Paul Hastings Advances Global Infrastructure and Energy Practice with Addition of Experienced Energy Transactions Partners in Houston

September 23, 2021

Houston  Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that experienced corporate and energy transactions lawyers Luis Fernando Gomar and Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza have joined the firm’s Houston office as partners. They join from Baker & McKenzie. Their arrival adds further depth to Paul Hastings’ Infrastructure & Energy practice in the U.S. and Latin America, as well as advancing the growth of the firm’s Energy Transition & Infrastructure team and strong presence in Houston.

“The energy industry is experiencing an intense degree of transactional activity, and companies in this space require sophisticated legal advisors to help them structure complex deals and secure financing in pursuit of growth,” said Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings. “With deep experience in traditional energy projects and renewables in the U.S. and Latin America, Luis and Rocio are valuable additions to our global Energy practice.”

“Paul Hastings’ tremendous growth and momentum, as well the firm’s continued investment in energy, including energy transition, and its highly recognized Latin America practice, were all very attractive to Rocio and me,” said Mr. Gomar.

“We are excited to collaborate with our new colleagues to continue to grow our practices, both in the U.S. and Latin America, and particularly to work closely with colleagues in Houston and throughout the firm to further enhance our infrastructure and energy offerings,” said Ms. Mendoza.

Mr. Gomar comes to Paul Hastings with over 15 years of experience advising on domestic and cross-border conventional and alternative energy transactions. He regularly counsels clients with M&A, asset acquisitions and divestitures, fund formations, joint ventures, project development and structured finance. He also advises energy companies on EPC, supply agreements, offtake and feedstock arrangements. In addition, Mr. Gomar assists project sponsors and developers with structured finance and capital raising transactions. He also has significant experience representing clients on investment and expansion opportunities in the United States and throughout Latin America.

Ms. Mendoza advises on a diverse range of domestic and international energy-related transactions and projects, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and project development. She routinely works with upstream oil and gas as well as midstream clients in transactions involving conventional, unconventional, onshore and offshore resources. She has also advised sponsors in the development, acquisition and divestiture of renewable energy projects.

Paul Hastings’ global Infrastructure & Energy practice advises a wide range of clients, including private equity firms and their portfolio companies, public and private corporations, MLPs, investment banking firms, and sovereign wealth funds on M&A, equity and debt capital markets, joint ventures, tax, energy regulatory, and corporate governance matters. The firm’s interdisciplinary team spans borders and practice areas, and has been recognized for Latin America Infrastructure Deal of the Year by Latin Lawyer and Latin America Project Finance Deal of the Year by IJGlobal/Project Finance Magazine, among many other honors.

The firm’s global Mergers & Acquisitions practice has helped many of the world’s top companies effectively navigate challenges to leverage M&A opportunities. The team offers clients a deep understanding of both local conditions and industry trends, helping them to gain competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace. Paul Hastings is regularly recognized for its outstanding client successes with accolades such as M&A Team of the Year (Large Deals) at the Transatlantic Legal Awards and a Tier 1 ranking for M&A: Middle Market in The Legal 500 US.

At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.

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