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Ernesto Danache IV focuses his practice on complex domestic and international corporate and transactional matters. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Ernesto regularly works with clients doing business domestically and internationally across a range of industries, with an emphasis in the renewable energy, power, fuels, and oil and gas sectors. His areas of focus include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, private equity, project and infrastructure finance, project development, capital markets, corporate formations and governance, domestic and cross-border business structuring, and general corporate and business law matters. Ernesto has worked with clients from around the world, including the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Representation of multinational client in the USD $3 Billion acquisition of an international conglomerate comprised of 40+ independently managed entities across 200+ locations worldwide, focusing on industrial and specialty contracting and energy infrastructure services.
  • Representation of Japanese client in the USD $750 Million acquisition of U.S. industrial gas assets made available through a Federal Trade Commission required divestiture.
  • Representation of Japanese client in the USD $300 Million acquisition of an industrial chemical business.
  • Representation of renewable energy developer in the sale of a 600 MW wind project in Texas.
  • Representation of renewable energy developer in the sale of a 500 MW wind project in Texas.
  • Representation of renewable energy developer in the sale of a 250 MW wind project in Texas.
  • Representation of renewable energy developer in the acquisition of a 60 MW solar project in New York.
  • Representation of North American client in the $600 Million sale of 76 manufactured housing communities across the United States.
  • Representation of private equity group in the $70 Million preferred equity investment in a vehicle leasing company.
  • Representation of private equity group in the $40 Million acquisition of a biopharmaceutical equipment manufacturing company.
  • Representation of private equity group in the $40 Million acquisition of an online marketplace.
  • Representation of private equity group in the $30 Million preferred equity investment in a pipeline and utility services company.
  • Representation of private equity group in the $20 Million acquisition of a smart ticketing and mobile processing technology company comprised of entities in the United States, Mexico, and Colombia.
  • Representation of private equity group in the multimillion-dollar preferred equity investment in a software development consulting firm.
  • Representation of private equity group in the multimillion-dollar acquisition of an automated marketing software developer.
  • Representation of private equity group in the multimillion-dollar asset acquisition of a panel fabrication business.
  • Representation of Chilean renewable energy developer in the offering and issuance of a $404 Million green bond for the refinancing of two wind farms in Chile.
  • Representation of renewable energy developer in the $600 Million financing of a wind project in Michigan.
  • Representation of renewable energy developer in the tax equity and $200 Million construction financing of a wind project in Texas.
  • Representation of multinational institutional lender in the refinancing of a USD $650 Million facility.
  • Representation of digital asset mining company in the purchase and sale of power in connection with the development of a digital asset mining facility in the United States.
  • Representation of the largest U.S. generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources in connection with the U.S. – Mexico (ERCOT – CENACE) purchase and sale of power.
  • Representation of Latin American energy trader in the US – Mexico (ERCOT/CAISO – CENACE) purchase and sale of power for an aggregate total to date of up to 590 MW/hour.
  • Representation of Latin American energy trader in the US – Mexico (ERCOT/CAISO – CENACE) purchase and sale of power for an aggregate total to date of up to 370 MW/hour.
  • Representation of various North American clients in the purchase and sale of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
  • Representation of various North American clients in securing state and federal permits in connection with their power trading business.
  • Representation of liquified natural gas (LNG) client in project development and regulatory compliance matters in connection with a 4 million tons per annum LNG facility in the United States.
  • Representation of LNG client in securing a “small-scale natural gas export” order from the Department of Energy (DOE), the first export authorization of its kind issued by the DOE.
  • Representation of North American client, leading supplier of fuels throughout Mexico, in the distribution and commercialization of petroleum products.
  • Representation of the largest provider of natural gas in southern California in a broad range of projects associated with the underground storage of natural gas.
  • Representation of North American client in the first commercial carbon sequestration and enhanced oil recovery project in California.
  • Represent domestic and international clients in a broad range of corporate and business law matters, including entity selection and formation, domestic and cross-border business structuring, corporate governance and compliance, joint venture transactions, as well as drafting and negotiating a broad range of corporate contractual arrangements.
  • Foreign Law Clerk, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), 2016
  • Legislative Policy Analyst, Texas House of Representatives, 2013-2015

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers Magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2021
  • Listed, Legal 500 United States, Industry Focus - Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas, 2021
  • Young Negotiators Committee Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, 2019-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2018-Present
  • Member, Houston Bar Association, 2018-Present
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2018-Present

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2018
    • Senior Editor, Houston Journal of International Law
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2015
    • Certificate in Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics & Government
    • Certificate in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Languages
  • English, Native
  • Spanish, Native