Michell’s main areas of work are structured and acquisition finance, M&A, banking, capital markets, real estate and workouts. Michell has been involved in a wide variety of matters in the finance and M&A sectors. His background includes many of the largest and most complex transactions ever done in Mexico and the development of products and structures for clients which have had significant impacts in the banking, real estate, capital markets and M&A industries, including the creation of the money transfer system for remittances from the U.S. to Mexico in 1996. He has also represented investors in M&A transactions in a variety of industries such as the acquisition of Aseguradora Hidalgo by MetLife for US$1 billion, the acquisition of Unefon (a mobile telecoms service provider) by Iusacell, the US$4 bn sole of the real estate portfolios of GE Real Estate to Blackstone, and the sale of Iusacell by Grupo Salinas to ATT for US$2.4 billion. Michell has also participated in multiple finance transactions including intangibles, real estate, telecommunication networks, infrastructure and power plants. He has worked on some of the largest debt restructurings in Mexico including AHMSA, GEO, URBI, Comerci, Iusacell and Grupo Mexico. He has worked on a number of leveraged acquisitions representing lenders or purchasers of listed companies in Mexico in the textile, steel and telecommunications industries and has advised clients in multiple acquisitions and divestitures of banks, pension funds, insurance, telephony and real estate companies. He has been very active in capital markets deals representing sponsors of Fibras, CKDs and issuers of bonds in Mexican and global offerings. He has led a number of novel securities offerings in Mexico including a number of investment funds (CKDs), real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs), and a recent registration of a Fibra E (Mexican MLP). He advised the Mexican government in creating the structure for the PPP model for Mexican infrastructure projects and has worked extensively with local governments in the development of their legal and regulatory frameworks for PPPs.
Qualified in 1979. Universidad Iberoamericana Law School 1973-77 (highest honours). Georgetown University Law Center (Master of Comparative Law) 1979-80. Lecturer on Comparative and Commercial Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Alternate Delegate of Mexico at the XIX Session of the United Nations Commission of International Trade Law as Alternate Delegate of Mexico (June-July 1986). Has spoken in multiple national and international forums.
Michell regularly writes articles on his areas of expertise and contributes to specialized publications. Recent examples include: Chambers and Partners Latin America Mexico Country Overview for the past four years and Latin Lawyer Bank Financing Mexico Questionnaire for the past three years.