Overview

Adrian Talamantes is a corporate attorney in Holland & Knight's Houston and Mexico City offices. He represents companies and individuals in a broad array of domestic and international business transactions, including those involving project development, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Mr. Talamantes has significant experience with structuring, documenting and negotiating energy-related transactions in connection with projects, investments and divestments in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela and the United States.

In this context, Mr. Talamantes has worked on agreements for the purchase and sale of equity and assets; the construction, management and operation of infrastructure assets; and the storage and transportation of hydrocarbons, among others. He also structures foreign direct and indirect investments in the U.S., Mexico and other jurisdictions. In addition, he can effectively and efficiently document and negotiate numerous forms of commercial and revenue-generating understandings, whether through purchase orders, supply, sale, distribution, agency, commission, representation or other agreements.

Mr. Talamantes is fluent in English and Spanish, and he is qualified to review, analyze, summarize, draft and negotiate complex legal documents and agreements in both languages.

Experience

  • Represented one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world in its registration as a participant in the first auction conducted by SENER for the construction, operation and maintenance of an electricity transmission line that will connect the Baja California grid to Mexico's national interconnected system  
  • Represented a Chinese-backed crude oil producer and trader in the development of a project for the transportation, storage and export of Canadian crude oil via the United States
  • Represented a publicly traded master limited partnership in various joint ventures for the development of natural gas pipeline projects in Texas and Oklahoma
  • Represented a Mexican independent oil and gas company backed by a U.S. private equity firm in the development of an integrated midstream fuels project (pipeline, storage and marine facilities) in Mexico
  • Represented an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company in the drafting and negotiation of joint venture agreements for the marketing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the construction financing of a natural gas liquefaction facility in Mozambique
  • Represented a Costa Rican conglomerate in the drafting and negotiation of agreements establishing a framework for the granting of undergraduate and graduate degrees in Costa Rica by Texas Tech University – the first project of this kind in Central America
  • Represented an integrated energy company in the development of a project for the import of fuel into Mexico under the new legal regime
  • Represented a U.S. energy company with the acquisition of geologic information from the Centro Nacional de Información de Hidrocarburos (CNIH)
  • Represented the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Colombia in the development of a Phase One, 3.1 MM bbl crude oil storage and port facility, including in the drafting and negotiation of storage agreements for its financing
  • Represented a private equity firm in the early-stage development of ethanol projects in the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Ecuador
  • Represented an Ecuadorian project company in various matters relating to the development and operation of the only privately held heavy crude-oil pipeline and marine terminal facilities in Ecuador, and in the related negotiations with Ecuadorian governmental authorities, including the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Petroecuador, and the Dirección General de la Marina Mercante y del Litoral (DIGMER), resulting in the approval by the government of Ecuador of the general terms and conditions (including lifting and crude-oil transfer procedures, quality bank and fuel allocation principles, and marine terminal regulations) governing the operation of such pipeline and marine facilities
  • Represented an Ecuadorian project company in the drafting and negotiation, on an emergency basis, of a crude-oil transportation agreement with Petroecuador

  • Represented one of Mexico’s largest digital accelerators in the acquisition of a technology-focused company based in the United States
  • Represented Germany's largest internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer in the acquisition of numerous producing and developing oil and gas blocks in Mexico – one of the first upstream oil and gas M&A transactions under the new Mexican energy legal regime
  • Represented a Norwegian multinational oil and gas company in the drafting and negotiation of preliminary, farm-in, joint operating and other project agreements in connection with the company's three initial investments in the Neuquén Province (Vaca Muerta), Argentina
  • Represented a solar energy provider in the drafting and negotiation of asset purchase, service and development agreements for early-stage solar power projects in the United States
  • Represented a U.S. oil major in the structuring of its shale investment in the Vaca Muerta region of Argentina, including in the drafting and negotiation of investment and operating agreements
  • Represented a Singaporean exploration & production (E&P) company in the drafting and negotiation of an asset purchase agreement for the acquisition of operating oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Represented a Russian international oil and gas E&P company in the drafting and negotiation of agreements for the acquisition of shale interests in the United States
  • Represented a Chinese leading energy company in the acquisition of producing and developing oil and gas properties in Colombia
  • Represented a consortium of Chinese national oil companies in the acquisition of producing and developing oil and gas properties in Ecuador, valued at $1.4 billion, including an interest in a heavy crude-oil transportation pipeline valued at $1 billion
  • Represented a US leading natural gas transportation company in the acquisition of an LNG receiving terminal on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and in the drafting and negotiation of related merger and joint venture agreements
  • Represented a U.S. petrochemical company in the acquisition of the textile effects business of a leading biological and chemical group of companies dedicated to the production of specialty chemicals in the Americas, including business operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Brazil
  • Represented an investment banking and securities firm in the acquisition of operating and developing wind power generation projects in the United States and Costa Rica

  • Represented a U.S. independent E&P company in the sale of all of its operating oil and gas assets in Argentina to YPF S.A.
  • Represented an Australian energy company in the divestiture of onshore oil and gas interests in the United States
  • Represented a debtor-in-possession (DIP) in the sale to a Chinese leading ship-building company of assets for the construction and completion of one floating, drilling, and crude-oil producing, storing, and offloading vessel, as part of a plan of reorganization, including in the negotiation of assignment and settlement agreements with 21 vendors of equipment and other construction materials
  • Represented an international energy company in the divestiture of project companies holding rights to construct and operate a 130 kilometer natural gas pipeline in central Mexico
  • Represented a U.S. energy company in the divestiture of project companies holding rights to operate a 543-kilometer natural gas pipeline in Argentina and Chile
  • Represented a U.S. energy company in the auction and divestiture of its power plant portfolio in Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic
  • Represented a Dutch oil major in the divestiture of one of its gasoline station portfolios in the United States

  • Represented an energy company in the restructuring and eventual divestiture of its asphalt-related investments in Mexico
  • Represented a Chinese global energy company in the restructuring of its crude-oil exploration and production interests and related investments in Ecuador as a result of government action and changes in law
  • Represented a Chinese global energy company in the restructuring of its heavy crude-oil production operations and investments in Venezuela as a result of government action and changes in law

  • Represented a leading global engineering group and drill bit manufacturer in the drafting and negotiation of domestic and international master services, dealer and distribution agreements
  • Represented a solar energy provider and developer in the drafting of form agreements for behind-the-meter and net-metering sales of solar energy
  • Represented an oil field services company in the drafting and negotiation of a master services agreement with a major international oil and gas E&P company for the provision of water treatment, disposal and other services
  • Represented a global chemicals company in the drafting and negotiation of its commercial agreements, including services agreements, supply agreements, purchase agreements and equipment leases

  • Represented a U.S.-based lender in the drafting and negotiation of loans secured by properties in Mexico
  • Represented a U.S.-based borrower in the negotiation of Texas-based loan and security agreements
  • Represented a global real estate developer in various secured refinancings with major U.S.-based life insurance companies
  • Represented a social capital lender in the drafting of its form microloan credit agreements for low-income individuals in Latin America
  • Represented a global real estate developer in a $160 million secured refinancing with a major U.S.-based life insurance company in two tranches, the proceeds of which refinanced a previous loan that matured
  • Represented a global real estate developer in a $177 million secured loan with two major U.S.-based life insurance companies, with the proceeds used to finance property acquisitions in Mexico

Credentials

Education
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Universidad de Monterrey, Law Degree
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Mexico
  • Texas
Honors & Awards
  • The Legal 500, International Firms/Latin America: Corporate and M&A, 2018, 2019
  • The Legal 500, International Firms/Latin America: Projects and Energy, 2018, 2019
  • The Legal 500, Industry Focus/Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas, 2018
  • The Legal 500, Private Practice Power List: US-Mexico, 2018, 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2007
  • Texas Monthly, Rising Star: Mergers and Acquisitions, 2007
  • South Texas College of Law, Lindsey Haid Memorial Award, 2000

Publications

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