November 26, 2020

Volume X, Number 331

Charles E. Meacham

Charlie Meacham is a trilingual (Spanish and Portuguese) transactional lawyer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. After joining the former Dallas office of Gardere (now Foley) in 1988, Charlie moved to Mexico City to open the former Gardere (now Foley Arena) office in 1992 and was the resident partner in charge until 1996. He is now a member of Foley’s Houston office, where he focuses more broadly on cross-border projects and transactions in the United States, Mexico and throughout Latin America.

For 30 years, Mr. Meacham has focused on counseling clients on how to commence or conduct business operations in Latin America. Adversely, he has also counseled Latin American clients on doing business in the United States, as well as drafting agency, distribution, licensing, sales representation and other cross-border commercial agreements. When clients are ready to establish a local presence in Latin America, he advises clients in choosing the type of legal entity that will be most tax efficient, as well as contain the corporate governance provisions necessary to mitigate local country risks, and ensure that the client’s compliance policies are implemented abroad.

In addition to assisting clients to establish greenfield operations throughout Latin America, Charlie also regularly advises clients on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions and projects where the client prefers to acquire an existing business. These transactions inevitably require complying with local foreign investment and anti-trust filings, among other regulatory requirements.

In many instances, clients prefer to navigate the local business and regulatory climate by entering into joint ventures with an established local partner. Over the last 30 years, Charlie has worked on dozens of international joint ventures in many different countries and industries, including:

  • Infrastructure
    • Peru – Joint venture between Quanta Services Inc. and a Peruvian telecommunications company to form Redes Andinas de Comunicaciones, S.R.L. and install broadband networks in three rural Peruvian provinces for the Peruvian federal government
    • Mexico – Joint venture between a Monterrey, Mexico environmental services company and Severn Trent of the United Kingdom to create Industrias del Agua and operate a 10-year potable water services contract with the Mexico City water authority
  • Energy
    • Brazil – Joint venture between Dril-Quip Inc. and Petroserv to fabricate offshore equipment for the Brazilian oil & gas market
    • Argentina – Joint venture between EQ Environmental Inc. and Argentine environmental partner to provide environmental engineering services for the Argentina oil and gas industry
  • Manufacturing
    • Mexico – Joint venture between NCI Building Systems Inc. and Empresas STIVA to construct and operate a metal frames fabrication plant in Monterrey, Mexico
    • Mexico – Joint venture between a mid-sized U.S. building products manufacturer and a Mexican manufacturer of building products to build a backer board cement manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico

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