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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NII Holdings and AINMT complete investment by AINMT for 30 percent stake in Nextel BrazilJones Day advised NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NIHD) in its partnership to jointly own and operate Brazilian mobile telecommunications company Nextel Brazil with AINMT Holdings AB (“AINMT”), an international telecommunications company and parent of the Norwegian operator ice, the fastest growing mobile network operator in Norway.
  • Nissan Motor Co. in global restructuring of Takata CorporationJones Day is representing Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in connection with the global restructuring of Takata Corporation and its subsidiaries.
  • Paymentez acquires SpeedETab, Inc.Jones Day advised Paymentez, LLC, a payment processor serving businesses throughout Latin America, in the acquisition of a controlling interest in SpeedETab, Inc., a payment systems provider for restaurants.
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