Charles E. Meacham

Partner

Overview

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

For 30 years, Charlie has focused on counseling clients on how to commence or conduct business operations in Latin America, 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 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 international joint ventures with a local partner. Over the last 30 years, Charlie has formed 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 & gas industry
    • Mexico – Joint venture between GEODynamics, Inc. and Mexican partner to sell and distribute oil and gas perforation systems in Mexico
    • Peru – Joint venture between Arcadis, Inc. and Peruvian partner to process oil field cuttings generated by PetroPeru oil & gas drilling operations

 

  • 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 National Gypsum Company and Panel Rey, S.A. to build a backer board cement manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico
    • Mexico – Joint venture between O’Neal Steel Company and Empresas STIVA to construct and operate a steel fabrication plant in Monterrey, Mexico
    • Mexico – Proposed joint venture between SSI Schaeffer International, Inc. and Pagani, S.A. de C.V. to manufacture recyclable plastic containers in Leon, Mexico for the Mexican automotive market

 

  • Services
    • Mexico – Joint venture between American Airlines, Inc., Aerovias de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Compañía Mexicana de Aviación, S.A. de C.V. to form Sabre Sociedad Tecnológica, S.A. de C.V. to operate an airline computer reservation system in Mexico
    • Mexico – Joint venture between Clear Channel Entertainment and Grupo Televisa, S.A. to produce live entertainment events throughout Latin America

 

  • Textiles
    • Mexico – Joint venture between Pillowtex Corporation and a Mexican partner to import, sell and distribute home bedding products in Mexico
    • Mexico – Joint venture between Tee Jays Manufacturing, LLC and Empresas Nieto, S.A. de C.V. to operate a shirt cutting and sewing plant in Queretaro, Mexico

 

  • Industrial Coatings
    • Mexico – Joint Venture between Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc. and Comercial Mexicana de Pinturas, S.A. de C.V. for distribution of car coatings in Mexico
    • Mexico – Joint venture between Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings and Crissow, S.A. de C.V. for manufacture and sale of industrial powder coatings in Monterrey, Mexico

 

Charlie also represents Latin American and other foreign investors in the U.S., and advises clients worldwide on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance and other anti-corruption conventions.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • International Law Section
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • International Law Section
      • Mexico Committee
    • Business Law Section
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • International Law Section
  • Member, Advisory Board, Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, University of Houston Law Center
  • Member, Board of Directors, U.S. Mexico Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, BEAResource for CPS Kids (2010-present)
    • Chair (2014-2015)
    • Vice Chair (2012-2013)
  • Member, Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce (2016)
  • Member, American Chamber of Commerce, Mexico City
  • Member, Advisory Board, United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Chapter

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Legal 500 Latin America
    • Real Estate (2013)

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, (1988)
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, (1985), with high honors
    • Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Texas (1988)
  • Texas State Courts (1988)

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Representative Matters

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Representation of U.S. manufacturing companies in the creation and regulation of Mexican in-bond (maquiladora) operations
Representation of Arcadis G&M in connection with a successful bid for an environmental remediation project in Peru for Petroperu
Representation of Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc., Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings Inc.,Clear Channel Entertainment, NCI Building Systems Inc., O'Neal Steel Company Inc., SSI-Schaefer Systems International and Tee Jays Manufacturing Inc. in the creation of equity joi

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