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Norton Rose Fulbright
PASEO DE TAMARINDOS
NO. 400-B PISO 22
COL. BOSQUES DE LAS LOMAS, 05120 MEXICO D.F.
Mexico

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

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.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright has a broad project and infrastructure offering that reflects the firm’s full-service capabilities with a special focus on project finance and project development in oil and gas, mining and energy.  The practice is co-led by managing partner Hernán González Estrada, whose practice takes in public procurement, regulatory and antitrust matters, as well as the full implementation and development of infrastructure projects (including PPPs); and dual-qualified (New York and Mexico) international specialist Raquel Bierzinwsky, who handles project development and finance, along with M&A, in both Mexico and the wider Latin American region; she works from both the New York and Mexico City offices. The senior team is completed by energy and projects-focused César Fernández G, a former legal vice-president for projects and business at Pemex; and projects and regulatory specialist Carlos Campuzano (formerly at GDF Suez) who undertakes project development and finance, corporate transactions, public procurement and regulatory matters in relation to power/renewable energy, natural gas. Venezuela-qualified Leopoldo Olavarria  left in September 2021 to become a Mexico-based counsel of Colombia's CMS Rodríguez-Azuero.

Practice head(s):

Raquel Bierzwinsky Partner; Hernán González Estrada Partner; 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 (FMO)

Société de Promotion et de Participation Pour la Coopération Economique (PROPARCO)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Biosev

Banco Itau BBA

Work highlights

  • Advised the lender on the project financing of a 119MW solar photovoltaic plant located in the Mexican state of Veracruz, which is to sell a significant portion of its power pursuant to a long-term corporate PPA.
  • Advised RK Mine Finance in connection with the establishment of a $120m credit facility in favour of Canadian mining company Norcrest Metals for the construction of the Las Chispas project, located in Sonora, Mexico.
  • Advised the term lenders and their agent on the renegotiation and refinancing of a complex loan extended to Horizon Global Corporation and related entities in various jurisdictions.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Norton Rose Fulbright 's wide-ranging Latin America practice has successfully targeted the energy, mining and infrastructure segments, acting for a variety of commercial lenders, development banks and ECAs, sponsors and developers, and financial investors. It has achieved particular prominence in renewable energy projects, notably in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and many other jurisdictions. The firm is also at the forefront of mining projects, including copper, gold and lithium projects in Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Ecuador, among other countries. Raquel Bierzwinsky is a native Spanish speaker, based in New York and Mexico City, and has a broad practice covering renewable energy, infrastructure and mining in Mexico and the wider region. Sarah Devine and Jeremy Hushon are key figures in Washington DC, where they have close connections to commercial lenders, development banks and agency lenders. New York’s Todd Alexander is an experienced name in renewable energy and energy transition projects. Hernán González in Mexico City and Sao Paulo-based infrastructure finance specialist Daniel Spencer are also important members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Keith Martin; Ben Koenigsberg

Key clients

KfW IPEX

Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (CABEI)

Enel Green Power

Marubeni

Bancomext

IDB Invest

FinDev Canada

DFC (formerly OPIC)

Braskem

Itapoá Terminais Portuários

Banco Rabobank International Brasil

BRK Ambiental Participações

Vale

Macquarie Capital

FMO

Groupe Agence Française de Développement (Proparco)

IFC

MUFG Bank

Banco Itaú BBA

ING Bank

Banco Bradesco

Corporación Andina de Fomento

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Work highlights

  • Represented Fiduciaria Bancolombia, as concession trust trustee, in connection with a $209m social bond issued to refinance the 4G Colombian highway corridor project, Puerta de Hierro-Cruz del Viso; this was the first social bond issued in Latin America in connection with an infrastructure project.
  • Represented AMP Capital Investors as the lender in a $280m holdco financing of a 1.3GW portfolio of wind and solar projects in Chile.
  • Acted as international counsel to commercial lenders and ECAs in a $520m financing and $51m bonding facility to Mantoverde to finance its $847m  Mantoverde Sulphide expansion project, located in the Atacama Region of Chile.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Norton Rose Fulbright is building its name in Latin America M&A, especially in energy, infrastructure and technology deals. Having a sizeable presence in Sao Paulo and Mexico City brings it additional credibility and has led to engagements on a series of headline and high-value transactions. Sao Paulo partner Silvia Fazio is an experienced figure in Brazil transactions, including energy and infrastructure deals. Raquel Bierzwinsky divides her time between New York and Mexico City and has an increasingly prominent corporate and transactional aspect in addition to her well-known finance capabilities; the M&A and capital markets credentials of the latter office has been further strengthened with the April-2022 hire of  Andrés Nieto from Creel Abogados, SC.

Practice head(s):

Silvia Fazio; Hernan Gonzalez Strada

Testimonials

Partners’ availability and commitment – objective, high quality and straight-to-the point advice. Team spirit. In a high profile M&A transaction, the NRF team provided extremely objective and straight to the point advice, which was decisive for our common client to be successful in the M&A transaction, and worked together with Brazilian counsel (our firm) as a one-team (no attempt to overtake/control the deal).

The NRF team is differentiated. All lawyers have a multi-jurisdictional view of operations, are extremely efficient, responding to requests quickly and in detail. We wouldn’t be able to handle all of the company’s work demands without the technical assistance of the Norton Rose team.

Silvia Fazio – always available, regardless of the time difference. They provided very objective and top-notch advice, worked in close cooperation with our firm. They worked in a very efficient way and brought other team members (from the insurance area) to the extent necessary to secure a smooth deal. Also, they were very flexible with fees, which was highly appreciated by our common client.

Silvia Fazio is our partner. An extremely helpful, technical, organized and business-oriented professional.

Key clients

Equatorial Energia

LATAM Airlines

Suzano

Bemobi

Sumitomo Chemical

Cosan

Clear Channel Brasil

Banco do Brasil

Itau BBA

Osisko Gold Royalties

General Motors

RKIM

Accenture

American International Group

Shell

Work highlights

  • Advised Equatorial Energia on a successful bid to purchase the entire issued share capital of Brazil Echoenergia Participações from Ipiranga Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia, a fund owned by Actis.
  • Advised Sumitomo Chemical Company on its agreement to purchase Nufarm’s crop protection business in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in: Amsterdam ● Athens ● Austin ● Bangkok ● Beijing ● Brisbane ● Brussels ● Bujumbura** ● Calgary ● Canberra ● Cape Town ● Casablanca ● Dallas ● Denver ● Dubai ● Durban ● Frankfurt ● Hamburg ● Harare** ● Hong Kong SAR ● Houston ● Istanbul ● Jakarta* ● Johannesburg ● Kampala** ● London ● Los Angeles ● Luxembourg ● Melbourne ● Mexico City ● Milan ● Minneapolis ● Monaco ● Montréal ● Moscow ● Munich ● New York ● Nairobi** ● Ottawa ● Paris ● Perth ● Piraeus ● Québec ● Riyadh* ● San Antonio ● San Francisco ● São Paulo ● Shanghai ● Singapore ● St. Louis ● Sydney ● Tokyo ● Toronto ● Vancouver ● Warsaw ● Washington DC
*associate office **alliance

Number of partners (worldwide):  1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide):  2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global key contacts
Financial institutions:
James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Randy Sutton and Jonathan Skidmore

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Hernán González Estradahernan.gonzalez@nortonrosefulbright.com+52 55 3000 0601
Raquel Bierzwinskyraquel.bierzwinsky@nortonrosefulbright.com+52 55 3000 0608
PhotoNamePositionProfile
César Fernández photoMr César FernándezInternational Partner
Hernán González Estrada photoMr Hernán González EstradaPartner
Mario Piana Yanez photoMr Mario Piana YanezInternational Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright US MX, S.C.
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