Regina Legorreta

Senior Counsel
Legorreta Palomino, Regina

Overview

Regina Legorreta Palomino is a business attorney in Holland & Knight's Mexico City and Monterrey offices. Ms. Legorreta's practice encompasses energy and infrastructure matters, focusing on structuring a variety of energy and infrastructure projects in Mexico, as well as assisting transnational companies in the conventional and renewable energy, construction, gas, pipeline, transmission and water sectors. 

Ms. Legorreta has extensive experience regarding the energy reform, distributed generation and in situ generation projects, power auctions and the drafting, negotiation and administration of power purchase agreements (PPA) under power supply and self-supply schemes and agreements related to distributed generation modalities, as well as engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), operation and maintenance (O&M) supply, hydrocarbon transportation and private public partnership agreements. Additionally, her experience includes project financing and the due diligence process for energy and infrastructure projects, including those grandfathered from previous legislations and matters related to corporate, agrarian, tax, regulatory and contractual law.

Ms. Legorreta also handles real estate and corporate matters, including transactions regarding the incorporation of companies with foreign investment, special purpose entities and the representation of foreign corporations in Mexico; mergers, acquisitions, transformation and winding-up of corporations; and drafting and negotiation of a variety of commercial agreements, ranging from the structuring of trusts and other financing schemes to stakeholder relationships.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Legorreta serves as a professor at Mexico City's Universidad Panamericana, where she teaches a class on power and renewable energy.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a Japanese company in the development of several distributed generation projects in Mexico
  • Represented a Portuguese company in its strategy to launch waste-to-energy businesses in Mexico
  • Represented several companies in the first and second long-term power auctions called for by the National Power Control Center (NPCC)
  • Represented a Spanish solar company in the execution of due diligence for several solar projects in Mexico and the closing of co-development agreements as needed to participate in the second long-term power auction
  • Represented a global Spanish power company in defining competition rules under the new wholesale power market in Mexico
  • Represented a global Spanish power company in the development of several projects in Mexico, including wind farms, combined-cycle, photovoltaic, power importation and power purchase, as well as in regulatory issues of the 2013 energy reform and long-term power auctions
  • Represented a Spanish solar company in the execution of due diligence for several solar projects in Mexico and the closing of co-development agreements as needed to participate in the second long-term power auction

  • Advised a Spanish power generation company in the search, legal analysis and acquisition process of a qualified service provider (QSP) in accordance with the Electricity Industry Law
  • Advised in the merger of three companies belonging to one of the most important Spanish generation groups in the world with respect to its subsidiaries in Mexico
  • Advised a Portuguese company in the sale of its waste-to-energy plant in Mexico to another Portuguese company
  • Advised in the assessment of agreements for the purchase and sale of photovoltaic power generation assets between a Spanish company and a Greek consortium
  • Advised a Spanish company in the sale of 90 percent of the shares representing its capital stock and its electricity generating subsidiaries in Mexico to an Australian fund

  • Represented a Brazilian global company in all legal aspects regarding an addition to its ethylene facility in Mexico
  • Represented an American global power company in its joint development agreement (JDA) for the construction of a combined-cycle facility in Mexico
  • Represented a Mexican infrastructure company in the negotiation of a purchase agreement of wind turbines from a global German-Spanish manufacturer
  • Represented a Singaporean-Mexican consortium in the financing, award and bid participation before several calls to bid regarding desalinization and water treatment plants in Mexico
  • Represented a global Spanish wind company in the instrumentation, drafting, negotiation and closing of commercial agreements, including the execution of due diligence, as needed for the acquisition of wind farms in Mexico of more than 500 megawatts (MW)
  • Represented a global Spanish power company in the bidding process called for by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for the construction of a 600 kilometer pipeline
  • Represented a Mexican bank in the execution of due diligence for the biggest wind farm in Latin America developed by an Australian investment fund
  • Represented a Mexican consortium in the legal strategy and instrumentation of a PPP for the construction of a 100 MW waste-to-energy facility in the state of Hidalgo
  • Represented an Argentinean consortium in the legal strategy to obtain the award of a public-private partnership (PPP) for a water treatment facility to supply one of Mexico's mayor refineries
  • Represented a Chinese global company in the drafting of an oil rig lease agreement
  • Represented a global Canadian solar company in the drafting and negotiation of long-term lease agreements as needed for the development of solar projects in Mexico
  • Represented a Spanish global infrastructure company in the review and negotiations of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements for the construction of long-term photovoltaic projects in Mexico awarded as a result of long-term power auctions

Credentials

Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, LL.M.
  • Escuela Libre de Derecho, J.D., magna cum laude
Memberships
  • Mexican Academy of Energy Law (AMDE)
  • Phi Delta Phi, Velasco Inn
  • Women’s Law Network
  • Women in Renewable Energies Mexico
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, The Legal 500 Latin America by Legalease (Energy and Natural Resources), 2021
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

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