Partner Profile

Gunter Schwandt

Nader, Hayaux & Goebel

Mexico

LL 250

Biography

Gunter is a partner at Nader, Hayaux & Goebel who specialises in capital markets, fintech, mergers & acquisitions, structured finance, secured transactions and cross-border lending. Gunter is an expert in highly complex public issuances and securitisations and has developed in-depth expertise in CKDs (development capital certificates) and FIBRAs (the Mexican equivalent of a US REIT), advising sponsors and underwriters alike.

To date he has advised the sponsor in the structuring and launch of a total of seven CKD funds placed in the Mexican Stock Market, focused on the real estate industry and the energy and infrastructure sectors as well as on four FIBRA transactions, focused on the retail and hotel industries.

On the corporate M&A side, Gunter advised MetLife in the sale of its Mexican pension fund business to Principal Financial Group and Pemex in the sale of its 50% stake in Gasoductos de Chihuahua to IEnova for US$1.325 billion.

Gunter also advised Grupo Salinas in its joint venture with Televisa in Iusacell, the later unwinding of such joint venture and the ultimate sale of Iusacell to AT&T for US$2.5 billion, which constituted a major milestone for the Mexican telecoms sector as it signified the entry of one of the major global telecoms operators into in the Mexican market. He also advised Grupo Werthein as to Mexican legal matters in its purchase of certain LatAm assets of AT&T.

Gunter has strong international experience. He is regularly involved in cross-border transactions, usually advising foreign entities including banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and global real estate investors.

He has written various chapters and articles for legal books and magazines, including The International Capital Markets Review, 8th edition, 2018; Lexology Getting the Deal Through: Technology M&A 2nd edition; Lexology Getting the Deal Through: Fintech 2021; and Mexico Fintech Comparative Guide, The Legal 500, 2021.

Gunter spent a year working at the international law firm Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago. He graduated as an attorney (with honours) from the Universidad Iberoamericana. He later received his LLM (with honours) from the Northwestern University School of Law and a certificate in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management.

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