Jose L. Valera

Houston,  TX  U.S.A.
Phone713 238 2692

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  • Banking & Finance
  • Emerging Markets
  • Projects
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions M&A
  • Energy
  • Sectors
  • Oil & Gas
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Financing/Projects
  • Infrastructure Funds
  • Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships
  • Latin America
  • Mexico Energy Reform
  • Mining
  • Scandinavia
Contact InfoTelephone: 713 238 2692
Fax: 713 238 4692
University Catholic University of Peru, BA, 1977
Law SchoolCatholic University of Peru, JD, 1982; South Texas College of Law, JD, 1986
AdmittedLouisiana; Texas; Peru (inactive)

Jose L. Valera is a partner in the Houston office of Mayer Brown and co-head of the firm's oil and gas practice. He focuses his practice on domestic and international energy transactions and project development, with more than 25 years of legal experience representing oil, gas and electric energy companies throughout the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

He represents oil and gas companies on exploration and production contracts, investment agreements, upstream development projects, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. His practice also includes the representation of electric companies in the development of thermal and renewable generation projects, financing, mergers and acquisitions. Jose's LNG practice includes liquefaction services, regasification services, development of regasification terminals, and purchase and sale of LNG.

Jose has counseled the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Honduras, Peru and Iraq on energy legislative reform matters, development of shared hydrocarbon resources, and privatization transactions related to the electric and oil and gas industries.

Fluent in English, Spanish and French, he is a former member of the board of directors of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and is a frequent speaker on energy matters at professional conferences.


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Mexico’s E&P Round One Kicks Off: Bidding Terms for Shallow Water Areas Released
Pablo C. Ferrante,Dallas Parker,Gabriel J. Salinas,Jose L. Valera, February 27, 2015
On December 11, 2014, the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) published the bidding and contract terms for the first 14 oil and gas areas in shallow waters, kicking off the first phase of Mexico’s Round One, which will continue throughout 2015.

Analysis of Mexico’s New Hydrocarbons Legal Regime
Pablo C. Ferrante,Dallas Parker,Gabriel J. Salinas,Jose L. Valera, August 19, 2014
This legal update addresses the main features of the Hydrocarbons Law and the Hydrocarbons Revenues Law, which became effective on August 12, 2014. The Hydrocarbons Law and the Hydrocarbons Revenues Law are part of a set of new laws to implement the constitutional energy reform that became...

Analysis of Proposed Hydrocarbon Legal Regime in Mexico
Pablo C. Ferrante,John D. Furlow,Dallas Parker,Gabriel J. Salinas,Jose L. Valera, June 4, 2014
President Enrique Peña Nieto has introduced to the Mexican Congress nine new bills, as well as proposed amendments to several existing laws, to implement the constitutional energy reform that became effective on December 21, 2013. The constitutional energy reform eliminates a restrictive...

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Jose L. Valera

700 Louisiana Street, Suite 3400
HoustonTX 77002-2730


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