Fernando Cano-Lasa

Fernando Cano-Lasa

Of Counsel

Fernando Cano-Lasa is a resident in the firm’s Houston office. Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Fernando spent more than 12 years in-house with PEMEX, including as in-house counsel for the Chief Legal Office and as Vice-President of Legal and Strategy of PEMEX Procurement International, Inc. Fernando is a transactional lawyer whose practice focuses on energy, infrastructure, compliance and procurement projects and all types of corporate transactions in the US, Mexico and Latin America.


  • Developed and implemented successful legal strategies and schemes for past and current clients in the oil and gas sectors.
  • Successfully reviewed, drafted and negotiated complex procurement agreements for goods and specialized services for the oil and gas industry worldwide.
  • Represented an affiliate of a Fortune 500 company on drafting, negotiating and executing a major procurement agreement for specialized equipment for the Mexican oil and gas industry.
  • Represented a well-recognized US and international manufacturer of drilling equipment in the successful negotiation of complex procurement agreements for the Mexican oil and gas industry.  
  • Advised a major international oil and gas company regarding legal issues associated with the upstream legal regime of the Mexican market (production sharing agreements and licenses).
  • Advised a Mexican oil and gas company regarding the implementation of unitization agreements in Mexico in accordance with the Hydrocarbon law regime.
  • Analyzed the legal implications of investing in a company that will operate a Liquefied Natural Gas Vessel in accordance to the Mexican Energy regime.
  • Advised a successful US trader and manufacturer of biofuels in the creation of a corporate structure for its operations in Mexico. The representation included the definition of the most adequate corporate scheme to operate in the US and Mexico, the negotiation and execution of joint ventures and consortiums and the implementation of the same. 
  • Responsible for ensuring legal compliance with anticorruption and export control laws for a subsidiary of a major oil and gas company in the US.
  • Represented a specialized engineering US company in its participation in a competitive market study for oil and gas operations in Mexico.
  • Coordinates and executes diverse compliance audits on behalf of clients regarding anticorruption matters and compliance with labor, data privacy and other applicable legislation.


  • University of Houston, LL.M., 2007
  • Universidad Panamericana, J.D., 2002
  • Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, Certificate, 2003


  • Mexico, 2004
  • Texas, 2016
  • Certified as Foreign Legal Consultant by the State Bar of Texas


  • Spanish
  • English
  • Roman Law and Civil Law Professor, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, 2001-2004.

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