Luis F. Moreno Treviño

Luis F. Moreno Treviño

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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    Paseo de las Palmas No. 405, Suite 504
    Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
    Mexico City, 11000 México
    52.55.3602.0612
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Luis Moreno, a dual licensed attorney (Mexico and New York), has nearly 20 years of expertise counseling clients in the real estate, hospitality, and energy industries. His expertise includes acquisition and development of major hotel projects in many of Mexico’s most renowned beach resorts; preparation and negotiation of hotel operation agreements; structuring and planning of fractional programs for various hotel developers and operators; financing of industrial real estate portfolios and mortgage securitization programs; development, construction, and financing of golf courses and high-end residential projects in major Mexican beach resorts; restructuring and workouts of major hotel development financing; sale-leaseback transactions involving top industrial and commercial building facilities in Mexico; acquisition of real estate industrial portfolios; structuring and planning various bi-national mortgage programs for U.S. major non-bank banks and mortgage companies; long-term lease agreements with multinational corporations on build-to-suit industrial buildings in Mexico; and off-balance sheet financing. His general corporate and finance practice includes bank loan syndications, debt restructuring of Mexican companies, mergers and acquisitions, and the privatization of government-controlled companies.

Luis has extensive experience in the implementation of Mexico’s energy reform, successfully representing clients and winners in all bids that have composed Round 1 of the reform. He has also represented clients in the negotiation with Pemex of multimillion-dollar contracts, and in the development of multimillion-dollar wind farms and hydro power plants.

Experience

  • Development and construction financing of golf courses and residential projects, including representation of a US$100 million joint venture in San José del Cabo, Mexico, in the development of a high-end, private golf community anchored by a Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole championship golf course
  • Counseling major Mexican real estate developers on the execution of long term lease agreements with multinational corporations related to industrial buildings in Mexico and negotiation of financing with General Electric
  • Representation of a Mexican industrial real estate developer in the structure and negotiation of a major investment transaction with one of the most important pension funds of the United States
  • Representation of corporations making international facilities acquisitions, including (i) US$85 million acquisition of a high-end hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, together with a Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole golf course and other related amenities; and (ii) acquisition of TWA by American Airlines (Mexican regulatory matters)
  • Representation of major domestic and international hotel operators in various Mexican beach resorts, including representation of Grand Heritage International on the lease, operation and structuring of a fractional program of two boutique type/high-end hotels, apartment buildings and beach club in Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur
  • Workouts to finance major hotel developments, including representation of Bank of America for workouts involving Starwood Hotels and Goldman Sachs Emerging Market Real Estate Fund, L.P.
  • Representation of Blackstone’s multibillion acquisition of GE’s Real Estate industrial portfolio (Latin Lawyer’s “deal of the year”)
  • Acquisitions of industrial properties (land and finished buildings) in Mexico, including representation in negotiations related to the development, construction and management of industrial properties in Mexico
  • Counseling U.S. major mortgage company in the structure and negotiation of the pioneer loan resort program for US citizens acquiring residential type properties in Mexico
  • Acquisition and sale of Mexican companies in the transport, financial and media communications industries, including the sale of Mexicana de Autobuses, S.A. de C.V. to Volvo Bus Corporation
  • Privatization projects of government-controlled railroad, petrochemical companies and airports, including representation of Union Pacific Railroad Co., AMR Services Corp., and Grupo Girsa
  • Representation of banks in debt restructuring of Mexican companies, including representation of Banca Serfin, S.A. in the restructuring of Molienda Azucarera Industrial, S.A. de C.V., the number one sugar producer in Mexico
  • Project finance of electricity projects in Mexico and Central America, including representation of ISPAT Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. in a 1,000 megawatt project and a 750 megawatt project in Honduras for Panda International; and most recently Gamesa Wind US, in a 1,750 megawatt wind generating project in Baja California, Mexico
  • Representation of major international oil companies in all bids composing Round 1 and 2 of Mexico’s energy reform, and in the successful implementation of two major contractual areas for deep water exploration and production

Distinctions/Honors

  • Chambers Latin America by Chambers & Partners (Mexico, Real Estate); 2010, 2014, 2016-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in Mexico® by Woodward/White Inc.; 2015-2016, 2018
  • Latin Lawyer 250 by Law Business Research Ltd.; 2010, 2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Mexico (Construction; Real Estate); 2015, 2017

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • American Bar Association, Group Vice Chair of the Special Investors and Investment Structure Group; Immediate Past Chair of the Committee on International Investment in Real Estate of the RPPT Section
  • International Bar Association, Council Member of the Legal Practice Division; Immediate Past Chair of the Real Estate Law Section, Vice Chair of the North American Forum
  • Mexican Bar Association
  • Texas - Mexico Bar Association