Firm Profile > CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow > Mexico City, Mexico

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow
CP 11000, MEXICO

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

The energy practice at CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow has an impressive track record, particularly as regards the electricity segment, where it demonstrated its agility and know how when the energy sector last went through major change, assisting with the implementation of the country's electricity reform following the constitutional modifications of 2014. Such accumulated experience has ensured it is well positioned to effectively accompany its clients in the face of the current administration's redefinition of the energy landscape. Highly sought after by clients, especially when it comes to regulatory work, the seven-strong practice group handles a broad array of energy mandates, including public policy design, project financing, or day-to-day project management, both in the oil-and-gas and power sectors. It is in the latter that practice-head Derek Woodhouse truly excels, regularly advising across a broad range of transactional, project-related and regulatory issues. He is backed by a well-rounded team that includes Luis Fernández Lagunas, who co-heads the team and is particularly knowledgeable as regards the electricity wholesale market; and senior associates José Antonio Téllez and Gabriel Salinas. Tellez has a focus on regulatory consultation, transactional structuring and negotiation, and project finance related to the electricity industry; while Salinas' practice is centred on international and domestic transactions related to the structuring and development of energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Derek Woodhouse Saavedra; Luis Fernández Lagunas


‘High knowledge of federal, state and municipal energy regulation (oil, gas, geothermal). Highly knowledgeable in the areas in which they practice.’

Key clients

CKD Infraestructura México (CKD)

Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ)

EDF Renewable

Zuma Energía









Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI)


Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

An absolute powerhouse when it comes to projects and infrastructure, CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow's innovative practice garners praise for devoting ‘themselves to each project, showing a great mastery of the subject and offering the best strategies’. The solid, 12-strong team advises a broad mix of public and private sector clients and boasts some impressive credentials, particularly in the power, hydrocarbons, mining and infrastructure sectors. It is led by founding partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow, a 20-year veteran who specializes in matters ranging from inception and design, through structuring, finance, construction and operation; and younger partner Marcia Santomé Sánchez, who is highly focused on private participation in formerly public sector projects, including via PPPs. Giancarlo Schievenini, who handles all aspects and stages of infrastructure project development, including financing, is another name to note in a practice group that was further reinforced with the June-2021 arrival of project finance expert Fernando Nava Herrera as a partner. The team is currently advising the Mexican Federal Government on the legal structuring (design, structuring and implementation) of its flagship ‘Tren Maya’ project, worth an estimated $8bn as well as the associated public procurement procedures. Both real estate partner Cesar Lechuga Perezanta and energy specialist Derek Woodhouse also participate in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Lorente Ludlow; Marcia Santomé Sanchez


‘Enrique Lorente, César Lechuga, Giancarlo Schevenini and Marcia Santomé devote themselves to each project, showing a great mastery of the subject and offering the best strategies.’

‘Fees are not the most important issue to them, the challenge is what motivates them.’

‘Enrique Lorente is my kind of lawyer, down to earth and tells me always what he thinks even when he knows it is not what I would like to hear. His knowledge base is impressive.’

‘I really enjoy working with them because of their innate willingness to innovate.’

‘I have been able to collaborate with them from both the public and private sides, and they understand very well that infrastructure requires a delicate balance, which is not always possible, between private interest and the protection of the public sector officials who coordinate the projects.’

‘The co-investment projects in Mexico City, where the private sector provides assets and the private sector provides the financing, which has led to a new asset class in infrastructure in Mexico, owes much to the vision and work of WLL.’

‘A hallmark of the company is the need to propose innovative structures that work.’

‘They are always looking to do new things, they are not very interested in traditional structures.’

Key clients

Federal Government of Mexico

Grupo INDI

Impulsora de Desarrollo Integral

MOTA-Engil Mexico

Grupo Typsa

Grupo Aldesa

Asociación Mexicana de Concesionarios de Infraestructura Vial

Grupo Ciclo

Regiomontana de Construcción y Servicios (RECSA)

Sacyr Concesiones México

Mexico > Life sciences Tier 2

Highlighted for its 'excellent results', the five-strong life sciences practice at CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow is well known for its track record in representing clients before health-related governmental agencies. Its clients often seek the department's assistance in new businesses and products, regulatory strategies and compliance audits, good manufacturing practices and certifications, premarket approval of products and services, health licenses and advice on labelling and marketing of regulated products and services. Practice head Mauricio Gómez regularly advises on life sciences regulatory matters, pharmaceutical products, biotech and medical devices, among several other areas, and also benefits from his previous experience in different posts at regulator COFEPRIS. Other key practitioners include corporate law expert César Lechuga and PPP specialist Marcia Santomé.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Gómez


‘They offer great service in health issues, always with excellent results.’

‘They have great knowledge of national and international regulations. It is one of the few law firms in Mexico that has this branch of specialities’

Key clients

Celanese Celanese Corporation

Essity Higiene y Salud


GC77 Quimisumistros en México

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 4

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow maintains a steadily-growing presence in the banking and finance sector, thanks to its solid practice, which handles credits, regulatory mandates, and demonstrates particular strength in project finance, driven by the firm's expertise in the areas of energy and infrastructure. The team handles a full array of financing for different industries -such as roads, hospitals and airports- on both the lenders' and borrowers' sides - although the team is appearing increasingly frequently for banks, development banks and other financial institutions. The January-2020 arrival of Raúl Zepeda undoubtedly broadened the practice's spectrum, particularly strengthening its capability in financial regulatory issues. Zepeda works closely with fellow partner César Lechuga, who specialises in all aspects of the financing of real estate, infrastructure and energy projects. Senior associates María José Estrada (who focuses on project finance); and Héctor González Martínez, provide key support to the team, which also handles fintech related matters.

Practice head(s):

Raúl Zepeda


‘Hector Gonzalez is pragmatic, clear in his advice and responsive, and a pleasure to work with’

Key clients



Tu Dinero Digital

Scotiabank Inverlat


Banco Mercantil del Norte

Davidson Kempner European Partners

Fondeadora 2.0

ION Financiera

Quiero Casa

WRB Serra Partners Fund

Banco Inbursa


MOTA-Engil México

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow houses a growing corporate and M&A practice which is becoming more active within the firm´s niche strength areas, particularly TMT, energy, and projects and infrastructure, but also pharmaceutical and automotive. Heading the six-strong team are César Lechuga, whose expertise encompasses the design of complex corporate structures; and the recently promoted Giancarlo Schievenini, who was raised to the partnership in January 2021. Fellow partner Luis Fernández Lagunas and senior associate Gabriel Salinas Ruiz, who focus on M&A mandates in the energy sector, offer key support to the practice, which also boasts significant cross-border capabilities thanks to CMS' global network.

Practice head(s):

César Lechuga; Giancarlo Schievenini


‘They have a great knowledge of the practice and are very punctual in delivering their work. Their analysis of cases generates a lot of confidence, in particular, I feel very comfortable working with Giancarlo Schievenini.’

Key clients

Brookfield Global Renewable Energy Advisor



Boehringer Ingelheim

Emerging Markets Property Group

Leadec Holding


Andean Social Infrastructure Fund I

WRB Serra Partners Fund

CKD Infraestructura Mexico / Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Hikvision Mexico

Miraclon Corporation

Mexico > Real estate Tier 4

With over 20 years covering all aspects of the structuring and financing of real estate developments in industrial, residential, hospitality, office and mixed-use projects, CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow's real estate practice has a strong track record in the sector and is praised for its ‘availability and personalised treatment. Partner César Lechuga heads the team, specialising in transactional real estate with a primary focus on the industrial, logistics, commercial, office space and retail segments, as well as on the real estate requirements for wind and solar projects. Real estate and infrastructure expert, Enrique Lorente Ludlow is a long-standing market presence who provides key input advising on developments and investments for domestic and international organizations. María José Estrada provides key associate support on real estate, project finance and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

César Lechuga


‘Availability, personalised treatment, quick response, and extensive knowledge of the subject. César Lechuga and Maria J Estrada.’

Key clients

Opera Desarrolladora

Deka Inmobilien

Union Real Estate Investment


Quiero Casa

Family Land Owners


Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

CMS has a prominent standing in oil and gas, renewables and other infrastructure projects. With offices in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico it has extensive regional coverage. Leveraging the firm’s global presence in renewables and climate change, the Latin America team is at the forefront of new energy sources such as green hydrogen projects in Chile and Brazil; the Santiago office advised Porsche on a joint venture project to produce green hydrogen in the evaluation phase and contract negotiations for the pilot manufacturing site in Chile. In Peru, a team that includes Carlos Hamann and Augusto Astorga has a strong record in oil and gas projects and transactions. In Mexico, Enrique Lorente Ludlow and Derek Woodhouse are big names in power and infrastructure projects and regulation. Rio partner Ted Rhodes has an established background in oil and gas, along with renewables, often working alongside colleagues in Europe. Santiago’s Jorge Allende Zañartu and Daniel Rodríguez are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Ted Rhodes; Jorge Allende Zañartu; Daniel Rodríguez; Derek Woodhouse; Enrique Lorente Ludlow; Carlos Hamann; Augusto Astorga; Michelle Barclay; Giancarlo Villafranqui

Key clients


The Blackstone Group

Pacific Hydro





Baker Hughes



Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Shearman & Sterling LLP's M&A work has been somewhat overshadowed by the Latin America team's prominence in capital markets and project finance transactions. Despite that, the firm's historical commitment to the region continues to land it some important engagements, such as continuing to advise Banco Bradesco, the Brazilian bank, on its $500m acquisition of BAC Florida Bank. It also continued to represent Abertis Infraestructuras and Singapore's GIC in their acquisition of a 70% stake in Red de Carreteras de Occidente (RCO) from Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners. George Karafotias and Clare O’Brien are amongst a number of partners with Latin America M&A experience. Houston partner Manuel Orillac is also recognised for Latin America corporate and capital markets transactions. Houston counsel Gabriel Salinas is noted for oil and gas investments by private equity funds, particularly in Mexico. Alexandro Padrés leads the Latin America group. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Alexandro Padrés

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow (CMS-WLL) is part of CMS, ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS is a Future Facing full-service law firm with more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries and 5,000+ lawyers worldwide that combines deep local market understanding with a global overview. CMS has a strong presence in Latin America, with offices in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. We are one of the few law firms present in all Pacific Alliance countries.

CMS-WLL (Mexico) has a team of specialists with extensive experience in energy, projects/infrastructure, real estate, project finance, corporate law, life sciences, technology, media and communications and environment. The firm is primarily known for its participation in large scale and innovative projects, whether advising government agencies on the design and implementation of new legal and regulatory frameworks; advising sponsors and other developers on the promotion, participation and development of pathfinder projects, or advising lenders and other investors on the financing and long-term compliance of projects.

Types of work undertaken: Our projects/infrastructure practice is a market leader in Mexico. Its lawyers specialize in all aspects required for an exemplary infrastructure practice, from the design and preparation of constitutional, legislative and regulatory reforms to the financing and execution of infrastructure projects, including their structuring and allocation, as well as dispute resolution. Having actively participated in the promotion and improvement of public-private partnership (PPP) programs for the development of public infrastructure and services,

Our lawyers are among the most experienced and knowledgeable in Mexico regarding PPP projects. They have advised the Mexican Federal Government and local governments throughout Mexico on amending the existing legal framework and issuing new regulations to incorporate various forms of PPP, including the PPS, and have also advised on the implementation of pathfinder PPP projects such as the Federal Prisons Program and various local prisons, roads and hospitals.

Our real estate practice has over 20 years of experience collaborating with developers, institutional investors and lenders to guarantee the completion of real estate projects, including commercial real estate and financing. Projects include industrial, residential, tourism, office buildings, transportation hubs and mixed-use buildings.

Our attorneys are in direct and constant contact with corporate and administrative law matters, and have broad experience advising on the incorporation of companies with foreign investment, international businesses, international trade, structuring and negotiation of commercial agreements, transformation and dissolution of commercial entities, corporate finance programs, trusts, incorporation of special purpose entities and representation of foreign companies in Mexico.

Department Name Email Telephone
Energy and Projects Derek Woodhouse +52 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure and Real Estate Enrique Lorente Ludlow +52 55 2623 0552
Banking and Finance Raúl Zepeda +52 55 2623 0552
Real Estate and Project Finance César Lechuga +52 55 2623 0552
Energy Luis Fernández +52 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure Marcia Santomé +52 55 2623 0552
Healthcare & Life Science Mauricio Gómez Guerrero +52 55 2623 0552
Corporate / M&A and Infraestructure Giancarlo Schievenini +52 55 2623 0552
Project Finance and Infrastructure Fernando Nava +52 55 2623 0552
Banking and Finance, Antitrust, Fintech Héctor González +52 55 2623 0552
Antitrust, Energy, Projects/Infrastructure Gabriel Salinas +52 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infraestructure José Antonio Ruiz +52 55 2623 0552
Environmental law and climate change Teresa Souza +52 55 2623 0552
Administrative Litigation and Energy Manuel Ferrara +52 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure Ernesto Castañeda +52 55 2623 0552
Real Estate María José Estrada +52 55 2623 0552
Banking and Finance Raúl Archundia +52 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure José Luis Meza +52 55 2623 0552
Corporate and Infraestructure Sofía Reyes +52 55 2623 0552
Administrative Litigation Daniel Bucio +52 55 2623 0552
Energy and Antitrust Ana Sofía Taracena +52 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure Alejandro Mata +52 55 2623 0552
Corporate and Projects/Infrastructure Eduardo Revilla +52 55 2623 0552
Real Estate Luis Mora +52 55 2623 0552
Banking and Finance and Fintech Mariela Hinojosa +52 55 2623 0552
TMT, Fintech and Corporate Bruno Triay +52 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure Ixchel Duarte +52 55 2623 0552
Energy Alejandro Beas +52 55 2623 0552
Photo Name Position Profile
 Raúl Archundia Pavón  photo Raúl Archundia Pavón Associate
 Alejandro Beas  photo Alejandro Beas Junior Associate
Mr Daniel Bucio Cruz  photo Mr Daniel Bucio Cruz Associate
 Ernesto Castañeda  photo Ernesto Castañeda Associate
Miss Patricia Ixchel Duarte Villegas  photo Miss Patricia Ixchel Duarte Villegas Associate
 María José Estrada Suárez  photo María José Estrada Suárez Associate
 Luis Fernández Lagunas  photo Luis Fernández Lagunas Partner
Mr Manuel Ferrara Ibarra  photo Mr Manuel Ferrara Ibarra Associate
 Mauricio Gómez Guerrero  photo Mauricio Gómez Guerrero Partner
 Héctor González Martínez  photo Héctor González Martínez Senior Associate
 Mariela Hinojosa  photo Mariela Hinojosa Associate
Mr Cesar Lechuga Perezanta  photo Mr Cesar Lechuga Perezanta Partner
Mr Enrique Lorente Ludlow  photo Mr Enrique Lorente Ludlow Partner
 Alejandro Mata Sastré  photo Alejandro Mata Sastré Associate
 José Luis Meza Zaragoza  photo José Luis Meza Zaragoza Associate
Mr Luis Mora y Medrano  photo Mr Luis Mora y Medrano Associate
 Fernando Nava  photo Fernando Nava Partner
 Eduardo Revilla Quirós  photo Eduardo Revilla Quirós Associate
 Sofía Reyes Pérez Broc  photo Sofía Reyes Pérez Broc Associate
Mr José Antonio Ruiz Porte Petit  photo Mr José Antonio Ruiz Porte Petit Senior Associate
Mr Gabriel Salinas Ruiz  photo Mr Gabriel Salinas Ruiz Senior Associate
 Marcia Santomé Sánchez  photo Marcia Santomé Sánchez Partner
Mr Giancarlo Schievenini  photo Mr Giancarlo Schievenini Partner
 Teresa Souza  photo Teresa Souza Senior Associate
 Ana Sofía Taracena Ortíz  photo Ana Sofía Taracena Ortíz Associate
 Bruno Triay  photo Bruno Triay Associate
Mr Derek Woodhouse  photo Mr Derek Woodhouse Partner
 Raúl Zepeda  photo Raúl Zepeda Partner
Partners : 9
Other fee-earners : 28
Staff : 13
Total : 50
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