Luis Moreno is a dual licensed attorney in both Mexico (1991) and the State of New York (1997), has broad private and public sector experience, including the Mexican Ministry of Finance, the International Legal Department of PEMEX, International Legal Counselor for the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, in New York City, and an associate attorney for the founding partner of the law firm, Santamarina y Steta, S.C., in Mexico City.
Mr. Moreno now leads the real estate and hospitality practices in our Mexico City Office, and has extensive experience in (i) structuring and planning of various bi-national mortgage programs for US major non bank banks and mortgage companies, (ii) long term lease agreements with multinational corporations on build-to-suit industrial buildings in Mexico and off-balance sheet financing, (iii) acquisition and development of major hotel projects in various of the country’s most renowned beach resorts, (iv) preparation and negotiation of hotel operation agreements, (v) structuring and planning of fractional programs for various hotel developers and operators, (vi) financing of industrial real estate portfolios and mortgage securitization programs; (vii) development, construction and financing of golf courses and high-end residential projects in major Mexican beach resorts, (viii) restructuring and workouts of major hotel development financing, (ix) sale-lease-back transactions involving top industrial and commercial building facilities in Mexico, and (x) general corporate and finance practice, including his participation in a number of syndicated bank loans, debt restructuring of Mexican companies, mergers and acquisitions, and the privatization of government-controlled companies.
Mr. Moreno has been recognized by prestigious international publications in the legal field as one of Mexico’s top leading real estate practitioners. Such publications include Chambers, Chambers & Partners, Real Estate in Mexico, 2013; Chambers Latin America, Chambers & Partners, 2010, 2014 and 2016-2017; Latin Lawyer 250, Law Business Research Ltd., 2010 and 2016; Best Lawyers Mexico, Woodward/White, Inc., 2015-2016; and Who’s Who Legal: Mexico, Law Business Research Ltd., 2010 and 2015. Mr. Moreno was also recognized as one of the "most highly regarded individuals" for Real Estate in Latin America by Who's Who Legal: Real Estate, Law Business Research Ltd., 2015.