Focusing on cross-border deals, Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor represents clients throughout North and South America, and virtually every Latin American country. He advises them on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, and strategic alliances. In addition, he counsels on real estate and general corporate matters in many industries, with an emphasis on energy. A native Spanish speaker also fluent in English, Rodrigo has experience and training from both the United States and Mexico.
Rodrigo lectures frequently on the recent legislative overhaul of the Mexico energy sector, which ended the state oil monopoly and provides ample opportunity for US and foreign private investment in the industry. Working for the Latin American group of an international law firm prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Rodrigo counseled US and European clients with interests in Latin America. He also has practiced at a major law firm in Mexico City.
He currently serves as the assistant secretary for the Mexican Businessmen Board of Houston and sat on the board of directors for the Hispanic Bar Association in 2008 and 2009.
Rodrigo has written several articles, including The Future of Private Equity in Mexico, which was published by Latin Lawyer in May 2007.
Represented a Mexican integrated oilfield services company in the acquisition of several drilling assets with an aggregate purchase price of approximately $800 million.
Represented a Mexican integrated oilfield services company in a $38 million acquisition of an offshore drilling company with operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
Represented a Mexican integrated oilfield services company in the negotiation of an operating and management agreement for certain offshore drilling units in the Gulf of Mexico.
Represented a US energy company in its acquisition of land, financing, and development of a bio-fuels production facility in Guatemala.
Represented investors in a private equity fund with the focus of developing oil and gas midstream projects in Mexico.
Represented a private equity fund with an aggregate investment of approximately $1 Billion to acquire real estate and develop midrise residential and commercial buildings throughout Latin America, including Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.
Represented a Mexican developer of industrial properties in an equity joint venture with a US private equity fund for the development of industrial properties in Central Mexico.
Represented a real estate company in the negotiation of a real estate joint venture with a Chilean developer for the purchase of a LEED Certified office building in Santiago, Chile.
Represented an international luxury resort company in the negotiation of a multi-million real estate joint venture for the construction and development of a luxury resort in Costa Rica.
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Represented the Mexican Government in the prepackaged Chapter 11 proceeding and $420 million high-yield offering and rights plan of Satmex.
Represented a Mexican air transportation company in the disposition of a helicopter fleet.
Represented the largest Mexican airline carrier in several transactional matters in connection with their international operations in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Represented the largest North American highway safety and traffic control company in the $20 million acquisition of a traffic control competitor.
Represented a Fortune 500 home improvement retailer in its $450 million acquisition of a Mexican competitor.
Represented a UK learning company in a $40 million equity joint venture for the development of on-line courses in Latin America.
Represented a US private equity fund in the issuance of a $230 million membership interest to a Mexican pension fund and a joint venture with a Mexican developer for the development of infrastructure projects in Mexico.
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, 2003, J.D.
Northwestern University School of Law, 2005, LL.M., With Honors
Awards and Affiliations
Board of Directors, Hispanic Bar Association (2008–2009)
Listed, “Rising Stars,” Texas Super Lawyers (2014)