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Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Clients value the CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow banking and finance team for its specialisation in public-private partnerships, ‘knowledge of public institutions and ever-changing regulation, and its dedication to be the most informed, helpful and aware of the regulatory environment’, as well as its breadth of expertise in this area. Moreover, the lawyers are ‘mindful of clients' budget and objectives' and are 'approachable, available and hands-on’. The compact team of seven lawyers advises lenders and borrowers, including federal and local governments, private developers, national and international banks and other financial institutions, on obtaining all types of loans necessary to implement projects, especially infrastructure ones. Increasingly, following recent expansion, it is also benefitting from the firm’s international network. Working for a small roster of key clients, recent work highlights included advising Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and CKD Infraestructura México (CKD IM) on obtaining project-risk financing for solar projects, including Villanueva Solar and Parque Solar Villanueva Tres in Coahuila, Parque Solar Don José in Guanajuato and Project Kino (a portfolio of four wind and four solar projects) - all part of the 1.75GW renewables portfolio acquired from Enel Green Power. The team also assisted Concesionaria Cua with the financing of the Cuapiaxtla Cuacnopalan highway concession granted by the state of Puebla through decentralised public entity Carreteras de Cuota Puebla. Enrique Lorente Ludlow and Cesar Lechuga Perezanta co-head the practice. According to one client, Lechuga Perezanta ‘demonstrates ample experience in financial law - namely concerning infrastructure projects. He shows great skills in structuring the development of projects, with leadership and order’. Senior associate Giancarlo Schievenini is also a key contact while associate Ernesto Castañeda has a ‘breadth of experience in financing infrastructure projects’.

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

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow is highly experienced in the power and renewables sector, regularly advising across a broad range of transactional, projects and regulatory issues. In recent work, the team advised EDF Rnewables on its participation in Mexico's long-term electricity auctions, including on several solar and wind projects. The practice also advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and CKD Infraestructura México on their $2.6bn acquisition of an 80% stake in Enel Green Power's 1.75GW renewables portfolio comprising solar parks and wind farms. The highly respected Derek Woodhouse leads the team alongside Luis Fernández Lagunas. Other clients include Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta, Zuma Energía, and Centro Nacional de Control de Energía (CENACE).

Leading individuals

Derek Woodhouse - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Next Generation Partners

Luis Fernández Lagunas - 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 a leading market player for major infrastructure projects and is praised for its 'availability, out of the box thinking and great follow-up'. The practice, which provides 'excellent service' to a broad mix of public and private sector clients, is co-led by founding partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow and the up-and-coming César Lechuga. Name partner Derek Woodhouse is also noted for his expertise in energy-related projects. Recent highlights include advising the Mexico City government on the MXN$5.3bn development of the Taxqueña Transport Hub, which includes a subway and intercity bus link, and  mixed-use development with retail, office and hotel facilities. Private sector clients include Termow WTE, Grupo Danhos, and BlackRock Mexico.

Leading individuals

Derek Woodhouse - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Enrique Lorente Ludlow - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Next Generation Partners

César Lechuga - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Rising stars

Marcia Santomé - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow has gained loyalty from its clients by ‘adapting to the changes that there have been in the real estate market in Mexico in a very professional way’. The core team of four is small but the practice -long one of the pillars of the office- is thoroughly integrated with sibling practices including infrastructure and projects. It advises on the purchase and development of commercial, residential, office, industrial and mixed-use real estate projects; on structuring joint ventures for the development of real estate; on the lease of commercial, industrial and logistics real estate properties; land use rights and rights of way for real estate, infrastructure projects and private and agrarian properties; and on day-to-day issues, including the leasing and administration of real estate portfolios. Headline mandates included assisting key client Cinépolis with a joint venture for the development of a MXN$126.7bn shopping centre in Oaxaca; and on a joint venture with Grupo Sordo Madaleno and other institutional investors for the development of a MXN$4bn shopping centre, this one in Mexico City's Paseo de la Reforma. The team also continued to advise Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and CKD Infraestructura México (CKD IM) on the due diligence of more than 300 agrarian plots and private properties located in different states of Mexico where eight different solar and wind power generation projects are being operated or in construction. In other work the group assists Union Investment with day-to-day leasing and administration of the client’s €500m real estate portfolio in Mexico; as well as Deka Immobilien with day-to-day real estate legal management of the Terret, PWC and Torre de los Parques buildings, the day-to-day leasing and administration of the client’s $500m real estate portfolio, and with large asset purchases and general corporate matters, such as corporate real estate structures. The team is co-led by Enrique Lorente Ludlow and César Lechuga; Lorente Ludlow ‘is the backbone of the legal team from day one. One of his biggest strengths is that you can always rely on him to resolve problems without escalating the situation. He is someone you want on your team rather than on the other side’; associate María José Estrada is another active team member. Other clients include Opera Desarrolladora and Solar Century.

Leading individuals

Enrique Lorente Ludlow - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

Next Generation Partners

César Lechuga - CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

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