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Vanessa specialises in projects and project finance, energy, financing of public entities, real estate finance and investment, and mergers and acquisitions.
Vanessa’s projects practice focuses on project finance and public-private partnerships including the Mexican PPS model, energy and infrastructure projects. Vanessa was instrumental in implementing the PPS scheme in Mexico, advising both the national government and the government of the state of Mexico on the structuring, bidding and implementation of the first PPS projects. She has since continued to be involved in major PPP projects including hospitals, roads, water treatment plants and prisons.
Regarding her real estate practice, she has particularly strong experience in financing and investments in the hospitality sector as part of a wide real estate practice that also covers the retail, residential and industrial markets. Her hospitality work includes advising on investments in hotels, mega-developments and time-share regimes and the related financing.
Vanessa has strong international experience and speaks fluent English. She regularly advises multinational clients, particularly major hotel, tourism and leisure groups, on real estate investments and development in Mexico as well as in forming bidding consortia and other aspects of infrastructure and energy projects in Mexico. She also advises financial institutions participating in tourism, energy and infrastructure.
Vanessa is recognised by the leading legal publications for her outstanding expertise. Chambers Latin America describes Vanessa as ‘very talented, devoted and confident’ and ranks her as a leading individual in both real estate and projects, emphasising that she is ‘great at PPS for hospitals and water treatment plants’. Who’s Who Legal also identifies Vanessa as an expert in banking, construction, project finance and real estate and The Legal 500 has placed her as a leading lawyer in projects, stating she has ‘unrivalled knowledge’ in PPPs. Other recent editorial commentary in Chambers Latin America highlights Vanessa as ‘an extraordinary lawyer who will help the deal move forward’ and ‘a superb, very focused lawyer who is knowledgeable and has the capacity to see a deal from multiple points of view.’
Vanessa obtained her LLM from the University of Chicago Law School, having graduated as an attorney from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México with honours.