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Manuel Romano

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Jones Day

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Mergers & Acquisitions.


Manuel Romano advises clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances in a broad range of industries, including the automotive, apparel, and financial sectors. He has experience representing clients in merger review proceedings before the Mexican Federal Competition Commission. He also advises developers, buyers, and financing parties in real estate development projects.

Manuel has advised clients involved in public-private partnerships in the development and financing of a wide range of infrastructure and real estate projects including toll roads, hospitals, hotels, and universities.

Manuel recently represented a multinational consortium led by a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management in an auction bid for the right to operate 558 kilometers of Mexican toll roads under a Public Private Service Agreement. Clients Manuel regularly advises include Acciona, Caixanova, RHJ International, and Volvo Bus Corporation.




English, Spanish.


Member of the Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados).


Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (J.D. 1989).




Banking and finance

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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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

The ‘very professional, well-prepared’ team at Jones Day is praised for its ‘quick responses and full availability’ and ‘total focus’ on the client. The practice is an increasingly active presence in the market and is held in high regard by peers and clients. The team is jointly led by Javier Martínez del Campo and Mauricio Castilla, and while it will miss Luis Rubio, who left for Holland & Knight, it still boasts several other high-calibre partners, including Antonio Franck and Manuel Romano. Among a number of significant recent transactions, it advised Patrón Spirits International on its $5.1bn takeover by Bacardi, one of the largest Mexican deals of the past year. The firm also advised Methode Electronics on its $114m acquisition of Pacific Insight Electronics.

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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: 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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Real estate

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Manuel Romano - Jones Day

Within: Real estate

The nine lawyers that form the real estate practice at Jones Day offer a broad range of expertise that encompasses every angle of a real estate project development, including finance and tax. In addition, the team can draw on the environmental expertise of Mauricio Llamas, and while 2017 mandates were mainly domestic, it also has recourse to the firm’s international network. The team maintains a roster of loyal clients, including the Holley Group, which practice head Manuel Romano and Llamas continued to advise regarding a $500m industrial park development (including the purchase of 150 hectares of land), in Nuevo León. The two form the core of the group, and they also assisted the Crowne Group with the sale and lease back of an industrial facility in Reynosa. Other work highlights included assisting MGM Innova Capital, as seller and lessor, in a structured finance transaction with Promotora Sunset Beach Clubs; Goodyear, with issues related to the regulatory and EH&S compliance and permitting of a $500m tyre plant currently in development in San Luis Potosí; and Petrofac in relation to migrating its contracts with PEMEX to the new regime in which the client becomes a PEMEX partner directly executing oil exploration and exploitation activities (thereby involving the need to acquire or lease the land on which the oil fields are located and establish the benefits that will accrue to the land owners. Rodrigo Gómez handles the tax aspects of real estate work. Active clients include Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Mision XII, and Lowe’s.

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