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Gonzalo Vargas
Gonzalo Vargas

Gonzalo Vargas

Partner

Business-oriented legal practitioner

About

Gonzalo is partner at the firm since 1991. He is a transactional attorney with over 30 years of experience providing legal and business advice to multinational and Mexican companies, with focus in the areas of projects and infrastructure, oil and gas, energy, power generation, petrochemicals, joint ventures, government procurement -public bids and regulatory matters-, real estate, as well as in ADR and arbitration -acting as expert witness in domestic and international arbitration proceedings-.

Being recognized as a business-oriented practitioner, Gonzalo is an active member of the boards of directors of several joint venture companies. He has also experience in cross-border investments, M&A transactions, corporate finance, sophisticated corporate structures, and disputes between shareholders.

“Market commentators commend his ability to suggest alternatives” Chambers & Partners

He has developed critical knowledge and made key contacts through his work with national and multinational developers, financial institutions, general contractors, management companies, architectural firms, sponsors, brokers, service companies and other clients in a broad range of transactions (including cross-border) related to the real estate sector, including their participation in international public and private bids associated with the acquisition of major real estate assets or construction of infrastructure.

Additionally, he is knowledgeable about the management of distressed assets, being widely recognized in the Mexican legal and business sectors due to his experience in the implementation of sophisticated purchase and sale schemes for golf courses, clubs, hotels and other type of properties.

Experience

  • Represented Proyectos del Norte Avviare in the acquisition of properties according to the company’s development plans, including due diligence analysis, planning, construction, operation, coordination and management of the various projects.
  • Represents InterContinental Hotel Group in all their legal negotiations, including the structuring and agreements related with the development of their business operations.
  • Represented Hidrocarburos del Sureste in its US$38 million EPC contract for the design, construction and start-up of a private-owned marine off-shore hydrocarbon storage terminal.

Awards & Recognitions

Project Finance & Infrastructure, Latin Lawyer 250

Construction & Real Estate ranked lawyer, Who’s Who Legal

Listed in the Real Estate Expert Guide, an Euromoney Institutional Investor publication

Corporate and M&A law recognized lawyer, Best Lawyers

Real Estate law recognized lawyer, Best Lawyers

Education

Certification as mediator by the U.S.-Mexico Conflict Resolution Center (2000) International Commercial Arbitration Studies, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Mexico (1996) Tax Graduate Studies, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico (1986) J.D. with Honors (law degree equivalent), Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico City (1985)

Memberships

International Bar Association (IBA) International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), widely recognized as one of the world’s more reliable sources for expertise and counseling in the hospitality industry, membership by invitation

Languages

Spanish – English