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Firm Profile

Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow SC

Firm Profile

Mexico City

  • Profile
  • Paseo de la Reforma 115
  • Piso 15
  • Col Lomas de Chapultepec
  • Mexico City
  • Ciudad de México
  • Mexico
  • 11000

Firm profile submitted by Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow SC

Partners: Derek Woodhouse, Enrique Lorente Ludlow
Number of other attorneys: 20
Languages: Spanish, English

Contacts:
Energy:
Derek Woodhouse, Luis Fernández
Projects/Infrastructure: Enrique Lorente, Marcia Santomé
Real Estate: Enrique Lorente Ludlow, César Lechuga
Environmental Law & Climate Change: Gabriela Merla
Corporate: Enrique Lorente Ludlow, Giancarlo Schievenini
Administrative: Derek Woodhouse, Sabin Iñaki Egaña

WLL is a law firm comprised of a team of specialists with ample experience in energy, projects/infrastructure, real estate, project finance, corporate law, administrative law and climate change. WLL works as CMS Cameron McKenna’s local office in Mexico. CMS is the leading global law firm in the energy and projects sectors, the 6th largest law firm globally, with over 1,000 partners and 5,000 lawyers in 70 offices across 39 countries. WLL 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 those projects.

CLIENTS: Mexican Federal Government (Energy Ministry, Public Security Ministry, Communications and Transport Ministry, Treasury Ministry), local governments (Aguascalientes, Campeche, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Zacatecas), multilateral agencies (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, FIDESUR), financial institutions (Aareal Bank, Banco del Bajío, BANOBRAS, Dexia, Deka Investment, Interacciones, Multiva, Nafin), construction companies (Grupo Tradeco, Grupo INDI, Idinsa, Aldesa, CEMEX, ICA) and other developers (ADO, ALSTOM, Arendal, Ascendi de México, ACS Industrial USA, B2E, Cinépolis, Cobra Instalaciones México, Duro Felguera, EDF, Element Power, Enel, Engie E&P International, Eosol, Fastgas, Grupo O’Donell de México, Iberdrola I&C, Intergen, Invertierra, La Cosmopolitana, Más Energía (Mexican subsidiary of Bondia Energia Ltda), Mexican Association for Wind Power, Mexico Power Group, Mota-Engil, ORCA, Pemex, PepsiCo, Renovare, Sacyr, Savills, Sempra Energy (Ienova), Solar Century, Spanish Power, T-Solar/Isolux, WaterCapital, Zuma Energía).

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

Energy:

WLL offers one of the most complete and prepared teams of experts in Mexico on electricity matters, and through its association with CMS Cameron McKenna, encompasses the most qualified, international expertise in Mexico in electricity and in exploration and production of deepwater hydrocarbons. Having advised the Energy Ministry on the implementation of the Wholesale Electricity Market and the restructuring of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), including the drafting of the Electricity Market Bases and Business Practice Manuals, WLL is currently advising some of the key players in the industry (see CLIENT LIST below).

Projects/Infrastructure:
WLL’s projects/infrastructure practice is one of the market leaders in Mexico. The firm’s lawyers specialise in all aspects required for an exemplary practice, from the design and preparation of constitutional, legislative and regulatory reforms to 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, WLL’s 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 (projects for the provisions of services), and have also advised on the implementation of pathfinder PPP projects such as the Federal Prisons Program and various local prisons, roads and hospitals.

Real Estate:
WLL’s real estate practice is led by Enrique Lorente, who has over 20 years of experience collaborating with developers, institutional investors and lenders in all necessary areas to guarantee the completion of projects, including real estate financing and commercial real estate financing. The firm’s projects include industrial, residential, tourism, office buildings, transportation hubs and mixed-use real estate developments, and the firm boasts a long list of recurring clients, both Mexican and foreign, who continuously retain the firm for multiple projects.

Environmental Law & Climate Change:
WLL, through its alliance with LAGUNA, represents one of Mexico’s leading environmental law and climate change practices. In addition to having advised on the development of Clean Development Mechanisms (CDMs) in Mexico and Latin America, for European companies and governments, it is one of the few teams in the world to have advised six Programmatic CDMs for the public and private sectors (including the first Programmatic CDM worldwide to be registered by the United Nations).

Corporate:
The team has extensive experience advising clients on transactional matters in general; from the incorporation of companies with foreign investment, to the structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, mergers, international businesses, international trade, and all kinds of commercial agreements; the transformation, dissolution and liquidation of commercial entities, corporate finance mechanisms, incorporation of trusts and special purpose entities, the structuring of warranties and representation of foreign companies in Mexico.

Administrative:

WLL’s attorneys are also directly and constantly involved with administrative law and have thorough knowledge of this area. They have advised many governments on the structuring and implementation of projects, and have also represented the private sector in these kind of projects.

Branches

  • Paseo de la Reforma 115,
  • Piso 15,
  • Col Lomas de Chapultepec,
  • Mexico City,
  • Federal District
  • Mexico
  • 11000
  • Tel +52 55 2623 0552
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website : www.wll.com.mx