Ricardo Orea > Santamarina y Steta > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

Santamarina y Steta
11560 MEXICO, D.F.
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Work Department

Banking and Finance, Project Finance and Infrastructure, Mergers and Acquisitions




Ricardo is part of the transactional and financial practice of the firm with over 13 years of experience in banking and finance, project finance, M&A, and restructuring and insolvency matters. He joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner in 2020.

He has advised local, international and multilateral banks, development financing institutions and other financiers, project developers and companies on a large array of financing transactions including energy, transport and social infrastructure projects, as well as aircraft, vessel and other asset-backed financing transactions. Ricardo has advised clients not only on the origination and implementation of financing projects but also on refinancing and restructuring aspects together with the firm’s dispute resolution team.

He also has vast experience on M&A and general corporate matters having advised a number of local and international companies invest and establish in Mexico, acquire ongoing businesses and joint venture with other companies to develop projects across several industries, including aviation, energy, infrastructure and manufacturing.


Spanish, English



2009, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, (CIDE), in Mexico City, Mexico.


2012, New York University, USA.

Postgraduate studies in Insolvency Law

Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico.

Fintech Law & Regulation

Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.



He is the co-author of the Mexico chapters in “Loans & Secured Financing” published by Lexology – Getting the Deal Through in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and in “The Americas Restructuring Review 2021 and 2022” published by Global Restructuring Review.

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Banking and finance

Praised for the ‘excellent quality’ of his work, as well as for his ‘unparalleled depth of market knowledge’, practice-head Juan Carlos Machorro steers the banking and finance group at full-service firm Santamarina y Steta, which is well known for its strength in corporate and project finance, regularly representing both financiers and borrowers. Machorro is closely supported by partners Alberto Saavedra, a veteran figure with some 35 years’ experience in securities, banking and finance, capital markets, foreign investment and project finance; and Sergio Chagoya, who offers additional expertise advising government entities, and handles a variety of financial transactions, including private equity and venture capital in relation to infrastructure projects, public offerings, securitisations and privatisations. Further expertise is provided by a solid pair of younger partners, namely Diego Ostos (banking and finance, capital markets, project finance and government procurement); and Ricardo Orea, who has particular experience advising on the financing of infrastructure projects in the energy and transport sectors, and on other asset-backed financing transactions. Promoted to counsel in January 2022, Margarita Casarin is another name to note.

Mexico > Bankruptcy and restructuring

(Firms to watch)

Santamarina y Steta‘s experience encompasses extrajudicial and judicial insolvency and bankruptcy procedures, advising clients with operations on both sides of the Mexico/US border; Carlos Olvera, Carlos Brehm, and Ricardo Orea are the key contacts.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure

Santamarina y Steta is particularly well known for its experience advising public and private sector entities in the planning, development, execution, and financing of urban infrastructure projects in the power, oil and gas, telecoms, transport (including roads, railroads, ports and airports), social infrastructure, and water treatment/waste management industries. The team is led by the deeply experienced Juan Carlos Machorro, who focuses on the development and implementation of investment and manufacturing projects in Mexico. Sergio Chagoya also has considerable experience with some 25 years advising lenders, sponsors, borrowers and state-entities on financial transactions (including private equity and venture capital) on infrastructure projects, public offerings and securitisations. Younger partners Ricardo Orea (financing for energy, transport and social infrastructure projects, as well as aircraft, vessel and other asset-backed financing transactions) and Diego Ostos (banking and finance, capital markets, project finance, infrastructure, M&A, PPPs and government procurement), complete the senior team. Experienced senior associate Margarita Casarin (corporate and financial law, including syndicated, structured and project finance, and infrastructure projects) provides key support.