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Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C. Offices
GOLDSMITH 53 (PISO 3)
POLANCO III SECTION, MIGUEL HIDALGO
MEXICO CITY 11560
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Raúl Fernández-Briseño is a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice based in the firm's Mexico City office. He is a leading transactional and experienced M&A and finance lawyer with particular knowledge in infrastructure, telecommunications, private equity and restructuring sectors and in the increasingly growing Fintech practice area. He focuses on acquisitions, shareholders' arrangements, cross-border transactions and corporate disputes. In addition, he regularly handles complex structured financings and regulatory issues in several industries mainly in telecoms and transportation industries. His experience also covers equipment financing (such as shipping and aircraft) and real estate; regulatory issues in the telecommunications, satellite, maritime and railway industries; and project finance-related matters.
Raúl has developed a strong track record in M&A, financing and restructuring matters across a wide range of industries.
In 2016, Raúl was named by Expansión magazine as one of the "30 Promises for a Challenging Year," recognizing young professionals that give innovative solutions to daily challenges.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Raúl spent nearly 20 years at a prominent international law firm. He holds an LLM from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and has been a commercial law professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México for over a decade.
McGill University, LLM
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, attorney at law.
Mayer Brown‘s Latin America M&A practice is primarily driven by energy transactions, especially in the oil and gas segment. Through Tauil & Chequer Advogados, its associated firm in Brazil, the firm has landed a series of headline deals in oil and gas, including those linked to Petrobras’s divestment programme. It advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CPDQ) on its acquisition, alongside Engie, of the remaining 10% stake in Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) from Petrobras; with the original acquisition of the 90% stake, this involved a total investment of more than BRL34.5bn – the largest M&A transaction in Brazilian history. The Latin America team has also advised on a number of LNG-to-power and gas-to-power M&A transactions, and continues to be involved in renewable energy deals in Chile. Houston partners Pablo Ferrante and Jose Valera have a huge amount of experience in energy M&A; in Brazil, Carlos Motta is a key name in Sao Paulo as is Alexandre Chequer in Rio de Janeiro; and in Mexico City, Raúl Fernández-Briseño is the key transactional contact. Vera De Gyarfas moved in-house in July 2021.
Mayer Brown‘s deep finance credentials and its extensive commitment to Latin America continues to pay dividends. It has broad capabilities across products, structures and geographies, and is particularly noted for specific niches such as future-flow securitisations and other structured finance transactions. The firm is also at the forefront of energy and infrastructure financings, along with additional growth in emerging segments such as fintech and private credit. It further benefits from an established team in Mexico City and its association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados in Brazil. Significantly, its impressive client base features an array of big-name international banks and DFIs. Chicago-based Douglas Doetsch heads the Latin America team and has an extensive record in infrastructure financings, structured credit and securitisations. New York partner David Duffee is co-head of the global lending group and has a fine record in Latin America acquisition financings and syndicated lending; this includes facilities for deals involving Latin American entities acquiring assets and businesses in the US and elsewhere. Washington DC’s Gabriela Sakamoto was born in Argentina and specialises in Latin America-related acquisition, project and structured finance. Chicago partner Juan Pablo Moreno is another pillar of the practice and has strong links to key banks. Mexico City’s Raúl Fernández-Briseño is also highly regarded. Francisco García-Naranjo González joined the Mexico City office from White & Case LLP in July 2021.
Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C.’s Mexican banking & finance practice continues to represent renowned financial institutions lending in the region, and has also augmented its notable track record regarding acquisition and project financing, refinancing and restructurings. The group, which is praised for its ability to ‘innovate at all times’, has also established itself as a solid option in the fintech segment, especially for structured finance transactions. Raúl Fernández-Briseño, who has a focus on structured finance and is recommended for being able to ‘think through issues when deals get stuck and come up with simple, logical fixes’; energy specialist Ariel Ramos; Francisco García-Naranjo, who reinforced the team with his arrival from White & Case S.C. in July 2021; senior counsel Jan Boker; and ‘detail-oriented’ associate Pablo Solórzano, are the key contacts of the team. Moreover, the practice works seamlessly with the firm’s international network of offices, which gives it a significant punch when it comes to handling cross-border work. Former associates Aldo Jáuregui and Julio Martínez left in June and September 2021, respectively.
Lauded as ‘an excellent firm’, and recognised for its global reach and notable presence in the corporate space in Mexico, Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C.‘s practice continues to enhance its reputation in M&A related to the financial sector, and stands out as one of the most active firms in transactions in the spirits industry. Toll-roads, chemicals, renewable energy, automotive, maritime and logistics are also among the group’s areas of sectoral expertise. The August-2021 hire of former White & Case S.C. corporate practice co-head Francisco García-Naranjo was a statement of intent to reinforce its presence in this domain. His experience in regulatory matters and financial and foreign investment transactions will combine well with that of Raúl Fernández-Briseño‘s, who is particularly adept at handling infrastructure, M&A, finance and restructuring transactions. Associate Sebastián Fernández Alonso is another name to note.