Raúl Fernández-Briseño | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Raul Fernandez-Briseno
Raul Fernandez-Briseno

Raúl Fernández-Briseño

Partner, Mexico City

Raúl Fernández-Briseño is an experienced M&A lawyer with particular knowledge of the real estate, shipping, aviation and telecommunications sectors.

Overview

Raúl Fernández-Briseño is an experienced lawyer in the areas of M&A and financing with particular knowledge of the real estate, shipping, aviation and telecommunications sectors.

Raúl is a partner in the Firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, based in Mexico City. He focuses on general corporate matters, complex mergers and acquisitions, bank financing, joint ventures and cross-border transactions across a broad range of industries. His experience covers real estate and equipment financing (such as shipping and aircraft), regulatory issues in the telecommunications, satellite, maritime and railway industries, and project finance related matters.

Raúl has developed a strong track record in M&A, asset financings and complex restructuring matters in the telecommunications, media and technology sector.

In 2016, Raúl was named by Expansión magazine as one of the "30 promises for a challenging year", recognizing young professionals that give innovative solutions to daily challenges.

Bars and Courts

  • Authorized to practice law in Mexico

Education

  • LLM, McGill University, (Montreal, Canada) Institute of Air & Space Law
  • Attorney at Law (Abogado), Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Experience

Aeropuertos Mexicanos del Pacífico / Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico – hostile takeover bid by Grupo México, 2015

Raúl represented Aeropuertos Mexicanos del Pacífico, (AMP), the controlling entity and strategic partner of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) in a dispute against Grupo México, before the Mexican Supreme Court regarding the validity of anti-takeover provisions contained in GAP’s by-laws. GAP is a public company listed on both the Mexican and the New York Stock Exchanges that operates 12 airport concessions in Mexico. The Supreme Court decision confirming the validity of the by-laws is a historic decision by Mexico’s judicial branch since it is the first time the Supreme Court reviewed a case regarding the application of the Stock Exchange Law (enacted in 2006).

The Bank of Nova Scotia US$ 90 Million Syndicated Fixed Asset Loan Facility, 2015

Raúl represented Scotiabank Inverlat, as administrative agent, sole lead arranger, security agent and lender in a US$ 90 Million syndicated fixed asset loan facility granted to Ragasa Industrias and Ragasa Inmuebles, one of the leading producers of cooking oil and other related products in Mexico under the brand "Nutrioli" among others. The facility involves an initial disbursement of US$30 million, with the possibility to increase the facility for an additional amount of up to MXN$ 987 Million (US$60 Million). The proceeds of the loan will be used to build a new Refinery Plant and Mill, assets that have been granted as security for the loan.

GE Capital Aviation Services Sale of Airbus A-320 to Aviation Capital Group Corp., 2015

Raúl represented GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) as existing owner participant and Aviation Capital Group Corp. (ACG) as new owner participant in connection with the transfer of rights over an Airbus A-320 aircraft currently under a trust and leased to Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación (d/b/a Volaris), a Mexican low-cost carrier. Our Mexico City office acted as transaction counsel in negotiating the assignment and amendment documents and in the registration process of the lease amendment documentation with the Mexican aeronautical authorities.

BlackRock's Acquisition of I Cuadrada, 2015

Raúl represented BlackRock Inc. in the acquisition of Infraestructura Institucional, (I Cuadrada), a Mexican leading independently managed firm in Mexico which invests across a broad range of infrastructure projects in Mexico. The transaction required certain regulatory and corporate approvals, including antitrust clearance.

The Bank of Nova Scotia MXN 800 Million (US$60 Million) and US$8 Million Syndicated Facilities, 2015

Raúl represented The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank Inverlat) as administrative agent and lender in a MXN 800 million (US$60 million) syndicated facility granted to Centennial TWR México, and in a concurrent facility (through Colpatria) of US$8 million to Centennial Colombia. Both borrowers are private companies providing lease space in sites for the installation of telecom antennas and other transmission equipment. The borrowers' primary customers are the major telephone carriers. The proceeds of the loans will be used to refinance existing debt, finance the acquisition of new sites and fund working capital.

Acquisition of 33 percent Stake in Aeropuertos Mexicanos del Pacífico (AMP), 2014

Raúl represented Controladora Mexicana de Aeropuertos, S.A. de C.V. (CMA) in the US$222 million acquisition from Desarrollo de Concesiones Aeroportuarias, S.L., a Spanish subsidiary of infrastructure conglomerate Abertis (Abertis), of its 33 percent in AMP, the controlling entity of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP). GAP is a public company listed on both the Mexican and New York Stock Exchanges that operates 12 airport concessions in Mexico. The transaction included the exercise of a right of first refusal by CMA. Previously, Raúl represented CMA in more than two years of corporate disputes with Aena Desarrollo Internacional, a Spanish government-owned airport operator (AENA) and Desarrollo de Concesiones Aeroportuarias.

Otay-Tijuana Venture, L.L.C. US$70 million syndicated loan agreement, 2014

Raúl represented Otay-Tijuana Venture, L.L.C. as borrower in a US$70 million syndicated loan agreement entered into with lenders Banco Invex, Institución de Banca Múltiple, Invex Grupo Financiero and Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior. The purpose of this transaction was to finance the construction of a pedestrian bridge connecting Tijuana International Airport with a terminal in San Diego, California, allowing passengers to cross between Mexico and the United States without having to use the current international border. The bridge will be the first of its kind worldwide, connecting one of the busiest international borders in the world.

Blockbuster L.L.C. Sale of Blockbuster de México, S.A. de C.V. to Grupo Salinas, 2014

Raúl represented Blockbuster L.L.C., a wholly-owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation, in the sale of its subsidiary, Blockbuster de México, S.A. de C.V., to certain affiliates of Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas.

Cape Town Convention on Mobile Equipment, 2014

Raúl participated in the working group formed to analyze, review and propose amendments to the declarations made by the Mexican Government to the Cape Town Convention on Mobile Equipment.

Offshore Drilling Holding issuance, 2013

Raúl represented Citigroup Global Markets and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) as global coordinators, joint book runners and initial purchasers, and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Santander Investment Securities Inc. as joint book runners and initial purchasers, in connection with the issuance by Offshore Drilling Holding of US$950 million 8.375% senior secured notes due 2020. This deal was selected as "Mexico Infrastructure Deal of the Year" by Latin Finance. Offshore Drilling Holding is an offshore drilling company which owns and operates a fleet of state-of-the-art offshore drilling units.

Boeing's negotiations with the Mexican Federal Government, 2012

Raúl advised Boeing on its negotiations with the Ministry of National Defense of the Mexican Federal Government, regarding the purchase and sale agreement for the new presidential aircraft, to be provided by Boeing.

Banco Nacional de México, 2012

Raúl represented Banco Nacional de México (Banamex) in a US$11.5 million reopening of a US$192 million facility granted to Mexican vehicles owned by Mexico Retail Properties I, to be used for the construction and operation of ten shopping centers throughout Mexico. Investment fund Mexico Retail Properties I is part of MRP Group and Black Creek Group. Later, in 2013, Raúl represented Banamex in the transfer by the MRP Group of two large projects' portfolios to FibraUno.

Speaking Engagements

"The Future of the Air Industry, Freedoms of the Air", 2014 Aviation Law Congress organized by ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México),
Mexico City, August 28, 2014
, Panelist