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

Jean Paul Farah Chajín

Tel:
Work +52 55 9178 7033
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Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

Position

Partner.

Career

Jean Paul Farah´s practice has focused on financing and mergers & acquisitions. He has acted as counsel for leading international banks and export credit agencies in financings and restructurings for numerous private and public sector entities in the energy, telecommunications, consumer and housing sectors, among others. His mergers and acquisitions practice involves representing private equity firms in their equity and mezzanine investments in Mexico.

Languages

Spanish, English.

Education

Law Degree - Universidad Panamericana, Mexico(1993), Master in Laws specialized in Securities, Banking and M&A - Columbia University(1997).


Mexico

Banking and finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Jean Paul Farah Chajin - Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

Within: Banking and finance

The ‘excellent’ 36-strong banking and finance team at Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. advises mostly lenders, but also borrowers, on high-end transactions, including on energy and infrastructure project finance, real estate and acquisition finance. The lawyers are ‘very strong players’ whom clients value because ‘they build solid ties with their clients, thereby generating confidence’, moreover ‘they are very well versed in how banks in Mexico work’. The practice group’s core is comprised of four key partners (Jean Paul Farah Chajin, Luis A Nicolau, Thomas Heather1, and Pablo Perezalonso Eguía), with an additional 14 partners and 18 associates. In what was a particularly active year, Farah Chajín assisted Banco Nacional de México with a $600m long term loan (and a revolving facility) to Acritus; and HSBC Securities, JP Morgan Securities, Mizuho Securities and Santander Investment Securities in connection to Grupo Bimbo’s $650m acquisition of East Balt Bakeries. Jorge Oria y Anaya assisted The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, BBVA Bancomer, CaixaBank, Mizuho Bank, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation with a $534m senior financing to Carso Gasoducto Norte for the development, construction, and operation of the Samalayuca-Sásabe gas pipeline in north western Mexico; and advised Parque Eólico Mezquite on a $222m senior financing from NadBank, Bancomext and Banobras, and a $46m VAT financing from Bancomext and NAFIN, for the development of a wind-power generating plant in Nuevo León. According to one client, Oria y Anaya ‘has full knowledge of his sector, which he dominates from a technical perspective, as well as being a great negotiator’. Gabriel del Valle advised Morgan Stanley, as arranger, and the lenders in a syndicated financing facility of over MXN$2.3bn to AlphaCredit Capital, secured by pay-roll receivables. Perezalonso Eguía represented HSBC México and Banco Inbursa on the credit granted to Grupo Martí for MXN$800m. Capital markets specialist Nicolau advised JP Morgan Chase Bank on a MXN$25.2bn unsecured bridge credit agreement (under US law) with Grupo Lala, as borrower, for the acquisition of Vigor Alimentos. Heather, who is best known for his bankruptcy work, acted in conjunction with counsel James Ritch to assist Obrascón Huarte Laín Desarrollos with the $142.5m sale of 51% of four Mayakoba-brand hotels and the El Camaleón golf course. The practice also has a very strong aviation finance capability, co-led by Octavio Olivo Villa, who recently advised Airbus on a pre-delivery payment financing relating to a series of aircraft for several airlines. His fellow aviation finance team co-head, Federico Santacruz González, assisted a syndicate of banks led by Santander with the senior financing extended to Parque Eólico Reynosa III for the development of a wind power generating plant in Tamaulipas. Further support comes from Eduardo Triulzi and Ricardo Calderon, as well as from Jose Berrueta Ochoa (who was made partner in January 2018), and senior associate Ana Casasús.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring

Within: Bankruptcy and restructuring

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. continues to stand out in the bankruptcy and restructuring market due to the presence of Thomas Heather, one of two Mexican lawyers (along with Solcargo’s Fernando Pérez Correa) who acts as comptroller, receiver or conciliator (insolvency trustee). A recent and headline grabbing example of this was his role in the MXN$130bn restructuring of Empresas ICA and its subsidiaries (the largest ever insolvency proceeding in Mexico and Latin America). Recent work also involved two insolvency proceedings, with the team completing the additional $400m restructuring of Geo Hogares Ideales; and representing the institutional investors (led by WAMEX Private Equity) in the $40m restructuring of New Water Capital and its subsidiary. Other mandates saw the team represent creditor, JP Morgan, in the $1bn restructuring of Altos Hornos (AHMSA), and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the $200m restructuring of Abengoa. The 24-strong team is led by Thomas Heather, a reference point in the market who has over 30 years’ experience in the sector. Key support comes from banking and finance specialist Jean Paul Farah Chajín, and associate Adriana Padilla Rivas. Other clients include Gerald Metals Mexico, EMX Capital, Arrium Finance, and AuKing Mining.

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