Jorge Sánchez is a partner at Haynes and Boone, SC in Mexico City. He is engaged in transactions related to a wide range of corporate and financial matters, including equity and asset transactions, M&A (domestic, cross-border and international), banking and finance, antitrust, mining and natural resources, spin-offs, distribution and franchising, public procurement, defense and security contracts, business-oriented advice on complex cross-border transactional matters, shareholder agreements and the formation of business consortia, joint ventures, comprehensive counseling for asset financing and leasing transactions, structured finance, banking regulatory work, restructuring, securitization, structuring of trusts, risk identification, secure and unsecured commercial credit transactions and commodity finance.
The team he leads regularly handles a number of multi-jurisdictional mining transactions involving complex takeovers, acquisitions, disposals, project financings, mining deals with distressed situations, debt refinancings, initial exploration and claim staking, joint ventures, operations and closures, regulatory and compliance issues, and community issues. His experience covers practically the entire spectrum of mining ventures, from precious and base metals to industrial minerals and trading of coal.
Among the clients he represents there are large Canadian and international mining companies, trading houses, investment banks and lending institutions.
He is a mediator certified by the Mexican National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) and an active member of the Mexican Institute of Mediation (Instituto Mexicano de la Mediación, A.C.).
Jorge is also an active member of several committees of the International Bar Association (IBA), a founding member of the Young Council of the Latin American Regional forum of the IBA, the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), the Mining Task Force at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, and Chairs the Mining Committee of the Australia, New Zealand Mexico Business Council (ANZMEX) of which he was President (2004-2011) and is also engaged with the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC). Jorge is a member of the Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana - Colegio de Abogados, A.C.) and the National Association of Corporate Attorneys (ANADE), and was a member of the Joint Experts Group (JEG) appointed in 2007 by the Mexican and Australian Governments to issue a recommendation on the potential negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement. Participant in the JEG's Meetings held in Adelaide, Australia (April 2007) and Mexico city (June 2007).
Jorge completed a Specialization Course in International European Policy at the Instituto Matías Romero (Ministry of Foreign Affiairs) in 1998-1999.
Jorge has also been a professor of Banking and Financial Law and Contracts Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México since 2007.
Selected Client Representations
- Represented a global trading company in the secured financing of a Mexican subsidiary of a Canadian mining group for the production of zinc and lead concentrates to be sold and exported to said global company.
- Represented a global trading company in the increase of a credit facility for up to US$500 million for the financing of its purchases of metal concentrates (copper, zinc, lead, gold and silver concentrates), iron ore, refined and scrap metals from third party Mexican suppliers.
- Represented a Mexican subsidiary of a Canadian TSX listed company and its Mexican subsidiary in the negotiation and implementation of the acquisition of 55 percent undivided interest in a group of large gold and silver mining concessions. Deal value of US$87 million.
- Represented a global company in the negotiations and execution of a contract with CFE for the purchase of ashes (2,300 tons) and slags (7,100 tons) that are residual materials generated in the thermoelectric plants of the CFE as a result of the coal-based process to produce electricity.
- Represented an investment company in a proposed acquisition of two Mexican subsidiaries of a Canadian mining group. Deal value of US$80 million.
- Represented an international furniture company in the direct acquisition by an investment fund of an important furniture production facility in southern Mexico.
- Represented a global company in the increase of a credit facility for up to US$350 million for the financing of its purchases of metal concentrates (copper, zinc, lead, gold and silver concentrates), iron ore, refined and scrap metals from third party Mexican suppliers.
- Represented a global midstream and downstream energy company in its proposed acquisition of a port facility in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Represented one of the most important packaging companies in: (i) the Americas in the negotiation and execution of a US$40 million loan; and (ii) in a syndicated loan facility arranged by Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., and J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC. Deal value of USD$80 million.
- Represented a global company in mining, commodities trading, real estate development and energy projects in the structuring, financing and development of one of the largest iron ore projects in Michoacan, Mexico.
- Represented a consortium formed by an investment fund and a manufacturer of base load power plants and renewable energy facilities in the development of one such facility in Western Mexico.
- Represented a global company in the foreclosure of an industrial mortgage involving several mining concessions located in Sonora. Deal value of US$23 million.
- Represented the Mexican subsidiary of a TSX listed company in the regulatory and corporate issues for the development of a mining project, located in Southeast Mexico, including advice in the creation of a residual water plant.
- Represented a European bank and a global company in the structured and secured lending for the financing of different mining projects in Mexico for the exploration, exploitation and distribution of metallic and non-metallic mineral concentrates. Deal value of US$200 million.
- Represented a real estate division of an international company in the acquisition of assets from a Mexican warehousing company in order to establish its own warehousing division in Mexico.
- Several international financial services entities on financial, regulatory and material liability aspects related to the trading of metals, coal and other commodities in Mexico.
- Provided specific advice to a leading Spanish energy firm in connection with the assignment of an energy project between an international banking institution and CFE deriving from a bidding procedure for financed public works at the nuclear plant in the State of Veracruz, Mexico (Laguna Verde). Deal value of US$680 million.
- Represented a Japanese group in relation to an investment in the industrial Port of Altamira.
- Represented a global company in a major financing for the construction and exploitation of a copper processing plant in Mexico.
- Represented a UK privately owned hedge fund sponsor in its negotiations for the proposed acquisition of a 6th generation ultra-deep-water semi-submersible drilling rig by a fund sponsor.
- Represented a global company in its successful participation in an international open public bidding procedure called by Comisión Federal de Electricidad to acquire mineral thermal coal. Deal value of MXN 116 million.
- Represented a global company in a major financing for the exploration and exploitation of a zinc and lead mining concession.
- Represented a mining company in an agreement for the long-term exploration and exploitation an ongoing iron mining concern in western Mexico. Deal value of US$30 million.
- Represented a worldwide organization through its marine division in the financing of the construction of two vessels in a Mexican shipyard.
- Acted for a financing entity in connection with a credit facility to finance the exploitation of an ongoing lead and zinc mining concern in Northwestern Mexico. Deal value of US$200,000.
Selected Publications and Speeches
- "Derecho de los Negocios Internacionales," co-author, International Business Law, First Edition, Editorial Porrúa, 2008.
- "Mexico Takes Important Steps Forward in the Combat of Cartels and Implementation of Leniency Programs," The Antitrust Review of the Americas, 2007 and 2008.
- "Regulatory, Legal and Tax Framework for International Cash Management Under Mexican Law," co-author, Cash Pooling Association, 2007.
- "In Line with International Standards: Mexico's New Securities Market Law," Latin Lawyer Magazine, 2006.
- "Guide on Agency and Distribution Agreements in Mexico," Kluwer Law, 2006.
- Australia and New Zealand business Council (ANZMEX) International Bar Association
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce and member of its Legislative Committee
- National Association of Corporate Attorneys (Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa, A.C.)
- Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana - Colegio de Abogados, A.C.)
- Mexican Chamber of Commerce (CANACO)
- Mexican Institute of Mediation (Instituto Mexicano de la Mediación, A.C.)
- Mexican Mining Chamber (Cámara Minera de México)
- Mining Task Force - Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Chambers Global 2014, Corporate/M&A
- Chambers Latin America: Corporate/M&A; Energy & Natural Resources and Projects 2011-2014
- Chambers Mexico, Corporate/M&A 2014
- Who's Who in Mining, 2014