Felisa Elayne Sanchez

Special Counsel

Overview

Felisa Sanchez has a transactional practice involving a wide variety of corporate, finance and commercial matters for domestic and international clients in the maritime, energy and financial services sectors. Felisa represents public and private companies in a wide variety of cross border transactions, including loans, equipment leasing, energy and energy services, and mergers and acquisitions. She and other members of the firm’s maritime practice are often engaged by domestic and foreign law firms and banks to advise on loans involving maritime or off-shore investments in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.

Felisa’s maritime practice involves the representation of clients in domestic and international financings, restructurings of debt involving maritime assets, equipment leasing, as well as various commercial and operational matters, including compliance with maritime regulations. Clients appreciate her understanding of cultural differences and her ability to work efficiently in a global market. Felisa is highly-regarded for her knowledge and experience with naval flags and countries of registry – these include the United States, Panama, Liberia, Vanuatu and Marshall Islands, among others.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • International Law Section
      • Executive Council Member
      • Chair (2008-2009)
      • Former Vice Chair (2007-2008) and Secretary/Treasurer (2006-2007)
  • Member, Women International Shipping & Trading Association

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, Houston’s Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine
    • Energy & Natural Resources (2011)
  • Recognized, Houston Top Professional on the Fast Track, H Texas Magazine (2006, 2007)

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, (2002), with honors
  • B.A., Rice University, (1998)

Admissions

  • Texas (2002)

Representative Matters

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Gardere represented BP Solar International of its solar assets. - need to conform with other summaries
Represented a U.S. leasing company in its purchase of equity interests in trusts owning container vessels and bulk carriers
Represented lender group as special maritime counsel in the process of foreclosing on a Marshall Islands drillship

Capabilities