Alvaro J. Mestre is a partner resident in the Washington DC office, and Chair of the firm’s Mexico country desk.

Project Development

Alvaro represents 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 global infrastructure projects. He specializes in the energy industry and has a regional focus on the Americas. Over the course of two decades, he has represented clients in diverse forms of cross-border corporate transactions involving various renewable and conventional power producing technologies, including solar, natural gas, nuclear and biofuels. Additionally, he has extensive experience in developing fuel transportation and storage projects, including some of the most significant cross-border US-Mexico natural gas pipelines in recent history.  

Alvaro regularly negotiates material project agreements, including engineering, procurement and construction contracts; transportation services agreements; power purchase agreements; diverse interconnection agreements; operation and maintenance agreements; and fuel supply contracts. Alvaro also advises his clients on strategic investments and partnerships aimed at developing global projects. In this capacity, he negotiates all forms of joint development, consortium agreements and other corporate governance arrangements.

Mergers and Acquisitions

An integral part of Alvaro's practice involves the acquisition and divestiture of projects and assets, particularly in the quickly evolving renewable energy sector.

Compliance

Alvaro often advises his clients on compliance matters and has specific experience in connection with the preparation and implementation of compliance programs focused on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In this capacity, he provides a full array of services, including management-level briefings, in-house training and ongoing consultation services for his corporate clients.


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  • Representing various affiliates of Pemex in the corporate structure and management, development, construction, operation, ownership and financing of a natural gas transportation pipeline with an expected capacity of 2.1 billion cubic feet per day extending over 1,000km from the Agua Dulce area in Texas to various delivery points in the central western region of Mexico. Awarded Project Finance International’s 2014 Americas Oil & Gas Deal of the Year.
  • Representing a large US-based solar power company in connection with the development, acquisition, operation and maintenance of various solar power projects throughout the US and Latin America, including in connection with the CENACE auction process in Mexico.
  • Representing a leading Europe-based train manufacturer in competing for, negotiating and contracting for the supply and long-term operation and maintenance of light rail vehicles to several major US metropolitan transportation authorities, including in connection with the Maryland Purple Line Light Rail PPP Project.
  • Advising a major European investor in analyzing and structuring a proposal in response to a CFE public bidding process to develop, own and operate natural gas transportation infrastructure in Baja California Sur.
  • Representing a major North American natural gas transporter in analyzing the material risks arising from CFE public bidding processes and advising on appropriate mitigation mechanisms.

Education

  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1995
  • University of Florida, B.A., with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1997
  • Maryland, 1995

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Recognized to The Legal 500's 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", 2017
  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the International Financial Law Review, 2017 (Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development and Project Finance in the US and Mexico); 2016 (Financial & Corporate in the US); and 2014 (Energy and Infrastructure in Latin America)    
  • Development counsel on the Los Ramones Sur Project – Project Finance International’s 2015 Americas Oil & Gas Deal of the Year
  • Development counsel on the Los Ramones Sur Project – IJGlobal’s Latin America Midstream Oil and Gas Deal of the Year, 2014

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