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Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C., Maria Casas-Lopez, Mexico City,

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Maria Casas-Lopez

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Baker McKenzie LLP

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Banking and Finance.


Maria Casas Lopez is a Banking & Finance partner. Her practice area includes international transactions; credit documentation; financial operations; advice in stock-market matters and safekeeping of securities; banking and other financial institutions regulation; acquisition, establishment, and organization of foreign companies (financial institutions, insurance institutions, and retirement funds administrators, among others).


Maria Casas Lopez has 19 years experience and has been a partner since 1995 in the Banking and Finance practice group with the Baker & McKenzie office in Mexico City. Her areas of specialization are the US legal system as well as studies in financial matters in general and stock-market matters.


Spanish and English.


Admission Mexico (1990); Education Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (M.C.L. Honors) (1990), University of California, Davis (Post Graduate Degree), Georgetown University (Law Diploma).


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

At Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C., the 11-strong banking and finance team advises an impressive roster of clients (lenders, borrowers, arrangers and guarantors) primarily on trade finance, financing via receivables and real estate finance; it also evidences a growing regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering practice, and also sometimes works on cross-border deals with the firm’s other offices. One client lauded the firm’s ‘good value for money’ but suggested that the team could strengthen its second tier of lawyers. Recent work highlights saw the team assist: Apple Leisure Group, with the negotiation and execution of the Mexican security interests corresponding to a $950m refinancing operation, in connection with KKR’s purchase and sale of Bain Capital’s holding in the client; and Kemet Electronics in the negotiation and execution of security interests by subsidiary Kemet de México to guarantee a $350m loan facility granted in its favour by Bank of America and other lenders. This latter transaction was led by key partner Carlos Sagaón-Garza (‘always looking to get the deal done’, clients value his ‘attention to detail’) in conjunction with senior associate Alfonso Martínez-Bejarano. The pair constitute the core of the team and have a very strong real estate finance practice. In other work, they assisted the SOFOM of Blackstone with the negotiation and execution of a final $118m prepayment by Fibra Terrafina and represented Emerging America Inmobiliaria during the negotiation of a $50m (approx.) financing facility granted by Banorte and Nafin for the development of a 110MW power project. Associate Michelle Pfeffer Nuñez assisted on all four mandates. The team is led by Gaspar Gutiérrez-Centeno who heads the transactional practice in Mexico; he recently assisted Korea Development Bank with a $40m loan granted to Hyundai WIA Mexico. Further support comes from María Casas-López and Lorenzo Ruiz de Velasco Beam. Active clients include UniCredit Bank, Virgin Mobile, IKB Deutsche Industriebank, JP Morgan (Suisse), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Macquarie Capital, Merrill Lynch, Bancomext and Abraaj.

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