Claudio Rodríguez Galán

Claudio Rodríguez Galán

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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    Paseo de las Palmas No. 405, Suite 504
    Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
    Mexico City, 11000 México
    +52.55.3602.0610
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Claudio Rodríguez focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure matters. He represents international energy companies doing business in Mexico, including with regard to wind, solar, cogeneration, combined-cycle, pipeline, LNG, nuclear, geothermal, and transmission projects. Claudio has extensive experience representing developers, procurement firms, producers, investors, contractors, suppliers, and multilateral institutions in all phases of the development, M&A, and financing of energy projects. He advises clients regarding complex regulatory issues and project development, EPC, O&M, supply contracts, M&A, services agreements, hydrocarbon transportation agreements, self-supply agreements, and power purchase agreements (PPA) in the power, renewable, and gas sectors.

Claudio has participated in the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms contained in such contracts and, in particular, has coordinated and successfully presented technical witness proceedings before CFE.

According to Chambers Latin America 2019 by Chambers and Partners, Claudio is “consistently highlighted by peers as a significant practitioner in the power sector.” Furthermore, according to The Legal 500 Mexico 2017, Claudio is "singled out for his ‘ample level of knowledge and excellent customer service.'"

Experience

  • Represented a Mexican-U.S. energy consortium in the drafting and execution of a Power ISDA and Power Purchase Agreement in terms of the Mexican Power Industry Law

  • Represented a U.S. engineering and power firm in the drafting of an EPC Agreement for cogeneration projects in Mexico

  • Represented a Canadian global power company in defending their interconnection rights before the Mexican National Center of Energy Control

  • Represented a Korean global power company in the drafting and negotiation of its EPC for the construction of a photovoltaic project in Mexico awarded under Long-Term Power Auction

  • Represented a Spanish solar power producer in the sale of photovoltaic assets to a global energy and infrastructure fund based in Australia

  • Represented a Spanish Power Producer in securing its contract as a Market Participant within the Wholesale Power Market

  • Represented a German EPC company in the drafting of an EPC Agreement

  • Represented a British power fund in its strategy of defending the interconnection rights of its power plants in Mexico in terms of the Interconnection Guidelines

  • Represented a Mexican-Portuguese consortium in the drafting of a Power Purchase Agreement with Mexico City

  • Represented a U.S.-based global engineering firm in assisting one of its clients in securing its registry as a Qualified User before the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission through aggregation of loading points scheme

  • Represented a Mexican-German qualified supplier in defining its strategy to defend the connection proceeding through an interpretation of Mexican Official Standards (NOMs)

  • Represented a Spanish solar power producer in the execution and negotiation of a Power Purchase Agreement with a Qualified Supplier

  • Appointed as Secretary of the Mexican Association of Qualified Suppliers

  • Assisted a Spanish power generator in the execution of the first ever power plant Mexican Power Market representation agreement

  • Assisted a global French qualified supplier in the execution of a Power Purchase Agreement with a Qualified User in accordance with the Power Industry Law

  • Assisted a Spanish power generator in the execution of the first ever power purchase agreement with a power market participant in Central America

  • Assisted a Mexican market participant power generator in the negotiation and closing of a Power Purchase Agreement with an industrial conglomerate Market Participant Qualified User

  • Assisted a global Spanish cogeneration power producer in several regulatory issues regarding the migration of legacy permits and legacy interconnection agreements in accordance with the Power Industry Law as well as in the requirements of efficient cogeneration rulings

  • Assisted a Mexican qualified supplier in the conceptual structure and execution of a power service agreement to supply power to several commercial units

  • Represented several Spanish consortiums and global solar companies in the First and Second Long-Term Power Auctions called by the National Center of Power Control
  • Represented a global Chinese solar panel manufacturer in the understanding of the PPA to be awarded under 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 Mexican consortium in the legal strategy and instrumentation of a PPP agreement for the construction of a 100 MW waste-to-energy facility in the State of Hidalgo
  • Represented Spanish global solar companies in the successful challenge of National Power Control Center decisions through Reconsideration based on the Power Industry Guidelines
  • Represented a Mexican conglomerate in the drafting and negotiation of the first ever geothermal development private agreement in Mexico
  • Represented a global Spanish power company in the bidding process called by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission for the construction of a 600-kilometer pipeline
  • Represented a global Spanish power company in the negotiation of a power purchase agreement to supply an American car manufacturer
  • 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 French-Belgian gas and power company in the negotiation of a steam purchase agreement to supply the largest glass manufacturer in Mexico
  • Represented an Argentinean consortium in the legal strategy to obtain the award under PPP rules of a water treatment facility to supply one of the mayor refineries in Mexico
  • Represented a Chinese global company in the drafting of a Oil Rig Lease Agreement
  • Represented a Mexican bank in the execution of due diligence for the biggest wind farm in Mexico, which was developed by an Australian investment fund
  • Represented a Canadian global solar company in the drafting and negotiation of long-term lease agreements as needed for the development of solar projects in Mexico
  • Represented a German fund in the financing of a 30 MW wind farm in the State of Tamaulipas
  • Represented a Mexican infrastructure company in the negotiation of a purchase agreement of wind turbines from a global German-Spanish manufacturer
  • Represented a Spanish global energy company in the legal administration of an IPP agreement
  • Represented a Spanish global construction company in the negotiation of a 230 MW engineering, procurement, and construction agreement for a wind farm in the State of Tamaulipas
  • Represented a Spanish global energy company in the award of a 300 MW cogeneration agreement from Mexican Federal Electricity Commission

Distinctions/Honors

  • Chambers Global by Chambers & Partners (Energy & Natural Resources); 2017-2018
  • Chambers Latin America by Chambers & Partners (Energy & Natural Resources; Projects); 2011-2016, 2018-2019
  • “Leading Lawyer,” The Legal 500 Mexico by Legalease (Energy and Natural Resources); 2013-2017
  • Latin Lawyer 250 by Law Business Research Limited (Mexico); 2012-2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Mexico (Energy); 2013-2017
  • “Leading Lawyer,” IFLR1000; 2014-2016
  • “Chevening Scholar,” Foreign Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Mexican Academy of Energy Law (AMDE); Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Mexican Bar Association; Chairman, Energy Committee, 2009-2011
  • International Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Foreign Investment and Economic Regulation, Universidad Iberoamericana School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, International Business Law, Universidad La Salle Graduate School
  • Adjunct Professor, Public International Law, Universidad La Salle
  • Adjunct Professor, International Business, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
  • Adjunct Professor, Private International Law, Universidad de las Américas
  • Adjunct Professor, Energy Law, Escuela Libre de Derecho