Firm Profile > Romo Paillés, S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico

Romo Paillés, S.C.

Real estate Tier 3

The team at Romo Paillés, S.C. ‘has the ability to think outside the box, bringing original, wise and practical solutions to any situation that arises, always within the frame of the law'. Its lawyers 'seek and achieve win-win negotiations' and 'keep us from getting diverted from the core of the business or the deal that is being negotiated, saving precious time and resources’. Real estate is one of the cornerstones of this small corporate firm and all nine of its lawyers handle the full range of real estate matters, with a focus on the residential, retail and hospitality sectors. Recent mandates saw the team assist Hasbro with the due diligence process and negotiation of an $18.2m lease agreement for a distribution centre of approximately 408,000sq. ft in greater metropolitan Mexico City, with Prologis as lessor; acted for key client Walmart on the acquisition of a 166,150m² property located in Sacramento, Chihuahua for the development and operation of a distribution centre; and advised Banobras on the negotiation and preparation of a loan agreement’s fifth restated amendment for the addition of a new credit line of $30.5m to finance the construction of a new tranche of the Lerma-Santiago federal highway. Other finance-side matters included advising the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) on a $22.1m construction loan to Promotora Higa for the construction of a 281 apartment real estate project of in the south of Mexico City. María Teresa Paillés is ‘highly experienced, not only in legally structuring the deal but in the real estate industry in general. She is there for doubts, comments and negotiations’. Her fellow practice co-heads  María Esther Rey and with Rafael Romo are also well regarded. Other clients include Grupo Frondoso and Dielsa. Since publication -in March 2020- Paillés and Rey have moved to SMPS Legal.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Romo Paillés, S.C. is a corporate boutique that regularly handles complex transactional mandates on behalf of corporate clients and investment funds. Its partners -including Rafael Romo, María Teresa Paillés, who has a strong niche in corporate real estate work, and María Esther Rey - have strong backgrounds as in-house counsel and past trajectories at international firms. The team recently advised Hymas Villazul on its $4.5m takeover by Garabe Bawi Capital. The team also advised Grupo Devlyn and its shareholders on the $34m repurchase of Linzor Capital Partners' stake in the company.


For over 18 years, Romo Paill’s has provided personal, efficient, timely and effective legal services that enable its clients to seize business opportunities. It is a highly organized team with experience in domestic and international transactions. By understanding its clients’ business the firm implements and negotiates customized solutions tailored to their unique goals. The firm’s rapid response and constant availability help turn opportunities into successful businesses.

Areas of practice

Banking and corporate finance: the firm advises banking institutions, issuers, non-bank banks and investment funds in structuring, financing structures related to credit agreements, mortgage loans, leasing, capital development bonds (CKDs), real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs) and cross-border transactions. The firm’s services include structuring of equity offerings, derivative market transactions, asset securitisation and structured financing transactions, including indentures, underwriting agreements, prospectuses and other offering materials.

Mergers and acquisitions: the firm provides advice to investors forming strategic alliances and joint ventures and investing in Mexican companies. The firm designs investment structures for equity and asset acquisitions, capitalizations, mergers, spin-offs, stock combinations and public tender offers, and prepares and negotiates shareholders’ agreements to exercise corporate and economic rights, conflict resolution mechanisms, corporate governance and exit strategies. The firm is experienced in antitrust, foreign investments and other administrative filings.

Real estate and hospitality: the firm designs structures to develop and market real estate projects, timeshare or full-time projects, vacation clubs, fractional ownership and mixed regimes. The firm prepares rules and regulations, real estate trusts, marketing and operating agreements, timeshare and club membership agreements, and makes filings and petitions before authorities. The firm provides advice in housing, industrial parks and construction turnkey projects.

Project and equipment finance: the firm implements project and equipment finance transactions, and helps developers, investors, creditors and international financial institutions by documenting syndicated loans, intercreditor and security agreements.

Public bidding and privatizations: the firm counsels investors, financial agents and government agencies in privatizations and public biddings by preparing notices and guidelines, drafting contracts and bid formats, analyzing qualification of participants and implementing investment structures and consortia.

Workouts and debt restructuring: the firm advises debtors and creditors in negotiating, structuring and implementing workouts and reorganizations.

Pro bono work: the firm supports institutions and NGOs with high-quality pro bono work.

Corporate law: the firm advises its clients in forming corporations, partnerships and other business associations and doing business in Mexico through tailor-made structures. The firm prepares all types of agreements, including leases, acquisitions, loans, guarantees, franchises, services, construction and supply agreements, and design corporate reorganizations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and corporate finance María Teresa Paillés
Banking and corporate finance Rafael Romo
Mergers and acquisitions María Teresa Paillés
Mergers and acquisitions Rafael Romo
Real estate and hospitality María Teresa Paillés
Real estate and hospitality María Esther Rey
Project and equipment finance María Teresa Paillés
Project and equipment finance Rafael Romo
Public bidding and privatizations María Teresa Paillés
Public bidding and privatizations Rafael Romo
Workouts and debt restructuring María Teresa Paillés
Workouts and debt restructuring Rafael Romo
Pro bono work María Esther Rey
Pro bono work Rafael Romo
Corporate María Esther Rey
Corporate Rafael Romo
Other fee-earners : 11
Total staff : 23
Partners : 3