• Biography

    Thomas Heather is a counsel in the International Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, S.C. with extensive experience representing foreign and Latin American clients in cross-border transactions. His practice focuses on energy and infrastructure projects, including project finance, public tenders and regulatory matters. Tom also has broad experience in corporate and financial law.

    Tom has been very active in matters regarding the Mexican Energy Reform, including advising major oil companies during Rounds One and Two of auctions of blocks in the Gulf of Mexico called by the National Hydrocarbons Commission, and the first auction for a Farmout by Pemex, called by the National Hydrocarbons Commission. He is a regular contributor to the Mexican business media on hydrocarbons-related matters. He has experience drafting and negotiating contracts relating to the upstream hydrocarbons industry, such as joint operating agreements, area of mutual interest agreements, and joint bid agreements, in accordance with international models and standards. He has guided clients through the new legal and regulatory framework for upstream, midstream and downstream activities in the hydrocarbons industry and structured joint ventures and consortia among international oil companies. He has been negotiating the first crude oil, natural gas and condensates purchase agreements by E&P companies in Mexico to marketers.

    Tom has many years of experience in structuring joint ventures for cross-border investment in a variety of industries including energy, hospitality, food and beverage, real estate, manufacturing, transportation, and mining, as well as advising clients with respect to corporate governance, corporate succession matters and shareholder disputes.

    Stemming from his experience in oil and gas and other energy-related transactions and in M&A, Tom has developed considerable experience in commercial arbitration and other ADR methods, primarily before the International Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the advisory board of the Court of Arbitration of the Construction Industry Chamber of Commerce.

    Tom has participated as a panelist in energy industry-related conferences and academic forums, has lectured at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City as an adjunct professor, and has published articles and other materials on the recent overhaul of the Mexican oil and gas industry. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Counsels (ANADE).

    Professional Recognition

    • Latin Lawyer 250, Law Business Research Ltd., 2016
    • The Legal 500 Latin America, Legalese, Ltd., 2015-2017
  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D. , Northwestern University School of Law , 2010
    • Law Degree , Escuela Libre de Derecho , 2006 , with honors
  • Admissions

    • Mexico , 2006
    • District of Columbia , 2011
  • Court Admissions

    • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Languages

    • Spanish
    • German