Luis Gomar

Baker McKenzie has hired Luis Gomar, an energy transactions lawyer who does cross-border work in Mexico and Latin America, from Thompson & Knight.

Gomar, who joined the firm earlier this month as a partner based in Houston as part of the North America corporate and securities practice, said he was attracted by Baker McKenzie’s extensive network of offices and the needs of his clients.

“Baker McKenzie is a global firm,” he said. “It’s a completely different platform than Thompson & Knight was for my practice, which is mainly focused on cross-border transactions particularly with connections to Latin America.”

Baker McKenzie has 850 lawyers and 15 offices throughout Latin America, including locations in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil. Gomar declined to identify his clients but said they are mostly oil and gas and oilfield services companies. They also include U.S. and international companies that are investing in Latin America and high net-worth investors and companies in Latin America.

Gomar said his practice will benefit not only from Baker McKenzie’s long list of offices in Latin America, but also from the number of corporate and securities and energy lawyers working throughout the region.

“It made a lot of sense,” he said.

Matthew Gemello, a partner in Palo Alto who chairs Baker McKenzie’s North America corporate and securities practice, said in a statement that the firm is focused on strengthening its cross-border transactions capability, and Gomar brings considerable experience with transactions spanning the U.S.-Mexico border.

Jose Moran, a partner in Chicago who chairs the firm’s global energy, mining and infrastructure practice, added that Gomar’s knowledge of the Latin American market and the energy industry will be helpful as Mexico’s energy reforms continue to create opportunities for investment.

At Thomspon & Knight, Gomar split his time between the firm’s offices in Houston and Mexico City. But at Baker McKenzie, he will be based in Houston and travel extensively throughout Latin America.

Gomar joined Thompson & Knight in 2015, coming from the Mexico City office of Strasburger & Price, which became Clark Hill Strasburger following a merger with Clark Hill earlier this year.

Mark Sloan, managing partner of Thompson & Knight, said in a statement that the firm recognizes that departures will occur in this dynamic legal market. “We wish Luis the very best in his new position, he stated. “Thompson & Knight will continue to focus on serving our clients and growing our presence in the market.”

On Tuesday, Thompson & Knight announced that Claudio Rodríguez Galán, a partner in Mexico City and Monterrey, was tapped to serve as office leader of the Mexico City office.