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 team comprised of partners Carlo Cannizzo, Roberto Cannizzo, Marco Cannizzo and Enrique García also provides regulatory advice.
Boutique firm Cannizzo, Ortíz y Asociados is an interesting choice for advisory on transactions in Mexico in various contexts, oil & gas investments, PPPs and concessions, corporate joint ventures and project development agreements. The team comprised of partners Carlo Cannizzo, Roberto Cannizzo, Marco Cannizzo and Enrique García also provides regulatory advice in relation to generation, distribution, transmission and trade, in both the electricity and oil & gas sectors.    
Founded in 2002, Grupo de Asesores Legales y Técnicos de la Construcción (GALTEC) is a Mexican law firm specialised in acquisitions, public works and energy; the energy practice, headed by partners Roberto Zavala Chavero and Ernesto Beltrán Rébora, regularly acts on a wide range of matters.
Founded in 2002, Grupo de Asesores Legales y Técnicos de la Construcción (GALTEC) is a Mexican law firm specialized in acquisitions, public works and energy. The energy practice, headed by partners Roberto Zavala Chavero and Ernesto Beltrán Rébora, regularly acts on a wide range of matters, with a focus on contract Law, permits and authorizations for downstream, midstream and upstream, alternative dispute settlement, regulatory, risk management, contract administration.

Energy and natural resources in Mexico

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Clients benefit from Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.'s leading expertise across the energy and natural resources Mexican sphere. The 13-strong department led by partner Benjamin Torres-Barrón regularly advises on electricity, renewables, and-oil and-gas matters across the transactional and disputes spectrum, and is a popular choice for both local and international companies to handle key transactions, which range from corporate structuring, tender processes and power trading, to acquisitions and divestitures, due diligence, joint ventures and related disputes. Completing the team of partners are former IAEA consultant Marco Nieto-Vazquez, who leads the electricity practice; and energy-infrastructure specialist Daniel E Sánchez. Backed by the firm's international presence, the Mexico-based team also includes noted 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), both located in Ciudad Juárez.

Practice head(s):

Benjamín Torres-Barrón

Key clients

Engie

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PPTEP)

Shell México Gas Natural

Valero Services / Valero Marketing and Supply de Mexico / and Valero’s other Mexican affiliates

Work highlights

  • Advised Shell México Gas Natural regarding an ICC arbitration that Shell has brought against Energía Costa Azul (an affiliate of Sempra Energy).
  • Assisted with PTTEP’s 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.
  • Providing legal advice and regulatory assistance to Engie in connection with the debt finance to be provided by commercial and development lenders for the development of four solar and two wind projects.

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

The energy practice at CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow has an impressive track record, particularly as regards the electricity segment, where it demonstrated its agility and know how when the energy sector last went through major change, assisting with the implementation of the country's electricity reform following the constitutional modifications of 2014. Such accumulated experience has ensured it is well positioned to effectively accompany its clients in the face of the current administration's redefinition of the energy landscape. Highly sought after by clients, especially when it comes to regulatory work, the seven-strong practice group handles a broad array of energy mandates, including public policy design, project financing, or day-to-day project management, both in the oil-and-gas and power sectors. It is in the latter that practice-head Derek Woodhouse truly excels, regularly advising across a broad range of transactional, project-related and regulatory issues. He is backed by a well-rounded team that includes Luis Fernández Lagunas, who co-heads the team and is particularly knowledgeable as regards the electricity wholesale market; and senior associates José Antonio Téllez and Gabriel Salinas. Tellez has a focus on regulatory consultation, transactional structuring and negotiation, and project finance related to the electricity industry; while Salinas' practice is centred on international and domestic transactions related to the structuring and development of energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Derek Woodhouse Saavedra; Luis Fernández Lagunas

Testimonials

‘High knowledge of federal, state and municipal energy regulation (oil, gas, geothermal). Highly knowledgeable in the areas in which they practice.’

Key clients

CKD Infraestructura México (CKD)

Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ)

EDF Renewable

Zuma Energía

Mitsui

Saavi

Rassini

WRB

Walmart

PepsiCo

Thermion

Hartree

Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI)

Aldesa

Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta

Work highlights

  • Advised Zuma on the regulatory requirements for the implementation of wind and solar projects with an installed capacity of 700MW in the states of Tamaulipas, Sonora and Nuevo León.
  • Advised CDPQ and CKD on the acquisition of 80% of a 1.75GW portfolio from Enel Green Power, consisting of eight renewable projects located in México, assisting on all aspects of the projects, including electricity regulation, transactions, and financing.
  • Advised EDF on its long-term auction-winning projects Bluemex and Eólica de Oaxaca (among others) in relation to their development; the procurement of permits, licenses and authorisations; regulatory consultations and strategic legal advice.

Galicia Abogados S.C.

Galicia Abogados S.C. fields a stellar 20-strong practice, regarded as one of the market's top choices for energy transactional and financing matters, as well as for its expertise in mandates related to the structure and operation of the power sector (including, development, financing, acquisition and/or sale of generation facilities, transmission lines and substations), and which has also excelled of late in representing numerous clients before the regulatory authorities. Carlos De Maria y Campos, a renowned expert when it comes to project development, and Francisco Fernández Cueto, who focuses on power and natural gas transactions as well as project development, co-head the six-partner department. Other key names include Antonio Borja, Eduardo García-Travesi and Ernesto Partida, who all handle energy related infrastructure, project finance and M&A, and are frequently involved in high-value acquisitions in the sector. The group can also rely on Héctor Kuri's broad experience in the mining realm. 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 (mining and M&A).

Practice head(s):

Carlos de Maria y Campos, Francisco Fernández Cueto

Testimonials

‘The team is outstanding and has great experience and regulatory knowledge. Antonio Borja is a very reliable partner, with extensive experience and knowledge and very focused on the outcome of the business. Juan Manuel Camarena’s participation and assistance is also noteworthy. Eduardo García-Travesi also knows the industry and is a solvent lawyer.’

‘The good predisposition and timely achievement of objectives are some of the strengths of Galicia and of Antonio Borja’s team in particular. Antonio and his team keep up to date in the field, which makes them a point of reference in this area.’

‘They have a very deep regulatory knowledge of the electricity market, the best I have come across among the various firms in the sector. They are very agile in incorporating a holistic view of issues.’

‘Their flexibility in tariff structures is very much appreciated. Francisco Fernández Cueto: adaptability, agility to integrate the various disciplines of the firm around the issues, leadership and management of complex projects. Commitment and business vision. He is very empathetic towards clients.’

‘Quality work, well above other firms. They know the sector very well, they anticipate problems and provide innovative solutions.’

‘Extraordinary and responsible technical advice. Very business oriented. Good mix of partner-associate collaborations for balanced fees. Eduardo García-Travesi is very practical and business oriented, and his collaborator, Luis Manuel Rosendo is an outstanding technical professional in the electricity industry. They form a powerful mix.’

Key clients

Shell

Grupo Mexico

Sierra Oil & Gas

Avant

Repsol

Carso  Gasoducto Norte

Fermaca

Hokchi Energy

Tokyo Gas

BHP Billiton

Bimbo

Femsa

Kuo

ContourGlobal

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

BHP Billiton

Nacional Financiera

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Bancomext

Banobras

Banco Sabadell

International Finance Corporation

Interamerican Development Bank

North American Development Bank

KfW IPEX-Bank

Credit Agricole

Natixis

BoTM

BBVA

Banco Santander

Banorte

Citibanamex

Mizuho

ING

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of banks led by KfW IPEX on the construction, start-up, operation and maintenance of an ammonia plant in Topolobampo, Sinaloa, Mexico; deal value: $860m.
  • Acted as Mexican counsel to Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, SMBC, and Blackstone, as the initial purchasers and lenders on the $1.1bn refinancing for the Tierra Mojada project.
  • Represented Leagold Mining on the sale and acquisition by Equinox Gold Corp of 100% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Leagold for $578m, as well as on the granting of new $130m convertible debenture    

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC boasts a solid, 20-strong energy practice, heavily involved in hydrocarbons and power mandates, which also garners praise for its ‘deep understanding of the Mexican regulatory framework in the hydrocarbons sector’. The ‘multidisciplinary team’, which represents a wide spectrum of oil-and-gas clients along the length of the hydrocarbons value chain, including on upstream, midstream, and downstream matters, as well as handling significant acquisitions, comprises key practitioner Enrique Gonzalez Calvillo, who focuses on cross-border transactions with an emphasis on energy, power generation, M&As, joint ventures and project finance; Diana Pineda, who handles energy, oil, gas and infrastructure project development, as well as ADR; Jorge Cervantes Trejo, a regular pick for investment funds, banks, and oil-and-gas companies; and counsel Antonio De Lisi, who undertakes cross-border finance and transactions, particularly regarding the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Senior associates Paulina Poo Romero and Julia González Romero offer key support to the practice and provide additional strength on the environmental and regulatory fronts.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘They have an excellent balance of skills in the energy team, they have regulatory and commercial input, which makes them extremely well-balanced. They are at the highest standard in my opinion. Enrique Gonzalez Calvillo, Diana Pineda, Daniel Salomon, Jacqueline Pasquel have excellent knowledge and experience.’

‘Diana Pineda has a proven track record in handling issues, getting solutions from regulators and personal attention to clients.’

‘They have a deep understanding of the Mexican regulatory framework in the hydrocarbons sector.’

‘Multidisciplinary team, they have specialists in different areas, in particular I have had contact with specialists in the hydrocarbons sector and international arbitration, the team complements each other very well and together they are very solid.’

‘They have a total commitment to achieving objectives and supporting clients. The firm proposed and executed a very interesting pro bono study for the association I work for, which consisted of a comprehensive analysis of the Mexican hydrocarbons regulatory framework and a series of interviews with members to understand their perspective, opinions and concerns.’

‘We worked with Julia González, who is always up to date and offers personalised and timely attention.’

Key clients

Chevron

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

GPO/Proman

Macquarie Capital

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Pemcorp Energy

Shell

The Chemours Company Mexicana

Thermion Energy

TPG (former Texas Pacific Group)

Work highlights

  • Ongoing representation of Gas y Petroquímica de Occidente (GPO) for over five years, outlining the legal strategy for the company to carry out the construction, operation, and maintenance of a petrochemical complex in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico.
  • Represented Global Infrastructure Partners, as lender, in the security structuring of a Mexican law security package and the negotiation of a $325m syndicated credit facility granted to Electricidad Firme de México Holdings.
  • Assisted TPG Capital and The Rise Fund on the Mexican aspects of their global acquisition of approximately 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar PV projects from Trina Solar.

MCM Abogados

Praised for its ‘deep specialised knowledge of the energy sector’, boutique firm MCM Abogados, is highly focused on the oil-and-gas industry in Mexico, not only in the design, development and financing of the projects of its clients but also in connection with the day-to-day matters thereof, including corporate and regulatory matters, contract negotiation, bidding and procurement procedures, compliance and anticorruption, preliminary tax analysis and employment matters. Managing partner Manuel Cervantes, a ‘superstar’ with ‘a mastery of the energy sector on all fronts’, particularly in the upstream portion of the oil and gas market, heads the eight-strong ‘business oriented’ practice together with partner Mariana Hernández, who has a focus on oil, gas, power, public procurement and project finance. Senior associate Jorge Cabeza is another name to note of the team, which remains as a local referral option for firms without an energy practice in Mexico.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Cervantes, Mariana Hernández

Testimonials

‘They have in-depth knowledge of the regulation of the energy sector. The detail and quality of their advice as well as their ability to anticipate the needs of the company are outstanding. Manuel Cervantes is a very well trained professional with a mastery of the energy sector on all fronts. His relationship with the key players in the different partners and regulators of the company has helped us a lot to open channels of communication that have been very useful.’

‘Manuel Cervantes is by far one of the most capable and knowledgeable lawyers in the energy sector. He is always excellent to deal with and always keeps us up to date on new developments that may have an impact on our business. Mariana Hernandez works side-by-side with clients and takes responsibility for each matter, always meticulously. Without a doubt, if you are looking to work on the detail, she is the best choice.’

‘A deep specialised knowledge of the energy sector, which is in constant change. Manuel Cervantes and Mariana Hernandez’s advice through these regulatory changes in the midstream and downstream sector has been invaluable.’

‘The team is incredibly business oriented and has the wider international context in their mind at all times. Manuel is a superstar.’

‘Unrivaled knowledge of the Mexican oil & gas sector and relevant governmental bodies and legislation. Manuel Cervantes, Mariana Hernandez, Jorge Cabeza are all excellent and responsive.’

‘By far the most dedicated and knowledgeable firm in matters related the energy sector especially in Mexico. The team covers all aspects of the services needed for a company from startup and setting up the company into bidding and contacting and even litigation; and they are by far the best in their field.’

‘Manuel Cervantes is a talented orchestral conductor who brings out the best in his collaborators.’

‘They are highly specialised, particularly in hydrocarbons. They know the sector and its regulation very well.’

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Petrofac on the implementation of a change of control in order for Perenco to fully assume their shared oil & gas projects in Mexico, including obtaining governmental approvals; the transaction involved a consideration of $276m.
  • Advised Grupo Dragon, as purchaser, on the negotiation and execution of a natural gas sale-and-purchase agreement with Wytree for the acquisition of natural gas in Baja California, with a baseload supply of up to 16,000 MMBtu/day.
  • Assisted several operators handling the legal impact of Covid on their operations, especially in the implementation of the corresponding strategies to be followed before the regulators (such as CNH), on  the deferral of their investments and rescheduling of operations, including the approvals of their corresponding work programs and budgets.

Dentons López Velarde

Regarded by some as ‘the best Mexican firm in the hydrocarbons sector’, Dentons López Velarde enjoys a solid reputation in the energy sector, boasting notable expertise on a wide range of matters, including 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. Name partner Rogelio López-Velarde is ‘one of the best lawyers in the sector’ and has a long-standing practice in the oil, gas and power sectors; Amanda Valdez, garners praise for her ‘regulatory knowledge’, as well as for her financing work across the energy and mining segments; and Jorge Jiménez (foreign investment, infrastructure and energy), co-lead the ‘well-established’ team. At associate level, semi-senior Luz Elena Garcia has an LLM in energy and environmental law and focuses on O&G midstream matters and regulatory issues across the sector. However, the practice has endured a number of departures: Diego Campa left to establish Campa & Mendoza in January 2021; while Bernardo Cortés and senior associate Fernando Quesada, left to establish their own boutique in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rogelio Lopez-Velarde; Amanda Valdez; Jorge Jiménez

Testimonials

‘Probably the best Mexican firm in the hydrocarbons sector, their quality is outstanding. They have a deep understanding of the legal, contractual, administrative and even technical issues of the sector (including environmental, engineering, drilling, hydrocarbon measurement, resources and reserves, etc.).’

‘Rogelio Lopez Velarde is undoubtedly one of the best lawyers in the sector in Mexico, with experience and management that gives strength to the whole firm, and exceptional dedication. He is always aware of our requirements and responds to them immediately.’

‘In-depth knowledge of energy regulation and business. Well-established and well-known team in the sector headed by Rogelio Lopez Velarde, who has a long track record and great recognition in the sector. Amanda Valdez is a lawyer with great analytical skills, regulatory knowledge and recognition in the sector.’

‘A team with a great vision and dedication to the matters entrusted to them. They understand the client’s needs. Amanda Valdez is an excellent lawyer and demonstrates solid ethical standards.’

‘They have made a big push on gender diversity issues.’

Key clients

Engie

Total

Macquarie

Trafigura

BHP Billiton

Fermaca

Tenaska

Perenco

Acciona

Citla Energy

Centrica

AMEXHI

Energex

Work highlights

  • Represented Grupo Energéticos on the filing and obtaining of a vertical-integration approval by the Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE).
  • Assisted Engie Mexico in developing its model (NAESB-based), natural gas marketing agreements for use in its Mexican gas-trading operations, as well as advisory in connection with specific gas-trading transactions.
  • Advised Perenco on the acquisition of Petrofac’s Mexican oil-and-gas E&P business.

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

Housing a 15-strong team with a ‘high degree of expertise’, Greenberg Traurig, S.C. 's energy practice is a constant presence in midstream mandates - having 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. The practice, which draws expertise from other areas of the firm, includes noted practitioners Fernando Orrantia Dworak, who focuses on real estate, corporate and environmental aspects of infrastructure, energy and petrochemical projects; Erick Hernández Gallego and of counsel Pedro Reséndez, both of whom are highly experienced in hydrocarbons and renewables, with Hernández also boasting expertise in regulatory and transactional matters, public tenders and financing operations. Key support comes from senior associate Rodrigo Vazquez del Mercado-Rivera (who is also qualified in Texas), and has a close-focus on up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas, government procurement and energy M&A; Luis Jorge Akle and Adriana Garcia Cuellar.

Practice head(s):

Juan Manuel González

Testimonials

‘The team of partners and associates offer a high degree of expertise. In addition, given the recent changes in the reform of the electricity market in Mexico, they have offered us webinars to keep us abreast of these changes and to seek to mitigate risk.’

‘Erick Hernandez and Luis Jorge Akle stand out. Both strive to know our company in depth and have given us a comprehensive service to our needs.’

Key clients

BP

Envision Energy International

KST Electric Power Company

Samsung C&T

Energía Mayakán

Alveg Distribución Química

Vive Energía

Unigel

Engie

Grupo Avanzia

Work highlights

  • Assisted KST with the refinancing required for the operation of a strategic power generation project of 433MW, located in Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • Advised Energía Mayakan on the negotiation of a construction agreement for the interconnection of the Mayakan gas pipeline.
  • Representing BP in the drafting, negotiation and execution of several supply and commercialisation agreements with Pemex.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells offers a full-service practice with expertise throughout the oil-and-gas segments (upstream, midstream and downstream) and across the electricity industry in Mexico. It has been particularly busy, of late, handling renewables projects and wholesale electricity-market matters. Partners Carlos Ramos Miranda, who focuses his infrastructure work on energy, natural resources and water projects; and Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón, who specialises in oil-and-gas, power -both renewable and conventional- and water infrastructure projects, head the eight-strong department. Providing key support to the practice (which also boasts good capabilities handling regulatory mandates), is Mauricio Fuchs Tarlovsky , who undertakes corporate M&A, energy and infrastructure, structured finance and regulation; and senior associate Perla Díaz Taracena, who handles transactional and regulatory matters across the oil, gas and power segments.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Ramos Miranda; Miguel Ángel Mateo

Testimonials

‘They are always up to date with the latest news and steps to follow in the matter regarding the reform of the electricity industry.’

‘Miguel Mateo is an excellent professional. They are lawyers and partners close to the client and attentive to the needs that our industry requires on the subject of energy.’

Key clients

Enel

Qatar Petroleum International

Equinor

Ford

EDF Renewables Mexico

TC Energy (formerly TransCanada)

Repsol Exploración México

Minera Peñasquito

Finsa Energéticos

Harman

Imerys

174 Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Qatar Petroleum on a farm-in transactions with Total concerning three exploration and extraction bocks in Mexico awarded to the latter.
  • Advised Enel on regulatory, transactional and litigation matters involving several of their renewable projects in Mexico, withthe advice ranging from permitting to interconnection processes.
  • Retained by a major gas-carrier in Mexico to provide regulatory and contractual advice.

Holland & Knight

Following the two firms' merger, completed in August 2021, Holland & Knight now combines the strength of its own, capable, Mexico City group with that of the former Thompson & Knight LLP, where energy was very much a hallmark practice. The resulting offering has impressive strength across the full range of oil, gas, energy and renewables' matters. Power (particularly renewables) expert Claudio Rodriguez, and the Monterrey-based Gabriel Ruiz (who primarily focuses on oil-and-gas industry clients), advise on matters ranging from tender processes, transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, to project structuring, development and finance, and regulatory matters; while former CFE deputy general counsel, Carlos Ochoa, brings to bear his substantial expertise in the power and renewables sector, to advise investors, lenders, sponsors and public sector entities on regulatory, transactional and infrastructure issues. Other key figures include Alejandro Landa, who regularly represents Mexican and foreign companies and financial institutions on all finance-related matters, including in relation to energy projects; a former head of legal and compliance at Iberdrola Mexico Rodolfo Rueda Ballesteros (who made partner in February 2021), has a ‘broad knowledge of the regulation of the sector’ and splits his time between the firm's Mexico City and Houston offices; and senior counsel Regina Legorreta maintains a practice centred on structuring all types of energy and natural resource-related infrastructure projects. Key support comes from senior associate Aldo González Melo and associate Alberto Esenaro. 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):

Claudio Rodríguez Galán; Gabriel Ruiz

Testimonials

‘Partner Claudio Rodriguez is an absolutely exceptional lawyer.’

‘A robust firm with a solid international presence, but with an important and recognised practice in the energy sector, particularly the electricity sector in Mexico. The team has extensive knowledge of the regulation of the sector in the country.’

‘They offer certainty in their legal advice, a high level of creativity and a very thorough analysis and study of the circumstances surrounding each case.’

‘They are able to mimic and integrate with the client company’s internal teams, behaving like an in-house lawyer who communicates with all the members or departments involved.’

‘They never give up and write off a case, its not in their DNA.’

‘Rodolfo Rueda is a very good lawyer and advisor, and has a broad knowledge of the regulation of the sector, but with a broad approach and incidence on public events in the industry. Personalised, assertive and reliable.’

‘I believe that H&K outperforms other firms in the same sector. Their practice is not limited to contractual matters; in other words, they are constantly researching various sectors that could have an impact on the energy practice’

‘Carlos Ochoa and Alejandro Landa are very trustworthy. They are able to warn of project consequences before they can negatively impact the client.’

‘Their payment tracking system is one of the best and most accurate. Kindness, cordiality, willingness and above all mastery of the subject.’

‘Definitely one of the most prepared and specialised teams in energy. Carlos Ochoa, is distinguished by his level of professionalism, closeness and empathy with his clients. His treatment has always been exquisite.’

Key clients

Fieldwood Energy

CNOOC

BHP

Dragados Offshore

EDF Renewables

Grenergy

Mitsubishi

Halliburton

Technip FMC

Acciona

Artha Capital – Proteus Sola

Work highlights

  • Represented Artha Capital’s subsidiary in the regulatory and development stage of a power plant located in Guanajuato, Mexico, and in the negotiation and closing of a power purchase agreement with Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífic.
  • Representing CNOOC and its Mexican affiliate on the award and execution of two License Agreements for Block 1 and Block 4, resulting from Round 1.4.
  • Represented BHP Billiton in the award and execution of the Trion Block deepwater license agreement in association with PEMEX.

Jones Day

Jones Day's Mexican energy practice fields a nine-strong team that combines solid transactional know-how with outstanding expertise in the full array of infrastructure development matters, as well as regulatory and environmental law, while also offering proven experience in the oil, gas, power (and renewables) segments. With over 25 years' experience in M&A and energy project finance, partner José Estandía heads the department, closely backed by infrastructure specialist Alberto de la Parra and corporate and transactional of counsel Antonio Franck. Key associate support is provided by experienced associates Arturo de la Parra (project and infrastructure finance, with a particular focus on renewables) and Fernando Verdín, a former director of electricity regulation at the CRE (energy, administrative law and public regulation; AML). Moreover, the practice was further strengthened in January 2021 with the hire of Alejandro Fleming Kauffman, previously the General Counsel of Iberdrola, as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

José Estandía; Alberto de la Parra

Key clients

Iberdrola

Cemex Energía

Elecnor

Marathon Petroleum (Formerly Andeavor)

Grupo Simsa

OPDE Participaciones Industriales

Itzoil (Invex Infraestructura 4

Jinko Solar

Grupo Gigante

Orca Energy/China Energy

Petrofac

Renovalia

Sinia Energy

Toyota

Vitol Electricidad de Mexico

Work highlights

  • Advising Itzoil on the development of a 260km pipeline project to improve supply and central distribution of fuel oils in Central Mexico and reduce dependence on Pemex’s infrastructure; estimated project value: $700m.
  • Representing OPDE on the sale of 80% of its equity interests in two photovoltaic power plants (and associated electrical substations and interconnection lines), to an affiliate of Riverstone Holdings.
  • Advised Banco Santander (Spain and Mexico) and Banco Inbursa, as mandated lead arrangers, on the execution of a $381m credit facility granted to Abent 3T for the refinancing of a co-generation plant located in Mexico.

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.

Combining specialised regulatory know-how with the firepower of a leading transactional practice, 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 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 is well versed in the renewables segment (particularly solar and wind); 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. Semi-senior associate Aisha Calderón is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Horacio de Uriarte; Pilar Mata; Patricio Trad

Testimonials

‘The responsiveness of the firm has been in line with the needs of the company, in addition to the professionalism with which they have advised us. The additional knowledge of project financing is a plus that the company values when working with them. I would highlight Horacio M. de Uriarte and  Francisco Romero.’

Key clients

Premier Oil

Talos Energy

Actis No Atlas Renewable Energy (Mexico)

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Riverstone Holdings

Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova)

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Alpek (Grupo ALFA)

BP Energy

Neoen

Zuma Energía

Alten

Work highlights

  • Advising IEnova on the review and evaluation of a non-binding proposal by Sempra Energy to carry out an exchange offer for all the publicly-traded ordinary shares of IEnova, representing approximately 29.83% of IEnova’s outstanding shares.
  • Advising Actis on all Mexican law matters related to the sale of its Zuma Energía renewables platform to China Power International Holding, including the antitrust approval required from COFECE.  
  • Counseled Premier Oil on transferring the corporate control and operations of contractual areas AS-B-57 and AS-B-60 (better known as Blocks 11 and 13, respectively), from Premier Oil Exploration and Production Mexico, to Premier Oil Mexico Recursos.  

Ritch, Mueller y Nicolau, S.C.

Praised for its ‘serious, reliable and experienced team’, market stalwart Ritch, Mueller y Nicolau, S.C., is a top choice for sponsors, lenders and developers when they require assistance regarding any aspect of the energy sector, infrastructure projects, financings and acquisitions. Comprised by a deep bench of experienced partners and younger associates, the 26-strong team includes standout practitioners Federico Santacruz González, who is highly specialised in the development of energy infrastructure; the ‘assertive and reliableJorge Oria, who has a solid electricity practice and is ‘knowledgeable about the regulation in the sector’. The pair co-lead the department, which also draws 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); Asaf Jimenez Adorno  (banking and finance, M&A; projects, energy and infrastructure); and seasoned practitioner Thomas Mueller-Gastell, who has a focus on the power sector.

Practice head(s):

Federico Santacruz González; Jorge Oria y Anaya

Testimonials

‘They are a serious, reliable and experienced team. Jorge Oria, with whom we have been working for some time now, is an assertive and reliable lawyer, with experience with respect to business related to the electricity practice, and knowledgeable about the regulation in the sector.’

Key clients

Grupo México

Pemcorp

Gonac

Fisterra

Energy Intelligence Consulting

Work highlights

  • Represented Tierra Mojada’s affiliate FEL Energy VI on the issuance of $953m in senior secured notes and on a $170m loan to Tierra Mojada, regarding a power plant located in the State of Jalisco.

White & Case S.C.

International full-service firm White & Case S.C. houses a highly regarded 11-strong practice comprised of ‘specialised energy lawyers’, with broad expertise in a variety of sector mandates, including project financings, amparo trials, legal analysis and project structuring, as well as significant transactional mandates. Partner and regulatory specialist Francisco De Rosenzweig, heads the department, closely supported by key practitioners Roberto Rios, who handles energy & natural resources project finance, infrastructure and public-private partnerships; former Pemex general counsel, Jorge Kim, who specialises on the regulatory, transactional and litigation aspects of the oil and gas sector; and Juan Ruenes, who handles infrastructure development, project finance, asset finance and general corporate matters. Associate Juan Carlos Llorens, who has a focus on energy, infrastructure and project financing, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Francisco de Rosenzweig

Testimonials

‘They have highly specialised energy lawyers. Their strengths are experience, technical knowledge and clients’ trust,, so they are always a good option on the table.’

‘Roberto Ríos’ work is always of quality and a benchmark for operations.’

‘They are very competitive and take great care of the client. Roberto Ríos has an outstanding legal background, technical knowledge and experience in the energy sector.’

‘They offer a very good balance between legal technique, business knowledge, familiarity and sensitivity to clients’ needs and concerns. Partner Roberto Ríos is a clear example of this. The work comes out on time, excellent and always looking after the client’s pocket.’

‘Their knowledge of regulatory and legal issues is very deep and their advice tends to be very objective, which generates trust. It is based on a deep understanding of the client’s concerns and not on a predefined understanding.’

Key clients

Howard Energy Partners

Invenergy

Work highlights

  • Advised Invenergy on the circa $24m-plus sale of Fenicias, a project company developing a 168MW wind farm in Nuevo León, Mexico.
  • Advised Howard Energy Partners on the analysis of legal risks related to certain energy-related agreements executed between the company and certain state-owned productive enterprises, as well as regulatory compliance of certain natural gas transportation assets in Mexico

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

A market stalwart, the full-service Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is a well-known name in the oil-and-gas sectors, and power, sectors, thanks to a 10-strong practice that advises on the full range of energy mandates, from corporate and financial aspects, through project development, to regulatory, environmental and contentious matters. The team benefits from the expertise of capable practitioner Juan Carlos Serra, who handles transactions, investment, public bidding, and mining and energy advisory; head of the corporate / M&A practice Daniel Del Rio; and Jesus Colunga, who focuses on regulatory matters. Senior associate Jorge Escobedo, who focuses on administrative procedures and regulatory compliance, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Serra; Daniel Del Río; Jesus Colunga ; Rodolfo Barreda

Key clients

Cogent México

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cogent with the establishment and day-to-day operational matters of its commercial operations in Mexico.
  • Advised Grupo Gondi on the development, construction and operation of a paper manufacturing facility to be located in the Mexican State of Nuevo León, with an investment of approximately $300m.
  • Advised a client regarding its commercial operations in Mexico, specifically regarding activities related to the import of gasoline and diesel from US for subsequent public sale.

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

Undoubtedly one of the Mexican market's predominant forces, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C., fields a nine-strong energy and natural resources practice that provides both transactional and regulatory services for a wide range of oil-and-gas, petrochemicals, power and renewables companies, as well as investment funds and others, regarding their structuring, procurement, acquisition, development, financing and operation of energy projects and energy infrastructure. Santiago Sepúlveda and José Ignacio Segura co-lead the practice; Sepúlveda has broad experience handling the structuring, development and financing of large energy, telecom and transport infrastructure projects; while Segura regularly represents clients on the negotiation of power purchase agreements as part of a broader transactional, regulatory and project finance-focused practice.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Sepúlveda; José Ignacio Segura

Testimonials

‘They master the legal practice in each sector/industry with a pro-business approach. They are always at the forefront, and their partners are always available to answer questions in person.’

Key clients

China Power Holding International

White Summit Capital

Korea Electric Power Corporation, and Sprott Global Renewable Private Equity Fund III

Monterra Energy

Northland Power

Work highlights

  • Represented China Power Holding International on the acquisition of a 100% interest in the renewable portfolio owned by Zuma Energía.
  • Mexican counsel to White Summit Capital and Riverstone on the acquisition of two Mexican photovoltaic projects – Viborillas (129.6MWp) and San Ignacio (25.02MWp).
  • Mexican counsel to Kepco and Sprott for the acquisition of an initial 49% interest in three solar photovoltaic projects – El Mayo (126MWp), Horus (119MWp) and Tastiota (125MWp).

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

A renowned presence in the hydrocarbons sector, Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados offers a dynamic practice focused on both transactional and regulatory mandates. Leading the practice is 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 asset and securities' purchases.

Practice head(s):

David Enriquez

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC's energy practice earns praise for presenting work-products ‘of the highest quality both from a regulatory and transactional perspective’, and is primarily well-known for its capabilities in major energy and natural resources investments (including complex financings for renewable energy projects), financings and transactions, spanning electricity, water, waste to energy, oil & gas, and to a lesser extent mining. Standout partners of the team include: Javier Arreola, who specialises in the financing, structuring and bidding of energy projects; PPP specialists Vanessa Franyutti and Alejandro Rojas, both of whom also have niche expertise in the water sector and waste-to-energy projects; and younger partner Santiago Medina, who is particularly active on the structuring and financing of energy (including wind and photovoltaic) and water projects. The practice is closely supported by other key partners of the firm such as Hans Goebel who, together with Arreola and Medina, are viewed by a client as a ‘dream team in energy-related transactions’.

Practice head(s):

Javier Arreola; Vanessa Franyutti

Testimonials

‘The firm’s degree of efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of legal services is unique. Partners Santiago Medina and Javier Arriola head the team which provides a work-product of the highest quality both from a regulatory and transactional perspective.’

‘Hans Goebel is a brilliant M&A attorney with a deep knowledge and understanding of the energy industry.’

‘Hans Goebel, Santiago Medina, and Javier Arreola are our dream team in energy-related transactions, as they complement each other very well and work in a very coordinated manner. They are true problem-solvers and strike a perfect balance between legal-technical skills and commercial knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Government of the State of Nuevo Leon

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

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

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

National Infrastructure Fund (FONADIN)

OPDEnergy

Gyrodata

Bancomext

Suez Environnement

Power China (Sinohydro)

Work highlights

  • Advised Power China on an analysis of the bid documents and related bankability aspects of the financed public works turnkey contract tendered by state productive subsidiary CFE Generación for the Salamanca combined cycle power plant.
  • Advising SIMEPRODE, an agency of the Government of the State of Nuevo Leon, on the structuring and development of the first waste-to-energy project in Mexico.
  • Advised SMBC, as lender and administrative agent, regarding two facilities -including letter of credit- granted to subsidiaries of OPDEnergy in Mexico.

Norton Rose Fulbright

An interesting roster of international and domestic clients benefit from Norton Rose Fulbright's broad expertise in project finance and energy-related regulatory matters and M&A, which is steadily turning the team into a solid player in Mexico's energy sector, particularly in the renewables and oil-and-gas segments. Regularly representing international investors expanding and developing their operations in Mexico, dual-qualified partner (New York and Mexico City) Raquel Bierzwinsky co-heads the practice together with Hernán González, who focuses on energy, project finance, public procurement, and regulatory and antitrust matters. The team has gained both strength and profile in recent years, notably with the arrival of César Fernández, a former vice president for projects and business for Pemex, as an international partner; he was closely involved in many of the 'firsts' -such as upstream alliances- following the country's 2014 energy reforms.

Practice head(s):

Raquel Bierzwinsky; Hernán González Estrada

Key clients

Neoen

International Finance Corporation

Bancomext

Inter-American Investment Corporation

OPIC

RK Mine Finance

POSCO

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

ING Bank

Unifin Financiera

Diavaz

Enermex

Work highlights

  • Represented the lenders in a reserve-based financing in Mexico for an offshore project concrning a non-operator and the second international RBL in Mexico.
  • Advising Osisko Gold Royalties on the acquisition of the San Antonio mining project located in Sonora, Mexico, from Gerald Mining.
  • Advising an offshore operator on the financing (RBL) of its activities under a production sharing agreement for shallow water, hydrocarbon exploration and extraction projects.

Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

Operating from Mexico City, Veracruz and Guadalajara (Jalisco), Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster fields a 12-strong practice, praised for its expertise in ‘regulatory matters or mandates related to the electricity market’. Partner Alejandro Ripoll Gonzalez, who specialises in the structuring, bid-processes, financing, execution and purchase/sale of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, co-heads the team together with Guadalupe Esparza Sanchez who made partner in December 2020 and is regarded by one client as among the ‘best lawyers in the sector’. Esparza has an established track record in the structuring and implementation of PPPs and public-works projects, and particular expertise in the power segment (be it generation, transmission or distribution), as well as in matters related to the wholesale electricity market. Associate Diego Alvarez Ampudia is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Guadalupe Esparza Sanchez; Alejandro Ripoll-Gonzalez

Testimonials

‘They are a great team, highly specialised in energy matters. They always look for a yes and perfectly justify the how, they think outside the box and are very professional.’

‘It seems to me that for regulatory matters or mandates related to the electricity market, Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster (RRS) are the best.’

‘Their members seem to me to be exceptional, mainly: Diego Álvarez and Guadalupe Esparza. For me, what differentiates them is their knowledge of energy regulation and the fact that they know how to land projects.’

‘Guadalupe Esparza is one of the best lawyers in the sector. We have worked together for a long time and she is one of the most knowledgeable in the electricity sector.’

Key clients

Atlas Renewable Energy

Tremond Energy

Rengen Energy Solutions

Grupo Dragon

Grupo Lauman

DM Solar / Grupo Ecológico RGK

IGSA

Goldbeck Solar Mexico

Wardenclyffe Energy

Black Creek Helios

Work highlights

  • Assisting IGSA with obtaining the authorizations and permits to construct and operate an off-grid co-generation power plant of more than 12MW to service a newly developed infrastructure project.
  • Advised Rengen on diverse matters regarding the structuring of a contracting scheme to provide refurbishment services to power generators in Mexico.
  • Advised Atlas Renewable Energy on diverse regulatory matters regarding the projects it currently holds in Mexico.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC receives praise from clients for its ‘good knowledge of the O&G sector’, and is a solid choice for regulatory, transactional and projects-related energy advice, as well as standing out for its top tier (international) arbitral practice in relation to energy disputes. The nine-strong team is co-led by partners Edmond Grieger, who has a focus on power, oil and gas transactions, along with project development; Luis Burgueño, who handles cross-border, energy-related transactions and regulatory matters; and Alberto Córdoba, whose practice encompasses corporate M&A, energy and natural resources, together with structured and project finance. Also noted are: senior associate Ariel Garfio, who specialises in power, oil and gas (particularly PPAs, EPC agreements, and turbine, photovoltaic module and natural gas supply agreements), and associate Roberto Flores, who earns the trust of clients thanks to his ‘extraordinary willingness’.

Practice head(s):

Edmond Grieger; Luis Burgueño; Alberto Cordoba

Testimonials

‘They have a good knowledge of the O&G sector, they strive to understand the current environment and are always looking for viable alternative solutions. We have a very good relationship especially with Alberto Cordoba.’

‘Considering the autonomy of States and Municipalities in Mexico, it is important that the advisors have knowledge or a way to quickly get to know the applicable regulatory issues. Von Wobeser y Sierra stands out for this virtue.’

‘Edmond Grieger’s knowledge and leadership, combined with the willingness of Roberto Flores, are extraordinary.’

Key clients

Abeinsa Juárez N-III

Allied Mineral Products de México

Ammper Energía

BayWa R.e.

Beel Infraestructure

BHP Billiton

Blanmin

BMO

Borr Drilling

Chester Mining Company

Compañía de Electricidad los Ramones

Elsewedy Electric

Emerald Power

Enerflex

Energy Development Partners

Framatome

Golar

HWD Holdings

IENOVA

InfraRed Capital Partners

Internovum Solar

Invenergy

Invenergy Clean Power Mexico

Invenergy Wind Development Mexico

Invenesa

Invex Infraestructura Energía

Merck

Metallica Resources

Mineria Aurea

Minera Metalúrgica Tapalpa

Mineria San Xavier

Mitsubishi Corporation / Mitsubishi Heavy Industries / Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

Mitsui

MG HR

New Gold

North Pole Star

Orca Mining Explorations

Parque Eólico de Fenicias

Palladium Equity Partners

Perforadora Profesional Akal I

Polaris

PWPS Power Systems

Q´Max

Riverstone

Saipem (a subsidiary of ENI International)

Scatec Solar

Seadrill

Siemens

Soluz Energía Solar

Sterling & Wilson

Trigen Altamira

Yingli Green Energy México

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the structuring of an energy supply scheme through distributed generation, which will be used to benefit one hundred thousand loading points related to Grupo Modelo’s brands in Mexico; deal value: $600m.
  • Advised EDP on the development of several solar photovoltaic projects on the Yucatan peninsula, as well as securing the land and undertaking the structuring of model power purchase agreements.
  • Advised Borr Drilling on the bidding process to be awarded a contract with Pemex to perform integrated well-services in the Mexican Gulf.

EC Rubio

EC Rubio stands out in the natural resources space for being ‘one of the few law firms in Mexico that provides truly specialised services in mining’. Department head Pablo Méndezhas mastered mining law in Mexico’; he leads the team from the firm's Chihuahua office (where he also acts as managing partner), and is closely supported by senior associate Alejandro Guerra, who handles mining, agrarian, environmental and administrative law, along with civil and commercial litigation). Recent highlight mandates include advising GoGold on the expansion of the Los Ricos mining project with the acquisition of 14 mining concessions.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Méndez 

Testimonials

‘It is one of the few law firms in Mexico that provides truly specialized services in mining. The team of lawyers supports you in all phases of the project and always attends you in a timely manner. They are excellent in obtaining and recovering concessions and permits. Pablo Mendez has mastered the mining law in Mexico’

‘Pablo Mendez is a leading Mexican mining lawyer. He is business minded, practical, responsive and understands the mining sector well’

Work highlights

  • Advised Consolidated Zinc (formerly known as Arena Explorations) on its acquisition of a 100% interest in the Plomosas project in Aldama, Chihuahua; deal value $860,000.
  • Advises Alamos gold on the successful conclusion of n assignment of rights agreement whereby the client obtained a water concession for the Esperanza mining project in Cuernavaca, Morelos; value MX$30m.

Garrigues

The ‘young and dynamic’ energy practice at Garrigues is co-led by partners David Jiménez Romero, who has over 25 years' experience in project development and finance for the infrastructure and energy sectors; and Roberto Torres, a regulatory expert with specialised knowledge of the power sector and environmental law. Together with senior associate Gabriela Cosío, who specialises in contractual law for energy and infrastructure projects and international commercial arbitration, they are regarded as an ‘exceptional team’. In addition, Garrigues' international platform can provide the group with additional support, as well as the possibility of advising an attractive client roster.

Practice head(s):

David Jiménez Romero; Roberto Torres

Testimonials

‘Young and dynamic team. David Jiménez and Gabriela Cosío are highly skilled and have a deep technical knowledge of the energy sector.’

‘They stand out for their professionalism, analysis of complex issues, practical solutions, attention to detail and quality of work. The team has an exceptional treatment, great dedication to the issues, is very conscientious in billing and the use of time, and their work is of excellent quality. David Jiménez, Roberto Torres, Gabriela Cosío are an exceptional team, professional, with great quality in their work, and with great warmth in their treatment.’

Key clients

P&T Global Renewable Energy

China CAMC Engineering

Camargo Correa Infra

Servicios Compresión de Gas (CA-KU-A1)

Enel Green Power Mexico

Capwatt

Talesun

AES México

DRG Solar

Work highlights

  • Advised Servicios Compresión de Gas on a $404m financing granted by a large syndicate of banks for the development of an offshore gas compression platform known as CA-KU-A1 for the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field in Campeche Bay, Mexico.
  • Assisted China CAMC Engineering on entering the Mexican market with a view to participate in public bids by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for the development of two combined-cycle power plants.
  • Ongoing contract management advice to a subsidiary of AES de México regarding a 300MW wind farm located in Tamaulipas.

Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C.

Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C. is a more than relevant name in the Mexican energy sector at both the ‘national and international level’, and is lauded by clients for its ‘high level of knowledge of the hydrocarbons sector’. As a member of both the banking and finance practice and the firm's global energy group, Ariel Ramos has deep and extensive experience handling financing and the development of energy projects. Department co-head, Francisco Mendez, who divides his time between Houston and Mexico City, brings his notable up-, mid- and downstream expertise to a team that remains particularly active in the upstream oil-and-gas segment, as well as in farm-out agreements related to E&P contracts. Dual-qualified (New York/Mexico) finance associate Julio Martínez Rivas, whose experience includes project finance deals for renewable and conventional power projects, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Méndez; Ariel Ramos

Testimonials

‘They are specialised in energy matters and have helped us to analyse and adapt various schemes and business models to the regulations in Mexico. Ariel Ramos’ years of experience help us to have clarity and understanding of the changes that have taken place in the energy laws and that facilitates our decision making.’

‘They have proven experience in energy project and portfolio management. Ariel Ramos is outstanding. His relationship with and knowledge of our company’s business makes his contribution to our business strategy noteworthy from a legal point of view.’

‘They have extensive experience in this area at national and international level, being lawyers with a high level of knowledge of the hydrocarbons sector, and who are constantly updated with respect to the reforms to the laws in this branch of business.’

‘Francisco Mendez’s effectiveness as a lead partner is recognized in the industry for his prestige, skill and knowledge in the hydrocarbons sector.’

Key clients

PC Carigali Mexico Operations (Petronas)

X-Elio

BAS Corporation

Siemens

Lukoil Upstream Mexico

Ecopetrol

Invenergy

Repsol

Work highlights

  • Represented the sponsor in the construction and development of Navojoa solar plant, located in the state of Sonora, Mexico; total project cost is estimated at $207m.
  • Assisting Lukoil with the preparation and negotiation of farm-out agreements, joint venture and joint operating agreements, along with compliance issues, in connection with recently acquired deep-water blocks.
  • Representing Petronas on the negotiation and drafting of multiple farm-out agreements and joint venture and joint operating agreements in connection with 10 recently acquired deep water blocks.

ONTIER México

Ontier México maintains a steady growth in the Mexican energy market, garnering praise for its ‘deep knowledge of the wholesale electricity market, particularly from a regulatory and legal point of view’. Office managing partner Lorenzo Hernandez has a ‘unique knowledge and strategic vision’, accroding to clients, and also has a role at the Energy Commission of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, which ‘gives him a plus that no one else in the sector has’. Recent mandates include energy-sector transactional mandates, along with advisory on project development, due diligence, PPAs, project finance, and all aspects of green energy projects. Senior associates Regina Noriega; the finance-oriented Alejandro Stamoglou, and Mariana Reyes provide key support.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Hernández Allones

Testimonials

‘Lorenzo Hernández is very deep in the sector and has a unique knowledge and strategic vision. The combination of his role at Ontier and the Energy Commission of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce undoubtedly gives him a plus that no one else in the sector has.’

‘They are always available and show a lot of initiative to help their clients.’

‘They have a deep knowledge of the wholesale electricity market, particularly from a regulatory and legal point of view. They are very collaborative and care about their clients’ needs.’

‘Lorenzo Hernández and Regina Noriega are very willing to look for solutions and ways to collaborate with their clients.’

‘Lorenzo Hernández’s business orientation is very strong. The partners’ collaboration is very close, the size of the firm in Mexico is more boutique than in other countries where the firm is better known, but I think they have adapted well to a loyal clientele.’

‘Lorenzo Hernández is an outstanding person, his work at the head of the firm is competent and up to expectations, his treatment is close and transparent.’

‘Undoubtedly, they stand out for the combination of the lawyers’ technical knowledge, especially Lorenzo Hernández, and their business development vision.’

‘In terms of billing, they are very flexible, always looking for ways to provide support.’

Key clients

Megawatt

Metka

Tres Manantiales

Pollux

Hive Baja California

Aldebaran

Reden

Chara Solar

Sunco

Vector 4

Enertis

360 Clean Energy

Soltec

Mesef

Isotron

Imasa

Zero e

Soltec

Fernanji

Duro Felguera

Work highlights

  • Advised Hive Baja California on the development, financing and sale of a 28MW project with strong forecasts for potential offtakers.
  • Providing legal advice on the due diligence of a project by a creditor and the review and/or drafting of all necessary documents, in coordination with US counsel in relation to a $25m financing.
  • Provided legal advise and support to Pollux, including the presentation of several procedures before the CRE and CENACE, as a result of the closure of the authorities caused by the Covid-19.

Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados

Boutique firm Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados has an established track-record advising across the energy sector, including 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. Promoted to senior in October 2020, energy-focused associate José de Jesús Morales specialises in administrative litigation, rights of way and up-, mid- and downstream contracts.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny's energy team is praised for its lawyers ‘non-aggressive’ practices and for always putting the ‘company's objectives first’. The practice, comprised of lawyers from various departments is co-led by senior partners Jose Antonio Postigo-Uribe in Mexico City and Gerardo Prado-Hernandez in Monterrey, both of whom have proven expertise in energy-sector, particularly regarding solar projects, wind farms and cogeneration plants. In addition, Postigo also handles oil-and-gas matters, including E&P bid processes, transportation, commercialisation, investment structuring and dispute-resolution advisory. Semi-senior associate Max Ernesto Hernández-Ernult provides in key support.

Practice head(s):

José Antonio Postigo; Gerardo Prado-Hernández

Testimonials

‘They have a strong commitment to the client.’

‘They have a highly-qualified team of lawyers in multiple areas that complement the attention they have given us in energy and litigation. Their practices are non-aggressive and always put the company’s objectives first.’

‘They have the ability to propose innovative alternatives to resolve issues, seek interpretation, doctrines or precedents that may help the issue and even propose novel strategies without being confrontational or aggressive. We have worked with Guillermo, Antonio, Max and Mauricio, all of whom treat our matters as their own, giving the best possible attention to even the smallest detail.’

Key clients

Repsol Downstream Mexico

Sistemas de Energía Internacional

Advance Real Estate 2

Linamar Corporation

Servicios Administrativos Suma

Essity Higiene y Salud México

Rayuela Renovables

Nueva Wal-Mart de México

Grupo Energía Sur de Europa

Toledo Molding de México

Work highlights

  • Advised Repsol Downstream Mexico on all legal and regulatory matters required for the implementation of client’s fuels and lubricants retail business in Mexico, through approximately 300 retail service stations.
  • Designed the legal structure for an electrical and thermal power generation agreement.
  • Advising a client on several energy regulatory matters related to the operation of several of its industrial parks located across Mexico.

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

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. fields ‘some of the best professionals in the industry’, with a ‘deep understanding of the contractual and regulatory aspects in energy’. With a strong corporate background, Juan Carlos Morales heads the department, which regularly assists with all types of sector-related licences and permitting (particularly regarding mid- and downstream oil and gas), along with compliance matters for an interesting client roster which includes the likes of Total and Puma. Senior associate Rodolfo Reyes Ibañez, ‘an extraordinary professional with extensive knowledge of energy law’, is an additional name to note.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Morales de Teresa

Testimonials

‘They are probably some of the best professionals in the industry. The high degree of specialisation that BGBG’s consultants have in hydrocarbons and the electricity industry, as well as in the development, financing and operation of infrastructure projects, makes it possible to provide excellent service.’

‘They have a high degree of specialisation and deep understanding of contractual and regulatory aspects in energy matters and a good interaction with the other areas of the firm.’

‘Rodolfo Reyes is an extraordinary professional with extensive knowledge of energy law.’

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Total México  on the negotiation of multiple agreements and regulatory compliance regarding the Minimum Storage Public Policy.
  • Advised HDF Energy on the leasing of ejido lands for the construction and operation of a combined electricity generation plant in Baja California.
  • Advised Robert Bosh Mexico and its subsidiaries on the negotiation of a Self-Supply Agreement with an electricity generator in Mexico.

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano

Hailed as ‘an expert and a reference in the field’, partner Marcelo Paramo - former General Director of Legal Affairs at the Energy Regulatory Commission), heads the energy practice at DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano, which is active across the oil-and-gas and renewables segments, for both local and international clients, primarily regarding regulatory matters and acquisitions. Project finance and corporate partner Edgar Romo offers key support to the practice, which also represents clients in administrative proceedings and contractual disputes with regulated entities, as well as before regulators and authorities.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Páramo

Testimonials

‘Marcelo Páramo is an expert and a reference in the field. The precision of his ideas on the problems facing the energy sector today is very good.’

‘Marcelo Páramo is a very complete lawyer and a true expert in the field. His knowledge in the field is outstanding.’

Key clients

Acciona Energía and Grupo BioFields

Murphy Sur

International Frontier Resources Corp

El Dorado Exploración y Producción

Work highlights

  • Advised Murphy Sur in connection with all legal steps (contract negotiations, antitrust and regulatory authorisations) for the acquisition of the 10% interest in an in an exploration and production licence agreement with the National Hydrocarbon Commission held by Ophir Mexico Offshore Exploration.
  • Represented Acciona Energía and Grupo Biofields (as borrowers) on the financing of a photovoltaic project in Latin America; deal value: $264m.

Garza Tello-Clyde & Co Mexico

Operating from its offices in Mexico City and Ciudad del Carmen (and backed by the firm's international network), Garza Tello-Clyde & Co Mexico specialises in the offshore oil-and-gas industry, providing assistance on day-to-day issues such as production operations, including FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) and FSO's in Mexico - particularly with new clients operating in the country. The department, which is led by partner Enrique Garza, regularly advises on offshore international public tenders and contracts with private and state-owned companies; regarding the licenses and permits required to perform offshore activities in Mexico; and offshore contract litigation. Partner Fernando Escamilla is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Garza

Testimonials

‘They are the only firm that offers us the experience of having been involved in an FPSO in Mexico, they have a unique expertise in the subject, and a good relationship with the necessary authorities. Their strength is their knowledge in the maritime area.’

‘Enrique Garza Tello, has the sensitivity and knowledge necessary for the business, as well as in arbitration. Enrique Garza Jr. is a lawyer who is very committed to his clients and is available 24/7, always ready to respond to your needs.’

Key clients

Repsol Exploración México

Transocean

MODEC

Maersk Drilling

Diavaz DEP

BWL Offshore

Sapurakencana Mexicana

Valaris

Allseas Deepwater Contractor

Dolphin Drilling

Borr Drilling

Work highlights

  • Advised BWL Offshore on the securing of all energy, environmental, safety and navigation permits for the operation of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading unit (FPSO) for the storage and production of crude oil in Mexico and compliance with the contract with their clients.
  • Advised Dolphin Drillin on the securing of all energy, environmental, safety and navigation permits for the operation of the rig Blackford Dolphin to perform drilling operations in Mexico for PEMEX.
  • Advised Transocean on all of its Mexico operations, including the first time a drillship was brought to Mexican waters. Secured all energy, environmental, safety and navigation permits regarding the performance of drilling operations in Mexico for oil majors.

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. boasts a solid, eight-strong energy practice which regularly advises an array of Mexican and non-Mexican clients on natural gas transportation, distribution and storage projects; power generation projects (including IPPs, co-generation, BLTs, EPCs, bulk sales of power and other generation systems), and in up-, mid- and downstream oil-and-gas matters. The team is led by three partners: Fernando Alonso-de-Florida, Alberto Balderas and mining-sector specialist Citlali Perez, whose practice includes the application and renewal of mining concessions and permits, the negotiation and conclusion of supply, and financing contracts for mining projects. Senior associate Alejandro Creel Ysita is also noted.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘The firm has a variety of clients that gives them exposure to different points of view in the industry.’

‘Our legal consultation at this firm is handled by the attorney Citlali Perez Renteria; mining is a sector that faces many challenges in Mexico, new regulations, changes on government tax schemes, pressure from conservation groups, etc. Citlali has a broad view on these issues and understands our core values to respect and protect communities and the environment and provides counseling accordingly. This make us feel very comfortable with her suggestions.’

Key clients

Isthmus Energía Verde

Work highlights

  • Advising Mexican developer Isthmus Energia Verde on the structuring, development and financing of two projects for the production of sugar cane-based bioethanol in Mexico, involving private and communal (ejido) land real estate matters, fuel storage and a co-generation facility.

LHO

A spin-off from Ontier México in mid-2018, boutique start-up LHO focuses on providing legal advice to companies, mainly in the energy and infrastructure sector. Currently, the four-person team primarily acts for renewable energy companies, particularly in the wind and photovoltaic segments, but also includes a number of oil-and-gas sector participants on its client roster. Practice-head Luis Miguel Ramírez Ruggeberg (also co-managing partner of the firm), garners praise for providing ‘exceptional service and expertise regardless of the size of the client’. Intermediate associate Omar Plomares, who focuses on the development of clean energy projects, provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Luis Miguel Ramírez Ruggeberg

Testimonials

‘They are always attentive to the needs of their clients, keep us up to date and maintain constant communication. The work of Luis Miguel Ramirez and Luis Enrique Rangel is always excellent.’

‘The communication with LHO has been virtual and has been very efficient and fast. In addition, they explained the procedures and documents very clearly and made sure we had no doubts about what they were working on.’

‘Both Luis Enrique Rangel and Luis Miguel Ramirez have worked very effectively with us and have helped us generate all the documents we have required in a timely manner.’

‘The attention from the LHO team is totally personalised regardless of the number of zeros in the contract. They have a very complete multidisciplinary team with various specializations so the advice and attention they give you is comprehensive.’

‘Luis Miguel Ramirez has been an incredibly human and professional person who provides exceptional service and expertise regardless of the size of the client.’

Key clients

Prodiel

Pachamama Solar

Potrero Solar

Power China/Novamper

Enel

Goldbeck Solar

Longi

Grupo Dragón

Naturgy

Camescom

Britcham

Greenlux

Work highlights

  • Advised Greenlux on the negotiation of a multimillion-peso value EPC and O&M contract for a distributed energy project with Danish company Grundfos.
  • Advised a consortium comprising Novamper and Power China on the construction and maintenance of several photovoltaic plants located in Mexico.
  • Advising Pachamama Solar on the review of certain subcontractor agreements related to an an 800ha solar project that is under construcution and that will have and 880.5GWh per annum capacity.

Sainz Abogados

With partner Francisco J Valdés López at the helm, Sainz Abogados advises on all stages of the oil and gas and power sector chains, including on project development, contracting, regulatory compliance, permitting and licensing, and client’s participation in bid processes. Valdés, who is considered by clients as ‘one of the best lawyers in the field’, is a former executive Secretary of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), and specialises in mandates related to natural gas, LNG, LPG, storage, oil, electricity and petrochemicals. Key support comes from associate Ricardo Pinto Villazón.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Javier Valdes López

Testimonials

‘Francisco Valdés is one of the best lawyers in the field that we have met. He has great management skills, great understanding of the processes and decision makers in the different players (CRE, CFE, CENACE). We owe much of our success to the correct advice we obtained from Francisco.’

‘Francisco Valdés is outstanding in the energy practice. Ricardo Pinzón is very capable on different more general issues.’

‘We work with Francisco Valdés because of his knowledge of infrastructure issues and above all because of his attention to his clients as well as his clear and timely responses.’

Key clients

Gas Industrial Monterrey (GIMSA)

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 GIMSA on the structure of an agreement with BP under the new norms recently enacted by Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Committee (CRE), which are applicable to CENAGAS; value: $150m.  
  • Advising Baywa on the development of a solar power plant in the states of Guanajuato and Yucatan.
  • Representing Techgen on the process of obtaining a new natural gas transportation permit which will allow transportation of gas to Ternium México and Tecnigal.

Santamarina y Steta

Corporate and finance specialist, Juan Carlos Machorro steers the solid energy practice at Santamarina y Steta, which attracts praise for its ‘thorough knowledge of the energy regulatory framework’, and has a proven track record representing international investors in energy and financial projects and agreements across Mexico. Mid-level associate Ramses Franco provides key support to a team that houses broad experience in negotiating with Pemex, the federal electricity commission (CFE) and local regulators, regarding oil, gas and power projects and infrastructure transactions - including renewable energy matters, where the team is frequently active on the structuring aspects, project implementation and related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Machorro

Testimonials

‘They have specialists in the matter who are able to understand the needs and generate high value services as their analysis is very accurate and avoids additional sessions.’

‘They executed an in-depth analysis of the energy issue for the legal team, but they also managed to synthesize and organise the information to enlighten the management team so that they could efficiently understand the issue.’

‘They have a thorough knowledge of the energy regulatory framework.’

Key clients

Peñafiel Aguas Minerales

Productos Mondelez

Innophos Fosfatados de México

Verdad Exploration Mexico / Magna Operating

Albéa Packaging de Mexico / Cebal Americas de Reynosa

Cepillos de Matamoros

Work highlights

  • Advised Peñafiel Aguas Minerales on the negotiation and execution of a power purchase agreement with a recognised qualified supplier, for one of the group’s plants (as off taker).
  • Advised on the negotiation of an electricity supply agreement between Albea Packaging de México and Cebal Americas de Reynosa with Iberdrola as qualified supplier.
  • Advised on the negotiation of an electricity supply agreement under between off taker Cepillos de Matamoros and Blue Energy Electricity as qualified supplier.

SMPS Legal

SMPS Legal boasts an international energy practice, which operates from the firm's offices in Mexico, USA, Canada, and Colombia, regularly advising oil, gas and power clients on both regulatory and transactional matters arising in the sector. The department is led by founding partner Eduardo Pizarro, who has a focus on energy and natural resources, corporate finance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and investments for domestic and international transactions; and includes notable practitioners Carlos Solórzano and Jorge Miranda (both based in Calgary, Canada), and Mexico City-based of counsel Severo López Mestre, who offers key regulatory-side input.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Pizarro Suarez

Key clients

Renaissance Oil Corp

Tonali Energia

Excel Nobleza

Jaguar Exploración y Extracción

GS Oil & Gas

GD Holdings

Atco-Ranman Energia Slp

Rincón Gallardo Family/MCA Grupo

Pantera Exploracion y Extraccion

IHSA Iberoamericana de Hidrocarburos

Murphy Oil (Murphy Sur)

Cheiron Holdings Limited (Cardenas Mora)

Operadora GD Solar

Shell Exploración y Extracción de México

BP Exploration Mexico

Chevron Energía de México

Work highlights

  • Advised Renaissance Oil on regulatory compliance with the contractual obligations deriving from the E&P licenses granted by the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH).
  • Advised GS Oil & Gas on regulatory compliance with the contractual obligations arising from the E&P licenses granted by the CNH.
  • Representing the Rincón Gallardo family on the structuring and development of a 52MW solar power generation park on 120 hectares of land in the state of Hidalgo; project value: $80m-plus.