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Banking & Finance — Mexico


Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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Band 1

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What the team is known for Market-leading corporate and financial firm with a highly specialised banking and finance practice group. Acts for both borrowers and lenders in cross-border transactions, with expertise in project and acquisition finance as well as secured, unsecured and syndicated lending and revolving credit facilities. Team frequently collaborates with well-regarded counsel in foreign jurisdictions, including the USA, and also advises leading European financial services companies.

Head of department and key partner Carlos Aiza's practice includes both banking and finance and capital markets, with a strong focus on structured, project and corporate finance. Clients say: "He is specialised, technical and always provides a solution to the client's requirements." Peers add: "He is an excellent lawyer and a solid practitioner in lending and securities law." He holds an LLM from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and has worked as a foreign associate in New York.

Clients endorse partner Giovanni Ramírez Garrido, saying: "I would recommend him, particularly in the area of loans, because of the quality of his work and the interest he displays in clients every time he represents someone." He focuses his practice on acquisition finance as well as the financing of real estate projects. He holds an LLM from New York University, and has worked in the banking department at Shearman & Sterling's New York office.

Partner Pedro Velasco de la Peña receives praise from sources in project and real estate finance, with clients saying: "He is very good, both technically and in terms of his availability for clients." Sources go on to commend him as "an excellent lawyer for real estate financing." His international experience includes working at Latham & Watkins as a foreign associate in the firm's Los Angeles office.

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Galicia Abogados, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Pre-eminent banking and finance group focusing on representing international financial institutions as lenders in the financing of a range of projects through syndicated and secured loans and revolving credit facilities. Has a strong reputation for both complex cross-border transactional and regulatory work including obtaining banking licences and establishing operations for foreign banks in Mexico.

Founding partner Manuel Galicia Romero specialises in advising large financial institutions on both domestic and cross-border lending. Clients say: "He is an excellent lawyer and a point of reference in the field. He understands what internal lawyers need and provides constant availability." He has ample experience advising a range of market-leading international corporations on financing transactions.

Clients enthuse that Guillermo Pérez Santiago "has great business expertise. When you speak to him, you know that he has ample experience in banking matters and he is aware of the status of legal matters currently before the courts." He focuses on representing large domestic and international banks on cross-border financings, working with prestigious institutions such as Bank of Tokyo, Citibank and HSBC.

Partner and department co-head Arturo Perdomo Jiménez "has long-standing expertise in the field and always delivers on time," according to sources. They go on to state: "He is very knowledgeable and meticulous; he goes right to the detail and that goes a long way in making us feel comfortable working with him." He is focused on domestic and international transactions for both lenders and borrowers, and has spent time working at Mayer Brown's New York office.

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Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Acclaimed banking and finance team with a high degree of specialisation in a comprehensive range of matters and a particularly strong focus on project finance relating to the energy and real estate sectors. Areas of activity for the firm include representing both foreign and domestic lenders and borrowers in syndicated loans to finance projects such as wind farms and toll roads. Maintains a stellar client roster featuring a list of prominent multinational banks and infrastructure companies.

Key partner Ricardo Maldonado Yáñez is described by peers as "a great lawyer who has a lot of experience and has been very active in finance." He earns particular recognition for his role in acquisition financings representing the borrowers, and is also highly respected for his expertise in corporate and capital markets work. His academic credentials include an LLM from the University of Chicago Law School.

Clients say that partner Manuel Echave Pintado "has a lot of technical skill and training." They add: "He is very commercially minded. We are often looking to solve a problem and he has the ability to find pragmatic solutions." Peers recognise his activity on the borrower's side. His international experience includes working as a foreign associate in the New York office of Allen & Overy.

Partner Patricio Trad Cepeda receives praise from clients for being "an able negotiator and a pro-business lawyer who, through years of experience with clients, has learnt how to identify what is to be negotiated." Peers highlight his activity with leading lenders, as well as his work on the borrower side. He has worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's New York office, and holds an LLM with honours from the University of California, Berkeley.

Partner Pilar Mata Fernández is described by clients as "a great asset," with further interviewees adding: "She solves problems quickly, is very diligent and focuses on the business aspects of the transaction." Peers commend her activity working with both borrowers and lenders in finance transactions. She holds an LLM from Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires.

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The Firm offers broad experience in bank finance and regulatory work. The Firm regularly represents Mexican and international banks and other financial entities in the structuring and granting of loans in Mexico and the perfection of security interests on assets located in Mexico. This practice includes providing advice regarding individual loans, syndicated loans and project finance.

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Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Standout corporate powerhouse with a dedicated banking and finance team advising on both transactional and regulatory matters. Principally represents lenders, including a number of major global banks, in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions including cross-border real estate and project finance mandates.

Star individual and department co-head Michell Nader Schekaiban remains a standout practitioner in this field according to peers, who describe him as "hard-working, energetic and intelligent." They go on to state: "He is very easy to work with because he is highly knowledgeable. He has a lot of experience in structured financing for states and municipalities." Clients also endorse "the respect he commands within the discipline, his great level of responsiveness, and his sound and clear advice." He has ample experience in international transactions, particularly with US-based financial institutions.

Practice co-head Julian Garza Castañeda focuses on complex structured financing transactions and real estate finance. Clients highlight "his knowledge, attention to detail and the fact that everything he does is done with quality, and substance is always provided to back up his legal work. He knows what the law requires and I know that if he is involved, the risk of an unforeseen problem is mitigated." He has vast international experience and regularly advises international clients on banking and finance mandates.

Clients state that Hans Goebel Caviedes "is a very reliable person and someone who has no problem working with non-lawyers, as he can translate legal questions into practical and simple ones." Peers go on to commend his level of activity in this area. He regularly advises multinational banks on a range of banking and finance deals.

Partner Javier Arreola Espinosa specialises in project and asset-backed finance. Clients enthuse: "He is really impressive. He understands the laws of other jurisdictions and can draw parallels between those and Mexican law." Sources add: "He understands international matters really well." His overseas experience includes working for a year at Mayer Brown's New York office.

Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly Laborde is a partner in the firm's banking and finance practice. He receives peer recognition for his activity in the banking area and advises notable clients from the insurance sector. He heads the firm's London office, dividing his time between the two jurisdictions and advising UK-based clients on their Mexico-related matters. He continues to be extremely well regarded in the insurance practice area.

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Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Esteemed banking and finance heavyweight offering expertise to a wide range of relevant players in the banking sector in Mexico, including notable multinational lenders. Team frequently handles syndicated, secured and unsecured lending as well as high-value energy and infrastructure project finance, often collaborating with respected international counsel.

Department co-head Luis Nicolau Gutiérrez is highlighted by peers as "a very senior guy who is very active and works around the clock." Clients add: "He is very proactive and someone who doesn't limit themselves to just rendering a service; he tells you his answer and pushes you to see if he can provide more detail." He is dual-qualified in both Mexico and New York, and has spent time working at US law firms Johnson & Gibbs and Shearman & Sterling.

Thomas Heather is a partner in the firm's banking department. Peers comment: "He is very capable." They go on to mention that "he is an extremely intelligent lawyer and has a lot of experience." He is also highly specialised in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring. He is a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute, and continues to advise multinational corporations on financial matters.

Jean Paul Farah Chajin co-heads the department and garners praise from clients, who describe him as "proactive and professional," and go on to highlight "his knowledge of loans and of the trends in the banking sector." He has experience working as a foreign associate in both Madrid at Uría Menéndez and New York at Shearman & Sterling.

Partner Pablo Pérezalonso Eguía receives positive commentary from peers, who state: "He is a very solid lawyer in regulatory matters and derivatives; he is highly technical." Clients add: "He provides responses and evaluations in a timely manner." He participated in the negotiations to establish NAFTA on behalf of the Mexican government, and spent time in New York working as a foreign associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy.

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White & Case SC - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Renowned international firm with a prominent presence in the Mexican banking sector. Continues to advise notable foreign banks on complex regulatory matters including the establishment of banking operations. Maintains a strong practice in high-level financial transactions such as cross-border syndicated, secured and unsecured lending. Client roster includes an array of reputable international financial institutions.

According to sources, department co-head and partner Vicente Corta "has ample experience and good relationships with the banks. He demonstrates knowledge and experience when explaining matters." Peers add: "For regulatory matters he is one of the best." He advises major banks on both regulatory and transactional mandates. He holds an LLM from the University of Warwick.

Key partner Juan Antonio Martín also co-heads the practice and is described by clients as "committed, agile and creative in the solutions that he proposes." He also provides significant expertise in the capital markets field. He is dual-qualified, admitted to practice in both Mexico and New York.

Partner Iker Arriola Peñalosa is recognised by peers for "his financial expertise and exposure to different financial products and transactional requirements." He is also highlighted for his presence in the M&A space. He holds an LLM from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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Greenberg Traurig, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Respected international firm specialising in banking and finance matters representing both individual international lenders and syndicates. Firm remains active in areas such as syndicated and bilateral loans, asset-based lending and cross-border multicurrency financings.

Respected practitioner José Raz Guzmán is held in high esteem by peers, who state: "He is very recognised in the area of banking and finance. He is highly knowledgeable and provides detailed counsel to clients." Clients are equally positive, enthusing: "He is a very thorough lawyer, an able negotiator and a good mediator between parties." He advises on a range of relevant mandates including revolving credit facilities, cross-border lending and project finance. His global credentials include an LLM from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Partner Juan Manuel González Bernal has experience working at international financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. He focuses his practice on complex banking and finance deals within the Mexican market. Sources highlight his ability to handle project finance transactions and his work with notable players in the infrastructure industry.

Up-and-coming partner Miguel Moises "is an experienced lawyer" and "a very good mediator" according to clients. He advises on a range of matters including real estate, M&A and finance representing key clients on the lender side. He is fluent in Portuguese and has worked at Barbosa, Müssnich and Aragão Advogados in São Paulo and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York.

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Jones Day - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Renowned international player with a specialised banking and finance team advising clients on infrastructure and energy project finance, syndicated lending and regulatory issues such as the incorporation of foreign banks in Mexico. Client roster includes notable lenders in the Mexican market.

Respected practitioner Antonio Franck is recognised by peers as "a very good lawyer who is both practical and easy to work with, because he focuses on the important things when negotiating." He regularly advises on transactions such as M&A deals, projects and financial restructurings as well as on the accompanying regulatory aspects. He has studied at Harvard University and the University of Houston.

Key partner Javier Martínez del Campo principally advises borrowers on obtaining loans. Peers recognise the quality of his services in this area and go on to say that he is "very active in the field." He is also active in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and competition law. He has studied at the University of San Diego.

Partner Fernando de Ovando heads the firm's Mexico City office. He receives praise from clients who describe him as "an expert and a thorough lawyer." He regularly advises major multinationals on obtaining loans. He was recently invited to chair the Legal Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico.

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Bufete Robles Miaja, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Respected banking and finance team offering services spanning a number of sector issues. Frequently advises both lenders and borrowers on a range of matters including acquisition finance and syndicated loan facilities. Clients include prominent domestic and European players in the banking and telecommunications industries.

Founding partner Rafael Robles Miaja is described by peers as "a very good lawyer who knows how to advise on lending." He is recognised for working with key players in the banking sector, and is endorsed by clients who state: "He is outstanding - he is a very wise lawyer and has strong technical knowledge." He focuses his practice on representing both domestic and foreign banks in financial transactions spanning the banking and finance and capital markets spaces.

Partner Maria Luisa Petricioli Castellón gains recognition from peers for her activity across the full spectrum of financial transactions including capital markets, banking and finance. She has worked as a foreign associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Stein & Hamilton's New York office, and provides counsel to relevant clients on corporate, banking, finance and M&A matters.

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Cuesta Campos y Asociados, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Strong player in the banking and finance arena with particular presence in Guadalajara. Firm advises mainly lenders on asset-based lending transactions, as well as on industrial mortgages and bridge loans. Client roster includes both foreign and domestic banks and financial institutions, with notable strength in advising Japanese investors.

Sources hold partner Hugo Cuesta Leaño in high regard, stating: "He is great with clients and has a lot of US experience." He is adept in international business transactions including foreign investment and cross-border mandates. He is also fluent in French and has worked at Nabarro's London office.

Partner Azucena Marin "is very responsive and provides strong local counsel for a complex cross-border transaction," according to clients. Sources go on to state: "I would recommend her for secured transactions." She is experienced in working with both domestic and international clients.

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Haynes and Boone, SC - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Strong US player with a specialised team in the Mexican banking and finance market, which collaborates closely with the firm's Houston and Dallas offices. Team principally advises lenders on matters such as syndicated loans, non-recourse financing and standby letters of credit. Clients include notable domestic and regional banks.

Peers deem partner Jorge Labastida "a terrific lawyer who is both intelligent and specialised in banking and finance law. He delivers very good work." Sources go on to describe him as "a fine, technical lawyer and a good negotiator." He has ample experience in advising on cross-border transactions.

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Kuri Breña, Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Well-regarded domestic player advising notable Mexican lenders. Areas of activity for the firm include energy and infrastructure project finance, high-value syndicated loans and debt restructuring. Team advises both individual lenders and syndicates on a range of relevant mandates.

Clients appreciate partner and department co-head Daniel Kuri Breña's "knowledge of the sector and the good relationships that he maintains with all parties of a transaction, as well as his technical expertise." Peers add: "He is the kind of lawyer that gets a deal closed; he is solid, smart and practical." He holds an LLM from Columbia University, and has also worked in New York as a foreign associate.

Partner Guillermo Garay co-heads the banking and finance department. Peers describe him as "a very good banking lawyer." He advises notable domestic players in the Mexican banking sector on the acquisitions of loan portfolios and financial restructuring transactions. He holds a PhD in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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We specialize in the structuring and implementation of finance plans and programs, as well as in securitization transactions and structured financing backed by specific assets. We advise our clients in negotiating financing for their operations as well as in the acquisition of machinery and equipment and other productive assets.

We design and implement transactions related to real and personal property, including financing for equipment, vessels and aircraft.

Our experience in the design, negotiation and implementation of debt restructuring plans is an integral part of our financing practice. The firm has actively been involved in several of the biggest debt restructurings operations in the country.

We also offer services to Mexican and international financing institutions, in matters relating to their activities within the country.

Several foreign banks and other entities that are active in the financial services market with transactions in Mexico are included among our clients.

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Kuri Breña , Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar has developed a close working relationship with national and international organizations, in order to offer its clients more efficient solutions to their specific needs.

The Interlex Group

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Santamarina y Steta SC - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Established domestic player with expertise spanning financial restructurings, lending and the cross-border financing of infrastructure projects. It also provides advice on the Mexican financial regulatory framework to notable international and domestic financial institutions.

Department co-head and partner Alberto Saavedra is lauded by peers as "one of those lawyers who thinks strategically and is also technically gifted." With over 30 years of experience and a varied practice, his banking activity is focused on project finance, with additional activity in the fields of M&A and foreign investment.

Clients endorse Sergio Chagoya as "diligent, responsible and understanding of the client's needs in order to resolve issues as quickly as possible." Chagoya routinely represents borrowers in loans agreements, and also maintains an active presence in the capital markets practice area.

Partner Juan Carlos Machorro Guerrero receives positive endorsements from clients, who say: "He can give you the answers to neighbouring areas of law when questions arise there." He advises on a range of matters including project finance, and has experience working in the New York office of Sidley Austin.

Senior associate Ricardo Orea has nine years of experience in the banking and finance space, including a year working in the USA at the New York office of Shearman & Sterling. He recently assisted with a USD25 million loan granted to JAFRA Cosmetics International for the construction of a new plant in Mexico.

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Baker McKenzie - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Global law firm with an established presence in the Mexican banking and finance sector. Client roster features a distinctly international clientele including notable foreign borrowers and lenders. Main areas of activity include export credit facilities, project finance, regulatory advice and syndicated lending.

Partner Carlos Sagaón co-heads the firm's banking and finance department. His experience includes cross-border loans, project finance and regulatory matters. Clients are quick to endorse him, stating: "I am impressed by his leadership capacity and the way in which he is able to co-ordinate the different parties of the transaction." He regularly works with both domestic and foreign financial entities.

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Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Solid banking and finance team with offices in Mexico and Spain, known for its activity on the regulatory side of the practice area. Advises prominent banks, both domestic and international, on issues such as corporate governance, compliance and legal audits as well as transactional matters such as acquisition finance.

Key partner Miguel Gallardo Guerra "likes to provide practical solutions," and is "accurate, competent and effective" according to clients. Sources also describe him as "intelligent, cautious and direct in his response." He works with notable banks on a mixture of transactional and regulatory mandates, and holds an LLM from New York University.

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Banking and Finance

BGBG is recognized as one of the leading law firms in the banking and finance practice area in Mexico.

BGBG has members with extensive financial and banking law practice in Mexico and abroad. These members have provided counselling services to corporations and financial institutions including insurance companies, national and international Banks, brokerage firms, financial groups, investment companies, multiple purpose non-banking financial institutions, investment companies specialized in retirement funds and representative offices.

The members of the firm in the banking and finance practice area have regularly provided the following services among others:

-    Services provided to corporations, financial institutions, investment Banks and companies specialized in foreign acquisitions and privatizations, including financing projects with both national and foreign capital.
-    Representation of corporations, Mexican and international Banks and other financial institutions and their Mexican subsidiaries before federal and local government entities.
-    Representation of corporations, financial institutions, brokers, trading companies and other Project financing companies.
-    Representation of financial institutions, debtors and other participants in debt restructuring and capitalization.

Additionally, several of our lawyers serve as members of board of directors or secretaries of regulated or non-regulated financial institutions.

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Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Sizeable and respected banking and finance practice group advising on a range of relevant matters, including project finance in the energy sector. Represents both borrowers and lenders in domestic and cross-border secured loans.

Head of department José Victor Torres Gómez "provides top-notch legal advice while being commercially practical and always responsive," according to clients. Peers recognise his activity on the lender side of finance transactions. He has spent time working in the US at Dewey & LeBoeuf, and holds an LLM from the University of Texas.

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The  firm's banking and financial practice focuses on diverse aspects of the financial sector, such as secured and unsecured commercial lending, securitization, secured financing, syndicated loans, restructuring, asset financing, sales and purchase transactions and trusts, issuance of debentures, commercial paper, promissory notes and other debt instruments, in both the domestic and international markets, as well as on the structuring and expansion of banking and financial institutions, branches and subsidiaries, tailoring our services for each transaction according to its legal implications and complexity. An important part of our financing work involves project funding and infrastructure, as well as financial strategies behind complex acquisitions, which require the design of financial strategies.


We are leaders in structuring, negotiating, and implementing capital markets and securitization transactions, including equity deals such as initial public offerings and transactions with depositary receipts. 


We represent lenders and borrowers in domestic and cross-border transactions, including several major domestic and foreign banking institutions, investment bankers, underwriters and private investment funds and foreign asset management companies.



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Hogan Lovells - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Admired firm acting on both the lender and borrower side of financial transactions. Represents banks, SOFOMs and funds on the lender side, while borrowers include Mexican states and municipalities. Key areas of activity include loan restructuring and cross-border loan facilities.

Peers have a very positive opinion of Federico De Noriega, particularly for his work in international financing transactions. He acts on complex domestic and cross-border financings across several sectors, including energy, and works closely with start-up companies. He is admitted to practice in New York and has experience working in Sidley Austin's New York office. He also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School.

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Holland & Knight - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Sizeable US-based firm with an active presence in the Mexican banking and finance sector. Varied clientele of both lenders and borrowers composed of states and municipalities, foreign financial institutions and banks. Areas of activity include secured and unsecured lending and project finance.

Sources are full of praise for department co-head Alejandro Landa Thierry, whom they describe as "punctual and assertive." Clients go on to state: "Beyond being a lawyer he is an engineer, which means he can provide a broader service in structuring and understanding public finance and energy projects. He is very dynamic, proactive and has a great attitude." He holds an LLM from Columbia University, New York.

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Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C. - Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Strong local player representing a number of notable Canadian banks. Handles acquisition finance and the financing of projects across several sectors including real estate, energy and infrastructure, in addition to offering considerable experience in debt restructurings. Frequently collaborates with respected foreign counsel, particularly in the USA.

Key partner Francisco Andrés Gámez Garza focuses on project finance and trust work. He is active across several sectors, including energy and mining, and works with both financial institutions and companies. He has experience working at CEMEX, a Mexican multinational company dedicated to producing and distributing cement. He has also studied in New York and Connecticut.

Senior associate Jaime Moreno Treviño works across several sectors including automotives, real estate and banking. He advises on general finance matters and has a wealth of experience in advising Canadian banks in particular.

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Star Individuals

Michell Nader Schekaiban

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Star individual and department co-head Michell Nader Schekaiban remains a standout practitioner in this field according to peers, who describe him as "hard-working, energetic and intelligent." They go on to state: "He is very easy to work with because he is highly knowledgeable. He has a lot of experience in structured financing for states and municipalities." Clients also endorse "the respect he commands within the discipline, his great level of responsiveness, and his sound and clear advice." He has ample experience in international transactions, particularly with US-based financial institutions.

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Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department and key partner Carlos Aiza's practice includes both banking and finance and capital markets, with a strong focus on structured, project and corporate finance. Clients say: "He is specialised, technical and always provides a solution to the client's requirements." Peers add: "He is an excellent lawyer and a solid practitioner in lending and securities law." He holds an LLM from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and has worked as a foreign associate in New York.

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Luis A Nicolau Gutiérrez

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Department co-head Luis Nicolau Gutiérrez is highlighted by peers as "a very senior guy who is very active and works around the clock." Clients add: "He is very proactive and someone who doesn't limit themselves to just rendering a service; he tells you his answer and pushes you to see if he can provide more detail." He is dual-qualified in both Mexico and New York, and has spent time working at US law firms Johnson & Gibbs and Shearman & Sterling.

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José Raz Guzmán

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Respected practitioner José Raz Guzmán is held in high esteem by peers, who state: "He is very recognised in the area of banking and finance. He is highly knowledgeable and provides detailed counsel to clients." Clients are equally positive, enthusing: "He is a very thorough lawyer, an able negotiator and a good mediator between parties." He advises on a range of relevant mandates including revolving credit facilities, cross-border lending and project finance. His global credentials include an LLM from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Rafael Robles Miaja

Bufete Robles Miaja, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Rafael Robles Miaja is described by peers as "a very good lawyer who knows how to advise on lending." He is recognised for working with key players in the banking sector, and is endorsed by clients who state: "He is outstanding - he is a very wise lawyer and has strong technical knowledge." He focuses his practice on representing both domestic and foreign banks in financial transactions spanning the banking and finance and capital markets spaces.

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White & Case SC

From the Chambers Global guide

According to sources, department co-head and partner Vicente Corta "has ample experience and good relationships with the banks. He demonstrates knowledge and experience when explaining matters." Peers add: "For regulatory matters he is one of the best." He advises major banks on both regulatory and transactional mandates. He holds an LLM from the University of Warwick.

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Fernando de Ovando

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Fernando de Ovando heads the firm's Mexico City office. He receives praise from clients who describe him as "an expert and a thorough lawyer." He regularly advises major multinationals on obtaining loans. He was recently invited to chair the Legal Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico.

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Jean Paul Farah Chajin

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Jean Paul Farah Chajin co-heads the department and garners praise from clients, who describe him as "proactive and professional," and go on to highlight "his knowledge of loans and of the trends in the banking sector." He has experience working as a foreign associate in both Madrid at Uría Menéndez and New York at Shearman & Sterling.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Respected practitioner Antonio Franck is recognised by peers as "a very good lawyer who is both practical and easy to work with, because he focuses on the important things when negotiating." He regularly advises on transactions such as M&A deals, projects and financial restructurings as well as on the accompanying regulatory aspects. He has studied at Harvard University and the University of Houston.

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Manuel Galicia Romero

Galicia Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Manuel Galicia Romero specialises in advising large financial institutions on both domestic and cross-border lending. Clients say: "He is an excellent lawyer and a point of reference in the field. He understands what internal lawyers need and provides constant availability." He has ample experience advising a range of market-leading international corporations on financing transactions.

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Miguel Gallardo Guerra

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Key partner Miguel Gallardo Guerra "likes to provide practical solutions," and is "accurate, competent and effective" according to clients. Sources also describe him as "intelligent, cautious and direct in his response." He works with notable banks on a mixture of transactional and regulatory mandates, and holds an LLM from New York University.

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Julian Garza Castañeda

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Practice co-head Julian Garza Castañeda focuses on complex structured financing transactions and real estate finance. Clients highlight "his knowledge, attention to detail and the fact that everything he does is done with quality, and substance is always provided to back up his legal work. He knows what the law requires and I know that if he is involved, the risk of an unforeseen problem is mitigated." He has vast international experience and regularly advises international clients on banking and finance mandates.

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Hans P Goebel Caviedes

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients state that Hans Goebel Caviedes "is a very reliable person and someone who has no problem working with non-lawyers, as he can translate legal questions into practical and simple ones." Peers go on to commend his level of activity in this area. He regularly advises multinational banks on a range of banking and finance deals.

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Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Heather is a partner in the firm's banking department. Peers comment: "He is very capable." They go on to mention that "he is an extremely intelligent lawyer and has a lot of experience." He is also highly specialised in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring. He is a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute, and continues to advise multinational corporations on financial matters.

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Daniel Kuri Breña

Kuri Breña, Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients appreciate partner and department co-head Daniel Kuri Breña's "knowledge of the sector and the good relationships that he maintains with all parties of a transaction, as well as his technical expertise." Peers add: "He is the kind of lawyer that gets a deal closed; he is solid, smart and practical." He holds an LLM from Columbia University, and has also worked in New York as a foreign associate.

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Haynes and Boone, SC

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers deem partner Jorge Labastida "a terrific lawyer who is both intelligent and specialised in banking and finance law. He delivers very good work." Sources go on to describe him as "a fine, technical lawyer and a good negotiator." He has ample experience in advising on cross-border transactions.

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Ricardo Maldonado Yáñez

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Key partner Ricardo Maldonado Yáñez is described by peers as "a great lawyer who has a lot of experience and has been very active in finance." He earns particular recognition for his role in acquisition financings representing the borrowers, and is also highly respected for his expertise in corporate and capital markets work. His academic credentials include an LLM from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Juan Antonio Martín

White & Case SC

From the Chambers Global guide

Key partner Juan Antonio Martín also co-heads the practice and is described by clients as "committed, agile and creative in the solutions that he proposes." He also provides significant expertise in the capital markets field. He is dual-qualified, admitted to practice in both Mexico and New York.

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Javier Martínez del Campo

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Key partner Javier Martínez del Campo principally advises borrowers on obtaining loans. Peers recognise the quality of his services in this area and go on to say that he is "very active in the field." He is also active in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and competition law. He has studied at the University of San Diego.

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Guillermo Pérez Santiago

Galicia Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients enthuse that Guillermo Pérez Santiago "has great business expertise. When you speak to him, you know that he has ample experience in banking matters and he is aware of the status of legal matters currently before the courts." He focuses on representing large domestic and international banks on cross-border financings, working with prestigious institutions such as Bank of Tokyo, Citibank and HSBC.

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Ramón Bravo Herrera

Deloitte Legal Services

From the Chambers Global guide

Ramón Bravo Herrera of Deloitte is recognised by peers for his activity in the banking sector representing borrowers, as well as in the banking aspects of other transactions. He advises on financial transactions as well as capital markets matters, and holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge, UK.

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Hugo Cuesta Leaño

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources hold partner Hugo Cuesta Leaño in high regard, stating: "He is great with clients and has a lot of US experience." He is adept in international business transactions including foreign investment and cross-border mandates. He is also fluent in French and has worked at Nabarro's London office.

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Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly Laborde

Nader, Hayaux & Goebel

From the Chambers Global guide

Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly Laborde is a partner in the firm's banking and finance practice. He receives peer recognition for his activity in the banking area and advises notable clients from the insurance sector. He heads the firm's London office, dividing his time between the two jurisdictions and advising UK-based clients on their Mexico-related matters. He continues to be extremely well regarded in the insurance practice area.

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Arturo Perdomo Jiménez

Galicia Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner and department co-head Arturo Perdomo Jiménez "has long-standing expertise in the field and always delivers on time," according to sources. They go on to state: "He is very knowledgeable and meticulous; he goes right to the detail and that goes a long way in making us feel comfortable working with him." He is focused on domestic and international transactions for both lenders and borrowers, and has spent time working at Mayer Brown's New York office.

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Pablo Perezalonso Eguía

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Pablo Pérezalonso Eguía receives positive commentary from peers, who state: "He is a very solid lawyer in regulatory matters and derivatives; he is highly technical." Clients add: "He provides responses and evaluations in a timely manner." He participated in the negotiations to establish NAFTA on behalf of the Mexican government, and spent time in New York working as a foreign associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy.

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Giovanni Ramírez Garrido

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients endorse partner Giovanni Ramírez Garrido, saying: "I would recommend him, particularly in the area of loans, because of the quality of his work and the interest he displays in clients every time he represents someone." He focuses his practice on acquisition finance as well as the financing of real estate projects. He holds an LLM from New York University, and has worked in the banking department at Shearman & Sterling's New York office.

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Santamarina y Steta SC

From the Chambers Global guide

Department co-head and partner Alberto Saavedra is lauded by peers as "one of those lawyers who thinks strategically and is also technically gifted." With over 30 years of experience and a varied practice, his banking activity is focused on project finance, with additional activity in the fields of M&A and foreign investment.

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Pedro Velasco de la Peña

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Pedro Velasco de la Peña receives praise from sources in project and real estate finance, with clients saying: "He is very good, both technically and in terms of his availability for clients." Sources go on to commend him as "an excellent lawyer for real estate financing." His international experience includes working at Latham & Watkins as a foreign associate in the firm's Los Angeles office.

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Javier Arreola Espinosa

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Javier Arreola Espinosa specialises in project and asset-backed finance. Clients enthuse: "He is really impressive. He understands the laws of other jurisdictions and can draw parallels between those and Mexican law." Sources add: "He understands international matters really well." His overseas experience includes working for a year at Mayer Brown's New York office.

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Iker Arriola Peñalosa

White & Case SC

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Iker Arriola Peñalosa is recognised by peers for "his financial expertise and exposure to different financial products and transactional requirements." He is also highlighted for his presence in the M&A space. He holds an LLM from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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Berdeja Abogados S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Respected practitioner Teofilo Berdeja of Berdeja Abogados S.C. is highlighted by peers as a consistent figure in the banking and finance practice area. His experience includes representing banks and other relevant players in the sector. He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and has spent time working at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York.

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Santamarina y Steta SC

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients endorse Sergio Chagoya as "diligent, responsible and understanding of the client's needs in order to resolve issues as quickly as possible." Chagoya routinely represents borrowers in loans agreements, and also maintains an active presence in the capital markets practice area.

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Federico De Noriega

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers have a very positive opinion of Federico De Noriega, particularly for his work in international financing transactions. He acts on complex domestic and cross-border financings across several sectors, including energy, and works closely with start-up companies. He is admitted to practice in New York and has experience working in Sidley Austin's New York office. He also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School.

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Manuel Echave Pintado

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients say that partner Manuel Echave Pintado "has a lot of technical skill and training." They add: "He is very commercially minded. We are often looking to solve a problem and he has the ability to find pragmatic solutions." Peers recognise his activity on the borrower's side. His international experience includes working as a foreign associate in the New York office of Allen & Overy.

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Francisco Forastieri

EY Mexico

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources report that partner Francisco Forastieri of EY Mexico "is a very experienced lawyer." They add: "He has represented many banks and borrowers over the years, and he is both intelligent and savvy."

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Francisco Andrés Gámez Garza

Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Key partner Francisco Andrés Gámez Garza focuses on project finance and trust work. He is active across several sectors, including energy and mining, and works with both financial institutions and companies. He has experience working at CEMEX, a Mexican multinational company dedicated to producing and distributing cement. He has also studied in New York and Connecticut.

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Kuri Breña, Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Guillermo Garay co-heads the banking and finance department. Peers describe him as "a very good banking lawyer." He advises notable domestic players in the Mexican banking sector on the acquisitions of loan portfolios and financial restructuring transactions. He holds a PhD in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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Juan Manuel González Bernal

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Juan Manuel González Bernal has experience working at international financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. He focuses his practice on complex banking and finance deals within the Mexican market. Sources highlight his ability to handle project finance transactions and his work with notable players in the infrastructure industry.

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Alejandro Landa Thierry

Holland & Knight

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources are full of praise for department co-head Alejandro Landa Thierry, whom they describe as "punctual and assertive." Clients go on to state: "Beyond being a lawyer he is an engineer, which means he can provide a broader service in structuring and understanding public finance and energy projects. He is very dynamic, proactive and has a great attitude." He holds an LLM from Columbia University, New York.

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Enrique Lorente Ludlow

Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow SC

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow of Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow SC focuses on the field of project finance in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He advises both lenders and borrowers. Clients say: "He is excellent - a highly knowledgeable practitioner in financial matters."

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Juan Carlos Machorro Guerrero

Santamarina y Steta SC

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Juan Carlos Machorro Guerrero receives positive endorsements from clients, who say: "He can give you the answers to neighbouring areas of law when questions arise there." He advises on a range of matters including project finance, and has experience working in the New York office of Sidley Austin.

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Cuesta Campos y Asociados, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Azucena Marin "is very responsive and provides strong local counsel for a complex cross-border transaction," according to clients. Sources go on to state: "I would recommend her for secured transactions." She is experienced in working with both domestic and international clients.

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María Luisa Petricioli Castellón

Bufete Robles Miaja, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Maria Luisa Petricioli Castellón gains recognition from peers for her activity across the full spectrum of financial transactions including capital markets, banking and finance. She has worked as a foreign associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Stein & Hamilton's New York office, and provides counsel to relevant clients on corporate, banking, finance and M&A matters.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Carlos Sagaón co-heads the firm's banking and finance department. His experience includes cross-border loans, project finance and regulatory matters. Clients are quick to endorse him, stating: "I am impressed by his leadership capacity and the way in which he is able to co-ordinate the different parties of the transaction." He regularly works with both domestic and foreign financial entities.

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José Victor Torres Gómez

Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department José Victor Torres Gómez "provides top-notch legal advice while being commercially practical and always responsive," according to clients. Peers recognise his activity on the lender side of finance transactions. He has spent time working in the US at Dewey & LeBoeuf, and holds an LLM from the University of Texas.

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Patricio Trad Cepeda

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Patricio Trad Cepeda receives praise from clients for being "an able negotiator and a pro-business lawyer who, through years of experience with clients, has learnt how to identify what is to be negotiated." Peers highlight his activity with leading lenders, as well as his work on the borrower side. He has worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's New York office, and holds an LLM with honours from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Up and Coming

Pilar Mata Fernández

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Pilar Mata Fernández is described by clients as "a great asset," with further interviewees adding: "She solves problems quickly, is very diligent and focuses on the business aspects of the transaction." Peers commend her activity working with both borrowers and lenders in finance transactions. She holds an LLM from Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires.

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Up and Coming

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming partner Miguel Moises "is an experienced lawyer" and "a very good mediator" according to clients. He advises on a range of matters including real estate, M&A and finance representing key clients on the lender side. He is fluent in Portuguese and has worked at Barbosa, Müssnich and Aragão Advogados in São Paulo and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York.

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Associates to watch

Jaime Moreno Treviño

Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior associate Jaime Moreno Treviño works across several sectors including automotives, real estate and banking. He advises on general finance matters and has a wealth of experience in advising Canadian banks in particular.

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Associates to watch

Santamarina y Steta SC

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior associate Ricardo Orea has nine years of experience in the banking and finance space, including a year working in the USA at the New York office of Shearman & Sterling. He recently assisted with a USD25 million loan granted to JAFRA Cosmetics International for the construction of a new plant in Mexico.

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