Luis A.Velez

Associate

Miami + 1.305.714.9708

Luis Velez's practice focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, private equity, and the formation and structuring of business entities in the United States and Latin America.

During the fall of 2016, Luis participated in a secondment at Sempra International where he assisted the in-house legal team with the potential acquisition of a majority stake in a gas pipeline in Peru.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, Luis served as associate corporate counsel at HEICO Corporation, an aerospace, industrial, defense, and electronics company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. While at HEICO, he was involved in various types of corporate matters, including all stages of the acquisition of several aviation and electronics companies throughout the United States.

Luis also has work experience in Mexico and Brazil. While in law school, he clerked at prominent law firms in Mexico City and São Paulo. Luis's native language is Spanish, and he is fluent in Portuguese.

Experience

  • VSE Corporation acquires HAECO Special ServicesJones Day advised VSE Corporation, a leading provider of aftermarket distribution and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for land, sea and air transportation assets for government and commercial markets, in its acquisition of HAECO Special Services, LLC from HAECO Airframe Services, LLC, a division of HAECO Americas, in an all cash transaction.
  • PGT Innovations acquires 75% ownership stake in Eco Window Systems for $108 millionJones Day advised PGT Innovations, Inc. in its $108 million acquisition of a 75% ownership stake in Eco Window Systems and its related companies, which are leading manufacturers and installers of aluminum, impact-resistant windows and doors serving the South Florida region, as well as PGTI's related $60 million Rule 144A and Regulation S add-on offering of 6.75% Senior Notes due 2026.
  • Opdenergy divests majority stake in two solar photovoltaic plants in Mexico totaling 144MWp and forms Vera RenovablesJones Day represented Otras Producciones de Energía Photovoltaica, S.L. ("OPDE"), a member of the OPDE Group, in connection with the sale of 80% of its equity interests in two photovoltaic power plants, and associated electrical substations and interconnection lines, located in the Mexican states of Aguascalientes (34.2 MW) and Coahuila (82.5 MW) to an affiliate of Riverstone Holdings, an energy and power-focused private investment firm.
  • JinkoSolar sold two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Mexico to White River RenewablesJones Day advised JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., one of the world's largest and most innovative solar panel manufacturers, in the sale of two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Mexico to White River Renewables.
  • Central American conglomerate acquires significant strategic real estate holding in HondurasJones Day represented a Central American conglomerate in the acquisition of a significant strategic real estate holding in Honduras.
  • Alantra and Magnum form joint venture between ROQ and Ryonet to serve as distributor of ROQ's products in U.S. marketJones Day advised Alantra Capital Privado SGEIC, S.A.U. and Magnum Capital Industrial Partners, S.L. in establishing a joint venture with Ryonet Corporation to serve as the distributor of ROQ's products in the U.S. market.
  • PGT Innovations acquires NewSouth Window SolutionsJones Day advised PGT Innovations, Inc., a national leader in premium windows and doors, including impact-resistant products, in connection with its $92 million cash acquisition of NewSouth Window Solutions, subject to adjustments.
  • Hard Rock International sells right to acquire Turfway Park to Churchill Downs IncorporatedJones Day advised Hard Rock International in a transaction to acquire Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky, from Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC, and then in the subsequent assignment of its purchase rights to Churchill Downs Incorporated.
  • Hard Rock International acquires JACK Cincinnati Casino and Turfway Park for $745 millionJones Day advised Hard Rock International on the acquisition of JACK Cincinnati Casino, located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, together with VICI Properties, Inc., and Turfway Park, located in Florence, Kentucky, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $745 million in cash.
  • CIRCOR sells Pibiviesse S.p.A. to CERTINAJones Day advised CIRCOR International, Inc. in the sale of its Italian long-cycle upstream oil and gas engineered valve business (Pibiviesse S.p.A.) to P&P Flow Control, an affiliate of Certina Holding AG.
  • ENGIE-led consortium wins competitive bidding process in Brazil for $8.6 billion acquisition of TAGJones Day advised ENGIE in the $8.6 billion acquisition and related financing of 90% of Transportadora Associada de Gás SA ("TAG"), the largest natural gas transmission network owner in Brazil, from Brazilian state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).
  • Central American conglomerate acquires agricultural and energy businessJones Day represented a Central American conglomerate in connection with the acquisition and related financing of an agricultural and energy business, subject to post-closing adjustments.
  • RPM International acquires construction material distributors in Puerto Rico, Panama, and Dominican RepublicJones Day advised RPM International, Inc. and its subsidiary The Euclid Chemical Company with the acquisition of construction material distributors in Puerto Rico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.
  • Engie Solar sells interest in PanamaSolar2, S.A. to Latin Renewables Infrastructure FundsJones Day advised Engie Solar in the sale of its interest in PanamaSolar2, S.A., a 16MW photovoltaic power plant located in Panama, to Latin Renewables Infrastructure Funds managed by Real Infrastructure Capital Partners.
  • Millicom International Cellular sells and lease back towers to American Tower in Paraguay for approximately Gs700 billion (US$125 million)Jones Day advised Millicom International Cellular S.A. and its subsidiary Telefonica Celular del Paraguay S.A. in the sale of approximately 1,400 wireless communications towers to a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation ("ATC") in Paraguay for approximately Gs700 billion (US$125 million) in cash.
  • Tigo El Salvador to sell and lease back towers to SBA Communications Corporation for approximately $145 millionJones Day is advising Telemóvil El Salvador S.A. de C.V. ("Tigo El Salvador"), a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular S.A., in the sale of up to approximately 800 wireless communications towers to a subsidiary of SBA Communications Corporation ("SBA").
  • Millicom International Cellular subsidiary sells and lease back 1,200 towers to American Tower Corporation for $147 millionJones Day advised Colombia Móvil S.A. E.S.P. ("Tigo"), a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular S.A., in its $147 million sale of approximately 1,200 wireless communications towers to a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation ("ATC") in Colombia.
  • One Equity Partners acquires OneLinkJones Day represented One Equity Partners in connection with its acquisition of OneLink Holdings, S.A., a provider of business process outsourcing services.
  • LCR and several affiliates acquire substantially all assets of CS Mining pursuant to sale under section 363 of Bankruptcy CodeJones Day represents various affiliates of Lippo China Resources Limited ("LCR") in connection with its investment in excess of $75 million in CS Mining, LLC, a copper mining company based in Milford, Utah that is the subject of a chapter 11 case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah.
  • Hyatt Hotels completes preferred equity investment and financing in luxury hotel and resort property in Latin AmericaJones Day represented Hyatt Hotels Corporation, an American multinational owner, operator, and franchiser of hotels, resorts, and vacation properties, in connection with a series of corporate transactions effecting the purchase, sale, and recapitalization of a significant luxury hotel and resort property in Latin America, including a preferred equity investment and financing by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyatt in the acquiror (and controlling owner) of the resort property; a refinancing of the resort property's existing senior secured bank debt with an international financial institution; the acquisition by the new controlling owner of the resort property; and certain related commercial arrangements between Hyatt and the new controlling owner of the resort property.
  • Additional Publications

    • August 24, 2020
      The Best Lawyers in America™ 2021 Best Lawyers Ones' to Watch - Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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