Gunter A Schwandt specialises in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), structured finance, secured transactions, cross-border lending and real estate finance. 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 US real estate investment trusts), advising sponsors and underwriters alike.

To date he has advised the sponsors in the structuring and launch of seven CKD funds placed on 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 per cent 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 that joint venture and the ultimate sale of Iusacell to AT&T for US$2.5 billion. Gunter spent a year working at 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.