David Jiménez has over thirty years’ professional experience and is an expert in energy, administrative, corporate-commercial and international private law. Prior to joining Garrigues, he was lead partner at the Mexico office of the US law firm Chadbourne & Parke.
He has a wealth of experience in the corporate, transactional and regulatory practice areas in Mexico, which has given him the opportunity to take part in some of the most important projects seen in recent years in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has represented project developers, financial institutions and government agencies, as well as private equity funds. He also advised private entities in relation to the recent energy reform and has been involved in the main infrastructure privatization processes undertaken by the Mexican government. In addition, he has advised multi-national corporations and consortia in relation to numerous public tenders, as well as mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sector, including public-private partnership schemes.
The other partner taken on by Garrigues is Mario Juárez. He has over twenty years’ experience in the practice of law and has been, until now, a partner at the Mexican firm Ritch Mueller, where he has spent a large part of his professional career. He is an expert in international banking and financial transactions, project finance—particularly in the infrastructure sector—, syndicated transactions, structured financing operations, and equity and debt issues in Mexico and the United States. In addition, he has ample experience representing investors and private equity funds, both local and foreign, in relation to mergers and acquisitions.
Mario Juárez has advised major institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC, a United States government agency) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC, a member of the World Bank Group). He worked at the Washington DC offices of IFC between 2006 and 2008 as an in-house lawyer, advising on complex investment operations in Latin American institutions and corporations as well as in other regions such as China, Nigeria or Turkey.
With these new hirings, Garrigues’ Mexico office, which was opened in July 2014 and is led by Antonio Bulnes, now has over 25 lawyers, including 6 partners, and covers the corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, tax, public law, and infrastructure and energy practice areas. At regional level, these latest hirings will help consolidate the teams which Garrigues has in the corporate, financial and energy and infrastructure areas.
In the words of Javier Ybáñez, the partner in charge of Garrigues’ Latin American practice, “We are very proud indeed of the team that we are putting together. We are sure that David and Mario will make major contributions through their work, helping to strengthen the firm and reinforce its position as a benchmark for both Mexican and foreign companies and institutions. Our goal in Mexico in the short term is to continue growing and improving the services offered to our clients. We are also consolidating a major presence in the region through the opening of our own fully integrated offices, which work together in coordination to offer clients maximum added value, not only locally in each individual country, but at regional level”.
Garrigues has over one hundred lawyers in Latin America, including 28 partners, working out of its offices in Mexico City, Bogota, Santiago de Chile and São Paulo.