Juan Antonio Martín

Partner, Mexico City


“Partner Juan Antonio Martín has broad expertise in structured finance work and is described by sources as ‘a proactive, responsive and insightful lawyer.’”
Chambers Latin America – Banking and Finance, 2014


Widely recognized as one of the top ten capital markets and banking and finance lawyers in Mexico, Juan Antonio Martín supports clients with securities offerings, local and cross-border financings, securitizations, financial services regulatory, compliance matters, Fintech, debt restructurings/insolvencies, derivatives, state and municipal finance, private equity and M&A. His reputation is based on an extensive track record that includes a number of landmark deals, noted for their pioneering and innovative aspects.

Major domestic and international issuers and underwriters rely on Juan Antonio's skill to tackle the complexities of securities transactions. He delivers insight and rigor to lenders and borrowers in local and multijurisdictional debt and equity financings, and offers the benefit of his significant experience in M&A and public tender offers. Juan Antonio has also participated in a number of complex restructurings, representing the creditors in high-profile bankruptcies of companies operating in the construction sector.

Juan Antonio's knowledge and experience has attracted a client portfolio that includes a number of leading domestic and international banks. He has represented Citigroup, Banamex-Accival, Morgan Stanley, Scotiabank, Actinver, HSBC and Santander in securities offerings and/or financings. He also regularly advises major local and foreign issuers such as CFE, Aeroméxico, PineBridge Investments, Export Development Canada, VivaAerobús and Molymet. He regularly represents entities in the payment system area such as PayPal, Vida and other entities in the Fintech area such as Afluenta.

Prior to joining White & Case, Juan Antonio gained valuable international experience working in the New York office of another global law firm. He also worked for a number of years at the Mexican Central Bank (Banco de México), where he was closely involved in the legal implementation of programs related to the bailout of the Mexican financial system.

Bars and Courts
Authorized to practice law in Mexico
New York State Bar
International Banking and Financial Law
Boston University School of Law
Attorney at Law (Abogado)
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México


US$91 Million Term Loan for Inversionistas en Autotransportes Mexicanos, 2018
Juan Antonio represented Inversionistas en Autotransportes Mexicanos, (IAMSA), as borrower, in a term loan granted by Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, as lender, for an amount of MXN 1,834,943,628.18 (approximately US$91,747,181), to which Aeroenlaces Nacionales, (VivaAerobus), Destinos Parhikuni, Enlaces Terrestres Nacionales, ENT Turistar Lujo, and Grupo Viva Areobús, acted as joint obligors.

VivaAerobús MXN 1 Billion Commercial Paper Program Registration and First and Second Issuances, 2018
Juan Antonio represented VivaAerobús on the registration of its new program of short-term debt certificates (Certificados Bursátiles de Corto Plazo) as revolving issuer, for a five-year period. The amount of the program is up to MXN 1 billion (approximately US$54 million), publicly offered in the Mexican securities market. He also represented VivaAerobús in its first and second program issuances.

Scotiabank MXN 10 Billion Certificados Bursátiles Program, 2018
Juan Antonio represented Scotiabank, Citibanamex, Santander and Actinver as underwriters in the approval and registration of an issuance program of trust debt certificates (certificados bursátiles fiduciarios) for a total amount of MXN 10 billion and the first and second issuances under the program issued by CI Banco as trustee by means of securitization of loan and lease agreements of Engencap Holding, Engencap, and Engencap Fin.

Ficein MXN 300 Million Securitization, 2018
Juan Antonio represented Ficein Unión de Crédito, the second-largest credit union in Mexico, in its second securitization in the Mexican market. The amount of the offering was MXN 300 million (US$15 million).

Scotiabank MXN 50 Billion Issuance for Notes Placings, 2018
Juan Antonio represented Scotiabank Inverlat (Scotiabank), the Mexican subsidiary of the Bank of Nova Scotia, in the registration and approval of an issuance of MXN 50 billion (approximately US$2.77 billion), under which Scotiabank may carry out multiple placings of structured notes (bonos bancarios estructurados).

Comisión Federal de Electricidad Listing on the International Quotation System (SIC) of the Mexican Stock Exchange, 2017
Juan Antonio represented Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the national electric company of Mexico, as Mexican counsel on the listing on the International Quotation System (SIC) of the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) of CFE's US$750 million offering of its 5.15% notes due 2047 listed in the Taipei Exchange. The Global Market (SIC) allows investors in Mexico to invest in securities that have been listed offshore. CFE is the first issuer to list debt securities in the International Quotation System (SIC) since 2011.

Deutsche Bank Divestment of Mexican Distressed Mortgage Loan Business, 2017
Juan Antonio represented Deutsche Bank in the divestment of its Mexican distressed mortgage loan business, which involved the sale to Alsis Funds of 100 percent of its equity interests in three Mexican entities.

Kandeo Fund Acquisition of Exitus Capital Stake, 2017
Juan Antonio represented Kandeo Fund, a private equity firm investing mainly in financial institutions that are not catered to efficiently or effectively by traditional financial institutions in Colombia, Mexico and Peru, in the acquisition of 40 percent of Exitus Capital.

Comisión Federal de Electricidad MXN 10 Billion Certificados Bursátiles Issuances, 2017
Juan Antonio represented Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) as Mexican counsel in the reopening of its first and second issuances (CFE 17 and CFE 17-2), and the third issuance (CFE 17U) of CFE's debt certificates (certificados bursátiles) under its MXN 100 billion program as recurrent issuer registered in Mexico and authorized by the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV).

MXN 10 Billion Debt Certificate Issuances by Comisión Federal de Electricidad, 2015
Juan Antonio acted as deal counsel for Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in the seventh issuance (CFE 15) and the first reopening of the sixth issuance (CFE 14-2) of CFE's debt certificates (certificados bursátiles) under its MXN 100 billion (approximately US$6.5 billion) program as recurrent issuer registered in Mexico and authorized by Mexico's National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV). The aggregate amount of both issuances was MXN 10 billion (approximately US$650 million).