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Fernando de Ovando

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Jones Day

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Banking & Finance.


Fernando de Ovando has more than 40 years of experience in cross-border M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, reorganizations, and general corporate counseling. His practice also encompasses a solid background in banking and finance transactions, most of which have focused on cross-border and complex transactions. Fernando advises well-known Mexican and international entities in diverse segments of economic activity. He also has been active in several shareholder disputes, takeovers, and securities law counseling matters.


Fernando has served as either secretary or member of the board for a number of public and privately held corporations such as Mizuho and BanBajio, among many others.


English, Spanish.


Member of the Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana de Abogados) and a foreign associate of the American Bar Association.


University of Toronto (LL.M. 1976); Universidad Anáhuac (J.D. 1975).


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Fernando de Ovando - Jones Day

Within: Banking and finance

The 14-strong Jones Day banking and finance team is growing both in size and in regional capability, while retaining the competitive advantage of being able to call on the firm’s international network. The team is known for its infrastructure finance work, and clients appreciate its ‘expertise, response times and value for money’. Recent highlights were mainly carried out domestically, bar a couple of exceptions, such as the development of the financial structure of the new Mexico City International Airport, in which Alberto de la Parra led a team involving lawyers from the firm’s Singapore office as counsel to Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México on the Mexican legal aspects of the issuance of $4bn worth of green bonds through the Mexico City Airport Trust, executed under the Rule 144A/Reg S. De la Parra (in conjunction with M&A partner Mauricio Castilla) also assisted BBVA Bancomer, BBVA Securities and Credit Suisse Securities/Banco Santander in a $1.55bn New York law-governed unsecured bridge loan agreement extended to GMéxico Transportes for the acquisition of rail-operator Florida East Coast Holdings. Practice co-head Antonio Franck advised Invex Infraestructura 4 and Gas Natural Noreste on the $700m development, financing, construction and operation of the "Tajín system", which will consist of a port and storage terminal in Tuxpan and a storage terminal in Tula. Javier Martínez del Campo advised Grupo Gigante on the $236.6m syndicated credit facility granted by BBVA Bancomer, as lender and administrative agent, and Scotiabank Inverlat and Banco Santander as lenders; and Grupo Kuo on several banking matters involving operations in Mexico and abroad, including a credit agreement from Bancomext for $53m. According to some, Martínez del Campo is ‘the best banking lawyer at the firm’. ‘He is very knowledgeable, very good to work with, and he always puts something on the table’, stated one peer. In both mandates he was assisted by associate Carlos Sámano, considered ‘a name to watch’. Key support further comes from office managing partner Manuel Romano; Fernando de Ovando, who has over 40 years’ experience in the practice; José Estandía, who covers project finance and M&A in the energy sector; and Silvia Malagón, who covers banking, capital markets and funds. Banco del Bajío is another key client.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

The eight-strong capital markets team at Jones Day advises Mexican issuers and underwriters on debt and equity offerings and is also well-known for establishing mutual funds, pension funds and brokerage firms. Recent work saw the firm handle transactions under Mexican and foreign law (Rule 144A/Reg S), as well as assist funds with a variety of issues. Practice head and fund specialist Silvia Malagón had a very active year, assisting SAM Asset Management with obtaining authorisation from the National Banking and Securities Commission for seven mergers of 19 mutual funds; Scotia Fondos concerning the incorporation of three mutual funds; SURA Investment Management México regarding the incorporation of two mutual funds, MONEDA and SURMILA – the latter being listed on the Integrated Latin American Market (MILA). In all three cases Malagón relied on the support of senior associate Eduardo Mendoza. On the international side, Alberto de la Parra was assisted by Carlos Sámano on advice to BBVA Bancomer, Credit Suisse, Santander, GBM, and Inbursa, as placement intermediaries, in connection with GMexico Transportes’ $996m global offering under Rule 144A/Reg S and IPO on the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV); Fernando de Ovando, in conjunction with Mauricio Castilla and Sámano, acted as counsel to Banco del Bajío on its $475.2m global offering under Rule 144A/Reg S and Mexican stock market IPO and listing; Javier Martinez del Campo (working with Sámano and Victoria Rivera Torres, as well as Boris Dolgonos, Peter Devlin, Patrick Bussard in New York), assisted Grupo Kuo in the Rule 144A/Reg S issuance of senior notes for the value of $450m, due in 2027. In other work, Antonio Franck advised Prodemex on establishing a Fibra E comprising three federal prisons in the states of Durango, Michoacán, and Mexico, with a value of $450m. Franck was assisted by Sámano, who led advice to Crédito Real, as issuer, on its Rule 144A/Reg S $230m perpetual notes to qualified investors in the US and in the implementation of a dual stock certificate program for an authorised total amount of $405m. Additional support comes from associates Arturo de la Parra and Mauricio Bahena.

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  • US rules regarding offshore accounts

    The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act 2010, enacted on 18 March 2010, imposes a new US withholding tax and reporting regime, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA regime applies generally to payments made after 31 December 2012, except on obligations (to be defined in future guidance) outstanding on 18 March 2012. Substantial effort is required by foreign entities to bring their worldwide operations and policies into compliance with the FATCA rules as of the effective date.

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