Luis A.Velez

Partner

Miami + 1.305.714.9708

Luis Velez advises public and private companies on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate reorganizations in the United States and Latin America. Luis is recognized by Chambers and Best Lawyers, and clients praise him for being "flexible enough for [them] to set sophisticated structures" and being "client-oriented and show[ing] interest in the person behind the business."

He represents clients from a broad range of industries, including hospitality, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, and infrastructure. His recent representations include: Acciona, COPASA, and Hitachi Rail with their bid for the California high-speed rail; TotalEnergies' Strategic Alliance & Investment Agreement with Sunix Petroleum and Tropigas in the Dominican Republic; Hard Rock's $1 billion acquisition of The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and Casino; Hard Rock's acquisition of the Jack Cincinnati Casino; and VSE's acquisitions of Global Parts Group and HAECO Special Services.

In addition, he has represented clients such as PGT with the acquisition of Eco Windows, OPDE Energy and Jinko Power with the divestiture of renewable energy assets in Mexico, Hyatt with transactions in Central America and Brazil, Alantra and Magnum Private Equity with their investment in ROQ US, CIRCOR International with the sale of Pibiviesse S.p.A. in Italy, and Millicom with the sale of its cell phone tower portfolio in El Salvador and Paraguay.

Luis participated in a secondment at Sempra, 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, Luis served as associate corporate counsel at HEICO Corporation, an aerospace, industrial, defense, and electronics company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Experience

  • TotalEnergies enters into Strategic Alliance and Investment Agreement with Sunix and Tropigas in the Dominican RepublicJones Day is advising TotalEnergies in the strategic alliance and investment agreement with Omaha Beach Investment Corp., Sunix Petroleum, S.R.L. and Tropigas Dominicana, S.R.L. in the Dominican Republic.
  • Engage PEO acquires Innovative Employer SolutionsJones Day advised Engage PEO in the acquisition of Innovative Employer Solutions, a Florida-based professional employer organization.
  • LarraínVial acquires 33% stake in Black Salmon and TSG Holding CompanyJones Day advised LarraínVial in its 33% acquisition in the holding companies of Black Salmon, a Miami-based, national commercial real estate investment firm and TSG Holding Company, a South Florida diversified real estate development and investment company.
  • JourneyCare acquired by Addus HomeCareJones Day advised JourneyCare, Inc. in the $85 million sale of the Company to Addus HomeCare Corporation.
  • Hard Rock International acquires The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and CasinoJones Day is representing Hard Rock International (Hard Rock) on the acquisition of The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International.
  • VSE Corporation acquires Global Parts GroupJones Day advised VSE Corporation in the acquisition of Global Parts Group, Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $38 million.
  • Multi-service national corporation seeks counsel on security clearance issues in connection with acquisitionJones Day advised a multi-service national corporation with respect to facility security clearance (FCL) issues, including executing a tailored agreement with the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) regarding termination of a Special Security Agreement (SSA) for an acquired subsidiary firm.
  • 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.
  • SpeedETab sells company to Wix.comJones Day advised SpeedETab, Inc., a restaurant ordering and payment technology provider, in its sale to Wix.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIX), a global leader in software development, cloud-based services, e-commerce, and other online services.
  • 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.
  • Additional Publications

    • August 17, 2021
      Chambers USA Guide 2021 Ranked in: Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
    • August 24, 2020
      The Best Lawyers in America™ 2021 Best Lawyers Ones' to Watch - Mergers and Acquisitions Law