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MONTES URALES 632, 3RD FLOOR, LOMAS DE CHAPULTEPEC, MEXICO CITY 11000, MEXICO
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Work +52 55 5202 7622
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Fax +52 55 5520 7671
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www.gcsc.com.mx/our-firm
González Calvillo, SC, Rodrigo Rojas Robleda, Mexico City, MEXICO

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Rodrigo Rojas Robleda

Tel:
Work +(52 55) 5202-7622
Email:
Web:
www.gcsc.com.mx
González Calvillo, SC

Position

Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.

Career

He has participated and advised in multiple transactions during the past 19 years. His main practice is in the banking, project finance and mergers & acquisitions areas, as well as in the areas of corporate and foreign investment. 

Mr. Rojas has participated in numerous financings that involve project sponsorships, project finance, lending, syndicated facilities and financial leases, as well as in multiple cross border and local M&A transactions. He also has extensive experience in corporate start-ups, new investment in Mexico and related matters. Additionally, Rodrigo has experience in telecommunications, antitrust and governmental procurement matters.

Languages

Spanish and English

Education

Law Degree, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico.


Mexico

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

González Calvillo, SC continues to sharpen its position on the Mexican banking scene. The large team (40 professionals) provides the full range of services in this area, from securities, secured and asset financing, to restructuring, syndicated and commercial lending and regulatory matters. Well regarded by peers, the team was present on some of the year’s most important transactions, including the Red Compartida project development, in which the firm assisted Huawei and Nokia (as vendors of services and infrastructure for the development of the project) to borrower Altán Redes, a transaction which involved an $850m financing; and Mexican development banks Banobras, Bancomext and Nafin on the MXN$17.7bn project financing, which included the drafting of an inter-creditors agreement with Huawei and Nokia. In another highlight case, the team acted as Mexican counsel to Macquarie Capital and Techint, as sponsors, in the acquisition (from Abengoa) and subsequent project financing (from 10 financial institutions) of the 907MW combined-cycle power generation facility referred to as "Norte III". Key partners José Ignacio Rivero and Enrique González Calvilllo led the first and second deals, respectively; another key partner Jorge Cervantes Trejo, who specialises in projects, energy and infrastructure finance, led the Norte III matter. Further support comes from partners Jaime Cortés Alvarez and José Víctor Torres, both ‘good, experienced lawyers’, according to peers. Cortés Alvarez assisted a group of investors in obtaining acquisition finance amounting to $82.5m from BBVA Bancomer and Bancomext, as lenders, for the acquisition of a hotel; Torres specialises in cross-border financings involving projects, syndicated loans and leasing. Other team members include Hernando Becerra, of counsel Antonio De Lisi (who joined the firm from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C.), and associate Diego Hernández Schmidt-Tophoff (who joined from Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.). Seasoned practitioner Rodrigo Rojas is also noted by peers for his work in this sector. Clients include Unicredit Bank, Barclays Bank, Santander, and Olympus Capital Asia Credit.

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TMT

Within: TMT

Twelve lawyers (including four partners) handle TMT issues at González Calvillo, SC. The practice’s expertise is as broad as the specialisation of the lawyers, ranging from M&A, projects, procurement and infrastructure, to financing, regulatory, and constitutional and administrative litigation; according to one client, the group is ‘developing high-quality work in telecommunications law’. The firm has an impressive roster of TMT clients and has acted on some very relevant mandates, but really began developing the sector in earnest with the 2014 arrival of Luis Mancera as of counsel, following a five-year stint as VP for legal and regulatory telecom matters at Televisa. As key practice figure, Mancera – who was made partner in December 2017 – successfully represented Telefónica de México and AT&T in a constitutional proceeding (amparo) before the Supreme Court of Justice determining that the companies did not have to pay interconnection tariffs to dominant operator América Móvil (Telcel) for use of the latter’s network from January 2014 to December 2018; a ground-breaking decision, it saved his telecom-operator clients millions of dollars. In other headline work, Mancera led the team that assisted Huawei and Nokia, as vendors, as well as the Mexican Development Banks (Banobras, Bancomext, and Nafin) with all the telecoms and regulatory aspects related to the Red Compartida Project – specifically with the analysis of the scope of the public bid and the project’s PPP agreement, ultimately awarded to Altán Redes. The firm also assisted the vendors and the development banks in relation to the two-tranche initial project financings of $850m and MXN$17.75bn, respectively. Mancera also assisted Telefónica with the renewal of the titles of certain spectrum concessions. Other members of the team include Jorge Cervantes Trejo (M&A, private equity, projects, and infrastructure finance), Rodrigo Rojas Robleda (banking, project finance and M&A), senior associate Juan Carlos Peraza (who joined the firm with Mancera, having previously worked as regulatory director at Televisa and Avantel), and associate Rafael Fuentes Cataño (regulatory, administrative litigation and constitutional proceedings). The team’s client roster also includes DirecTV and HBO.

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