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Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

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Mexico > Banking and finance

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. provides ‘comprehensive coverage of the Latam area, given that it has offices in the most important countries of the region’, and its lawyers are ‘engaged’, ‘available’, and ‘passionate about their work’. The nine-strong team is especially active in real estate finance but also covers trade finance, financing via receivables, regulatory work, compliance and fintech matters. The practice is co-led by Gaspar Gutierrez-Centeno, Maria Casas-Lopez (now senior counsel), Carlos Sagaón, and Lorenzo Ruiz de Velasco . Gutiérrez-Centeno and Casas-Lopez assisted Unicredit Bank with the negotiation and execution of the fifth amendment and restatement agreement granted to Hella Automotive Group for an aggregate amount of $1.625bn; and acted as Mexican counsel to IKB Deutsche Industriebank in connection with the negotiation of a separation and amendment agreement to syndicated credit facilities granted in favour of the subsidiaries of Group of Tension II Acquico (agregate value, €185m). Ruiz de Velasco (together with Michelle Pfeffer, an associate to watch) assisted Peninsula Wind Holding, through Mexican SPV Energia Renovable de la Peninsula, on the negotiation of a financing facility of up to $116m granted by Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and Natixis for the construction and operation of a 90 MW wind farm located in the state of Yucatan. Sagaón (‘always available, business oriented and with great experience in the market’) advised Banorte on a $31.2m loan facility from Bancomext and Banco Invex, including a new $58.8m line of credit for the Tijuana Cross-Border Facility Project (CBF), a pedestrian cross-border ‘air-bridge’ directly connecting a new passenger facility in southern San Diego County with Tijuana Airport; and Bancomext on a $65m loan granted to IGS for the acquisition of a real estate industrial portfolio from Macquarie. In both cases Sagaón was supported by Alfonso Martínez-Bejarano, another associate to watch, as is Jimena Maciel Alonso; both ‘inspire confidence’ and are ‘highly knowledgeable on the banking and payments scenario in Mexico’. Other clients include Shell Oil Company, Lafise Bancentro, Betterware, Hines, and Tristone Flowtech.

Mexico > Real estate

A significant team of 37 lawyers handle real estate matters at Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C., working primarily from its offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Tijuana. An ‘important practice’ group, its comprehensive offering includes legal due diligence, acquisitions, sales, the leasing and development of all types of properties and projects, legal structuring, investment funds, associated tax strategy, asset financing and securitisation (REITs and CKDs), and project development via public-private partnerships (PPP), as well as infrastructure projects related to power, oil and gas, water, railways, ports, airports, highways and mining. Recent work saw teams from the geographically diversified practice advise: the Mexican subsidiary of pharmaceuticals manufacturer Synthon on the $40m development of a new 20 hectare pharmaceutical facility in Jalisco; Playa del Mango-owner,  Magness Group,on the development of a high-end residential complex in Careyes, also in Jalisco, as well as on a joint venture to build and operate a Polo Club with Barns; Koch Industries subsidiary Molex with the expansion and consolidation of its operations in Guadalajara involving the acquisition of 25 hectares of land in Centro Logístico Jalisco II for the development and construction of a new $200m industrial manufacturing facility; Opin on the $150m development of a mixed-use project including a hotel, offices and commercial units in Guadalajara; and Marriott and Paralelo 19 on the $112.5m sale of 100% of the W Hotel Mexico City to SeRodina and the negotiation of accompanying operating agreements. Monterrey-based, the very active Juan Bernardo Garcia leads the practice in conjunction with Jose Larroque in Tijuana; other key practitioners are Gaspar Gutierrez-Centeno in Mexico City and Fabian Monsalve-Agraz in Guadalajara; key support comes from associates Roberto Cantu-Dessommes and Gabriela Saucedo in Monterrey. Clients include United States Department of State, Lowe’s, Whirlpool, Macquarie, UBER, Twitter, Nexxus/Javer, Magna, ABC Group, Hines, Nidec Americas Holding Corporation, Fujifilm, St. Clair Technologies and McDermott.