Areas of practice

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure 

We are leaders in the acquisition, development, construction, operation and financing of all kinds of power, energy and infrastructure projects throughout Mexico.

Our lawyers have developed critical knowledge, contacts and relationships by working with leading international and national companies, sponsors, developers, banks and financial institutions, and other investors, as well as regulators.

Our experience includes participating in the leading and most complex M&A, joint ventures and financings for infrastructure, oil and gas, pipelines, petrochemicals, natural gas, transportation and storage, LNG, power generation, IPPs, renewables (solar, wind and hydro), cogeneration, PPA’s, EPC’s, O&M’s and PPP matters.

We provide comprehensive solutions, covering all legal aspects of projects, including regulatory, permitting, real estate, principal agreements, procurement, environmental and social impact, IP, compliance, litigation, arbitration and other relevant aspects for the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of projects.

Our lawyers have developed expertise in:

  • Energy
  • Government Procurement
  • Infrastructure
  • Mining & Metals
  • Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals
  • Power & Electricity
  • Project Finance
  • Project Risk Assessment
  • Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Transportation and Storage

Infrastructure and Project Finance

We represent financial institutions, governments, Mexican and foreign development banks, multilateral organisms, suppliers, contractors, and sponsors in connection with project development (e.g., design, construction, operation) and financing transactions across a spectrum of sectors, including power, oil and gas, water, roads, airports, ports, railways and telecommunications.

The firm also provides general legal advice regarding the compliance with specific laws and regulations, including regulatory and administrative aspects intrinsic to projects, including requirements related with concessions and permits, real estate, environment, and social impact. For these purposes, we create multidisciplinary teams involving more than one practice area of the firm when required by the particularities of the project, including the sector or industry to which it belongs.

Energy, Oil, Gas & Electricity

We are considered one of the preeminent firms with considerable experience and expertise in the energy sector in Mexico. We represent a comprehensive spectrum of oil and gas clients across the complete value chain, including upstream, midstream, and downstream.

Our experience includes participating in the leading and most complex M&A, joint ventures, project finance and development, including infrastructure, in the areas of pipelines, petrochemicals, natural gas distribution, transportation and storage, LNG facilities, power generation, IPPs, solar power, cogeneration, EPC and PPP matters. As well as public and private bids and regulatory, permitting, compliance, environmental and social impact matters across the industry. Also, we are involved in some of the largest and most challenging power projects in Mexico, including conventional and renewable power, representing sponsors, developers, EPC and O&M contractors, offtakers, development and private local and international banks, investment funds and other strategic investors.

Government Procurement & Public Bids

Our team has developed experience in government procurement and public bids by understanding the framework and regulatory challenges that private sector companies face by engaging with the government.

Each year, federal and local governments spend a great amount of their budget in goods and services -including public works- which undoubtedly yields business opportunities for contractors. Engagement with these entities presents an ever-changing statutory and regulatory procurement challenge, with unique processes and consequences, including preparation for public bid procedures.

Our experts are regularly involved in matters that entail public policies, governmental teaming arrangements and PPP type agreements, bid and proposal preparation, appeals, outsourcing schemes, privatization, among others.

Relevant matters: Infrastructure and Project Finance
  • Proman AG in the financing of USD $1.03 billion for the development and construction of the first phase of Proman’s fertilizer plant (GPO) in Topolobampo, Sinaloa. The project will produce approximately 2,200 tons per day of ammonia, a fundamental component in fertilizer production. This will be the initial phase of a three-stage project,  for a total investment of approximately USD $5 billion.
  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in its acquisition of a 10% interest in Sempra Infrastructure Partners for USD $1.8 billion.
  • Macquarie Capital and Techint in the USD $1.2 billion acquisition, development, and project financing of the landmark 907MW Norte III power plant in Mexico. 
  • Represented Global Infrastructure Partners, in the financing to Blue Marine Capital, for the construction of a (FPSO) for services to Pemex Exploración y Producción.
  • Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners in a simultaneous syndicated credit facility and a Rule 144A / Reg. S bond offering for Actis to acquire InterGen’s energy portfolio in Mexico, including 2,200 MWs of power projects, a 155 MW wind project, a 65-kilometer natural gas pipeline, and 3 natural gas-compression stations, for an enterprise value of USD $1.256 billion. 
Relevant matters: Energy, Oil, Gas & Electricity
  • Chevron Corporation in the execution of Terminal Services Agreements with IEnova for the storage of gasolines and diesel in Baja California and in a new terminal to be built by IEnova in the API of Topolobampo, Mexico.
  • Tesoro Mexico, an affiliate of Marathon Petroleum Corp. (formerly Tesoro Corp.), the largest U.S. oil refiner, in their infrastructure, import, supply and retail sale businesses in Mexico.
  • Vopak Mexico, a subsidiary of Royal Vopak, the world’s largest storage terminals company, in the preparation of the handling, due diligence and attention during the verification visits made by CRE and ASEA to its storage terminal in Veracruz. We accompanied the client throughout the process, which resulted in one of the few terminals not being closed because of these inspections; to date our client’s storage terminal is operating normally.
  • Gas y Petroquimica de Occidente, a subsidiary of Proman AG, in its negotiation of gas supply contracts with CFEnergia and CFE International, for the purchase and sale of natural gas under the North American Energy Standard Board (NAESB) model contract and the transportation of the molecule from Texas to Sinaloa, Mexico.
  • MODEC, Inc. in the project development, regulatory and permitting advice, for the operation of the first floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) providing services to a private E&P producer, Eni Mexico.
Relevant matters: Government Procurement & Public Bids
  • A weapon manufacturer and supplier in the direct award procedure before the Mexican Ministry of Defense.
  • A search engine company regarding a legal risk assessment with respect to a direct award process with a Mexican governmental instrumentality related to technology share and advice.
  • Several investors in expanding of a passenger public transport concession regarding a cable car in the Municipality of Ecatepec.
  • A search engine company regarding direct award process with Pemex with respect to cloud safeguard issues.
  • A contractor in the analysis of the government procurement process implemented by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of combined cycle plants.
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