez Velarde Pérez leads the team; his recent mandates include acting as special Mexican counsel to Credit Suisse Mexico and Citibanamex Casa de Bolsa, as Mexican lead underwriters, and Credit Suisse and Citi, as initial purchasers, on Vista Oil & Gas’ $650m IPO (the first IPO of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company -or SPAC- in Latin America, and the first listing of an oil and gas exploration company in the Mexican Stock Exchange); assisting HSBC Taiwan, as joint managers, on CFE’s 750m notes offering on the Taipei Exchange; and Blackrock México Infraestructura II in a Rule 144A/Reg S private placement of Senior Secured Notes. Key practitioner Santiago Llano Zapatero is recommended for his ‘solid background, experience and results-oriented advice. He is able to understand and deliver good quality services and to go beyond his scope of work to add value via a holistic view of the company’s activity and agenda’. Llano assisted Sabadell Bank on determining the principles under which it should finance the so-called "Value Added Tax Loans" in light of reforms made to the country’s VAT Law; Sunedison in a group restructuring; and Pattern Energy with the tax aspects of the structuring of its investments into Mexico as part of its participation in awarded long-term PPAs for wind energy production. In other work the team advised Hess México Oil and Gas on obtaining one of the first ever VAT refunds related to seismic operations in Mexico. Key support comes from associate and accountant Santiago Díaz Rivera. Other clients include Thor Urbana, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs International, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Morgan Stanley, Banorte-Ixe Securities International, Artha Capital, IFC Corporation, Mizuho, Santander, UBS AG, Abraaj, Atlas Renewable Energies, Canadian Solar, Ecoplexus, EVM Energía del Valle de México, Pattern Energy, Voltalia, Baker Huges, BHP Billiton, CENAGAS, Citla, Cotemar, Diavaz, Enagas, Glencore, Hess, Roma Energy, Sanchez Oil & Gas, and Tidewater.

[back to top]


IHL Briefings

If your firm wishes to publish IHL Briefings or articles, please contact Antony Dine on +44 (0) 207 396 9315 or antony.dine@legalease.co.uk

 

Mexico: Tax

September 2018. By Oscar López Velarde, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to tax laws and regulations that may occur in  Mexico . It will cover witholding tax, transfer pricing, the OECD model, GAAR, tax disputes and an overview of the jurisdictional regulatory authorities. This Q&A is part of the global guide to Tax. [Continue Reading]

Back to index

Legal Developments in Mexico

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Notorious Marks

    Notorious marks or the declaration thereof, has always been an issue widely discussed in Mexico by the IP legal community. This is so because provisions of the Paris Convention dealing with this topic have for a long time been uses as an effort to cancel or nullify trademarks registered by Mexican authorities without really making an extensive evaluation of proposed denominations and without examining in depth if such marks may be potentially affecting rights acquired by third parties elsewhere. So, a specific regulation and legal frame that at least tries to resolve this issue is always a good start in the right direction.
  • FRANCHISING TRENDS IN MEXICO: A NEW VALUE

    By Ignacio Dominguez Torrado Uhthoff, Gomez Vega & Uhthoff, S.C. Why a new value? Is Mexico avoiding the economic fallout that the world may be facing? In Mexico franchises are worth more? Is Mexico not a country that the global economic standstill is or will affect? The answer is, not really. Are Franchises in Mexico currently experiencing a boom? Perhaps. Are Franchises becoming an important aspect in Mexican economy? Certainly.
  • ADVERTISING IN MEXICO: COMMENTS UNDER AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW PERSPECTIVE

    Advertising in Mexico is governed by multiple bodies of law including for at least seven Federal Laws, five Regulations also of Federal application, a number of the so-called Mexican Official Standards (NOM's) and certain other laws and regulations applicable into specific States within the Republic of Mexico. All of them are focusing to establish the form and manners for producing and communicating advertising of products and services in Mexico.
  • MEXICAN CUSTOMS. UPDATE ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF TRADEMARK RIGHTS

    It has been well publicized in the Mexican media over the last few months that the General Customs Administration (AGA) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) are planning to launch a customs trademark registry, as a short-term solution to increase protection for trademark owners against the import of infringing and counterfeit products.
  • DEMONSTRATING USE OF TRADEMARKS UNDER MEXICAN LAW AND PRACTICE

    The evolution in the protection and enforcement of IP rights has also reached the Mexican practice. The traditional ways of defending a registered trademark on a non use contentious procedure have developed.
  • ANTI-COUNTERFEITING IN MEXICO

    By Jose Luis Ramos-Zurita