Mexico: Project Finance 2019

Our research into the Mexican project finance space sees 32 outstanding individuals highlighted in our guide. Their expertise covers issues ranging from securities issuances and capital markets transactions to PPPs and joint ventures.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Santiago Sepúlveda Y Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez SC, Mexico City
2. Thomas Mueller-Gastell Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau SC, Mexico City
3. Horacio M de Uriarte Flores Mijares Angoitia Cortés y Fuentes SC, Mexico City

Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau performs well in our research this year, achieving seven listings.
Thomas Mueller-Gastell is “one of the top lawyers in Mexico” according to peers who give him strong support in our research this year. His practice provides specialist understanding of cross-border loans and capital markets transactions relating to energy and infrastructure projects.
Gabriel del Valle Mendiola is “a very smart and intelligent lawyer” who has built a top-tier practice that covers such matters as international bridge crossings, energy plants and toll roads.
Jorge Oria y Anaya is a recognisable figure in the Mexican project finance space who receives widespread plaudits for his work advising private equity and mezzanine investors on a range of major projects.
Thomas Heather is an impressive lawyer who is commended by sources for the breadth of his expertise handling project finance arrangements including joint ventures, securities finance and bond issuances.

Nader Hayaux y Goebel sees three of its practitioners highlighted in this chapter.
A distinguished name in the space, Michell Nader runs an enviable practice that sees him advise on PPP regulation and finance transactions across the telecommunications and energy sectors.
Vanessa Franyutti Johnstone is noted by colleagues to be "highly active in the project finance space". She provides superb insight into infrastructure financing, with specialist expertise on PPPs.
Hans Goebel Caviedes enjoys a strong reputation in the project finance market and is adept on cross-border acquisitions and structured finance.

Galicia Abogados achieves five listings here.
Francisco Fernández Cueto is a prominent name in the field who is regarded as a “great lawyer” by sources. He stands out for his handling of public tenders in the aviation and energy sectors.
Alejandro de la Borbolla O is a top lawyer in the field who provides clients with outstanding expertise advising on national and municipal infrastructure projects including energy, highways, ports and hospitals.
Carlos de Maria y Campos S gains recognition this year for his excellent work advising a range of clients on major projects across the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez’s Santiago Sepúlveda Y is renowned for his in-depth understanding of the Mexican project finance market. Respondents rate him highly for his work in the energy sector, assisting private equity funds and oil consortiums on project finance and development.
Pedro Velasco P gains plaudits from respondents for his specialist expertise on financing arrangements in the shipping and real estate sectors.

At Mijares Angoitia Cortés y Fuentes, Horacio de Uriarte Flores is one of Mexico’s most highly regarded project finance lawyers, providing clients with wide-ranging experience on large-scale projects including LNG terminals, toll roads and power plants.
Patricio Trad Cepeda is highlighted in our research for his deep understanding of matters in the project finance space. He is particularly adept on issues arising from joint ventures in the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors.

Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow’s Enrique Lorente Ludlow is a pre-eminent name in the jurisdiction who earns widespread recognition from peers for his superb work handling financing arrangements in the real estate sector.
Derek Woodhouse is well respected among sources who praise the effective advice he deliver to clients on such matters as infrastructure finance and PPPs.

Greenberg Traurig’s Juan Manuel González has a top-notch practice that spans a range of areas including PPPs and regulatory concerns.

Mayer Brown’s Ariel Ramos stands out to market players who give him much praise for his excellent work on PPPs, government contracts and due diligence.

Gaxiola Calvo Sobrino y Asociados’ José Antonio Calvo Díaz has an impressive reputation in the jurisdiction for his deep knowledge of matters relating to public bids, utility contracts and commercial financial transactions.

At Jones Day, Alberto de la Parra is noted to be “very good on project finance work”. Described by peers as “one of the key players in the market”, he excels on revolving credit agreements, bond issuance and project structuring arrangements.

White & Case’s Vicente Corta is a go-to practitioner in the Mexican project finance space who gains plaudits this year for his impressive practice that covers the gamut of matters in the field, from complex international finance to compliance and regulatory concerns.

Juan Carlos Machorro of Santamarina y Steta is a fantastic lawyer who commands much respect from peers across the jurisdiction. He has in-depth expertise of public sector-side issues, handling matters such as tenders and privatisations.

Dentons López Velarde’s Rogelio López-Velarde draws high praise from sources for his work in the project finance space, with commentators noting his “great knowledge of the energy market”.

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