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Banking & Finance — Mexico


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

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Head of department: Carlos Aiza
- 5 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading banking and finance practice group widely revered for its capabilities in financial transactions. Frequently sought out by respected international financial institutions to represent banking syndicates in high-value cross-border financings. Experience extends to project and acquisition finance, acting as counsel to both lenders and borrowers. Supported by the firm's well-regarded practices in real estate, capital markets and M&A.

Strengths An impressed client enthuses: "I think this is one of the best firms in this area. I really value the sophistication its experts have in their understanding of both financial and business issues."

Another source praises the firm, stating: "They do a fantastic job in handling the pressures of a transaction and using them to the client's advantage."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Credit Suisse as lead arranger in a USD400 million senior secured loan provided to Grupo Bio Pappel.

Significant clients Banorte, BlackRock, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, MetLife.

Notable practitioners

Leading practitioner Carlos Aiza is lauded by clients as "one of the greatest lawyers in this area due to his experience and his broad reach in the Mexican market." Peers add: "He is a phenomenal lawyer who has participated in some hugely relevant transactions." His expertise spans major syndicated loans in the context of corporate and project finance, with additional experience in capital markets, M&A and restructuring. He acts as counsel to respected global financial institutions.

Partner Pedro Velasco de la Peña garners strong praise from clients. They say: "He is an excellent lawyer with profound knowledge of all matters with which he is tasked. He is completely dedicated to his work and follows up thoroughly on all matters. As a person, he is also warm and friendly when dealing with clients." His expertise includes asset, acquisition and project finance.

Peers recognise Giovanni Ramírez Garrido's activity in this field, confirming his involvement in many of the firm's high-value financial transactions. Peers also describe him as "very well qualified." His practice includes both unsecured and secured syndicated loans in the context of corporate and project finance.

Partner Rodrigo Castelazo is active across the banking and finance and capital markets spheres. He has expertise in structured finance transactions comprising loans and debt offerings. Clients enthuse: "His technical knowledge is excellent."

Clients comment that Mercedes Haddad "is good at representing everybody in a transaction, including buyers, sellers, lenders and borrowers." A peer adds: "She is a lawyer who works very hard and has a good attitude for getting things done."

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Galicia Abogados, S.C. - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Arturo Perdomo and Guillermo Pérez Santiago
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pace-setting banking and finance powerhouse active across a range of relevant matters in the financial services arena in Mexico. Acts for leading banks as lenders in significant project finance deals, with additional experience in representing borrowers. Further areas of activity include asset and acquisition finance, working in tandem with the firm's leading corporate team. Remains a respected firm in the capital markets, energy and projects fields.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "We think that Galicia Abogados is a real point of reference for this sort of work in Mexico. The lawyers distinguish themselves by providing timely responses and a high-quality service; they really understand the needs of their clients' businesses and the deadlines they have to meet."

Another source comments: "They have a good team of experts in regulatory banking matters, as well as tax and corporate issues, so when you call them, you get a quick response from lawyers that truly understand deals."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to HSBC México as lender in the financing of two steam production and power generation projects worth USD82 million.

Significant clients Banco Sabadell, HSBC México, Bank of America, Santander, Morgan Stanley.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Manuel Galicia Romero renders legal services to leading international banks with subsidiaries in Mexico, as well as notable players from the domestic finance space. A client enthuses: "If you are going to carry out a large financial transaction, he is one of the few people to whom you can go to for advice; he is one of the most intelligent lawyers I've ever met."

A client singles out Guillermo Pérez Santiago for praise, stating: "I would particularly recommend him for syndicated lending transactions." Peers go on to highlight his "strong background in this area." He is also a respected figure in the capital markets arena.

Partner Arturo Perdomo Jiménez garners recognition for his expertise in project finance. A client states: "I like that he understands what a financial institution needs. He has a good service attitude and knows that I need quick responses."

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Revered corporate and financial firm with a stellar reputation in the banking and finance arena. Particularly focused on project finance, mainly counselling well-known international and local banks as lenders in energy and infrastructure projects. Team has additional expertise representing project sponsors. Banking and finance department works in tandem with the firm's leading practice in M&A.

Strengths A client enthuses: "I would particularly highlight the direct contact with the partners, as well as their technical knowledge; finance is clearly one of their strong points."

Work highlights Advised Banco del Bajío on granting a loan worth MXN340 million to Mexiteleféricos in a project finance mandate for a cable railway project in the state of Mexico.

Significant clients Banco Nacional de México, Banobras, Santander, Banco del Bajío, MetLife.

Notable practitioners

Partner Ricardo Maldonado Yáñez garners praise for his work in both the banking and finance and M&A areas. Peers say: "He is a terrific lawyer and a tough and intelligent negotiator. He is easy to work with as well." He is highly involved in acquisition financing, and remains an active practitioner in the capital markets field.

Manuel Echave Pintado "is a great lawyer, particularly in financings. He has had substantial exposure to matters during his career," according to peers. He regularly represents financial institutions as lenders in corporate financings. He is also active in capital markets transactions.

Partner Patricio Trad Cepeda is principally active in lending transactions, representing banks acting as creditors. He is also active in the M&A and capital markets areas. Peers describe him as "a very reputable lawyer in this field."

Peers highlight partner Pilar Mata Fernández's activity in the project finance space, crediting her with expertise in both asset-backed lending and securities mandates.

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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 Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Head of department: Michell Nader Schekaiban
- 13 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout transactional front-runner boasting a client list including prestigious multinational financial entities. Team is active in financings across several sectors, with a particular focus on real estate, and remains highly regarded for its project finance capabilities. Also frequently sought out for its regulatory expertise concerning matters in the finance and insurance spaces, such as the establishment of operations in Mexico's banking sector.

Strengths A client reports: "This is one of the firms that we use the most due to the lawyers' consistent availability for us; they also study all matters in depth, have good judgement and provide timely responses."

Another source goes on to mention: "In all matters handled by the firm, a partner is always present. This is particularly important."

Work highlights Advised MetLife Mexico as lender in a transaction to fund the acquisition of a multifamily property portfolio including six properties located in Mexico City and Monterrey for MXN2.3 billion.

Significant clients Bank of America, MetLife Mexico, HSBC, Barclays, Rabobank.

Notable practitioners

Star individual Michell Nader Schekaiban has over 30 years of experience in the banking and finance sphere. He has a wealth of experience in advising high-profile lenders and borrowers on project finance, as well as financings in the real estate sector. One client lauds him as "one of the best lawyers in Mexico, and currently the best lawyer in financings," with another enthusing: "His career development in the finance arena is a recognised story in the Mexican market."

Partner Julian Garza Castañeda is endorsed by clients as "an extremely capable and professional lawyer with broad knowledge of finance from both a lending and regulatory perspective." They go on to add: "He is intelligent, dedicated and efficient." He participates in structured finance deals and has additional expertise in capital markets matters.

Active practitioner Hans Goebel Caviedes is appreciated by clients, who say: "He makes the complicated simple." Sources go on to highlight his specialisation in representing syndicates of banks in lending transactions and praise him for being "impressively organised," and "having very clear ideas which give clients peace of mind."

Partner Javier Arreola Espinosa garners recognition from peers for his high level of activity in this field. He maintains a buoyant practice in the asset finance space, particularly in the aviation sector. Clients describe him as "a first-rate adviser," and "someone who understands general financial matters really well; he's an impressive lawyer."

Partner Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly Laborde is praised by clients, who state: "He is very commercially aware and he knows how to deliver what we need." He advises clients on both transactional and regulatory matters, and also offers market-leading expertise in insurance matters.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly acclaimed banking and finance department frequently called upon by leading financial institutions to advise on complex transactions, including secured and unsecured syndicated lending. Active in project finance in the energy and infrastructure sectors and maintains a strong presence in acquisition finance, working with its corporate team. Additional expertise in the capital markets field.

Strengths A client says: "This is a top-tier firm in this area. It is one of the best in terms of client service and expertise. The partners are involved in deals and are very hands-on, which adds a lot of value for clients."

Work highlights Advised Citibanamex on a MXN10 billion syndicated loan to El Puerto de Liverpool to fund its acquisition of Suburbia.

Significant clients BBVA Bancomer, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, HSBC.

Notable practitioners

Respected practitioner and "superb lawyer" Luis Nicolau Gutiérrez receives ample praise from sources. One client highlights "the quality of his work and the professionalism that he has." They go on to credit him with being "an excellent lawyer with a lot of expertise and understanding of business issues." He is particularly active representing banks as lenders, and gains respect from peers for his long-standing activity in Mexico's finance industry.

Partner Jean Paul Farah Chajin garners strong praise from clients, who say: "He is a trusted adviser and knows exactly what I am looking for as a client; he is ahead of the curve in that sense. He is also very hands-on and available for clients." Sources highlight his involvement in syndicated lending.

Well-known lawyer Thomas Heather is active in banking and finance as well as debt restructuring. Peers credit him with "having a great feel for just what the client needs," and go on to comment: "He is a very intelligent and extremely capable lawyer." He is also an esteemed figure in the bankruptcy and restructuring arena.

Partner Pablo Pérezalonso Eguía earns plaudits from clients, who state: "He has excellent availability and is an expert in regulatory matters. He is a very experienced and technically gifted lawyer." Peers also endorse his expertise in Mexico's derivatives market.

About the Team (content provided by Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.)

The firm represents international and Mexican banks and other financial intermediaries in secured and unsecured, bilateral and syndicated lending transactions of different levels of complexity involving Mexican obligors or assets. Our steady presence in the market has allowed us to participate in all phases of the credit cycle, including origination in bull markets as well as restructuring in the context of regional or global crises.

The firm’s banking and finance team also advises international and domestic banks, as well as industry organizations such as ISDA and the Mexican Banking Association in their derivatives transactions in Mexico.



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Greenberg Traurig, S.C. - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: José Raz Guzmán and Juan Manuel González Bernal
- 9 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded international firm with a strong reputation in the project finance arena. Routinely acts as counsel to renowned multinational financial institutions as lenders, as well as representing borrowers in acquisition finance. Active in advising on the syndicated and bilateral lending of multicurrency facilities, as well as in asset-based lending.

Strengths A client reports: "The firm has a well-qualified team which demonstrates ample knowledge of banking and finance matters. The lawyers always adapt to the response times that our transactions demand."

Work highlights Represented Bank of America as financial adviser to the SCT in relation to the financial structuring of the Red Compartida bidding process.

Significant clients Empresas ICA, Bio Pappel, Banorte, BBVA Bancomer, Santander.

Notable practitioners

Respected figure José Raz Guzmán is lauded by peers as "a highly sophisticated partner and a well-known lawyer in this area. He knows the market very well and is very pro-deal." Sources go on to highlight him as "one of the most recognised lawyers in transactions and a real point of reference here." He is active in advising clients on matters including acquisition and project finance through syndicated and asset-backed loans. He maintains a strong presence in capital markets transactions.

Partner Juan Manuel González Bernal recently led the team on the aforementioned work highlight. He is recognised by peers for being active in project finance. A client enthuses: "He provides greater scope than one would expect and really goes above and beyond his responsibility."

About the Team (content provided by Greenberg Traurig, S.C.)

Recent legislative changes in the Mexican banking and financial sector aim to improve the corporate governance and capitalization of Mexican banks and other financial institutions in order to avoid conflicts of interest, fortify the entire financial system and increase lending. The banking, brokerdealer and insurance sectors are well capitalized and subject to strict regulatory surveillance and compliance requirements.

While legislation requires banks to continue maintaining strict controls, the reform seeks to incentivize banks to increase lending and have a more active role in the economy. As part of these objectives, there were amendments to the insolvency law and the laws regulating secured lending transactions

Our Banking and Finance Practice has broad experience representing clients both in the transactional and the regulatory arenas. We understand the business and objectives of financial institutions and offer an experienced and creative perspective through our lawyers’ knowledge of the industry, market conventions and business cycles.


Our experience and understanding of both market standards and the expectations and concerns of lenders with regard to various types of credit facilities, along with the resources available to our global firm platform, contribute to our ability to assist both lenders and borrowers effectively and efficiently.


     





 



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Jones Day - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded international firm with a substantial presence in the Mexican market. Well-known for handling cross-border financings, particularly relating to projects in the energy sector. Has additional expertise in obtaining regulatory approval for the establishment of banking operations in Mexico.

Strengths Clients note: "These lawyers have a lot of experience and prestige in Mexico; they offer all the benefits of Jones Day's global platform, as well as quick and efficient answers to our queries."

Notable practitioners

Partner Antonio Franck garners praise for his activity in the banking and finance sector. Peers describe him as "a savvy and practical lawyer that has been around for a long time." His practice spans financings for corporate transactions, projects and financial restructurings. He is also well versed in regulatory issues.

Javier Martínez del Campo is principally active advising borrowers on financings for corporate transactions. He remains an active figure in several practice areas, including M&A and competition law. He also advises clients on corporate governance issues.

Partner Fernando de Ovando has expertise in cross-border financings. Peers recognise his experience in relevant banking and finance matters. He heads the Mexico City office, and maintains a strong practice advising on financial and corporate transactions.

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White & Case SC - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Juan Antonio Martín and Vicente Corta
- 6 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected global player commanding a solid reputation in the banking and finance sphere. Client roster features leading investment banks, particularly multinationals. Involved in a significant volume of high-value cross-border acquisitions financings representing lenders, as well as continuing to advise on highly complex regulatory matters.

Strengths A client notes: "The service provided by White & Case is professional and timely, and shows the capabilities, experience and proactivity of its lawyers, who seek to protect our interests at all times."

Work highlights Represented a syndicate of banks in a USD326.5 million financing for Grupo Industrial Saltillo for its acquisition of Infun Group. The financing consisted of a USD276.5 term loan and a USD50 million revolving credit facility.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, RBS, Citibanamex, Santander.

Notable practitioners

Partner Vicente Corta earns plaudits from clients, who state: "He is highly specialised and creative, as well as well recognised in this sector." He has experience from both the public and private spheres and remains active in matters of both a transactional and regulatory nature. Sources also describe him as "an extraordinary lawyer with extensive knowledge and outstanding experience."

"Excellent" partner Juan Antonio Martín provides his expertise to a range of clients in this sector, including banks and fintech companies. Peers highlight his knowledge and experience both in this area and in the capital markets field.

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

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice in the banking and finance sector drawing its clients from global financial players. Active in syndicated lending transactions and acquisition finance, in line with the firm's strong presence in corporate transactions. Also represents significant borrowers, particularly from the telecoms space.

Strengths A client enthuses: "The lawyers are magnificent because they have a high level of experience in the finance sector; the partners are brilliant and always find the best answer to my queries and the best structure for transactions."

Notable practitioners

Distinguished practitioner Rafael Robles Miaja garners market endorsements from peers for his impressive experience in assisting banks with their lending activities. Peers regard him as "an outstanding lawyer," and draw particular attention to his work on real estate and project finance. He remains a respected figure across several practice areas, including capital markets and M&A.

Partner Maria Luisa Petricioli Castellón "is a lawyer that has developed good capabilities here," according to peers. They go on to mention that "she is highly diligent." She is particularly active in the corporate finance space.

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Chavez Vargas Abogados S.C. - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: José Antonio Chávez and Brian Minutti
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly specialised financial boutique rendering advice on a range of matters within the financial services arena. Particularly recognised for its role in representing rating agencies, with additional activities including the financing of real estate projects. Also involved in advising on sub-sovereign finance.

Strengths A client enthuses: "What I really like about the lawyers is their level of specialisation in structured financial instruments. They are also very quick in providing suggestions."

Work highlights Advised Banco Multiva on the USD65 million financing for the construction of a university in Querétaro.

Significant clients Santander, FOVISSSTE, HR Ratings de México, Moody's de México, Banco Invex.

Notable practitioners

Partner José Antonio Chávez earns endorsements from clients, who state: "As the head of the firm, he is extremely interested in client satisfaction and the total achievement of objectives." They also appreciate that "he is highly experienced and always involved in transactions; he has the ability to look into a transaction at an impressive level of detail."

Brian Minutti garners praise from clients, who state: "He is conciliatory when dealing with the other side in negotiations and is very detail-oriented." He is active in project finance and securing warehouse lines of credit, as well as capital markets transactions. Clients also describe him as having "a great balance between youth, dynamism and solid knowledge."

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

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Daniel Kuri Breña, Guillermo Garay and Bernardo Luna
- 7 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded finance practice listing notable domestic and international banks as clients. Involved in a range of transactions including acquisition and project finance, acting as legal counsel to both lenders and borrowers. Particular industries of focus include infrastructure, energy and real estate. Has additional expertise in capital markets and M&A.

Strengths Clients report: "They provide a great service. The partners are committed to our matters and have the resources across several departments that we need. They are great partners for our business."

Work highlights Advised Vitro on securing a USD230 million loan granted by BBVA Bancomer to finance its acquisition of Pittsburgh Glass Works.

Significant clients Promecap Capital de Desarrollo, Banorte, Santander, Docuformas, Bancomext.

Notable practitioners

A client reports that main partner Daniel Kuri Breña "is very professional, with a focus on solving problems." His practice includes representing both lenders and borrowers in financings for both projects and corporate transactions. Peers add: "He is a good lawyer who has been doing this sort of work for a long time."

Partner Guillermo Garay receives praise from clients, who enthuse: "He is very professional and knows how to identify the business issues that concern us, and is then able to reflect those when drafting documentation." He is experienced in financial transactions in the real estate sector.

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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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Santamarina y Steta SC - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced banking and finance team principally engaged in the representation of borrowers in corporate and project finance. Strong presence in acquisition finance, representing significant Mexican clients as borrowers, as well as notable foreign banks as lenders.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "The firm's service has an important impact on our business because they give us the peace of mind that we are signing a contract under the best legal terms possible."

Work highlights Represented Grupo Industrial Saltillo in obtaining a USD326.5 million syndicated loan to finance its acquisition of Infun Group.

Significant clients Abengoa, IFC, Deutsche Bank, Inter-American Investment Corporation, German Investment Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Peers single out department co-head Alberto Saavedra for praise, stating: "He is a terrific lawyer and very intelligent from a technical standpoint." He has over 30 years of experience in the banking and finance arena, focusing on project finance. He maintains a broad practice and continues to advise clients on M&A and foreign investment.

Active partner Juan Carlos Machorro Guerrero is said by peers to be "very involved in project finance." He recently advised German Finance Corporation and Inter-American Investment Corporation on a joint financing for the development of a mine in Sonora. The cross-border financing totalled USD12 million.

Associate-to-watch Ricardo Orea is highly active in project finance. He recently formed part of the team advising the German Investment Corporation on granting a USD35 million loan to Ingenio San Rafael de Pucte and Beta San Miguel.

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Our firm, has been known for many years for its active participation in the banking law field, being involved in a wide variety of finance projects, from preparing loan agreements and conducting loan restructurings with Mexican and foreign institutions, to designing and implementing complex financial structures for international Finance Projects.

We participate in a number of transactions related to the financial sector, including, both Finance Projects and ongoing consultancy to foreign and international financial institutions, such as brokerage firms, credit institutions, financial leasing companies, limited scope financial institutions, mutual funds, insurance companies.

For years were have actively represented a number of manufacturing companies, business enterprises and services companies, in their capacity as debtors, in a wide range of financial transactions, including:

  • Loans (secured or unsecured).
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  • Asset financing.
  • Debt Swap transactions
  • Corporate financing and refinancing.

We have advised banks, leasing companies, factoring companies, energy and railway companies, airlines, airports, operating and financial lessors and manufacturers in relation to all kinds of project finance, guarantees, structured financing and assets financing, including industrial equipment, commercial aircraft, private aircraft, turbines, shares of stock, telecommunications and energy assets, as well as railway equipment.

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Baker McKenzie - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Gaspar Gutiérrez-Centeno, María Casas López and Carlos Sagaón
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent global firm with recognised presence in the banking and finance sphere. Team is involved in assisting both foreign and domestic banks with providing loans to Mexican subsidiaries of multinational companies, mainly for the purposes of financing acquisitions and expanding operations in Mexico.

Strengths A source enthuses: "The firm has highly capable and pro-business lawyers that always seek satisfactory solutions for the negotiating parties."

Work highlights Advised Korea Development Bank on the provision of a USD183 million term loan to Kia Motors to finance the construction of its Mexican manufacturing facilities.

Significant clients Export-Import Bank of India, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, The Abraaj Group, Swiss Life.

Notable practitioners

Partner Carlos Sagaón takes the lead on some of the firm's most important mandates. He is described by clients as "a great professional with extensive experience in legal advice in this area." They go on to add: "He is highly knowledgeable of finance and very dedicated to his work. He always seeks to deal with potential problems to ensure a successful closing."

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

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
Head of department: Miguel Gallardo Guerra
- 2 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid practice in the banking and finance arena. Frequently called upon by leading players from this sector to provide legal advice on a range of matters including regulatory issues, compliance and legal audits. Additional activity in transactional mandates such as bilateral lending.

Strengths A client says: "I really value the quality of the firm's work and the lawyers' response times. Also, their flexibility and positive attitude towards working are very important."

Work highlights Continued to act as counsel to Morgan Stanley in relation to its annual legal review and subsequent reporting before the National Banking & Securities Commission. The firm also advised on data privacy issues.

Significant clients Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Santander, Citibanamex, Banorte, Daimler Financial Services.

Notable practitioners

"High-quality and diligent" partner Miguel Gallardo Guerra is lauded by clients as "a highly capable lawyer with good insight into the needs of financial institutions and their intermediaries. He is also good at proposing solutions convincingly." He has in-depth experience in advising leading financial institutions on regulatory issues.

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

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Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Hugo Cuesta Leaño and Azucena Marin
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised firm in the banking and finance sector with a particularly strong presence in Guadalajara. Provides transactional advice to a range of multinational clients. Mainly sought out to act as counsel to lenders on bilateral loans to foreign borrowers.

Strengths A commentator praises the lawyers, reporting: "They provide a really responsive service and are very knowledgeable of the area, especially in terms of secured lending."

Work highlights Advised a leading US-based investment bank on a USD100 million loan to an international borrower.

Significant clients Desarrolladora Mexicana de Inmuebles, SPDR, Kapsch TrafficCom, Wells Fargo.

Notable practitioners

Partner Hugo Cuesta Leaño earns plaudits for his financial acumen, with a client saying: "I find his advice to be very coherent and useful. He answers the questions that we ask, rather than beating around the bush. He is also highly responsive, which is good as we work with a quick turnaround."

Clients appreciate Azucena Marin for her advice in the banking and finance arena. She is highlighted for her strong management of day-to-day issues. She works with both Mexican and foreign financial entities to structure transactions.

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Cuesta Campos provides legal advice and representation to a large number of foreign and local banks, and to lenders granting loans in Mexico in all aspects of their financial needs: lending transactions, financial structures, security interests, asset based lending.


The firm provides a dynamic and flexible service, always abreast of new rules and regulations issued by the Mexican finance authorities.

Cuesta Campos is known for its vast experience advising in all kinds of financial transactions, providing legal counsel on the structuring and restructuring of syndicated loans, project and asset financing, credit operations with special guarantees, including loan structuring with pledges, industrial mortgages, guaranty trusts, bridge loans, and letters of credit.

The firm has represented clients in a wide range of asset securitizations in Mexico, with a solid experience in public and private offerings, share or debenture offerings, commercial paper and other securities regulated by the Stock Market Law.

Through the corporate practice, Cuesta Campos has counseled and represented a variety of financial groups, lenders and intermediaries, including banking, securities and nonbank banks.

As the exclusive member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide in Mexico, the firm has global capability in more than 90 countries.

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Gaxiola Calvo, S.C. - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected boutique banking practice drawing its main clientele from large international banking players. Principally active in regulatory matters, advising clients on the Mexican legal framework as relevant to the banking sector. Has additional expertise in transactions.

Strengths A client appreciates that "this is a firm that can give you a complete view on a matter, including both its regulatory and transactional aspects."

Work highlights Assisted the Mexican Bank Association with finding legal precedent in Mexican Supreme Court rulings stating that banks' interest rates were not tantamount to usury.

Significant clients Citibanamex, Banorte, Santander, Banco Sabadell, BBVA Bancomer.

Notable practitioners

A client singles out partner Jorge Gaxiola Moraila for praise, stating: "He is one of the most recognised regulatory lawyers in this area and one of the best points of reference for that type of work in Mexico." He recently led on the aforementioned work highlight, in addition to taking the lead on transactional mandates handled by the firm.

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Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
Head of department: José Víctor Torres Gómez
- 9 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic full-service firm with a practice group specialising in transactional mandates in the banking and finance arena. Regularly advises international lenders on collateral packages in Mexico in the context of sizeable cross-border syndicated loans. Also involved in high-value project and acquisition finance mandates.

Strengths A client observes: "They provide a highly professional and comprehensive service, adapting to and anticipating the client's needs. They always have availability and sufficient technical knowledge, as well as negotiation skills to strike good deals with counterparts."

Work highlights Advised HSBC Corporate Trustee Company (UK) on a EUR295 million syndicated loan provided to Stahl Holdings.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Pemex, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, BBVA Bancomer.

Notable practitioners

José Victor Torres Gómez specialises in cross-border syndicated lending for projects. Peers describe him as "a good lawyer who is very easy to work with and gets deals done." Clients also rely on him for advice on Mexico's real estate sector, including financings for real estate projects.

Partner José Ignacio Rivero Andere receives praise from clients for his ability to "explain uncertainties and their roots and to put them into perspective in an informed and comforting way." They go on to add: "He is available at all hours for us and provides a high-quality service." He is active in acquisition finance, offering expertise in structured instruments.

About the Team (content provided by Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.)

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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Haynes and Boone, SC - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Jorge Labastida and Jorge Sánchez.
- 6 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International firm with presence in the Mexican banking and finance sphere. Acts for highly regarded multilateral banks, advising on cross-border mandates including standby letters of credit and real estate development financings. Supported by its US offices in Dallas and Houston.

Work highlights Advised Hyatt Hotels on obtaining a MXN110 million loan from Bancomext as part of financing the construction of a hotel in Jalisco.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Bancomext, Scotiabank, BBVA Bancomer, Société Générale.

Notable practitioners

Jorge Labastida leads on the firm's most significant mandates. Peers describe him as "a terrific and extremely capable lawyer." His practice centres on transactions involving asset-backed and structured finance, including in the context of project financing.

About the Team (content provided by Haynes and Boone, SC)

Members of the Mexico Finance team include lawyers dedicated to banking and finance matters, including project financings and other types of financial transactions. We have the technical experience to structure sophisticated ways to address clients’ needs as they navigate ever-changing regulatory requirements and complexities of today’s financing vehicles. Our team represents domestic and foreign borrowers, domestic, international, asset-based and commercial investment banks, non-bank credit companies, vendors, financial sponsors, private equity and hedge funds, investment funds, and venture capital funds.

Our experience with financing transactions is vast and covers projects in Mexico, Brazil and many developing countries; capital commitment subscription financings; energy finance, including commodities; public finance, including bond offerings; and mergers, joint ventures, restructurings and recapitalizations. We have extensive knowledge in hospitality, mining and oilfield services and have assisted clients across various industries, such as insurance, real estate, media and telecommunications, energy, retail, manufacturing, technology and data systems.

Our team draws on the skills of lawyers in our other practices to enrich and complement our Mexico finance practice, especially the experience of our U.S.-based project finance team. These practice areas include energy/power, environmental, regulatory, M&A, real estate, tax and international trade.

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Hogan Lovells - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded full-service firm with a dedicated banking and finance group. Principally acts as counsel to borrowers including Mexican states and municipalities, garnering recognition for its involvement in sub-sovereign financing. Also active in corporate finance, advising Mexican lenders and borrowers.

Strengths Clients say: "They are extremely good at reviewing matters in depth; they understand the interests of our business and therefore know what must be defended and where we can be more flexible."

Work highlights Advised the State of Nuevo León on obtaining a MXN2.15 billion loan from Banorte and Banco Bansí. The loan will be secured by the Institute of Vehicular Control's cash flows, which it derives from the charges placed on number plates.

Significant clients State of Oaxaca, State of Tamaulipas, Banorte, State of Zacatecas, State of Quintana Roo.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe partner Federico De Noriega as "reliable, energetic and accessible," and go on to comment: "He is very focused, always delivers on time and is very good from a technical perspective; he is also a very pro-business lawyer." He is highly active in corporate and project finance matters.

Monterrey-based counsel Mayuca Salazar earns positive endorsement from clients, who state: "She provides very in-depth analysis and is persistent in her argumentation." They also say: "She is a great up-and-coming lawyer who is 100% dedicated to the client."

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Star Individuals

Michell Nader Schekaiban

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star individual Michell Nader Schekaiban has over 30 years of experience in the banking and finance sphere. He has a wealth of experience in advising high-profile lenders and borrowers on project finance, as well as financings in the real estate sector. One client lauds him as "one of the best lawyers in Mexico, and currently the best lawyer in financings," with another enthusing: "His career development in the finance arena is a recognised story in the Mexican market."

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Band 1

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading practitioner Carlos Aiza is lauded by clients as "one of the greatest lawyers in this area due to his experience and his broad reach in the Mexican market." Peers add: "He is a phenomenal lawyer who has participated in some hugely relevant transactions." His expertise spans major syndicated loans in the context of corporate and project finance, with additional experience in capital markets, M&A and restructuring. He acts as counsel to respected global financial institutions.

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Band 1

Luis A Nicolau Gutiérrez

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practitioner and "superb lawyer" Luis Nicolau Gutiérrez receives ample praise from sources. One client highlights "the quality of his work and the professionalism that he has." They go on to credit him with being "an excellent lawyer with a lot of expertise and understanding of business issues." He is particularly active representing banks as lenders, and gains respect from peers for his long-standing activity in Mexico's finance industry.

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Band 1

José Raz Guzmán

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected figure José Raz Guzmán is lauded by peers as "a highly sophisticated partner and a well-known lawyer in this area. He knows the market very well and is very pro-deal." Sources go on to highlight him as "one of the most recognised lawyers in transactions and a real point of reference here." He is active in advising clients on matters including acquisition and project finance through syndicated and asset-backed loans. He maintains a strong presence in capital markets transactions.

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Band 1

Rafael Robles Miaja

Bufete Robles Miaja, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished practitioner Rafael Robles Miaja garners market endorsements from peers for his impressive experience in assisting banks with their lending activities. Peers regard him as "an outstanding lawyer," and draw particular attention to his work on real estate and project finance. He remains a respected figure across several practice areas, including capital markets and M&A.

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Band 2

White & Case SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Vicente Corta earns plaudits from clients, who state: "He is highly specialised and creative, as well as well recognised in this sector." He has experience from both the public and private spheres and remains active in matters of both a transactional and regulatory nature. Sources also describe him as "an extraordinary lawyer with extensive knowledge and outstanding experience."

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Band 2

Jean Paul Farah Chajin

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Jean Paul Farah Chajin garners strong praise from clients, who say: "He is a trusted adviser and knows exactly what I am looking for as a client; he is ahead of the curve in that sense. He is also very hands-on and available for clients." Sources highlight his involvement in syndicated lending.

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Band 2

Jones Day

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Antonio Franck garners praise for his activity in the banking and finance sector. Peers describe him as "a savvy and practical lawyer that has been around for a long time." His practice spans financings for corporate transactions, projects and financial restructurings. He is also well versed in regulatory issues.

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Band 2

Manuel Galicia Romero

Galicia Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Manuel Galicia Romero renders legal services to leading international banks with subsidiaries in Mexico, as well as notable players from the domestic finance space. A client enthuses: "If you are going to carry out a large financial transaction, he is one of the few people to whom you can go to for advice; he is one of the most intelligent lawyers I've ever met."

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Band 2

Miguel Gallardo Guerra

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"High-quality and diligent" partner Miguel Gallardo Guerra is lauded by clients as "a highly capable lawyer with good insight into the needs of financial institutions and their intermediaries. He is also good at proposing solutions convincingly." He has in-depth experience in advising leading financial institutions on regulatory issues.

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Band 2

Julian Garza Castañeda

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Julian Garza Castañeda is endorsed by clients as "an extremely capable and professional lawyer with broad knowledge of finance from both a lending and regulatory perspective." They go on to add: "He is intelligent, dedicated and efficient." He participates in structured finance deals and has additional expertise in capital markets matters.

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Hans P Goebel Caviedes

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Active practitioner Hans Goebel Caviedes is appreciated by clients, who say: "He makes the complicated simple." Sources go on to highlight his specialisation in representing syndicates of banks in lending transactions and praise him for being "impressively organised," and "having very clear ideas which give clients peace of mind."

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Band 2

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Well-known lawyer Thomas Heather is active in banking and finance as well as debt restructuring. Peers credit him with "having a great feel for just what the client needs," and go on to comment: "He is a very intelligent and extremely capable lawyer." He is also an esteemed figure in the bankruptcy and restructuring arena.

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Band 2

Daniel Kuri Breña

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

A client reports that main partner Daniel Kuri Breña "is very professional, with a focus on solving problems." His practice includes representing both lenders and borrowers in financings for both projects and corporate transactions. Peers add: "He is a good lawyer who has been doing this sort of work for a long time."

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Band 2

Haynes and Boone, SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jorge Labastida leads on the firm's most significant mandates. Peers describe him as "a terrific and extremely capable lawyer." His practice centres on transactions involving asset-backed and structured finance, including in the context of project financing.

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Band 2

Juan Antonio Martín

White & Case SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Excellent" partner Juan Antonio Martín provides his expertise to a range of clients in this sector, including banks and fintech companies. Peers highlight his knowledge and experience both in this area and in the capital markets field.

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Band 2

Javier Martínez del Campo

Jones Day

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Javier Martínez del Campo is principally active advising borrowers on financings for corporate transactions. He remains an active figure in several practice areas, including M&A and competition law. He also advises clients on corporate governance issues.

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Band 2

Arturo Perdomo Jiménez

Galicia Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Arturo Perdomo Jiménez garners recognition for his expertise in project finance. A client states: "I like that he understands what a financial institution needs. He has a good service attitude and knows that I need quick responses."

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Band 2

Guillermo Pérez Santiago

Galicia Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

A client singles out Guillermo Pérez Santiago for praise, stating: "I would particularly recommend him for syndicated lending transactions." Peers go on to highlight his "strong background in this area." He is also a respected figure in the capital markets arena.

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Band 2

Pedro Velasco de la Peña

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Pedro Velasco de la Peña garners strong praise from clients. They say: "He is an excellent lawyer with profound knowledge of all matters with which he is tasked. He is completely dedicated to his work and follows up thoroughly on all matters. As a person, he is also warm and friendly when dealing with clients." His expertise includes asset, acquisition and project finance.

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Band 3

José Antonio Chávez

Chavez Vargas Abogados S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner José Antonio Chávez earns endorsements from clients, who state: "As the head of the firm, he is extremely interested in client satisfaction and the total achievement of objectives." They also appreciate that "he is highly experienced and always involved in transactions; he has the ability to look into a transaction at an impressive level of detail."

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Band 3

Fernando de Ovando

Jones Day

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Fernando de Ovando has expertise in cross-border financings. Peers recognise his experience in relevant banking and finance matters. He heads the Mexico City office, and maintains a strong practice advising on financial and corporate transactions.

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Band 3

Jorge Gaxiola Moraila

Gaxiola Calvo, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

A client singles out partner Jorge Gaxiola Moraila for praise, stating: "He is one of the most recognised regulatory lawyers in this area and one of the best points of reference for that type of work in Mexico." He recently led on the aforementioned work highlight, in addition to taking the lead on transactional mandates handled by the firm.

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Band 3

Juan Manuel González Bernal

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Juan Manuel González Bernal recently led the team on the aforementioned work highlight. He is recognised by peers for being active in project finance. A client enthuses: "He provides greater scope than one would expect and really goes above and beyond his responsibility."

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Band 3

Ricardo Maldonado Yáñez

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Ricardo Maldonado Yáñez garners praise for his work in both the banking and finance and M&A areas. Peers say: "He is a terrific lawyer and a tough and intelligent negotiator. He is easy to work with as well." He is highly involved in acquisition financing, and remains an active practitioner in the capital markets field.

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Band 3

Pablo Perezalonso Eguía

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Pablo Pérezalonso Eguía earns plaudits from clients, who state: "He has excellent availability and is an expert in regulatory matters. He is a very experienced and technically gifted lawyer." Peers also endorse his expertise in Mexico's derivatives market.

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Band 3

Giovanni Ramírez Garrido

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers recognise Giovanni Ramírez Garrido's activity in this field, confirming his involvement in many of the firm's high-value financial transactions. Peers also describe him as "very well qualified." His practice includes both unsecured and secured syndicated loans in the context of corporate and project finance.

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Band 3

Santamarina y Steta SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers single out department co-head Alberto Saavedra for praise, stating: "He is a terrific lawyer and very intelligent from a technical standpoint." He has over 30 years of experience in the banking and finance arena, focusing on project finance. He maintains a broad practice and continues to advise clients on M&A and foreign investment.

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Band 4

Javier Arreola Espinosa

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Javier Arreola Espinosa garners recognition from peers for his high level of activity in this field. He maintains a buoyant practice in the asset finance space, particularly in the aviation sector. Clients describe him as "a first-rate adviser," and "someone who understands general financial matters really well; he's an impressive lawyer."

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Band 4

Ramón Bravo Herrera

Deloitte Legal Services

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Ramón Bravo Herrera of Deloitte is recognised by peers for his work in the banking sphere. He is routinely involved in project finance transactions.

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Band 4

Rodrigo Castelazo

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Rodrigo Castelazo is active across the banking and finance and capital markets spheres. He has expertise in structured finance transactions comprising loans and debt offerings. Clients enthuse: "His technical knowledge is excellent."

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Band 4

Hugo Cuesta Leaño

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Hugo Cuesta Leaño earns plaudits for his financial acumen, with a client saying: "I find his advice to be very coherent and useful. He answers the questions that we ask, rather than beating around the bush. He is also highly responsive, which is good as we work with a quick turnaround."

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Band 4

Federico De Noriega

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients describe partner Federico De Noriega as "reliable, energetic and accessible," and go on to comment: "He is very focused, always delivers on time and is very good from a technical perspective; he is also a very pro-business lawyer." He is highly active in corporate and project finance matters.

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Band 4

Manuel Echave Pintado

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Manuel Echave Pintado "is a great lawyer, particularly in financings. He has had substantial exposure to matters during his career," according to peers. He regularly represents financial institutions as lenders in corporate financings. He is also active in capital markets transactions.

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Band 4

Francisco Forastieri

EY Mexico

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Francisco Forastieri of EY Mexico garners praise from peers, who say: "He is a very well-known lawyer in this area." Market commentators go on to describe him as "an outstanding lawyer and a superb teacher who has mentored many people in the finance industry."

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Band 4

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Guillermo Garay receives praise from clients, who enthuse: "He is very professional and knows how to identify the business issues that concern us, and is then able to reflect those when drafting documentation." He is experienced in financial transactions in the real estate sector.

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Band 4

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients comment that Mercedes Haddad "is good at representing everybody in a transaction, including buyers, sellers, lenders and borrowers." A peer adds: "She is a lawyer who works very hard and has a good attitude for getting things done."

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Band 4

Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly Laborde

Nader, Hayaux & Goebel

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly Laborde is praised by clients, who state: "He is very commercially aware and he knows how to deliver what we need." He advises clients on both transactional and regulatory matters, and also offers market-leading expertise in insurance matters.

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Band 4

Alejandro Landa Thierry

Holland & Knight

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Alejandro Landa Thierry of Holland & Knight maintains a diverse practice. He has particular knowledge of structured products, and is active in both corporate and project finance.

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Band 4

Enrique Lorente Ludlow

CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow of CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow SC is a highly active name in project finance. Clients praise him for being "intelligent, creative and always happy to find new ways to solve problems."

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Band 4

Juan Carlos Machorro Guerrero

Santamarina y Steta SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Active partner Juan Carlos Machorro Guerrero is said by peers to be "very involved in project finance." He recently advised German Finance Corporation and Inter-American Investment Corporation on a joint financing for the development of a mine in Sonora. The cross-border financing totalled USD12 million.

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Band 4

Cuesta Campos y Asociados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients appreciate Azucena Marin for her advice in the banking and finance arena. She is highlighted for her strong management of day-to-day issues. She works with both Mexican and foreign financial entities to structure transactions.

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Band 4

Pilar Mata Fernández

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers highlight partner Pilar Mata Fernández's activity in the project finance space, crediting her with expertise in both asset-backed lending and securities mandates.

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Band 4

Chavez Vargas Abogados S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Brian Minutti garners praise from clients, who state: "He is conciliatory when dealing with the other side in negotiations and is very detail-oriented." He is active in project finance and securing warehouse lines of credit, as well as capital markets transactions. Clients also describe him as having "a great balance between youth, dynamism and solid knowledge."

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Band 4

Miguel Ángel Peralta

Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

A client highlights that Miguel Ángel Peralta of Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C. "is knowledgeable of different legal cultures and is good at overseeing matters." He leads on the firm's most important mandates.

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Band 4

María Luisa Petricioli Castellón

Bufete Robles Miaja, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Maria Luisa Petricioli Castellón "is a lawyer that has developed good capabilities here," according to peers. They go on to mention that "she is highly diligent." She is particularly active in the corporate finance space.

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Band 4

José Ignacio Rivero Andere

Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner José Ignacio Rivero Andere receives praise from clients for his ability to "explain uncertainties and their roots and to put them into perspective in an informed and comforting way." They go on to add: "He is available at all hours for us and provides a high-quality service." He is active in acquisition finance, offering expertise in structured instruments.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Carlos Sagaón takes the lead on some of the firm's most important mandates. He is described by clients as "a great professional with extensive experience in legal advice in this area." They go on to add: "He is highly knowledgeable of finance and very dedicated to his work. He always seeks to deal with potential problems to ensure a successful closing."

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Band 4

José Victor Torres Gómez

Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Victor Torres Gómez specialises in cross-border syndicated lending for projects. Peers describe him as "a good lawyer who is very easy to work with and gets deals done." Clients also rely on him for advice on Mexico's real estate sector, including financings for real estate projects.

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Band 4

Patricio Trad Cepeda

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Patricio Trad Cepeda is principally active in lending transactions, representing banks acting as creditors. He is also active in the M&A and capital markets areas. Peers describe him as "a very reputable lawyer in this field."

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Up and Coming

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Monterrey-based counsel Mayuca Salazar earns positive endorsement from clients, who state: "She provides very in-depth analysis and is persistent in her argumentation." They also say: "She is a great up-and-coming lawyer who is 100% dedicated to the client."

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Associates to watch

Santamarina y Steta SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Ricardo Orea is highly active in project finance. He recently formed part of the team advising the German Investment Corporation on granting a USD35 million loan to Ingenio San Rafael de Pucte and Beta San Miguel.

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