Mexico: Banking 2018

The 36 practitioners listed here have been selected for their expertise in representing financial institutions and corporate clients in financial and regulatory matters. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Carlos Aiza Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City
2. José Raz-Guzmán Greenberg Traurig, Mexico City
3. Michell Nader S Nader Hayaux y Goebel, Mexico City

Corporate finance heavyweight NADER HAYAUX Y GOEBEL sees six practitioners listed for their work in the banking space.
Michell Nader S impresses clients with his “ability to pull the pieces of a deal together, whilst always looking into the future for their next big opportunity”.
Eduardo Villanueva O is praised for his intricate knowledge of banking law as well as his impressive expertise in real estate financings.   
Julian Garza Castañeda is a sophisticated operator across a broad spectrum of banking matters ranging from regulatory issues to project finance, and is regularly involved in high-profile transactions.

Leading domestic firm CREEL GARCÍA-CUÉLLAR AIZA Y ENRÍQUEZ achieves five nominations from its revered banking practice.
Carlos Aiza is a highly regarded practitioner and enjoys “a great reputation” for his work, most notably in structured finance and project finance transactions.
Giovanni Ramírez Garrido is “an excellent attorney” who provides top-quality advice to banks, investors and financial institutions from Mexico and abroad. He is an expert in acquisition and project financing, and comes highly regarded for his work in the space.
Rodrigo Castelazo is a go-to name for complex financing transactions. Peers hold him in high esteem for his structured finance expertise and counsel to major financial institutions.

RITCH MUELLER HEATHER Y NICOLAU is a prominent player in the financial and securities arena.
Jean Paul Farah Chajin is a leading name in the market, and a trusted representative to major banks and private sector clients. Peers commend his thorough and solutions-oriented approach to complex matters. 
Luis Nicolau is “an absolutely terrific attorney”, according to market sources, who highlight his vast expertise counselling foreign financial entities in their operations in Mexico. 
With over four decades of experience, Thomas Heather is “very well known as a banking and finance attorney” and is praised for his strategic handling of financial restructuring matters.

With five lawyers listed here, GALICIA ABOGADOS stands out for its top-tier regulatory and transactional services.
Founding partner Manuel Galicia boasts a strong transactional practice and impresses market commentators with his great expertise in securities, restructurings and project finance matters.
The “excellent” José Visoso comes highly recommended for his first-rate expertise in complex finance and lending matters, as well as in real estate transactions.

Standout Mexican firm SANTAMARINA Y STETA achieves four listings in this chapter.
Alberto Saavedra O is highly visible in the market and receives extensive endorsements for his well-developed banking practice.
Aarón Levet V is a long-standing expert in the field and enjoys a superb reputation for his vast financial expertise.

José Raz-Guzmán of GREENBERG TRAURIG occupies a prominent position at the forefront of the market. Peers note, “He is very knowledgeable with respect to banking and finance,” and praise his expert handling of high-value transactions.

At CREEL ABOGADOS, Carlos Creel C advises major corporations and investment banks in transactional matters relating to secured financing and cross-border securities. He enjoys a superb reputation among peers for his deep financial expertise and sophisticated commercial insights.

JONES DAY’s Antonio Franck is celebrated as an exceptional transactional lawyer for his experience representing clients from around the world in banking and securities matters.

Market sources praise Fernando Alonso-de-Florida Rivero of JÁUREGUI Y DEL VALLE as “a very talented attorney. He is great in transactional matters, particularly on the borrower side.”

Jorge Labastida Martínez is a go-to lawyer at HAYNES AND BOONE, who “knows everything there is to know about banking and finance matters”.

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