Veronica Rodriguez is of counsel in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's New York office.
Ms. Rodriguez's practice is primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital markets and general corporate matters in the United States and Latin America. Ms. Rodriguez has represented private and public companies, investment banks and bank groups in mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, and a variety of other joint venture and business combination transactions, cross-border capital markets and liability management transactions and structured financings. In addition, Ms. Rodriguez provides corporate and securities advice to underwriters in public and private securities offerings, and advises clients in connection with ongoing SEC disclosure obligations. Ms. Rodriguez is fluent in Spanish.
Accolades and Recognitions
Recognized by The Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist as one of the leading lawyers in the US with a specialist focus on Mexico
Recognized in the Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist as one of the leading lawyers in the US with a specialist focus on Mexico in 2018, 2019 and 2020
Recognized by LatinVex as one of the top 100 female lawyers in the US practicing M&A in Latin America
Recognized in the Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist as a Rising Star/Next Generation Partner in Corporate and M&A in 2019 and 2020
Empire State Counsel Designation from NYSBA for Outstanding Pro Bono Contribution
Certificate of Distinguished Service for service in the New York State Courts Office for Justice Initiatives Access To Justice Program
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 2005 (Honors Scholarship; Notes and Comments Editor - Journal of International Business and Law)
Rutgers University, B.S., 2001 (cum laude, honors, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Wall Street Journal Award)
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Committee member, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice Initiatives
Co-Chair of the Latin America Vance Center Subcommittee
Advised Ivanhoe Cambridge in co-investment with Mexican pension funds to invest in commercial real estate assets through the first CERPI established in Mexico
Advised Ivanhoe Cambridge in connection with its investment in Ivanhoe Ancar Shopping Centers, one of the largest shopping center companies in Brazil.
Advised Grupo Acosta Verde (commercial real estate in Mexico) in connection with equity investment by Sam Zell's Equity International
Represented GE Capital as lender and agent in an approximately $3 billion seller financing loan facility, one of the largest real estate financings ever in Latin America.
Represented FHipo (Fideicomiso Hipotecario) in FHipo's US $633 million initial public offering. FHipo is the first mortgage REIT ever done in Mexico.
Represented Gruma, S.A.B. de C.V., the world's largest tortilla and corn flour producer in its US$400 million international bond offering.
Advised Investa Bank, SA in its acquisition of Deutsche Bank's Mexican brokerage and banking businesses.
Represented Ventura Capital Privado S.A. de CV in the takeover and restructuring of Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, S.A.B. de C.V.
Advised Puget Energy in its $7.4 billion acquisition by a consortium of long-term infrastructure investors;
Advised Energy East Corporation in its $8.1 billion merger with Iberdrola S.A.;
Advised Public Service Enterprise Group in the $1.2 billion sale of its Chilean subsidiaries, the SAESA Group;
Advised Babcock & Brown in its $6.6 billion acquisition of investment in Natural Gas Pipeline of America;
Advised Lincoln National Corporation in its $7.5 billion merger with Jefferson-Pilot Financial Corporation;
Advised Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in its $1.4 billion acquisition of USI Holding Corporation;
Advised Argonaut Group Inc. in its merger with PXRE;
Advised Delek Group in its $290 million merger with Republic Companies Group;
Advised Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in connection with the disposition of its 401(k) business to Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company;
Advised MidAmerican Energy Company in their $650 million issuance of senior notes;
Advised MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company in connection with their $1 billion issuance of senior bonds;
Advised Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in connection with their $750,000,000 principal-at-risk variable rate note program;
Advised Allstate in connection with their $2 billion principal-at-risk variable rate note program;
Advised a state-owned oil company in its bid to acquire a 275,000 bbl/d oil refinery;
Advised a state-owned oil company in its bid to acquire a publicly traded global fuel supply company;
Advised American Transmission Company in connection with various debt offerings;
Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Banco Industrial, S.A.'s $150 Million Subordinated Notes Offering;
Advised agents for the first lien lenders in connection with a $105 million first lien ABL/revolver and term loan credit facility for a leading private sector manager in the United States of correctional, detention and community-based correctional residence facilities and related Intercreditor arrangements with second lien lenders and mezzanine participants;
Advised Starwood Energy Partners in Acquisition of Two Gas/Oil Fired Peaking Power Facilities from FirstEnergy Corp;
Counsel to lenders in connection with the establishment of (i) a senior secured $265 million construction loan and revolving credit facility to finance a portion of the development, construction, ownership and operation by a selected Texas Transmission Service (the "Texas Project") as part of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) expansion plans in the Texas panhandle and (ii) a related senior secured $160 million senior secured "Holdco" loan and letter of credit facility to finance a portion of the costs of the Texas Project and a portion of the costs of developing, constructing, acquiring and operating a 500 kilovolt transmission line, substations and associated facilities to be located between Ely, Nevada and the Harry Allen Substation in Clark County, Nevada) incurred by a separate subsidiary of the holding company; and
Advised Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas in connection with various debt offerings, sovereign issuances, and financings.