Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor
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.
Representation of EIG Global Energy Partners, a leading institutional investor in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, and Belgian LNG terminal operator Fluxys in the US $1.16 billion joint acquisition of an 80 percent equity stake in GNL Quintero S.A., the largest liquefied natural gas regasification terminal in Chile, from Enagas Chile SpA and affiliates of OMERS Infrastructure.
Representation of a consortium led by Macquarie Asset Management, together with British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and MEAG (the asset manager of Munich Re and Ergo), on the consortium's acquisition of Reden Solar, a French-based developer, financer, builder and operator of solar power plants across Europe and Latin America, from InfraVia Capital Partners and Eurazeo for an enterprise value of €2.5 billion.
Representation of Amadeus Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Amadeus IT Group, S.A., a leading IT provider for the global travel and tourism industry, on the acquisition of Kambr, Inc., a software company that markets a revenue management tool for the airline industry.
Representation of Solek Latam Holding SpA, a Chilean subsidiary of Solek Holding SE, on negotiating and signing a framework agreement to develop, build and sell solar projects in Chile pursuant to which BlackRock's Global Renewable Power Fund III has agreed to purchase up to 200 MWs of qualifying projects.
Representation of QuintoAndar, Ltd., a proptech unicorn startup company which has developed a real estate marketplace focused on rentals and sales, in its acquisition of Navent Group's real estate portals and operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
Representation of Minerva S.A., a leader in South America in beef exports, in the creation of a joint venture with Amyris with the aim of developing molecules for the sustainable production and distribution of animal protein around the world.
Representation of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) in its US$1.785 billion sale of a 10% interest in Sempra Infrastructure Partners, LP, to a wholly-owned affiliate of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
Representation of Operadora y Perforadora Mexicana in the acquisition of the remaining 49% equity interest in OPEX Perforadora and Akal Perforadora, two of the largest drilling services providers in Mexico, from Borr Drilling.
Representation of electric commercial vehicle company VIA Motors International, Inc. on its acquisition (in an all-stock merger valued at up to US$630 million) by Ideanomics, Inc., a global company focused on driving the adoption of commercial electric vehicles and associated energy consumption.
Representation of Ultrapar Participacoes SA in the $1.3 billion sale of its specialized chemicals unit Oxyteno to Thailand's Indorama Ventures PCL. The transaction included all of Oxyteno'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 the US$1.8 billion stock-for-stock acquisition in Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) and the $204 million cash acquisition of the remaining public float from institutional investors.
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 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.*
*Matters prior to joining White & Case LLP.
What is driving the surge in M&A deals?, International Bar Association Annual M&A Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 2022
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
Mirec Week, Mexico City, Latest Insights on the Mexican Renewables Sector, May 2017
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
"5 Survival Tips For The Globe-Trotting Lawyer," Law360, June 2016
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