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(Reuters) – Energy transactions attorneys Luis Fernando Gomar and Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza of Baker McKenzie have joined Paul Hastings as partners in Houston, the firm said on Friday.
During his three years at Baker McKenzie, Gomar represented clients dealing with domestic and international transactions such as joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Mendoza, who spent five years at Baker McKenzie, advised private and public companies on acquisitions and sales of oil and gas assets.
Los Angeles-based Paul Hastings opened his office in Houston in 2012, one of many large out-of-town law firms to have acquired stakes in the city over the past decade.
“Paul Hastings’ tremendous growth and momentum, as well as the company’s continued investment in energy, including energy transition, and his highly recognized practice in Latin America, have all been very appealing to Rocio and me, “Gomar said in a statement.
Paul Hastings opened a Latin American outpost in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2016.
Gomar and Mendoza will focus on energy customers with transactions in the United States and Latin America during their time at Paul Hastings.
“The energy industry is experiencing an intense degree of transactional activity, and companies in this space need sophisticated legal advisers to help them structure complex deals and secure financing in pursuit of growth,” said Paul Hastings chairman Seth Zachary said in a statement.
He said Gomar and Mendoza’s experience with traditional energy projects and renewable energy in the United States and Latin America is a “valuable” addition to the company’s global energy practice.
Bobby Albaral, managing partner of Baker McKenzie’s Texas office, thanked Gomar and Mendoza for their contributions to the firm and wished them good luck.
Gomar and Mendoza join a Paul Hastings outpost that in May lost its own office manager, capital markets partner Doug Getten. Tax partner Greg Nelson now runs the office, according to the Paul Hastings website.
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