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Hans P Goebel Caviedes

Hans P Goebel Caviedes

Nader Hayaux y Goebel SCTorre Arcos, Paseo de los Tamarindos No. 400-B7th Floor, Colonia Bosques de las LomasMexico CityMexico05120

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Hans Goebel C is a highly regarded lawyer with a wealth of experience advising on project financings and structured finance deals.

Questions & Answers

Hans’ main areas of practice include banking and finance; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; project finance; capital markets; and real estate. He graduated as an attorney-at-law from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in 1995 and has a Master of Laws with honours (1999) from Northwestern University of Chicago. He was a foreign associate at Mayer Brown in Chicago (1999–2000). Hans is the author of several publications on banking and finance, capital markets and private equity.

What motivated you to pursue a career in project finance?

Project finance provides lawyers with the opportunity for a mixture of technical abilities in different fields, such as law, finance and government procurement. Moreover, what made me work in project finance was the challenging need for innovation, and the promise of complex projects.

What do clients look for when selecting a project finance lawyer?

Clients want to have solution-finders in their corner. Project finance deals are often challengeable, given that interests among the parties are not always necessarily aligned. Project finance clients assume that their lawyers are competent enough to deal with merely legal tasks; the added value that they look for is the ability to come up with alternatives to overcome the problems that arise in the deals.
Project finance lawyers should not only be knowledgeable, experienced and talented lawyers, but also extremely effective negotiators. The ability to be flexible enough to pursue and meet clients’ needs is probably what clients mostly appreciate.

Which have been the most active types of projects in your jurisdiction over the past year?

Last year’s project finance market in Mexico was significantly influenced by the new government’s plans; 2019 was the first year of the new federal administration, and this accounted for a significant change in the new types of projects that will be starting. 
The areas that have experienced the highest growth this year have been the restoration and construction of railway roads and highways. 

How do you see covid-19 impacting the project finance sector as a whole, and how will this affect you and your clients?

The covid-19 situation is likely to affect the Mexican project finance industry in different ways. On the one hand, projects might be slowing down due to the worldwide uncertainty that the situation is creating; on the other hand, there is a need for alternative projects (ie, those in the power, and oil and gas industries), and the Mexican Central Bank is trying to create a boost via larger cuts to interest rates, to promote low-cost borrowing and consequently incentivise further investments as a whole. Lenders are responding to these incentives and trying to compete for lending with more favourable conditions. There is an encouragement for investors to participate in the Mexican market on highly leveraged project finance transactions. 

Where, in your opinion, does the future of the practice area lie?

The pandemic and the current administration’s plans will provide a number of new opportunities in areas that were traditionally undeveloped.
For example, on the federal side, the government has major infrastructure projects including the south-eastern train, Tabasco’s oil refinery, an airport in the surroundings of Mexico City and the trans-Isthmus train.

What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?

We had advised governmental entities, developers, contractors, lenders and syndicates on different projects; however, I would like to advise any of these types of clients on future infrastructure projects that might help the wider community – for instance, preventing or reversing the effects of climate change.

What advice would you give to younger practitioners hoping to one day be in your position?

My advice is to keep reading about the latest local and international tendencies and practices of project finance deals. The project finance industry is always innovating; therefore being updated is certainly a good way to be ready to step in whenever a client needs advice on these matters.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

Mexico - Banking 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Hans Goebel C secures endorsements from peers for his first-class practice, which focuses on structured finance, banking and regulatory matters. ​

Biography

Hans Goebel is name partner at Nader, Hayaux y Goebel. His main areas of practice are banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, real estate, foreign investment, and general corporate and commercial law.

Hans has a strong background in banking law and regulations, and handles a variety of financial, capital markets and corporate governance matters. He is an expert in complex structured finance deals and security issuances as well as local and cross border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He handles real estate finance and advises clients on financial and corporate restructurings.

Hans has strong international experience. He speaks fluent English and regularly advises multinational clients on their local operations and transactions involving the Mexican market and also advises banks and other financial institutions in cross-border and local secured and unsecured financings, with an emphasis on structured finance transactions. He has acted as director, board secretary and committee member of various financial and non-financial institutions.

He graduated as an attorney from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and has lectured in financial contracts at the Ibero-American University. Hans spent a year working in the Chicago office of the international law firm Mayer Brown, having received his LLM (with honours) from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.

Mexico - M&A and Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Hans Goebel is widely respected as an expert in M&A and corporate governance matters, with substantial experience managing large-scale transactions and shareholder disputes.​

Biography

Hans Goebel is name partner at Nader, Hayaux y Goebel. His main areas of practice are banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, real estate, foreign investment, and general corporate and commercial law.

Hans has a strong background in banking law and regulations, and handles a variety of financial, capital markets and corporate governance matters. He is an expert in complex structured finance deals and security issuances as well as local and cross border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He handles real estate finance and advises clients on financial and corporate restructurings.

Hans has strong international experience. He speaks fluent English and regularly advises multinational clients on their local operations and transactions involving the Mexican market and also advises banks and other financial institutions in cross-border and local secured and unsecured financings, with an emphasis on structured finance transactions. He has acted as director, board secretary and committee member of various financial and non-financial institutions.

He graduated as an attorney from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and has lectured in financial contracts at the Ibero-American University. Hans spent a year working in the Chicago office of the international law firm Mayer Brown, having received his LLM (with honours) from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.

Mexico - Project Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Hans Goebel C is a highly regarded lawyer with a wealth of experience advising on project financings and structured finance deals. ​

Biography

Hans Goebel is name partner at Nader, Hayaux y Goebel. His main areas of practice are banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, real estate, foreign investment, and general corporate and commercial law.

Hans has a strong background in banking law and regulations, and handles a variety of financial, capital markets and corporate governance matters. He is an expert in complex structured finance deals and security issuances as well as local and cross border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He handles real estate finance and advises clients on financial and corporate restructurings.

Hans has strong international experience. He speaks fluent English and regularly advises multinational clients on their local operations and transactions involving the Mexican market and also advises banks and other financial institutions in cross-border and local secured and unsecured financings, with an emphasis on structured finance transactions. He has acted as director, board secretary and committee member of various financial and non-financial institutions.

He graduated as an attorney from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and has lectured in financial contracts at the Ibero-American University. Hans spent a year working in the Chicago office of the international law firm Mayer Brown, having received his LLM (with honours) from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.

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