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 is the head of the transactional and financial practice of the firm with 30 years of experience providing advice to various local and international entities in the development and implementation of investment and manufacturing projects in Mexico. His talent, practical and business sense, and deep knowledge of the areas in which he specializes, have earned him multiple awards in Mexico and abroad, making him one of the most recognized corporate lawyers in the country.


Spanish, English


+International Bar Association (IBA)

US-MEXICO Bar Association

Former Chairman of the Energy Committee of the Franco-Mexican Chamber of Commerce

Secretary and member of the Board of Directors and of committees in various companies, including Airbus Helicopters México, Airbus Helicopters México-Querétaro, Banco Invex, Invex Grupo Financiero, Invex Controladora, Airmat México, Kleiberit Adhesives México, Quali-Process Latin America, Stahl de México, ThyssenKrupp Automotive Systems de México, ThyssenKrupp Presta de México and XL Seguros México, among others.



1994, Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.

International Business and Finance

1997, New York University, USA.

Leadership & Management

2018, Harvard Law School, USA.

Global Banking Program: Fintech | Digital | Analytics

2019, Columbia Business School, USA.

Project Finance

2020, MiddleSex University, London, UK.


Transforming Client Relationships Through Innovation

2021, Harvard Law School, USA.

Executive Management Program

2021, Yale School of Management Executive Education.

Purpose and Profit: Creating Shared Value

2021, Harvard Business School, USA.

Corporate Governance

2022, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Complex Project Management

2022, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK.



Author of articles on legal issues related to the impact of structural reforms in Mexico, public-private partnerships, oil and gas, as well as aeronautical projects, for media such as Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Mexico Oil & Gas Review, Mergermarket, Time Magazine, Forbes, Expansión, Bloomberg, El Financiero, El Economista, LatinLawyer, LatinFinance, Excélsior, Airline Economics, Aviation News, among others.

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Juan Carlos MachorroSantamarina y Steta

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 > Energy and natural resources

Santamarina y Steta houses a sizable team of energy transactional and advisory lawyers who can , in addition, call on other practice areas to cover clients’ needs including corporate/contractual and financing work, real estate matters, and environmental, social impact, tax, foreign trade, restructuring, arbitration and litigation requirements. In energy and natural resources, the team advises on project finance, the migration of clients in the electricity market, supply and power purchase agreements, and regulatory and compliance matters. The team is led by partner Juan Carlos Machorro who focuses on transactional mandates and financing, and provides advice to various local and international entities on the development and implementation of investment and manufacturing projects in Mexico. Key support is provided by associate practice director María Ximena Gonzalez.

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.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A

Mexican market stalwart, Santamarina y Steta, houses a sizable practice -which operates from both Mexico City and Monterrey- with extensive experience and activity in the corporate and M&A sphere. The group, co-led by seasoned practitioners Juan Carlos Machorro and Jorge León-Orantes (both based in Mexico City), is known for handling mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate restructurings and joint-ventures, as well as advising private equity and venture capital players on transactions and corporate restructurings. Corporate and finance expert Alberto Saavedra; Guillermo Moreno, who was promoted to partner in January 2022 and garners praise for offering ‘excellent advice, knowledge of the subject and support’; and Monterrey-based César Cruz Ayala, are among the practice’s main contacts. Senior associate Ilse Bolaños is another name to note. The group’s client roster includes notable names from the automotive, pharmaceutical, construction, real estate, retail, hospitality and manufacturing sectors.