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 drafts and 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 drafts and negotiates all forms of joint development, shareholder and consortium agreements together with related 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 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 a leading Mexican private energy infrastructure company in the development of various solar power projects and liquid fuel storage terminal projects in Mexico.
  • 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 various affiliates of Pemex in the corporate structure and management, development, construction, operation, ownership and financing of the Los Ramones Project, a natural gas transportation pipeline with capacity of 2.1 billion cubic feet per day extending over 1,000 km from Texas to various delivery points in the central western region of 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.
  • 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
  • The Legal 500's US/Mexico Private Practice Powerlist 2018 and 2017, a distinction that identifies key US individual practitioners "who have developed a strong reputation for their high profile work and engagement in the Mexican market"
  • Highly Regarded Lawyer, International Financial Law Review 2018 (Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development and Project Finance in the US)
  • Leading Lawyer, International Financial Law Review 2017 (Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development and Project Finance in the US and Mexico)
  • Leading Lawyer, International Financial Law Review 2016 (Financial & Corporate in the US)
  • Development counsel on the Los Ramones Sur Project – Project Finance International’s 2015 Americas Oil & Gas Deal of the Year
  • Leading Lawyer, International Financial Law Review 2014 (Energy and Infrastructure in Latin America)
  • 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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