It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend, Paul O’Hop. Paul was dedicated to his family, his clients and our firm. Our thoughts go out to all of Paul’s family, and those colleagues and clients who had the privilege to work with and know him. He will be sincerely missed.

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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.


    • 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


    • District of Columbia, 1990


    • English
    • Spanish
    • Highly regarded in IFLR1000 2019 for banking, project development and project finance, with an emphasis on the energy and social infrastructure sectors 
    • 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", 2017 and 2018
    • Highly Regarded Lawyer, International Financial Law Review’s Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development and Project Finance: United States, 2018
    • 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 2013 and 2014

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