Paul O’Hop has represented government agencies, large international companies and banks in transactions around the world in the development and financing of major infrastructure transactions in the energy, transportation and telecommunications sectors. Paul also assists large international corporations in a variety of industries in connection with structuring and managing their overseas holdings, and has substantial experience in the creation of international joint ventures including joint ventures between government and private sector entities (public-private partnerships).

Paul has extensive experience in a broad array of international project agreements, such as joint development agreements (JDAs) and consortium agreements, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts; operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements; offtake agreements; and transportation agreements.

With more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector, Paul has represented large US-based energy companies on power generation, pipeline and production projects in the United States and Latin America including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Peru and Venezuela. He has also been lead counsel in connection with several “first ever” transactions involving the private sector and government-owned energy companies in Latin America.

Paul also works extensively in the renewable energy industry. For example, in the solar industry, he has been involved in the development of some of the world’s largest solar projects including the negotiation of solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the largest utilities in the United States. He has also represented some of the largest US solar companies in a wide range of activities including new project development and new supply procurement. Paul is also experienced in all aspects of energy project development including joint ventures, PPAs, EPC contracts, and O&M contracts, etc. His experience also includes working on the registration of credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

In the transportation sector, he has acted as legal adviser to governments in Africa and Central Europe on the commercialization of and private sector participation in transportation infrastructure including port systems and airports.

He has also been an adjunct professor of international law at The George Washington University. Paul has lived in Spanish-speaking countries on two occasions and has also practiced law in the Netherlands and Belgium as an exchange lawyer.

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  • Representing a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pemex-Gas y Petroquímica Básica in the development and construction of two of the largest segments of an integrated natural gas transportation pipeline of approximately 1,100 kilometers in length and exceeding a capital investment of US$3 billion extending from the Agua Dulce area in Texas to various delivery points in the central region of Mexico with an expected maximum capacity of 2.1 billion cubic feet per day. 
  • Acting as counsel in the establishment of the first joint venture in history between Mexico’s state petroleum company and a non-Mexico-based company. 
  • Acting as counsel in the sale of offshore oil exploration and production infrastructure and, for the first time in history, the sale of privately produced gas from Brazil and oil to Brazil’s state petroleum company. 
  • Acting as counsel to the project sponsor in the development of the first independent power project in Mexico, which was recognized as Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine. 
  • Acting as counsel to the project sponsor in the first fully integrated power generation facility in Peru (e.g., extraction, transportation, processing, power generation and transmission), which was recognized as Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine. 
  • Representing the US’s largest solar photovoltaic manufacturer in construction and operation of dozens of large-scale PV solar projects across the US and Latin America (typical deal size in the US$80 million to US$200 million range). 
  • Acting as counsel on behalf of generating companies in PPA negotiations developing utility-scale solar projects, including projects of 850 MW and 600 MW, and in other development-related activities. 
  • Representing a major power company in the acquisition and development of five landfill gas combustion projects in Latin America to generate power and/or Certified Emissions Reduction credits (CERs) under the Kyoto Protocol. 
  • Advising the governments of Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya in connection with World Bank-funded port reform sectors. 
  • Advising the government of Serbia in connection with the USTDA-funded effort to develop new air cargo facilities at Belgrade Airport.

Education

  • University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1988
  • Georgetown University, LL.M., International and Comparative Law, with distinction
  • Universidad de Barcelona, Graduate Diploma
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1990

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Recognized to The Legal 500's "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", 2018, 2017
  • Named to the National Law Journal's 2017 Energy & Environmental Trailblazers list
  • Recognized as a 2016 leading lawyer in the International Financial Law Review’s Financial & Corporate: United States
  • Development counsel on the Los Ramones Sur Project – Project Finance International’s 2015 Americas Oil & Gas Deal of the Year
  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Latin America by the International Financial Law Review’s Energy and Infrastructure: Latin America 2014, as well as in 2013

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