Naomi Gabriela De León Muratalla

Associate, Mexico City

Biography

Overview

Naomi De León practice includes, among others, implementation and development of infrastructure and energy projects, public procurement, environmental, corporate and banking law.

Naomi joined White & Case in 2014. She is a member of the Firm's Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance group in Mexico City. Naomi has also participated with the M&A group in several due diligences, reviews regarding corporate matters, administrative requirements and real state.

Within her practice in the energy sector, Naomi has experience in negotiating and concluding agreements. She has represented lenders and sponsors in connection with bidding procedures, concession titles, permits and investments in infrastructure projects.

Naomi has advised both state and municipality governmental entities and lenders in the legal design and instrumentation in connection with refinancing and restructuring their public debt.

Bars and Courts
Authorized to practice law in Mexico
Education
Attorney at Law (Abogada)
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Mexico

Languages
Spanish
English

Experience

Representative transactions in which Naomi has been involved include:

US$55 Million Project Financing for Solar Plant, 2019
Represented Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior and Banco Sabadell as lenders in connection with a US$55 million project financing of a 115.5 megawatt solar project located in the state of Durango, Mexico, including all aspects of due diligence related to the project. The sponsor of the project is EOSOL Energy de México.

Kansas City Southern de México, 2019
Represented Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V., one of the lead companies in rail industry, in order to obtain oil products and liquid natural gas transport permits from Energy Regulatory Commission. Subsequently, she has advised KCSM in its compliance of regulatory obligations as permit holder before several government authorities.

CFEnergía Storage JV with Andeavor, 2018
Represented CFEnergía, S.A. de C.V., an affiliate of Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), on the establishment of a joint venture with Andeavor, one of the largest independent marketing, refining and logistics companies in the United States, for a total investment of approximately US$100 million in connection with the rehabilitation, building and operation of a refined products terminal in the Rosarito storage facility of CFE, in the state of Baja California, Mexico. The project is a pilot to be replicated in the rest of CFE's oil products storage facilities throughout Mexico.

Round One, 2017
Represented and assisted a client in successfully prequalifying for the Round One process, as well as the negotiation and signing of several contracts thereof.

Energy Reform, 2016
Assisted several clients in understanding the Mexican legislation in accordance with the Energy Reform in 2013, and secondary laws thereof in a variety of sections, such as natural gas, hydrocarbons and electric power.

Bank of China License to Operate a Banking Institution in Mexico in Mexico, 2016
Represented The Bank of China, the fourth-largest bank in the world and the oldest bank in China, on obtaining authorization to incorporate and operate a banking institution in Mexico.

Shinhan Bank Co., Ltd. Authorization to Incorporate a Multiple Banking Institution in Mexico, 2015
Represented Shinhan Bank Co., Ltd., the largest bank in South Korea, in the process of obtaining a license to incorporate a multiple banking institution in Mexico. Such license was the first one granted to a Korean bank in Mexico.

Publications

Thesis, "Competitiveness in the natural gas industry: consequence of a structural reform", Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico, 2017.