Juan Manuel González Bernal > Greenberg Traurig, S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

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

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Juan Manuel González Bernal has over 25 years of experience handling complex project finance transactions representing sponsors, developers, structuring agents and lenders across all sectors (airports, transportation, water, energy and waste management, among others), and has focused on public procurement and the legal regime applicable to public works and services, and public-private partnerships in Mexico.

Juan Manuel is a founding member of Greenberg Traurig’s Mexico City office, and since then has assembled a 15-strong team of attorneys dedicating their time to all matters related to infrastructure and energy project development with deep capabilities in both the regulatory and transactional arena, as well as in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms including proceedings before the Secretaría de la Función Pública and the Auditoría Superior de la Federación in landmark cases like Túnel Emisor Oriente and the Durango-Mazatlán and Nuevo Necaxa-Tihuatlán highways. He currently serves as Administrative Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Mexico City Office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Infrastructure Practice.

Cross-Border Transactions
Global Energy and Infrastructure

Latin America Practice
Banking & Financial Services
Financial Regulatory & Compliance
Energy & Natural Resources
Liquefied Natual Gas
Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Admission to Practice
New York


Spanish, Native
English, Fluent


  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1995
  • Law Degree, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico, 1992

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s deep commitment towards Latin America extends to an impressive flow of energy and infrastructure M&A engagements, along with project financings and project bond issuances. The firm has experienced further growth in green financings and green bond transactions. Through its Mexico City office it has landed an impressive market share of Mexico projects and transactions. It also has a fine record in Central America and is building its standing throughout South America; a case in point was its advice to Hudson Sustainable Group on the $107m  green financing of six solar farms in Uruguay. Mexico City office co-founding partner Juan Manuel González Bernal is a notable name in energy and infrastructure project development, while Marc Rossell and Oscar Stephens in New York provide further energy and infrastructure financing expertise, including in project bonds and green bonds.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

Juan Manuel González BernalGreenberg Traurig, S.C.

Greenberg Traurig, S.C. is well regarded for its ‘commitment to client service and responsiveness’, and displays considerable experience in project structuring, development and finance; public-private partnership transactions, and construction. The sizeable 25-strong practice group advises project sponsors, banks and institutional investors, insurance companies, state entities and municipalities on a wide range of projects. The team is co-led by Juan Manuel González Bernal, who focuses on public procurement and the legal regime applicable to public works and services, along with public-private partnerships in Mexico; and José Antonio Butrón, who is experienced in M&A, banking, project finance, capital markets, structured finance and securitisations in relation to the roads, water, social infrastructure and telecom sectors, as well as structuring and implementation of infrastructure funds (CKDs, CERPIs and Fibra-E). Key associate support comes from experienced seniors Gabriela Palomino, who focuses on real estate matters, infrastructure and project development; and Edgar Fernando Orozco, whose practice is centred on public procurement and project finance with governments.

Mexico > Banking and finance

A well-coordinated team that perfectly understands the needs of its clients’, Greenberg Traurig, S.C.‘s large banking and finance team has established itself a practice of choice for many national clients, as well as US and other international players doing business in the country, given its expertise handling a wide range of financing transactions. Juan Manuel González Bernal, who is particularly well-versed in project finance transactions; and managing partner José Raz Guzmán, who also acts as co-chair of the international firm’s Latin America practice, sit at the helm of the group. Closely supporting them are a skilled group of partners, including Miguel Moisés, who earns praise for his ‘great disposition and attitude’, and regularly represents lenders and borrowers in structured financings, bilateral and syndicated loans, and on the financing of industrial, commercial and housing real estate projects; Rodrigo Orozco, whose expertise encompasses handling sub-sovereign-debt restructurings and re-financings; José Antonio Butrón and Gabriela Palomino. Additional support at associate level is provided by seniors Ana Acosta (secured lending, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and general corporate matters); David Argueta (capital markets and financing transactions; general corporate matters) and January-2022 hire Paulina García de León Gómez , who arrived from HSBC.