Alberto Saavedra > Santamarina y Steta > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

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

Banking and Financial Institutions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures, Family Offices and Estate Planning.




Alberto has been practicing for 35+ years with remarkable experience in securities, banking and finance, capital markets, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions and project finance, as well as family counselling and succession planning. His ability to perform in such diverse law practice areas has allowed him to serve as a corporate governance consultant for both public and privately held companies, some of which he chairs.


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He chairs the ethical and normative committees of the Mexican Stock, MexDer Mercado Mexicano de Derivados and Asigna Cámara de Compensación y Liquidación.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Invex Controladora, Rassini S.A.B. de C.V., La Comer S.A.B. de C.V. and MexDer, Mercado Mexicano de Derivados (Mexican Derivatives Market), among others.

He acts as secretary of the Board of Directors of Kimberly Clark de Mexico and S.A.B. de C.V. and Nadro, S.A.P.I. de C.V., among others.

He presides the Board of Directors of the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C., and participates in the governing bodies of other non-profit organizations in Mexico.

Official entrusted lawyer of the Swiss Embassy in Mexico and member of the Mexican Bar Association.


1987, Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico

Specialization in Commercial Law
2005, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Capital markets

Santamarina y Steta‘s 14-strong capital markets team represents a full range of relevant clients, from investment funds, brokerage firms and lending institutions to issuers, underwriters, placement agents, dealers and trustees regarding debt and equity offerings, public tender offers, debt exchanges involving public companies, derivatives, and repurchase and securities lending transactions. Former managing partner and practice head Alberto Saavedra is chair of the ethics and normative committees of the Mexican Stock Exchange and derivatives market ‘MexDer’; indeed, the firm is external counsel to the stock exchange. Other key figures include client favorite and 20-year veteran Sergio Chagoya, who advises on capital markets, banking and finance and corporate/M&A, as well as securities, derivatives and fintech; Carlos Argüelles, who particularly works on the private placement of debt securities; and Monterrey of counsel Jorge Barrero, who takes on M&A, securities, competition/antitrust, and estate planning. Key support comes from experienced and specialized senior associate Gustavo Mendoza and associate Diego Ostos.

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.