Doris Rodríguez has a transactional practice concentrated on a broad range of US and Latin American corporate, finance, energy and real estate transactions in a variety of sectors. Ms. Rodríguez has extensive experience working in the United States and in Latin America, where she has represented clients in all sectors.
Her domestic and international work includes secured and unsecured lending transactions of all types, project development and finance, acquisitions, dispositions, joint venture and similar arrangements as well as all types of contractual arrangements, such as gas transportation agreements, gas supply agreements, and distribution agreements.
She has worked in substantially all of the Latin American countries and has established excellent working relationships with leading foreign counsel in Latin America. Her practice, in the United States as well as in Latin America, is multi-faceted and includes negotiations, document preparation and review, and working with foreign local counsel.
She understands the legal systems of the Latin American countries and how these laws compare with the common law system of the United States.
Ms. Rodríguez also has extensive experience representing electric cooperatives in financings and corporate matters.
In 2018, Ms. Rodríguez has closed syndicated financings totaling approximately US$17 billion. Recently, she served as lead counsel to a majority owner of a Mexican bank in the acquisition of all of the equity interests of a US financial institution and regularly represents the Mexican bank in its matters dealing with US law.
Recently, Ms. Rodríguez served as US Counsel to Guatemalan and Mexican affiliated companies in respect of cross-border gas transportation arrangements for the US and Mexico and related matters in connection with the sale of one of two phases of a gas-fired electricity generation facility located in Mexico.
Prior thereto, which work is still continuing, she represented the same company as owner/developer in the development of the facility, including the cross border gas transportation agreements, gas purchase agreements, matters relating to financing, and export permits and also in arrangements to assign gas transportation capacity and shipping rights from Texas into Mexico to a Mexican shipper.
She also represented a Guatemalan company in connection with a proposed transaction that included the purchase of natural gas in tandem with the development of electricity generation plants in Guatemala.
She also served as lead counsel to Sinopec in its acquisition of Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s oil and gas business in Argentina in a US$2.5 billion stock transaction. This transaction was selected as “Runner-up” for the Latin America 2011 Deal of the Year.
In Chile, Ms. Rodríguez served as lead US counsel to a developer/sponsor in its with both a solar energy project and a wind farm. She was also lead US counsel to a major US Corporation in its sale of its drilling business in Venezuela in an asset transaction.
- Ms. Rodríguez’ experience includes:
- Counsel to Developer/Sponsor of Solar Project in Chile
- Counsel to Mexican national in acquisition of majority shares of US financial institution
- Counsel to Latin American company in gas transportation agreements to transport gas from Texas to Mexico for power generation plant and related assignments of capacity to a Mexican shipper
- Counsel to Latin American company in a transaction involving its purchase of gas in tandem with its development of power plants in Guatemala
- Counsel to a Developer/Sponsor of wind project in Chile
- Lead counsel to Sinopec in its acquisition of Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s oil and gas exploration and production business in Argentina in a US$2.48 billion stock purchase transaction
- Lead counsel to major international drilling company in sale of Venezuelan business, including rigs, drilling contracts with PDVSA, and transfer of employees
- Lead counsel to developer in development of wind projects in Chile
- Counsel to major Mexican bank as a borrower in connection with a syndicated loan agreement for US$135 million
- Counsel to Inter-American Development Bank with respect to lending transactions to borrowers in several Latin American countries
- Co-Lead counsel to US company for sale of its Mexican manufacturing business including equipment, contracts and transfer of employees
- Lead counsel to major domestic REIT in the expansion of its commercial real estate development and leasing activities in Mexico
- Lead counsel to major publicly traded US energy company in sale of its interest in a power plant located in Mexico to a major Spanish utility
- Co-counsel to a US subsidiary of a German company under a Supply Agreement with PEMEX to supply multi-phase pumps and related contracts and risk allocation agreement with major US company
- Lead counsel to a major publicly traded US energy services company in respect of its arrangement with a Canadian company to drill numerous wells in Mexico for PEMEX
- Counsel to a variety of US companies in the energy, real estate, restaurant and other industries with respect to expansion of their businesses to Mexico, including establishing corporate entities, obtaining permits, and execution of leases and other contracts
- Counsel to several US publicly traded companies as borrowers with respect to syndicated loan agreements totaling approximately US$17 billion in 2018
- Counsel to electric cooperatives in numerous financing and corporate transactions
- Lead counsel to US publicly traded company and its subsidiaries as borrowers and guarantors in connection with a syndicated credit agreement entered into in connection with an acquisition of a US subsidiary, providing for revolving loans, term loans, swing loans and the issuance of letters of credit
- Lead counsel to US Chapter 11 debtor in respect to DIP financing
- Lead counsel to unsecured creditors committee in respect of, and preparation and negotiation of, transaction documents to evidence a Chapter 11 reorganization involving complex creditor and equity claimant issues
- JD, University of Houston Law Center, cum laude, Phi Delta Phi, Editor, Houston Law Review, 1979-1980, Order of the Barons, 1980
- BA, University of Houston, summa cum laude, 1971
- National Hispanic Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association
- Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
- Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston
- Former Board Member, Texas Diversity Council
- Goodwill Industries of Houston
- Initial Member of the Networking Idea, a professional networking group for Hispanic
- Women Attorneys in Houston, Texas
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