Juan Carlos Machorro > Santamarina y Steta > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

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

Corporate and Financial, Aviation, Energy, Project Finance and Infrastructure, Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures.




Juan Carlos has 25+ years of experience and has provided advice to various local and international entities in the development of financial, infrastructure and energy projects, privatizations, aeronautical and aerospace projects and M&A in Mexico. He has also successfully structured and implemented infrastructure agreements for global organizations related to renewable energies and has represented national and foreign companies in projects on hydrocarbons, specifically as a consequence of the recent energy reform. His talent and deep knowledge of the different areas in which he specializes in, have earned him multiple awards from recognized institutions at an international level.


Spanish, English


International Bar Association (IBA)

US-MEXICO Bar Association

French-Mexican Chamber of Commerce (Currently Chairs the Energy Committee)

Secretary and member of the Board of Directors of various companies.


1994, Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico

Postgraduate studies in International Business and Finance
1997,New York University, USA

From 1997 to 1998 worked as an associate with Brown & Wood LLP (now Sidley LLP) in New York City

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure

Traditional full-service firm Santamarina y Steta is a constant presence, primarily on the finance side of project and infrastructure development. Both well-reputed international corporate finance lawyers, transactional practice head Juan Carlos Machorro and Sergio Chagoya co-lead the projects group; the pair have some 50 years’ experience -including project finance and infrastructure matters- between them. Past years have seen them particularly active advising state-owned development bank Banobras. More recent mandates include advising Abengoa subsidiary Abent 3T on the execution of a $381m credit facility with Banco Santander, as well acquisitions in the renewables sector, mid-stream hydrocarbons matters, and a particular niche strength in relation to port developments and financings. It is also active in various municipal public-lighting PPPs. Additional key figures in the small group include Ricardo Orea Montaño, who was appointed partner in Janaury 2020 and associate Margarita Casarin, who both have broad experience across both project development and financing; while senior Gustavo Mendoza, and associate Diego Ostos, are more strictly finance focused.

Mexico > Banking and finance

The practice at veteran full-service firm Santamarina y Steta receives sterling praise for its ‘vast knowledge’ as well as for its ‘excellent ability to solve unexpected problems’. The 16-strong team, which has broad experience advising on the full gamut of traditional financial matters, fields some outstanding lawyers including practice head Juan Carlos Machorro, who specializes in project finance; former managing partner Alberto Saavedra; Sergio Chagoya; and Ricardo Orea, who made partner in January 2020 and has a strong focus on structured finance. Support comes from senior associate Gustavo Mendoza, who has a focus on fintech.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A

Clients appreciate Santamarina y Steta‘s ‘in-depth knowledge and unmatched treatment’ when operating within the corporate and M&A sphere. Offering a strong national practice, with 25 corporate lawyers working from offices in Querétaro, Monterrey and Mexico City, the firm represents a broad mix of domestic and international clients on day-to-day matters, including compliance, and also has a good track record in joint ventures and mid-market M&A. The department houses a deep bench of highly experienced partners, including transactional practice head Juan Carlos Machorro, former managing partner Alberto Saavedra, firm chairman Jorge León-Orantes, Carlos Argüelles and Pablo Laresgoiti in Mexico City; along with César Cruz and Jorge Barrero in Monterrey, and José Ramón Ayala in Querétaro. Between them, they handle M&A, banking and finance, securities and capital markets, private equity and venture capital, along with general corporate advisory, due diligence, joint ventures, public tendering, corporate governance and data privacy, among other matters. Ricardo Orea, who focuses on transactional matters and restructurings; and Claudia Rodríguez C (corporate, M&A, project finance and real estate), were made partners in January 2020.

Mexico > Energy and natural resources

Experienced corporate and finance partner Juan Carlos Machorro leads the practice at Santamarina y Steta, which has a solid track-record representing several international investors in energy and financial projects and agreements across the Mexican territory. The team has broad experience in negotiating with Pemex, electricity commission CFE and local regulators regarding oil, gas and power projects and infrastructure transactions, including energy-related matters with diverse renewable energies (biogas, wind, biodiesel, photovoltaic, advanced ethanol), where the team is frequently active on structuring aspects, project implementation and transactions. Experienced mid-level associate Ramses Franco is noted; however, Iliana Aranda departed to undertake her LLM and Jacobo Wertman left the firm in May 2020.