Overview

Aldo González Melo is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Mexico City office. He practices in the areas of corporate finance, project finance, public finance, infrastructure and renewable energy, with a particular emphasis on international and cross-border transactions.

Mr. González Melo represents lenders, borrowers and arrangers in corporate lending transactions with transnational components. In addition, he represents developers, sponsors and banks in the development and financing stages of infrastructure projects, including renewable energy power systems, pipelines, public-private partnerships (P3), lighting and water systems. Mr. González Melo has advised international buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions in the telecom, and oil and gas sectors. He also has experience in regulatory permitting matters in electricity sector.

Additionally, Mr. González Melo has extensive experience advising on federal and constitutional proceedings and disputes involving business transactions, including white collar defense and constitutional litigation in general.

Experience

  • Represented Banco Santander in a US$210 million debt restructuring of a major hospitality group in Latin America that involved prepayment of senior debt with Banco Inbursa and the structuring of a syndicated loan with asset-backed collateral and several alternative source of payment mechanisms
  • Represented a Latin American master franchisee of major American and Asian restaurant brands (Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut), as borrower, in the refinancing of its senior debt with Goldman Sachs
  • Represented a leading global investment banking firm that acted as lender and sole lead arranger in a cross-border transaction comprising an asset-back bridge and term financing, and a syndicate of national and foreign banks, for the acquisition of the leasing business in Mexico of a global company by a major Latin American equity fund. The financing included two tranches, one in pesos and the other in U.S. dollars (USD), and was made to two Mexican special purpose vehicle (SPVs) (fideicomisos de administración) that acquired leasing assets, denominated both in pesos and U.S. dollars. Such assets served as a source of payment for the financing. The USD tranche bridge financing was converted into a term financing through an asset-backed securitization with the issuance of 144A and Reg S asset-backed notes by the Mexican SPV holding USD-denominated assets. The peso tranche bridge financing was converted into a term financing through a loan with a syndicate of U.S. and Mexican banks, as well as a Mexico-based global insurance company.
  • Advised a Mexican bank in the restructuring of a syndicate loan with Mexico's largest development bank in connection with a large-scale toll road project in Mexico
  • Advised Premium Restaurant Brands on a US$53 million refinancing transaction in which Goldman Sachs Bank USA was a lender; the transaction involved multiple jurisdictions and a complex collateral package that required security documentation for all of the borrower's subholding companies and complex coordination among co-counsels
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in the structuring of a US$30 million revolving credit facility in favor of Engencap, S. de R.L. de C.V., a subsidiary of Engenium Capital; the cross-border transaction was structured to provide a source of liquidity to Engenium Capital
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in the structuring and implementation of an aggregate US$80 million collateral package to secure the obligations of Linzor Capital Partners under two derivative transactions (MXN-USD FX transactions) 
  • Advised Bank of America in the US$6 million structuring and implementation of security documents to refinance a corporate loan in favor of Andes Global, an import-export commercialization firm with a presence on the U.S. East Coast  

  • Advised American Tower Corporation in the US$500 million acquisition of a fiber optic spun-off subsidiary of KIO Networks, a Mexican telecom and IT company
  • Represented a U.S. based oil and gas company in the acquisition of a pipeline system in Mexico and the subsequent sale of the buying special purpose vehicle (SPV) in favor of a major European energy company 
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in a cross-border asset-back and term finance, as a lender and sole lead arranger and a syndicate of national and foreign banks, for the acquisition of GE leasing business in Mexico by Linzor Capital Partners

  • Represented Buenavista Renewables, a Texas-based renewable energy developer, in a cross-border $30 million refinancing of a solar park project located in Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Represented more than 14 bidders in Mexico's initial public auctions for the electric power market
  • Advised a Texas-based sponsor solar project developer in the development and project finance of a solar park in Chihuahua, Mexico. The transaction was structured cross border with two senior loans made by North American Development Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Holland & Knight advised in both regulatory and financing stages.
  • Advised a U.S. development bank in the financing of a public-private partnership (P3) project for the construction of a desalination plant in Northern Mexico
  • Advised a Mexican bank in the financing of various P3 public transportation projects in the States of Puebla and Mexico
  • Advised a California-based solar developer in the development and financing stages of the a 30 MW solar park in Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Advised Oak Creek Energy Systems Inc., a California-based wind projects developer, in the development, project finance and sale of the first two construction-ready stages of its Tres Mesas Wind Project to funds managed by Goldman Sachs and Corporativo GBM
  • Advised a Mexican bank in the financing of a intermunicipal water waste treatment plant in the State of San Luis Potosi

  • Served as a member of the appellate team that successfully challenged a nationwide criminal conviction against a French citizen in Mexico. The case was argued before the Supreme Court of Mexico and is considered a landmark decision.
  • Assisted the Mexican federal government in the prosecution of one of the first securities fraud and misrepresentation cases in Mexico against the former CEO of Metrofinanciera
  • Served as a member of the defense team representing the former director of Bolsa Mexicana de Valores

Credentials

Education
  • Columbia University Law School, LL.M.
  • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, J.D.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Mexico
Honors & Awards
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, Banking and Finance, 2019
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

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