Mr Ricardo Calderón Mendoza > Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.
AV. PEDREGAL NO 24 10TH FLOOR
MOLINA DEL REY
11000 MEXICO DF
Mexico

Career

Ricardo Calderon has more than 15 years of experience practicing banking and financial law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and project finance, advising domestic and foreign financial institutions. He has been a Partner of Ritch Mueller, S.C. since 2008. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Mr. Calderon worked as in-house counsel for Grupo Financiero Banamex, in the International Legal Department, and the Strategic Planning and Corporate Development units. Mr. Calderon has an active practice representing Mexican and foreign banks in a vast array of financial transactions, including debt restructurings, and private equity funds and other foreign investors in M&A transactions. He frequently advices rating agencies in structured finance transactions.

Languages

Spanish, English, French.

Education

Law Degree – Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Master in Laws – Boston University (1999).

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Banking and finance

For one source, Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. is the ‘gold standard’ for banking and finance work in Mexico. The lawyers are ‘reliable and available’, display an international outlook, and have a ‘particularly unique and effective ability to convey Mexican civil law legal standards and concepts in a manner which is familiar and comforting to banking clients in Canada, the USA and Europe’. The 39-strong team works for national and international banks and underwriters, issuers, private equity firms and multilaterals on matters ranging from Mexico portfolio development to complex structures related to all types of financing transactions. Recent activity having focused on the energy and real estate sectors: the team assisted Reforma 509, for example, as borrower in a $41m Senior Credit from BBVA Bancomer for the financing of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Mexico City. The mandate was led by ‘always available, highly experienced, knowledgeable and pragmatic’ practice head Jean Paul Farah Chajín who is valued for his ‘superb manner with business people and lawyers alike’. Luis Nicolau acted for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Citigroup Global Markets, HSBC Bank USA, and JPMorgan Chase Bank in connection to a credit agreement of $710m granted to Alpek. Less active but still a reference in the market (‘one of the best finance lawyers’ according to a peer), Thomas Heather represented PNC Financial Services Group and PNC Bancorp, as the major shareholders of BlackRock, in the acquisition of Citibanamex’s investment management business. In other work, Pablo Perezalonso represented HSBC in connection with a second placement of $100m subordinated obligations. Key support comes from senior associate Gabriel Robles Beistegui: ‘a knowledgeable and eminently pragmatic and effective lawyer, who has flawless English and whose acute awareness of North American and European service standards shines through in his everyday communications and advice’. Other names to note include Eduardo Triulzi Garciadiego, Jorge Oria y Anaya, Gabriel del Valle Mendiola, Octavio Olivo Villa, Federico Santacruz González, Ricardo Calderón Mendoza, Jose Berrueta Ochoa, senior associates Santiago Carrillo Cattori and Ana Casasús, and associates Mariana Padilla and Mariana Campos Clasing. Clients include Obrascón Huarte Laín Desarrollos, SabCapital, Banorte, Santander, Morgan Stanley, Banco Inbursa, Terrafin, and Banco del Bajío.