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Jones Day

PASEO DE LA REFORMA 342, PISO 30, COLONIA JUÁREZ, 06600 MEXICO, D.F., MEXICO
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Alberto de la Parra

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Jones Day

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Projects & Infrastructure

Position

Alberto de la Parra's practice is focused on the infrastructure industry, including the energy, oil and gas, toll roads, mining, aviation, and airport sectors. His areas of practice include project structuring, corporate and project finance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate counseling.

Alberto has significant experience representing clients in structuring energy generation projects in Mexico and projects related to the transportation sector. In the energy sector, he represented a consortium led by Fisterra Energy on the structuring of the largest wind farm (260 MW) in Mexico from the project point of view and its structured financing. Alberto is very involved in the oil and gas industry assisting clients on their participation in the opening of the sector to private investment. In the transportation sector, Alberto's most recent representation has been assisting the entity entrusted with the construction of the Mexico City Airport on a US$1.0B financing.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, he was general counsel of Grupo Mexico, one of the most important conglomerates in Mexico engaged in mining, oil services, infrastructure, and transportation. One of his major representations was the Mexican airport system privatization where he counseled the Mexican government and the airport groups on regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. Also prior to joining the Firm, he represented Cemex on the restructuring of a 250 MW electric energy generation plant, as well as on the negotiation of EPC and O&M contracts, and financing of Eurus, a 150 MW eolic (wind power) energy generation plant.

Career

Alberto has been partner at the law firms Santamarina y Steta, S.C. and Galicia Abogados, S.C. Before joining Jones Day, he was general counsel of Grupo México. Alberto has participated in the board of directors of Kimberly Clark de México, ASUR, OMA, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, Grupo México, Southern Copper Corporation and Compañía Mexicana de Gas, among others.

Languages

English, Spanish

Education

Escuela Libre de Derecho (J.D. 1990)

Leisure

Golf


Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Jones Day has demonstrated a strong commitment to Latin America, notably through its New York, Miami, Madrid, Mexico City and São Paulo offices. The team is ‘excellent’, responses are ‘timely’, ‘very precise and address the matter in great detail’; all in all, the ‘very reputable firm has expertise across all matters and jurisdictions’. Energy and infrastructure mandates are at the heart of the banking and finance practice and the team has worked on a series of high-value acquisition financings and project bonds engagements. Clients include Banco Santander, BBVA Bancomer, NII Holdings, IDB, Canacol Energy and Grupo Aeroportuario de Ciudad de Mexico. The Mexico City office has impressed with a number of headline deals; it advised the joint lead arrangers on a New York law-governed, $1.55bn unsecured bridge loan agreement with GMéxico Transportes (the largest railroad company in Mexico); and also represented Grupo Aeroportuario de Ciudad de Mexico on the Mexican law aspects of its $4bn green bonds issuance through the Mexico City Airport Trust. Elsewhere, the Miami office advised JP Morgan Chase and The Bank of Nova Scotia, as joint-lead arrangers and lenders, on a $300m term loan financing to the mobile company Colombia Móvil, a subsidiary of UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones. New York partners Robert da Silva Ashley and James Salerno are ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘able and willing to go the extra mile’; the ‘brilliant’ Fradyn Suárez is a key figure in Miami, where she represents a mix of commercial lenders and MLAs, primarily in relation to projects matters; and Alberto de la Parra has an outstanding reputation in Mexico, where he has led many of the firm’s most notable financing transactions.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Jones Day’s combination of a well-established Mexico City office and the presence of Latin America capital markets specialist Boris Dolgonos in New York, means it has developed a strong profile in Mexico and across the Latin America region. Dolgonos led the team that advised a syndicate of international and Brazilian investment banks on the $1bn international offering of senior notes by Brazilian giant, Marfrig Global Foods. He also represented Jefferies, as placement agent, on the $412m private placement of senior secured notes issued by renewable energy developer, Latin America Power. In addition, the team advised the banks on a $400m international senior notes offering by Mexico’s second-largest broadcaster, TV Azteca. In Mexico City, a team led by the prominent Alberto de la Parra advised Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México on its landmark $1.6bn IPO of Fibra-E shares on the Mexican Stock Exchange.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Jones Day’s substantial Latin America practice has developed an ever-increasing market share of projects and energy engagements throughout the region. Oil and gas, power, renewable energy and transport infrastructure all form part of a flourishing practice. It advised Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico on the Mexican law aspects of its $4bn green bond issuance, and also represented Autopistas del Sol on a Rule 144A/Reg S $300m senior notes issue (with a concurrent senior secured notes-offering to certain investors in Costa Rica) in what was one of the largest project bond issuances in Central America in recent years. Moreover, it provided US and Mexican law advice to JinkoSolar on the development and financing of three photovoltaic solar power facilities in Mexico. The team is ‘among the best’, ‘demonstrates considerable knowledge and is always responsive’, ‘covers multiple jurisdictions and has significant relevant experience’, according to clients. Miami-based head of the global projects and infrastructure practice, Richard Puttré has an outstanding record in renewable energy, infrastructure and mining projects in Mexico, Central America and other jurisdictions such as Peru and Chile. São Paulo partner Marcello Hallake has a fine record in energy transactions, while José Estandía and Alberto de la Parra are key names in Mexico City. Miami partner Fradyn Suárez is noted for Latin America project finance, including for MLAs and commercial banks. Former Houston partner Scott Schwind has joined Saudi Aramco.

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Mexico

Banking and finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Alberto de la Parra - 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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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

The energy practice at Jones Day provides its clients with ‘a lot of practical and technical depth, and reliable, business-oriented advice’. The Mexican side of the practice forms an integral part of a broader Latin America practice, with lawyers working out of New York, Miami and Mexico City. Mexico head Manuel Romano is ‘business-oriented, practical and precise’, and ‘an exceptional projects lawyer’. The firm advised Andeavor on structuring an agreement with an affiliate of Profuels, for the supply of ARCO-branded and unbranded gasoline and diesel; and advised JinkoSolar on the development and financing of three solar power facilities with a combined 188MW capacity. Other key partners include electricity expert José Estandía, and Alberto de la Parra and Antonio Franck for energy infrastructure projects.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Leading lawyers

Alberto de la Parra - Jones Day

Within: Projects and infrastructure

The top-quality projects team at Jones Day brings ‘a lot of practical and technical depth and reliable business-oriented advice’ to the table, advising sponsors and lenders. Among the international firms, it is ‘one of the few with true LatAm experience’. Practice co-head Alberto de la Parra has an impeccable pedigree advising on major infrastructure developments and led the advice to Group Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico on its $3bn New Mexico City Airport project. Other key individuals include co-head José Estandía, Antonio Franck, and the ‘practical and preciseManuel Romano, who is ‘an exceptional projects lawyer’. The firm also advised Invex Infraestructura and Gas Natural del Noreste on the $700m development, financing and operation of a pipeline, port and storage terminal project in Tuxpan.

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