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AV. PEDREGAL NO 24 10TH FLOOR, MOLINA DEL REY, 11000 MEXICO DF, MEXICO
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Work +52 55 9178 7000
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Fax +52 55 9178 7095
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www.ritch.com.mx

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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.


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

Within: Tax

With its January 2017 hire of two ‘very capable’ energy-focused tax partners (and their seven-strong team, which includes accountants) from Ernst & Young, Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. became the most recent of Mexico’s full service corporate law firms to begin the process of developing a significant in-house tax capability. While sources comment that the team will have to ‘manage the learning curve of moving from a Big-4 consultancy environment to a law firm’ and ‘broaden out of just energy work’, it is also noted that ‘they have hit the ground running’ and are ‘already very active in windfarms, projects, oil and gas, and infrastructure’. Recent mandates saw practice head Oscar Lopez Velarde Pérez (‘a great lawyer despite his youth’), advise BHP Billiton on all tax aspects of the structuring of its $1.8bn joint venture with Pemex, regarding the farm-out, exploration and extraction activities for the Trion deep-water block; CENAGAS on its Mexican energy sector reform-mandated corporate restructuring; and Glencore on the structuring of the first-ever joint venture between an international petroleum trader and a group of gas stations (that will subsequently relinquish the Pemex franchise). His fellow partner, Santiago Llano Zapatero teamed-up with corporate-finance specialist Jorge Oria y Anaya to advise Canadian Solar on the structuring of its investments in Mexico as part of its participation in auctions for long-term clean energy production PPAs. While, given the recent inception of the practice, client feedback is limited, one enthused client noted: ‘yes for energy-related tax work – yes, already!’ Senior associate Juan José Paullada is also noted.

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