Mr Felipe Alice > Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
SUITE 4000
HOUSTON, TX 77002-5006
United States
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Work Department

Latin American Practice; Corporate and Business Transactions


Felipe Alice’s practice focuses on energy transactions and infrastructure projects relating to energy and corporate issues. Representing diverse clients, his work involves complex contracts, corporate restructurings, project finance, international data privacy issues, and real estate transactions. Additionally, Felipe is part of the cross-practice global workforce team that provides clients with integrated cross-border counseling and strategic planning on issues related to labor, employment, benefits, and immigration.


Felipe’s first language is Portuguese, and he is fluent in English and Spanish.


University of Texas at Austin, LL.M. (International Law); Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Specialization in International Law; Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, LL.B.

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s Latin America practice is largely energy oriented, along with a high proportion of banking and telecoms deals. Private equity and venture capital is also an important segment for the group. The team has a fine record in Brazil and Mexico transactions, although it is active throughout the region. Recent mandates include advice to Enel on its proposed acquisition of Peruvian distribution and generation companies Luz del Sur and Tecsur, owned by Sempra Energy. Humberto Padilla Gonzalez is licensed in Mexico, New York and Texas and has deep experience in Mexico deals. Bolivian-born John Crespo handles transactions across the region, while Felipe Alice is licensed to practice in Brazil, Texas and New York. Washington DC partner Ulises Pin is a leader in Latin America telecoms deals.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP ‘s team features a number of lawyers from the region, various of which are licensed to practice in key jurisdictions such as Brazil and Mexico. Coupled with the firm’s standing among international oil and gas giants, along with big SOEs in Latin America itself, it frequently lands major engagements across the region. The group advised independent Brazilian oil and gas company, PetroRio, on its oil and gas regulatory filings in the US and the proposed financing and acquisition of assets offshore, in the Gulf of Mexico. Conventional power, renewables, telecoms and infrastructure are also key for the group.  Felipe Alice is noted for Brazil oil and gas projects and transactions, while John Crespo and Humberto Padilla Gonzalez are also recognised for energy (including oil and gas) M&A. All named partners are based in Houston.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP remains a prominent player in bilateral and syndicated loans in Brazil, along with having a potent bondholder debt restructuring practice in Latin America. Private placement-driven financings are another growing element of the practice. It represents major banks such as HSBC in lending transactions, insurance companies in private placement financings (particularly in Mexico), and creditors in restructuring transactions.  New clients include Cerberus Capital Management and Credit Suisse. It recently advised Cerberus and JP Morgan Chase on a structured financing investment for payroll-lender Bayport Colombia. Co-chair of the Latin America practice Thomas Mellor is noted for bank lending and restructurings; he has a long history with HSBC. Timothy DeSieno is a leading name in sovereign debt financings and restructurings, often representing the creditors. Hartford partner Daniel Papermaster is the key figure for private placement financings. Houston’s Felipe Alice is noted for Brazil financings and restructurings, and previously practised as a local lawyer in the jurisdiction.

United States > Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas

Drawing upon the expertise of M&A, financing and regulatory practitioners based out of Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington DC, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s multi-disciplinary team provides a one-stop-shop service to a myriad of stakeholders across their oil and natural gas-related transactional requirements. The group is especially active on the downstream front, advising on refineries and terminal services agreements, as well as all matters associated with major LNG projects. Houston-based Felipe Alice is one of the key transactional partners on the LNG front, though he also handles conventional oil and gas infrastructure projects, often involving a Latin America nexus. Boston-based partner Richard Filosa leads the firm’s overarching project finance, infrastructure and natural resources practice.