Mr Rodrigo Castelazo > Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.
TORRE VIRREYES, PEDREGAL 24, 24TH FLOOR
COL. MOLINO DEL REY
MEXICO CITY, 11040
Mexico

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Capital Markets and Private Equity.

Position

Rodrigo Castelazo is a partner with Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C., in Mexico City, His practice focuses on Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Capital Markets and Private Equity.

Mr. Castelazo regularly advises a wide array of clients in complex capital markets and structured finance transactions, as well as in restructuring processes in Mexico. In recent years, Mr. Castelazo has worked on some of the most innovative financial transactions in Mexico, including the first ever co-investment fund established between Mexican pension funds and CDPQ, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, through the largest public offering of equity development certificates (CKDs) to date, three of the largest real estate investments trust (FIBRA) IPOs in Mexico, and one of the first-ever debtor in possession financings under the Mexican insolvency statute. Most notably, Mr. Castelazo has been very active in the Mexican private equity market by advising Mexican and international sponsors in establishing their respective Mexican CKD funds through public listings of CKDs in Mexico, including Riverstone, Prologis, Walton Street Capital, Finsa, Interacciones and Planigrupo.

In capital markets, Mr. Castelazo has advised issuers and underwriters in multiple domestic and global equity offerings, including working on IPOs (and follow-ons) by Ienova, FIBRA Macquarie, Terrafina and FIBRA Prologis. In the realm of banking and finance, Mr. Castelazo regularly advises global and domestic financial institutions in financings to Mexican companies or with a Mexican component. Recently, he participated in the first four unsecured real estate revolving financings in Mexico, an innovative financial product that has increased the financing options available for Mexican real estate companies and trusts. Mr. Castelazo has also represented creditors and debtor-in-possession finance providers in some of Mexico’s largest insolvencies in recent years, including Vitro, Comercial Mexicana and Homex.

Mr. Castelazo has been ranked or cited in capital markets and banking and finance by many publications, including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, and IFLR 1000. In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Castelazo was awarded the exclusive Client Choice Award for Securitization and Structured Finance, and again in 2016 he was awarded the Client Choice Award, this time for Capital Markets.

Career

Foreign Associate in the New York office of Sidley Austin, LLP. He is a professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana, where he teaches the course “International Financial Law”.

Languages

Spanish and English.

Memberships

Mr. Castelazo is a member of the New York Bar and the International Bar Association (IBA).

Education

Mr. Castelazo obtained his law degree (JD) from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where he obtained the distinction of Excelencia Académica and an LL.M degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition he obtained a post-graduate law degree in International Financial Law from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City.

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Banking and finance

Clients rely on the ‘tremendousCreel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. because of its ‘pro-deal mindset’ and ‘business savvy’, ‘outstanding legal capabilities and customer service’ and understanding of ‘risks and regulators’; the lawyers have ‘an overall vision of the deal’. The 33-strong team boasts an enviable list of clients, including international and domestic lenders, borrowers, guarantors, funds, agents, banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions, which it advises on numerous first-of-its-kind financing structures, complex structured financings, high-level restructurings, cross border, local single-bank and syndicated loan facilities, acquisition financings, ship financings, secured and unsecured financings, project finance and derivatives. In highlight work, practice head and rainmaker Carlos Aiza co-led the team -in conjunction with Giovanni Ramirez Garrido– acting as special Mexican counsel to Citibanamex on a $50m credit agreement and with negotiating the implementation of a participation between Citibanamex and Citibank. Garrido also led the team that advised BBVA Bancomer -as lender, administrative agent and security agent- on the MXN$2.85bn syndicated loan granted to Omnilife for the indirect refinancing of its existing debt, which was derived from a corporate restructuring. Highly valued by clients (he ‘has the ability to understand the clients’ needs regarding the quality of the work and timings’), Pedro Velasco led the team acting for Vista Oil & Gas on a first stage $260m senior secured loan arranged by Credit Suisse, Citibank and Morgan Stanley. Emilio Aarun, who made partner in January 2019, worked on both this and on the Citibanamex mandate; he has ‘the skills that facilitate the closing of deals, which is always the goal’. Other key practitioners include Rodrigo Castelazo, Mercedes Haddad, and of counsel Victor Gallegos. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, Credit Agricole, Commerzbank, Banorte, MetLife, and Bank of America.

Mexico > Bankruptcy and restructuring

In line with its work in other finance-related practices, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. primarily advises clients on high-end matters, specifically, on all non-litigious aspects of corporate recovery, insolvency, restructurings and workouts, including those involving complex financial situations and banking and finance structures; and creditors and debtors on complex bankruptcy and out-of-bankruptcy restructuring transactions and regulatory issues in non-judicial aspects of restructurings and workouts. The ‘superb and consistent’ eight-lawyer team is ‘efficient, practical and very focused on execution’, offering ‘the closest parallel in Mexico to a US-style representation’ and ‘the highest standard in quality and ethics’; ‘the key practitioners are in the minutiae of the deal but have a good sense of the big picture’. Banking and finance and capital markets expert Carlos Aiza leads the team; Pedro Velasco  (also a specialist in banking, finance and capital markets), is ‘punctual, professional and constructive’; and Rodrigo Castelazo is valued for his ‘intelligence and eye for detail’, but also knowing what is important and what is merely legal trivia’, as well as for ‘making sure that clients are well protected’. Emilio Aarun, who made partner in January 2019, is also recommended. The group was active on some of the more relevant cases of the recent years, including the restructuring of Banorte’s debt with GEO; representing a Brazilian group of bondholders in all matters relating to the concurso mercantil of Desarrolladora Homex; and Credit Suisse as creditor in the restructuring and reorganisation of Urbi Desarrollos Urbanos. In more recent work, it acted as leading Mexican counsel to Hemen as part of the creditors’ group in the negotiation and implementation of Seadrill’s chapter 11 reorganisation plan (considered the largest in the offshore drilling sector); as Mexican counsel to the holders of Abengoa’s corporate bonds, in the negotiation and restructuring of Abengoa’s obligations; and as Mexican special counsel to Coastal Energy Solutions in connection with the insovency of Tecnologías Relacionadas con Energía y Servicios Espcializados (TRESE).

Mexico > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Rodrigo CastelazoCreel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

The 35-strong team at Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is a market leader acting on the side of issuers, sponsors, structuring agents, underwriters, pension funds (AFORES), investment funds, rating agencies, arrangers, placement agents and financial guarantors, among others, on sophisticated,  complex and innovative transactions. Recent examples include advising BlackRock on a -first-ever – $500m CERPI with an investment mandate for infrastructure projects in Mexico and Latin America; and KKR on the first-ever international CERPI acting as a feeder fund to allow Mexican pensions funds to make investments in KKR global and regional funds outside Mexico for the first time, also with the value of $500m. Moreover, following its advice to Vista Oil & Gas on the first-ever initial business combination (de-SPAC) by a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), the practice also acted for Promecap on the second-ever SPAC listing in Mexico and Latin America (value of $300m). In other work the team also acted for several high-profile clients, such as Goldman Sachs, Banobras and Credit Suisse as underwriters in FIBRA E offerings; and it assisted the Mexican Government in the first-ever joint multi-country floating rate earthquake-linked capital at risk notes, issued under the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)’s global debt issuance facility (total value $1.36bn). Very active practice head Carlos Aiza handles the full range of capital markets transactions; Carlos Zamarrón is admired for his out-of-the-box thinking; Rodrigo Castelazo worked with Aiza on the  team’s SPAC and CERPI caseload, and assisted Capital Índigo in the formation of its first CKD fund, the second listed on the Bolsa Instituconal de Valores (value MXN$1.6bn). Other names to note include Mercedes Haddad, Jorge Montaño, Eduardo Flores, and Jean Michel Enriquez. Clients include Blackstone, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Santander, BBVA, and Lexington Partners.