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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Humberto Padilla Gonzalez

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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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

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP remains best known for bilateral and syndicated loans in Brazil and continues to be a leader in bondholder debt restructurings across the region. Argentina is a growth market for a team that is also active in Central America. Moreover, the practice is increasingly active in private placements in Latin America. The firm is especially close to HSBC, which it advises on multiple transactions, and has a growing connection to the likes of ING, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America; its private placement work, in turn, is driven by a number of insurance company clients. The team continues to advise the steering committee of bondholders in the restructuring of Brazilian construction company OAS; and represented Argentina’s sovereign bondholders on their rights under equal treatment clauses and in connection with related settlement discussions. Notably, the firm’s bondholder debt restructuring expertise is increasingly sought by banks to assess creditor exposure. Timothy DeSieno has an outstanding record in bondholder debt restructurings in the region, while co-chair of the Latin America practice Thomas Mellor is known for bilateral and syndicated loans, especially in Brazil. Brazil-qualified and Houston-based Felipe Alice is known for restructurings and front-end lending; also in Houston, Mexico-qualified Humberto Padilla Gonzalez has immense experience in that jurisdiction; while Washington DC-based Ulises Pin is particularly noted for telecoms financings. Hartford partner Daniel Papermaster and Thomas O’Connor are recognised for private placements in the region. Luis Torres-Cervantes is the key name at associate level for bank lending. All named individuals are New York-based unless stated otherwise.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP expanded its team with prominent Latin American corporate specialist John Crespo and Mexico qualified Adrian Talamantes from King & Spalding LLP; Crespo is active in corporate transactions across Latin America, predominantly related to energy matters, while Talamantes is especially focused on midstream and upstream transactions in Mexico. Their arrival has strengthened the team not only in upstream and midstream oil & gas and LNG but also across other key industries such as telecoms and financial services. Mexico continues to be a strong focus for the practice; and in Houston, Mexico-qualified Humberto Padilla Gonzalez is another key, corporate transactional practitioner. Beyond Mexico, the firm is active throughout Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia. Clients range from multi-latinas to US-based clients, private equity investors and other multinationals. The team advised Sumitomo Corporation on its takeover of banana producer Fyffes, which has extensive operations in Central and South America; and also assisted General Cable Corporation with its two-step acquisition of Colombian manufacturer of cable and wire manufacturer Procables. Other key partners include Felipe Alice, who is recognised for Brazil energy deals; and Washington DC-based partner Ulises Pin who has extensive experience in telecoms transactions, particularly in Mexico.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP experienced a changing of the guard during 2017, with former partners Brian Bradshaw and David Asmus, leaders in upstream oil and gas and LNG, joining Sidley Austin LLP. In their place, the firm recruited prominent Latin America specialist John Crespo and Mexico and Texas qualified Adrian Talamantes from King & Spalding LLP. The new senior team is even more Latin America focused, especially with the additional presence of legacy up-and-coming partners Felipe Alice and Humberto Padilla Gonzalez, who are Brazil and Mexico-qualified, respectively, and both are also admitted in New York and Texas. The team now features strongly in upstream and midstream oil and gas, LNG and power. It has a proven track record in brownfield and greenfield project development, joint ventures and M&A, particularly in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, followed by Chile, Central America and the Caribbean. Recent work includes ongoing advice to Baja California Sur Gas Transport on a major LNG project in Mexico and represented PetroRio on a series of equity investments in the US.

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