Erick Hernández Gallego

Erick Hernández Gallego

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Erick Hernández represents domestic and international clients on environmental and energy matters, including corporate finance, healthcare, regulatory compliance and real estate matters. Erick has represented clients in several project finance, mergers and acquisitions and electric energy tenders, as well as hydrocarbons tender procedures, both in accordance to the new energy reform in Mexico.

Erick has been practicing Mexican environmental, energy, real estate, administrative and regulatory law for more than 15 years, advising Mexican and International entities and their holding companies, on projects related with renewables, oil & gas, hospitality and tourist, land use, urban development, corporate environmental regularization, healthcare, environmental impact and risk matters, financing of green projects, soil contamination, as well as emissions reductions and climate change.

During his professional experience he had participated in different real estate, environmental, infrastructure, oil & gas and energy projects, as well as assessing different companies in all regulatory matters, including healthcare and environmental, health and safety. Likewise, he has participated in several public and private forums and associations with companies, international associations, banks, lawyers and authorities related to Mexican Environmental, Energy, Real Estate, Administrative and Regulatory Law.

He has been involved on the preparation of several Mexican Official Standards as well as environmental and administrative regulations.

Concentrations

  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environmental
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory and Compliance
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Legal assessment of a chemical industry in Mexico on environmental and regulatory matters, including the filing and obtainment of healthcare permits from Health Agency in Mexico “COFEPRIS.”
  • Legal assessment of an international retail company in relation to the regulations and restrictions for the sale of drugs (medicines) in Mexico.
  • Legal assessment of an international retail company in Mexico in relation to the purchase of medicines by foreign citizens in Mexico.
  • Regularization of various hospitality companies with regards to the compliance of all environmental and regulatory permits, including health care and sanitary permits needed for their operation.
  • Legal assessment on regulatory and health care matters for the import and export of livestock through Mexico.
  • Legal assistance to pharmaceutical companies in Mexico for the compliance of their environmental and regulatory obligations, including health care and e-commerce.
  • Review of the compliance status of the legal obligations as part of several DD process for different companies, as well as legal assistance of the corresponding regularization processes on environmental, energy, regulatory and health care matters.
  • Legal assistance on the filing and obtainment of sanitary and health care permits and licenses for different food companies.
  • Legal involvement on the DD process on environmental and regulatory matters for the purchase of a lens and contact lens company in Mexico.
  • Legal DD process on environmental, regulatory and health care matters of clinical laboratories company in Mexico.
  • Assistance to different companies on regulatory matters, including the use of confidential and private information on e-commerce web sites including medical sales and telemedicine.
  • Represented a Mexican/Canadian company in the Mexican public tender for hydrocarbons extraction on land and also represents the Company in an ongoing oil field on environmental, energy and regulatory matters.
  • Represented a Chinese International company in the acquisition of wind farms projects in Mexico as well as in the Mexican public tenders for the sale and purchase of electric energy in Mexico by means of wind farms.
  • Represents a Mexican energy company, in all legal aspects of several SPV’s involved in the generation of renewable energy in Mexico, including also their participation in the Mexican public tenders for the sale and purchase of electric energy in Mexico, by means of wind farms.
  • Represented an American company in the Mexican public tenders for the sale and purchase of electric energy in Mexico, by means of solar farms.
  • Participation as Mexican energy expert in the preparation of a legal report for the World Bank and the Ministry of Energy for the possible implementation of enhanced oil recovery.
  • Represented an International company in the negotiation for the purchase of energy and gas for its food plants in Mexico.
  • Represented the sponsor in the purchase, regularization, sale and financing of two wind farm projects in Mexico (400MW) on energy, environmental and regulatory matters.
  • Preparation of a legal framework related with all obligations to be complied for the instalment of a solar farm in Mexico.
  • Preparation of a legal framework related with all obligations to be complied for the sale of solar energy for residential purposes in Mexico.
  • Legal assistance on environmental, energy and regulatory matters for the purchase of a thermoelectric plant in the State of Yucatan.
  • Represents a Mexican petrochemical company in all environmental matters related with the operation of chemical plants in Mexico.
  • Participation as Mexican environmental expert in the preparation of a legal report for the World Bank and the Ministry of Energy for the possible implementation of carbon capture, use and storage in Mexico.
  • Represents an International company in the food business in all environmental matters related with the food plants of the company in Mexico, including all water matters.
  • Participation as legal environmental expert in the preparation of environmental and regulatory framework for the operation of gas stations in Mexico.
  • Participated in several legal audits on environmental matters for the financing and restructuring of hospitality projects.
  • Represented a Canadian company in the possible acquisition of a mining company in Mexico, by participating in the legal environmental auditing.
  • Represents a food company in Mexico on water matters.
  • Participation in several environmental audits for the financing or refinancing of renewable energy projects in Mexico.
  • Represented the sponsor in the purchase, regularization, sale and financing of two wind farm projects in Mexico (400MW) on energy, environmental and regulatory matters.
  • Legal assistance on environmental matters for the construction and operation of several wind farms in Mexico.
  • Participation in the purchase of a hydroelectric central in the State of Nayarit on environmental, energy and regulatory matters.
  • Legal assistance on environmental, energy and regulatory matters for the purchase of several thermoelectric plants in Mexico.
  • Preparation of a legal framework related with all obligations to be complied for the sale of solar energy for residential purposes in Mexico.
  • Several legal audits on environmental matters for the construction, purchase or refinancing of wind farm projects in the State of Oaxaca.
  • Several legal audits and legal assistance for the construction and operation of infrastructure projects in Mexico, including Federal toll roads and penitentiary compounds in Mexico.
  • Assistance on environmental matters for the implementation of Clean Development Mechanisms in accordance to the Kyoto Protocol in Mexico and Latin America.
  • Legal assistance on regulatory matters for the installation and operation of gas and oil pipelines in Mexico.
  • Legal assistance to ports in Mexico on environmental and regulatory matters.
  • Participation with the Ministry of environment and Natural Resources for the preparation of several laws and regulations on different environmental matters.
  • Represents Mexican and Chinese companies in the project finance of a 70 MW wind farm in the State of Yucatan, with a value of more than US$30 million.
  • Represented as part of the team on the financing of two wind farm projects in Mexico (400MW) on energy, environmental and regulatory matters, with a value of more than US$70 million.
  • Participation in the purchase of a hydroelectric central in the State of Nayarit on environmental, energy and regulatory matters.
  • Legal assistance on environmental, energy and regulatory matters for the operation and purchase of different thermoelectric plants in Mexico.
  • Preparation of a legal framework related with all obligations to be complied for the sale of solar energy for residential purposes in Mexico.
  • Legal assistance on regulatory matters for the installation and operation of gas and oil pipelines in Mexico.
  • Legal assistance to ports in Mexico on environmental and regulatory matters.

°Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Hernández Gallego prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

  • Ministry of the Interior, Mexican Government, 1998-2000
  • Representation office of the Government of the State of Hidalgo in Mexico City, 1997-1998
  • Hernández Gallego y Asociados, S.C., 2013-2017
  • Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C., 2008-2013
  • González Calvillo, S.C., 2005-2008
  • Vera, Burguete, Celis y Asociados, S.C., 2001-2005

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Corporate Insider, Legal Awards, Energy Law Firm of the Year, 2017
  • Listed, Corporate Livewire Legal, Energy, 2015
  • Listed, Who’s Who Intercontinental Registry, Featured Global Expert, Environment Mexico, 2014
  • Listed, Acquisition International, Legal Awards Nominee, 2014
  • Professor “Course of Environmental Legislation in Mexico”, imparted in English Language. UNAM, 2017
  • Coauthor of the Report for the World Bank denominated “Legal Framework for the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage of Carbon in Mexico,” 2016
  • Professor in the Seminar “Mexican Energy Reform” organized by the Government of the State of Sonora, 2016
  • Professor “Course of environmental law for practitioners of KPMG,” 2015
  • Participant in the worktable for the, "Discussion of the land ownership related with the Mexican Energy reform in Mexico, 2014
  • Participant as professor in the seminar organized by the Ministry of Economy denominated “Energy Law in Mexico and the secondary legislation,” 2014
  • Workshop for the discussion of the General Law of Climate Change, 2012
  • Participant as professor in the seminar denominated “Legal preparation for the climate change, carbon markets promotion and sustainable development,” 2013
  • Organization of the seminar “Adaptation of Mexico and Latin America for Climate Change,” 2011
  • Participation in the Conference of the UN for Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol (COP16), 2010

Credentials

Education
  • Diploma on Energy Matters, Energy Reform in Mexico, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico, 2014
  • Postgraduate Studies, Environmental Law, Universidad Panamericana, 2005
  • Law Degree, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Law School, 2003
  • Diploma on Public Affairs, Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública, 1999
Admissions
  • Mexico
Languages
  • Spanish, Native
  • English, Advanced
  • Italian, Advanced