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AV. PEDREGAL NO 24 10TH FLOOR, MOLINA DEL REY, 11000 MEXICO DF, MEXICO
Tel:
Work +52 55 9178 7000
Fax:
Fax +52 55 9178 7095
Email:
Web:
www.ritch.com.mx

Thomas Mueller-Gastell

Tel:
Work +52 55 9178 7000
Email:
Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

Position

Partner.

Career

Thomas Mueller has extensive experience in all types of financing transactions, including cross-border secured and unsecured loans, domestic financings, capital markets and derivative transactions; as well as in mergers and acquisitions. He has specialized, and is highly recognized, in project finance and energy and other infrastructure projects, including PPSs. Mr Mueller has represented lenders and developers in many of the largest power, oil and gas and toll road projects in Mexico.

Languages

German, Spanish, English.

Member

Member of the Comité Normativo of the Mexican Stock Exchange and the Mexican Academy of Energy Law.

Education

Law Degree - Universities of Geneva, Berlin and Freiburg. (1966-1971), Free University of Berlin. (Juris Doctor, 1975), Universdad Nacional Autónoma de México(1982-1986).


Mexico

Energy and natural resources

Within: Leading lawyers

Thomas Mueller-Gastell - Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

Within: Energy and natural resources

The ‘excellent’ team at Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. includes some ‘very good lawyers’ with a long history advising lenders and sponsors on major acquisitions and energy infrastructure projects. The group, which is headed by the highly rated Federico Santacruz, ‘establishes strong ties with its clients, generates confidence and knows very well how banks operate in Mexico’. Other key individuals include Thomas Mueller-Gastell, Gabriel del Valle Mendiola and Jorge Oria y Anaya, who ‘has full knowledge of the sector, dominates the issues from a technical point of view, and is a great negotiator’. The firm recently advised Ciclo Combinado Tierra Mojade and Fisterra Energy Mexico on the $620m financing for the development, construction and operation of an 874MW gas combined-cycle power plant in Jalisco; and also represented several successful bidders, including Zuma Energy, Infraestructura Energetica Nova and Trina Solar, on the public auction process launched by CENACE for $4bn worth of renewable energy projects.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. is a leading choice for energy and infrastructure projects, where it represents sponsors and lenders. On the lender side it advised Banco Santander and others on the multimillion-dollar financing of the 424MW Parque Eólico Reynosa wind farm project, the first financing for a project awarded under the CENACE energy auction. With experience in major gas pipeline projects, it also advised The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and others on the financing for the 630km interconnection between Chihuahua and Sonora. On the sponsor side, it advised Ciclo Combinado Tierra Mojada and Fisterra Energy on the financing for the $620m development and operation of a gas combined-cycle power plant in Jalisco. Thomas Mueller-Gastell heads the first-class team, which includes leading names such as Federico Santacruz, Gabriel del Valle Mendiola and Jorge Oria y Anaya.

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