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Jorge Oria y Anaya

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

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Project finance, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.


Jorge Oria joined Ritch Mueller in 1999 and, effective April 2014 was promoted to partner. Over the past 15 years, Jorge has gained significant experience in project and infrastructure finance, with a special focus on energy transactions. He also has experience in mergers and acquisitions, acquisition and equipment finance, and banking and finance. His practice has increasingly focused on representing sponsors, off-takers and local, multilateral and regional lenders as well as equity and mezzanine investors in transactions within the power (renewable and conventional), oil and gas, transportation, and water industries.


English and Spanish


Jorge obtained his law degree in 2002 from Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, and a Master in Laws Degree specialized in International Business Law (with merit) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2006, where he was a British Chevening Scholar. He participated in the foreign-associate program at Milbank (New York) in 2007.


Banking and finance

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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Energy and natural resources

Within: Leading lawyers

Jorge Oria y Anaya - 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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