MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Energy: WLL’s team of experts is the most complete and prepared in Mexico in the electricity sector, and through its association with CMS Cameron McKenna, WLL offers the most qualified, international expertise in Mexico in electricity and in exploration and production of deepwater hydrocarbons. Together with CMS, part of the WLL team is currently advising 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. Likewise, the Inter-American Development Bank has engaged WLL to assist the Energy Ministry on drafting the Geothermal Energy Law and its Regulations. Another part of our team is advising some of the largest worldwide and local companies in the sector.
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 & 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 firm has broad experience advising on commercial and corporate issues, including the incorporation of companies with foreign investment, international businesses, international trade, structuring and negotiation of all kind 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.
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.
LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.
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, CEMEX, ICA) and other developers (ADO, ALSTOM, Arendal, Ascendi de México, ACS Industrial USA, Cinépolis, Cobra Instalaciones México, Duro Felguera, Element Power, Enel, Engie (GDF Suez), Eosol, Fastgas, Grupo O’Donell de México, Iberdrola I&C, Invertierra, La Cosmopolitana, Mexican Association for Wind Power, Mota- Engil, Pemex, PepsiCo, Sacyr, Mexico Power Group, Savills, Sempra Energy (Ienova), Solar Century, Spanish Power, T-Solar/Isolux, WaterCapital).