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 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.
He also 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 served 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 was an associate corporate counsel at HEICO Corporation, an aerospace, industrial, defense, and electronics company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
- 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
"Luis is an invaluable partner who takes everything with the right level of intensity."Chambers USA
- Georgetown University (J.D. 2011); Duke University (B.A. 2008)
Chambers USA: "Up and Coming for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity — Florida" (2021, 2022, and 2023)
Best Lawyers: "Ones to Watch" for M&A (2021)
LatinFinance: member of the team that advised NII Holdings in its sale of Nextel Argentina that was recognized as the "2015 Domestic M&A Deal of the Year"
- Spanish and Portuguese