Energy and natural resources in Mexico

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Housing extensive expertise across the oil, gas and power segments, as well as in financing, infrastructure development and other associated areas, international full-service giant Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. is a leading player in Mexico's energy and natural resources sector. Clients benefit from a ‘highly specialized’ and ‘well-connected’ team, which, with the October-2019 hire of energy-infrastructure specialist Daniel E Sánchez from White & Case S.C., is now 13 strong. Current president of the energy committee of AmCham Mexico, expert negotiator Benjamin Torres-Barrón's broad practice also includes mining. Completing the line up at partner level (the three have over 55-years' experience between them), former IAEA consultant Marco Nieto-Vazquez is head of the department's electricity practice. The team can also draw on the expertise of former Undersecretary at the Ministry of Communications and Transport, Yuriria Mascott, who was appointed consultant counsel in May 2019; her past experience includes 12 years at the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Recent practice highlights include counselling on a $1bn-plus acquisition of interests in off-shore oil and gas blocks; participation in long-term energy auctions, solar-power project development and oil-pipeline regulatory issues, among other matters. Key associates include seniors Carlos Maass-Porras in the Ciudad Juárez office (oil and gas, infrastructure, renewable energy and major projects); Carlos Muskus Guardia (energy transactions, project development and finance, and government contracting); and PPP and project-finance specialist Eduardo Bravo Senderos. However, longstanding energy and infrastructure partner Jorge Guadarrama-Yañez left the firm in August 2019. (All lawyers are in Mexico City unless otherwise stated).

Practice head(s):

Benjamín Torres-Barrón

Testimonials

Knowledge of the topics and personalized and efficient treatment.

Benjamin Torres: personalised treatment and immediate attention to issues. Great knowledge of topics.

A highly specialized team capable of handing all energy-related matters and  readily available to provide advice and answer questions. The advice is practical and business oriented. Partner Benjamin Torres is very proactive in the industry. He is well recognized as a subject-matter expert in his field and his advice is focused on providing a solution with deep understanding of the laws and regulations that govern the subject matter.

The Baker & Mckenzie MX Energy and natural resources team is made up of extremely talented and bright lawyers. They are also well-connected in the industry. They provide sound and practical legal advice.’

Becton, Dickinson and Company have relied on the Baker McKenzie team for support of our renewable energy strategy in Mexico for the last 8 years. They have provided legal and commercial guidance on the original deregulated supply market and more recently with the Qualified Supply Market for 6 of our manufacturing sites in Mexico. They have a deep understanding of the market and the participants in the energy market and we consider Baker McKenzie to be a member of our energy core team. We rely on Baker McKenzie for their experience in the Mexico energy market and their experience in negotiations with the vendors with whom we contract. We are able to accelerate negotiations when Baker McKenzie bring insights into concessions that vendors are willing to agree to based on prior experience. Benjamin Torres-Barron participates as our co-lead negotiator and we rely on Marco Nieto-Vazquez for his bi-lingual contract redlines as we use a team approach with BD Mexico City Headquarters and BD World Headquarters (New Jersey, USA) team members along with site participation.

‘The team offers completely well-rounded support, from energy regulatory counsel to customs, tax, corporate governance, and litigation support. The energy sector partners are leaders in their field, and well-respected by government officials.

Key clients

Wintershall DEA

Valero Services

ENGIE

ATCO / ATCO Pipelines

PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP)

MENAdrill Investment Company

DeAcero

Fortius

Rassini

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead Mexican counsel to Wintershall DEA on the acquisition of six exploration and appraisal blocks held by Sierra Oil & Gas Holdings and its corresponding subsidiaries in Mexico; value, $1bn-plus.
  • Advised  ENGIE on its participation in the fourth long-term auction for the award of coverage contracts for the sale of capacity, power and clean energy certificates.
  • Legal and regulatory advice to ATCO on all matters related to the Tula Pipeline Project and its conclusion and eventual operation; value, $50m.
  • Advised MENAdrill Investment Company on the sale of MENAdrill Investment Holding Company II, involving the exportation and sale of two jack up rigs which were leased in Mexico to PEMEX; value, $39m.
  • Advised PTTEP on its participation in all stages of the Round 2.4 tender procedure called by the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission, for the award of license contracts for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in 29 deep water blocks.

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow has experience in upper- mid- and downstream oil-and-gas segments, from exploration and production, through trading and supply, to storage and distribution. However, it is in the electricity sector where the practice truly stands out, handling the full range of industry matters including generation, transmission, the wholesale and retail markets, and renewables (including solar and other green energy types). Integrally involved in the implementation of the new wholesale electricity market and the restructuring of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) during the previous presidential sexenio, it has adapted well to the current administration's re-definition of the energy landscape, with clients praising its ‘extensive knowledge of the market and regulation’ and for ‘understanding the customer's needs’. The team is led by the ‘always available’, ‘first-class’ practitioner, Derek Woodhouse, whose focus is private sector participation in traditionally 'public-sector' projects; he advises across a broad range of transactional, project-related and regulatory issues. Younger partner and practice co-head alongside Woodhouse, Luis Fernández Lagunas is a power and energy regulatory specialist with particular knowledge of the wholesale market. Key associate-level support comes from seniors José Antonio Téllez, who focuses on  regulatory consultation, transactional structuring and negotiation, and project finance related to the electricity industry; and Gabriel Salinas Ruiz, whose practice centres on  international and domestic transactions related to the structuring and development of energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Derek Woodhouse

Testimonials

Extensive knowledge of the Mexican electricity sector. Luis Fernández and José A Tellez – great availability and motivation to defend the client’s interest.’

They have a deep knowledge of the energy sector that is not easily replicable in other offices and very good public relations with the Government at all levels. Its accessibility and the combination of technical / legal capabilities are superior to other law firms.’

A broad, multidisciplinary team with extensive knowledge of the energy sector and rapid responses to meet our needs.

They have a team of lawyers who are experts in all areas that involve the energy sector. One of the great advantages of this firm is that we can see practically any subject with them. One topic in which they stand out in an outstanding way is in understanding the customer’s needs, as they have extraordinary knowledge of practically all topics and are capable of solving the problems or doubts that arise day by day.’

For our part we have always had the full support of Derek Woodhouse as well as Jose Antonio Tellez and Gabriel Salinas.’

It is one of the few firms in the country that really has a proven and demonstrable specialization in the electricity sector, with extensive knowledge of the market and regulation. They provide fast and efficient attention to customer needs.’

Undoubtedly the plus over other law firms is its specialization in the electricity sector, while many other law firms are focused on oil and hydrocarbons. Its best quality is the extensive knowledge of the country’s electricity regulations.’

Extensive experience in the electrical sector and a team that is always professional and dedicated to its clients. Derek is a first class professional, always available to attend to his clients’ requirements and very dedicated. Gabriel Salinas and Jose Antonio Tellez are also excellent professionals.’

Key clients

Brookfield Global Renewable Energy Advisor

Balam Fund

Vitol

EDF Renewables

CKD IM and CDPQ

Zuma Energía

Mitsui

Rassini

WRB

Saavi

Macquiarie

Thermion

Hartree

Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI)

Aldesa

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Global Renewable Energy Advisor on the acquisition of 50% of a 1.66GW, solar power generation portfolio with projects in seven jurisdictions; value of the entire  portfolio, $1bn.
  • Advised major independent energy trader Vitol on the preparation of a model power purchase agreement (for the sale of energy, capacity, clean energy certificates and a new congestion-hedging product), to be used for transactions resulting from its recent private auction, “Mexico Electrico”.
  • Advised CDPQ and CKD IM on various regulatory, financing, land agreements and new off-take arrangements related to the 1.75 GW renewables portfolio (including eight projects, three solar parks and five wind farms located throughout México), in which the companies obtained an 80% interest from Enel Green Power.
  • Advising the ‘Generator’s Union’ (comprising Zuma Energía, Fisterra, Mitsui, Engie, Naturgy, Saavi Energía et al), on the formation of a body to represent those operating in the electricity wholesale market, including the appointment of a representative to liaise with Mexican market operator (CENACE) and national power commission, CFE, on the development of the rules governing said market.
  • Advised EDF on a number of its long-term-auction-winning projects, including 90MW solar project, Bluemex; wind power project, Eólica de Oaxaca; and other pipeline projects, on their development, the procurement of permits licenses and authorizations, regulatory consultations and legal strategy; aggregate projects value, $200m-plus.

MCM Abogados

Boutique firm MCM Abogados is valued for its ‘in-depth knowledge of, and practical experience in, the energy sector'. While the team has experience in electricity matters - it advises several power traders in the wholesale power market, for example- it is undoubtedly at its strongest in oil and gas, where it has unequalled experience participating in NHC licensing rounds, and the structuring and implementation of Pemex's integrated exploration and production contracts (CIEPs); more recently, under the new administration, it has been adapting these to the new hydrocarbons exploration and extraction agreements. Managing partner Manuel Cervantes is ‘deeply committed to his clients and consistently provides practical solutions to complex legal issues'; he, together with practice co-head Mariana Hernández (who was raised to the partnership in January 2020), garner praise for delivering ‘high quality work against tough deadlines’ as well as for their ‘outstanding customer service'. Cervantes' practice covers the waterfront, including oil, gas, energy and natural resources, public procurement processes, corporate and administrative law, anti-corruption mechanisms, arbitration and litigation; while Hernández focuses on oil, gas, power, public procurement and project finance. Appointed senior associate in the same round of promotions, Jorge Cabeza is another key member of the eight-strong practice group, which has become an increasingly popular choice among international clients, and as a local referral option for firms without an energy practice in Mexico.

Other key lawyers:

Jorge Cabeza

Testimonials

‘They know the energy sector very well. They’re active actors in the field and have a deep knowledge of the regulatory institutions of the sector, as well as an adequate dealings with the relevant figures. They have an outstanding customer service orientation and are proactive in anticipating any convenient solution to their clients. They have a very empathetic way of relating to us as customers.’

‘Service orientation, personal quality, exceptional knowledge of the sector, empathy, pro-business oriented. The outstanding members are Manuel Cervantes and Andrés Vega.’

‘I would recommend MCM without reservation. From day one their legal assistance has proved invaluable, given the complex regulatory environment in Mexico. I cannot fault the quality of their advice or their level of responsiveness. Manuel Cervantes is deeply committed to his clients and consistently provides practical solutions to complex legal issues. Mariana Hernandez delivers high-quality work against tough deadlines.’

‘MCM have an in-depth knowledge of, and practical experience in, the energy sector. Manuel Cervantes is incredibly responsive, pragmatic and user-friendly.’

‘A very solid team with knowledge of energy practice and knowledge of the market. Manuel Cervantes is the leader of the firm, his experience and knowledge of the practice of energy and oil and knowledge of the market make him a great advisor on the matter.’

Key clients

Eni Mexico

Lukoil Upstream México

Capricorn Energy Limited

Petrofac México

Schlumberger de México

Halliburton

Cheiron Holdings Limited

Vitol

Total E&P México

TechnipFMC

GeoPark Limited

Eni Trading & Shipping

BETM de México

Compañía Perforadora México

Huasteca Oil Energy

Versalis

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Cheiron Holdings regarding its Cárdenas-Mora license and Altamira integral services agreement, both with Pemex (and  including obtaining well-drilling authorization from the CNH); as well as a first-of-its-kind financing employing reserve-based lending; value $215.5m.
  • Corporate regulatory and day-to-day advice to Cairn regarding the three PSCs awarded to its Mexican subsidiary, Capricorn, by the National Hydrocarbons Commission.
  • Advising Petrofac on the sale of its remaining 51% participation in the Santuario, Arenque and Magallanes blocks to Perenco Oil & Gas, and associated antitrust filings; value, £276m.
  • Advised BETM de México on its registration as a non-supplier trader with the Energy Regulatory Commission and the National Center of Energy Control.
  • Assisted Enlight México with the legal aspects of a 3MWh  solar-panel installation project.  

Ritch Mueller

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.'s ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ practice regularly advises sponsors, lenders and developers on the full range of energy matters, infrastructure projects, financings and acquisitions. The department houses a deep bench of experienced partners and associates, including Federico Santacruz González handles the full range of electricity matters, from transactional and financing representation to all aspects of project structures, power auctions, clean energy certificates, contracts (PPAs, EPCs O&M, MSA etc.) and transportation. He co-leads the practice with Jorge Oria y Anaya (energy, infrastructure and power transactions), who is praised for his ‘excellent results’. The 21-strong team can also draws on Gabriel del Valle Mendiola (cross-border financial transactions, particularly project finance, structured finance and capital markets); the technically highly knowledgeable Asaf Jimenez Adorno (electricity-sector project finance and transactions); and on the oil and gas side, Octavio Olivo Villa, who demonstrates 'sensitivity to the market situation' and 'efficiency in putting together practical agreements that work for both parties'. Senior partner Thomas Mueller-Gastell also participates in the sector. Recent matters primarily involve advising clients -both borrowers such as Bluemex Power, Grupo Techint and La Bufa Wind, and lenders such as Bancomext, Natixis and Société Générale- on energy project refinancings. Solid associate support is led by seniors Alejandra Echeverría and Laura Treviño (banking and finance, energy and infrastructure); along with project-finance focused Salvador Torres (appointed senior in December 2019); Ana María Alpizar, María Fernanda Ibargüengoitia and 2019-hire Santiago Zardain, who arrived from a public-sector position at the CFE.

Testimonials

‘Thomas Mueller and Marco Portillo are distinguished by their simplicity in everything, in their treatment, in the drafting of documents, in obtaining solutions. Knowledgeable and experienced. They are highly qualified attorneys and understand the industry and its trends. They have a good knowledge of the electricity market and are concerned with knowing the operation of the company. Jorge Oria is the partner who has supported us with excellent results.’

The Energy team has extensive experience in the development and financing of projects, both in the most common issues in the market and in matters that are particularly complex due to the very nature of the particular industry or the project itself. Faced with these challenges, they have always been proactive with their clients in an effort to facilitate the transaction or operation that concerns them, always taking care of their interests first and foremost. Their pro-deal stance has never resulted in a neglect of the interests of their clients.’

The difference with other teams lies in the synergy that exists between its members. Partners like Asaf Jiménez have a doctrinal and highly technical knowledge of energy law and the administrative procedures that derive from it, which complements the great experience of Federico Santacruz and Jorge Oria. Its associates are diligent, attentive and ambitious, including names such as Alejandra Echevarría, Ana María Alpizar and Fernanda Ibargüengoitia.

Ritch has very good experience in oil and gas issues, they are the firm with whom we feel most comfortable working in that area.

Octavio Olivo and Luis Alonso Suárez have offered us their support in oil and gas transactions, and understand the way this type of company operates. The difference they have is their sensitivity to the market situation and the efficiency they have in putting together practical agreements that work for both parties.

Key clients

La Bufa Wind

Grupo Techint

Ainda Energía e Infraestructura

Canadian Solar

Blumex Power 1

Work highlights

  • Advised Recurrent Energy Mexico Development (REMD) on a combined senior and VAT financing for the construction, development and operation of the Aguascalientes I solar project (aggregate value, $63.4m); and subsequently represented parent Canadian Solar on the sale of REMD to a Mexican subsidiary of BlackRock.
  • Represented lenders Bancomext, Natixis and Societe Generale  on the financing of a 375 MW photovoltaic power project located in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
  • Represented EDF susbsidiary Bluemex Power 1, as borrower on the $67m financing of a 90MW photovoltaic power project located in Sonora, Mexico.
  • Advised Grupo Techint on the $640m refinancing of the project financing granted  to Techgen for its 900MW combined-cycle plant  in Pesquería, Nuevo León.
  • Advised La Bufa Wind, and its sponsors, on the $225m refinancing of its 130MW wind facility located in Zacatecas, Mexico.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

With healthy engagement in both the power generation and oil and gas-sies of the energy sector, Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. fields a a talented and experienced team led by four experienced partners: Juan Carlos Serra (transactions, investment public bidding and mining and energy advisory), head of the corporate / M&A practice Daniel Del Rio (who has particular expertise in environmental matters),  Jesus Colunga (corporate, transactions and regulatory matters); and head of the firm's administrative practice Rodolfo Barreda (government procurement, agreements with regulatory agencies and concession of federal property, among other matters). The practice advises on the full range of energy matters, from corporate and finance aspects, and project development, through to regulatory, environmental and contentious matters. Recent mandates include advising Brazilian distributed-generation power producer, Sices, establish and develop its presence in México; assist SNAM regarding the construction of an O&G platform to be anchored opposite the new Dos Bocas refinery in Tabasco; and counsel Marubeni on establishing an ethanol supply for its Pajaritos facility. On the power side, mandates include assisting Hal Aluminum with off-take matters, and Shanghai Electric with the acquisition of a PPV power project. Associates Jorge Escobedo, who focuses on administrative procedures and regulatory compliance, and up-and-coming environmental specialist Ricardo Evangelista are also noted.

Key clients

Grupo Gondi

Phillips 66

Cogent México

Materiales y Equipos Petroleos (Matyep)

First Solar Energía México

ExxonMobil

Centrica Business Solutions Mexico

SNAM

HAL Aluminum

Mercury

Shanghai Electric Group

FedEx

Distribuidora Hamse

Servicios Múltiples de Burgos

Marubeni Corporation

Asset Risk Management

Sices Brasil y Sices México

Wind Point Partners

Niagara de México

Work highlights

  • Advising Phillips 66 regarding its operations in Mexico, involving the importation and commercialization of gasolines and diesel from the USA.
  • Advised crude oil, condensate and refined products company, Cogent and its Mexican subsidiary on the development of its business offering storage, transportation and other services in Mexico’s mid- and downstream market segments.
  • Advised Exxon Mobil on the implementation of a master distribution agreement in México as part of the development of its downstream business in Mexico, importing and commercialising gasolines and diesel.
  • Advised Grupo Gondi and its Mexican subsidiaries regarding a PPA with Tuto Energy Trading so as to secure electricity requirements, and power and clean energy certificates for the client’s facilities’ day to day operations.

Galicia Abogados S.C.

Deeply experienced project development counsel Carlos De Maria y Campos heads the energy, infrastructure and project finance areas at Galicia Abogados S.C., with fellow senior practitioner Francisco Fernández Cueto, who focuses on power and natural gas transactions and project development. The full service firm is one of the market's top choices for energy transactional and financing matters; however, with the modification of the market regulatory framework that has accompanied the present administration, it has found itself increasingly active in complex structural disputes in the sector, such as its representation of Carso Gasoducto Norte in arbitration before the CFE to ensure the juridical security of natural gas transportation service agreements, and in sensitive matters concerning the structure and operation of the wholesale electricity market. Additional key members of the seven-partner team include Alejandro De La Borbolla, Antonio Borja, Eduardo García-Travesi and Ernesto Partida (who made partner in January 2020); all handle energy related infrastructure, project finance and M&A. Both Bernardo Martínez Negrete and Humberto Pérez Rocha also undertake project finance and transactions in the sector in as part of broader, respective, finance and corporate practices.

Practice head(s):

Carlos De Maria y Campos

Key clients

Sierra Oil & Gas

Nacional Financiera (Nafin)

ContourGlobal

Citibank, BNP Paribas, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext).

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior / Banco Sabadell

Carso Gasoducto Norte

Group of Generators / Sellers of energy products  in the third long term energy auction – including Engie, Enel, Canadian Solar, Mitsui, Invenesa, X-Elio, Neoen

Work highlights

  • Legal advisors to ContourGlobal on the acquisition of two energy cogeneration plants (in Altamira, Tamaulipas and Cosoleacaque, Veracruz), from Alpek; value $801.2m.
  • Advised the banking sndicate on a $750m hybrid financing for a 850MW combined-cycle power plant being developed by EVM Energía del Valle de México Generador in Axapusco, state of Mexico.
  • Advised Bancomext and Banco Sabadell (as administrative agent and lender), on the negotiation of a $53.2m loan facility for the construction, operation and maintenance of a 60.8MW photovoltaic facility under development by Recurrent Energy México.
  • Representation of Carso Gasducto Norte in an arbitration case initiated by CFE challenging the validity of a natural gas transportation services agreement (settled by negotiation).

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC houses a 20-strong energy practice group that -unlike many of its direct full-service competitors- is particularly heavily involved in hydrocarbons industry as well as undertaking electricity sector matters. Founding partner Enrique Gonzalez Calvillo (cross-border transactions with an emphasis on energy, power generation, M&As, joint ventures and project finance), and Jorge Cervantes (M&A, private equity, projects, energy and infrastructure finance transactions) are both highly recommended; as are Oscar Moreno Silva and Rodrigo Rojas Robleda on the project-finance side. Regulatory expert Diana Pineda (energy, oil, gas and infrastructure project development; government procurement, and ADR), who made partner in 2020; and counsel Antonio De Lisi (cross-border finance and transactions, with an emphasis on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sector), are also key practitioners of the practice. Recent work includes assisting an oil and gas major with the restructuring of its downstream operations; advising an oilfield-services provider on a refinancing; Pemex contracts; gas and petrochemicals infrastructure and storage development; LNG and offshore matters, as well as, on the power side, financing and acquisitions in the photovoltaic generation segment. At associate level, Paulina Poo Romero and 2019-hire Julia González Romero (whose practice extends into social impact and indigenous relations in relation to infrastructure projects) provide strength on the environmental and regulatory side; they and the energy-focused Jacqueline Pasquel are all noted. January 2020 associate-hire Ricardo Esquivel is a former head of legal at energy regulator CRE; however, senior associate Thomas E Heather moved in house at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in June 2020.

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

Chevron

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Shell

Repsol

AES México

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

Despite having been especially active in midstream matters, and also participating in the renewables segment, the sizeable 15-strong team at Greenberg Traurig, S.C. also has an ever-growing profile in major power and oil-and-gas projects and transactions. The senior team comprises practice head Juan Manuel González Bernal (project finance, energy and capital markets); Fernando Orrantia Dworak (real estate, corporate and environmental aspects of infrastructure, energy and petrochemical projects), and younger shareholder Erick Hernández Gallego (hydrocarbons and renewables, environmental law, regulation, projects and M&A); along with experienced of counsel Pedro Reséndez; he and González paired-up to lead on industry-significant disputes on behalf of IEnova and Fermaca against the CFE. Other recent mandates include purchase, supply, transportation and commercialization agreements; transactions in the wind-power segment, petrochemicals projects, financings and compliance, among other matters. Corporate, finance and transactional partner Hugo López-Coll, along with administrative litigation specialist Joselino Morales Lopez also participate in the sector as required. At senior associate level, Rodrigo Vazquez del Mercado-Rivera, who is also qualified in Texas, has a close focus on up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas, government procurement and energy M&A; Luis Jorge Akle handles environmental compliance and renewable energy projects; and Adriana Garcia Cuellar (corporate, finance, energy and infrastructure).

Key clients

BP Corporation North America / BP Products North America / BP Estaciones y Servicios Energéticos

Fermaca Pipelines

KST Electric Power

Engie Factory

Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova)

Santa Fe Gas

Calpine Corporation

JinkoSolar México

EXI

Grupo Energía México GEMEX/Factor Energía

AES

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores

Sowitec Operation / Sowitec de Mexico Energías Renovables

Grupo Avanzia

Samsung C&T

MM Capital Partners

Enicon Energy & Infrastructure

Mastec

Kiewit Corporation

KST

Work highlights

  • Representing IEnova on the successful resolution of its multimillion-dollar dispute with state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) regarding gas transportation service agreements, a case with industry-wide ramifications.  
  • Ongoing advice to BP Estaciones y Servicios Energéticos regarding the development of its gas station network, the second largest in the country.
  • Represented Fermaca Pipelines in the successful resolution of its dispute with Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) regarding gas transportation service agreements, involving a 10 year contract extention and addisitonal investment of MXN$12bn by the company.
  • Advised BP Estaciones y Servicios Energéticos on a number of significant midstream projects including private marine and inland storage terminals and a midstream system comprising storage facilities and an oil products transportation pipeline.

Hogan Lovells

International full-service firm, Hogan Lovells, has an established profile in the energy sector, both the length of the oil and gas production chain, and also on the power generation side, particularly of late, regarding renewables projects and wholesale electricity market issues. At partner-level, the eight strong team includes Carlos Ramos Miranda (corporate M&A, insurance, energy and infrastructure, along with niche expertise in water matters); and Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón (oil gas, power -both renewable and conventional- and water infrastructure projects), along with managing partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa (general corporate, M&A, foreign investment and energy law). The team has been active in a range of matters, including the negotiation of PPAs and clean energy certificates (CEL) for Becquerel, Harman International Industries, and ENEL; assisting Jaguar Energy become a registered power trader in the Mexican wholesale electricity market; and on the hydrocarbons side, assisting Equinor Upstream with contractual and regulatory compliance for the start-up of its two deep-water contracts. Key support comes from Mauricio Fuchs Tarlovsky (corporate M&A, energy and infrastructure, structured finance and regulation), who was raised to counsel in January 2020; senior associates Perla Díaz Taracena (transactional and regulatory matters across the oil, gas and power segments); Venezuela-qualified Víctor Barrientos (project finance, cross border commercial transactions, EPC contracts, international financing, regulatory and compliance), formerly head of the international legal department at Petroquímica de Venezuela (PEQUIVEN); and Adriana Pavon, a contracts and administrative law specialist with a focus on the oil, gas and power sectors who formerly worked at both the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH).

Key clients

Equinor Upstream Mexico

Qatar Petroleum International

EnerAB

Shawcor

Enel

Arteche

TC Energy (formerly TransCanada)

Techgen

EDF

Jaguar Energy Guatemala

Bechtel

Finsa

Sabic

Fitesa Nonwovens México

Harman International Industries

Imerys

Productos Rich

Becquerel

Wood Mackenzie

Sojitz

Masdar

Work highlights

  • Advised Equinor on contractual and regulatory compliance during the first stages of the deepwater exploration and extraction concessions it operates with consortium partners; the team has been advising Equinor on upstream regulatory matters since the contract began.
  • Advised Qatar Petroleum International on the establishment of a Mexican SPV so as to participate with ENI in an exploration and extraction agreement; thereafter advising on regulatory and contractual compliance.
  • Advised ENEL on various regulatory matters concerning its renewable generation projects in Mexico, including the interpretation and analysis of a power hedge-agreement entered into with national energy control centre, CENACE (for the purchase of electric energy, power and clean energy certificates).
  • Advising Jaguar Energy on the establishment of a power trader able to operate in Mexico., handling the incorporation of the subsidiary permits and contracting to alow participation in the wholeseale electricity market.
  • Advising Harman International Industries on the review and negotiation of two PPAs, one under the pre-2013 self-supply regime, the other under the qualified services regime established by the Electric Industry law.
  • Asissted Sabic Petrochemicals participate successfully in the public call by Pemex Procurement International for the supply of liquid ethane, and the negotitiations related to execution  of the agreement.

Jones Day

Backed the firm's international reach, Jones Day's Mexico office has an ‘extraordinary’ multidisciplinary team, according to clients who praise its ‘great technical knowledge'. Nine-strong, it combines transactional know-how with excellent expertise in the full range of infrastructure development matters, as well as regulatory and environmental law, and offers solid expertise in the oil, gas, power (and renewables) segments. It is led by the highly-respected José Estandía who has over 25 years' experience in sector M&A and energy project finance; well-known infrastructure specialist Alberto de la Parra and of counsel Antonio Franck. Administrative law expert and head of the environmental practice, Mauricio Llamas is another key member of the department. Recent mandates include advising on the development, financing and construction of new port and storage-terminal facilities; energy project finance; PPA and EPC contracts; and energy-sector acquisitions, among others. Key associate support comes from Arturo de la Parra and Diego Noriega, who are both banking and finance focused; Salvador Gallo (who has expertise in downstream oil and gas projects), and Fernando Verdín, who focuses on energy, administrative law, and AML (as part of a broader public-sector regulations practice).

Testimonials

‘It is an extraordinary team. With great technical knowledge and the rigour to apply it. José Estandía is a great person and a highly qualified lead; he has experience and dedication. Great experience and knowledge in the hydrocarbon sector.’

The team’s knowledge of the regulation and set of standards applicable to the renewable sector in Mexico is unique. In addition to this, there is a knowledge of the market, the players, financing and corporate operations, and the negotiation terms of PPA contracts, which are extremely useful. We have worked with several of the best firms in Mexico, and the combination I just described makes this practice unique.’

I highlight Jose Estandia for the following virtues: knowledge of the sector; pro-deal oriented; availability; flexibility and innovation in bringing solutions.

They are a very seassoned and qualified team. Always looking after the clients interests.

Jose Estandía is a magnificent lawyer, dependable and with an exceptional disposition. So are the associates who work for him, such as Fernando Verdín.

There are two key distinguishing factors: 1) Experience – their team has been involved in this sector of the business since the reforms were instituted. And as the sector has diversified this depth of knowledge has enhanced our interactions with them. 2) Global Scale – this is related to the first since, the firm’s global reach allows the office to tap into experiences from other parts of the world.

When I interact with them I have their complete attention. It is clear they are focused on our needs and concerns. Jose Estandia has made himself available whenever, and where ever, needed.’

I highlight their dedication and great experience and knowledge in the hydrocarbon sector.

Key clients

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior

Cemex Energía

Elecnor

Grupo Simsa

Iberdrola

Itzoil (Invex Infraestructura 4)

Jinko Solar

Liber (Hoteles Presidente)

Marathon Petroleum (formely Andeavor)

Orca Energy / China Energy

Petrofac

Renovalia

Sinia Energy

Toyota

Work highlights

  • Advising Itzoil (Invex Infraestructura 4) on the development, project ‎financing, construction, and operation of a new port ‎and storage terminals.
  • Currently advising Iberdrola subsidiary Parque Industrial de Energía Renovable regarding the financing of two self-supply windfarms energy projects to be constructed in Puebla, Mexico with a combined output of 220.50MW and with an initial financing of $180m.
  • Advised Banco Santander as lead arranger  on the execution of a Mexian-peso credit facility (approx. $381m), granted to Abent 3T for the refinancing of a cogeneration plant in the state of Tabasco, Mexico.
  • Advised Sinohydro Mexico on the preparation, negotiation, and execution of an EPC contract for a solar power plants located in Aguascalientes, Jalisco and Puebla, Mexico.

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.

Full-service firm Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C. brings to bear its expertise in regulatory matters, M&A, project finance, litigation and environmental and tax law, to provide a broad service across the width of energy matters. Frequently involved in major oil-and-gas and renewables matters, from infrastructure developments, joint ventures and M&A, through to long-term auctions in the power sector. It recently assisted Riverstone Holdings regarding a partnership to develop and operate multiple gas power plants generating at least 1000MW. On the oil-and-gas side, the team represented Talos Energy on the establishment of a farmout agreement with Hokchi and Sierra Oil. Key figures include high profile project counsel Horacio De Uriarte, who is particularly known in the renewables segment; Pilar Mata, energy and infrastructure projects - particularly the financing, negotiation, construction, operation and sale of alternative energy); and deeply experienced transactional, corporate and finance partner, Patricio Trad. Electricity and environmental law-focused semi-senior Aisha Calderón is noted.

Testimonials

The involvement of the partners is spectacular, as well as their knowledge and experience.

Horacio de Uriarte Flores – his level of dedication, knowledge and tact. Pilar Mata – her dedication, knowledge and aggressiveness.

Key clients

Talos Energy

Actis

Atlas Renewables Energy Mexico

Macquiere Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Riverstone Holdings

Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova)

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Alpek

Banco Sabadell

Artha Capital

BP Energy

Zuma Energía

AES

Eurus

Neoen

Blackrock

Work highlights

  • Advised Riverstone on a partnership to develop and operate multiple gas engine power plants in Mexico up to a total of at least 1000MW.
  • Represented Talos Energy in the negotiation, execution and implementation of a farmout agreement with Sierra Blanca  and Hokchi Energy.
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on its acquisition of a 90% stake in a 322MW solar projects’ portfolio in the state of Durango.
  • Advised FRV Potrero Solar on a $110m project finance loan granted by the International Finance Corporation and Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior.
  • Advised IEnova on the indirect acquisition of a Mexican project company of Trafigura México which is developing a marine terminal to store,  refined products; value, $30m.

Thompson & Knight LLP

Energy is the trade mark practice of Thompson & Knight LLP, and the firm's Mexican operation -with offices in Monterrey and Mexico City- is no exception. The seven-strong team handles the full range of sector matters across both power (& renewables), and oil-and-gas segments, from tender processes; transactions joint ventures and strategic alliances, to project structuring, development and finance, regulatory matters and negotiations with public entities, along with associated disputes and real estate-related matters. Mexico City office managing partner, power specialist Claudio Rodriguez Galán has experience in wind, downstream, water, solar, cogeneration, combined-cycle, pipeline, LNG, nuclear, geothermal, and transmission projects; while Monterrey-office head Gabriel Ruiz, ‘who always tries to find the best solution for his client, focuses on the corporate and operational design and development of oil, gas and energy projects, including acting as lead lawyer round 1, 2 and 3 auctions and PEMEX farm-out exploration and extraction contracts. Ongoing matters include advising BHP Billiton on the award and execution of the Trion Block deep-water license agreement with Pemex (cost, $62.4m - with an MWP commitment of $320m); and in the renewables segment, advising Kalos Desarrollos Eólicos on the $500m development of a 200MW wind farm project in Coahuila, México. Key support comes from counsel Regina Legorreta, who focuses on energy and natural resources infrastructure-project structuring and advisory on conventional and renewable energy, gas, pipeline, transmission, and water sector issues in Mexico. Former head of legal and compliance at Iberdrola Mexico, May-2019 senior counsel hire, Rodolfo Rueda Ballesteros, catches the eye of clients with his 'deep knowledge of industry regulatory matters'. Since publication, Rueda Ballesteros has been made partner -effective, Febraruary 2021- and will split his time between the firm's Mexico City and Houston offices.

Testimonials

‘It is a very close and aligned with the client’s need. Gabriel Ruiz is a professional who always tries to find the best solution for his client and to facilitate the start of business in the country.’

‘The service and professionalism of the members of the firm cannot be beaten. Gabriel Ruiz is a great lawyer; as a partner of the energy and infrastructure group, he knows and understands the energy industry, in addition to his knowledge and understanding the energy market. He is characterised by having extensive knowledge of different topics in the sector.’

Deep knowledge of practice area; very experenced lawyers. High quality services.

Rodolfo Rueda Ballesteros: deep knowledge of industry regulatory matters. Flexible and customer oriented. Claudio Rodriguez, very experienced lawyer. Good recognition in the energy sector.

Regarding energy, a deep knowledge of the legislation and administrative provisions as well as regulation is necessary, and the financial impact that these generate on companies. T&K has shown to have that knowledge and experience, in addition to the fact that the partners, as some come from companies, are aware of the economic concerns generated by all the associated processes in the sector, in addition to the risks inherent to it.

I believe that both Claudio and Rodolfo Rueda, who come from world-class companies in the energy sector, have vast experience and complement their vision of both knowledge of the laws, as well as the objectives of the industry, its risks and implications. economic, that is very important, since their recommendations always attend to the improvement of the operations and profitability of the company, with a very important legal support. In addition, they are always present in the most relevant forums in the sector, as well as in organizations and associations, which allows them to have a very broad update of what is happening in the sector.

Key clients

Acciona Energía

Atco de México

CEPSA

Clarios (formerly Johnson Controls)

CNOOC

Engie

Fisterra Energy

Opus Energy Group

Shell Mexico

Talos Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised BHP Billiton on the award and execution of the Trion Block deep-water license agreement with Pemex – the first time the state entity has ever entered into a farm-out agreement.
  • Ongoing avice to Kalos Desarrollos Eólicos regarding the  development of a 200mw wind farm in Parras, Coahuila; value $500m.
  • Advised Fenix Generación on the definition and structure of a joint development agreement with Siemens for the construction of a 1000MW combined-cycle project in Mexico City; value, $100m.
  • Regulatory addvice to EDF Renewables regarding the Mexican Power Market and the origination of a strategy to defend its contractual interests.
  • Representing Engie on a loan agreement with NADBank for the finance, construction, and operation of a legacy 100MW photovoltaic project in northern Mexico.

White & Case S.C.

The sizeable team at White & Case S.C. was reinforced during the course of 2019 with the hire of former Pemex general counsel, Jorge Kim and the raising of Juan Ruenes, himself the former GC of petrochemicals subsidiary Braskem Idesa, to the partnership. Highlight mandates saw the team participate in the first ever reserve-based lending transaction regarding upstream oil and gas assets in Mexico, involving Egyptian subsidiary, Petrolera Cárdenas Mora. Other matters include primarily project financings, the transfer of participating interests in hydrocarbons blocks, interconnection matters, bidding process, photovoltaic plant acquisitions and a midstream petroleum products project. The practice is led by Francisco De Rosenzweig, one of the foremost power regulatory specialists in the market; other key practitioners include Roberto Rios (energy & natural resources project finance, infrastructure and public-private partnerships); and multi-faceted banking, finance and insolvency partner Vicente Corta Fernández who lead on the $55m financing of the Laguna Solar project. Associates Juan Carlos Llorens (project finance, government procurement, regulation and banking; energy project development), and Carlos Estrada Lopez (hydrocarbon and electricity matters, project finance, and corporate day-to-day operations of energy sector companies), are both noted.

Practice head(s):

Francisco De Rosenzweig

Key clients

Natixis

Bancomext

The Korea Development Bank

Banco Sabadell

Colony Latam partners

Braskem Idesa

Natixis

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of lenders to Petrolera Cárdenas Mora (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Egypt-based Cheiron Petroleum), on the first-ever reserve-based lending transaction in respect of upstream oil & gas assets located in Mexico.
  • Advised Bancomext and Banco Sabadell, as lenders, regarding the $55m project financing of a 115.5MW Laguna Solar project located in the state of Durango, Mexico.
  • Advised Natixis (New York Branch), as administrative agent, and other lead banks, on the project financing of a natural gas-fired combined cycle 900MW electricity power plant located in Pesquería, Nuevo León.

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

Leading full-service player Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has a notable track-record advising oil-and-gas, petrochemicals, power and renewables companies, and investment funds, on their structuring, procurement, acquisition, development, financing and operation of energy projects and energy infrastructure. Santiago Sepúlveda and José Ignacio Segura co-lead the nine-strong "Energy and Natural Resources, Project Development and Finance" practice, which is increasingly extending its reach beyond the sophisticated transactional and financing advice for which it has long been known, into regulatory matters and integrated development mandates. Sepúlveda focuses on the structuring, development and financing of large energy, telecom and transport infrastructure projects, along with M&A and private equity investments; while Segura's transactional, regulatory and project finance practice also involves PPAs and interconnection, pipeline, off taking and asset management agreements. The pair recently advised Macquarie on the acquisition of the Eólica de Arriaga and Eólica Los Altos wind-power projects, with a combined output of 93.4MW. Other matters included acting as Mexican counsel to Vista Oil & Gas on its re-IPO and listing on the NYSE. Key support comes from counsel Vanessa Gimenez (energy and infrastructure transactions); and senior associates Ana Irma Amado and Juan Carlos Luna, who both focus on energy, project development and government procurement.

Key clients

GE Energy Financial Services

Trafigura PTE and Trafigura México

Vista Oil and Gas

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Monterra Energy

BlackRock

Work highlights

  • Counsel to KKR portfolio company Monterra Energy on the structuring, development and financing of one of the first privately-owned fuel storage facilities in Mexico, currently under construction in the port of Tuxpan.
  • Local counsel to White Summit Capital and Riverstone on the acquisition of two Mexican solar photovoltaic projects (Viborillas and San Ignacio), each of which hold a Power Purchase Agreement awarded under the First Renewable Energy Auction conducted by the Mexican National Energy Control Center (CENACE).
  • Mexican counsel to Kepco and Sprott on the acquisition of an initial 49% interest in three Mexican solar photovoltaic projects (El Mayo, Horus and Tastiota),  each of which holds a Power Purchase Agreement awarded under the Third Renewable Energy Auction conducted by CENACE.

Dentons López Velarde

The international giant's Mexico office, Dentons López Velarde has established an excellent reputation for its advice on a wide range of energy and natural resources issues. The practice handles transactional mandates, energy infrastructure projects finance and development, and regulatory advice across a range of segments, including power, renewables, nuclear, biofuels, and up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas. recent matters include acting as counsel to Ophir in relation to its consortium with PTTEP and participation in the Round 2.4 tender process called y Mexico's National Hydrocarbon Commission. Name partner Rogelio López-Velarde is a very well-known figure in energy circles; with considerable in-house experience at Pemex before his private practice career; he heads the practice and leads on the majority of oil-and-gas matters. Further partner-level engagement in the sector comes from Jorge Jiménez, who focuses on energy and natural resources, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and antitrust; and Amanda Valdez, who is highly recommended for financings and regulatory work, and works across the energy and mining segments, particularly in relation to project finance and M&A. Key associate level support comes from Gustavo Mendoza (oil and gas financings, M&A), Luz Elena Garcia (particularly mid-stream matters and regulatory), and Fernando Quesada (energy, infrastructure; transactional and regulatory matters).

Practice head(s):

Rogelio López-Velarde

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

Probably best known today, for its profile in the hydrocarbons sector, Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados has a dynamic practice handling both transactional and the regulatory mandates. On the financing-side, it recently advised Banco Santander and HSBC on a $400m facility agreement with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). The six-strong team also works with major energy-sector corporates, such as key client, energy-infrastructure operator Duff & Phelps, which it has been assisting with the structuring of a project to increase the capacity of the national energy transmission network, among other matters. The practice is led by well-known energy-market figure David Enriquez, who has leading oil-and-gas regulatory expertise along with deep knowledge of maritime and transportation law, port regulations, public bidding processes, international commercial contracts, and competition law. On the transactional side, finance specialist Jorge Sandoval works across the energy, renewables, oil and gas segments on matters including finance, foreign investment, commercial cross-border contracts, and assets and securities purchases. Key support comes from associates María Fernanda Velasco -a former director of the National Energy, Security and Environment Agency (ASEA), who joined the firm in mid-2018; and environment and energy specialist Emmanuel Cristian Barroso.

Practice head(s):

David Enriquez

Key clients

Yinso Holdings Berhad

Fisterra Energy

Wintershall-Dea

Shell

Duff & Phelps

Bumi Armada

OMV AG

LetterOne

Statoil

Posh

BM Offshore

SBM Offshore

Banco Santander (Spain)

HSBC (UK)

Prosolia

Grupo Dragon

Shangai Electric Company

Fortress

Work highlights

  • Currently assisting Duff & Phelps on the structuring  of the trans-isthmus, interoceanic multimodal corridor infrastructure project, which aims to connect the Gulf of Mexico with the Pacific Ocean, a project with a considerable hydrocarbons’ transportation aspect.
  • Advising Duff & Phelps on the construction of multiple ports and hydrocarbons storage terminals in Mexico, the advice involving the implementation of a legal and financial structure for the construction of 18 onshore oil products storage terminals.
  • Mexican advisor to Banco Santander (Spain) and HSBC (UK) on a $400m facility extended to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).
  • Advising Shangai Electric Company on the acquisition of two photovoltaic plants in Mexico, including regulatory due diligence of the projects and the drafting of transaction contracts.
  • Advising Premier Oil, OMV and Wintershall-DEA in an amparo proceeding brought by various indigenous communities challenging the legality and validity of the hydrocarbons law; and hence the subsequent awards issued in tender procedures in Mexico.

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC fields a ten-strong energy and natural resources team which is extremely well-versed, primarily, in major energy and natural resources investments (including complex financings for renewable energy projects), financings and transactions. The practice is co-led by Javier Arreola Espinosa (the structuring, bidding and financing of energy projects) and Vanessa Franyutti (project finance), both of whom are PPP specialists, as is Alejandro Rojas; he and Franyutti also have niche expertise in the water sector and waste-to-energy projects. Ongoing work includes advising SIMEPRODE, an agency of the Government of the State of Nuevo Leon, on the structuring and development of a $500m waste-to-energy PPP project in Mexico. Other recent matters include assisting Bancomext with a senior loan for the acquisition and development of Guajiro Solar Project by Atlas Renewable Energy. Michell Nader (oil and gas finance, project finance), and Hector Arangua Lecea (capital markets , M&A and joint venture transactions across the energy sector) are additional key partners in the practice. At associate level, Santiago Medina is active in the structuring and financing of energy (including wind and photovoltaic) and water projects, and has expertise in PPA, EPC and O&M contracts and energy regulatory matters.

Key clients

Fomento a la Energía e Infraestructura de México (EXI)

CEA Guaymas-Empalme, Sonora (Water Commission of the State of Sonora)

Constructora y Edificadora GIA+A.

Sistema Integral para el Manejo Ecológico y Procesamiento de Desechos (SIMEPRODE)

BlackRock

Bancomext

Sumimoto Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Work highlights

  • Advised BlackRock on the sale of its investment in Mexico’s first privately owned energy company Sierra Oil & Gas.  
  • Advised SMBC, as lender and administrative agent, on two facilities granted to Mexican subsidiaries of OPD Energy for the development of solar plants in Aguascalientes and Coahuila; the energy and clean energy certificates produced will be sold mainly to CFE Suministrador under 15-year PPAs.
  • Represented Bancomext in an $88m senior loan and a $17m VAT facility for the acquisition, construction and start-up of the Guajiro Solar Project (in Hidalgo), acquired by Atlas Renewable Energy from SunPower Corp.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Energy matters have long been a key practice at international full-service firm Norton Rose Fulbright and the Mexico office is no different, steadily growing its participation in the sector over the past few years (particularly in the renewables and oil-and-gas segments), and continuing to build an international and domestic client base that benefits from the team's broad project finance, regulatory and M&A expertise. The Mexico City team, which is co-led by Hernán González Estrada, who focuses on energy, project finance, public procurement, regulatory and antitrust matters; and dual-qualified Raquel Bierzwinsky who divides her time between New York and Mexico City and regularly represents international investors expanding and developing their operations in Mexico. Moreover, the team was further reinforced in 2019 with the arrival of César Fernández G, as an international partner, and senior counsel Liliana Anzaldua, who both joined from Pemex. Fernández was vice president for busines and projects at the State entity and is also director of the AIPN's Latin America and Caribbean chapter, while Anzaldua was commercial subdirector of Pemex Logística and is the coordinator of ANADE's energy committee. At associate level, the experienced Carlos Campuzano has a thoroughly energy-focused practice, mid-level associate Angélica Álvarez, who arrived from Hogan Lovells in early 2019, is also noted.

Testimonials

‘They are very prepared and efficient people. They are true business lawyers who understand the issues and are very focused on the fine detail of contracts and negotiations. They have a lot of experience in the sector and you can see the care in the documents they prepare.’

‘The plus is its extensive experience and knowledge of the sector, both nationally and internationally, not only from a legal, but also commercial and technical point of view. Very detailed.’

‘Good conjunction of the team that takes care of each of my affairs, if one is not available, another member does so without any information problem. It is outstanding unlike other law firms, since they have a good group of lawyers per team within the law firm, which means that one is always attended on time and receives immediate responses. Excellent knowledge of the sector and relationships with Pemex.’

‘Without a doubt in comparison to other firms this is a high level firm. NRF’s energy team, led by Cesar Fernandez, constantly provides ad hoc solutions, innovative and always seeking the least reputational impact for the company. His opinions are tailor made which makes it one of the most important practices of the firm. It is a young team with new ideas, which makes it highly compatible with the company I work for, specifically, it is worth highlighting (partner) Cesar Fernandez and with an honourable mention for (associate) Liliana Anzaldua.’

Key clients

Neoen

International Finance Corporation

Bancomext

Inter-American Investment Corporation

BRK Ambiental Participações

OPIC

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Chuna Development Bank (CDB)

RK mine Finance

POSCO

Suminoto Mitsui Banking

ING Bank

Unifin Financiera

Diavaz

Enermex5

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mexican E&P company Diavaz obtain regulator CNH’s authorization to charge its participating interest in the Ebano block in favour of a Mexican banking institution.
  • Advised SMBC (as coordinating bank) on an $870m loan to an SPC incorporated in the Netherlands (and owned by Modec and several other Japanese sponsors), as part of the debt component of the project financing for the long-term FPSO which will be chartered to Eni Mexico for 15 years.
  • Advised Unifin regarding the  purchase of the  ODN Delba III, drilling rig, currently located in Brazil, from  Delba Drilling International Cooperatie, IDB Invest.

Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

With offices in Mexico City and Veracruz as well as its Guadalajara (Jalisco) headquarters, the 50-strong Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster has a strong -although not exclusive- focus on the projects and energy sectors. Flexible fee structures and appropriate staffing levels have aided the firm's competitiveness, as has its practice of incorporating technicians and engineers into its teams as required. The 14-strong energy and infrastructure practice focuses on infrastructure projects, electricity market operations, PPPs, power generation, pipeline and gas transportation projects, as well as dispute resolution across the energy and construction sectors, environmental matters, and mining and petrochemicals. Name partner and practice co-head Alejandro Ripoll Gonzalez has focused on the structuring, bidding, financing, execution and purchase/sale of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects since 2008; he co-leads the group with Guadalupe Esparza Sanchez, who made partner in December 2020, and whose practice focuses on energy law, infrastructure and project finance. Esparza also has experience in the structuring and implementation of PPPs and public-works projects, and particular expertise in relation to the power subsector, be it generation, transmission or distribution, as well as matters related to the wholesale electricity market. Additional key support comes from former practice head, now of counsel Enrique Uruñuela López, who in addition to his private practice experience, can draw on his time in house, including as GC of Grupo Dragon - the energy division of Grupo Salinas. Specialist associate Diego Alvarez Ampudia is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Ripoll Gonzalez

Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable in all areas relevant to our [infrastructure] business. Not only energy, environmental and construction regulations, but also law areas directly involved with our industry. For example, public contracts, project finance, labor, social security, immigration, foreign trade, tax, corporate, real estate, among others. This allows us to have one complete solution on a cost and time efficient basis. Additionally they understand in practice our industry. They are not only at the desk, but also at the project site learning our challenges and proposing positive solutions. This helps us move faster in our risk analysis and project development. RRS has helped us, as international company, adapt faster to the Mexican market.

We have worked with Alejandro Ripoll since 2011. He has helped the company merge our culture and way of doing business with industry practices and regulations in Mexico and other latin American countries. In addition to his knowledge in the legal field, what we value most is his involvement in achieving the company’s goals, and helping us as executives to deliver results to our shareholders. He cares about us and this makes us feel he is part of our team. Alejandro Ripoll and his team deliver 24/7. We have taken Alejandro and his team to help us in projects outside Mexico, like Honduras, Cuba, Costa Rica and Perú. In addition to his legal expertise that allows us to understand and mitigate industry and country risks, Alejandro brings to our table project opportunities to consider. Senior Associate Lupita Esparza makes a good match with Alejandro. Together they align interests and complement each othere very well to deliver results.

Key clients

China Communications Construction Company (and subsidiaries)

China Harbour Engineering Company

Gobierno del Estado de Aguascalientes

Rengen Energy Solutions

Egis Group

Grupo Dragon

Grupo Lauman

DM Solar / Grupo Ecológico RGK

Mexico Power Group

TOA Corporation

Goldbeck Solar Mexico

Wardenclyffe Energy

Black Creek Helios

Terminales Portuarias del Pacifico

Saverglass

Renovare

Energy 9

Work highlights

  • Represented photovoltaic products distributor Grupo Ecológico RGK (under the commercial name “DM Solar”), in the sale of its operations to BayWa, a leading global renewable energy developer and service supplier.
  • Represented Wardenclyffe Energy during the preparation, bidding, financing and execution of an MXN$2.8bn PPP contract to substitute and operate the public lighting system in the city of Veracruz.
  • Represented Renovare in the negotiations and execution of PPAs, coverage agreements and other agreements related to the electricity market in Mexico; value, $18m-plus.
  • Advised Altener on all legal matters required to obtain the license to operate as a Qualified Energy Supplier, in the new post-reform electric market in Mexico, allowing it to trade up to 5,000MW during the next five years; value $150m-plus.

Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados

Well-known energy boutique Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados has an established track-record advising across the energy sector, including on exploration and production, natural gas and LPG, power and renewable energies and refined products and petrochemicals, along with environmental, rights-of-way, land acquisition and social impact matters.  Recent mandates include advising energy-infrastructure operator Kinder Morgan with regard to open-season capacity sales in -for example- its Ciudad Mier-Monterrey gas pipeline. Founding partner Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos is a well-known figure in the energy sector with over two decades' experience advising local and international companies and federal and local administrations on energy project development and implementation. He leads a five-partner team which also includes Carlos Flores, (regulatory, commercial, corporate, administrative and energy matters - both hydrocarbons and electricity); litigation partner Guillermo Manning (who handles rights of way matters); and regulatory expert Raúl Romero, (energy project advisory). A strong second-tier includes principal associate Arturo Palacios; and seniors Vivian Klapp, Joaquín Molleda​ and Esteban Sánchez. The team also includes an economists' division, which provides analysis and business-model design matters in relation to CRE regulations and hydrocarbons matters.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny 's 'strong' inter-office energy industry group is 'consolidated' 'and can provide full service for all related matters including regulatory, compliance, labour, litigation and corporate,' according to clients. The 12-lawyer team is co-led by transaction-specialised senior partners Jose Antonio Postigo-Uribe and Gerardo Prado-Hernandez, in Mexico City and Monterrey, respectively; both have extensive energy-sector experience, notably with regard to solar projects, wind farms and cogeneration plants. Postigo also handles oil and gas matters including E&P bid processes, transportation, commercialization, investment structuring and dispute resolution advisory. The team's recent caseload has been dominated by the preparation of PPAs, which it has negotiated on behalf of Essity, Embotelladora Niágara, Pipe México, Bendix and Bioenergía de Nuevo León, among others. Net Code regulations and compliance with the technical requirements for generators' interconnection to the national electricity system is another source of mandates. On the oil and gas side, the team is assisting Repsol Downstream Mexico with its participation in the fuel and lubricants retail market. Key associate support comes from energy focused semi-senior, Max Ernesto Hernández-Ernult.

Testimonials

‘Sanchéz Devanny has a strong practice within the energy sector in Mexico. The firm has a consolidated and strong team for energy matters and can provide full service for all the related matters including regulatory, compliance, labour, litigation and corporate. They are very good for day-to-day matters as well as dealing with complex deals or projects. José Antonio Postigo, Guillermo Villasenor Tadeo and Max Ernesto Hernandez Ernult are the main contacts for the energy matters. They are able to act as a true team and they have all deep knowledge in local regulatory matters. They are client oriented in the approach to the matters and can add strong value with the advice provided.’

The firm has a good team of specialized professionals, dedicated to the field of energy and the environment or natural resources, with extensive knowledge, skills and strategy management, in order to solve the different situations that may represent risks or responsibilities for the company. José Antonio Postigo Uribe: very confident and correct in his comments, suggestions and strategies, he has great legal knowledge, both of the previous regulatory system of the electricity sector in Mexico, and of the new regulatory regime. He has experience in the energy branch that generates trust, security and certainty.’

Associate Tania Elizabeth Trejo: excellent professional attention, her investigations, reviews and analysis of the queries that are made are accurate and generate great confidence, and legal certainty for the company.

Key clients

Essity

Dana de México Corporación

Bendix CVS de México

US Pipe México

Embotelladora Niágara de México

Caterpillar

Repsol Exploración México

Bioenergía de Nuevo León

Servicios Administrativos Suma (GEPP)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bendix’ Mexican subsidiary with the negotiation of its power purchase agreement (under the Wholesale Electricity Market), with Iberdrola México.
  • Advising Repsol Downstream Mexico on all legal and regulatory aspects of the implementation of its business to participate in the retail fuel and lubricants market in Mexico.
  • Advising Caterpillar on all regulatory compliance with Net Code regulations in order to comply with the technical requirements necessary to interconnect its generation facilities and load points to the National Electrical System.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Partners Edmond Frederic Grieger (power, oil and gas transactions and project development) and Luis Burgueño (cross-border energy related transactions and regulatory), co-head the energy 11-strong practice at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC, which is a solid choice for regulatory, transactional and projects-related energy advice, and particularly stands out for its top tier international arbitration practice. The highly active team has assisted Invenergy on the development of more than 20 renewable energy projects (with an aggregate value of $1bn-plus); currently it is advising Golar LNG on the development and operation of a floating storage and regasification unit to be located in the Mexican Gulf and secure supplies to the Yucatan; and BHP BIlliton in relation to regulatory and compliance issues connected with its involvement in the Trion deep-water block. Other key partners include Alberto Córdoba, who handles corporate M&A, energy and natural resources, and structured and project finance. Senior associate Ariel Garfio (power, oil and gas - especally PPAs, EPC agreements, and turbine, photovoltaic module and natural gas supply agreements), is also noted. However, Andrés Nieto, who was active in the mining sector, moved to Creel Abogados, SC in May 2020.

Key clients

Allied Mineral Products de México

Ammper Energía

Beel Infrastructure

Anheuser Busch INBev

Benteler

BHP Billiton

BMO

BMW

Borr Drilling

Cementaciones Petroleras Venezolanas

Chester Mining Company

Compañía Occidental Mexicana

Eagleburgmann Mexico

Emerald Power

Enerflex

Energy Development Partners

Faurecia

Golar LNG

Grupo Bocar

Hella Automotive

HWD Holdings

IENOVA

Innospec Limited

Internovum Solar

Invenergy

Knauf International GmbH

Mann+Hummel

Metallica Resources

Minera Metalúrgica Tapalpa

Mineria Aurea

Mineria San Xavier

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Hitachi Powers Systems

New Gold, Inc

Orca Mining Explorations

Palladium Equity Partners

Perfiles LM

Prana Power Solar City (now Tesla)

PW Power Systems

Q’Max Solutions

Q’Max Mexico

Riverstone Holdings

Robert Bosch

SAAVI Energia Campeche

Saipem (Mexican subsidiary of ENI International)

Scatec Solar

Seadrill

Shoshone Silver / Gold Mining Co

Siemens

Soluz Energía Solar

Tag Pipelines

Timmins Gold Corp

Yingli Green Energy México

Work highlights

  • Advised Invenergy on the development of multiple (20 plus) renewable energy projects throughout Mexico with a total capacity of 1.5 GW (solar photovoltaic, wind, thermal and cogeneration); including all administrative processes before the Ministry of Energy, the National Center of Energy Control, the Energy Regulatory Commission, among others.
  • Advised Anheuser Busch InBev on  the drafting and negotiation of multiple Power Purchase Agreements for its brewing facilities in Hidalgo and Yucatan, and for 15 other facilities throughout Mexico, for the supply of more than 600 GWh/year of energy.
  • Advising Energy Development Partners on the structuring of a model PPAs; as well as on the development of a 600MW solar pv project in the Yucatan peninsula; value, $1bn.
  • Advising Borr Drilling regarding the execution of a contract with Pemex to perform well services in the Mexican Gulf; the advisory included risk assessment reservoir damage, loss of hydrocarbons, environmental liabilities and contractual liability caps; as well as the incorporation of an SPV so as to participate and be awarded the contracts.

Cervantes Sainz, S.C.

Medium-sized full-service firm Cervantes Sainz, S.C. handles the full range of energy matters, from the development of natural gas and power plants and the creation of investment vehicles, to regulatory matters with CRE, CENAGAS, CENACE and energy ministry SENER, as well as Pemex and CFE contracting matters. The small practice is led by Francisco J Valdés López, a former executive Secretary of Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), who advises on mandates involving natural gas, LPG, LNG, storage, oil, electricity and petrochemicals. The practice, which advises Cemex on power sector matters (particularly regulation), works in close conjunction with the firm's corporate, real estate and labour teams, and can call on January 2020 partner appointee, Santiago Alessio regarding mining matters. Associates Antonio Barrera and Ricardo Pinto Villazón are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Francisco J Valdés López

Key clients

Gas Industrial Monterrey (GIMSA)

Bay Wa Desarrollos Solares

Cemex México

Avant Energy

Fortress Investment Group

Ternium México

Manufacturas Kaltex

Avanzia Instalaciones

Grupo Valoran

Work highlights

  • Advised GIMSA and British Petroleum on the structuring of a one-year natural gas supply agreement, structured under the new rules enacted Mexico’s Energy Regulatory which are applicable to transportation control agency, CENAGAS; value, $160m.
  • Ongoing advice to Advant Energy regarding qualification as a power trader, as a fuel trader and for the trading of natural gas, and associted permits, licenses and advice on commercialization; value $150m.
  • Permanent advice of the Energy Committee of the Mexican Business Council (CCE), regarding legislative drafting, regulations and standards related to the oil, gas and power sectors.
  • Advised Techgen on obtaining a natural gas transportation permit to supply its plant in Pesqueira, Nuevo León; and regarding open season procedures and capacity acquisition; value, $100m

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano's energy department regularly works with federal and local administrations, sponsors, and lenders across a range of issues related to the power industry. The four-strong team led by Marcelo Paramo (who previously served as General Director of Legal Affairs at the Regulatory Energy Commission), Edgar Romo and Eduardo Gallastegui, has a focus on regulatory and corporate advisory, as well as financings, contract negotiations, joint ventures and the obtaining of upstream exploration licenses; more recently the team has also been involved in energy-sector arbitration.

Key clients

Acciona Energía / Grupo BioFields

Abengoa

BBVA Bancomer -as structuring bank for Tag Pipelines (contolled by Petróleos Mexicanos)

EC Rubio

EC Legal Rubio Villegas fields a small but solid mining practice, a rare capability in a market segment where most work is undertaken in house or by sole practitioners. Practice director Pablo Méndez operates from the firm's Chihuahua office and is distinguished by his extensive knowledge of mining businesses and the precision of his advice'. The team -which also includes experienced senior associate Alejandro Guerra- has acted as Mexican counsel to Alamos Gold for almost five years, most recently regarding a credit agreement amendment with Bank of Nova Scotia, on the acquisition of water rights, and of a 1000-acre land acquisition to facilitate the expansion of its wholly-owned Mulatos mine. Méndez arrived at the firm in March 2019 from his own firm, and can also draw on extensive in-house experience in the industry. Other matters include due diligence, administrative nullity actions and the defence of mining concessions.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Méndez

Testimonials

The lawyers are distinguished by their high knowledge of mining law. They have many years of experience in the matter and good treatment to negotiate contracts.’

‘They are always available and their response is very fast. They are open to discussing various schemes for calculating their fees.’

‘Their availability, knowledge and experience. They are different from their competitors because their team is broader, it does not depend on a single lawyer.’

‘Pablo Méndez is distinguished by his extensive knowledge of mining businesses and the precision and practicality of his advice.’

 

Key clients

Alamos Gold

Centerra Gold

Consolidared Zinc

Orion Financial

Work highlights

  • Avising Alamos Gold on the amendment of a credit agrement (with a pledge contract) between Alamos Gold’s Mexican subsidiaries and the Bank of Nova Scotia.
  • Advising GoGold Inc on the acquisition -including due diligence- of the Los Ricos mining property,  Jalisco, which is comprised of 29 mining claims over 22,000 acres.
  • Advised Consolidated Zinc on the acqusition of  the Plomosas mining property in the municpality of Aldama, Chihuahua.
  • Advised Alamos Gold on the acquisition of a water concession for the Esperanza mining project located in Cuernavaca, Morelos.

Garrigues

The energy practice at the Mexican office of international Spanish giant Garrigues is co-led by senior partners David Jimenez, who has over 25 years' project development and finance experience in the infrastructure and energy sector; and Roberto Torres, a regulatory specialist with 17 years' experience of the power sector and environmental law. The team handles transactional, financing and regulatory matters for both sponsors and lenders. Recent matters include the acquisition of photovoltaic projects, the development and delivery of a geothermal power plant, co-generation plant project development, EPC contracts and wind-power project divestitures. Other key practitioners include Gabriela Pérez Sierra, who has extensive projects experience including roads, energy, telecoms, mining and healthcare. Senior associate Daniel González handles finance, transactional and regulatory matters; and energy and infrastructure-focused associate Paulina Beck -an August-2019 hire from leading energy firm MCM Abogados- undertakes M&A and project finance as well as administrative, regulatory and constitutional litigation.

Key clients

Mota Engil

ProdeMex

TSK Group

AES de México

Trina Solar

Aldesa

Talesun

Work highlights

  • Advised  DRG Solar I and III on the development of 56 and 450MW photovoltaic plants, both located in Durango, Mexico.
  • Currently advising Enel Green Power Mexico on the possible acquisition of a 250MW wind power project located in northern Mexico.
  • Advising AES México on the development of the 310MW Eólica Mesa La Paz wind-farm project, Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

Holland & Knight

According to a client, Holland & Knight's energy practice ‘stands out for their complete understanding and knowledge of the industry’, which they reflect in each matter they are instructed on. The practice is led by the ‘outstandingCarlos Ochoa, a former CFE deputy general counsel well-known in the power and renewables sector for advising investors, lenders, sponsors and public sector entities on regulatory, transactional and infrastructure issues. Fellow partner Alejandro Landa leans into the practice, especially regarding renewables and environmental matters; and associates Alberto Esenaro and Aldo Gonzalez Melo are also noted However, former head of the energy practice José Antonio Prado left the firm in May 2020 to establish his own energy, infrastructure and litigation boutique, EnerSaPra; and Héctor Velasco Perroni, former head of the office's administrative and regulatory practice departed the following month to open specialist boutique Perroni & Associates.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Ochoa

Testimonials

‘They offer comprehensive advice and become the legal internal advisors of their clients.’

‘Carlos Ochoa and Alejandro Landa stand out. Outstanding.’

The practice stands out for its complete understanding and knowledge of the industry reflected in each operation.’

Key clients

Buenavista Renewables México

ESCO Comercializadora Energética

Energía Solar América Latina (ESAL)

Oak Creek Energy Systems

Work highlights

  • Advised Buenavista Renewables México on a 30,000MWh long-term clean energy PPA, by which off-taker Zodiac Aerospace will be supplied 100 percent of its electricity, Clean Energy Certificates, and capacity from ESCO, as a qualified supplier under the new electricity law Mexican market rules; value $60m.
  • Currently advising AES on all regulatory, real estate, environmental and financing matters related to a 110MW solar project, among the first to be operated under the new Electricity Industry law (enacted in 2014); value $140m.

LHO

Mid-2018 legal start-up LHO houses a small, four-strong energy team that nevertheless punches above its numerical weight, 'understands the market and the regulatory framework in Mexico and the USA, and despite their youth they have a solid background in Mexico, the USA and Spain’. The practice is led by co-managing partner Luis Miguel Ramírez Ruggeberg -formerly at ONTIER México- who provides ‘fresh and comprehensive solutions’; and energy-specialised associate Omar Plomares; it has a particular focus on renewables where it works extensively with key client PRODIEL, recently advising the company on the development of photovoltaic, wind-farm and solar projects in Mexico. Other matters include advising Longi on the commercial structure for the implementation of a distributed generation project advising Reden Solar on the pre-operational development stages of a 30MW photovoltaic park in Zacatecas; and Goldebeck Solar on the acquisition of a 175MW solar project.

Other key lawyers:

Jimena Aranza Zubiaga Garza

Testimonials

‘They are very good professionals because they know how to see the needs of the client at all times and adapt to them. They differ from the others in the personal and warm treatment of the entire office.’

‘They are a team with extensive knowledge of the energy market in Mexico. very specialized and with clients of very good reputation for their trust in terms of compliance. Luis Miguel Ramirez, extensive experience and professionalism. Omar Plomares – Excellent service attitude.’

‘The LHO team provides its customers and suppliers with fresh, comprehensive solutions. They understand the market and the regulatory framework in Mexico and the USA, and despite their youth they have a solid background in Mexico, the USA and Spain, which makes them unique, with very competitive prices. Luis Miguel Ramirez Ruggeberg is the most humane business lawyer I have ever met. All the clients that I have referred have returned with me to thank the level of attention received. The level of issues, amounts and complexity of the solutions have not been an obstacle.’

Key clients

Prodiel

Enel

Gran Solar

Goldbeck Solar

Reden Solar

Grupo Dragón

Naturgy

Camescom

BritCham

Work highlights

  • Assisted Prodiel during the last stage of the development of the Villanueva photovoltaic project, (the largest in the Americas); with the development of three renewable energy projects in Coahuila and Tlaxcala; and in relation to the $375MW Pachamama Project
  • Assisted the Popular Consultative Council of the Ecozone of Downtown Cuernavaca draft the procedural role of the Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection Law of the State of Morelos.
  • Advised Goldbeck Solar in the acqusition of a 175MW solar project located in Mexico.

Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C.

The energy team at Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C. is led by established market figure, Ariel Ramos, a member of both the banking and finance practice and the firm's global energy group. The team works closely with the firm's Houston office where it can draw on the expertise of specialists Francisco Mendez (who splits his time with the Mexico office), Jose Valera and Pablo Ferrante. It has been active in the upstream oil and gas segment, in farm-out agreements related to E&P contracts, and also on the financing of projects in the renewables and cogeneration space. Moreover, the office has developed a very solid second, line, comprising counsels, Lilia Alonzo, Betyna Almeida Covarrubias and associates Julio Martínez Rivas and Pablo Solórzano, all of whom are noted.

Key clients

PC Carigali Mexico Operations (Petronas)

X-Elio

Siemens

BAS Corporation

Lukoil Upstream Mexico

Ecopetrol

Invenergy

China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co

Repsol

Marubeni

Work highlights

  • Advised project sponsor X-Elio Energy on the construction and development of Conejos-Terranova solar plant, located in Juarez, Chihuahua; value, $74.6m.
  • Represented Cargill Financial Services International on a $575m financing package it provided to Altos Hornos de México, one of the largest steelmakers in Mexico. The security package included the assignment of collection rights from a coal supply agreement entered with CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad).
  • Represented Repsol Downstream Mexico in the negotiation of agreeements securing more than 750,000 barrels of storage capacity in differing fuel terminals in Mexico as part of the company’s plans to grow its downstream business.

Santamarina y Steta

Experienced corporate and finance partner Juan Carlos Machorro leads the practice at Santamarina y Steta, which has a solid track-record representing several international investors in energy and financial projects and agreements across the Mexican territory. The team has broad experience in negotiating with Pemex, electricity commission CFE and local regulators regarding oil, gas and power projects and infrastructure transactions, including energy-related matters with diverse renewable energies (biogas, wind, biodiesel, photovoltaic, advanced ethanol), where the team is frequently active on structuring aspects, project implementation and transactions. Experienced mid-level associate Ramses Franco is noted; however, Iliana Aranda departed to undertake her LLM and Jacobo Wertman left the firm in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Machorro

Testimonials

Our company only employs S&S as its third party provider of these types of services. My experience with the firm was very positive in the sense that they gave me the correct attention, there were no problems on their part to comply in a timely manner with the services, with the availability or to give priority to the most urgent matters.

Key clients

Albéa Purchasing North America

Martinrea Honsel México

Accuride Corporation

Verdad Exploration Mexico / Magna Operating

Scotiabank Inverlat

Innophos Fosfatados de México

Work highlights

  • Advised Albéa Purchasing North America on the negotiation and execution of a power purchase agreement with Iberdrola under the Electricity Industry Law (LIE) with its subsidiaries Albea Packaging and Cebal Americas de Reynosa as off takers.
  • Advised Accuride Corporation (as off-taker) on the negotiation and execution of a PPA with (generator) Cemex under the former Electricity Public Service Law (Ley del Servicio Público de Energía Eléctrica).
  • Advising Innophos Fosfatados on various energy related matters, including among others, the supply and marketing of natural gas, sulphur and ammonia with Pemex Transformación Industrial; as well as compliance with obligations as holders of a self-supply generation permit issued CRE.

SMPS Legal

SMPS Legal is gradually developing an energy practice that has caught the attention of the market during the past year. Co-led by partners Eduardo Pizarro and Carlos Solórzano (who splits his time between Calgary and Mexico City offices), the department advises oil, gas and power clients on both regulatory and transactional matters arising in the sector. The team's recent caseload has been dominated by assisting clients -including Renaissance Oil, Tonai Energía, Jaguar Exploración y Extracción, GS Oil & Gas, IHSA Iberoamericana de Hidrocarburos, and Murphy Oil, among others- on regulatory compliance with the contractual obligations deriving from their CNH granted E&P licenses. In other matters it has primarily been involved in project development in the solar and distributed-generation segments. Key regulatory-side input comes from experienced of counsel, Severo López Mestre.

Key clients

Tonali Energía

Renaissance Oil Corp

Excel Nobleza

Jaguar Exploración y Extracción

GS Oil & Gas

GD Holdings

Atco-Ranman Energía

Pantera Exploración y Extracción

IHSA Iberoamericana de Hidrocarburos

Murphy Oil

Cheiron Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Renaissance Oil on regulatory compliance with contractual obligations from E&P licenses granted by the CNH.
  • Advising Excel Nobleza on the structure and development of a 2MW distributed generation solar facility in Tehuacan, Puebla; value, $2m.
  • Representing GD Holdings on the structuring and development of six 0.5 MW distributed generation solar facilities to be located in Jiutepec, Morelos, Merida, Yucatan and La Paz, Baja California.
  • Represented joint venture Atco-Ranman on the structuring and development of a power cogeneration facility in Gómez Palacio, Durango, to provide electricity service to Chemours chemical plant; value, $45m.
  • Currently representing Rincón Gallardo on the structuring and development of a 52MW solar power project in the state of Hidalgo; value, $80m.

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. is increasingly leveraging its sophistication in regulatory matters into broader involvement in energy-related matters, including integrated power-project development mandates. More generally, however, it assists with all types of sector related licences and permitting (particularly regarding mid- and downstream oil and gas), along with compliance matters for a client roster including Puma, Total and Iberdrola. The small team is co-led by 25-year corporate and energy veteran Juan Carlos Morales, and senior associate Rodolfo Reyes Ibañez, who since his 2018 arrival has been appointed head of energy and infrastructure. The team also has expertise in bidding procedures before private and public entities.

Key clients

Total México

Y&V Ingeniería

John Deere

Renaissance Oil Corp

Puma Energy

Jaguar Exploración y Producción de Hidrocarburos

Lumex Operación

Petrolera de Amatitlán

Shandong Kerui

Q Max México

Key Energy Services

Enventure Global Technologies

Scantech

TYSE

Haitong Bank

Canacaol CNE Oil & Gas

Grupo De Acero

Grupo Topaz Energía

Iberdrola

Lynx Solutions

Spectrum Servicios Técnicos

Grupo Pochteca

Business Sweden

Lukoil Overseas Service

Crédito Real

Tradeco Droup

Grupo Lucalza

Braskem IDESA

Sandvik de México

Acciona Energía México

Veolia Group México

Solar City

Tesla

Transportes Rapid Marvat

Work highlights

  • Assisted Puma Energywith obtaining fuel oil import and commercialization permits and licenses; the team also advised on tax matters regarding the formation of prices for various types of fuels.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C. has a strong reputation for representing state-owned entities -including national oil companies, such as Pemex- and governmental agencies. The practice group regularly advises on transactional and infrastructure issues, and stands out especially on the dispute resolution front - particularly energy-sector arbitration, recently handling a significant arbitration in the gas transportation sector. Focused on power industry projects (and arbitration), Eloy Barbará de Parres leads a well-regarded team which also includes Javier Jiménez (infrastructure development, oil and gas; and arbitration) and Rodrigo Valverde S (corporate and finance transactions).

Practice head(s):

Eloy Barbará de Parres

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

The eight-strong energy practice at Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. is co-led by Fernando Alonso-de-Florida Rivero, Alberto Balderas and mining-sector specialist Citlali Perez Renteria. The department has experience advising clients on natural gas transportation, distribution and storage projects; power generation projects (including IPP’s cogeneration, BLT’s, EPC’s, bulk sales of power and other generation systems), and in up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas matters.

Key clients

Isthmus Energía Verde

Work highlights

  • Currently advising Isthmus Energía Verde on the structuring, development and financing of two sugar cane-based bioethanol projects, involving private and communal land (ejido) real estate matters, fuel storage and a cogeneration facility.

Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS)

The eight-strong energy practice at Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS) regularly advises clients on regulatory matters arising from the energy sector, particularly in oil, gas and mining, including regulatory components of M&A and other transactional work, administrative regulatory work related to the licenses and permitting, and compliance and enforcement with regulatory bodies. Partners Esteban C Gorches Guerrero and Luis Gerardo Ramírez co-head the department.

Key clients

Hidrocarburos Vesper

Compañía Minera Viva México

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hidrocarburos Vesper with capital raising for oil and gas project in Mexico and obtaining the necessary permits for the importation of hydrocarbons and their commercialization in Mexico.
  • Assisted Compañía Minera Viva with mining regulatory matters related to its activities in Mexico; a capital raising with state mining-sector finance-arm, Fideicomiso de Fomento Minero (FIFOMI); and with the creation of royalty agreements.

Solcargo

‘Reaction capacity and creativity to find solutions’ are some of the qualities clients highlighted in relation to the team at the former SOLCARGO's energy practice, which was known for its strength in regulatory matters, government procurement, environmental law, and litigation advice. However, practice head Cecilia Curiel left the firm in June 2020 (moving in house as legal and regulatory compliance counsel at Northland Power); and the firm announced its dissolution (effective December 2020), splitting into three separate firms. Administrative litigator Juan Pedro Machado and energy-disputes specialist José Covarrubias, are now at Carvajal Machado Abogados, and Pérez Correa González, resepctively; both have experience with a broad range of public and private sector clients in the hydrocarbons, power and renewable segments.

Testimonials

‘Reaction capacity and creativity to find solutions. Comparable with teams from other firms, highlighting its speed of response. Absolute disponibility. Cecilia Curiel and José Valencia.’

‘At Solcargo I have noticed that there is a team vision in the care of legal matters, there are at least two other lawyers in the matters that we have worked with, this allows that there is always knowledge on the part of Solcargo in our cases, sometimes the team leader if she notes her great experience regarding junior advisors. The important thing is that there is this team vision sometimes by specialties of each participating lawyer.

Key clients

Bravos Generación

Eni México

Natural Power Services

Enagas

Grupo Avanzia

Croix Ain Alianza Inteligente de Negocios

Valeo Sistemas Eléctricos

Opus Energy Group

Hidroeléctrica Solis

BYD America

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Bravos Energía on the development of the first “Long-Term Electric Private Auctions”, the goal of which is the sale of capacity, clean energy certificates, and energy.
  • Advising Eni México on the elaboration of a comprehensive legal matrix of contractual and regulatory obligations that the company must comply with as part of its day-to-day operations.
  • Advising automotive components manufacturer Valeo Sistemas Eléctricos on issues related to the Net Code (Código de Red)

ONTIER México

Ontier México has ‘a wide global vision of the energy industry and has successfully adapted its multijurisdictional experience to Mexico's Energy Reform’. The 'decentralised' Spanish firm arrived in Mexico in 2012, and clients regard it as ‘responsive and creative’ despite ‘the recent challenges in the country against the energy sector’. The practice is headed by country Office managing partner, Lorenzo Hernandez is also energy practice head: his ‘knowledge of the electricity sector, as well as his network of contacts in the industry', 'is a differentiating factor'; while 'his professionalism ensures quality and timely work'. Recent matters include primarily photovoltaic and solar power project development. At senior associate level, the corporate-focused Regina Noriega, finance-oriented senior Alejandro Stamoglou, and Mariana Reyes (the latter pair arriving from Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC and the Monterrey-based Canales Dávila, respectively, in late 2019), all handle energy matters as part of their broader practices.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Hernández

Testimonials

‘Ontier México advised us in 2018 and 2019 with various legal matters, including due diligence and the acquisition of various solar projects. Lorenzo Hernández is the partner of Ontier México who attended us. Our experience in working with Ontier México in general and with Lorenzo in particular has been satisfactory. Lorenzo has always been available to meet our requirements and provide adequate advice to our needs. Of special mention is his knowledge of the particularities of the electricity sector in Mexico as well as his network of contacts in the industry. We would use your services again for future projects.’

I have worked with Ontier México, and with Lorenzo Hernández in particular, since 2014. Back then I worked for Reden Solar, another developer, and when I changed my company I did not hesitate to continue working with Lorenzo and his team. In my experience it is a team that above all knows what it does and -having many clients doing energy projects- they have a lot of experience providing a lot of added-value to their clients. His knowledge of the sector, of the agents, of the authorities, of the processes and of the dynamics in general of the sector and his professionalism ensures quality and timely work. This is a differentiating factor with other law firms that do not have such a deep knowledge of the energy area. The level of commitment to their clients is total and you can count on them without hesitation. With absolute predisposition to help, they have supported me on purely legal issues such as the preparation of leases, the preparation of processing strategies, the preparation of documents for M&A and other more commercial issues such as the search for investors or energy buyers. Lorenzo’s team at Ontier México is without a doubt a “one-stop shop” for everything related to energy in the country.’

‘Ontier’s services in Mexico offer a wider global vision of the energy industry and have successfully adapted their multijurisdictional experience to Mexico’s Energy Reform. Despite the recent challenges in the country against the energy sector, Ontier has been very responsive and creative in approaching different strategies to provide an array of solutions to complex projects’ challenges. Lorenzo Hernandez’s leadership and deep knowledge of the global energy sector are a key ingredient to the fulfilling external service experience that Ontier provides to its clients. His team’s proactive communication and creative approach with further tailor made attention to detail make difficult strategic and regulatory matters easy to digest and solve for internal counsels.

‘I have known Ontier since my start in the renewables energy world many years ago. It started in Madrid, at a small PE fund, we were looking to expand our business to México and required an advising “partner’ on our trip there. From Ontier office in Madrid we were presented to Lorenzo Hernández whom happened to be in the city for our meeting. Once in Mexico, Lorenzo, turned into a strategic partner whom went not only the extra mile, but the whole race with us. He helped us establish us in the country, navigate unknown waters creating SPVs, advised us on M&A deals, negotiated SPAs, helped us find off-takers for our renewable energy projects, … All this, carefully and perfectly executed.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the personalized treatment. The strengths of the team are: availability, communication and experience. The skills are: knowledge and crisis management.It compares favorably with teams from other firms.’

The plus is the personalized treatment of the partners without extra charges; I highlight Alejandro Stamoglou.

Key clients

Megawatt

Metka

Tres Manantiales

Pollux

Hive Baja California

Aldebaran

Reden

Chara Solar

Sunco

HWS

Vector 4

Enertis

360 Clean Energy

Soltec

Solventia

Isotron

Imasa

Zero E

Work highlights

  • Advised Reden Solar on all stages of the development and licensing of  one of the very few renewable energy plants that was built and connected to the network under the previous “smal producers” legislation in the sector; as well as providing full legal advice on the development of a 30MW solar plant.
  • Advsing Hive on the development of a 28MW project in Baja California; and on the development of a 120MW solar project in Coahuila.
  • Advised Megawatt on four energy projects in different states of the Republic of Mexico totalling 750MW, as well as on their possible sale to Invenergy.