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Mayer Brown announced today that Ariel Ramos has joined the firm in Mexico City as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice and global Energy group, where he will advise clients on energy, infrastructure and projects transactions. Mr. Ramos was founding partner at Ramos Marcín Abogados S.C. and previously served as the leader of Haynes and Boone, LLP’s energy, projects and energy finance practice in Mexico for three years and head of the energy, infrastructure and project finance practice at White & Case LLP in Mexico for 15 years. Joining Mr. Ramos in the move to Mayer Brown’s Mexico City office are two associates.

“With nearly 25 years of experience, Ariel is highly regarded in Mexico and Latin America for his strength in advising companies, financial institutions and governmental agencies from around the world on complex energy, infrastructure and projects transactions with cross-border legal implications in Mexico,” said Douglas Doetsch, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Banking & Finance practice. “The arrival of Ariel’s team expands Mayer Brown’s presence and practice in Mexico City, enhancing our ability to provide sophisticated local legal counsel to international banks, sponsors and other participants involved in energy and infrastructure projects in Mexico and Latin America. Their collective capabilities complement the practice of Mexico City partner Francisco Mendez—who joined the firm in 2015—and will allow us to build on the success we’ve achieved in Mexico over the past year.”

Mr. Ramos primarily focuses his practice on transactions related to finance, oil & gas, power, renewable energy, infrastructure, government procurement, public-private partnerships, project finance, and energy and infrastructure finance. He advises international oil companies, Mexican and international oil service companies, power and project developers and sponsors, financial institutions, investment bankers and private equity funds, construction companies and governmental entities in projects and cross-border transactions and negotiations.

“Mayer Brown’s global platform, presence in the world’s key financial and energy centers, and strong track record of advising companies on complex transactions in Mexico were important factors in my decision to join the firm,” said Mr. Ramos. “I look forward to leveraging my deep knowledge of Mexican law to counsel companies on local energy, infrastructure and projects matters and contributing to the continued growth of the Mexico City office.”

Mr. Mendez said, “Mexico’s energy reform presents a unique opportunity for investment in the country’s energy and infrastructure sectors, and Ariel’s extensive experience in handling transactions in Mexico will be invaluable to companies around the world who are seeking guidance on how to invest in this new market.”