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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

Thomas Heather

Tel:
Work (5255) 91787054
Email:
Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

Work Department

banking and finance, international arbitration, insolvency corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions

Position

Mr. Heather has more than 35 years of experience and has earned recognitions and distinctions as a leading lawyer in Mexico and Latin America. For decades, he has been recognized in the top tier rankings of diverse publications, in banking and finance, international arbitration, insolvency corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.

Career

Thomas S. Heather joined the Firm in 1981 and became a partner in 1982 thru 2005; he rejoined Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau as a partner in 2013. From 2006 to 2010, he was a partner of a major New York based law firm, where he was entrusted with the Latin American Restructuring and Insolvency Group out of Miami; thereafter and immediately prior to merging his law firm with Ritch Mueller, he headed Heather & Heather.

Languages

English and Spanish

Education

Academic Background • LLB Escuela Libre de Derecho (1978) • National Prize on Taxation Studies (1979) • Graduate studies: business and finance, UNAM; maritime law, New York University. • Master of Corporative Jurisprudence, The University of Texas at Austin (1980). Experience as a Foreign Associate • Reid & Priest, New York 1980-1981


Mexico

Banking and finance

Within: Leading lawyers

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

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Bankruptcy and restructuring

Within: Leading lawyers

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

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.

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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