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Javier Pichardini

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Javier Pichardini is a finance and corporate associate in the firm's Mexico City office. His practice focuses on structured finance, banking, real estate, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. 

He brings more than 12 years of experience in representing financial institutions and debtor companies in respect to international credit facilities, structured finance, project finance and restructurings, and acts as legal counsel to corporations and private equity funds with respect to mergers and acquisitions, as well as joint ventures.

Bar admissionsMexico

EXPERIENCE

Representative matters:

  • Advised on financing of one of the largest solar farm projects in Latin America, deriving from the second long-term energy auction for the wholesale electric power market organized by the National Energy Control Center (CENACE) of Mexico and developed by a consortium led by a major Spanish operator in renewables, with a US$264 million financing (MIREC 2019 Project of the Year award)
  • Advised Alsea, a multi-brand restaurant operator with operations in Mexico, Latin America and Europe, in its more than US$1billion debt restructuring and related US$500 million issuance of senior notes due 2026 and Euro$300 million of senior notes due 2027 issued by a subsidiary
  • Advised Banco Compartamos S.A. Institución de Banca Múltiple, Mexico’s largest microfinance institution, in obtaining US$70 million in loans from Citi, the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to be used to provide loans to primarily women-owned small businesses in Mexico
  • Advised Bancomext (Mexico's export credit agency), in the MXN$400,000,000 financing to Mota Engil, a leading Portuguese conglomerate in the construction sector, for the development of Parque Urbano Aztlan, a multi-purpose park in a space of 6 hectares within the Bosque de Chapultepec in Mexico City
  • Advised Grupo Sports World, one of the largest managers of family sporting clubs in Mexico, in the refinancing of debt with HSBC, Banco Santander and Arrendadora Actinver, achieving financial flexibility during a general suspension of operations deriving from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advised Fondo de Transporte Mexico (today Grupo Traxion), a holding company of leading subsidiaries in the logistics, cargo, personnel and student transportation sectors, in various acquisitions of transportation companies and rounds of financings with leading private equity firms in Mexico
  • Advised real estate development group controlled by Bankia and CaixaBank in its divestment of prime real estate assets in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos
  • Advised Banobras, the largest state-owned development bank in Mexico, on various financings for the provision of transport services, conditioning and recovery of fluids, during drilling, completion and repair of wells
  • Advised Crédito Real, a publicly traded financial services provider, in its US$500 million issuance of senior notes due 2028, as well as in the concurrent tender offer and consent solicitation for US$215 million, in connection with its 7.250% Senior Notes due 2023
  • Advised lenders, including Bancomext (Mexico's export credit agency) and Actinver, in the MX$1.8 billion financing to a leading Mexican airline
  • Advised Crédito Real, a publicly traded financial services provider, in obtaining various bilateral and syndicated financings with Credit Suisse AG, BNP Paribas, and Barclays Bank PLC.
  • Advised Biofields (now Grupo Alego) in a subordinated loan from Banco Santander for capital financing for one of Mexico’s largest photovoltaic power stations
  • Represented investment banking firms as underwriters in various IPO and follow-on securities offerings of Mexican REITS (FIBRAS)
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a US$196 million, 118-megawatt wind farm in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, developed by a Spanish Mexican renewable energy company
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a MX$4 billion penitentiary in the Mexican State of Veracruz through a PPP between a global telecommunications, broadcast and media group and the Ministry of the Interior
  • Advised on financing for the maintenance and conservation of a 335 km section of the Matehuala-Saltillo highway in the Mexican states of San Luis Potosí and Coahuila through a MX$1.7 billion PPP between Avanzia, a subsidiary of Grupo ACS a major Spanish construction public company and Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport 
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a MX$3 billion hospital in Mexico City through a PPP between Sacyr, a Spanish leading construction public company and Mexico’s Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers management public company and the Municipal Water and Sanitation Board of Chihuahua
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a US$100 million 100-megawatt electric power plant in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, developed by a Mexican subsidiary of a major private equity investor in energy companies
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a 70-megawatt Yucatan Peninsula wind farm, developed by a Mexican renewable energy company and Envision Energy, a global wind turbine technology company headquartered in Shanghai
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a desalination plant in Baja California through a PPP between the North American Development Bank, a Mexican-North American consortium and the State Water Commission of Baja California 
  • Advised on financing for the maintenance and conservation of a 292 km section of the Saltillo-Monterrey-La Gloria highway in the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas through a MX$2.3 billion PPP between a Mexican consortium and Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport 
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a MX$1.8 billion hospital in Tapachula, Chiapas through a PPP between Prodemex, a major Mexican construction company and the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) 
  • Advised on financing for the maintenance and conservation of a 413 km section of the Campeche-Merida highway in the Mexican States of Campeche and Yucatan through a MX$1.9 billion PPP between a Mexican consortium and Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a MX$1.7 billion hospital in Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit through a PPP involving Prodemex, a major Mexican construction company 
  • Advised on financing for the maintenance and conservation of a 183 km section of a highway in the Mexican state of Hidalgo between Sacyr, a Spanish leading construction public company
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a MX$1.5 billion hospital in the Mexican state of Tabasco through a PPP between Prodemex, a major Mexican construction company and Mexico’s Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers 
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a MX$1.5 billion hospital in Tepic, Nayarit through a PPP between a Mexican banking company and Mexico’s Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers
  • Advised on financing for the rehabilitation and operation of two residual water treatment plants in the Mexican state of Chihuahua through a PPP between Engie, a major French water and waste 
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a residual water treatment plant in Cuernavaca, Morelos through a PPP between a Mexican subsidiary of a major home utility company and an industrial and commercial company owned by the municipality of Medellin, Colombia and the State Water Commission of Morelos 
  • Advised on financing for the construction and operation of a solar farm in the Mexican State of Durango, developed by Eosol, a Spanish renewable energy company and a major infrastructure asset management company
  • Advised on MX1.5 billion sale of assets by Crédito Real from its small and medium enterprises business in Mexico (SMEs Mexico), owned by its subsidiary CREAL Arrendamiento
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
Education
  • Master of Laws, Universidad Panamericana (2024)

    Postgraduate Degree in Finance and Corporate Law, Universidad Panamericana, (2016)

    J.D., Universidad Panamericana,
    Academic Excellence Scholarship, (2015)

Awards

  • The Legal 500 Latin America
    • Recommended, Mexico Banking and Finance (2023 - 2024)
    • Recommended, Mexico Mergers and Acquisitions (2023 - 2024

Publications

  • "The Trust: A suitable legal instrument for securing finance transactions and infrastructure projects in Mexico" May, 2023

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Javier was the Head of Legal in the Project Finance Division at a major bank in Mexico. He additionally worked as an associate at a large transactional law firm in Mexico City.

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