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Mexico: Project Finance 2017

We list 29 project finance experts who are renowned in the market for their expertise in major public infrastructure projects as well as enterprises in the energy, hospitality and healthcare sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
Francisco Fernández Cueto Galicia Abogados SC, Mexico City
Santiago Sepúlveda Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City
Carlos de Maria y Campos S Galicia Abogados SC, Mexico City
Thomas Mueller-Gastell Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau SC, Mexico City


Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau heads our research this year, with eight practitioners listed. Thomas Mueller-Gastell is widely regarded as “one of the best in Mexico” for his expertise in the area. He has extensive international experience handling complex financing transactions involving oil and gas and other energy concerns. Federico Santacruz González undertakes a range of project finance deals involving renewable energy, while Thomas Heather remains highly rated for his unrivalled experience in Mexican corporate and financing matters. Jean Paul Farah Chajin consistently receives nominations for his transactional expertise and is “highly recommended”. He has worked with a number of major banks including Citibank, HSBC and Grupo México. Jorge Oria y Anaya has over 15 years’ experience representing sponsors and lenders in connection with energy-related projects.

Galicia Abogados also rates highly, with five individuals listed in this edition. Carlos de Maria y Campos S remains a “top lawyer” for project finance matters. His experience covers infrastructure projects such as highways and water treatment plants as well as oil and gas work. Francisco Fernández Cueto secures nominations from as far afield as the US and Spain for his work on major infrastructure projects, while also recommended is Bernardo Martínez-Negrete, who impresses clients with his “ability to provide comprehensive legal answers within short timelines” and his “very good business sense”.

At Nader Hayaux y Goebel, three excellent practitioners are recognised. Sources "think very highly of" Vanessa Franyutti Johnstone for her ability to handle the financing of major infrastructure projects with ease. Michell Nader S is a legendary figure in the Mexican financing arena who assists clients with an array of major domestic and international projects. The highly experienced Hans Goebel Caviedes adeptly handles a wide range of financing transactions involving projects in the energy sector.

Other highly rated practitioners include the “exceptional” Santiago Sepúlveda Y at Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez. He acts for a range of developers, construction companies, lenders and energy companies in relation to major projects.

At González Calvillo, Jorge Cervantes Trejo boasts an outstanding reputation in the market for his project finance expertise, which covers the energy, real estate and telecommunications sectors.


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