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Creel Abogados, SC

Mexico > Real estate Tier 3

Creel Abogados, SC's 12-strong team real estate practice is co-led by seasoned partner Gustavo Struck Creel and his younger, upcoming colleague, Alfonso Razú; both handle corporate and real estate matters. Jorge Torres, who has over 35 years' experience, completes the senior team; his practice is centred on real estate transactions including the acquisition, lease and development of real estate properties for hospitality, retail, industrial and residential projects throughout Mexico. Indeed, the team is highly regarded for its advice to funds, investors, developers, financial institutions and retail groups, across the full spectrum of real estate matters, including real estate portfolios, the sale and acquisition of properties, project development, financing, due diligence, investments, lease agreements, and real estate trusts. The practice works closely with the firm's corporate M&A, finance and tax teams to provide advice on all required aspects of the transaction.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Struck Creel; Alfonso Razú

Key clients

Grupo Inmobiliario Los Bravos


Kerzner Group

Misión del Sol Hotel & Spa

Grupo Positano

Grupo Institución

Lone Star International


Condesa Rejon

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Inmobiliario Los Bravos, real estate developers based in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, on the structuring, drafting and negotiation of the sale of a portfolio of industrial plants to Canadian public pension fund, Advance.
  • Advised Misión del Sol on the legal and tax due diligence, as well as the drafting and negotiation of the related sale documentation, for the sale of the Hotel and Spa Misión del Sol, located in Cuernavaca, State of Morelos, to a Family Office.
  • Advised Inmobilia, a real estate developer in the Yucatan, on the development, construction and operation of a premium hotel and residencies in Tulum, Quintana Roo.

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 4

The banking and finance practice at veteran firm Creel Abogados, SC, represents both creditors and borrowers on a variety of financings, including secured and unsecured transactions, acquisition and structured finance, and the syndication and securitisation of loans, as well as the structuring of security packages. Banks, non-bank financial institutions and other regulated entities account for a notable portion of the group's client roster; the team also assists with  day-to-day operational activities and regulatory compliance. Key contacts include senior partner Carlos Creel, whose banking and capital markets expertise includes handling secured financings and syndicated loans, as well as public and private offerings; Gustavo Struck; who undertakes syndicated lending and secured finance, and has a  particular focus on advising non-bank banks and private funds on their transactional work; and Alfonso Razú, whose practice is centred on corporate finance and syndicated loans.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Creel; Gustavo Struck

Key clients

Apollo Capital Management

Navistar Financial

Daimler Financial Services


Financiera Auxi


BAC Florida Bank

Fifth Third Bank

Siete Leguas


Work highlights

  • Advised GTM Holdings on the refinancing of its syndicated facility led by Citibank.
  • Represented Fifth Third Bank in a financing and further acquisition of receivables with GST Automotive Safety Components International.
  • Advised Siete Leguas on a structured loan agreement with Glisco Partners IV.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Veteran market player Creel Abogados, SC, continues to be the firm of choice for a number of domestic and foreign companies -including private equity firms- for its extensive expertise in transactions involving M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance. The practice draws additional expertise from working side-by-side with the firm’s banking and finance, real estate, tax and labour teams, while its transactional knowledge extends across different sectors and industries, especially real estate and private equity. Key contacts include senior partner Carlos Creel, who is particularly well-versed in a range of corporate matters, including M&A and corporate restructurings, governance mandates and cross-border joint ventures; and Gustavo Struck, who complements his corporate expertise with solid knowledge of an array of finance operations, including syndicated lending and secured financing, and has a particular focus on advising non-bank banks and private funds on their transactional work. With notable in-house experience, younger partner Diego Valdes A is increasingly active in the transactional segment, with recent matters including handling a $38m capital subscription on behalf of Neology and advising repeat client Medios Cattri on its acquistion of Ideas Activas Publicidad y Medios; he also handles financing matters. Former partner Andrés Nieto moved to Norton Rose Fulbright in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Creel; Gustavo Struck

Key clients

Pernod Ricard


Sony Pictures Entertainment

Seek Ltd

Warner Bros. Entertainment

Kerzner Group

Groupe Danone


American Airlines

Heritage Group (Teka, Thielmann and Strohm)

Work highlights

  • Advised Luminus Management on its acquisition of the trucking logistics/assets and subsidiaries comprising the Mexico-based business of Taylor Express from the Celadon Group.
  • Advised the equity holders of Materias Químicas de México on the sale of 100% of the business to IMCD Group, a global leader in the distribution and formulation of speciality chemicals and ingredients.
  • Advised Inmobiliaria Los Bravos on the sale of four Industrial Facilities to Canadian private equity fund Advance Real Estate.

Creel Abogados is a corporate and transactional law firm. Founded in 1972 by Luis J. Creel Lujan and his son Luis J. Creel C., the firm has consolidated a strong specialized business law practice advising multinational corporations, financial institutions, private equity funds and Mexican companies on a broad range of matters and projects, such as mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, private equity, capital markets, financing and investment, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. The firm provides close personal services to its clients, through the partners’ direct involvement (always maintaining a reduced partner-associate ratio) and coordination of dedicated teams. Their lawyers are deeply experienced in domestic and international transactions and combine a high level of expertise in the relevant Mexican issues.

Main areas of practice
Corporate/M&A: advice on day-to-day corporate needs and complex corporate transactions, including reorganizations, joint ventures and strategic alliances. The array of M&A transactions includes purchases and sales of minority or controlling shareholder positions, as well as assets in public and private companies and businesses, leveraged acquisitions, and private and public bidding processes. The firm also provides comprehensive advice on every aspect relating to the corporate governance (shareholder control mechanisms and management structures and controls) of listed and private companies. On the private equity front, the firm represents venture capital and private equity investment funds in their formation process, their investments and acquisitions, as well as in liquidity events.

Capital markets: advice to issuers, underwriters and global coordinators on all types of transactions, including private and public offerings for the sale, purchase or subscription of securities (initial, secondary or combined); and companies listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange on compliance and corporate governance.

Banking and finance: advice on domestic and cross-border financings and in the structuring of security packages, including single bank and syndicated financing, acquisition financing, structured financing and project financing, as well as in debt restructurings. The firm also provides advice in establishing and operating subsidiaries of international financial institutions.

Tax: advice on tax aspects of local and international transactions, and representation before tax authorities in administrative and judicial procedures, including appeals and constitutionality review proceedings (amparo). The firm also provides advice in connection with the review and legal implementation of transfer pricing policies, as well as in foreign trade matters.

Labor: advice in all kinds of labor and social security matters, including negotiation of individual and collective bargaining agreements, and structuring stock option plans, compensation and benefit plans, and internal labor regulations, as well as representation before the federal and local labor boards.

Real estate: advice on a range of real estate transactions, including the residential, industrial, commercial and tourism sectors, from purchases, sales and leases of property, the structuring of condominium and time sharing regimes to the development, construction, management and operation of real estate projects.

Competition/antitrust: advice on local and cross-border merger control, market investigations (relative or absolute monopolistic practices), competition compliance and administrative procedures.

Dispute resolution: litigation: advice in all types of complex litigation, before local and federal courts, including constitutional, administrative, civil and commercial litigation.

Dispute resolution: arbitration: advice in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms, such as mediation and arbitration, participating in ad hoc procedures and before the main administrative institutions, both national and foreign.

Compliance: in coordination with our corporate practice, we advice in the design and implementation of prevention, management and remedial programs for regulatory compliance in anti-corruption, data privacy, antitrust, anti-money laundering and regulatory compliance in general, as well as in related audit and investigation procedures.

Mining: advice on obtaining, maintenance and renewal of mining concessions and permits, the design and structuring of supply agreements, and in the acquisition and funding of mining projects.

Projects: advice to investors, financial institutions, sponsors, developers and construction companies involved in energy and infrastructure projects.

Corporate/M&A Carlos Creel
Corporate/M&A Gustavo Struck
Corporate/M&A Alfonso Razu
Corporate/M&A Andres Nieto
Banking and finance Carlos Creel
Banking finance Gustavo Struck
Banking finance Alfonso Razu
Banking finance Andres Nieto
Capital markets Carlos Creel
Capital markets Andres Nieto
Tax Carlos Martinez
Tax Javier Portas
Real estate Jorge Torres
Real estate Gustavo Struck
Dispute resolution: litigation Ernesto Saldate
Dispute resolution: arbitration Andres Nieto
Compliance Alfonso Razu
Compliance Ernesto Saldate
Mining/projects Alfonso Razu
Other fee-earners : 35
Total staff : 55
Partners : 10