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Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Now officially named CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow, the firm has formalised a collaboration that began in 2013 with the forming of a consortium to advise the Mexican government on the drafting of electricity legislation. The strength of the office’s energy practice is frequently reflected in the kinds of banking and finance mandates it takes on: it advised Proactiva Medio Ambiente México and Termoenergía CDMX Holding on the structuring, negotiation and signing of a syndicated long term loan agreement and related guarantee documents for Latin America’s largest waste-to-energy generation plant, in Mexico City; and also assisted Banco del Bajío on all legal matters related to the financing of a number of solar farms in Baja California Sur. The seven-strong team, which in addition can draw on its expertise in real estate and in the financing of other types of infrastructure projects, is co-led by name partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow, who also handles corporate work, and by real estate specialist César Lechuga, who made partner in July 2017.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

The team at CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow has long had a strong energy offering, particularly in the power and renewables sectors, with clients benefiting from an added international dimension now that the firm is formally CMS’ Mexico office. The practice’s regulatory expertise is particularly strong, as illustrated by its work advising the National Energy Control Centre (CENACE) on the implementation of the Operational Guide of the Clearing House for long-term auctions, as well as the drafting of the rules for the third round of auctions. The firm is also recommended for its transactional expertise, and recently advised CKD IM and CDPQ on the acquisition of a 1,700MW portfolio from ENEL Green Power, including four wind projects and four solar projects. Founding partner Derek Woodhouse and the newly promoted Luis Fernández Lagunas are both very active in this sphere.

Leading lawyers

Derek Woodhouse - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow is in growth mode and was among the market leaders for projects and infrastructure advice even prior to becoming officially part of the CMS network. The group acts for a mix of private and public-sector clients, and recently advised Proactive Media Ambiente Mexico and Termoenergia CDMX Holding on a major waste-to-energy PPP that will generate electricity for the Mexico City Transport Hub System. It also advised Group Danhos, Inmobiliaria Copri and ZEDEC on a project to redevelop 900,000 sq m of government land into a public park and housing. Enrique Lorente Ludlow is one of the main partners on the infrastructure side, while Derek Woodhouse (‘a star’) is recommended for energy-related projects. Recently promoted partner César Lechuga is also very active.

Leading lawyers

Derek Woodhouse - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Enrique Lorente Ludlow - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Next generation lawyers

Marcia Santomé - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Clients appreciate CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow’s six-strong real estate team, regarding it as ‘very good in terms of quality, value and quick response time’. The practice has consolidated over several years and provides clients across numerous sectors with reliable, integrated assistance in all real estate issues and related areas; moreover, the firm’s association with CMS (begun in 2013) was formalised in conjuncture with the latter’s expansion into south America, offering additional regional capability. The team is led by name partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow and by recently made up partner César Lechuga, and also calls on the expertise of name partner Derek Woodhouse, who heads the infrastructure practice. Lechuga is valued for his ‘advice, preparation and dedication’; and the team was further strengthened with the hire of associate María José Estrada, who joined from Inmobiliaria Quiero Casa where she was in-house counsel. The practice continued its steady flow of work for its strong client roster, assisting: Opera Desarrolladora with its MXN$1.4bn Castorena Residential Project and the MXN$1.1bn Parque Lira Residentia Project, both located in the capital, as well as with other developments; and, drawing on its strength in finance, energy and project finance, advising CKD IM and CDPQ on the real estate due diligence related to the $3bn acquisition of a 1,700MW portfolio – including 4 wind projects and 4 solar projects – from ENEL Green Power. In addition, the team assisted the Mexico City government on the legal issues involved in the development of a number of multi-purpose real estate projects; and advised Cinépolis, another of the team’s regular clients, on the renegotiation of a real estate trust for the development of a residential project in Querétaro, valued at $410m. The group also assists Deka Immobilien Investment and Union Real Estate Investment with day-to-day matters, including leasing and administration, acquisitions and general corporate matters.

Next generation

César Lechuga - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

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