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Michell has been involved in a wide variety of matters in the finance and M&A sectors. His background includes many of the largest and most complex transactions ever done in Mexico and the development of products and structures for clients which have had significant impact on the banking, real estate, capital markets and M&A industries, including the creation of the money transfer system for remittances from the U.S. to Mexico in 1996.
Michell’s main areas of work are structured and acquisition finance, M&A, banking, capital markets, real estate and workouts.
He has worked in some of the most complex and largest M&A transactions in Mexico including the representation of GE in the sale of its real estate business to Blackstone, the acquisition of Aseguradora Hidalgo by MetLife, the sale of Iusacell by Grupo Salinas to AT&T and the acquisition by Vinci Airports of an equity interest in OMA.
Michell has also participated in multiple finance transactions including intangibles, real estate, telecommunication networks, infrastructure and power plants. He has worked on some of the largest debt restructurings in Mexico including AHMSA, GEO, URBI, Comerci, Iusacel and Grupo Mexico.
He has worked on a number of leveraged acquisitions representing lenders or purchasers of listed companies in Mexico in the textile, steel and telecommunications industries and advised clients in multiple acquisitions and divestitures of banks, pension funds, and insurance, telephony and real estate companies.
He has been very active in capital market deals, representing sponsors of Fibras, CKDs and issuers of bonds in Mexican and global offerings. He advised the Mexican government in creating the structure for the PPP model for Mexican infrastructure projects and has worked extensively with local governments in the development of their legal and regulatory frameworks for PPPs.
He represented the lender in the largest real estate financing ever done in Mexico and acted for the financial investor in the creation of the first Mexican land bank. In addition to his transactional work he has been involved in a number of high profile matters including (i) advice to the US Department of the Treasury in the USD$20 billion emergency financial package provided to the Mexican government in 1995; (ii) advice to the US Commerce Department in the negotiation of Chapter Eleven (Investment) and Chapter Fourteen (Financial Services) of NAFTA; and (iii) advice to different Mexican States in the development of investment, budgetary and tax laws.
Michell regularly writes articles on his areas of expertise and contributes to specialized publications. He has lectured in Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Comparative Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He received his LL.M. in Comparative Law from Georgetown University, having graduated as an attorney (summa cum laude) from Universidad Iberoamericana.
A selection of recent transactions and projects on which Michell advised, include: