Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados > Colonia Bosques de las Lomas, Mexico > Firm Profile

Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados
BOSQUE DE RADIATAS NO. 44, OF 303 AND 301
COL. BOSQUES DE LAS LOMAS
MEXICO CITY C.P 05120
Mexico

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 3

Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados banking and finance group represents clients in a range of financial transactions, including the structuring of all types of financing arrangements. Although the team usually acts for the lending banks, it also represents borrowers and has well-known niche expertise representing states and municipalities. A reliable Mexico City-based partner-trio comprised of Brian Minutti, who of late has focused on structured finance deals; public finance specialist Jose Antonio Chávez; and Alejandro Carreño, who mainly works with financial institutions and has established a fine track record in real estate financings, co-head the practice. Associates Diego Medina (structured credit transactions, syndicated loans, debt restructuring, and private and public bidding processes) and Jimena Pulliam (private securities offerings and complex financial operations -including the instrumentation of vehicles for specific purposes- trusts and guarantees) offer key support. The group also regularly acts for a number of rating agencies authorised in Mexico.

Testimonials

‘The lawyers, managers, directors and partners demonstrate extensive experience in all these matters as well as in closing financing. As the main differential, the team gives priority to our projects, answering each call or each issue, which facilitates communication and, in the end, the closing of the financing.’

‘They have extensive experience in preparing credit agreements, trusts and financing closings, this makes them support us in the negotiation or with recommendations that facilitate the operation.’

Key clients

Podemos Progresar

FOVISSSTE Renova

ION Financiera

Ameris Capital

Banco Santander Mexico

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior

Hy Cite México

State of Baja California

Norson Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising FOVISSSTE on the implementation of a public program to provide workers with loans for home improvements.
  • Advised Chilean Fund Manager Ameris Capital on its soft landing in Mexico and in its first ever cross border transaction in México.
  • Advised the State of Baja California on the document drafting and implementation of a bidding process aimed to secure a credit facility with certain financial institutions.

Mexico > Capital markets Tier 3

Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados’s capital market practice, which has a particular experience working with credit rating agencies, appeals to clients for its ‘100% collaborative’ approach, and for its ‘relevant expertise in structured finance and asset-backed debt and investment instruments’. Brian Minutti , who is well known for representing issuers in all types of public offerings of securities, as well as creditors and debtors in credit operations and credit restructurings, co-heads the group alongside managing partner Jose Antonio Chávez , whose practice takes in state resources securitisations, Fibras, and CKDs, among other matters. Recent work highlights saw the team advise Lease For You and Pretmex, as lenders, on their first ever asset backed securitisation in the Mexican Markets.

Practice head(s):

Brian Minutti; José Antonio Chávez

Testimonials

‘Excellent attention from partners and associates. Lots of experience and understanding of the needs of clients/projects/transactions.’

‘Personalised attention.’

‘The firm has relevant expertise in structured finance and asset-backed debt and investment instruments. Additionally, openness has been shown for innovative or different transactions in the local market, and direct involvement by the partners.’

‘The main differential is the quality of service and attention and direct involvement by the partners, which I consider to be of the highest level. I would highlight the participation of Brian Minutti in various transactions.’

‘The are always 100% collaborative. There was inclusion and the support went further as we count on them at all times. The lawyers appointed to the project were always participatory.’

‘The added value was always the personalized attention and constant support from the entire Chávez Vargas team. At all times, the time limitations for the resolution of issues or doubts were set aside.’

‘Understand the importance of a good remote bankrupt structure and the different players that are required to have the structure.’

‘Attention to detail and customer support.’

Key clients

FOVISSSTE

Lease For You

Pretmex

Alsol Contigo

Fundación Rafael Dondé

Grupo Actinver

MXCapital

Firma Car

ION Financiera

Grupo Sport World

Work highlights

  • Advised FOVISSSTE on the implementation of a $500m debt program.
  • Advised Mexican state-owned financial credit institution Fonacot on the raising of $75M in its first ever gender bond issuance.
  • Assisted Banco Actinver with two uncollateralised bond issuances on the Mexican Stock Exchange.

Mexico > Compliance Tier 3

Jointly-led by Brian Minutti and Ricardo Velázquez, a former consultant and general director for research and international affairs at IPAB (Mexico’s deposit insurance and resolution authority for banks), Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados‘ compliance practice is of a level which allows its members ‘to understand the needs clients have in a specific regulatory framework’. The group’s expertise encompasses legal and regulatory compliance, process mapping, risk management and anti-bribery training; indeed, as regards the latter, all the team’s member are global-anti-bribery-standard certified auditors. Recent work highlights include advising Theos on obtaining ISO 37001 international anti-bribery certification.

Practice head(s):

José Antonio Chávez; Brian Josué Minutti; Alejandro Carreño; Ricardo Velázquez

Testimonials

‘Level of professionalism to understand the need clients have in a specific regulatory framework.

‘In addition to the preparation as professionals, I would highlight the human sense to be able to concentrate with all the needs that have to be covered.

‘Quality through the different levels of the organisation.

‘Knowledge of projects and customer service.

Key clients

Infraestructura Energética Nova

Tecnoprogramación Humana Especializada en Sistemas Operativos

Hofu Capital

414 Capital, Inc.

Administrador Fibraestructura

LOCK3PI

Ayllupi

Fibra Haus

Oakpi

Work highlights

  • Advised IEnova on obtaining HR Ratings’ Integrity Policy rating of HR PAC 2+, the highest rating ever granted by the Mexican ratings agency.
  • Advised Theos on the obtaining ISO 37001 international anti-bribery certification.
  • Currently advising 414 Capital Inc on ethics and transparency best practices, as well as providing the company with an independent Chief Compliance Officer.

Mexico > Real estate Tier 4

Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados has notable strength in real estate matters, from project development and commercialization to land acquisitions for office buildings, residential complexes and hotels. The practice is led by Jose Antonio Chávez who has experience in the financing and structuring of real estate projects; and Alejandro Carreño who was promoted to partner in September 2021 and advises real estate developers on commercial, office, residential, industrial and agricultural projects.

Practice head(s):

José Antonio Chávez Vargas; Alejandro Carreño

Key clients

Inmobiliaria BIP

Mobiliare Latam

Work highlights

  • Advised Inmobiliaria BIP on the structuring and legal implementation of a real estate project in Tijuana, Baja California.
  • Advised Mobiliare Latam on the structuring and legal implementation of real estate project in Mérida, Yucatan
  • Advised Mobiliare Latam on the acquisition of an industrial building in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, an area known where there is a high concentration of automotive industry participants.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure

Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados is an established presence in Mexico’s projects and infrastructure market, advising clients on implementing projects, PPP, the preparation of legal documents for bid procedures (and participation in the same), as well as the implementation, financing and development of its clients’ respective projects, including matters related to toll roads, water and drainage, transport, and social infrastructure such as hospitals and prison facilities, among others. The practice is co-led by Jose Antonio Chavez Vargas , who has deep experience in the implementation and design of PPP structures for the development of infrastructure; and Alejandro Carreño, who focuses on project finance and was elected to the partnership in November 2021. Key associate support comes from Cynthia Ibarra, who was promoted to senior in early 2022. The promotions of Carreno and Ibarra mark the firm’s development of a specific stand alone projects team.

Practice head(s):

José Antonio Chávez Vargas; Alejandro Carreño

Testimonials

‘It is a firm where communication is extremely effective, constant and with a tangible disposition when it comes to resolving issues. Definitely, compared to teams from other offices, they make us feel more confident when working together. It seems to me that the way in which they relate to the client is very innovative since it is a slightly more personal relationship without forgetting the professional during the course of the contract, a situation that gives you a feeling of familiarity and thus avoid various bureaucratic situations or that could hinder the processes.

‘In general, all the lawyers have great potential and the difference is that I see them as a more solid team than in other firms. The foregoing, coupled with the fact that their turnover is not high, makes the relationship between collaborators stronger even more. Jose Antonio Chavez Vargas,  Alejandro Carreno and Cynthia Ibarra are outstanding members of the team.

Key clients

Conservadora Mexiquense de Caminos del Sur

FCI Administradora

Constructora de Autopistas de Michoacán

Libramiento Elevado de Puebla

Diamond Electronics

Banco Santander México.

Dadin

Gestión Integral de Hospitales Zumpango

Work highlights

  • Advised Conservadora Mexiquense de Caminos del Sur (DROMOSUR) – an SPV incorporated to develop major maintenance on toll roads in the State of Mexico under a PPP Agreement celebrated with “la Junta de Caminos del Estado de Mexico”.