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Experience

Gabriel Ruiz Rocha serves as the Firm’s Monterrey Office Leader and represents clients in corporate and operational design for the development of oil, gas, and energy projects. He also assists and represents national and multinational companies before governmental bodies and regulatory agencies in Mexico, and provides general legal advice related to oil, gas, and energy projects; company planning and formation; specialized contracts; mergers and acquisitions; financial operations; and international tax planning.

Thompson & Knight’s Monterrey Office Leader

Named to The Best Lawyers in Mexico© 2018 by Woodward/White Inc.

Ranked among the top firms in Mexico for Energy & Natural Resources in Chambers Latin America 2019 by Chambers and Partners

  • Lead counsel in the representation of multiple oil and gas operators and investors in the Round 1 tenders carried out by the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) looking to award exploration and extraction contracts in offshore and onshore areas in Mexico
  • Lead counsel in the representation of Fieldwood Energy LLC in its successful participation, together with Mexican company Petrobal, S.A.P.I. de C.V., in the Offshore Extraction Round 1.2 tender carried out by the CNH, where a production sharing agreement for Block 4 was awarded
  • Lead counsel in the representation of CNOOC International Ltd. in its successful participation in the Deepwater Round 1.4 tender carried out by the CNH, where license agreements for Blocks 1 and 4 were awarded
  • Lead counsel in the representation of GS Oil & Gas in its successful participation in the Onshore Round 1.3 tender carried out by the CNH, where a license agreement for Block 20 was awarded
  • Lead counsel in the representation of CEPSA in its successful participation in the Offshore Round 3.2 (PEMEX farm-out) tender carried out by the CNH, where production sharing agreements for Blocks 16, 17, and 18 were awarded
  • Lead counsel in the representation of multiple companies in the third international public bid round to produce hydrocarbons in the mature fields of Chicontepec, Mexico called by PEMEX, including the winning company for the “Humapa” block
  • Lead counsel in the representation of multiple companies in the first and second international public bid rounds to produce hydrocarbons in the mature fields of Southern and Northern Mexico called by PEMEX, including the winning consortium for the “San Andrés” and “Tierra Blanca” blocks
  • Lead counsel representing an energy industry leader in a 130 km natural gas pipeline project before the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in Mexico
  • Lead counsel representing a major Argentine gas transportation company in the evaluation, planning, and implementation of natural gas pipeline projects in Mexico
  • Lead counsel representing oil and gas industry leaders in the planning, development, execution, and operation of four Multiple Service Contracts entered into with PEMEX, for the development of non-associated gas fields in the Burgos Basin, Mexico
  • Supporting counsel in the representation of the CFE in the planning and structuring of the Manzanillo, Mexico liquefied natural gas (LNG) project
  • Lead counsel representing an energy industry leader in the evaluation, planning, and negotiation of power producing and sale of energy projects with the CFE in Mexico
  • Lead counsel representing an international consortium in the acquisition of a Mexican natural gas well testing service company
  • Supporting counsel in the representation of a major Mexican private investment fund in the acquisition of the leading molded-pulp carton manufacturing companies in Mexico
  • Lead counsel representing a leading software company in Mexico in the planning, structuring, and implementation of its electronic factoring operations
  • Supporting counsel in the representation of an international carbon mining company in the acquisition of multiple carbon mining concessions in northern Mexico
  • Supporting counsel in the representation of the largest stem cell processing company in Mexico
  • Lead counsel in the representation of a major PEMEX contractor in a USD$200 million debt restructuring collection rights backed loan from Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos S.N.C. (BANOBRAS)
  • Lead and supporting counsel in the representation of the Government of the State of Nuevo León in all of its securitizations, debt placements, and structured finance projects since 2003 totaling approximately US$1.5 billion
  • Supporting counsel in the representation of a major Mexican commercial real estate company in a US$45 million securitization

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in Mexico® by Woodward/White Inc. (Energy, Oil & Gas, Corporate and M&A), 2013-2018
  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 Latin America by Legalease (Energy and Natural Resources), 2019
  • Who’s Who Legal Mexico: Energy, 2015-2018
  • ICFM Leading Lawyers 500, InterContinental Finance magazine, 2013
  • The International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers, 2011-2012

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Barra Mexicana de Abogados
  • President, Texas Exes, Monterrey Chapter, 2008-present

Education & Admissions

Education

  • LL.M., 2002, The University of Texas School of Law
  • Bachelor of Law (J.D. equivalent), 1997, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Admissions

  • United Mexican States

Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish