Norton Rose Fulbright has added three attorneys to its Mexico City office as the firm looks to further capitalize on the rush of foreign direct investment into the country’s energy sector.
International partner César Fernández and senior counsel Liliana Anzaldua have joined the 4,000-attorney firm from Mexican oil company Pemex. Fernández held the position of legal vice president for projects and businesses for Pemex, and Anzaldua was commercial vice president for the company’s logistics division.
Associate Angélica Alvarez has also joined from Hogan Lovells.
“Having held key in-house and government positions, this team joins us with invaluable knowledge of the oil and gas industry in Mexico,” Hernán González Estrada, partner-in-charge at Norton Rose’s Mexico City office, said in a statement. “Without a doubt, we now have one of the best oil and gas practices in the country.”
Under former Mexican President Pena Nieto, Mexico saw widespread deregulation of its energy sector, bringing in billions in foreign direct investment with U.S. clients representing a third of the total investment in 2018. At Pemex, Fernández provided legal guidance on implementation of the 2014 deregulation.
The lateral hires bring Norton Rose’s head count in Mexico City to 17, according to the firm’s website.