Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor

Partner, Houston

Biography

Rodrigo Dominguez represents clients in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and corporate transactions throughout the United States and Latin America. He divides his time between the Houston, Mexico City and New York offices.

Overview

Rodrigo Dominguez is a partner in White & Case's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and a member of the Latin America Interest Group. Rodrigo has over 20 years of experience representing clients in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and corporate matters in regulated and non-regulated industries throughout the Americas He also counsels on real estate matters involving traditional land acquisitions, complex long-term lease structures and large-scale project development across industries. Rodrigo also has significant experience representing multinationals in government contracting processes throughout Latin America.

He served as the assistant secretary for the Mexican Businessmen Board of Houston from 2010 through 2015, and sat on the board of directors for the Houston Hispanic Bar Association in 2008 and 2009. Before joining White & Case, Rodrigo served as the Head of the Latin America Group of another global law firm.

Rodrigo is licensed to practice in Mexico, New York, and Texas.

Bars and Courts
Texas State Bar
New York State Bar
Mexico
Education
JD
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
LLM
Northwestern University School of Law
Languages
English
Spanish

Experience

Representation of Ultrapar Participacoes SA in the US$1.3 billion sale of its specialized chemicals unit, Oxiteno, to Thailand's Indorama Ventures PCL. The transaction included all of Oxiteno's operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, United States, and Uruguay.

Representation of Sempra Energy, one of North America's leading energy infrastructure companies, in its US$3.37 billion sale to KKR of a non-controlling, 20% interest in Sempra Energy's new business platform, Sempra Infrastructure Partners, which integrates Sempra LNG, a leading developer of liquefied natural gas export infrastructure with IEnova (Infraestructura Energetica Nova, S.A.B. de C.V.), one of the largest private energy companies in Mexico. The transaction values Sempra Infrastructure Partners at approximately $25.2 billion, including expected asset-related debt at closing of $8.37 billion.

Representation of Sempra Energy, one of North America's leading energy infrastructure companies, in its approximately US$1.8 billion take-private acquisition of the public float of Infraestructura Energetica Nova, S.A.B. de C.V.

Representation of Sellagic Investments, a privately held owner and developer of renewable energy assets in the Dominican Republic, in the sale of a non-controlling interest in a Dominican wind-farm to a European infrastructure fund.

Representation of a Mexican integrated oilfield services company in an approximately $650 million equity joint venture with a Norwegian strategic partner for the provision of integrated oilfield services in the Mexican Gulf of Mexico.

Representation of Itron Inc. in the sale of its subsidiaries comprising its manufacturing and sales operations in Latin America to buyers led by Instalación Profesional y Tecnologías del Centro S.A. de C.V., a Mexican company doing business as Accell in Brazil (Accell).

Representation of Colombian power company Celsia S.A. E.S.P. in the US$420 million sale to US energy and infrastructure group Glenfarne of the Flores I and Flores IV gas-fired generation plants located in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia.

Representation of a global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions in a strategic partnership agreement with a Colombian electric utility company, to develop, build and operate up to 500 MW of large-scale wind and solar energy projects in Colombia.

Representation of Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) on its acquisition of approximately 80 stores located in Chile, Peru and Bolivia from The Jeans Company (TJC).

Representation of a Mexican integrated oilfield services company in the acquisition of several jack-up drilling rigs with an aggregate purchase price of approximately $850 million.*

Representation of a Houston-based private equity backed company in the development of a $400 million liquid products pipeline and storage terminal in Mexico.*

Representation of a Mexican oilfield services company in the acquisition of an offshore operator of jack-up drilling rigs with an aggregate commercial value of approximately $400 million.*

Representation of a UK-based private equity fund in the $240 million acquisition of the US, Mexico and Chilean polymers division of a global petrochemical company.*

Representation of a Japanese developer and operator of power generation assets in the acquisition of a 100MW wind and solar plant in Mexico.

Representation of a US private equity backed company in the $450 million disposition of its fast food franchising business in the US, China, Mexico, and Colombia.*

Representation of a German corporation in the $100 million acquisition of an auto-parts business in the US and Mexico.

 

*Matters prior to joining White & Case LLP.

Speaking Engagements

Representations and Warranties Insurance in M&A Transactions, AON and AIG Insurance Seminar, October 2019

North American Energy Forum, Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos and the Houston Greater Partnership, 2018

Mexico Venture Capital Day, Amexcap, October 2018

Publications

Co-Author, "From Exit Threats to Tiny Tweaks: What's Next for NAFTA?," Law360, March 2018

"The Deal Maker, Negotiating Skills are Helping Change the Energy Game in Latin America," Texas Lawyer, April 2018

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Latin America Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global, 2021

Leading Lawyer, Corporate/M&A, Chambers Latin America, 2021

Leading Lawyer, M&A in the United States, Euromoney, 2021

Ranked in Latinvex's Top 100 Lawyers in Latin America (2017, 2018 & 2019)

Recommended for Corporate/M&A and Project & Energy in The Legal 500 Latin America, 2018

Named to The Legal 500 U.S. – Mexico Private Practice PowerList, 2019

Listed, "Rising Stars," Texas Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2018