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Individual Profile

Maria Esther Rey

Romo Paillés - Mexico City

Maria Esther Rey - Romo Paillés
  • Blvd. M. Ávila Camacho 24 Piso 4
  • Mexico City, Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • 11000

Profile submitted by Maria Esther Rey

Work Highlights

María Esther has more than 20 years of experience in corporate, transactional and real estate matters in México and abroad. During her professional development, as internal and external counsel, she has developed a broad business knowledge and understands the importance of creating and implementing practical and efficient legal solutions.

She has participated in merger and acquisitions, negotiated loan agreements and implemented project finance structures, as well as guaranty structures for various kinds of industries. She has a broad experience in guaranty, administration, investment, commercial and lease trust agreements. Her solid legal knowledge allows her to counsel her clients in matters related to labor and intellectual property rights.


María Esther worked as Legal Manager for Grupo Cinemex. She also worked for Unilever de México, counseling the Ice Cream and Personal Care Businesses. Later, she joined Romo Paillés as Senior Associate for six years; she left the Firm for a few years and worked as Legal Counsel for Senda Dirección Tecnológica, a leader in software for movie theaters and on-line transactions. María Esther also worked as Legal Counsel at Central de Arquitectura, a real estate developer focused on housing developments, hotels and power center malls under the Urban Center trademark. She rejoined the Firm as a partner in 2014.


María Esther’s experience includes:

- Counseling Mexican and foreign clients in mergers and acquisitions, specifically in movie theater, tequila, bus companies, food and beverage, personal care products and construction industries.
- Advising clients engaged in the construction of housing developments in Mexico City, by implementing an operating structure based on a commercial trust.
- Advising clients in the infrastructure construction industry in the bidding processes and the administration of their construction agreements.
- Implementing the operative restructure of the Fiesta Vacation Club timeshare, including drafting inter-company agreements and format agreements to be executed by the clients.
- Counseling Mexican and foreign clients in negotiating and preparing credit agreements with collateral trusts.
- Negotiating and preparing trust agreements, including guaranty, administration and commercial trust agreements.
- Counseling financial institutions in connection with bidding for portfolio acquisitions.
- Representing companies before the Federal Consumer Protection Agency.
- Making formal claims related to labels and advertising in connection with the compliance of applicable health laws, regulations and official standards in connection with food and personal care products.
- Personal care and food products registration before the Ministry of Health and Cofepris (Mexican Sanitary Risk Prevention Council).
- Counseling Mexican and foreign companies in food product co-brandings in Mexico for the entertainment industry.
- Advising clients on corporate and commercial law contracts, foreign trade and antitrust.
- Representing the Federal Housing Fund in the bidding process of credits to be administrated and collected jointly with the winner of the bidding process.
- Negotiating Credit Agreements with US banking institutions secured with guaranty trusts and pledges.
- Counseling information technology companies, specifically for telemarketing and back office services.

Industry Sector Expertise

- Real Estate and Hospitality
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Finance and Banking
- Corporate law
- Marketing and Advertising

Languages Spoken

English and Spanish


Universidad Panamericana Legal English Diploma 2000 - 2000
Universidad Panamericana US Legal System Diploma 2000 - 2000
Universidad Panamericana Law Degree 1992 - 1997