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Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.

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Managing Partner: Gabriel del Valle Mendiola
Number of partners: 21 Number of other lawyers: 70 Counsels: 1

Firm Overview:
Ritch Mueller is a top tier firm that strives to achieve results that exceed expectations. The firm is committed to providing sophisticated legal advice and add value to clients by delivering high quality legal products and services. The firm represents domestic and international clients in respect to their business transactions in Mexico, working hand in hand with them in structuring and implementing solutions that meet each of their needs, and measuring the firm's success based on their satisfaction. The professional team has studied in the most recognised universities in Mexico, United States and Europe, and the majority has postgraduate studies and working experience in reputable law firms abroad.

Main Areas Of Practice:

Arbitration & Dispute Resolution:
The firm has developed a solid reputation in the field of institutional and ad-hoc mediation and arbitration. It has extensive experience in disputes related to infrastructure and energy project finance, as well as in other sectors such as real estate, financial, commercial, M&A, retail and corporate matters. The lawyers are active members of the most prestigious national and international institutions and associations related to arbitration. The name partner who heads this practice is a member and co-founder of the Mexican Mediation Institute, and has acted as arbitration, presiding over international panels.

The firm has significant experience and proven expertise in all aspects of aviation law. It represents clients in the development of Mexican airport infrastructure and in the pursuit of corporate strategies in this sector and delivers advice for the financing of aircraft objects and space assets. It represents airport developers and operators, aircraft and helicopter manufacturers, engine companies, airlines, satellite launch companies and satellite operator, as well as aircraft lessors, export credit agencies and financial institutions.

Banking & Finance:
The firm represents Mexican, international and multilateral banks, as well as other financial intermediaries in secured and un-secured, non-recourse (asset-backed), bilateral and syndicated lending transactions of different levels of complexity involving Mexican obligors or assets. The firm’s steady presence in the market has allowed it to participate in all phases of the credit cycle, including origination in bull markets as well as restructuring in the context of regional or global crises. It has advised the majority of foreign financial institutions that have established subsidiaries in Mexico, in their authorisation processes. The firm’s banking and finance team also advises international and domestic banks, as well as industry organisations such as ISDA and the Mexican Banking Association in their derivatives work in Mexico.

Capital Markets:
The firm constantly represents international and local broker dealers and investment banks as well as issuers in private and public offerings of debt and equity securities by Mexican issuers in the international markets. The firm’s domestic expertise covers equity, debt and structured securities offerings, including asset-backed securities, CKDs, CERPIs, FIBRAS-E (MLPs), real estate FIBRAS (REITs) and bank capitalisation notes. It also specialises in the establishment and operation of investment funds, as well as in the registration of non-Mexican issuers in the Mexican market and has advised non-Mexican issuers in respect of the offering of non-Mexican securities in Mexico.

Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Investigations:
The firm advises Mexican and multinational clients with respect to sensitive and relevant issues, participating in the development of their compliance programs to assist in mitigating risks effectively, as well as in critical crisis response issues, including high stake investigations and the representation of their clients before enforcement agencies and courts.

Competition & Antitrust:
The firm provides advice on the concepts, regulations and procedures associated with merger clearance and merger control issues (such as gun jumping cases and investigations for illegal concentrations) and investigations for abuse of dominance, cartels (including applications to leniency programs), barriers to entry and essential inputs. The firm also advises clients on the design and implementation of antitrust and competition due diligence and compliance programs. It is particularly active in all aspects of the merger clearance procedure of complex transactions.

Energy & Infrastructure Projects:
The firm represents national and international lenders, investors, developers and contractors in connection with the financing, development and implementation of energy and infrastructure projects, including, among others, power (renewables and conventional), oil and gas (upstream, midstream and downstream), roads, water treatment, airports and ports. The firm’s representation includes all stages of the projects, including project financing, bidding processes, project development, equity investment and divestiture, due diligence, regulatory matters, permitting, land and rights of way, offtake agreements, engineering, procurement, construction, operation, maintenance and other related agreements.

Environmental & Social Impact:
The environmental and social impact group is fully integrated with all other practice areas. Services are focused on environmental, regulatory and sociocultural aspects of energy, industrial, infrastructure and real estate projects, including administrative filings with federal, state, and municipal authorities, environmental impact, environmental due diligence, rulemaking, sociocultural impact assessment, prior consultation, wastes, national waters, emissions to the atmosphere, interpretation of environmental zoning and urban development zoning plans, federal maritime zone, climate change, management of filings to obtain authorisations, permits, and registrations for energy projects, pollution of water, soil, and air.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm advises purchasers and sellers (including local and international private equity firms) in mergers and acquisitions involving publicly traded and private companies in Mexico as well as in respect of sales of cash flow generating assets located in Mexico. The firm has structured and implemented transactions of varying degrees of complexity (including public tender offers, corporate reorganisations and combinations and leveraged acquisitions) involving companies engaged in a wide variety of activities as well as different types of infrastructure assets located throughout Mexico.

Real Estate:
The firm represents developers, lenders and private equity investors in connection with real estate projects involving all asset classes. The firm has vast experience representing real estate investment trusts in their equity and debt investments in Mexico and is familiar with the various tax and regulatory issues that arise in connection with such investments. The firm is actively involved in the formation of private and public real estate funds in Mexico.

Restructurings & Insolvency:
The firm has been a leader in major corporate restructurings, having participated in some of the largest and most complex national and cross-border restructurings and insolvencies that have arisen in Mexico. The firm has successfully reorganised businesses in the fields of aviation, satellite communications, housing and real estate development, industrial production and telecommunications, dealing with complex antitrust, derivatives and complex financial structures. The partner who heads this practice has participated as conciliator (conciliador), bankruptcy trustee (síndico) and government appointed commissioner in over twenty of the largest bankruptcy proceedings in Mexico, successfully reaching agreements with the majority of the creditors, achieving the preservation of the relevant business.

The firm has a multidisciplinary tax practice that provides targeted advice in transactions within all other practice areas. The firm is active in projects seeking tax efficient solutions within the confines of regulatory compliance and in line with recent Mexican court precedents. The firm also participates in tax diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions, transfer pricing analysis, and the review of taw implications of financial models, as well as in audit procedures and tax litigation.


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