Derek Woodhouse Saavedra

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow - Mexico

Senior Partner

Mexico City

+52 55 2623 0552

Highly regarded

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Practice areas:

Project development
Project finance

Industry sectors:

Social infrastructure

During the last twenty years, Derek Woodhouse has provided legal advice in many projects with one common denominator: private sector participation in infrastructure projects traditionally reserved to the public sector.

His experience incorporates a broad spectrum of activities, including the conceptual design of structural reforms; the drafting of legislation and regulations; the design and drafting of concessions, licences, permits and contracts; and day to day revision and legal operation of ongoing projects.

  • Advised the Mexican Energy Ministry on the implementation of the wholesale electricity market and the restructuring of the Federal Electricity Commission.
  • Advised Brookfield Renewable on the acquisition of several photovoltaic assets owned by X-Elio in different phases, such as operational, under construction, secured tariff.
  • Advised the World Bank and the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy on the creation of a legal framework that permitted the participation of the private sector in the electric industry and established incentives for attracting private capital in Cambodia.

  • Competition
  • M&A
  • Project development
  • Project finance

  • Energy
  • Government and public policy
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Social infrastructure

  • Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Law Degree, 1988-1999
  • George Washington University, International Law Institute, Washington D.C., Postgraduate Studies, Introduction to the United States Legal System, 1997
  • Harvard University, Center for International Development, Boston, Massachussets, United States, Postgraduate Studies, International Program on Privatization, Regulations and Corporate Governance, 1999.