Debevoise Counsel Armando Rivera Jacobo Named to The Legal 500 “U.S./Mexico Private Practice Powerlist”

28 March 2017

Debevoise counsel Armando Rivera Jacobo has been named by The Legal 500 to its inaugural “U.S./Mexico Private Practice Powerlist.”

The publication highlights leading U.S.-based private practice lawyers with outstanding focus on, and knowledge of, particular jurisdictions. Those selected were chosen based on peer review and analysis of each lawyer’s work in the Mexican market.

The Legal 500 highlighted Mr. Rivera’s involvement “in the securitization of the Monterrey-Cadereyta toll road in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. This was a ‘first-in-its-class’ financing by a sub-sovereign entity in Mexico that required the creation of novel structures to facilitate the funding while remaining compliant with significant legal and constitutional restrictions at both state and federal levels.”

Mr. Rivera was also recognized for being part of Debevoise’s representation of “AxaGroup in its $1.5bn acquisition of ING’s Mexican insurance subsidiary, ING Seguros, a deal made more complicated by the target’s size and significance to Mexico’s insurance market. More recently he represented Eutelsat Communications in its acquisition of Satélites Mexicanos. The deal was made possible by the 2014 overhaul of the legal and regulatory framework of Mexico’s telecoms sector, meaning that Rivera and the Debevoise team were faced with the challenge of working within a new and largely untested legal framework.”

For Mr. Rivera’s complete profile and interview, please click here.

Mr. Rivera, who is Mexican born and a native Spanish speaker, is a counsel based in Debevoise’s New York office. Mr. Rivera is a member of the firm’s Latin America Group, M&A Group and Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group. He has extensive experience in Latin America and focuses on financing transactions both in the United States and internationally, including project financings, leveraged acquisition and other secured financings and structured financings. Mr. Rivera also actively participates in infrastructure development and strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, both in the United States and internationally, primarily in Latin America.

For 28 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market.

The Debevoise Latin America Group is a cross-disciplinary, multi-lingual and multi-cultural group comprised of more than 20 partners and 30 counsel and associates across the firm's offices globally. The practice combines top-tier litigation and arbitration skills, broad transactional capabilities and a savvy understanding of the region. The practice works with some of the most sophisticated and respected conglomerates, corporations, investors and families in Latin America, with some relationships dating back as long as 50 years.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. We deliver effective solutions to our clients’ most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgment and a distinctively collaborative approach.