Mayer Brown has added Francisco Mendez to the firm as a partner in its Global Energy practice. In addition to adding Mendez to its Global Energy practice, Mayer Brown also intends to open a representative office in Mexico City that, if approved, would focus on serving clients operating and investing in the oil, gas, and power industries in Mexico.
Previously, Mendez spent nearly 20 years at ExxonMobil Corp. as in-house counsel for Latin America, where he most recently advised the company on the opening of the oil and gas industry in Mexico to the private sector. Mendez will be based in the Houston office of Mayer Brown.
“For the first time in 75 years, Mexico’s oil and gas sector is open to private investment; Francisco will bolster Mayer Brown’s ability to advise oil and gas and energy services companies from around the world who are seeking guidance on how to invest in this new market,” said Houston partner Dallas Parker, leader of Mayer Brown’s Mexico Energy Reform initiative. “In addition, if we are successful in securing regulatory approval to open a new office in Mexico City, we will look to Francisco to play a key role in our continued focus on Mexico as part of our established team of international energy lawyers who are knowledge leaders in Mexico oil, gas and power matters.”
While at ExxonMobil, Mendez provided counsel on significant upstream and downstream projects in Latin America. He has experience in the negotiation and drafting of oil and gas contracts. Most recently, Mendez advised ExxonMobil on the opening of the Mexican oil and gas sector. He was also involved in the formation of the Mexican Hydrocarbons Association, the first such industry association in Mexico. In addition to Mexico, Mendez has experience in handling oil, gas, and power matters in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Guyana.
Mendez is licensed to practice law in Mexico, and graduated from Panamerican University’s School of Law (Universidad Panamericana) in Mexico City.