Partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra S.C. with more than 15 years professional experience in Mexico, New York and Latin America. His clients appear in Fortune 50 and Fortune 500, as well as the Dow Jones, NASDAQ, S&P 500, DAX and the Nikkei. He has a multidisciplinary practice, with an emphasis on cross border transactions, which includes experience in several of the principal transactions that have taken place in Mexico and the United States in the legal areas of banking and finance, securities, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, as well as in risk capital transactions, private capital, structured financing, project finance and arbitration.
Currently, he advises many foreign companies in their most important and strategic operations in Mexico and Latin America. His clients include companies and regional and multinational financial institutions based in the United States, Canada, Germany, the European Community and Asia. He has advised clients in the development of legal strategies and solutions in relation to, among other areas, transnational acquisitions, financial operations and bank investments, incorporation of companies and associations and reorganizations. Representative work includes, advising during the bankruptcy process of Lehman Brothers, as well as the Government of Canada in the important investment it made in the financial rescue of Chrysler and General Motors. Furthermore, he was one of the lawyers that led the mandatory tender offer by which Anheuser-Busch InBev acquired the shares of Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V., worth 20.1 billion usd, this operation being the largest in the Mexican and Latin American market.
Currently he is the partner in charge of the practices of banking, finance and mining law of the firm. He has been an advisor to various Mexican and foreign financial institutions in relation to: (i) obtaining authorizations from the financial authorities to operate in Mexico, (ii) carrying out activities and operations in Mexico, (iii) financing operations for Mexican companies (with and without collateral), and (iv) structuring and restructuring of financing of private sector entities. He is an expert in the structuring of financial transactions related to the automotive industry.
He has broad experience as a team member in the principal financial centers of the world and has generated a solid practice in banking, finance and securities law. He worked in one of the most prestigious firms in New York City on various projects including, among others, advising Citibank on several highly complex derivative claims. He has also advised international mining companies, mostly Canadian, in the structuring of financial operations and in the placement of debt in international markets.
He has advised several capital risk funds, together with the principal law firms in New York and in other parts of the world, in the structuring and negotiation of private capital operations and in relevant mergers and acquisitions matters. His clients include Fortune 500 companies that are expanding into Mexico or changing their business structures.
He has broad experience in commercial arbitration and investment matters. He has participated in various ad hoc institutional proceedings, including proceedings administered by the principal arbitration institutions such as the ICC, the ICDR, the AAA, the ICSID, the LCIA, the CANACO and the CAM. He has represented Mexican and multinational companies in the arbitration of complex commercial and corporate disputes.
Recognitions — IFLR 1000, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, IFLR Energy, Infrastructure and Best Lawyers among others.
Pro Bono — He was distinguished as “Pro Bono Fellow” at Columbia Law School. He is actively involved in the firm´s Pro Bono activities and member of the Pro Bono Committee of the firm. Vice Chair, International Pro Bono Committee of the International Law Section, American Bar Association (ABA).
Professional Affiliations and Acedemic Activities
Foreign attorney, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York City, (2009 - 2010).
Chair of the Finance & Capital Markets Law Committee, Mexican Bar Association (BMA).
Vice Chair, International Ethics Committee of the International Law Section, American Bar Association (ABA).
Vice Chair, International Pro Bono Committee of the International Law Section, American Bar Association (ABA).
Adjunct Professor, Corporate Law, Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) since 2006.
Adjunct Professor, Securities Law, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe (ITESM), 2014.
He has several publications and actively participates as speaker in specialized forums.