César Ramirez is a foreign associate in the Real Estate and Finance and Corporate Practice Groups. He focuses his practice in finance, real estate, energy, general corporate, acquisitions, and foreign investment in Mexico.
César completed a Certificate in Business Administration at the IE Business School.
His experience includes, among other transactions:
- Counseling U.S. investors and structuring the acquisition of retail shopping centers in Mexico.
- $200 million investment in high-end real estate residential and hospitality projects in Mexico.
- Representation of a Mexican industrial real estate developer in the structure and negotiation of a major transaction of $180 million investment in Mexican industrial portfolio with one of the most important pension funds of the United States.
- Counseling U.S. and Mexican investors and structuring the incorporation and operation of multi-purpose financial company (Sociedad Financiera de Objeto Múltiple).
- Representation of a major Mexican industrial real estate developer with a portfolio of more than a million square meters.
- Acquisitions of industrial properties (land and finished buildings) in Mexico, including representation in negotiations related to the development, construction and management of industrial properties in Mexico.
- Counseling major multinational retailer in the acquisition and lease of land in Mexico, including representation in negotiations related to the development, construction, lease and management of retail shopping centers.
- Assist Gamesa Technology Corp. in the due diligence of all ejido properties for the long-term supply agreement executed with developer Cannon Power to build wind farms in Mexico's Baja California.
- Participation in the due diligence and the corporate and regulatory advice to Afore XXI in its bid and agreement to acquire Afore Bancomer from Spain's Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) for about $1.6 billion.
- Counseling Tarahumara Pipeline, S. de R.L. de C.V., a subsidiary of Grupo Fermaca, which was selected as the winning bid in a public auction by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to build and operate the natural gas pipeline for the northern region of Mexico in the state of Chihuahua. The 237-mile 36-inch natural gas transmission pipeline will cost more than US$440 million to build.
- Counseling Grupo Fermaca with the acquisition by Partners Group, a global private equity firm headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, of a majority stake in Fermaca from New York private equity firm, Ospraie. The transaction was valued at $750 million and funded through a combination of mezzanine debt and equity.
- "Development Capital Certificates (CKDs)," Real Estate Newsletter of the International Bar Association, Vol. 15, September 2011.
- "The bet for the financial recovery," International Financial Law Review (IFLR), Euromoney Publication, Supplement - Real Estate - September, 2010.
- Real Estate Law: Selected matters and perspective of the Market, Second Part of Chapter 9, "Mortgage-backed securitisations and Development Capital Certificates: The future of the securitisations in the real estate market," UNAM-ITAM-Porrúa, 2010.
- "Mortgage-backed securitisations: a rapidly growing market," Real Estate Law Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, Vol. 10, No. 1, September 2006.
- "Secured Lending Reforms in México,” Texas Transnational Law Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 3, November 2003.
- "New Law will stimulate Mexican Mortgage Market," North American Free Trade and Investment Report, Vol. 13, No. 3, February 2003; Latin American Law and Business Report, Vol. 11, No. 1, January 2003; and Mexican Forecast, Vol. XII, No. 1, January 2003.
Selected Representative Experience
Equity Rollover Transaction for Mexican Energy Project Developer
Represented Grupo Fermaca S.A. de C.V., a market leader in the development and operation of energy infrastructure in Mexico, in connection with the acquisition by Partners Group, a global private equity firm headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, of a majority stake in the company from its parent, New York private equity firm Ospraie.
Multi-Billion Pension Fund Purchase
Represented Afore XXI in its bid and agreement to acquire Afore Bancomer from Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) for about $1.6 billion. Conducted due diligence, gave regulatory and corporate advice and worked on the Mexican and New York legal aspects of the bid documents and transaction agreements.
Acquisition of Hotel Nikko Mexico
Represented Hyatt International Inc. in the acquisition of the 756-room Hotel Nikko Mexico for approximately $190 million from Japan-Mexico Hotel Investment Co., Ltd.
Corporate, Tax, and Contract Matters in Mexico - Energy Services
Advising clients on doing business in Mexico and Pemex contracts and bids.
Buena Vista Hospitality Group
$200 million investment in high end real estate residential and hospitality projects in Mexico.
Asset Purchase Agreement
Represented GRUPO TMM in its purchase of assets from DaimlerChrylser Services de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Auto Convoy Mexicano, S.A. de C.V.
Joint Venture in Mexico - Restaurants
Advising U.S. client on joint venture for restaurants in Mexico.
Merger and Acquisition in Mexico
Advising U.S. client on disposition of line of business in Mexico.
Cypress Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
Representation of a Mexican industrial real estate developer in the structure and negotiation of a major investment transaction of $180 million investment in Mexican industrial portfolio with one of the most important pension funds of the United States.
09/10/2010 - The bet for financial recovery
The global financial crisis started to show its effects in the middle of 2007 and into 2008 and 2009. This is true more than ever in the real estate industry than in any other one.