Juan Carlos Llorens Rojas

Associate, Mexico City

Biography

Overview

Juan Carlos joined White & Case in 2013. He focuses on corporate law, energy, infrastructure and project financing.

As part of his practice, Juan Carlos has provided legal counseling to both developers and lenders in the design, implementation, collateralization and development of a number of energy and infrastructure projects, as well as cross-border transactions: these projects include power—private developers and IPPs— and oil and gas activities. Additionally, Juan Carlos has focus his practice in the development of renewable energy projects.

Within his practice in the energy sector, Juan Carlos has experience in negotiating power purchase agreements (conventional and renewable generation) project financings, interconnection agreements, natural gas and other fuel supply agreements, including Base Contracts for Sale and Purchase of Natural Gas under the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), asset management agreements, natural gas transportation services agreements as well as in obtaining the permits to the Energy Regulatory Commission and other authorities.

Juan Carlos has also advised some governmental entities in the planning and development of provisions related to the energy sector. Juan Carlos has extensive experience and has actively participated in bidding procedures before various entities, agencies and government authorities.

From October 2017 to January 2019, he was assigned as a foreign associate to the Firm's New York office. Before joining White & Case, SC, Juan Carlos worked in a prestigious law firm in Mexico specializing in Energy Law.
 

Bars and Courts
Authorized to practice law in Mexico
Education
LLM
International Economic and Business Law
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

The Netherlands

Universidad Panamericana

Mexico

Languages
Spanish
English
German

Experience

Represented the Inter-American Development Bank as lender, on the US$150 million financing for the construction, operation and maintenance of three solar and wind power plants with a capacity of 600 MW in the aggregate, to be located in Mexico.

Represented Natixis, New York Branch as administrative agent, and other lead banks, on the US$640 million project financing of a natural gas-fired combined cycle 900 MW electric power plant located in the Pesquería area of the State of Nuevo León, Mexico.

Represented the senior lenders in connection with the development and financing of a waste-to-energy project located in Mexico.

Represented Compañía de Electricidad Los Ramones, in the project development and limited recourse financing of its 689MW simple cycle power generation facilities located in Los Ramones, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Represented and advised private developers in their generation energy projects, including obtaining from the Energy Regulatory Commission (the appropriate permissions; and the negotiation and execution of agreements with third parties.

Advising CFE, the Mexican state-owned electric utility, as lead counsel in connection with the transformation of CFE into a state enterprise (empresa productiva del Estado) and the incorporation of its subsidiaries and affiliates. He also represented CFE and its affiliates in the negotiation of several long-term power purchase agreements with a number of private developers in keeping with the recent reform in the electric power industry.

Representation of corporate offtakers in the negotiation of power purchase and sale agreements applicable to solar, wind and other renewable resource facilities.

Representation of power generators in the negotiation of electric hedge agreements.

Represented BlackRock Inc., the largest investment manager in the world, and First Reserve Energy Infrastructure GP II Limited, the largest global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy, in (i) their acquisition of 45 percent of TAG Pipelines Sur, a company incorporated as a joint venture between PEMEX and GDF Suez, which is currently developing the Ramones Phase II South Natural Gas Transportation System, which will comprise a new natural gas pipeline of circa 291.5 km in length and 42 inches in diameter; and (ii) their acquisition of 45 percent of TAG Norte Holding, a company incorporated as a joint venture between PEMEX and Sempra's Mexico unit (IEnova), which is currently developing the Ramones Phase II North Natural Gas Transportation System, which will comprise a new natural gas pipeline of circa 441 km in length and 42 inches in diameter.

Represented the State of Puebla in the elaboration of the bidding guidelines and the Public-Private Partnership for the construction, management and operation of an international baroque museum to be located in the State of Puebla.
 

Publications

Global Renewable Energy Guide, Mexico Chapter, 2015

Protection of Creditors in the Groups of Companies: A Comparative Study, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, Thesis

Renewable Energies in the Mexican Legal System. Analysis and Future Perspective, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico, Thesis