Mr Gabriel Salinas Ruiz > CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow
CP 11000, MEXICO

Work Department

Energy, Infrastructure, Corporate, Administrative, Finance


Senior Associate


Gabriel Salinas Ruiz is an associate of the Mexican energy and infrastructure practice.

Gabriel specialises in international and domestic transactions related to the structuring and development of energy and infrastructure projects, corporate restructurings, corporate law and general contract matters. He is experienced in a broad range of national and international transactions, advising both private and public entities, as well as the assistance of clients in their ongoing corporate and commercial activities.

For over six years, Gabriel Salinas has focused her legal practice on the development of energy and infrastructure projects, as well as corporate and transactional matters. Gabriel has a deep understanding of the national and international regulations due to her participation in several energy and infrastructure projects. In this regard, he has advised domestic and foreign clients on mergers and acquisitions, negotiation of contracts, design and implementation of transactional strategies, as well as project finance. Likewise, he has helped her clients design legal strategies in order for their projects to comply with the applicable laws and regulations.

Gabriel has advised clients on several procedures before governmental authorities related to public-private projects. He has also advised governmental authorities in the design and development of public-private projects.

He has also participated as a pro-bono lawyer advising international organizations. In this regard, he served as part of local experts advising the HSBC Group, for a legal study carried out for the Vidya Sagar Institution related to the analysis of provisions set forth in Mexican laws, regulations and other normativity, as well as international treaties executed by Mexico, protecting the rights of people with disabilities.


Spanish and English - 100%


2007 – 2014:     Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Bachelor´s degree in                    Accountancy.

2008 – 2014:     Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM),Bachelor´s degree in Law

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Energy and natural resources

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow has experience in upper- mid- and downstream oil-and-gas segments, from exploration and production, through trading and supply, to storage and distribution. However, it is in the electricity sector where the practice truly stands out, handling the full range of industry matters including generation, transmission, the wholesale and retail markets, and renewables (including solar and other green energy types). Integrally involved in the implementation of the new wholesale electricity market and the restructuring of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) during the previous presidential sexenio, it has adapted well to the current administration’s re-definition of the energy landscape, with clients praising its ‘extensive knowledge of the market and regulation’ and for ‘understanding the customer’s needs’. The team is led by the ‘always available’, ‘first-class’ practitioner, Derek Woodhouse, whose focus is private sector participation in traditionally ‘public-sector’ projects; he advises across a broad range of transactional, project-related and regulatory issues. Younger partner and practice co-head alongside Woodhouse, Luis Fernández Lagunas is a power and energy regulatory specialist with particular knowledge of the wholesale market. Key associate-level support comes from seniors José Antonio Téllez, who focuses on  regulatory consultation, transactional structuring and negotiation, and project finance related to the electricity industry; and Gabriel Salinas Ruiz, whose practice centres on  international and domestic transactions related to the structuring and development of energy and infrastructure projects.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A

The strengthening of CMS’ international network, not least in South America, has further boosted CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow participation in major transactional activity particularly in the tech, media and communications, and energy, infrastructure and projects areas which are particular strengths of the office. The growing practice group is co-led by seasoned founding partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow and transactional specialist César LechugaLuis Fernández Lagunas handles M&A in the energy sector, as does senior associate Gabriel Salinas Ruiz; and fellow senior Giancarlo Schievenini, who has a broader corporate practice, is also noted. Recent mandates include providing holistic advisory -including corporate, IP, healthcare and life sciences, contracts and regulatory- to Biomitech, a Mexican start-up that has originated a new greenhouse gases remediation device. The team was further boosted by the January 2020-hires of Raúl Zepeda (corporate and capital markets) from Banco Inbursa, as partner; and senior associate Héctor González Martínez from Ontier México. Since publication, Schievenini has been raised to the partnership, effective as of January 2021.