Firms To Watch: Energy and natural resources

Boutique firm Cannizzo, Ortíz y Asociados is a strong choice for advice on transactions in Mexico in various contexts, including oil and gas investments, PPPs and concessions, corporate joint ventures and project development agreements; the core team -comprised of partners Carlo Cannizzo, Roberto Cannizzo, Marco Cannizzo and Enrique García - also provides regulatory advice.
Founded in 2002, Grupo de Asesores Legales y Técnicos de la Construcción (GALTEC) is a nine-strong specialist firm focused on advising energy sector clients on matters ranging from contract law, contract administration and permits and licensing, to alternative dispute settlement and regulatory risk management; the practice is led by Roberto Zavala Chavero and Ernesto Beltrán Rébora who regularly act on a broad range of sectoral matters.

Energy and natural resources in Mexico

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

With a strong orientation towards the oil-and-gas sector (as opposed to power), Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.‘s ‘expertise in the industry is unparalleled in the market’. Its energy and natural resources practice handles the full range of services across the transactional, regulatory and disputes spectrum, ranging from corporate structuring, tender processes and project development, to acquisitions and divestitures, due diligence and joint ventures, among other matters. The 14-strong team is led by Benjamin Torres-Barron, ‘certainly the go-to lawyer for any kind of complex energy issues’ according to sources who note that his ‘clout in the industry goes way beyond Mexico‘. Other key practitioners include Daniel Sánchez , who focuses on energy and infrastructure projects, as well as cross-border transactions; and Marco Nieto-Vazquez whose experience cover electricity, oil and gas, energy transition and energy planning in relation to both the public and private sectors; both are also highly recommended. A second line of experienced advisers includes Ciudad Juárez-based senior associates Carlos Maass-Porras (oil and gas, infrastructure, renewable energy and major projects); and Carlos Muskus Guardia (energy transactions, project development and finance, and government contracting).

Practice head(s):

Benjamín Torres-Barrón

Testimonials

‘Partner Benjamin Torres-Baron is a leading figure in the North America legal energy community. His clout in the industry goes way beyond Mexico and he is certainty the go-to lawyer to any kind of complex energy issues.

‘The team offers a fine balance of local expertise with an international outlook.

Marco Nieto-Vazquez is an outstanding lawyer. Commitment, empathy, preparation, clarity to explain, disposition before emergencies.

We find excellent attention and empathy towards the client in conjunction with a deep knowledge in the subject that we need to have. It compares favourably to other firms where we could not find the same level of knowledge.

Baker McKenzie’s Mexico energy & natural resources practice is uniquely positioned in the market. The team offers a fine balance of local expertise with an international outlook. The firm’s ability to work in an integrated fashion with offices from other jurisdictions is very helpful to international clients. The blend of hands-on experience in the field with impressive academic credentials is also an asset. The expertise the firm offers in the industry is unparalleled in the market.

Key clients

Controladora Petrobal / Petrobal Upstream Delta 1

PTT Exploration and Production

Shell México Gas Natural

Valero Services / Valero Marketing and Supply of Mexico

Work highlights

  • Advised Petrobal in the negotiation of a senior secured reserves-based project finance facility of $250m with ING, Bancomext, Societe Generale and Citi Banamex for the development of the Ichalkil and Pokoch fields located in the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico.
  • Advised Shell regarding an ICC arbitration against Energía Costa Azul regarding an LNG storage and regasification facility in Baja California, Mexico.
  • Advised PTT Exploration and Production Public Company in connection with its participation in a Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission tender procedure for the award of license contracts for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in 29 deepwater blocks.

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

The team at CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow advises domestic and international clients on a full range of sectoral issues including complex regulatory matters, the design of off-take transactions, project development, renewable energy M&A and project finance, among others. Actively involved in shaping national energy policy, the practice has proved adept at keeping its multinational clients up-to-date with the shifting norms and regulations governing the energy sector during the current administration. Due to the current circumstances in the sector, it has also worked with the Federal Energy Commission (CFE) on the development of conventional and renewable projects. The practice is co-led by Derek Woodhouse, who has vast experience in private sector participation in infrastructure projects; and Luis Fernández Lagunas whose practice is centred on oil and gas exploration and production, along with private and public electricity generation projects. Key support comes from associates Gabriel Salinas, who specialises in international and domestic transactions related to the structuring and development of energy and infrastructure projects, along with corporate and contractual matters; and Manuel Ferrara, a former deputy director of amparo and litigation at the Energy Regulatory Commission, whose practice centres on administrative and constitutional litigation in relation to the energy sector. Former senior José Antonio Téllez has left the firm.

Key clients

CKD Infraestructura México and Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec

Grupo Constructor ITISA

EDF Renewables

Mitsui & Co Power Americas

Rassini

WRB

Walmart

Thermion

Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta

PepsiCo

Work highlights

  • Advised leading energy companies on the analysis and preparation of a legal strategy to combat the Reliability Policy issued by the Mexican Ministry of Energy.
  • Advised Mitsui on the design and preparation of diverse strategies to avoid the termination of a project’s generation permit due to construction time-frames impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Galicia Abogados S.C.

Galicia Abogados S.C. maintains a strong position in the market advising both domestic and international clients on cross-border transactions in mining, power and hydrocarbons. The 20-strong, industry-focused team has the resources and experience to provide services across the regulatory, commercial and financing aspects of the sector, as well as assisting with the development of a full-array of energy projects; ‘they know the sector very well, they anticipate problems and provide innovative solutions‘, comment sources. In the oil and gas industry, the firm advices clients in E&P activities as well as regarding storage, transportation, liquefaction, compression, petrochemicals, and commercialization. In the power sector, the team is active in generation projects (gas, solar, wind and hydro) as well as power storage facilities. The practice is co-led by six partners: Carlos De Maria y Campos, Antonio Borja and Ernesto Partida (who made partner in 2020) have an undoubted reputation in project finance in the energy and natural resources industry; Francisco Fernández Cueto  and Eduardo García-Travesi have strong expertise in the power sector; and mining specialist and practice head, Héctor Kuri. Primary support at associate level comes from seniors Luis Manuel Rosendo, who focuses on energy project development, energy regulation and also has environmental expertise; and Florent Patoret, a mining specialist with experience advising developers, contractors, sponsors and banks on transactional matters in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Carlos de Maria y Campos; Francisco Fernández Cueto; Antonio Borja; Eduardo García-Travesi; Ernesto Partida and Héctor Kuri.

Key clients

Shell

Grupo Mexico

Consorcio Industrial

Avant

Rrepsol

Carso Gasoducto Norte

Fermaca

Hokchi Energy

Tokyo Gas

BHP Billiton

Saavi Energía

Grupo Avanzia

Jaguar Exploración y Producción de Hidrocarburos

Bimbo

Femsa

Kuo

Contour Global

Engie

Canadian Solar

Mitsui

Invenesa

X-Elio

Neoen

Balam

Saavi Energia

AES Corporation

Sun Power

First Solar

BayWa

174 Global Power

Mitsubishi

New Fortress Energy

Tokyo Gas

EDP Renováveis

Total Eren

Nacional Financiera, SNC Institución de Banca de Desarrollo (NAFIN)

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior

Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos

Banco Sabadell

International Finance Corporation

Interamerican Development Bank

North American Development Bank

KfW IPEX-Bank

Credit Agricole

Natixis

BoTM

BBVA Bancomer

Banco Santander

Banorte

Citibanamex

Mizuho

ING

Equinox Gold

Silver Wheaton Corporation

EMX Royalty Corporation

Minera Cuzcatlan

Fortuna Silver Mines

Alio Gold (now Argonaut Gold)

EMX Royalty Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Actis on the sale of 100% of its interest in Saavi Energía to Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advised International Finance Corporation and Banco Sabadell on the financing of a 119-MW photovoltaic project in Mexico, known as Perote II, developed by X-Elio in the State of Veracruz, Mexico.
  • Advised Equinox Gold on the acquisition of Premier Gold Mines and its subsidiaries around the world, including the producing Mercedes Mine in Mexico.

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo‘s consolidated practice covers the gamut of energy matters: from up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas, power generation, regulatory matters, public procurement, and project and infrastructure development, to dispute resolution, litigation and enforcement; environmental matters, social impact and regulatory assessment; project, structured and corporate finance; and joint ventures, M&A and private equity. Founding partner Enrique González Calvillo is particularly active on transactional and financing matters in the sector; Jorge Cervantes Trejo provides deep knowledge of project finance and development in relation to power, oil and gas infrastructure, as well as specialist niche ADR knowledge; Rodrigo Rojas Robleda also brings deep infrastructure and projects knowledge, particular in relation to private equity in the sector; while Oscar Moreno Silva has specialist knowledge of infrastructure and energy regulatory matters; and Diana Pineda Esteban is also highly regarded for her broad capabilities in energy matters, oil and gas projects, litigation, and associated dispute resolution. A robust second line includes counsels Antonio De Lisi (advisory to sponsors, investors and financial institutions on energy and infrastructure project development, joint ventures and transactions) and Julia González (strategy design spanning regulatory, dispute resolution and risk prevention matters in relation to infrastructure projects); along with senior associate Paulina Poo Romano (energy, environmental and regulatory matters).

Practice head(s):

Enrique González Calvillo; Jorge Cervantes Trejo; Rodrigo Rojas Robleda; Oscar Moreno; Diana Pineda Esteban

Testimonials

‘The lawyers who assisted me have extensive knowledge in energy and amparo law and are also very up-to-date.’

‘Diana Pineda and Julia González Romero stand out for their solid knowledge and monitoring of regulatory changes.’

 

Key clients

Chevron

Global Infrastructure Partners

Gas & Petroquimica de Occidente (Proman’s Mexican subsidiary)

Macquarie Capital

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Nordex

Shell

Vopak

Thermion Energy

TPG (formerly: Texas Pacific Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised Nordex on three financings which have ESG components based on the sustainable financing structure of the Nordex Group, involving 16 different jurisdictions.
  • Advised Vopak Mexico on legal matters related to their daily activities in the provision of storage services at different terminals.

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight LLP excels across the full spectrum of services in relation to energy and natural resources, with its ‘extensive knowledge and experience, excellent customer service', and 'professionals and innovators with a pro-business vision’ makes the firm an undoubted leader in the field, according to sources. Flush form its merger with Thompson and Knight in 2021, the firm's energy practice is particularly robust and represents both local and international clients in project finance, M&A, public procurement, regulatory and environmental, and contractual and corporate matter, among others. The ten-strong team demonstrates significant depth in both the power and oil-and-gas segments, from the establishment and development of energy businesses through to the execution and management of projects; it also works hand-in-hand with the firm's disputes practice as required when contentious matters arise, as well as being accustomed to working with the firm's other international offices on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters. The core group of senior advisors comprises four partners. Carlos Ochoa, who is highly regarded for his advice on local and cross-border energy and infrastructure project development and financings and associated real estate matters. The 'proactive, effective and highly reliableClaudio Rodriguez who has ‘vast experience in energy law' - specifically, in the power segment; and who was additionally appointed head of the firm's construction practice in August 2022. Head of the Monterrey office, Gabriel Ruiz, whose broad advisory practice includes company planning and formation, specialised contracts, M&A, financial operations and international tax planning, as well as a niche specialisation in representing clients before relevant governmental and regulatory entities such as the SENER, CNH, CRE, ASEA, CFE, PEMEX, CNBV, and BMV. Key support comes from senior counsels Regina Legorreta (‘highly knowledgeable and highly reliable’) who focuses on energy and infrastructure project structuring, PPAs and EPC contracts, among other matters; and the dual-qualified (Mexico/New York) Alejandro A Sánchez Mújica, who advises on both the financing of energy projects and transactional activity in the sector. Associate Alberto Esenaro moved to Dentons López Velarde in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Ochoa; Claudio Rodriguez; Gabriel Ruiz; Rodolfo Rueda

Testimonials

‘Extensive knowledge and experience, excellent customer service, professionals and innovators, with a pro-business vision, they easily adapt to the company’s procedures, as well as to the demand and specification of the required services.

‘Our point of contact is Rodolfo Rueda, who is always attentive to the needs of the company, with an innovative, pro-business and very professional approach.’

‘High-level professional practice, always with correct and immediate answers, they are proactive and take matters as their own.’

´Claudio Rodríguez, vast experience in energy law, proactive, effective and highly reliable. Regina Legorreta, highly knowledgeable and highly reliable.’

Key clients

Technip Energies

Talos Energy/Wintershall DEA/Harbour Energy (Premier Oil)

BHP Group Limited

Quarternorth Energy (formerly Fieldwood Energy)

Grupo México-Invenergy (Parque Eolico de Fenicias)

Grupo ALFA

Dragados Offshore Mexico

Artha Capital

Acciona (San Carlos Project)

Generadora Fenix

Engie (Sol de Insurgentes)

Greenergy

EDF Renewables

Iberdrola

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Technip Energies and its Mexican affiliate in its participation as the master contractor in the largest liquid natural gas EPC project in Mexico, a liquefaction-export facility in Baja California, that will add natural gas liquefaction capabilities to ECA’s existing LNG receipt storage and regasification terminal.
  • Advised the Block 7 operating consortium formed by Talos Energy, Wintersahll Dea and Harbour Energy (formerly Premier Oil); the block includes the Zama field in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the largest oil fields discovered in Mexico’s recent history.
  • Advised BHP Billiton on the award and execution of the Trion Block deepwater license agreement (valued at $1bn) in association with PEMEX; BHP secured operatorship and a 60 percent interest in the license agreement covering the areas constituting the Trion Block, located south of Mexico’s maritime border with the United States.

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

Providing ‘excellent communication and customer service’, Greenberg Traurig, S.C.‘s highly-qualified, 16-strong team impresses with its ‘innovative approach to providing solutions from different perspectives‘. A constant presence in midstream mandates, the practice has also carved out a niche for itself in the renewables segment, and is more and more involved in major power and oil-and-gas projects and transactions. Led by project finance specialist Juan Manuel González, the team is notably multidisciplinary. Fernando Orrantia focuses on the real estate, corporate and environmental aspects of infrastructure, energy and petrochemical projects; working across both hydrocarbons and renewables, Erick Hernández Gallego has expertise in in regulatory and transactional matters, public tenders and financing operations; while of counsel Pedro Reséndez‘s practice, also covering hydrocarbons, power and renewables, is particularly oriented towards government relations. Key support comes from dual-qualified (Mexico/Texas) senior associate Rodrigo Vazquez del Mercado, who has a close-focus on up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas, government procurement and energy M&A; with fellow senior Adriana Garcia Cuellar and associate Luis Jorge Akle participating on the corporate/finance, and environmental fronts, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Juan Manuel González

Testimonials

‘The team of lawyers at Greenberg Traurig is strong, experts in the issues they handle, and treat clients kindly and respectfully. Compared to other firms, the knowledge of their lawyers is evident, they are always positive and proactive.’

‘I have worked for several years with Pamela García, Rodrigo Vázquez, Héctor Sánchez, Jorge Alemán, and from all of them I have received a cordial treatment, a great commitment to all the projects, and exceptional knowledge of process and law.’

‘Excellent communication and customer service.’

‘Very updated on regulatory and energy issues. Very good response time and follow-up to the projects. We trust them highly.’

‘They have an innovate approach to providing solutions from different perspectives.’

‘Erik Hernández, Luis Akle are people with a leadership to work as a team with that is very cordial and at ease so that others understand each aspect to follow the given recommendations.’

Key clients

BP

Grupo Idesa

Envision Energy International

KST Electric Power Company

Samsung C&T

Gobierno del estado de Yucatán

Alveg Distribución Química

Vive Energía

Cemex

Engie

Grupo Avanzia

Work highlights

  • Advised Braskem-Idesa, owner of the Etileno XXI petrochemicals facility, on the successful renegotiation of an ethane supply contract executed with Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), and the dispute resolution process with the National Center for Natural Gas Control (CENAGAS) to reverse a suspension of the natural gas supply to the plant that prevented it from operating.
  • Advised multiple leading energy companies in regulatory and litigation strategies (including amparo proceedings) to challenge resolutions published by Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the Ministry of Energy (SENER) affecting renewable energy companies and projects.
  • Advised BP on the negotiation and execution of a fuel terminaling agreement with Servicios y Terminales de Tuxpan and Tuxpan Port Terminal, to receive terminaling and storage services to enable BP to import products into Mexico through vessels, so as to supply its gas stations, as well as to sell fuel to major trading companies.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells energy practice is highly regarded for its diverse capabilities in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas projects, as well as in the electricity market. Recent matters have seen the team assist domestic and international clients with regulatory compliance, hydrocarbons export permits, and the negotiation of natural gas supply and transportation agreements. In the power segment it has been active on regulatory matters, EPC and O&M contracts, as well as power purchase agreements. The team is co-led by well-known figure Carlos Ramos, who specialises in infrastructure projects, M&A, and general corporate advice in the energy industry; Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón, who advises clients on sector-related corporate, commercial, and regulatory matters; and Juan Francisco Torres Landa, a project finance and foreign investment specialist who also has in depth knowledge of environmental matters. A capable second line comprises counsel Mauricio Fuchs, whose practice encompasses corporate affairs, M&A, restructuring, energy and infrastructure transactions, real estate, and structured and asset finance; and senior associates Perla Díaz T (transactional and regulatory matters concerning the oil, gas and power sectors); and Venezuelan-qualified Víctor Barrientos, whose past experience includes more than a decade as manager of the international legal department at Petroquímica de Venezuela.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Ramos Miranda; Juan Francisco Torres Landa Ruffo; Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón

Key clients

Equinor Upstream Mexico

Qatar Petroleum International

EDF Renewables México

Neoen

Enel

TC Energy (formerly TransCanada)

Repsol Exploración México

Minera Peñasquito (Newmont)

Finsa Energéticos

Gerdau

Ford

Work highlights

  • Advised Equinor on contractual and regulatory compliance of a deepwater exploration and extraction contract.
  • Advised ENEL on energy regulatory matters concerning its renewable generation projects located in Mexico.
  • Advised Finsa on regulatory compliance before the Energy Regulatory Commission so as to secure authorisation for its transportation rates’ updates and the modification of its general terms and conditions for the rendering of natural gas transportation services.

Jones Day

Jones Day has a proven track record in acquisitions and finance in the power industry, advising some of Mexico’s largest renewable energy projects across the wind, photovoltaic and solar power segments. Indeed, the team is recognised for its ‘outstanding knowledge’ across the energy and natural resources sector and has a reputation for handling complex energy and regulatory transactions in electricity, renewables and oil and gas sectors. The practice group is co-led by experienced partners José Estandía, who specialises in M&A and project finance transactions in the energy sector; and Alberto De La Parra, who focuses on cross-border and domestic infrastructure transactions. At counsel level, finance specialist Arturo De La Parra is active in project and infrastructure-related lending transactions (particularly renewables); and Alejandro Fleming – a former general counsel at Iberdrola – has particular and lengthy experience in the electricity sector. Also a key member of the practice group, senior associate Fernando Verdín was very active over the past year advising clients on development and acquisition of renewable energy projects. Of counsel Antonio Franck retired in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

José Estandía; Alberto de la Parra

Testimonials

‘Outstanding knowledge, prestigious office.

‘Very good knowledge of the subject and relevant topics.

Key clients

Iberdrola

Cemex Energía

Elecnor

Marathon Petroleum

Grupo Simsa

OPDE Participaciones Industriales

Itzoil (Invex Infraestructura 4)‎

Jinko Solar

Grupo Gigante

Desarrollos Eólicos Mexicanos de Oaxaca 2

Renovalia

Sinia Energy

Toyota

Vitol Electricidad de Mexico

Work highlights

  • Advised Desarrollos Eólicos Mexicanos de Oaxaca 2, as borrower, and Desarrollos Eólicos Mexicanos, as guarantor, on the drafting and negotiation of the first amendment and restatement agreement to the credit opening agreement between Desarrollos Eólicos Mexicanos de Oaxaca 2,  Nacional Financiera, Sociedad Nacional de Crédito, Development Banking Institution as creditor and agent bank, and Banco Mercantil del Norte, Institución de Banca Múltiple, Grupo Financiero Banorte and CaixaBank as creditors.
  • Advised Banco Santander and Banco Inbursa, as mandated lead arrangers, on the execution of a credit facility for the refinancing of a 220 MW cogeneration plant located in the state of Tabasco, Mexico.

MCM Abogados

Specialist boutique MCM Abogados has a close-focus on the oil-and-gas industry and associated matters including public bid processes, project finance, dispute resolution, competition and anticorruption. In particular, it has a strong upstream/E&P practice, recently advising clients in relation to the National Hydrocarbons Commission’s Round 2.4 E&P license tender process for 29 deep-water blocks. Other matters include acting for Lukoil on a $500m share purchase agreement with Fieldwood Mexico. The team is led by managing partner Manuel Cervantes, who has deep experience in project development and financing, and also assists clients with their day-to-day matters, including corporate and regulatory issues, contract negotiation, bidding and procurement procedures, and compliance and anti-corruption. Clients also benefit from fellow partner Mariana Hernández, who has a focus on oil, gas, power, public procurement and project finance. Key support is provided by senior associate Jorge Cabeza (oil & gas, electricity and governmental procurement) and the team was further strengthened in June 2022 with the hire of Evert Sánchez -also as a senior associate- from Mitsui & Co Infrastructure Solutions.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Cervantes; Mariana Hernández

Key clients

Lukoil Upstream México

Capricorn Energy (Cairn)

Petrofac México

Schlumberger de México

Halliburton

Cheiron Holdings

Vitol

Total E&P México

TechnipFMC

GeoPark

Eni Trading & Shipping

BETM de México

Compañía Perforadora México

Huasteca Oil Energy

Versalis

Grupo Mexico Servicios de Ingeniería

Grupo Dragon

ExxonMobil Mexico

Citla Energy

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.

The full service Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C. combines specialised regulatory know-how with the firepower of a leading transactional practice,  bringing to bear its expertise in regulatory matters, M&A, project finance, litigation and environmental and tax law, to offer services across the breadth of energy sector. The nine-strong department regularly handles major oil-and-gas and renewables mandates, from infrastructure developments, joint ventures and M&A, through to long-term auctions in the power sector. It is co-led by partners Horacio De Uriarte, who has particular experience in the renewables segment (particularly solar and wind), including regulatory matters; Pilar Mata Fernández, who advises on all aspects of projects, and structured and corporate finance across the energy and infrastructure sectors; and transactional, corporate and finance expert, Patricio Trad. Focused on environmental matters and the renewables segment, semi-senior associate Aisha Calderón is an up-and-coming figure.

Practice head(s):

Horacio de Uriarte; Pilar Mata; Patricio Trad

Key clients

Infraestructura Energética Nova (“IEnova”)

Atlas Renewable Energy (Mexico)

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Riverstone Holdings

Premier Oil

Talos Energy

BP Energy

Neoen

Zuma Energía

Alten

Riverstone Holdings

Organización de Proyectos de Infraestructura

Work highlights

  • Advised Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) on the approximately $80m acquisition of the remaining 50% of Energía Sierra Juárez from Saavi Energía.
  • Advised Sempra Infrastructure Partners on its  $400m 3.250% senior notes offering (due 2032).
  • Advised Eurus Energy America on the development of “Eólica Coromuel”, a 50MW wind farm in northern Mexican State of Baja California.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The energy and natural resources practice at Norton Rose Fulbright continues to take strides, leveraging its international strengths to position itself as an ever more frequent participant in key Mexico-related transactions and developments across the power, renewables, hydrocarbons and mining segments, advising sponsors and lenders. The full-service firm’s local ten-strong local team is deeply knowledgeable about Mexico’s energy market and has ample experience in M&A, financing, project development and regulatory matters both locally and in relation to cross border matters. The team is co-led by partners César Fernández G, a former projects and business vice-president at PEMEX, who oversaw the team that provided legal guidance for implementing Mexico’s 2014 energy reforms; Raquel Bierzwinsky, who advises companies, sponsors, developers and financial institutions on project development and finance, international finance, and energy, infrastructure and mining sector M&A; and Hernán González Estrada who experience stretches across project finance, public procurement, regulatory and antitrust matters. Additional expertise and support is provided by senior associates Itzell Méndez, who focuses on transactional, commercial and regulatory aspects; her previous experience includes as LatAm regional general counsel at Gamesa and deputy legal head of projects business, regulation and international matters at PEMEX; and projects and regulatory specialist Carlos Campuzano, whose past experience includes time spent handling both legal and commercial matters at GDF Suez and who focuses his practice on power, renewable energy, natural gas and energy regulation; and senior counsel Liliana Anzaldúa, a former PEMEX commercial vice-president for logistics, whose practice is centred on transactional matters in the hydrocarbons sector.

Practice head(s):

Raquel Bierzwinsky; Hernán González Estrada; César Fernández Gomez

Key clients

KfW IPEX

CABEI

Deutsche Bank

Banco del Estado de Chile

BCI

Bancomext

IDB Invest

FinDev Canada

DFC (formerly OPIC)

Braskem

Itapoá Terminais Portuários

Banco Rabobank International Brasil

BRK Ambiental Participações

Vale

Macquarie

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden

Société de Promotion et de Participation Pour la Coopération Economique

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Biosev

Banco Itau BBA

Work highlights

  • AdvisedING Bank on a reserve based development financing in Mexico for an offshore O&G project; the $250m senior secured facility was provided to Petrobal Upstream Delta1.
  • Advised RK Mine Finance in connection with the establishment of a $120m credit facility in favour of Canadian mining company Norcrest Metals.
  • Advised term lenders and their agent, in the renegotiation and refinancing of a complex loan extended to Horizon Global Corporation.

Ritch, Mueller y Nicolau, S.C.

Ritch, Mueller y Nicolau, S.C. fields a 21 strong team experienced in energy and natural resources, advising local and international investors, lenders, developers and contractors on financing and the implementation of energy and infrastructure projects. 2021 saw the team particularly active on hydrocarbons project finance, M&As, compliance, regulatory and contentious matters. Co-led by Federico Santacruz González who represents sponsors, lenders, off-takers, funds and investors on all aspects of projects mandates; and Jorge Oria y Anaya who has experience in acquisition, finance and arbitration in relation to energy and infrastructure projects. Oscar A. Lopez Velarde, who advises on financing structures for real estate, oil and gas, power and infrastructure projects, is also integral to a practice that can also call on the expertise of partners Gabriel del Valle Mendiola (banking and finance, capital markets, energy and infrastructure); Octavio Olivo Villa (banking and finance, competition, M&A; projects, energy and infrastructure); and Asaf Jimenez Adorno (banking and finance, M&A; projects, energy and infrastructure). Key associate Marco Portillo is primarily focused on energy transactions across both the oil-and-gas and power industries.

Practice head(s):

Federico Santacruz González; Jorge Oria y Anaya

Key clients

Repsol Downstream México

Novum México Trading

Glencore Energy México

Grupo Pochteca

Asfaltos Mesoamericanos

Ainda, Energía & Infraestructura

Valero Marketing and Supply de México

Shell Trading Mexico

Diavaz Gas

Corporación G500

Gasoducto de Morelos

Comsustenta

Work highlights

  • Advised companies in the energy sector -such as Novum México Trading, Glencore Energy, Grupo Pochteca and Repsol- on the legal procedures to obtain hydrocarbon and oil product importation permits before the Ministry of Energy, in compliance with the current regulations necessary to obtain a favourable decision.
  • Advised MPC Energy Solutions Latin America Holdings on the acquisition of the 13.6MWLos Santos Solar I project owned by Buenavista Renewables.
  • Advised leading industry companies on compliance with the newly enforced volumetric control regulations, which have had an important impact within the industry, as the applicable rules are complex.

White & Case S.C.

With an exceptionally experienced practice group whose members have backgrounds in both the public and private sectors, White & Case S.C., is praised for having ‘one of the most robust teams with a very high quality of deliverables at all levels’. 2021 saw the group advise a stellar roster of clients in the power generation segment, as well as providing contentious counsel in contentious oil, gas and electricity matters – indeed, the practice stands out as ‘excellent in the energy sector, amparo trials and administrative law’. Leading the practice Francisco De Rosenzweig has a strong reputation, with clients regarding him as the ‘lawyer who knows the most about the electricity and hydrocarbon industry in the energy sector. He is flanked by fellow partners Jorge Kim, who focuses on the regulatory, transactional and litigious mandates; and Juan Ruenes who handles infrastructure development, project finance, asset finance and general corporate matters. At associate level, José Daniel Franco is an ‘outstanding member of the team’ whose expertise takes in the regulatory, contractual and project-finance aspects of electricity, oil-and-gas, and other infrastructure projects; while Mariana Montemayor Alba and Juan Carlos Llorens Rojas both handle corporate law, energy transactions, infrastructure and project financing.

Practice head(s):

Francisco de Rosenzweig

Testimonials

‘Francisco de Rosenzweig has an in-depth knowledge of the regulation of the sector, to which he adds his experience as leader of the legal area of the independent market regulator. This experience, together with his knowledge of regulation, makes him stand out as one of the people who best understand the complicated regulatory framework of the electric power sector in Mexico.

‘Silvia Marchili has extensive experience in international litigation processes and her leadership in the team dedicated to this scope provides clarity and certainty in the decisions to be taken by us.

‘The lawyers at White and Case are excellent in the energy sector, amparo and administrative law.

‘Francisco de Rosenzweig is, from my point of view, the lawyer who knows the MOST about the electricity and hydrocarbon industry in the energy sector. For his part, Ismael Reyes Retana is an excellent trial lawyer.

‘One of the most robust teams with a very high quality of deliverables at all levels.

‘Francisco de Rosenzweig, excellent lawyer and person. Very solid knowledge. He also has a great management and coordination capacity, which makes him an exceptional support in the administration of the projects in which he has supported us. Daniel Franco – Very good lawyer, highly reliable.

‘Great team for litigation

‘It is always a plus that they answer your doubts effectively and it is something that they have done with the company.

‘Well-cohesive team, with knowledge on the subject. I would highlight Francisco de Rosenzweig, Jose Daniel Franco and Gustavo Neyra as outstanding members of the team.

‘I would highlight Francisco de Rosenzweig, Jose Daniel Franco and Gustavo Neyra. Knowledge of the law and regulation on the matter and experience in the sector, which allows them to solve problems considering commercial aspects.

‘Great knowledge of the energy sector in Mexico.

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Howard Energy Partners

Invenergy Mexico

Banco Sabadell Mexico

Work highlights

  • Advised Iberdrola Mexico on regulatory, transactional and litigation matters in connection with its generation projects in Mexico.
  • Advised Kansas City Southern of Mexico on regulatory aspects related to its permits for the transportation of oil products by rail.
  • Advised Diamond Generation Corporation Mexico on the regulatory aspects of its generation projects under the independent power producer modality and Energía Eólica del Sur’s self-supply wind farm.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Full service stalwart Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has long standing expertise in energy and infrastructure sector, the team advising national and international clients on investment in energy projects and renewable energies including photovoltaic and wind power. It also assists oil and gas companies obtain, negotiate and renew permits, supply contract and commercialisation agreements, as well as with the development and financing of energy projects and regulatory issues. Following the retirement of Daniel Del Rio  in May 2022, Juan Carlos Serra is sole practice head; he has considerable experience in joint-ventures, M&As, reorganisation and investment. ‘The attention and dedication provided by Juan Carlos Serra in conjunction with his work team, has undoubtedly been the reason for retaining them as advisors‘, notes one client. Jesus Colunga participates in the sector as regards its corporate and transactional aspects, while Rodolfo Barreda advises on administrative matters, particularly government procurement, agreements with regulatory agencies and federal property concessions. Ricardo Evangelista (environmental law) and Jorge Escobedo  (corporate / administrative law), provide key associate support.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Serra

Testimonials

‘Few firms have an energy area in practice and, above all, an area that works, which has led us to continue working with Basham since the first contact in 2018 on these issues.

‘The attention and dedication provided by Juan Carlos Serra in conjunction with his work team, has undoubtedly been the reason for retaining them as advisors in the matter.

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

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. remains a capable presence in the energy and natural resources market, with clients noting that ‘the team, apart from its specialty, comprehensively understands the transactions and the challenges that arise to provide complete advice. The practice group undertakes the full range of M&A, financing, regulatory and infrastructure work for domestic and international clients across the power (including renewables), oil-and-gas, and petrochemicals sectors, as well as working extensively with investment funds. Santiago Sepúlveda, who specializes in M&A transactions and private equity investments involving large oil, gas, power, telecom and transport infrastructure projects in Mexico; and José Ignacio Segura, whos pracitce focuses on project finance and energy and infrastructure in the electricity and natural gas industries, co-lead the nine strong team. Younger partner Vanessa Gimenez advises energy companies, project developers, engineering and construction companies, as well as lenders and investors on energy and infrastructure transactions and also has experience of all phases of project development. Ana Irma Amado (energy, infrastructure, compliance), and Juan Carlos Luna (energy, infrastructure and project finance) are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Sepúlveda; José Ignacio Segura

Testimonials

‘The team, apart from its specialty, comprehensively understands the transactions and the challenges that arise to provide complete advice. They have a close and permanent relationship with the client to meet the requirements and needs in a timely manner, also using technological means to get closer to the client.

‘They deeply understand the client’s needs and concerns, engage with the client’s internal teams to understand procedures and provide clear and timely responses and solutions to obtain board decisions. Their availability and willingness to serve the client are fundamental in the development of consultancies.

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Mitsui

Global Infrastructure Partners

China Power Holding International

Vista Oil & Gas

Blackrock

Hanwha General Chemical

China Three Gorges

Work highlights

  • Advised  Kohlberg Kravis Roberts on the acquisition 20% of Sempra Energy’s non-utility infrastructure business.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition from Actis of Saaví Energía, a 2.2 net GW portfolio consisting of 9 energy facilities, including 6 CCGTs, 3 compression stations and 65 km of associated natural gas pipelines, as well as the refinancing of existing debt in Saavi Energía.
  • acted as lead Mexican counsel to China Power Holding International, on the acquisition of a 100% interest in the renewable portfolio owned by Zuma Energía, which consists of onshore wind farms, solar power plants and three greenfield projects.

Dentons López Velarde

Dentons López Velarde's energy offering boasts a trio of deeply experienced partners with knowledge across the energy sector, including transactional mandates, energy infrastructure projects, finance and development, and regulatory advice across a range of segments, from power, renewables and nuclear, to biofuels, and up-, mid- and downstream oil-and-gas. Rogelio López-Velarde is a key player in the industry and focuses his practice on the oil, gas and power sectors, while Amanda Valdez, is highly regarded in project finance and regulatory matters in energy and mining segments, along with M&A. Rounding out the senior team, Jorge Jimenez specialises in foreign Investment, and the infrastructure and energy industries. However, the practice has endured a number of departures: Diego Campa left to establish Campa y Mendoza SC in January 2021; while Bernardo Cortés and senior associate Fernando Quesada, left to establish their own boutique in April 2021. Most recently, October 2021 saw semi-senior Luz Elena Garcia move in house as legal director for environmental matters at Suez Mexico.

Practice head(s):

Rogelio Lopez-Velarde; Amanda Valdez; Jorge Jiménez

Work highlights

  • Represented Ophir in connection with it’s participation the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission’s Round 2.4 tender procedure.

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

A veteran in the sector, Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados houses great experience in both transactional work and regulatory matters. The firm has a proven track record in oil-and-gas, and electricity and renewable energy project development, representing clients in public procurement processes related to the construction of oil and gas pipelines and LNG terminals, as well as project finance and E&P. In the power sector, it has extensive knowledge regarding electricity generation projects, tender process participation, and PPAs among other issues. Senior partner David Enriquez is a well known figure, long focused on in oil and gas matters and with additional expertise regarding maritime and transportation law, port regulations and public bidding processes. Finance specialist Jorge Sandoval works across the energy, renewables, oil and gas segments on matters including finance, foreign investment, and asset and securities’ purchases. Key support is provided by associate Erika Roldán who handles corporate and commercial matters, along with dispute resolution and commercial arbitration.

Practice head(s):

David Enriquez; Jorge Sandoval

Key clients

Enel

Sempra (IEnova)

RWE AG

Wintershall DEA

Duff & Phelps

Covestro Mexico

Prosolia Internacional de México

Glencore International

CAF México

Telford Offshore

Work highlights

  • Advised Sempra Infrastructure on regulatory matters related to a project development process to supply feedstock gas to be exported to Asian markets.
  • Advised Enel on the development of its generation portfolio in Mexico.
  • Advised RWE regarding its operations in Mexico.

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC's energy practice  is best known for its capabilities in major energy and natural resource investments (including complex financings for renewable energy projects), financings and transactions, spanning the electricity, water, waste-to-energy, and oil and gas segments, and to a lesser extent mining. The 'excellent team', which 'knows the market very well' and 'balances seniority levels appropriately', comprises: Javier Arreola, who specialises in public-private partnerships, and he up-to-the-minute experience of bidding processes and the acquisition, structuring, restructuring and financing of energy projects; and Vanessa Franyutti, also a PPP expert, who focuses primarily on project finance; the pair co-head the practice. Praised for his 'extensive knowledge of the Mexican market and the challenges involved in carrying out an infrastructure project in Mexico', Alejandro Rojas has strong international experience and regularly advises multinational clients on infrastructure and energy projects in Mexico. Completing the senior energy and natural recourses bench, the very active Santiago Medina Z undertakes the structuring and financing of energy and water projects (including through equity or debt), and also has strong expertise in energy regulatory matters and the negotiation of PPA, EPC, and O&M contracts.

Practice head(s):

Javier Arreola; Vanessa Frayutti

Testimonials

Excellent team, balances seniority levels appropriately. They know the Mexican market very well.

The lawyers with whom I had the pleasure of working are Alejandro Rojas and Benjamin Torrero, both of whom have extensive knowledge of the Mexican market and the challenges involved in carrying out an infrastructure project in Mexico. They both supported us effectively in the project, always attentive and timely.

Key clients

Michoacan State Government

CEA Guaymas-Empalme, Sonora

UK Pact

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

National Infrastructure Fund

OPDEnergy

Gyrodata

Bancomext

Suez Environnement

Power China (Sinohydro)

Work highlights

  • Advised Frontera Generation’s first lien lenders on all Mexican aspects throughout the Company’s restructuring process; Frontera owns a 526MW gas-fired combined cycle power generation plant in Mission, Texas, that imports and sells electricity and capacity into Mexico.
  • Advised Macquarie on the acquisition by a Macquarie-led group of Reden Solar from InfraVia Capital Partners and Eurazeo.
  • Advised Cobre del Mayo on its offer to exchange Senior Secured PIK Toggle Notes due 2021 for: i. senior secured notes (due 2026), and ii. senior secured PIK Toggle notes (due 2030).

Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster is a well regarded practice that has ‘extensive experience in the legal energy market in Mexico'. With a 13-strong team that is ‘knowledgeable, always available, innovative, efficient and business oriented’, it provides clients with advice on financing, acquisitions, PPAs, public and private partnerships, project development and regulatory compliance, among other matters. With ‘up-to-date information on the industry' the practice 'is characterised by clear communication and excellent customer service'. It is co-led by Guadalupe Esparza Sanchez (‘outstanding for her knowledge of the electricity market and her relationship with the authorities’) who focuses on energy law, infrastructure and project finance, particularly the design, structuring and implementation of public projects and public and PPPs; and Alejandro Ripoll Gonzalez who assists clients with the structuring, bidding, financing, execution and purchase/sale of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects. Senior associate Diego Alvarez Ampudia is similarly involved in large scale project and transactional matters, and ‘stands out as a true specialist in the field and adapts to clients’ needs'.

Practice head(s):

Lupita Esparza Sanchez; Alejandro Ripoll-Gonzalez

Testimonials

‘The team is always highly prepared for any meeting, has the most up-to-date information in the industry, and is characterised by clear communication and excellent customer service. In the face of any request, they show efficient internal communication and solve problems almost immediately.’

‘Their biggest differentiator would be the great service and disposition they show to the customer. They really show an excellent knowledge of their client and look for a strategy where both parties feel comfortable. They are great conciliators, always remembering the main goal.’

‘The lawyers of the RR&S firm are very capable and have extensive experience in the legal energy market in Mexico. They are committed to complying in a timely manner with the commitments that are imposed and always seek the best solutions to solve the cases that they carry from our company.’

‘Guadalupe Esparza, Diego Álvarez and Rodrigo Acuña are very honest and professionally willing to develop the most acceptable legal practices to achieve the objectives.’

‘Knowledgeable, always available, fair, innovative and what we look for, efficient. Guadalupe Esparza and her team are efficient and effective. A pleasure to work with. More than once our counterparts have reached out to her for legal advise!’

‘Guadalupe and her team are super well organised and committed to our projects. We rely on them for legal matters but also in many occasions to verify actions and correct project and contract management!’

‘The strongest points of this practice are i) that they think outside the box, that they provide solutions in accordance with the law and  business oriented; ii) they are really specialists in energy matters (they only dedicate themselves to this practice). In other firms, the practice is integrated into corporate or M&A. In terms of diversity, a woman is in charge of the practice.’

‘Guadalupe Esparza (partner) and Diego Alvarez Ampudia (associate) stand out as true specialists in the field and adapt to clients’ needs.’

‘Very good knowledge of regulations and laws and how to take advantage of them in the negotiation’

‘Lupita Esparza Sanchez is outstanding for her knowledge of the electricity market and her relationship with the authorities’

Key clients

Grumesa / Inmobiliaria la Rumorosa

Energía Real

Grupo KMM

BorgWarner

Rengen Energy Solutions

Renovare / Kualion

Grupo Lauman / Comtelsat

DM Solar / Grupo Ecológico RGK

IGSA

Atlas Renewable Energy

Tremond Energy

Bay Wa

Isotron / Isastur

Work highlights

  • Advised Grumesa on the securing of a power supply for the new stage of an industrial park, including the construction of a power plant and related infrastructure.
  • Advised Atlas Renewable Energy on diverse due diligence procedures for the acquisition of land rights for power generation developments and the regularisation of projects.
  • Advised Energía Real on the expansion of its operations, including acquisitions of diverse commercial and industrial solar distribution and generation assets in Mexico.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has a broad energy and natural resources offering, that reflects the firm’s full-service capabilities, and advises clients on all stages of project development – from financing and acquisitions, to the construction, operation and sale of energy infrastructure, including the negotiation of EPC agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, and PPAs. The practice is jointly led by Edmond Frederic Grieger whose experience takes in infrastructure project development (especially in the energy and natural resources sector); public tender and auction processes; and the negotiation of contracts related to the energy industry; and Luis Burgueño, an M&A, corporate and commercial transactions specialist (both domestic and cross-border), whose practice has a strong emphasis on energy and natural resources. Additional figures of note in the practice include: Alberto Córdoba, who has experience in mergers, asset transfers, strategic alliances and joint ventures (again, both national and cross-border); Ariel Garfio who undertakes matters related to the development, construction, operation and maintenance of thermal and renewable energy, oil, gas, mining, water and infrastructure projects; and disputes specialist Adrián Magallanes who represents clients in commercial, energy, infrastructure and investor-state arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Edmond Grieger; Luis Burgueño

Key clients

Anheuser Busch InBev (Grupo Modelo)

Invenergy Llave en Mano

Robert Bosch

Mitsubishi Power Aero

Ammper Energía

Energy Development Partners

North Pole Star

Elsewedy Electric

Opex Perforadora

GE Energias Renovaveis

Work highlights

  • Advised Anheuser Busch InBev on the structuring of a legal scheme for the purchase of +600 GWh/year of renewable power to multiple brewing facilities located in the Mexican territory.
  • Advised Invenergy on the development of multiple, renewable, thermal and clean energy projects throughout Mexico.  
  • Advised Compañia de Electricidad Los Ramones on the commercial operation of its 605MW thermal power project.

DLA Piper Mexico

DLA Piper Mexico‘s status as the local office of a full-service law firm with global presence allows it to ‘offer clients local and international support in practically all areas of law‘. The energy practice brings to bear experience in the development of power generation projects, corporate matters, and contract negotiation and drafting regarding all aspects of the oil and natural gas industries, as well as representing power companies from across the renewable and conventional energy segments. The team is led by Marcelo Paramo, who is recognised for his ‘unparalleled experience in the energy sector’ representing multinational companies in the oil and gas sector, across the power generation and transmission areas, and in the mining industry. He is flanked by fellow partners Edgar Romo (corporate and finance work – particularly in relation to the energy sector); and Raul Farias whose practice is centred on the infrastructure and energy sector – including power generation, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, energy storage, oil and gas and LNF – as well as the financial sector. The team was further boosted in January 2022 with the hire of project finance, infrastructure and PPP-focused Roberto Ríos from White & Case S.C..

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Páramo

Testimonials

‘The leader of the energy practice, Marcelo Páramo, is someone with extensive experience in the sector who gives confidence because he has known the authorities and the ups and downs of this industry for more than 25 years.

‘Marcelo Páramo provides a very personalized service, assists and resolves issues in a practical way.

‘One of the firm’s biggest differentiators is its global structure. There are few law firms in Mexico that can offer clients local and international support in practically all areas of law.

‘I recommend Marcelo Páramo for his unparalleled experience in the energy sector. Gerardo Lozano and Kate Brown also have in-depth knowledge of the industry from the arbitration arena.

Key clients

Acciona Energía

Grupo Alego

RWE Renewables

Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior

EC Rubio

EC Rubio is both well positioned and well regarded in terms of the mining sector where it has standout strength, regular participating in significant mining projects, and assisting a considerable array of primarily international listed-companies including Alamos Gold, Centerra Gold, One World Lithium and Consolidated Zinc. The offering covers cover all facets of a mining company or project’s operation, including a due diligence process that considers all aspects related to mining claims, along with transactional and financing matters. The team also participates actively and directly in community and mining negotiations. Clients highlight the practice as ‘very professional in energy matters and with an excellent update of mining issues and knowledge of the law in this matter‘. Practice head Pablo Méndez focuses on mining and corporate/M&A, as well as civil, commercial, and banking litigation. Key support is provided by senior associate Alejandro Guerra, who handles mining, agrarian, environmental and administrative law matters, as well as civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Méndez Alvídrez

Testimonials

‘Very professional in energy matters and with an excellent update of mining issues and knowledge of the law in this matter.

‘Professionalism and honesty in handling matters. Extensive knowledge, Lic. Pablo Mendez.

Key clients

Proesmma

Alamos Gold

GoGold

Centerra Gold

Consolidated Zinc

Orion Financial

United Minerals

Jadar Resources

One World Lithium

Work highlights

  • Advised GoGold Inc on the expansion of Los Ricos mining project with the acquisition of 14 mining concessions.
  • Advised Alamos Gold on the execution of mining and construction service agreements.
  • Advised Alamos Gold on the acquisition of “Los Venados” mining project, located in Sonora, Mexico.

Garrigues

Able to draw on the firm's regional strength, Garrigues' multidisciplinary approach enables the team to provide comprehensive -particularly transactional- advice to sponsor, energy operator and/or finance provider client across the electricity, gas, oil, mining and renewable energy sectors, among others. David Jiménez Romero advises private and public clients on infrastructure projects, including power, hydrocarbons, transportation, water, social infrastructure and public private partnerships. Roberto Torres Velasco, who is in charge of the regulatory and environmental practice, has experience in regulatory law, regulatory and environmental due diligence and infrastructure, and advises clients on the implementation of renewable resources exploitation and clean energy generation projects; environmental permits, licenses and concessions; federal and local environmental regulatory matters; and the management of normalization issues.

Practice head(s):

David Jiménez Romero; Roberto Torres

LHO

Housing a five-partner strong department, LHO is widely respected for its ‘knowledge and client-led approach’; ‘the lawyers have technical and specialised knowledge of relevant issues in the the energy sector’, allowing the team to advise local and international companies throughout all stages of their energy projects. The practice has experience in the implementation of the commercial and corporate structures, the negotiation and formalisation of contracts, and on joint ventures, electricity coverage contracts, natural gas and oil transportation services, licenses, authorisations and project concessions related to the industry, among other matters. Practice head (and co-managing partner) Luis Miguel Ramírez Ruggeberg has broad experience in renewable energy projects and oil and gas matters, and clients praise his ‘excellent legal strategy and knowledge of the matter’. Erik del Rio focuses on project finance and the structuring of energy and natural resources operations and is highly-regarded for his ‘superb support in ongoing investments and legal needs.

Practice head(s):

Luis Miguel Ramírez Ruggeberg; Erik del Río Gonzalez; Jimena Aranza Zubiaga Garza; Luis Enrique Rangel de la Peza; Eloisa Alejandre Castillo; Raúl Tornel Castillejos; Adrián Salazar Montesinos; Jorge Alvarado

Testimonials

‘For me, their knowledge and client-led approach to making sure that we understand correctly, is very well managed. Paperwork is always on time and clear to follow. Any areas of risk are explained.

‘Luis Ramirez and Erik del Rio, have been superb support during ongoing investment and legal needs.

‘The lawyers have technical and specialised knowledge of relevant issues inthe energy sector. I am struck by their focus on the latest technology trends in this field. Also in environmental matters, energy and natural resources attorneys are ready to handle matters.

‘In general, my congratulations to LHO, since they have been able to mitigate the current legal contingencies of the company, even though in the face of adversity they have had to work under a lot of pressure and manage schedules in Spain and Mexico. The entire team is admirable and assertive when defining legal strategies. In general, the way of working with them has been excellent, becoming the trusted legal firm and head of our company.

‘Luis Miguel Ramírez’s team is exceptional, always with the best disposition, immediate responses and unbeatable communication. There are factors that are of great importance to them, such as excellent and fluid communication, honesty and availability, in addition to the excellent legal strategy and knowledge of the matter. Widely recommended.’

‘They exceed the skills of  teams from other offices with their personalised attention and their relationship with people with whom we  collaborate.

‘They are very attentive and the way they explain legal matters with simple language taking the time to clarify any doubts. Luis Enrique and Luis Miguel have the best interest in their clients and take great care of all deliverables.

Key clients

Prodiel

Pachamama Solar

Potrero Solar

Novamper

Power China International

Sinohydro

Grupo Avanzia (Grupo Cobra)

Tozzi

Enel Green Power

Goldbeck Solar

Longi

Grupo Dragón

Naturgy

Acciona

Camescom

Britcham

Ecozona

Centursa

Airsa

Secretaria de Desarrollo Sustentable del Estado de Morelos

Work highlights

  • Advised Prodiel om all legal matters during the engineering procurement and construction phase of three photovoltaic installations, as well as the legal advice required for the operation and maintenance of several solar plants located in Mexico.
  • Advised Power China International on dispute resolution during the development of its photovoltaic projects in the states of Aguascalientes and Jalisco with a total of 671MW.
  • Advised Italian Energy Group, Tozzi, on its insolvency process as a consequence of the multiple adversities presented globally duirng the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C.

The multidisciplinary team at Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C. has substantial expertise in the financing, development and regulatory aspects of large energy projects, as well as extensive experience in deep-water blocks and the upstream oil-and-gas segment in general, along with farm-out agreements related to E&P contracts. The team’s lawyers are regarded as being ‘highly knowledgeable of company’s businesses, which allows them to be efficient and time wisely resolving issues‘. The practice is co-led by Francisco Mendez who represents major international oil and gas companies on a broad range of matters, including up- mid- and downstream matters and notably including farm-ins/farm-outs in Mexico and throughout Latin America; moreover, he ‘invariably demonstrates great professionalism and practicality combined with an excellent understanding of the energy business helping to obtain efficient solutions‘. Fellow co-head Ariel Ramos is an energy and infrastructure veteran who primarily focuses on transactions related to the power, oil and gas, and energy-related infrastructure sectors, along with finance matters. The pair co-lead the international firm’s local practice in conjunction with Pablo Ferrante and José Valera in Houston. However, senior associate Julio Martínez Rivas left for Latham & Watkins LLP in New York in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Méndez; Ariel Ramos

Testimonials

‘They  are highly knowledgeable of company’s businesses, which allows them to be efficient and time wisely resolving issues.

‘Wide range of associate lawyers and partners of different expertise.

‘I have worked with Francisco Méndez as outside counsel in several M&A operations in Latin America. Francisco invariably demonstrates great professionalism and practicality combined with an excellent understanding of the energy business helping to obtain efficient solutions.

Key clients

PC Carigali Mexico Operations (Petronas)

X-Elio Energy

BAS Corporation

ExxonMobil

Lukoil Upstream Mexico

Ecopetrol

Delek Group

Grupo Avanzia

Andino Chemical International

Guyana Bayshore

Grupo DPH

Work highlights

  • Advised PC Carigali Mexico Operations on day-to-day matters concerning its joint venture and joint operating agreements in connection with 11 deepwater blocks, as well as on the compliance aspects of its oil-and-gas activities in Mexico.
  • Advised the sponsors on the financing of the Perote II solar plant, located in the state of Veracruz, Mexico; the $44m debt package was provided by the International Finance Corporation and Sabcapital.
  • Advised Lukoil on the preparation and negotiation of farm-out agreements, joint venture and joint operating agreements and compliance in connection with recently acquired deep-water blocks.

ONTIER México

The local office of this small but capable international firm, Ontier México can draw on the resources of lawyers in 13 countries but concurrently prioritises a local approach. The energy and natural resources practice has a strong reputation for its industry experience regarding acquisitions, project finance, regulatory issues, compliance, public infrastructure projects, power purchase agreements and litigation, among other matters. The team is led by partner Lorenzo Hernandez who has participated in several important cross border M&A operations involving renewables' projects, as well as transactions in sectors such as infrastructure, technology, real estate and transport, Moreover, he has advised several large international groups investing in Mexico on achieving their landing and quick subsequent expansion in Mexico. Clients speak of Lorenzo as an “exceptional person and lawyer with impeccable human treatment, very valuable pro-business attitude'. Associate practice director Regina Noriega has over 15 years' experience in the sector, particularly on the development and sale/acquisition of energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Hernández

Testimonials

‘Very focused on client’s business even in litigation situations.’

‘We have contact with Lorenzo Hernandez Allones, an exceptional person and lawyer with impeccable human treatment, very valuable pro-business attitude.’

 

Key clients

Spanish Chamber of Commerce ( Mexico)

Hive Solar Tres Manantiales

Kenergy Ventures

Pollux Energy Project

Aldebaran Energy Project

Photoemeris

Powertis

Chara Solar

Reden Holding Yucatan

Centrans Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Photoemeris on a $30m credit facility granted by ING Bank, in a complex project finance transaction.

Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados

Twenty-strong specialist boutique Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados is exclusively dedicated to the energy sector, from production to derivatives (such as petrochemicals) and on associated matters such as environmental issues and rights of way. It has a firmly established track-record advising on exploration and production, natural and liquified petroleum gas, conventional and renewable generation, and refined products and petrochemicals, along with environmental matters, rights-of-way, land acquisition and social impact issues. 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. Fellow partner Raúl Romero is a regulatory specialist who advises on the implementation of hydrocarbons projects (from exploration to distribution) and also handles contract negotiations, permitting and day-to-day operational consulting. Energy-focused senior associate José De Jesús Morales specialises in administrative litigation, rights of way and up-, mid- and downstream contracts.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos

Work highlights

  • Advised Kinder Morgan regarding transmission permits and contracts for the use of its pipeline system and terminals.

Sánchez Devanny

Fielding a 15-strong energy group, Sánchez Devanny is consistently sought out by clients for major projects in Mexico, and is highlighted for the ‘remarkable speed of response and the availability of senior lawyers in the team. Partners demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their practice area and are always present throughout the entire affair'. The practice is active on various fronts, ranging from oil and gas, and electricity generation, transmission and distribution; to energy supply, power purchase agreements, constitutional actions and regulatory advice. The team has notable experience throughout the hydrocarbons delivery chain, from up- to down-stream, as well as in greenfield renewable energy projects (such as solar and wind farms), and assisting industrial clients with energy supply agreements. The team is co-led by partners, Jose Antonio Postigo-Uribe, a ‘high-quality lawyer, with in-depth knowledge of the energy industry’ according to clients, who advises international and local companies on the electricity sector (particularly as regards renewables), as well as regarding oil and gas matters. Fellow practice co-head Gerardo Prado-Hernandez handles corporate and commercial matters, M&A, general regulatory compliance and energy project development - with an emphasis on renewable energy.

Practice head(s):

José Antonio Postigo-Uribe; Gerardo Prado-Hernández

Testimonials

‘They have a highly specialized team in energy issues, I think the reports they send us on reform matters are  extremely valuable.

‘Their best quality is the availability of the team to address the company’s problems, as well as the constant updating of the team’s and knowledge of environmental issues.

‘The most remarkable speed of responses and the availability of senior lawyers in the team. Partners demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their practice area and are always present throughout the entire affair. Also, the office offers a very good value for money.

‘The partner José Antonio Postigo Uribe is a high-quality lawyer, with in-depth knowledge of the energy industry in Mexico and also of the concerns of foreign clients, in such a way that he is able to give a perfect answer to the doubts of investors. foreign.

 

Key clients

Repsol Downstream Mexico

Advance Real Estate 2

Linamar Corporation

Servicios Administrativos Suma

Essity Higiene y Salud México

Inyecciones Plásticas de Querétaro

Comercializadora Enercasa

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Autoneum México Operations

Sunroof

Work highlights

  • Advised Repsol Downstream on all legal and regulatory matters required for the current operations of client’s downstream business in order to participate in the retail of fuels and lubricants in Mexico through approximately 300 retail service stations.
  • Advised Essity Higiene y Salud México on all energy related legal matters for the structuring and implementation of power and natural gas supply schemes.
  • Advised Inyecciones Plásticas de Querétaro on the review and negotiation of a power purchase agreement to supply electricity to three of the company’s load  centreswith an approximate capacity of 6,400kW, by a qualified supplier.

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

Founded in 2001, Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. has developed a small but capable energy and infrastructure capability over the last four to five years; clients regard it as ‘a solid practice, well positioned and always up to date with the latest legal developments in the industry’. The team is led by senior associate Rodolfo Reyes Ibañez whose practice focuses primarily on energy infrastructure, corporate and contract law, with oversight from experienced corporate and energy partner, Juan Carlos Morales De Teresa. The team advises clients on oil and gas, as well as renewable energy, primarily regarding regulatory advice, compliance and power purchase agreements; moreover, it was significantly boosted in April 2021 with the arrival of Of Counsel Luis Enrique Martínez Vázquez, from Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados. Martínez focuses on energy, infrastructure, contracts and regulatory affairs and he has particular niche expertise representing companies before governmental authorities, as well as in project finance and development.

Practice head(s):

Rodolfo Reyes Ibáñez

Testimonials

‘It is a solid practice, well positioned and always up to date with the latest legal developments in the industry. It seems to me that, compared to other firms in the field, they stand out for their level of customer service, detail and add value to operations of various clients.

‘I believe that their attitude toward customer service, commitment to resolving the most complex issues, availability and business vision are some of the outstanding points of this practice. I would highlight Luis Martínez and Rodolfo Reyes Ibáñez, who lead the practice in an extraordinary way.

 

Key clients

Total México

Equinox Gold Corp

Hisense México

Robert Bosch Mexico

HDF Energy (Hydrogene de France)

ALSEA

Y&V Ingeniería

John Deere

Renaissance Oil

Puma Energy

Jaguar Exploración y Producción de Hidrocarburos

Lumex Operación

Shandong Kerui

Petrolera de Amatitlán

Q Max México

Key Energy Services

Enventure Global Technologies

Scantech

TYSE

Haitong Bank

Canacol / CNE Oil & Gas

Grupo De Acero

Grupo Topaz Energía

Iberdrola

Lynx Solutions

Spectrum Servicios Técnicos

Grupo Pochteca

Business Sweden

Lukoil Overseas Service

Tradeco Group

Grupo Lucalza

Braskem Idesa

Acciona Energía México

Transportes Rapid Marvat

Boussenergy

Quartux México

Work highlights

  • Advised Total México on the negotiation of multiple agreements and regulatory compliance regarding public policy on minimum storage; and on the negotiation of storage and throughput agreements with different fuel storage and distribution vendors.
  • Advised Equinox Gold regarding the acquisition of high sulfur diesel from Pemex in Los Filos mine.

Garza Tello-Clyde & Co Mexico

Garza Tello-Clyde & Co Mexico Mexico’s office specializes in energy, marine and insurance law, and demonstrated deep knowledge in oil and gas, offshore projects and FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) matters, also advising its clients on day to day issues, regulations, compliance, contracts and environmental matters. The practice is led by Enrique Garza Ruiz Esparza who focuses on offshore operations, including advice on National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) contracts and offshore operations for production facilities. Younger partner Amada Bracho Zertuche provides support with regard to vessel financing, corporate and foreign investment matters and offshore issues. Also, highly active, associate Enrique Garza Tello Jr, has experience assisting on day-to-day compliance and contract administration matters for oil-and-gas operators, as well as advising on regulatory and compliance matters for drilling companies.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Garza Ruiz

Testimonials

‘The knowledge about compliance requirements in Mexico, the attention to detail and great customer service provided by the team.’

‘The Support provided by Enrique has always been top of the line. He is always very prompt in providing support, which is highly important in our industry.’

Key clients

BWL Offshore

Valaris (formerly Rowan)

MODEC

Borr Drilling

Dolphin Drilling

Murphy Oil

Diavaz DEP

Stena Drilling

Sapurakencana Mexicana

Mitsui

Work highlights

  • Legal advice to Diavaz DEP in connection with electricity generation in its field with gas from its production,  and on the sale of this energy and the required permits.
  • Advised Stena Drilling on the successful reclassification of its drill ship as a naval artifact after a change in legislation prior to its operation, which had resulted in the port’s detainment of the drill ship.
  • Advised Murphy Oil in connection with the exploration and production contract executed with the Mexican Hydrocarbon Commission, including obtaining several environmental, energy, health, safety, and maritime permits for the performance of the contract.

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. is well regarded for its experience in projects in the oil and gas industry and power sector, including renewable energy, carbon emissions, electricity generation and cogeneration projects, mining concessions and regulatory advice. The practice is co-led by Alberto Balderas, an expert in complex structured finance transactions and issuance of securities on the Mexican and foreign markets; Fernando Alonso-De-Florida, who regularly advises international and Mexican energy clients, and specializes in finance (including project and export finance), M&A, hydrocarbons, power and renewables; and Citlali Perez, whose experience includes hydrocarbons negotiations, corporate transactions, international commercial arbitration, public procurement processes, mining, and competition and antitrust.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Balderas Fernández; Fernando Alonso-de-Florida; Citlali Pérez Rentería

Work highlights

  • Advised Isthmus Energia Verde, a Mexican developer, on the structuring, development and financing of two projects for the production of sugar cane-based bioethanol, involving private and communal land real estate matters, fuel storage and a cogeneration facility.

Sainz Abogados

Sainz Abogados regularly advises clients on the structuring and creation of investment vehicles for the development of projects; the construction of natural gas and power projects; and advice on regulatory issues before the Mexican authorities. Praised for its ‘accessibility, prompt responses, and experience in energy matters’, the team is led by Francisco Valdes, a former Executive Secretary of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, who has deep experience in natural gas, LNG, LPG, storage, oil, electricity and petrochemicals, and represents national and international clients on regulatory matters and the development of infrastructure projects. Key associate support comes from Ricardo Pinto Villazón who focuses on the corporate, civil, commercial, and administrative aspects of energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Javier Valdes López

Testimonials

‘Accessibility, prompt response, experience in energy matters. In the face of the pandemic, constant video calls and availability.’

‘Lawyers such as Lic. Francisco Valdés have a lot of experience in matters of energy regulation since they have known the sector for many years, even from within the Energy Regulatory Commission.’

Key clients

Gas Industrial Monterrey

Bay Wa Desarrollos Solares

Cemex

Grupo Industrial Saltillo

Techgen

Fortress Investment Group

Ternium México

Manufacturas Kaltex

Hartree Partners

Grupo Valoran

CFE Energía

Work highlights

  • Advised Cemex -through its Cemex Energy Vicepresidency- on diverse aspects related to its participation in different activities in the Mexican energy regulatory markets, mainly those linked to the power sector including purchases of natural gas and production of power.
  • Advised Baywa Solar Projects on the development of solar power plants in Guanajuato and Yucatan regions; specifically, at present, the obtaining of the certificate for commercial operation of the Los Cuervos facility.
  • Advised Techgen on obtaining of a new natural gas transport permit which will allow transportation of gas to Ternium México and Tecnigal, through a pipeline that runs from Ciudad Mier to Monterrey.

Santamarina y Steta

Santamarina y Steta houses a sizable team of energy transactional and advisory lawyers who can , in addition, call on other practice areas to cover clients’ needs including corporate/contractual and financing work, real estate matters, and environmental, social impact, tax, foreign trade, restructuring, arbitration and litigation requirements. In energy and natural resources, the team advises on project finance, the migration of clients in the electricity market, supply and power purchase agreements, and regulatory and compliance matters. The team is led by partner Juan Carlos Machorro who focuses on transactional mandates and financing, and provides advice to various local and international entities on the development and implementation of investment and manufacturing projects in Mexico. Key support is provided by associate practice director María Ximena Gonzalez.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Machorro

Key clients

Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company Mexico

Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company Chevron Petroleum Company

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Alkhorayef Petroleum Company

Verdad Exploration Mexico

Tesla

Cabot Specialty Chemicals Mexico

ARM Energy

Kimberly Clark de México

Mondelez México

Work highlights

  • Advised Verdad Exploration Mexico on day-to-day legal matters derived from its successful participation of the National Hydrocarbons’ Commission (CNH), public bid, for the award and execution process of two license contracts for exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons.
  • Advised Absormex CMPC Tissue regarding the negotiation and execution of a power purchase agreement under the Electricity Industry Law for one its plants as off-taker, with Beetmann Energy as qualified supplier.

SMPS Legal

With offices in Mexico, USA, Canada and Colombia, SMPS Legal has notable strength in energy and natural resources and advises clients on transactions in the electricity, gas, oil, and petrochemical industries, including all regulatory, compliance, tax, corporate and financial matters, as well as on the development, financing and operation of energy-related infrastructure projects. The practice is co-led by Eduardo Pizarro  who provides legal and business advice to multinational and Mexican companies, he mainly focuses on energy, civil law, corporate finance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisition transactions. Carlos Solórzano , in turn, specialises in oil and gas, project financing and real estate; while Mauricio Alvarado , has expertise across the energy and natural resources sector, where he represents clients in corporate and transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Pizarro; Mauricio Alvarado; Carlos Solorzano; Jorge Miranda

Key clients

Renaissance Oil

Tonali Energia

Excel Nobleza

Jaguar Exploración y Extracción

GS Oil & Gas (Grupo Steel)

GD Holdings

Atco-Ranman Energia

Rincón Gallardo Family/MCA Grupo

Pantera Exploracion y Extraccion

IHSA Iberoamericana de Hidrocarburos

Murphy Oil

Cheiron Holdings Limited

Shell Exploración y Extracción de México

BP Exploration Mexico

Chevron Energía de México

Work highlights

  • Advised Renaissance Oil on regulatory compliance with its contractual obligations deriving from E&P licenses granted by the CNH (National Hydrocarbons Commission).
  • Advised Tonalli Energia, operator of an exploration and production company, on regulatory and compliance matters related to its contractual obligations arising from E&P licenses granted by the CNH, (National Hydrocarbons Commission).
  • Advised  GS Oil & Gas with the regulatory compliance and contractual obligations arising from its E&P licenses granted by the CNH, (National Hydrocarbons Commission).