Gabriel J. Salinas

Projects & Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services M&A

“Gabriel Salinas receives outstanding praise from a number of clients. He assists with some of the firm's most high-profile M&A deals and stands out for his expertise in the Mexican market.”
Chambers Global and Latin-America


Gabriel Salinas is a partner in Mayer Brown's Houston office and a member of the Global Energy group. He has broad experience in M&A and joint ventures, project development and financing, with a strong focus on the energy transition, infrastructure, renewables, and power industries. As a dual-licensed and bilingual attorney, Gabriel has strong experience in transactions and projects in Latin America. Prior to joining the firm, Gabriel was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Avant Energy, a renewable and energy infrastructure developer and portfolio company of Riverstone Holdings LLC. Gabriel has significant experience in advising companies in the development of green hydrogen and carbon capture projects in North and Latin America.


  • A major renewables developer on the one of the largest green hydrogen projects in the United States, powered by a 500MW solar plant in Texas.
  • A subsidiary of a major technology company in the acquisition of Latin America tech companies (Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, BVI and US.
  • A private equity portfolio company in the investment in a green hydrogen project, including the drafting and negotiation of the hydrogen offtake agreement, project documentation and electrolyzer supply and technology licensing agreements.
  • A large green hydrogen developer as main M&A and projects counsel advising on all energy transition projects, green hydrogen production and hydrogen-related transaction and investments, including several M&A transactions, drafting and negotiation of shareholding arrangements with joint venture partners, drafting and negotiation of project-related agreements, real estate options and acquisitions, technology and license agreements, regulatory advice (Inflation Reduction Act, environmental, tax. CFIUS, antitrust, etc.), DOE Loan Program applications, North America corporate structuring, litigation and tax advice.
  • A major Mexican energy company in the development of greenfield renewable energy projects in Latin America and Europe, including the preparation of project agreements, project financing, offtake arrangements, and drafting and negotiation of power purchase agreements.


  • Earned a Tier 2 ranking for Energy Projects for Legal 500 Latin America (2022)
  • “Recommended Attorney,” The Legal 500 US by Legalese (Industry Focus: Energy Transaction) (2022)
  • Profiled as a Band 1 Investment lawyer in Latin America, Chambers & Partners Global, (2016)
  • Recognized as a Rising Star, Texas Lawyer (2016)


  • Harvard Law School, LLM
  • Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, JD, high honors
  • Elmhurst College, BA, summa cum laude


  • New York
  • Mexico
  • Texas
  • Colorado


  • English
  • Spanish

Professional & Community Involvement

  • International Petroleum Negotiators, Former Board Member
  • Houston Harvard Club, Former Board Member