Gunter Schwandt G ranks highly thanks to his impressive work advising sponsors and underwriters on complex public issuances and securitisations.
Gunter specialises in capital markets, structured finance, cross-border lending and corporate M&A.
Gunter is an expert in highly complex public issuances and securitisations and has developed in-depth expertise in CKDs (development capital certificates) and FIBRAs (the Mexican equivalent of a US REIT) advising sponsors and underwriters alike. To date he has advised the sponsor in the structuring and launch of a total of seven CKD funds placed in the Mexican Stock Market, focused on the real estate industry and the energy and infrastructure sectors as well as on four FIBRA transactions, focused on the retail and hotel industries. On the corporate M&A side, Gunter advised MetLife in the sale of its Mexican pension fund business to Principal Financial Group and Pemex in the sale of its 50 per cent stake in Gasoductos de Chihuahua to IEnova for US$1.325 billion. Gunter also advised Grupo Salinas in its joint venture with Televisa in Iusacell, the later unwinding of such joint venture and the ultimate sale of Iusacell to AT&T for US$2.5 billion, which constitute a major milestone for the Mexican telecoms sector as it signified the entry of one of the major global telecoms operators in the Mexican market following the recent Mexican telecoms reform.
Gunter has strong international experience and speaks fluent English. He is regularly involved in cross border transactions, usually advising foreign entities including banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and global real estate investors.
Mr Schwandt spent a year working at international law firm Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago, having received his LLM (with honours) from the Northwestern University School of Law and a certificate in business administration from the Kellogg school of management. He graduated as an attorney (with honours) from the Ibero-American University.