Gonzalez Calvillo advised Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.P.A., as agent, and a group of Lenders in the syndicated financing to Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini S.P.A. (FILA)

Mexico City, November 15th, 2022 – Gonzalez Calvillo acted as legal counsel to Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.P.A., as agent, and a group of Lenders in the EUR€437 million (approx.) syndicated financing to F.I.L.A. – Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini S.p.A. (“FILA”) – an Italian company and leader in the art and writing materials industry, listed on the “Borsa Italiana” (the Italian stock exchange).

The transaction involved, among others, the accession of the Mexican subsidiary of FILA – Grupo Fila-Dixon, S.A. de C.V. – to the syndicated loan agreement, as guarantor.

Therefore, it was necessary to review and negotiate the foreign documents in order to ensure their legal validity in Mexico.

Finally, the deal was particularly challenging given that it involved two separate jurisdictions (Mexico and Italy). As such, the structure was negotiated at-length and required to conform different concepts from foreign law into a Mexican-law governed transaction.

GC’s team was led by partner José Ignacio Rivero, associates Jacinto Ávalos and Luis Ernesto Brieño, with law clerk Maite Robledo.

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José Ignacio Rivero Andere


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Jacinto Ávalos Capín


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Luis Ernesto Breño Jiménez


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Maite Robledo Saldívar

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