Squire Patton Boggs partners Alvaro J. Mestre and Paul A. O'Hop have been named by The Legal 500 to its inaugural "US/Mexico Private Practice Powerlist," a new distinction that identifies key US individual practitioners "who have developed a strong reputation for their high profile work and engagement in the Mexican market."
Mr. Mestre and Mr. O'Hop were recognized among this elite group of lawyers for their outstanding specialization in, and knowledge of, Mexico. The Legal 500 describes this group as "the quiet protagonists that ensure business (and indeed, public entities and sub-sovereigns) continue to find the constructive and creative practical resolutions required to overcome the obstacles that arise" in Mexico.
In selecting the Private Practice Powerlist, The Legal 500's team of researchers collected unsolicited recommendations and opinions from law firm partners and in-house counsel, as well as analyzed the career trajectories of the candidates.
Chair of the firm's Mexico Desk, Mr. Mestre specializes in the energy industry, with a regional focus on the Americas, particularly in Mexico. For more than two decades, Mr. Mestre has represented a mix of developers, owner/sponsors, manufacturers, contractors and other interested parties in the corporate structuring and overall development, construction, management, ownership, operation and maintenance of power generation, as well as mid-stream natural gas projects, including some of the most significant cross-border US-Mexico natural-gas transportation projects. An integral part of Mr. Mestre's practice also involves the acquisition and divestiture of projects and assets, particularly in the quickly evolving renewable energy sector, as well as advising clients on various FCPA compliance issues.
With more than 25 years of experience in Latin America, including Mexico, Mr. O'Hop has represented large international companies in connection with energy-related investments in Latin America, as well as the development, construction, operation and maintenance of major power generation, natural gas pipeline and production projects in the US and throughout Latin America, including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama and Peru. He has also been lead counsel in connection with several historic "first ever" transactions involving the private sector and government-owned energy companies in Mexico and various other countries in Latin America. Mr. O'Hop also works extensively in the renewable energy industry.
In 2015, Mr. Mestre and Mr. O'Hop led the firm's team as lead development counsel to subsidiaries of longstanding client Pemex, the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, on all four phases of the historic Agua Dulce/Los Ramones Pipeline Project, a 1,000 km natural gas pipeline that extends from southern Texas to central Mexico, which has required a total combined investment of more than US$3 billion. For their integral role on the project, the team won several industry awards from LatinFinance, IJGlobal, Project Finance International and Latin Lawyer. In addition to The Legal 500, Mr. Mestre and Mr. O'Hop are also frequently recognized as "Leading Lawyers" by International Financial Law Review in its Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development and Project Finance, and Financial & Corporate Guides.