Mexico: Banking 2019

In this chapter we highlight 35 outstanding individuals for their work in the banking space over the past year. Their expertise is wide-ranging and covers both domestic and international financial arrangements and regulatory matters.

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

Nader Hayaux y Goebel is a dominant force in the field, with seven listings this year.
Michell Nader S is a go-to name in the Mexican banking space, with peers rating him highly for his work involving acquisition finance and debt restructurings.
Hans Goebel Caviedes is an impressive practitioner who receives effusive praise for his expertise handling security issuances and private equity transactions.
Gunter Schwandt G is greatly respected by respondents who praise his wide-ranging experience on issues including capital markets and real estate finance.
Vanessa Franyutti Johnstone enjoys a strong reputation in the Mexican market, with sources commending her expertise on structured finance and real estate investment.
Javier Arreola Espinosa receives widespread plaudits from peers for his impressive work handling asset-based financings across the aviation sector.

Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau receives six listings in our banking chapter this year.
Thomas Heather is described by colleagues as “a great attorney” who stands out for his impressive work on issues such as joint ventures, securities finance and bond issuances.
Luis Nicolau boasts an excellent practice and is recommended for his broad expertise advising both domestic and international clients on issues arising from capital markets transactions.
Carlos Obregón Rojo is “a top-notch lawyer” who is noted to be highly active in the field. He receives effusive praise for his handling of corporate bond offerings, structured finance and credit facility restructuring.
Jean Paul Farah Chajin is a well-established name in the Mexican banking space, receiving plaudits from sources this year for his leading working on matters such as restructurings and corporate transactions.
Rodrigo Conesa Labastida has a fantastic reputation in the market as a specialist on matters relating to the real estate sector, frequently advising on acquisitions and financings.
Pablo Perezalonso Eguía is a go-to name in the jurisdiction who is noted for his deep understanding of matters relating to capital markets and banking finance and regulation.

Galicia Abogados sees four practitioners highlighted in this chapter.
Alejandro de la Borbolla O is an eminent name in the field who boasts a top-tier reputation for his adeptness on matters relating to private debt, securities issuances and derivatives transactions.
Carlos de Maria y Campos S is a go-to name in the space whose practice sees him provide international financial institutions and commercial banks with specialist knowledge of infrastructure finance.
Founding partner Manuel Galicia is a distinguished lawyer who is highlighted by respondents for his excellent work on joint ventures, mortgage-backed loans and securities issuances.
José Visoso has a top-notch practice that spans issues including international investment and lending with a focus on the real estate sector.

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez’s Carlos Aiza is a pre-eminent lawyer in Mexico who excels on structured finance matters across the banking sector.
Pedro Velasco P “really stands out” for a range of matters spanning fund raising for investments through to divestments.

Greenberg Traurig’s José Raz-Guzmán is a first-rate banking lawyer who is held in high esteem for his expertise working with underwriters, issuers and investors.

Antonio Franck of Jones Day is “very well known” for his ability and breadth of experience in the banking space, with peers praising his fantastic work handling IPOs, acquisitions and securities issuances.

At Mijares Angoitia Cortés y Fuentes, Ricardo Maldonado-Yáñez is described by commentators as “very knowledgeable on banking and finance matters”. He has a broad practice that offers clients an in-depth understanding of M&A-related issues.

At White & Case, Juan Antonio Martin is a standout name in the field who receives widespread plaudits for his work on cross-border financings and M&A.

Santamarina y Steta’s Juan Carlos Machorro G is well respected by sources who commend his strong experience dealing with credit agreement preparations relating to project financing.

At Bufete Miaja Abogados, founding partner Rafael Robles Miaja is a prominent name in the field who is widely respected for his superb work handling an array of issues including securities regulation and the privatisation of public companies.

Kuri Breña Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar’s Daniel Kuri Breña Romero de Terreros receives plaudits from commentators for his first-rate work on international finance arrangements, advising banks and funds on debt issuances and asset securitisations.


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