Mr Ulises Pin > Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1111 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
WASHINGTON DC 20004
United States
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Work Department

Latin America Team; Telecommunications, Media & Tech

Position

Ulises represents US and foreign communications and technology companies on corporate, financial, and regulatory matters. He also advises private equity firms, venture capital funds, and financial institutions on investments in the telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) sectors. Ulises represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and government agencies in Mexico, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He has substantial experience in cross-border transactions.  Ulises’s practice covers all sectors of the TMT market, including wireline, wireless and international communications, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), infrastructure projects (land and submarine networks), satellite services, and emerging technologies. He counsels on complex cross-border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; public offerings; joint ventures; and private and public equity investments. He also represents public and private companies in international corporate and finance transactions across industries, including telecommunications, technology, energy, retail, and real estate.

Languages

Native Spanish speaker

Memberships

International Bar Association; Mexican Bar Association

Education

Escuela Libre de Derecho, J.D.; New York University, Master of Laws

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is best known for its work in the energy and oil-and-gas segments. It has tight links to Latin America and has built an impressive portfolio of regional clients, including CEMEX, Grupo Prolamsa, Gaia Importação Exportação e Serviços, PetroRio, Grupo Lala and Grupo Coppel. Beyond the energy and oil-and-gas segments, the firm advised Paladin Realty Partners with an aggregate $1bn investment in real estate acquisitions and developing midrise residential and commercial buildings throughout Latin America, including in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. The ‘highly experienced team’ delivers a ‘personalised service with a holistic approach‘; it ‘truly understands the business culture of the region and can easily anticipate, and work with the client on navigating hurdles that come up during  transactions‘. The practice group is also praised for its ‘true collaborative efforts‘ with local counsel in Latin American jurisdictions. Humberto Padilla Gonzalez is an emerging name with an especially fine record in Mexico where he is licensed to practice; clients ‘trust him and value his judgment‘, and praise his ability to bring in specialist expertise from around the firm when required. Similarly Felipe Alice is admitted to practise in Brazil and is highly experienced in deals involving Latin America’s largest economy. John Crespo is noted for energy-sector transactions throughout Latin America and Washington DC partner Ulises Pin is recommended for telecoms and cable deals in Mexico and beyond. Mexico upstream and midstream oil-and-gas specialist Adrian Talamantes joined Holland & Knight LLP in November 2018. All named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a developed oil-and-gas, LNG and power practice. Clients include PetroRio, CEMEX, Midstream Energy Partners and Statoil. Key geographic expertise includes Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The practice advised Statoil on its acquisition from YPF of a 50% participating interest in an exploration permit covering the Bajo del Toro block, a 157 Km² area in Argentina’s shale-gas Vaca Muerta formation. The team has ‘great expertise and overall knowledge of the energy industry‘ and ‘communication with all the team members and the support they provide when required is greatly appreciated‘.  Houston’s John Crespo, Humberto Padilla Gonzalez and Washington DC partner Ulises Pin are the core of an impressive and versatile Latin America team. Houston partner Felipe Alice is ‘an excellent professional and person‘ who ‘deals with complex situations in different transactions‘; ‘his knowledge of the industry sector is impressive‘, and he ‘has strong skills to understand the issues and present solutions‘.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is notable for its advice on wireline and fiber matters, as well as assisting foreign telecoms clients with national security issues. It earns praise for its ‘deep industry experience, together with legal and regulatory expertise‘, while its ‘enormous bench strength‘ allows it to provide a broad range of services. Practice head and veteran practitioner Andrew Lipman has particular experience in undersea cable work, and is considered both a ‘brilliant legal tactician‘ and a ‘savvy business and financial adviser‘, according to one client. Lipman leads the firm’s advice to Hawaiki Cable on the construction of its trans-pacific cable and related regulatory approvals, along with Ulises Pin. Pin specializes in cross-border work , and has been handling telecoms infrastructure work for Facebook along with internet media and VoIP specialist William Wilhelm. Deputy practice head Catherine Wang ‘provides creative and innovative legal and regulatory strategies‘, focusing on spectrum and wireless issues. Wang advised Cincinnati Bell on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Hawaiian Telecom, along with Lipman and Russell Blau, who specializes in telecoms litigation and regulatory policy. Other key team members include satellite and wireless specialist Timothy Bransford and Ronald Del Sesto, who is noted for his work on privacy matters and contract negotiation issues.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is known for its work with competitive and local telecoms providers on mid-market transactions, but also has a strong track record in large deals, such as Straight Path Communications’ $3bn sale to Verizon. Andrew Lipman, a veteran in telecoms transactions and ‘pre-eminent in the field‘, is most notable for his work with private equity firms and competitive carriers. Lipman advised Swedish private equity firm EQT on its $1.7bn acquisition of fiber company Lumos, as well as its acquisition of a majority stake in Spirit Communications. Russell Blau assisted Lipman in obtaining approvals for EQT’s transactions, as well as handling GTT communications’ $2.3bn acquisition of Interoute, along with Ulises Pin. Other key recent work highlights for the firm include its work on Impact Telecom’s acquisition by Lingo Communications, on Cincinnati Bell’s $650m acquisition of Hawaiian Telecom, and on FirstLight’s acquisition by Antin Infrastructure Partners. Catherine Wang ‘offers practical solutions‘ and is another key contact at the firm, specializing in complex regulated transactions as well as wireless and spectrum matters, and is recommended by clients for her ‘great judgement and very sound advice’.