Partners: Derek Woodhouse, Enrique Lorente Ludlow, César Lechuga, Luis Fernández
Number of other attorneys: 20
CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow (WLL-CMS) is part of the international law firm, CMS. Ranked as the world’s 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount (over 5,000 lawyers), CMS has 74 offices in 42 countries. WLL-CMS is a law firm comprised of a team of specialists with ample experience in energy, projects/infrastructure, real estate, project finance, corporate law, administrative law and climate change. The firm is primarily known for its participation in large scale and innovative projects, whether advising government agencies on the design and implementation of new legal and regulatory frameworks; advising sponsors and other developers on the promotion, participation and development of pathfinder projects, or advising lenders and other investors on the financing and long-term compliance of projects.
Main Areas of Practice:
WLL-CMS offers the most qualified, international expertise in Mexico in electricity and in exploration and production of deepwater hydrocarbons. Having advised 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, WLL-CMS is currently advising some of the key players in the industry (see Clients list below).
WLL-CMS specialises in all aspects required for an exemplary infrastructure practice. From the design and preparation of constitutional, legislative and regulatory reforms, to financing and execution of public infrastructure projects, including their structuring and allocation, as well as dispute resolution. The team of lawyers is highly skilled in public-private partnership (PPP) programs for the development of public infrastructure. Some of its members have participated in the proliferation and improvement of this type of program, both in Mexico and abroad.
WLL-CMS's real estate practice is led by Enrique Lorente Ludlow, who has over 20 years of experience collaborating with developers, institutional investors and lenders on the development of industrial, residential, hospitality, office and mixed-use real estate projects, including real estate financing and commercial real estate financing. In recent years, the team has participated in some of the largest real estate projects in Mexico, including innovative and pioneer projects, many of which have involved highly complex contracts.
Banking & Finance:
WLL-CMS advises lenders and borrowers on obtaining all kinds of loans necessary to implement projects, especially infrastructure projects. WLL-CMS has been engaged by federal and local governments, private developers, national and international banks and other financial institutions for the financing and execution of projects.
Environmental Law & Climate Change:
Through its alliance with LAGUNA, WLL-CMS represents one of Mexico’s leading environmental law and climate change practices. Advised on the development of Clean Development Mechanisms (CDMs) in Mexico and Latin America; one of the few teams in the world to have advised on 6 Programmatic CDMs for public and private sectors, including first Programmatic CDM worldwide to be registered by the U.N.
The team has extensive experience advising clients on transactional matters, from incorporating companies with foreign investment, to structuring and negotiating acquisitions, mergers, international businesses, international trade, and all kinds of commercial agreements; the transformation, dissolution and liquidation of commercial entities, corporate finance mechanisms, incorporation of trusts and special purpose entities, the structuring of warranties and representation of foreign companies in Mexico.
WLL-CMS'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.
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, IADB, USAID, FIDESUR), financial institutions (Aareal Bank, Banco del Bajío, BANOBRAS, Dexia, Deka Investment, Interacciones, Multiva, Nafin), construction companies (Grupo Tradeco, Grupo INDI, Grupo Hermes, Idinsa, Aldesa, CEMEX, ICA) and other developers (ADO, Ainda, ALSTOM, Arendal, Ascendi de México, ACS Industrial USA, B2E, CDPQ, CKD IM, Cinépolis, Clenergy, Cobra Instalaciones México, Cox Energy, Duro Felguera, Edesca, EDF, Element Power, EMC/Techint, Enel, Energía Infra, Engie E&P International, Enlight, Eosol, Fastgas, Fisterra, Grupo O’Donell de México, Grupo Simsa, Hartree Partners, Iberdrola I&C, Intergen, InTrust-Solar, Invertierra, La Cosmopolitana, Macquarie, Más Energía (Mexican subsidiary of Bondia Energia Ltda), Mexican Association for Wind Power, Mexico Power Group, Mota-Engil, ORCA, Pemex, PepsiCo, Renovare, Sacyr, Savills, Sempra Energy (Ienova), Solar Century, Solar Fuel, Spanish Power, Sumex, T-Solar, WaterCapital, WRB Enterprises, Zuma Energía).