Mr Humberto Padilla Gonzalez > 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 America Team; Corporate and Business Transactions


Humberto represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He assists clients with complex financial, cross-border and US domestic M&A transactions, private equity fund investments, and internal compliance investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as data privacy issues and simple operational matters throughout Latin America.  Part of a cross-practice Global Workforce team providing integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning, Humberto also advises clients on labor, employment, benefits, and immigration issues in Latin America.


Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Humberto was part of the US-based foreign practice group of another international law firm in New York, representing US and European clients with interests in Latin America.  Previously, he worked at one of the leading law firms in Mexico City. A native Spanish speaker, he is fluent in English.




University of Texas School of Law, LL.M.; Universidad Panamericana, Law Degree

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‘.