Luis I. Mendoza III is one of the
founding partners of Pellegrini & Mendoza.He is experienced with a broad
range of corporate and transactional matters, ranging from early stage
business formation and development to highly complex securities
offerings in the public U.S. capital markets. He has practiced law both
in the U.S. and abroad with small and large firms. This
multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdiction approach has allowed him to
gain a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of business matters
and to develop a practical approach to solving legal issues.
In this context, Luis has been involved with matters such as:
- Acting as counsel to underwriters and issuers in the offering of
equity (initial public offerings and secondary), debt and convertible
securities by U.S. and foreign entities.
- Venture capital, mergers & acquisitions and related matters (e.g.,
letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, non-disclosure/non-circumvention,
shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, joint ventures, among
- In the oil & gas field, Luis has assisted major multinational oil &
gas corporations with joint development arrangements, operating
agreements, licensing, financing, engineering and procurement agreements,
various services agreements and others.
- Negotiated and drafted various significant asset purchase, sale and
lease agreements, including for commercial and private aircraft.
- Participated in various debt transactions and offerings, including
collateralized debt, debt restructuring and workouts.
- International tax planning and development of tax efficient structures
for non-U.S. persons.
- Assisted in the coordination of motions for international litigation
cases in the U.S. and Venezuela.
- Served as member of the Board of directors of Valores Químicos (Valquimica),
C.A., a company that manages a ⅓ equity interest in Tripoliven, S.A., a
corporation engaged in the production and sale of sodium
tripolyphosphate with yearly gross sales in excess of U.S.$35,000,000,
and a former member of the Board of Directors of C.A. Dianamen, a
company that manages a commercial office building with yearly gross
income in excess of U.S.$500,000.
Luis was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He received his lawyer degree (abogado) in 1995 from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas,
Venezuela; and an LL.M. degree in 1998 from the University of Chicago
Law School. Form October 2003 to July 2004 he taught the course
“Fundamentals of Commercial Law” at the Metropolitana University School
of Law in Caracas, Venezuela; he is the author of a white paper on
Recent Development in Oil & Gas Investments in Venezuela for the Center
for International Legal Studies, Kitzbühel, Austria, March 2005; a white
paper analysis on the “Pacto Comisorio for the 21st Century” presented
at the Commercial Law Symposium honring Dr. Alfredo Morles Hernández at
the Carabobo State Bar Association, June 2005; and is the author of the
study “Contemporary Analysis of Commercial Guaranties in Venezuela”,
published by the Academy of Political and Social Sciences of Venezuela
as part of the Commemoration for the Centennial Anniversary of the 1904
Commercial Code of Venezuela (Anauco Ediciones, C.A. 2004).
Luis was a senior associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, New
York (1998-99; 2005-2009) and a senior associate with Rodríguez &
Mendoza, Caracas Venezuela (1995-97; 2001-05); Foreign Legal Counsel
with Akerman Senterfitt (1999-2001).
Luis can be reached at + (212) 201-2919 or by email at