Alberto de la Peña

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Alberto de la Peña heads the U.S.-Mexico cross-border practice out of the Dallas office of the firm. Alberto is licensed to practice law in Mexico, Texas and New York with more than 22 years of experience in advising companies doing business in Mexico.

Alberto is a transactional attorney with litigation background. He has successfully assisted clients in complex projects involving Mexico and Latin America.

Alberto assists clients in a broad range of projects and legal matters regarding Mexico, including, strategic M&A, secured transactions, energy, real estate, aviation and maritime law, anti-corruption and compliance, litigation strategy and international law.

He has represented companies in a variety of different industries, including energy, maritime, aviation, telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, franchising and distribution, hospitality and real estate. Alberto is a member of the Board of Directors of Haynes and Boone.

Professional Recognition

  • Latin Lawyer 250, Law Business Research Ltd. – Corporate/M&A, 2016
  • Chambers Global, Chambers & Partners – Corporate/M&A: Mexico, 2013

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Mexico Energy Reform 2016

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Selected Client Representations

  • Represented public and private companies in complex mergers and acquisitions transactions related to Mexico and Latin America.
  • Represented clients in contractual, transactional and regulatory work in the energy sector in Mexico.
  • Assisted client in a $100 million joint venture in Mexico in the oil and gas sector.
  • Represented the lenders in vessel financings in Mexico.
  • Represented American and Canadian banks and companies in international financing, including lending to, and obtaining security interests in, Mexican companies and assets.
  • Represented public and private telecommunications carriers in Mexico regulatory and transactional matters.
  • Represented a U.S. public company in the issuance of a multi-million dollar debt in connection with Mexican legal regulations and antitrust compliance.
  • Assisted client in the implementation of a compliance program, including FCPA, regarding its operations in Mexico and Latin America.
  • Represented U.S. public company in the acquisition and servicing of distressed loan portfolios in Mexico and Latin America.
  • Represented franchisors in corporate transactional work, regulatory, administrative filings, and trademark infringement procedures in Mexico.
  • Represented clients acquiring commercial and industrial real estate in Mexico.
  • Represented Mexican public and private companies with operations in the United States.
  • Represented U.S. public companies and the Mexican government in cross-border litigation matters.
  • Assisted arbitrator in NAFTA international arbitration regarding NAFTA regulations and commercial law.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Mexico's Energy Reform: Powering the Future," Rice University, Houston, Texas, October 31, 2013.
  • "Infrastructure and Project Finance: Trends and Challenges," moderator, U.S.-Mexico Bar Association Annual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico, November 8, 2012.
  • "Trends in Cross-Border M&A Transactions," moderator, U.S.-Mexico Bar Association Annual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico, November 4, 2010.
  • "Intellectual Property and Legal Compliance: Understanding the North American Free Trade Agreement," United States/Mexico Technology Summit, Dallas, Texas, September 30, 2010.
  • "Challenges and Opportunities of Acquiring and Selling Companies in Mexico and Latin America," Hispanic National Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 9, 2010.
  • "NAFTA Investment Chapter and Dispute Resolution," SMU Dedman School of Law.
  • "NAFTA Investment Chapter and Dispute Resolution," St. Mary's School of Law.
  • "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," U.S.-Mexico Bar Association.
  • "International Business Transactions," University of Texas at Dallas.
  • "Practical Considerations of Doing Business in Mexico," Abilene Bar Association; Beaumont Bar Association.
  • "Doing Business in Mexico," Hispanic National Bar Association.
  • "Legal Framework for Telecommunications in Mexico," North Texas Global Telecommunications Society.
  • "Free Trade Agreement Between Mexico and the European Union," SMU Law and Business Review of the Americas.
  • "Legal Framework of the Telecommunications in Mexico: Challenges and Perspectives," Texas Transnational Law Quarterly, Texas Bar Association.

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Professional and Community Activities

  • University of Houston Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, U.S. Advisory Board Member
  • Mexican Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • New York State Bar
  • Joint University of North Texas – Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México Program, Former Advisory Board Member

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