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Michell Nader S

Michell Nader S

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

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Michell Nader is a stalwart of the banking space in Mexico. He has represented some of the world’s largest banks on structured and project finance matters, as well as governments on financial packages.

Questions & Answers

Michell has very broad experience in structured finance, capital markets, restructurings and M&A, and has worked on a number of the most complex transactions in Mexico. Over the years, he has worked on novel matters including the development of the APP regime. He has also spearheaded ground-breaking financial structures in the real estate sector, including the largest real estate financing ever in Mexico, the creation of the first Mexican land bank and the IPO of two existing FIBRAs in Mexico. He has also contributed to the development of Fibra E.

What inspired you to pursue a legal career? 

I was inspired by Perry Mason, a TV show about a criminal defence attorney, which I used to watch when I was six or seven years old.

How has your practice evolved in the 30-plus years since you started out in law? 

When I started practising law, lawyers were involved in a variety of different practice areas and this has evolved to greater levels of specialisation. Having been exposed to different practices helped me develop my legal skills in an unusual manner, which has proven very helpful over the years. With the arrival of the internet and other technologies, the speed and depth at which lawyers are required to work has evolved significantly and we should expect more changes over the coming years.

What makes your firm stand out from competitors? 

Our firm is unique in its devotion to client service and quality, based on the skills of our lawyers. We dedicate tremendous amounts of time to train our associates for the benefit of our clients.

What impact do you expect the downgrading of Mexico’s credit rating, and subsequent drop in currency value, to have on the market? 

If Mexico’s credit rating is downgraded, the peso will be weakened, interest rates will go up and it will be more difficult to entice investors to invest in Mexico. Financings will become more expensive and scarce. On the other hand, a weaker peso may temporarily boost Mexican exports and tourism.

What pre-existing economic issues will the covid-19 outbreak exacerbate in Mexico, and how will your firm address the challenges it creates? 

Covid-19 is deepening the pre-existing economic recession and the lack of investment in Mexico. This will have long-term effects in the economy and the manner in which business is done. We are trying to stay very close to our clients, and to assist them in these circumstances and bring them new ideas and opportunities.

Looking back over your distinguished career, what has been your proudest achievement? 

I have a number of achievements and it is difficult to distinguish which is the more meaningful for me. However, I would highlight as my major achievement the creation of Nader, Hayaux & Goebel, and the marquee position that it enjoys internationally as a result of the outstanding work of its people.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own firm? 

Anyone starting a law firm should: identify its goals, and analyse if he or she has the elements to achieve them; create a partnership with individuals that will make him or her proud; and establish strong principles and abide by them.

Global Leader

Banking - Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michell Nader is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to banking matters in Mexico. He has over 30 years of experience advising clients on a range of structured and acquisition finance issues.

Biography

Mr Nader’s main areas of practice include banking, acquisition and project finance, corporate and debt restructurings, insolvency, and mergers and acquisitions. Michell is a name partner of NHG, and he specialises in complex and innovative banking finance transactions. He is also an expert in workouts and has been extensively involved in the development of the Mexican Fibras, Fibras E and PPPs. Michell has spearheaded groundbreaking financial structures in the real estate sector, including the largest real estate financing ever in Mexico and the creation of the first Mexican land bank.

He also advised the US Department of the Treasury in the US$20 billion emergency financial package provided to the Mexican government in 1995. He has represented export, development and commercial banks in multiple structured and project finance matters, including the US Export Import bank, Credit Agricole, General Electric, Capital Corporation, IDB, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Citibank in areas such as fixed-line and mobile telephony, energy, real estate, and infrastructure. He has also represented a number of bank creditor groups in contested and negotiated workouts, including AHMSA, Grupo Minero Mexico, Sicartsa, Comercial Mexicana, Gruma, GICSA, Grupo Collado, Vitro and many others.

He has also represented investors in M&A transactions in a variety of industries, such as the acquisition of Aseguradora Hidalgo by MetLife for US$1 billion, the acquisition of Unefon (a mobile telecoms service provider) by Iusacell, the acquisitions of some of the largest Mexican real estate portfolios by GE Real Estate and the sale of 50 per cent of Iusacell by Grupo Salinas to ATT for US$2.4 billion.  He has led a number of novel securities offerings in Mexico, including a number of investment funds (CKDs), real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs), and a recent registration of a Fibra E (Mexican MLP).

Project Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Peers and clients alike herald Michell Nader S as "truly excellent; someone who stands out as a top player in the market". 

Biography

Mr Nader’s main areas of practice include banking, acquisition and project finance, corporate and debt restructurings, insolvency, and mergers and acquisitions. Michell is a name partner of NHG and he specialises in complex and innovative banking finance transactions. He is also an expert in workouts and has been extensively involved in the development of the Mexican FIBRAs, Fibras E and PPPs. Michell has spearheaded groundbreaking financial structures in the real estate sector, including the largest real estate financing ever in Mexico and the creation of the first Mexican land bank.

He also advised the US Department of the Treasury in the US$20 billion emergency financial package provided to the Mexican government in 1995. He has represented export, development and commercial banks in multiple structured and project finance matters including the US Export-Import Bank, Credit Agricole, General Electric, Capital Corporation, IDB, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Citibank in areas such as fixed-line and mobile telephony, energy, real estate, and infrastructure. He has also represented a number of bank creditor groups in contested and negotiated workouts including AHMSA, Grupo Minero Mexico, Sicartsa, Comercial Mexicana, Gruma, GICSA, Grupo Collado, Vitro and many others.

He has also represented investors in M&A transactions in a variety of industries such as the acquisition of Aseguradora Hidalgo by MetLife for US$1 billion, the acquisition of Unefon (a mobile telecoms service provider) by Iusacell, the acquisitions of some of the largest Mexican real estate portfolios by GE Real Estate and the sale of 50 per cent of Iusacell by Grupo Salinas to ATT for US$2.4 billion.  He has led a number of novel securities offerings in Mexico including a number of investment funds (CKDs), real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs), and a recent registration of a Fibra E (Mexican MLP). 

WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

Mexico - Banking 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michell Nader is a stalwart of the banking space in Mexico. He has represented some of the world's largest banks on structured and project finance matters, as well as governments on financial packages. 

Biography

Mr Nader’s main areas of practice include banking, acquisition and project finance, corporate and debt restructurings, insolvency, and mergers and acquisitions. Michell is a name partner of NHG and he specialises in complex and innovative banking finance transactions. He is also an expert in workouts and has been extensively involved in the development of the Mexican FIBRAs, Fibras E and PPPs. Michell has spearheaded groundbreaking financial structures in the real estate sector, including the largest real estate financing ever in Mexico and the creation of the first Mexican land bank.

He also advised the US Department of the Treasury in the US$20 billion emergency financial package provided to the Mexican government in 1995. He has represented export, development and commercial banks in multiple structured and project finance matters including the US Export-Import Bank, Credit Agricole, General Electric, Capital Corporation, IDB, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Citibank in areas such as fixed-line and mobile telephony, energy, real estate, and infrastructure. He has also represented a number of bank creditor groups in contested and negotiated workouts including AHMSA, Grupo Minero Mexico, Sicartsa, Comercial Mexicana, Gruma, GICSA, Grupo Collado, Vitro and many others.

He has also represented investors in M&A transactions in a variety of industries such as the acquisition of Aseguradora Hidalgo by MetLife for US$1 billion, the acquisition of Unefon (a mobile telecoms service provider) by Iusacell, the acquisitions of some of the largest Mexican real estate portfolios by GE Real Estate and the sale of 50 per cent of Iusacell by Grupo Salinas to ATT for US$2.4 billion.  He has led a number of novel securities offerings in Mexico including a number of investment funds (CKDs), real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs), and a recent registration of a Fibra E (Mexican MLP). 

Mexico - Capital Markets 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michell Nader S is renowned in the Mexican market when it comes to capital markets matters. His practice focuses on large debt restructurings, and leveraged acquisitions in particular. 

Biography

Mr Nader’s main areas of practice include banking, acquisition and project finance, corporate and debt restructurings, insolvency, and mergers and acquisitions. Michell is a name partner of NHG and he specialises in complex and innovative banking finance transactions. He is also an expert in workouts and has been extensively involved in the development of the Mexican FIBRAs, Fibras E and PPPs. Michell has spearheaded groundbreaking financial structures in the real estate sector, including the largest real estate financing ever in Mexico and the creation of the first Mexican land bank.

He also advised the US Department of the Treasury in the US$20 billion emergency financial package provided to the Mexican government in 1995. He has represented export, development and commercial banks in multiple structured and project finance matters including the US Export-Import Bank, Credit Agricole, General Electric, Capital Corporation, IDB, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Citibank in areas such as fixed-line and mobile telephony, energy, real estate, and infrastructure. He has also represented a number of bank creditor groups in contested and negotiated workouts including AHMSA, Grupo Minero Mexico, Sicartsa, Comercial Mexicana, Gruma, GICSA, Grupo Collado, Vitro and many others.

He has also represented investors in M&A transactions in a variety of industries such as the acquisition of Aseguradora Hidalgo by MetLife for US$1 billion, the acquisition of Unefon (a mobile telecoms service provider) by Iusacell, the acquisitions of some of the largest Mexican real estate portfolios by GE Real Estate and the sale of 50 per cent of Iusacell by Grupo Salinas to ATT for US$2.4 billion.  He has led a number of novel securities offerings in Mexico including a number of investment funds (CKDs), real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs), and a recent registration of a Fibra E (Mexican MLP).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michell Nader S is a prominent figure in the Mexican market thanks to his deep expertise advising real estate investment funds on financing matters, as well as government authorities on PPP structures. 

Biography

Mr Nader’s main areas of practice include banking, acquisition and project finance, corporate and debt restructurings, insolvency, and mergers and acquisitions. Michell is a name partner of NHG and he specialises in complex and innovative banking finance transactions. He is also an expert in workouts and has been extensively involved in the development of the Mexican FIBRAs, Fibras E and PPPs. Michell has spearheaded groundbreaking financial structures in the real estate sector, including the largest real estate financing ever in Mexico and the creation of the first Mexican land bank.

He also advised the US Department of the Treasury in the US$20 billion emergency financial package provided to the Mexican government in 1995. He has represented export, development and commercial banks in multiple structured and project finance matters including the US Export-Import Bank, Credit Agricole, General Electric, Capital Corporation, IDB, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Citibank in areas such as fixed-line and mobile telephony, energy, real estate, and infrastructure. He has also represented a number of bank creditor groups in contested and negotiated workouts including AHMSA, Grupo Minero Mexico, Sicartsa, Comercial Mexicana, Gruma, GICSA, Grupo Collado, Vitro and many others.

He has also represented investors in M&A transactions in a variety of industries such as the acquisition of Aseguradora Hidalgo by MetLife for US$1 billion, the acquisition of Unefon (a mobile telecoms service provider) by Iusacell, the acquisitions of some of the largest Mexican real estate portfolios by GE Real Estate and the sale of 50 per cent of Iusacell by Grupo Salinas to ATT for US$2.4 billion.  He has led a number of novel securities offerings in Mexico including a number of investment funds (CKDs), real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs), and a recent registration of a Fibra E (Mexican MLP). 

Mexico - M&A and Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michell Nader excels in handling matters arising out of corporate transactions, cross-border acquisitions, major financings and complex regulatory matters. 

Biography

Mr Nader’s main areas of practice include banking, acquisition and project finance, corporate and debt restructurings, insolvency, and mergers and acquisitions. Michell is a name partner of NHG and he specialises in complex and innovative banking finance transactions. He is also an expert in workouts and has been extensively involved in the development of the Mexican FIBRAs, Fibras E and PPPs. Michell has spearheaded groundbreaking financial structures in the real estate sector, including the largest real estate financing ever in Mexico and the creation of the first Mexican land bank.

He also advised the US Department of the Treasury in the US$20 billion emergency financial package provided to the Mexican government in 1995. He has represented export, development and commercial banks in multiple structured and project finance matters including the US Export-Import Bank, Credit Agricole, General Electric, Capital Corporation, IDB, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Citibank in areas such as fixed-line and mobile telephony, energy, real estate, and infrastructure. He has also represented a number of bank creditor groups in contested and negotiated workouts including AHMSA, Grupo Minero Mexico, Sicartsa, Comercial Mexicana, Gruma, GICSA, Grupo Collado, Vitro and many others.

He has also represented investors in M&A transactions in a variety of industries such as the acquisition of Aseguradora Hidalgo by MetLife for US$1 billion, the acquisition of Unefon (a mobile telecoms service provider) by Iusacell, the acquisitions of some of the largest Mexican real estate portfolios by GE Real Estate and the sale of 50 per cent of Iusacell by Grupo Salinas to ATT for US$2.4 billion.  He has led a number of novel securities offerings in Mexico including a number of investment funds (CKDs), real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs), and a recent registration of a Fibra E (Mexican MLP). 

Mexico - Project Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michell Nader S is a seasoned expert who ranks highly for his invaluable insight in financial transactions relating to the real estate, energy and telecommunications industries. 

Biography

Mr Nader’s main areas of practice include banking, acquisition and project finance, corporate and debt restructurings, insolvency, and mergers and acquisitions. Michell is a name partner of NHG and he specialises in complex and innovative banking finance transactions. He is also an expert in workouts and has been extensively involved in the development of the Mexican FIBRAs, Fibras E and PPPs. Michell has spearheaded groundbreaking financial structures in the real estate sector, including the largest real estate financing ever in Mexico and the creation of the first Mexican land bank.

He also advised the US Department of the Treasury in the US$20 billion emergency financial package provided to the Mexican government in 1995. He has represented export, development and commercial banks in multiple structured and project finance matters including the US Export-Import Bank, Credit Agricole, General Electric, Capital Corporation, IDB, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Citibank in areas such as fixed-line and mobile telephony, energy, real estate, and infrastructure. He has also represented a number of bank creditor groups in contested and negotiated workouts including AHMSA, Grupo Minero Mexico, Sicartsa, Comercial Mexicana, Gruma, GICSA, Grupo Collado, Vitro and many others.

He has also represented investors in M&A transactions in a variety of industries such as the acquisition of Aseguradora Hidalgo by MetLife for US$1 billion, the acquisition of Unefon (a mobile telecoms service provider) by Iusacell, the acquisitions of some of the largest Mexican real estate portfolios by GE Real Estate and the sale of 50 per cent of Iusacell by Grupo Salinas to ATT for US$2.4 billion.  He has led a number of novel securities offerings in Mexico including a number of investment funds (CKDs), real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs), and a recent registration of a Fibra E (Mexican MLP). 

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