Mr Gerardo Prado-Hernandez > Sánchez Devanny > Monterrey, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

Sánchez Devanny
TORRE NOVO, PISO 4, DESPACHO 401
JOSÉ CLEMENTE OROZCO 335, COL. VALLE ORIENTE
SAN PEDRO GARZA GARCÍA, NL 66269
Mexico
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Work Department

Corporate and M&A; Member of the Energy Industry Practice, Member of the Automotive Industry Practice.

Position

Partner

Career

Gerardo advises local and international clients on corporate, commercial, mergers and acquisitions, general regulatory compliance and energy projects, with an emphasis on renewable energy. He has more than thirty years of experience guiding local and foreign investors in establishing, resizing, restructuring and selling their operations in Mexico. In particular, he is responsible for ensuring that all legal matters that impact the projects and operations of his clients, including without limitation, corporate, real estate, tax and regulatory aspects are properly considered, also supervising litigation and administrative procedures relevant to clients.

As a result of his years of work in multiple direct investment projects, joint ventures, acquisitions, reorganizations, asset segregation or sales, and company dissolution and liquidation processes, Gerardo has become an expert in the automotive, steel, electrical, electronic sectors and retail sales. In addition, Gerardo regularly carries out general supervision of projects related to contractual matters, company incorporation and divestment operations.

He has extensive knowledge in the energy, electricity and renewable energy sectors and is a member of the firm’s Energy industry group, which is made up of a team of lawyers dedicated to various legal areas specialized in advising clients in the energy sector and is a representative of the signature in the Nuevo León Energy Cluster. Gerardo obtained certification as a consultant in the matter of the Wholesale Electricity Market from the National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) and recently obtained a diploma in Public Private Associations from the Tecnológico de Monterrey and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid with an emphasis on infrastructure projects.

Gerardo has been professor of commercial companies, commercial arbitration and introduction to the study of Law at the Cervantina University, the Institute of Legal Sciences in Monterrey and the Green Hills College. He was a member of the Council of the Association of Foreign Lawyers of Georgetown University and Vice President of the Student Council of the Law Department of the Universidad Iberoamericana, A.C. Gerardo served as co-administrator and Managing Partner of the firm during the period from June 2005 to 2014. He is currently President of Fundación Appleseed México, A.C. and is co-leader of the firm’s pro bono work efforts.

Languages

Spanish, English.

Memberships

  • Former member of Foreign Lawyers Association at Georgetown (Board Member).
  • Member of the Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados – Monterrey Division.
  • Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
  • Board member of Fundacion Appleseed México (law practice pro-bono organization).

Education

  • NAFTA Studies. McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1994).
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.). Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., USA (1994).
  • Law Degree. Universidad Iberoamericana, A.C., Mexico City, Mexico (1990).

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Corporate and M&A

Operating from its offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro, the practice at Sánchez Devanny is over 30-strong and handles a broad range of work, including advice on joint ventures, M&A, corporate governance and compliance. Key partners include Francisco Andres Gamez-Garza (corporate, M&A financings, joint ventures and compliance due diligence), Cristina Sanchez-Vebber (corporate M&A and competition law), Ernesto Silvas, who is very experienced in cross-border transactional matters; and Jose Antonio Postigo-Uribe (head of the corporate and M&A practice in Mexico City, where he is also office managing partner); while in Monterrey Gerardo Prado-Hernandez (M&A, commercial transactions, day-to-day advisory and contracts) and office managing partner Humberto Morales-Barron, who is also head of the corporate governance and regulatory compliance practice. Ongoing matters include advising Medtronic on its MXN$173m acquisition of certain business lines (concerned with coronary health) from Artimédica; the team also remains particularly active in the automotive sector, long a strength of the firm.

Mexico > Energy and natural resources

Sánchez Devanny ‘s ‘strong‘ inter-office energy industry group is ‘consolidated‘ ‘and can provide full service for all related matters including regulatory, compliance, labour, litigation and corporate,’ according to clients. The 12-lawyer team is co-led by transaction-specialised senior partners Jose Antonio Postigo-Uribe and Gerardo Prado-Hernandez, in Mexico City and Monterrey, respectively; both have extensive energy-sector experience, notably with regard to solar projects, wind farms and cogeneration plants. Postigo also handles oil and gas matters including E&P bid processes, transportation, commercialization, investment structuring and dispute resolution advisory. The team’s recent caseload has been dominated by the preparation of PPAs, which it has negotiated on behalf of Essity, Embotelladora Niágara, Pipe México, Bendix and Bioenergía de Nuevo León, among others. Net Code regulations and compliance with the technical requirements for generators’ interconnection to the national electricity system is another source of mandates. On the oil and gas side, the team is assisting Repsol Downstream Mexico with its participation in the fuel and lubricants retail market. Key associate support comes from energy focused semi-senior, Max Ernesto Hernández-Ernult.