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Javier Pichardini

Javier Pichardini

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About

Javier Pichardini is a finance, restructuring, energy, infrastructure and corporate associate in the firm's Mexico City office. His practice focuses on structured finance, restructuring, energy, infrastructure and construction, 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.

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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
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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