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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1000 LOUISIANA STREET
SUITE 4000
HOUSTON, TX 77002-5006
United States
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Work Department

Latin American Practice; Corporate and Business Transactions

Position

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.

Languages

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

Education

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 > Projects and energy

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s Latin America team is largely located in Houston, providing it with deep energy credentials. The group’s strengths lie in energy M&A and project development, including M&A-driven project development. It has seen notable growth in LNG, gas to power and hydrogen projects and it remains a force in renewables, including wind and solar. In Washington DC partner Ulises Pin it has a market leader in Latin America cable and information highway projects. John Crespo co-heads the Latin America group and has a solid record in energy M&A, including renewables. Humberto Padilla Gonzalez is noted for Mexico energy transactions and Felipe Alice is at the forefront of Brazil deals.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has achieved further growth in the power sector, thanks in part to the Latin America group being largely centred in Houston. It is also building its standing in Brazil tech deals, with Brazil licensed Felipe Alice leading the firm’s relationships with a range of emerging corporates in the jurisdiction. Private equity is another forte for the group, which operates across a wide range of industries, from real estate to financial institutions, telecoms and aviation. In 2020, the team represented Enel in its proposed purchase of certain distribution and generation companies in Peru owned by Sempra Energy. It is also increasingly active in advising Mexican high-net-worth individuals and family offices on investments in the US and elsewhere. John Crespo has extensive deal experience in Latin America, as does Humberto Padilla Gonzalez, particularly in Mexico. Washington DC’s Ulises Pin is at the forefront of telecoms transactions in the region. All named individuals are based in Houston, unless stated otherwise.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s Latin America banking and finance practice stood up well to the Covid-19 crisis with continued activity in bilateral and club loans, restructuring work, private placements and a growing number of securitisation transactions. HSBC is an anchor client for the team, which has advised the bank on a multitude of deals in Brazil and across Latin America. On the sovereign debt side, a traditional forte for the group, Timothy DeSieno has left the firm to join Omni Bridgeway, although former partner Michael Reilly has come out of retirement to join the Hartford office as special adviser; Reilly has worked on a multitude of financial restructurings in Latin America over the years. New York partner Thomas Mellor is the key name for bilateral and club loans in Latin America for the likes of HSBC. Hartford’s Daniel Papermaster is a leader in private placements, while Houston based Felipe Alice is Brazil licensed and is active in project finance in the jurisdiction.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP ‘offers an extremely deep bench for assistance on energy transactions. In particular, its attorneys in the midstream space are among the best in the country’. Washington DC-based Kirstin Gibbs represents pipeline operators; oil-and-gas producers, traders and marketers; utilities and end-users across a range of issues. She co-leads the practice with Felipe Alice, in Houston, who focuses on energy transactions, energy-related infrastructure projects and corporate issues.