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About Sylvia

Sylvia Cherem represents energy companies, financial institutions and investment firms in acquisitions, joint ventures and project finance transactions in Latin America. Her experience includes representing major oil and gas companies and the Mexican government in energy-related matters, including mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, and domestic and cross-border investments in the Mexican upstream and midstream sectors. Sylvia played an integral role in the recent biddings and regulatory compliance involving Mexico’s upstream sector. She advised international oil companies in connection with the legal and tax aspects of exploration and production contracts in Mexico’s Round 1 and Round 2 bids.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo (COFIDES) — term loan financing for a leading hospitality group in connection with expansion of its brand in the United States

Algonquin Power — long-term back-leverage equity financing to a subsidiary of Abengoa that holds an interest in the Vista Ridge water project under development in San Antonio, Texas, the largest P3 water project in North America

Eni S.p.A. — assist with the bidding process for the international public tender made by the government of Argentina for the granting of offshore oil exploration and extraction licenses

Crédit Agricole — credit facility for McDermott International, Inc. secured by several Mexican entities

Mexican Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) — advice regarding pipelines, infrastructure, open access in transportation and storage of oil products*

Unifin Financiera, S.A.B. de C.V. and SOFOM, E.N.R. — due diligence for the acquisition of a vessel, as well as analysis of the vessel’s compliance with navigation permits, insurance requirements and Mexican law*

Artha Capital S. de R.L. — due diligence for the acquisition of natural gas compression and decompression plants, including analysis of the plants’ compliance with Mexican legal requirements under their operating permits and environmental impact assessment*

Mexico’s Ministry of Energy — drafted documents for Mexico’s registration on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), widely regarded as the global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources*

Independent oil and gas company — legal and tax framework for  the only exploration and production company to win adjudication of field’s in Mexico’s oil and gas offshore reserves, could operate*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Credentials

Education

New York University School of Law,
LL.M.
2018
Universidad Anahuac Mexico Norte,
Bachelor of Laws
2016

Bar Admissions

Texas
New York
Mexico

Languages

Spanish
Hebrew

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
State Bar of New York
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
Hispanic National Bar Association

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