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

Santamarina y Steta
CAMPOS ELISEOS 345, FLOORS 2, 3 AND 11
COL. CHAPULTEPEC POLANCO
11560 MEXICO, D.F.
Mexico
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Work Department

Banking and Financial, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, Family Offices and Estate Planning.

Position

Partner

Career

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.

Languages

Spanish, English

Memberships

Member of the Board of Directors of the Audit and Corporate Practices Committee and of the Remuneration Committee of Invex Controladora, S.A.B. de C.V.

Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit and Corporate Practices Committee of Invex Infraestructura, S.A.P.I. de C.V.

Chairman of the Audit and Corporate Practices Committee of Grupo Financiero Invex, S.A. de C.V.

Member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Corporate Practices Committee and member of the Audit Committee of La Comer, S.A.B. de C.V.

Member of the Board of Directors, member of the Audit Committee and member of the Corporate Practices Committee of Rassini S.A.B. de C.V.

Independent Member of the Technical Committee Prologis México Fondo Logístico (Fideicomiso 300870 HSBC México) and member of its Audit Committee.

Secretary of the Board of Directors of Kimberly- Clark de México, S.A.B. de C.V.

President of the Board of Directors of the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C., where he participates in its Executive Committee and its Investment Committee.

Member of the Technical Committee of the Trust Pro Bosque de Chapultepec.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Alianza Francesa de México, A.C.

President of the Standards and Ethics Committee of the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, S.A.B. de C.V.

Education

JD
1987, Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico

Specialization in Commercial Law
2005, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

Personal

Co-author of “Shareholders’ Rights and Shareholder Activism 2019”, “Structured Finance and Derivatives 2019 | Mexico” published by Chambers and Partners.

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 > Capital markets

Santamarina y Steta houses a seasoned and reputed capital markets practice, which remains involved in advising clients in debt and equity offerings, including work on FIBRAS and CKDs, as well as on public tender offers in several jurisdictions for clients that have subsidiaries and relevant assets in Mexico. Practice-head Alberto Saavedra brings his extensive experience in this area to the table, with the structuring of debt programmes undoubtedly one of his core strengths. Sergio Chagoya, whose capital markets practice is complemented by a solid knowledge of banking and finance and corporate/M&A; and Diego Ostos, who was welcomed to the partnership in February 2022, are also key departmental contacts.

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.