Energy, Mining and Natural Resources

SMPS Legal has also built up a solid, experienced, sophisticated international energy practice in Mexico, the United States, Canada and Colombia.

The active participation of the members of SMPS Legal in the Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group in Latin America has enabled us to gain an understanding of ―and participate in― virtually every part of the energy-related government-procurement sector, activities ranging from development and structuring, to implementation, operation, maintenance, and even defense in legal disputes where necessary. Our Energy & Natural Resources Practice group’s acquisition of  critical knowledge about all aspects of the energy sector and of government procurement enable it to help both Mexican and foreign companies to plan, prepare for, and participate in, the global energy market, and also to adapt and restructure their business models where necessary in order to satisfy the growing demand that has been triggered by the important changes in the organization and structure of the legal framework pertaining to the energy sector in Latin America.

Our Energy & Natural Resources Practice helps our Mexican and foreign clients to carry out all manner of transactions having to do with the electricity, gas, oil, and petrochemical industries, including all regulatory, tax, corporate and financial matters, as well as in the development, financing and operation of large energy-related infrastructure projects. SMPS Legal’s attorneys are especially experienced in administrative and government-procurement procedures.

Our expertise in renewable solar-energy, wind-energy and biofuel projects enables us to provide comprehensive advice on a wide range of matters ―ranging from efficient corporate and tax structures to the procurement of the requisite government permits― to clients specializing in both conventional and alternative power generation.

Moreover, the said team regularly advises clients on mining projects, the acquisition, transfer, registration and encumbrance of mining rights, the issuance of mining licenses, the payment of mining rights, the negotiation and drafting of agreements, litigations about mining licenses, and all types of real-estate issues. 

In order to live up to our clients’ expectations and differentiate SMPS Leal’s Energy & Natural Resources Practice from those of other firms, we have formed a multi-disciplinary group of attorneys and other professionals with diverse backgrounds, energy-specific skills, and experience in the areas of natural resources and procurement, also drawing on, and taking advantage of, our practice and experience in Mexico, the United States, Canada and Colombia, which has enabled us to adapt and cater to our clients’ needs in order to provide efficient, innovative legal solutions. Our team is particularly experienced in business development, strategic planning, public sector-government relationships, financial structuring, regulation, and public-policy analysis and the performance of several technical studies related to energy matters.  

With its broad understanding of public policy and regulation in the Latin American energy sector and its networking experience and capabilities, SMPS Legal’s mission is to make its clients aware of the potential business opportunities in the Mexican and Colombian energy sectors and in Latin America in general, walking them through the said opportunities.

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