Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor is a partner in our Houston office and serves as co-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.

  • Energy

    • Represented a Mexican integrated oil field services company in the acquisition of several drilling assets with an aggregate purchase price of approximately $800 million.
    • Represented a Mexican integrated oil field services company in a $36 million acquisition of an offshore drilling company with operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
    • Represented a Mexican integrated oil field services company in the negotiation of an operating and management agreement for certain offshore drilling units in the Gulf of Mexico.
    • Represented a U.S. energy company in its acquisition of land, financing and development of a biofuels production facility in Guatemala.
    • Represented investors in a private equity fund with the focus of developing oil and gas midstream projects in Mexico.

    Real Estate

    • Represented a private equity fund with an aggregate investment of approximately $1 billion to acquire real estate and develop midrise residential and commercial buildings throughout Latin America, including Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.
    • Represented a Mexican developer of industrial properties in an equity joint venture with a U.S. private equity fund for the development of industrial properties in Central Mexico.
    • Represented a real estate company in the negotiation of a real estate joint venture with a Chilean developer for the purchase of a LEED certified office building in Santiago, Chile.
    • Represented an international luxury resort company in the negotiation of a multimillion real estate joint venture for the construction and development of a luxury resort in Costa Rica.

    Telecommunications, Logistics and Media

    • Represented the Mexican Government in the prepackaged Chapter 11 proceeding and $420 million high-yield offering and rights plan of Satmex.
    • Represented a Mexican air transportation company in the disposition of a helicopter fleet.
    • Represented the largest Mexican airline carrier in several transactional matters in connection with their international operations in the United States, Europe and Asia.
    • Represented the largest North American highway safety and traffic control company in several strategic acquisitions of other traffic control and signals manufacturers.

    Other

    • Represented a Fortune 500 home improvement retailer in its $450 million acquisition of a Mexican competitor.
    • Represented a U.K. learning company in a $40 million equity joint venture for the development of online courses in Latin America.
    • Represented a U.S. private equity fund in the issuance of a $230 million membership interest to a Mexican pension fund and a joint venture with a Mexican developer for the development of infrastructure projects in Mexico.

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