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Mexico: Banking 2017

Thirty-six lawyers are recognised in this chapter, with proven expertise in representing financial institutions and their corporate clients in either a regulatory and transactional capacity. 

Most Highly Regarded
Carlos Aiza Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City
Luis Nicolau Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City
José Raz-Guzmán Greenberg Traurig, Mexico City
Carlos Creel Creel Abogados, Mexico City
Michell Nader S Nader Hayaux y Goebel, Mexico City
Manual Galicia Galicia Abogados, Mexico City

From Nader Hayaux y Goebel, Michell Nader S holds a prestigious place among finance lawyers and is described as a go-to name for complex finance transactions. He is a “very bright lawyer” with more than 30 years of “exceptional experience” practising banking law. Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly garners international recognition for his finance expertise with a source highlighting: “He is extremely diligent and commercially minded.” Hans Goebel Caviedes is “very well respected in the field” according to sources who highlight his practice advising banks in both cross-border and local secured and unsecured financings. Julian Javier Garza wins praise for being “uniformly excellent, commercial and practical”. He covers a wide range of financing transactions, in particular structured finance transactions, and specialised banking and financial regulatory work. Eduardo Villanueva is known for his “extensive knowledge base”, advising major financial institutions and local corporations as well as global real estate investors on their activities and transactions in the Mexican market. Gunter Schwandt is a “top-ranked” banking lawyer who receives praise for “always delivering a high-quality service”.

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez has an “outstanding” banking and finance team, according to market respondents. Our research indicates that Carlos Aiza is the leading practitioner in banking law in Mexico, with an excellent portfolio of major financial institutions as his clients and a longstanding reputation of excellence among his peers. Rodrigo Castelazo is noted for his work on some of the most innovative financial transactions in Mexico in recent years. Clients are particularly impressed by his ability to “think outside the box” when handling complex matters. Giovanni Ramírez Garrido is also recognised as a key partner at the firm.

Galicia Abogados boasts the “outstanding” Manual Galicia. His “top-tier” finance practice is widely praised and he is also recommended for “consistently being there for clients”. José Visoso concentrates on advising financial institutions in their lending activities in the country. One source sums up market-sentiment towards Visoso: “He is experienced and very well known, a definite inclusion among the top banking lawyers in Mexico.” Arturo Perdomo earns plenty of endorsements for his finance practice, representing domestic and international lenders in complex transactions.

Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau is a top-tier outfit with peers highlighting Luis Nicolau as the leading player at the firm. Comments on him include: “He is outstanding, hard-working and very technical.” He is joined by Jean Paul Farah Chajin, who acts as counsel for major banks involved in the financing and restructuring of companies, particularly in the energy and telecommunications sector. Clients particularly praise his “high level of technical expertise”. Ricardo Calderón is highlighted as the “up and coming” lawyer at the firm.

Santamarina y Steta also performs well in our research with four individuals recognised. The “excellent” Alberto Saavedra heads up the well-regarded team. Juan Carlos Machorro is also listed as a key partner.

José Raz-Guzmán at Greenberg Traurig impresses respondents who universally place him at the top end of the market. One peer states, “His advice is very practical and he is always motivated to solve problems.”

Carlos Creel of Creel Abogados is internationally renowned for his outstanding contribution to this area of law in Mexico. His extensive experience covers a wide range of corporate finance transactions, including secured financing and syndicated lending.

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