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Haynes and Boone, SC

Latin America: International firms > City Focus - Houston Tier 1

Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. has a long history with Latin America, particularly Mexico where it has had a Mexico City office since 1994. The Houston office has a large team of Latin America experts, which cover inbound and outbound Mexico transactions, notably in the energy, infrastructure, water, tech and healthcare fields. The team is increasingly active in renewables and nearshored manufacturing facilities in northern Mexico - including investments in industrial parks, transport and logistics. Although Mexico is the office’s primary Latin American jurisdiction, it is also active in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Central America. Despite a more challenging investment climate in Mexico, the firm continues to advise oil and gas majors on their long-term interests in the jurisdiction, along with additional growth in solar power projects. The firm is best known for work with mid-market clients and family-owned businesses, along with start-ups and some public companies. Ricardo Garcia-Moreno and George Gonzalez are leaders in Mexico transactions, along with Brad Richards who also has a strong record in Mexico. Odean Volker provides further expertise in disputes involving Mexican businesses with interests in the US and elsewhere, along with white-collar matters. The firm also has a number of Latin America experts in Dallas, where it is the largest firm, including -notably- Alberto de la Peña.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., with its roots in Texas, has a major focus on Latin America, especially Mexico. The firm’s Mexico City office has existed since 1994, while its Houston and Dallas offices house a large number of Latin America specialists. The firm has fine record in energy transactions, with a growing emphasis on renewables, along with infrastructure, water, technology and healthcare. It has experienced further growth in industrial parks, logistics, and manufacturing investment as part of the trend for nearshoring manufacturing and supply chains in northern Mexico. The firm is also active in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Central America. It is particularly known for middle market transactions, including restructurings and cross-border joint-ventures. Ricardo Garcia-Moreno and George Gonzalez  are senior names for both inbound and outbound Mexico transactions; Brad Richards is also known for Mexico deals. Dallas partner Alberto de la Peña, is another key figure. All named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Tom Harris


Excellent lawyers and support staff with experience that you can count on.

I have worked with Ricardo Garcia-Moreno, a partner, for many years. He is knowledgeable and very dedicated to providing excellent service and finding the right resources within the firm when needed.’

Deep knowledge, experience and rapid response to requirements and inquiries.

The team’s expertise is invaluable when it comes to resolving complex issues. There’s a sense of pride in their work.

George Gonzalez has been my corporate attorney for 25 years and he focuses on his work as he did from the beginning of our business relationship, with expertise in the law and great problem solving skills. Outstanding partner and friend.

The quality stands out, and the respect from institutions and colleagues. The cross-border knowledge has been key for us as well.

Deep knowledge, experience and recognised legal network in LATAM.

George Gonzalez is a knowledgeable and highly respected support for us. He has a wide array of experience to reference and does a wonderful job of translating the legal context to our bilingual team. He has been a great asset in several important decisions for the company. Larry Pascal has also been a great collaborator on topics that affect our same industry.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is one of the American Lawyer top 100 law firms, with more than 550 lawyers in 17 offices and 40 major legal practices. The firm serves clients from its offices in Mexico City, London, Texas, New York, California, Chicago, Charlotte, Denver, Washington, DC, and Shanghai, providing a full spectrum of legal services in energy, financial services, private equity and technology. Operating in Mexico City with its affiliate, Haynes and Boone, SC, it has been serving clients in Mexico for more than 25 years.

Haynes and Boone’s Mexico City office works with clients from the US, Mexico and other countries in a wide variety of industries, including energy (oil, gas, power and renewables), aviation, automotive, banking and finance, consumer products and retail, real estate and hospitality, construction, food and beverage, healthcare, infrastructure/projects, technology, telecommunications, shipping and transportation, manufacturing, litigation, arbitration, mining and water. The firm’s legal professionals are highly experienced in transactions in various legal practice areas, including antitrust, corporate and capital markets, banking and finance, bankruptcy, M&A, intellectual property, private equity, maritime/shipping finance, real estate, franchise and distribution, energy, tax, trade and arbitration and litigation.

Our lawyers have been especially active assisting clients in recent years with the Mexican oil and gas bid rounds, electric power and infrastructure projects as well as related activities stemming from the Mexican energy reforms. To this effect, we have a well-rounded resume of matters involving upstream, midstream, downstream, power plus mining. Our clients include National Oil Companies, Independents, major financial institutions and private equity firms operating across the energy industry in Mexico.

The firm also has a strong aviation practice, and has advised American Airlines and other companies, including Cathay Pacific in the aviation sector for many years in Mexico and Latin America. The Mexico City lawyers regularly participate in projects throughout the Americas and work on complex projects in regional jurisdictions on behalf of their multinational clients.

The firm also opened an office in London three years ago, enabling the various practice groups of the firm, including the Americas Practice Group, the Mexico Practice Group and the China Practice Group to provide service to European clients investing in Mexico and Latin America. The firm has also set up a multi-office USMCA (NAFTA) task force to advise clients on the possible effects of this trade agreement and stays abreast on the progress of negotiations.

The firm has a diverse client base in Latin America, representing clients in a variety of economic sectors, such as, AT&T, Baker Hughes, Bancomext, BBVA Bancomer, Cotemar, DuPont Mexicana, Elementia, Glencore International AG, Goldcorp, Inc., Halliburton, Hilton, IATA, Maridive Group, McDonough Marine Service, Mexichem, Little Caesars, GRUMA, Solera/Audatex Americas, and Trinity Industries, among others.

Key highlights include:
The M&A Advisor recognized two of our 2018 matters as deals of the year:

  • Materials Deal of the Year: A multi-office team of lawyers led by Partner George Y. Gonzalez represented equity owners of Corporación POK, S.A. de C.V. (POK) in the sale of stock to Nucor Corporation (Nucor). Founded in 1894, POK is a Mexican industrial and oilfield services precision casting foundry that is headquartered in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It has more than 425 employees at its Guadalajara foundry and was owned and managed by members of the 3rd and 5th generation of the founder’s family.
  • Cross-Border Deal of the Year Award in the “Over $1 billion” category: A Haynes and Boone team led by Partner Ricardo Garcia-Moreno represented Royal Dutch Shell plc and certain affiliates in the sale of its downstream business in Argentina to Raízen Combustiveis S.A. in a transaction valued at $1.3bn. The sale included the Buenos Aires Refinery, around 645 retail stations, liquefied petroleum gas, marine fuels, aviation fuels, bitumen, chemicals and lubricants businesses, as well as supply and distribution activities in the country. The businesses acquired by Raízen will continue their relationships with affiliates of Shell through various commercial agreements negotiated in connection with such transactions with an estimated value of US$300m.

Leadership positions:

    • Partner Alberto de la Peña serves as director in the Advisory Board of the Center for US and Mexican Law at the University of Houston and is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. His legal work has been recognized by Chambers and Partners and Latin Lawyer 250.
    • Partner George Y. Gonzalez serves as a board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, a member of the Rice University Jones Business School’s Council of Overseers, and chairman emeritus of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His legal work has been recognized by Chambers and Partners and Latin Lawyer 250.
    • Partner Ricardo Garcia-Moreno serves on the Board of Trustees of KIPP, Inc, a Texas charter school with nearly 18,000 pre-K to high school students in Houston and his legal work has been recognized by Latin Lawyer 250, The Best Lawyers in America, and Texas Super Lawyers.
    • Partner Larry Pascal in Dallas is chair emeritus of the World Services Group, one of the two largest independent law firm networks in the world which has more than 130-member law firms operating in more than 115 countries, reaching over 145 jurisdictions globally.
Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets Alberto de la Peña Alberto.delaPena@haynesboone.com
Corporate/M&A Alberto de la Peña Alberto.delaPena@haynesboone.com
Litigation/arbitration Alberto de la Peña Alberto.delaPena@haynesboone.com
Projects Alberto de la Peña Alberto.delaPena@haynesboone.com
Real estate Alberto de la Peña Alberto.delaPena@haynesboone.com
Energy and natural resources Nicolas Borda Nicolas.Borda@haynesboone.com
Projects Nicolas Borda Nicolas.Borda@haynesboone.com
Energy and natural resources Hunt Buckley Hunt.Buckley@haynesboone.com
Banking and finance Rafael Carmona Rafael.Carmona@haynesboone.com
Capital markets Rafael Carmona Rafael.Carmona@haynesboone.com
Corporate/M&A Rafael Carmona Rafael.Carmona@haynesboone.com
Banking and finance Eduardo Corzo Eduardo.Corzo@haynesboone.com
Energy and natural resources Eduardo Corzo Eduardo.Corzo@haynesboone.com
Maritime/shipping Eduardo Corzo Eduardo.Corzo@haynesboone.com
Projects Eduardo Corzo Eduardo.Corzo@haynesboone.com
Corporate/M&A Ricardo Garcia-Moreno Ricardo.Garcia-Moreno@haynesboone.com
Energy and natural resources Ricardo Garcia-Moreno Ricardo.Garcia-Moreno@haynesboone.com
Corporate/M&A George Y. Gonzalez George.Gonzalez@haynesboone.com
Energy and natural resources George Y. Gonzalez George.Gonzalez@haynesboone.com
Private Wealth Edgar Klee Edgar.Klee@haynesboone.com
Trade / Customs Edgar Klee Edgar.Klee@haynesboone.com
Tax Edgar Klee Edgar.Klee@haynesboone.com
Aviation Patricia Mastropierro Patricia.Mastropierro@haynesboone.com
Aviation Larry Pascal Larry.Pascal@haynesboone.com
Corporate/M&A Larry Pascal Larry.Pascal@haynesboone.com
Litigation/arbitration Jorge Torres Jorge.Torres@haynesboone.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Nicolas Borda photo Mr Nicolas Borda Partner
Ricardo Garcia-Moreno photo Mr Ricardo Garcia-Moreno Partner, Administrative Partner – Houston
George Y. Gonzalez photo Mr George Y. Gonzalez Partner
Edgar Klee photo Mr Edgar Klee Administrative Partner – Mexico City
Alberto de la Peña  photo Mr Alberto de la Peña Partner, Co-chair, International Practice Group
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