Mexico: Project Finance 2018

We highlight 29 leading individuals in this chapter who stand out for their exceptional expertise in major public infrastructure projects as well as enterprises in the energy, hospitality and healthcare sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Carlos de Maria y Campos S Galicia Abogados, Mexico City
2. Santiago Sepúlveda Y Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City
3. Francisco Fernández Cueto Galicia Abogados, Mexico City

RITCH MUELLER HEATHER Y NICOLAU dominates the Mexican project finance market. Its premier position is reflected in our research this year, where it achieves eight nominations.
Thomas Mueller-Gastell is “one of the best”, according to sources, who note that he is “definitely an active name in the market”. They highlight his particularly strong expertise in the energy sector.
Thomas Heather is “an absolute must for inclusion”. He possesses over 40 years’ experience in the corporate finance sphere and wins praise for his first-rate transactional practice.
Jorge Oria y Anaya is a widely recognised figure in the Mexican market, commended by peers for his excellent work handling project and infrastructure financings.
Federico Santacruz González is a firm favourite among clients who note, “He is a joy to work with!” One source effuses: “He excels at energy transactions and related M&A matters.”
Gabriel del Valle Mendiola is a finance specialist, recognised for his expert handling of project financings on behalf of sponsors, borrowers and financial institutions.

GALICIA ABOGADOS also performs well this year, with five impressive practitioners highlighted for their work in the field.
Carlos de Maria y Campos stands out as the foremost project finance lawyer in the country. He is described by sources as “a key player in the market” and draws widespread praise for his fantastic work on domestic infrastructure projects.
Francisco Fernández Cueto is widely respected in the Mexican market for his first-class practice, which encompasses the financing of infrastructure and energy projects.
Eugenio Sepúlveda is a superb corporate lawyer who impresses respondents with his outstanding work on the financing and restructuring of projects in the public sector.

NADER HAYAUX Y GOEBEL sees three individuals recognised as leading project finance practitioners in the Mexican market.
Michell Nader is “a great lawyer” whose highly regarded corporate finance practice includes advising commercial and development banks in the financing of projects.
Vanessa Franyutti Johnstone enjoys a strong reputation in the market for her first-class practice. She is considered extremely knowledgeable when it comes to advising on PPPS, energy and infrastructure projects.
Hans Goebel Caviedes is also recognised in this chapter for his impressive work in the sector.

CREEL GARCÍA-CUÉLLAR AIZA Y ENRÍQUEZ’s Santiago Sepúlveda is “a true expert on energy-related matters” according to sources. He is well known among peers for his invaluable transactional experience when it comes to oil and gas, transportation and infrastructure projects across Mexico.
Giovanni Ramírez Garrido wins praise for his brilliant banking practice. He is frequently engaged in advising banks and financial institutions on a wide array of project financing matters.

Ariel Ramos at MAYER BROWN focuses his practice on oil and gas, power, and energy-related projects, and is particularly noted for his handling complex financing issues. His clients include international oil companies, construction companies and governmental entities.

At MIJARES ANGOITIA CORTÉS Y FUENTES, Horacio de Uriarte Flores stands out most notably in the energy and natural resources arena, where he is commended for his work on LNG pipeline, power plant and renewable energy projects.

José Antonio Calvo Díaz at GAXIOLA CALVO SOBRINO Y ASOCIADOS is “a major player” in the domestic projects market, whose top-notch practice encompasses project financings, public bids and construction contracts, and corporate transactions.

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