Carlos Ochoa

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Carlos A. Ochoa Valenzuela is a partner in Holland & Knight's Mexico City office. He focuses his practice on energy, infrastructure, real estate and corporate services. Mr. Ochoa has more than 12 years of experience working in the energy sector. He has extensive experience in the areas of electricity, oil, gas, renewable energy and government procurement. He is also well versed in public bids and contracts, regulatory matters and project finance.

Mr. Ochoa's practice includes a focus on local and cross-border energy, infrastructure, real estate transactions, independent power producers (IPP), self-supply and cogeneration projects. In addition, he participated in the implementation of the 2013 Mexican Energy Reforms.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Ochoa served as the legal chief for international and investment affairs at the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) from 2011 to 2013. From 2010 to 2011, he was the deputy general counsel for Mexico and Latin America at Invista. Mr. Ochoa also worked as the director in the Department of Hydrocarbons Regulation within the Hydrocarbons Under Ministry's Office at the Ministry of Energy from 2009 to 2010. He served as the legal chief for commercial and real estate affairs at Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LyFC) from 2007 to 2009 and was the senior attorney appointed to the Legal Processes Area of the General Attorney's Office of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) from 2003 to 2007.

Honors & Awards

  • Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) Approved Attorney, Energy, Mexico, 2017-2019
  • IFLR1000, The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, Notable Practitioner, Project Development, Project Finance, 2019
  • Los 300: Líderes Más Influyentes de México, Líderes Mexicanos, 2018
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, Energy and Natural Resources, Mexico, 2015-2018; Projects and Infrastructure, 2018
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014


  • Mexican Academy for Energy Law
  • International Bar Association