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Greenberg Traurig, S.C.
MÉXICO CITY, D.F. C.P. 06500

Banking and finance Tier 1

Recently appointed co-head of the firm's Latin America practice, the highly recommended José Raz Guzmán leads the practice at Greenberg Traurig, S.C. in conjuntion with Juan Manuel González. The 19-strong team is valued by clients for its ‘great negotiating, analysis, reaching of agreements and implementation of solutions’; the lawyers are ‘very professional, and give individualised attention to each client, generating value to their services through trust and accuracy’. Also able to rely on the firm’s international network, the team represents lenders and borrowers in transactional and regulatory matters, including in project and real estate finance; syndicated and bilateral credit facilities; acquisition and recapitalisation financings; leveraged financings; asset-based credit facilities; cash flow and enterprise value credit facilities; lien loans and facilities; subordinated debt facilities; mezzanine financings; debtor-in-possession and reorganisation exit financings; and cross-border and multi-currency credit facilities. In highlight work it acted for; a syndicate of banks led by Banco Santander and comprising BBVA, Banco Sabadell, Banorte, Monex and Intercam, in the negotiation of a MXN$10bn multi-tranche senior secured credit facility granted to Fibra UNO  to finance the construction of Ciudad Mitikah, one of the largest real estate developments in Mexico; Walton Street Capital in the $107.9m credit facility granted by Metropolitan Life Insurance for the acquisition of the JW Marriott hotel in Mexico City; and Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina in the MXN$10bn refinancing of two social infrastructure projects employing a senior secured loan to refinance existing debt with the option of a “market take out” via a public offering of bonds under the same structure to repay the senior secured loan, and in the MXN$18bn refinancing of its concession of the Guadalajara-Tepic (Pacifico Sur). Other key practitioners include Miguel Moisés, José Antonio Butrón, and Carlos Garduño, while support comes from associate David Argueta. Clients include HSBC México, Mexico Infrastructure Partners Latin America, Mexico Infrastructure Partners II, Elementia, Banco Mercantil del Norte, Sabcapital, Bancomext, and Red de Carreteras de Occidente.

Capital markets Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, S.C. ‘knows exactly what the investors need’ and is especially recommended for structured securities work such as CKDs and CERPIs, with a particular focus on the real estate and infrastructure sectors. A case in point saw the 14-strong team acted for BlackRock, as sponsor, on a $500m CERPI listing on the Mexican Stock Exchange, for the purpose of investing in infrastructure projects; for Banorte and Finamex, as underwriters, on Grupo Inmobilia’s first-ever CKD issuance, valued at MXN$6bn; and Fortem Capital, also as sponsor, on the listing of a MXN$5bn CKD targetting real estate projects. José Raz Guzmán and Juan Manuel González co-lead the team; Raz Guzmán is a reference in the market, while González is especially known for his projects expertise. The very active Miguel Moisés works alongside them, as does José Antonio Butrón; support comes from associate David Argueta. Other clients include BTG Pactual, Actinver, Thor Urbana, Amistad Global Development, JP Morgan, BBVA Bancomer, Mexico Infrastructure Partners Latin America, Banorte Ixe, Banco Sabadell, Mexico Infrastructure Partners II, Banco Santander, Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina, and Citigroup Global Capital Markets.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, S.C. provides strong transactional,  and regulatory and contentious support, along with training to its domestic and international clients. The team is jointly led by Victor Manuel Frías and Miguel Flores Bernés, both of whom are equally adept at handling merger filings and investigations. Clients also benefit from the expertise of administrative litigator Joselino Morales. Recently the firm successfully defended Mexico City Airport against an abuse of dominance investigation over alleged discrimination against taxi operator, which could have resulted in a $52.5m fine. The team also represented Nadro in an investigation into the pharma distribution industry.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, S.C. has very good experience advising clients on transactions in the infrastructure, natural resources, manufacturing and financial services sectors. The group also 'stands out from the crowd when speaking on compliance matters in Latin America'. On the infrastructure front, the firm advised MXT Capital Partners and Mexico Infrastructure Partners on the US$196m acquisition of 72 telecoms towers from Maxcom Telecomunicaciones. The team also represented NYSE-listed Stepan Company on an agreement with SF Mexicana to acquire its surfactant production facility in Mexico. Recently appointed co-chair of the firm's Latin America practice, José Raz Guzmán leads the team which also includes Victor Manuel FríasArturo Pérez Estrada and the 'outstandingHugo López-Coll.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

The team at Greenberg Traurig, S.C. has experience advising lenders and sponsors at every stage of the project cycle. Recent mandates include advising Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina on the refinancing of two social infrastructure projects. In the transport segment, the team represented Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos and Institución de Banca de Desarrollo, as lenders, on the $275m financing for the “Siervo de la Nación” toll road in the state of Mexico. The highly-respected  Juan Manuel González leads the experienced team, which also includes  José Antonio Butrón. Clients include Mexico Infrastructure Partners, Banco Santander, MXT Capital Partners and Grupo Hermes Infraestructura.

Real estate Tier 2

At Greenberg Traurig, S.C. the ‘partners and their teams go above and beyond clients’ expectations all the time’. The 11-strong practice can also count on the firm’s pool of 31 real estate counsel worldwide to advise property developers, lenders, investment managers, private equity funds, REITs, operators, joint ventures, sovereign wealth funds, international developers, and private owners on property acquisition and investment, development, management and leasing, financing, restructuring, and disposition of all real estate segments and asset classes, including commercial, recreational, and residential real estate, structured equity, structured debt and hybrid structures. The team represented Hyatt Hotels, recently, on the $400m sale of a subsidiary that owns the Hyatt Regency Mexico City and adjacent land to Sordo Madaleno and Fernando Chico Pardo; and advised key client PGIM Real Estate in the negotiation and implementation of a  MXP$6bn joint venture with Mexican real estate developer Opera Desarrolladora for the acquisition and development of residential projects in Mexico City. Other matters included assisting Great Wolf Resorts with the construction and development of a  MXN$2.8bn water park, its first in Mexico; ICM Immobilien with its U$30m acquisition of three properties for a mixed-use project in Mexico City; and Walton Street Capital in a $107.9m credit facility granted by Metropolitan Life Insurance for the acquisition of the JW Marriott hotel in Mexico City. Practice head Antonio Diez de Bonilla Martinez is 'well known and well positioned'; and is now flanked by ‘outstanding’ practitioner Gerardo Carrillo, who joined the firm from Haynes and Boone, SC in mid-2018. Miguel Moisés is another name to note; while senior associate Roberto Guerrero C is ‘by far the best associate in the industry’, according to one client; he is ‘extremely diligent and time- and cost-sensitive’; Julio Sardina, another senior associate, is also recommended. Clients include Greystar, Grupo Lar, Paladin Realty, Desarrolladora del Parque, Accor Hotels, Metrobuildings, Mira Companies, One Properties, Round Hill Capital, Hard Rock International, SBE Group and RLH Properties.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, S.C. is taking an increasingly active role in major power and oil-and-gas projects and transactions. Its expertise in downstream oil and gas was demonstrated by its advice to BP on the company's entry into the Mexican petrol station market, including the negotiation of over 450 agreements with station owners and operators. The practice also advised Northland Power on the development of several renewable power projects. Juan Manuel González leads the team, which includes of counsel Pedro Reséndez.

Firm Overview:

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,200 attorneys in 41 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers help clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient, effective strategic advice and legal services.

GT in Mexico:

The Greenberg Traurig Mexico City office offers clients innovative, strategic advice and legal services that span both traditional fields and contemporary regulatory sectors. The office leverages the resources and global platform to provide clients with tailored legal services reflective of the specific industry and market conditions in which they operate.

The Mexico City office is an integral part of the firm’s award-winning Latin American Practice. The attorneys in Mexico City work closely with colleagues from across the practice to advise both international and domestic clients with their business interests in Latin America, the United States, and other international markets.

The Mexico City team comprises multilingual, dual-licensed attorneys, many of whom have held senior positions within the Mexican government and its regulatory agencies. They have served as key contributors to national projects and have been involved in landmark transactions in important sectors of the economy.

Areas of Practice

Mergers and acquisitions and corporate: advising clients with respect to mergers, acquisitions, asset sales, co-investments, and joint ventures, election contests, tender and exchange offers, going-private transactions, LBOs, MBOs and spin-offs, corporate governance matters and related transactional and advisory matters.

Banking and finance: advising lenders and borrowers on structuring, documenting and negotiating financing transactions, including bilateral and syndicated loans, debt offerings, mezzanine investments, derivatives, and structured financings, project financings, and restructurings.

Capital markets: advising issuers, underwriters, investment banks and other market participants in connection with public and private debt and equity offerings, including participation in securitizations and offerings of a variety of asset-backed securities, as well as in offerings of listed investment funds or CKDs.

Real estate: advising developers, lenders, investors, opportunity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and private owners on the purchase, sale and financing transactions of real estate property, including housing, industrial, commercial, office and land bank projects.

Competition and antitrust: advising clients on antitrust matters, including competition conduct and M&A matters, pre-merger filings, investigations, defense strategies, private ruling filings or interpretive letters, and declarations.

Energy and infrastructure: providing full-cycle counsel from turn-key project development for redevelopment to financing, implementation, and operation and maintenance, as well as advising private and public sector clients on all aspects of P3 transactions.

International litigation and dispute resolution: helping clients navigate conflicts, whether by conducting high-stakes commercial, civil, tax or administrative litigation or transnational arbitration, enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards, or designing procedures and contract provisions to avoid disputes or resolve them efficiently. Litigators have experience with international arbitration bodies, as well as ad hoc proceedings.

Compliance: designing, implementing, and monitoring an anticorruption compliance program requires a sophisticated analysis of the corruption risks that arise in the company’s business environment. GT works with clients to plan compliance projects, appropriately taking these considerations into account. A meaningful, risk-based anti-corruption compliance program must also be implemented based on both sound legal judgment and common sense, which GT’s lawyers bring to each engagement.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Shareholder Jose Raz Guzman +52 55 5029 0091
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Miguel Flores Bernés  photo Mr Miguel Flores Bernés
Mr Victor Manuel Frías Garcés  photo Mr Victor Manuel Frías Garcés
Mr Carlos Garduño  photo Mr Carlos Garduño
Mr Juan Manuel González  photo Mr Juan Manuel González
Mr Hugo López-Coll  photo Mr Hugo López-Coll
Mr José Carlos M. de Uriarte  photo Mr José Carlos M. de Uriarte
Mr Miguel Moisés  photo Mr Miguel Moisés
Mr Joselino Morales  photo Mr Joselino Morales
 Dania Duncan Moreno  photo Dania Duncan Moreno
Mr Fernando Orrantia  photo Mr Fernando Orrantia
Mr Arturo Pérez-Estrada  photo Mr Arturo Pérez-Estrada
Mr Manuel Rajunov  photo Mr Manuel Rajunov
Mr José Raz-Guzmán  photo Mr José Raz-Guzmán
Mr Pedro Javier Reséndez  photo Mr Pedro Javier Reséndez
Mr Antonio Robles Hüe  photo Mr Antonio Robles Hüe
Mr Miguel Yturbe Redo  photo Mr Miguel Yturbe Redo
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