Vanessa specialises in real estate finance and investment, projects and project finance, energy, structured finance, financing of public entities, and M&A. 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, fractional and timeshare regimes, as well as their related financing.
Vanessa is also an expert in project finance and public-private partnerships, including energy and infrastructure projects. She was instrumental in implementing the PPP schemes in Mexico, advising both local governments and the federal government on the structuring, bidding and implementation of the first PPS projects, and has since been involved in major hospital, road, water and prison PPP projects. She has also advised clients on the preparation of unsolicited proposals and bids under the Mexican PPP law.
Vanessa’s international experience is substantial. She regularly advises multinational and national clients, particularly major hotel, tourism and leisure groups, on real estate investments and development in Mexico, as well as in forming bidding consortiums and other aspects of infrastructure and energy projects in Mexico. She also advises financial institutions participating in tourism, energy, and infrastructure.
Vanessa has advised LCA Capital in many real estate transactions. She provides ongoing advice to Marriott and FibraHotel, a Mexican real estate investment trust, in its multiple business class hotel acquisitions. She also advised the Ministry of Transport and Communications on various road concessions and project restructurings.
Vanessa is ranked in band one in projects and in band two in real estate by Chambers Latin America where she has been described as a key partner who is ‘highly praised by clients’, and impresses clients with her ‘friendly and helpful’ manner. She is recognised as ‘a hugely capable lawyer who always thinks of a solution rather than a problem’. Vanessa obtained her LLM from the University of Chicago Law School, having graduated as an attorney from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico with honours. She is fluent in English.