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Jean Michel Enriquez

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Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

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Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Private Equity.


Jean Michel Enriquez D. is a partner in the Mexico City office and member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  His practice focuses on Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Capital Markets.


Among others, Mr. Enriquez regularly advises large multinationals and global private equity investors and sponsors on acquisitions and investments in Mexico across multiple industries.  Most notably, Mr. Enriquez advised Grupo Modelo and its selling shareholders in the acquisition of Grupo Modelo by ABI-InBev, which to date remains the largest ever M&A transaction in Mexico (US$21 billion).  More recently he advised AT&T in the sale of its 8% interest in America Móvil for approximately US$5.8 billion and AT&T’s subsequent acquisition of Nextel Mexico for approximately US$2 billion.  In the realm of private equity, Mr. Enriquez recently advised General Atlantic in the acquisition of a 30% interest in Sanfer, which is one of the largest independent pharmaceutical companies in Mexico, General Atlantic and Warburg Pincus in the acquisition of 50% of Banco Santander’s global asset management division, and Southern Cross Group, in the acquisition of a 100% of the of Grupo Editorial Expansión from Time Warner. In capital markets, Mr. Enriquez has advised both underwriters and issuers in multiple domestic and global equity offerings, including working on IPOs by Hoteles City Express, Corporación Vesta and Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, and airport operators Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP) and OMA.

Mr. Enriquez has been ranked or cited as Band 1, Tier 1 or equivalent in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets by many publications, including: Chambers Global: The World´s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2003 through 2017, Chambers Latin America: Latin America´s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2009 through 2017, The Legal 500 from 2009 through 2016, IFLR 1000 from 2007 through 2016 and Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America´s Leading Business Law Firms from 2007 through 2017.


Mr. Enriquez worked as Foreign Associate in the New York office of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in 1997 and 1998.


Spanish, English and French.


Mr. Enriquez is a member of the International Bar Association, and has been an active Mentor with Endeavor since 2006, where he has served as panelist during multiple International Selection Panels (ISP). 


Mr. Enriquez received his law degree (JD) from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in 1995, and obtained his LL.M degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1997. 


Capital markets

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Jean Michel Enríquez - Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

Within: Capital markets

Market opinion indicates Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is at the spearhead of capital markets practice. Clients agree that the firm is ‘excellent’ in this sector, and that it brings together experts who are able to cover any concerns that may arise. The practice group stands out for its sheer size (36 lawyers, of whom eight are partners) and for the fact that it consistently acts on innovative and first-of-their-kind deals. In recent examples of this, practice head Carlos Aiza and Carlos Zamarrón assisted Riverstone and Vista Oil and Gas in the first IPO of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) in Mexico and Latin America, raising $650m; Aiza and Mercedes Haddad assisted FIBRA Terrafina with the first equity shelf registration programme, and the first follow-on public offering under said programme by a Mexican issuer, which raised $290m; and Aiza and Rodrigo Castelazo acted for FIBRAVIA on the first rights offering by a Fibra E, which raised MXN$4.1bn (following advice given to Pinfra on the IPO of FIBRAVIA, Mexico’s first energy and infrastructure investment trust). Moreover, Zamarrón assisted Credit Suisse with structuring the first publicly listed commercial real estate lending platform, which raised MXN$5.76bn and was listed as a CKD; as well as Mexico Tower Partners with the structuring, negotiation and implementation of the first securitisation of cell phone towers in Mexico, valued at $115m; and Castelazo advised the initial purchasers on a global offering of senior unsecured notes by Infraestructura Energética Nova, consisting of a simultaneous public offering in Mexico and private placement under rule 144A/Reg S outside of Mexico and including a Singapore listing; as well as Credit Suisse, Banorte Ixa and BBVA Bancomer, as lead Mexican Underwriters on a private placement and subsequent follow-on public offering in Mexico and international placement of shares by RLH Properties, for a total amount of $318m. Name partner Jean Michel Enríquez, Giovanni Ramirez Garrido, Pedro Velasco and Jorge Montaño are also active in the practice. Iker Arriola joined the firm in early 2018 from White & Case S.C.; his practice covers capital markets, banking and finance, corporate and M&A, restructuring and real estate. Other clients include Bank of America, Barclays, Citibanamex, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Blackrock, Blackstone, CKD Infraestructura México, Macquarie, Mexico Retail Properties, Prudential Real Estate Investors, and Walton Street Capital.

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Corporate and M&A

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Jean Michel Enríquez - Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

Within: Corporate and M&A

With a first-class track record representing clients on the country’s largest transactions, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is a mainstay of Mexico’s corporate advisory scene. The firm is experienced in handling deals for private equity funds and strategic buyers, and its workload includes joint ventures, restructuring, privatisations, mergers and spin-offs. Notable highlights included advising ProActive on its MXN$1.1bn acquisition of a controlling stake in Médica Sur. The firm also advised GE on the sale to Suez of GE Water & Process Technologies Mexico, which had a global deal value of €3.4bn. On the funds side, the firm acted for Bain Capital on the Mexican aspects of its $3.2bn takeover of Sealed Air Corporation’s Diversey Care division, which included Mexican assets worth $40m. Jean Michel Enríquez heads the top-quality team, which includes Carlos del Río, Eduardo González, Jorge Montaño and Humberto Botti.

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