Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor is a partner in our Houston office and serves as head of the firm’s Latin America practice. Rodrigo represents clients in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures and strategic alliances, and corporate matters in regulated and non-regulated industries.

In addition, he counsels on real estate matters involving traditional land acquisitions, complex long-term lease structures and large scale project development. Rodrigo also has significant experience representing multinationals in government contracting processes throughout Latin America.

Rodrigo is licensed to practice in Mexico, New York, and Texas. A native Spanish speaker also fluent in English, Rodrigo has experience and training from both the United States and Mexico.

Rodrigo has lectured and is frequently quoted on the recent legislative overhaul of the Mexico energy sector, which ended the state oil monopoly and provides ample opportunity for U.S. and foreign private investment in the industry. He served as the assistant secretary for the Mexican Businessmen Board of Houston from 2010 through 2015, and sat on the board of directors for the Houston Hispanic Bar Association in 2008 and 2009.

Rodrigo has written several articles, including “The Future of Private Equity in Mexico,” which was published by Latin Lawyer in May 2007.

    • Represented a Mexican integrated oilfield services company in the acquisition of several jack-up drilling rigs with an aggregate purchase price of approximately $850 million.
    • Represented a Mexican oilfield services company in the acquisition of an offshore operator of jack-up drilling rigs with an aggregate commercial value of approximately $400 million.
    • Represented one of the largest North American providers of private air transportation services in the sale-lease back of a helicopter fleet with an aggregate value of approximately $120 million.
    • Represented a Houston-based private equity backed company in the development of a $400 million liquid products pipeline and storage terminal in Mexico.
    • Represented two IOCs in several matters in connection with their participation in the auction of offshore oil blocks by the Mexican Government as part of Round 1.2 and 1.3. Our advice included the elaboration of a risk matrix of all project related contracts and bid documents, a comparison of the bid documents with internationally accepted forms, and the analysis of investment protections available to the majors under Mexico’s existing treaty network.
    • Acted a special counsel to a U.S. private equity backed company in the $450 million disposition of its fast food franchising business in the U.S., China, Mexico, and Colombia.
    • Represented a U.K.-based private equity fund in the $240 million acquisition of the U.S., Mexico and Chilean polymers division of a global petrochemical company.
    • Represented LINTEC Corporation, a manufacturer of adhesive-related products, in its $375 million acquisition of MACtac Americas.
    • Represented Norma Group in the $100 million acquisition of Parker Hannifin’s auto-parts business in the U.S. and Mexico.
    • Represented a Japanese developer and operator of power generation assets in the acquisition of a 100 MW wind and solar plant in Mexico.
    • Represented a global private equity fund in the acquisition of a solar facility in Mexico.
    • Represented a leading real estate private equity fund, in the structuring and operation of its investment of more than US$1 billion in real estate joint ventures in Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru).
    • Represented Renewable Resources Group in a $200 million restricted equity issuance for the development of agro-tech projects in Mexico.
    • Represented Renewable Resources Group in several land acquisitions and joint ventures for the development of agricultural, self-sustainable projects in Mexico, Peru and Chile.
    • Represented a Chinese conglomerate in connection with a $800 million acquisition of a manufacturer and distributor of electronic products in Latin America.
    • Represented a Japanese manufacturer of air-conditioning equipment in several regional acquisitions throughout Latin America representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $150 million.
    • Represented a U.S. real estate asset manager in a $450 million credit facility with one of Mexico’s largest real estate developers. The credit facility was secured with several industrial properties located throughout Mexico.
    • Represented a U.S. commercial bank in $400 million cross-border credit facility secured with several Mexican based assets.
    • Represented a Mexican private equity fund in the $100 million acquisition of a Houston based operator of cross-border remittance services.
    • Represented a Mexican private equity fund in the acquisition of a California based lender and provider of merchant cash advances.
    • Represented a Mexican private equity fund in several acquisitions and strategic partnerships in the U.S., including a strategic joint venture agreement with RBI for the development and operation as master franchisor of the Tim Hortons franchise in Mexico.

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