Mariana Montemayor Alba

Associate, Mexico City

Biography

Overview

Mariana joined White & Case in September 2012. She is an associate in the Firm's Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance group in Mexico City.

Mariana focuses on corporate law, natural gas and other fuel supply transactions, implementation and development of infrastructure and energy projects and public procurement processes.

As part of her practice, Mariana has provided legal counsel to developers, lenders and government entities in the design, implementation and development of a number of energy and infrastructure projects, these projects include power, oil and gas activities and sugar mills. Additionally, Mariana has participated in the development of renewable energy projects.

Mariana's energy practice includes negotiating and executing 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), natural gas transportation services agreements, as well as obtaining permits from the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission and other authorities.

Additionally, she has assisted several clients in understanding and implementing the Mexican Energy Reform of 2013, in different sectors, such as natural gas, hydrocarbons and electric power.

Mariana has also advised some governmental entities in the design and implementation of sale procurement processes and public auctions.

Bars and Courts
Authorized to practice law in Mexico
Education
Attorney at Law (Licenciatura en Derecho)
Universidad Iberoamericana
Languages
Spanish
English

Experience

MXN 3.5 Billion Sale of Sugar Mills by Mexican Asset Administration and Sale Agency (December 29, 2015).
Represented the Mexican Asset Administration and Sale Agency or SAE, in the design and implementation of the sale procurement process for the sale of nine sugar mills that represent 22.2% of the Mexican sugar production market. Despite severe legal complexities, the final auction price was 50 percent higher than the initial reference price. The awarded portfolios represent one of the most important commercial transactions in SAE's history.

Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) cebures issuance 2015.
Represented Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in the seventh issuance (CFE 15) and the first reopening of the sixth issuance (CFE 14-2) of CFE's debt certificates (certificados bursátiles) under its MXN 100 billion (approximately US$6.5 billion) program as recurrent issuer registered in Mexico and authorized by Mexico's National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV). The aggregate amount of both issuances was MXN 10 billion (approximately US$650 million).

Comisión Federal de Electricidad Consent Solicitation Offer (August 7, 2014).
Represented Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in a consent solicitation offer to Trust Bond Holders (the Holders) related to three of the Debt Programs sponsored by CFE. A consent solicitation fee of 15 basis points was offered to the Holders in order to obtain their consent to amend a covenant in the underlying financing documents to adjust such covenant to certain provisions of the Mexican Energy Reform.

Ramones Phase II North and South Natural Gas Transportation System (March 26, 2015).
Helped the team that represented BlackRock and First Reserve in the acquisition of (i) 45% of TAG Pipelines Sur, which developed the Ramones Phase II South Natural Gas Transportation System; and (ii) 45% of TAG Norte Holding, which developed the Ramones Phase II North Natural Gas Transportation System.

CFEnergía, S. A. de C.V. (2017 y 2018).
Represented CFEnergía, S.A. de C.V., direct affiliate of Comisión Federal de Electricidad, in among others, the negotiation and execution of 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) with several power plants and industrial consumers, such as ArcelorMittal Mexico.