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 based in the Houston office, and a member of the Latin America Interest Group. Rodrigo represents 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. Rodrigo also has significant experience representing multinationals in government contracting processes throughout Latin America.

Rodrigo has lectured and is frequently quoted on the recent legislative overhaul of the Mexico energy sector, which ended the state oil monopoly and provides ample opportunities for US and foreign private investment in the industry. Since the enactment of the new legislation in 2013, he has represented developers, sponsors, multinationals, and financial and strategic buyers in ground-breaking transactions in the Mexican oil & gas and power sectors.

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. A native Spanish speaker also fluent in English, Rodrigo has experience and training in both the United States and Mexico.

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

Experience

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 two IOCs in several matters in connection with their participation in the auction of offshore oil blocks by the Mexican Government as part of Round 1.2 and 1.3. Our advice included the elaboration of a risk matrix of all project related contracts and bid documents, a comparison of the bid documents with internationally accepted forms, and the analysis of investment protections available to the majors under Mexico's existing treaty network.*

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 one of the largest North American providers of private air transportation services in the sale-lease back of a helicopter fleet with an aggregate value of approximately $120 million.*

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 Japanese manufacturer of adhesive-related products, in its $375 million acquisition of a US based competitor.*

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

Mirec Week, Mexico City, Latest Insights on the Mexican Renewables Sector, May 2017

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 30, 2018

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

Law360 in the article "5 Survival Tips For The Globe-Trotting Lawyer" in June 2016

Awards and Recognition

Recognized as a Notable Practitioner for Latin America Corporate/M&A in Chambers Global (2019)

Recognized for Latin America Corporate/M&A in Chambers Latin America (2019)

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

Recommended for Corporate/M&A and Project & Energy in Legal 500: Latin America (2018)

Named to Legal 500 U.S.– Mexico Private Practice PowerList (2018)

Listed, "Rising Stars," Texas Super Lawyers (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018)