Rodrigo Vazquez del Mercado-Rivera

Rodrigo Vazquez del Mercado-Rivera

Associate

Rodrigo Vazquez del Mercado-Rivera focuses his practice on global energy and infrastructure matters, with emphasis in oil and gas (upstream, midstream and downstream), electricity, administrative law, government procurement, dispute resolution, and mergers and acquisitions.

Concentrations

  • Oil and gas
  • Electricity
  • Infrastructure
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Government procurement
  • International transactions
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented a Mexican oil and gas company in the acquisition of two companies awarded with an Exploration and Production Integrated Contract (CIEP) in the Chicontepec area.
  • Represented a Mexican subsidiary of a U.S. energy company in several public tenders issued by the Federal Electricity Commission for transportation of natural gas in Mexico.
  • Represented a Mexican subsidiary of a U.S. oil and gas company in bidding processes issued by the National Hydrocarbons Commission in connection with the award of Exploration and Production contracts in Mexico.
  • Represented the National Hydrocarbons Commission in the drafting of regulations for oil and gas wells to be drilled in Mexico as part of the implementation of the 2013 – 2014 Energy Reform.
  • Represented a consortium formed by U.S., Colombian and Mexican companies in a bidding process issued by Pemex for the award of Exploration and Production Integrated Contracts (CIEPs) in Chicontepec.
  • Represented companies in the bidding processes issued by Pemex for the award of Exploration and Production Integrated Contracts (CIEPs) in the Southern and Northern areas of Mexico.
  • Represented U.S. sellers in the sale of a natural gas distribution company.
  • Represented an oil field services company in several joint ventures in connection with the negotiation and execution of oil and gas contracts.
  • Represented a natural gas company in matters regarding a bid process issued by Pemex Gas and Basic Petrochemicals for the construction of a natural gas transportation pipeline and the provision of transportation services (Los Ramones II).
  • Represented a company in the supply of subsea equipment to Pemex Exploration and Production for an important gas field.
  • Represented a natural gas distribution company for more than five years in regulatory matters, including in the negotiation and execution of hedging, transportation, gas purchase, capacity reservation, distribution, interconnection, and construction agreements with Pemex Gas and Basic Petrochemicals and other third parties.
  • Represented a natural gas distribution company in several administrative litigations to obtain reimbursement of funds (principal, inflation and interest) from the collection of a letter of credit by the Mexican government.
  • Represented a natural gas company in an arbitration proceeding before the Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Represented a U.S. company to annul the administrative rescission process in a procurement contract to supply equipment to Pemex Petrochemicals.
  • Represented a Canadian company in connection with an underground waste storage in salt domes.
  • Represented an oil field services company in an arbitration process before the ICC in connection with the breach of a contract.
  • Represented an international consortium in the public bids issued by the Ministry of Energy and the Federal Electricity Commission for the design, development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of transmission line projects in Mexico.
  • Represented an international consortium in the public bid issued by the Federal Electricity Commission for the design, development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of an HVDC line transmission line project in the northern area of Mexico.
  • Represented a Mexican subsidiary of an international power generation company in the auctions launched by the National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) regarding its participation in the new wholesale market implemented under the electricity reform for long term supply contracts.
  • Represented a company regarding the importation of electricity from the U.S. into Mexico.
  • Represented a Mexican subsidiary of a U.S. company in the drafting of wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the supply of electricity to the client facilities in Mexico.
  • Represented a subsidiary of a U.S. company in the drafting of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the generation of solar electricity in Nicaragua.
  • Represented a Mexican infrastructure investment fund in the due diligence process for the acquisition of a cogeneration power plant located in eastern Mexico.
  • Represented buyers in the purchase of a company to develop a wind power project in Oaxaca.
  • Represented a Spanish company in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and agrarian matters for the development of a wind power project in the state of Oaxaca.

Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Vázquez del Mercado prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Winning Team, Acquisition International magazine, "Overall Law Firm of the Year – Mexico," 2013
  • Member, Winning Team, Acquisition International magazine, "Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year – Mexico," 2013
  • Member, Winning Team, InterContinental Finance, "Mergers & Acquisitions Firm of the Year – Mexico," 2013
  • Member, Winning Team, Lawyers World Law Awards, "Mergers & Acquisitions Firm of the Year – Mexico," 2013
  • Member, Winning Team, DealMakers, "Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions - Mexico," 2012-2013
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Latin AmericaEnergy and Natural Resources, 2012-2015

Credentials

Education
  • LL.M., Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law, University of Houston
  • Post-graduate Studies in Energy Law, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Ciudad de México, 2012
  • Post-graduate Studies in Government Procurement, Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México, 2009
  • Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, 2007
Admissions
  • Texas Foreign Legal Consultant
  • Mexico
Languages
  • Spanish, Native
  • English, Fluent