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CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow
CP 11000, MEXICO

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

The team at CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow advises domestic and international clients on a full range of sectoral issues including complex regulatory matters, the design of off-take transactions, project development, renewable energy M&A and project finance, among others. Actively involved in shaping national energy policy, the practice has proved adept at keeping its multinational clients up-to-date with the shifting norms and regulations governing the energy sector during the current administration. Due to the current circumstances in the sector, it has also worked with the Federal Energy Commission (CFE) on the development of conventional and renewable projects. The practice is co-led by Derek Woodhouse, who has vast experience in private sector participation in infrastructure projects; and Luis Fernández Lagunas whose practice is centred on oil and gas exploration and production, along with private and public electricity generation projects. Key support comes from associates Gabriel Salinas, who specialises in international and domestic transactions related to the structuring and development of energy and infrastructure projects, along with corporate and contractual matters; and Manuel Ferrara, a former deputy director of amparo and litigation at the Energy Regulatory Commission, whose practice centres on administrative and constitutional litigation in relation to the energy sector. Former senior José Antonio Téllez has left the firm.

Key clients

CKD Infraestructura México and Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec

Grupo Constructor ITISA

EDF Renewables

Mitsui & Co Power Americas





Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta


Work highlights

  • Advised leading energy companies on the analysis and preparation of a legal strategy to combat the Reliability Policy issued by the Mexican Ministry of Energy.
  • Advised Mitsui on the design and preparation of diverse strategies to avoid the termination of a project’s generation permit due to construction time-frames impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

An undoubted powerhouse when it comes to projects and infrastructure, CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow garners praise for a ‘team that is knowledgeable and with diversity in the analysis of the different infrastructure projects’. The consolidated 13-strong team advises a broad mix of public and private sector clients and has an impressive track record, particularly in the power, hydrocarbons, mining and infrastructure sectors, but also in relation to PPP projects and the Tren Maya, where it has been engaged on the development of several stations and sections of the line. The practice is co-led by founding partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow, a 25-year veteran who specialises in matters ranging from inception and design, through structuring and finance, to construction and operation; fellow name partner Derek Woodhouse, who is also a seasoned energy and infrastructure practitioner; and younger partner Marcia Santome Sanchez, who is tightly focused on private participation in formerly public sector projects, including via PPPs. Completing the senior team, Giancarlo Schievenini handles all aspects and stages of infrastructure project development, including financing; and June-2021 hire Fernando Nava Herrera, a project finance expert who acts for both public and private entities. Key associate level support is provided by seniors José Antonio Ruiz P, whose practice focuses on project development, regulatory matters and finance in relation to the infrastructure, power and up- and and downstream oil-and-gas industries; and transactional specialist Gabriel Salinas Ruiz, whose practice takes in the structuring and development of energy and infrastructure projects, corporate restructurings, corporate law, competition, and contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Lorente Ludlow; Marcia Santomé Sanchez; Giancarlo Schievenini; Fernando Nava Herrera; Derek Woodhouse


‘Experienced office that responds promptly to the client’s requests.

‘Knowledge of the industry and relevant players.

‘We have been working with CMS since its inception, and every year we are pleasantly surprised to work with them, since the team is knowledgeable and there is diversity in the analysis of the different infrastructure projects. In addition to the experience they have in the different branches, they also help us as a company to learn about new projects and encourage us to collaborate in different industries.

‘The commercial relationship that we have with the partners, Enrique Lorente, César Lechuga, Marcia Santome and Giancarlo Schievenini generates security and transparency in the projects that we have developed together, in addition to the advice or observations that they give us in relation to possible risks.

Key clients

Mexico Federal Government

Grupo INDI

IDINSA (Impulsora de Desarrollo Integral)

Mota-Engil Mexico

Grupo Typsa

Grupo Aldesa

Interamerican Development Bank

Regiomontana de Construcción y Servicios (RECSA)

Dynámica infraestructura (DYNFRA)

Grupo OSME

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Typsa on the public procurement procedure for the direct award of the design, construction and maintenance of the platform and railroad of the “Libramiento Campeche” section of the Ten Maya project.
  • Advised on the design and preparation of diverse strategies to avoid the termination of the generation permit of the project (Mitre Calera Solar, a photovoltaic park) due to the failure of complying with construction timeframes which were caused by the Covid-19 pandemic force majeure event.
  • Advised Mota-Engil México in regard to the Cuapiaxtla–Cuacnopalan Highway, the first and sole PPP project in the pipeline for the State of Puebla; the sponsors have already secured financing from BANOBRAS and diverse Mexican development bank, as well as a subordinated facility from BlackRock.

Mexico > Life sciences Tier 2

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow has an established track record in life sciences and is highly experienced in administrative procedures, authorities’ audits and closures, cancellations of drugs, premarket approvals before Mexico's Food and Drug Agency (COFEPRIS), and strategies to launch new regulated products into the market, among other matters. The practice group - which advises international and local pharmaceutical companies, medical devices manufactures and chemicals companies, among others - is led by Mauricio Gómez Guerrero, a former public officer at COFEPRIS, who focuses on life sciences regulatory matters and has experience in regulatory enforcement administrative procedures, controlled substances and government affairs strategy. Associate Manuel Ferrara Ibarra plays a key role in the  implementation of legal defence strategies in both federal and local administrative procedures, as well as handling challenges related to administrative and fiscal matters and regulations.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Gómez

Key clients

Boehringer Ingelheim

Essity Higiene y Salud México

Celanese Operations Mexico

Rubbermaid Commercial

Bioresearch de Mexico

Novag Infancia

Cyan Labs

Elevar Health

Randall Laboratories

GT Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Essity on applications for pre-market approval of medical-grade masks before COFEPRIS.
  • Advised Celanese Operations on the implementation of a quarterly audit program to ensure regulatory compliance in manufacturing and port facilities and in the design of a full regulatory compliance toolkit to ensure full traceability of the substances and a strong risk management system.
  • Advised Cyan Labs on all the administrative processes before the Mexican authority in order to obtain the Good Manufacturing Practices Certificate granted by Mexican Food and Drug Agency, COFEPRIS.

Mexico > Real estate Tier 3

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow has a proven track record across the full spectrum of real estate matters, with experience and expertise in the structuring, financing and development of industrial, residential, hospitality, office and mixed-use projects. The practice advises developers, institutional investors, and lenders on all necessary areas of real estate projects, including the purchase and sale of land, assistance with the real estate financing market, and the efficient administration of real estate portfolios and structuring of favourable financing. The eight-strong team is led by César Armando Lechuga, who is praised by clients as ‘an exceptional partner and excellent lawyer, with a very organised team - he was always very involved in the advice’; he focuses on the origination of legal structures for the implementation of real estate properties and infrastructure projects through trusts, special purpose vehicles and/or companies. Additional partner level expertise and in-put is provided by senior partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow, who represents landowners, developers and investment funds on complex lease arrangements, as well as on the sale and purchase of commercial, industrial, residential and corporate properties. At associate level, María José Estrada Suárez is a key member of the team and is specialised in the development of structures -plus associated negotiation and documents- for all types of real estate projects; and Luis Mora y Medrano advises on real estate matters related to the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

César Armando Lechuga


‘The office showed a high commitment to its clients and transmits a lot of security and dedication. They have great knowledge and ability to understand the needs of the client as well as to be up to date with new market practices.

‘César Lechuga is an exceptional partner and excellent lawyer, with a very organized team – he was always very involved in the advice. Easy to contact and available for any questions. Luis Enrique and María José denote being great professionals with a high level of commitment and an incredible work attitude! It was a pleasure working with them.

‘Total availability of partners and dedication even for “not so important” issues. Outstanding elaboration and communication of all possible scenarios or alternatives to resolve the issues at hand. Don’t just present 2-3 alternatives. 100% punctual fulfillment of its delivery commitments.

‘The entire team is efficient and fast. They know our internal requirements perfectly and have a fluent relationship with our managers in Mexico, which makes our work much easier.

‘Their dedication and availability. They also try to make complex matters easy and their advice is always invaluable.

‘Quick response, good team coordination, compliance with deadlines, proactivity, excellent collaboration between departments.

‘Knowledge diligence good coordination of teams compliance with deadlines proactivity and empathy with the client.

Key clients

Hasta Capital

Opera Desarrolladora




Quiero Casa


Union Real Estate Investment

Deka Inmobilien

Grupo Indi

Work highlights

  • Advised Aptuno on the implementation of a legal structure for the management and leasing of residential properties owned by third parties through a digital platform.
  • Advised Innokap on the day-to-day negotiations and preparation of various agreements with regards to the sale of a property of 69,679 sqm located in one of the most exclusive areas of Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
  • Advised Grupo Indi on the implementation of a legal structure for the development of a mixed-use real estate owned by third parties located in the Miguel Hidalgo neighbourhood, Mexico City.

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 4

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow's practice advises across the full spectrum of transactional and regulatory banking and finance work, regularly acting for a number of leading banks, other lenders and major corporates on a variety of matters. The group, which is fully integrated into the firm's international network of offices, remains well known for its solid track record in project finance, and its prowess handling regulatory work, drawing on the expertise of practice-head Raúl Zepeda, who specialises in financial regulatory mandates. Project finance expert, César Lechuga, who is particularly experienced in real estate infrastructure projects, is another key contact of the team. However, senior associate Héctor González Martínez left the firm to join Calatrava Consultores in January 2022.

Practice head(s):


I consider the CMS team to be experienced in the sector, and their recommendations have been favourable to our company, in conjunction with our business objectives.’

They respond and resolve issues promptly, as well as addressing issues as a matter of priority.’

Key clients

Operadora de Pagos Móviles


Tu Dinero Digital

Scotiabank Inverlat


Casa de Bolsa Banorte, Grupo Financiero Banorte and Banco Mercantil del Norte (Banorte)

Grupo Indi

Davidson Kempner European Partners

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior

Banco Inbursa

Work highlights

  • Assisting Operadora de Pagos Moviles commence operations in Mexico as a Mobile Devices Clearing House (Cámara de Compensación de Transferencias a Través de Dispositivos Móviles) under regulation 3/2013 issued by the Central Bank of Mexico (Banco de México).
  • Assisted NAFIN (in its capacity as creditor and structuring agent) and Banobras with the implementation of a financing in favor of Mota-Engil México.  
  • Advising Banorte on the due diligence process regarding its provision of a major MX$300m loan for capital expenditure, working capital, acquisition financing, commissions payments and associated issues, provided to MXT Condor DAS and MXT Eagle Towers.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow's corporate and M&A practice is praised by clients for offering ‘very practical, clear and dynamic advice’, as well as for its ‘knowledge and proximity to the authorities’. Giancarlo Schievenini heads the young department, which, benefitting from the firm's well known energy and infrastructure practice, has been advising on matters involving the electricity and oil & gas industries of late, drawing on the expertise of energy-head Luis Fernández Lagunas and César Lechuga, who also has a focus on real estate. Senior associate Gabriel Salinas provides additional support in transactions related to the energy sector. The practice is, moreover, fully integrated within the firm's global network of offices.

Practice head(s):

Giancarlo Schievenini


‘They tend to work with smaller, more specialised teams, which makes working dynamics and communication easier and more efficient, and costs lower.’

Giancarlo Schievenini has a fantastic speed of response to requests. He is always ready to respond and attend to matters quickly.’

Flexible team, very committed and supportive, and good understanding of the market. Cesar Lechuga and Giancarlo Schievenini.’

Their strengths are their knowledge and proximity to the authorities that allow them to support more informed decisions. I would like to highlight Giancarlo Schievenini.’

By far superior to the other firms we have worked with. They are always prompt and concerned about our business.’

Regardless of whether we are dealt with by one lawyer or another, we know that we will receive the work requested in a timely manner. No need to repeat things. We are assisted by Cesar Lechuga and Giancarlo Schievenini.’

A very close and friendly relationship with the client. Timely, clear and truthful.’

Very practical, clear and dynamic advice. Clear language in their opinions and considerations.’

Key clients

Nuvei Technologies

SK Capital Partners

Mota-Engil México

Röder de México

Advance Publications

Garrett Motion Automotive

Movyon (Autostrade per l’Italia)

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec


CC Neuberger Principal Holdings II

Scan Logistics

Liberty Global Transaction Solutions


Garrett Motion

Work highlights

  • Advised Nuvei Corporation on the due diligence process and local acquisition of the Mexican subsidiary of Paymentez.
  • Advised SK Capital Partners -a private investment firm focused on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors- regarding a partnership with Heubach, and on a due diligence and acquisition process in México of Clariant’s Pigments business.
  • Advised Mota-Engil México regarding the acquisition of 100% of the share capital in Concesionaria CUA, an SPV concessionaire vehicle for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Cuapiaxtla–Cuacnopalan highway in Puebla and Tlaxcala, México.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

CMS continues to evolve its projects and energy practice in Latin America, applying its deep local knowledge and international expertise to key sector trends; this includes the further growth in renewables projects and the early-stage development of green hydrogen projects in the region. It remains a major player in oil and gas, advising on multiple engagements throughout the region, including transactions in Peru, Argentina and Brazil. In Colombia, the firm continues to be noted for natural gas and renewables matters, while the Chile team is a major player in mining and resources. Moreover, the Mexico City office has a long history in power and infrastructure, including the wholesale electricity market. Rio’s Ted Rhodes is a leading name in oil and gas and renewables, as are Carlos Hamann and Augusto Astorga  in Lima, and Daniel Rodríguez in Bogota. Mexico City’s Derek Woodhouse  and Enrique Lorente Ludlow  have outstanding reputations in power and renewables, especially electricity regulation.

Practice head(s):

Ted Rhodes

Key clients


Solar Access

SacyrWeir Group


Pipeline Technique

Gas Liquids Engineering



HydraWell Intervention



Work highlights

  • Advised Tullow Oil on the termination of four oil offsore exploration licenses in Peru.
  • Advised Enagás, in its role as majority shareholder of GNL Quintero, on the corporate restructuring of the shareholdings in this Chilean gas terminal operator and distributor.

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow (CMS Mexico) is part of CMS, ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS is a Future Facing full-service law firm with more than 74 offices in more than 45 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 Mexico has a team of specialists with extensive experience in energy, projects/infrastructure, real estate, project finance, banking and finance, fintech, corporate M&A, dispute resolutions, 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.

Energy and Projects Derek 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure and Real Estate Enrique Lorente 55 2623 0552
Banking and Finance Raúl 55 2623 0552
Real Estate and Project Finance César 55 2623 0552
Energy Luis Ferná 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure Marcia Santomé 55 2623 0552
Healthcare & Life Science Mauricio Gómez 55 2623 0552
Corporate / M&A and Infraestructure Giancarlo 55 2623 0552
Project Finance and Infrastructure Fernando 55 2623 0552
Antitrust, Energy, Projects/Infrastructure Gabriel 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infraestructure José Antonio 55 2623 0552
Environmental law and climate change Teresa 55 2623 0552
Administrative Litigation and Energy Manuel 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure Ernesto Castañ 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure José Luis 55 2623 0552
Corporate and Infraestructure Sofía 55 2623 0552
Administrative Litigation Daniel 55 2623 0552
Energy and Antitrust Ana Sofía 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure Alejandro 55 2623 0552
Corporate and Projects/Infrastructure Eduardo 55 2623 0552
Real Estate Luis 55 2623 0552
TMT, Fintech and Corporate Bruno 55 2623 0552
Projects/Infrastructure Ixchel 55 2623 0552
Banking and Finance Alejandro 55 2623 0552
Banking and Finance Eduardo Saldañ 55 2623 0552
Project Finance José Ramón 55 2623 0552
Corporate / M&A Felipe 55 2623 0552
Partners : 9
Other fee-earners : 28
Staff : 13
Total : 50
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