Overview

Elena Ibarrola is a corporate attorney in Holland & Knight's Mexico City office. Ms. Ibarrola counsels domestic and cross-border parties in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships involving public and private entities. She also has experience representing issuers and financial institutions in a number of domestic and international, public and private, debt and equity offerings, and advises clients in the negotiation, structuring and drafting of commercial loans and other complex financings.

In addition, Ms. Ibarrola advises issuers and their boards of directors on reporting and other obligations under Mexican laws and corporate governance. She also advises on incorporation issues, day-to-day compliance obligations, corporate governance and resolution of shareholders' disputes.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Ibarrola was an attorney at the Mexico City office of a global law firm.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Banco Compartamos S.A. Institución de Banca Múltiple, Mexico's largest microfinance institution, in obtaining US$70 million in loans from Citibank, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which will be used to provide loans to primarily women-owned small businesses in Mexico

  • Represented Alsea A.B. de C.V. (Alsea), a Mexico City-based operator of quick service restaurants, coffee shops and casual dining establishments in Latin America and Europe in connection with the issuance of long-term bond certificates for MX$2.5 million under the program issued for MX$3.5 million
  • Represented Alsea, in connection with the issuance of long-term bond certificates for MX$1 million under the program issued for MX$2 million
  • Represented Alsea, in connection with the issuance of long-term bond certificates for MX$400 million under the program issued for MX$700 million
  • Represented Alsea, in connection with an issuance of long-term bond certificates for MX$3 million under the program issued for MX$10.5 million
  • Advised Sistema Único de Auto Financiamiento (Su Auto), in connection with an offering of long-term trusts bonds (certificados bursátiles fiduciarios) for MX$500 million under a program of MX$7.5 million
  • Represented Alsea, in connection with a follow-up offering of long-term trusts bonds (certificados bursátiles fiduciarios) for MX$4 million under a program of MX$1 million
  • Advised Proteak Uno S.A.B. de C.V. (Proteak), in connection with a capital increase through subscription by the shareholders in accordance with their preemptive right, and subscription and payment by third parties for MX$82.6 million
  • Advised Proteak, in connection with a capital increase through subscription by the shareholders in accordance with their preemptive right, and subscription and payment by third parties for MX$55.8 million
  • Advised Proteak, in connection with a capital increase through subscription by the shareholders in accordance with their preemptive right, and subscription and payment by third parties for MX$247.6 million
  • Advised Proteak, in connection with a capital increase through subscription by the shareholders in accordance with their preemptive right, and subscription and payment by third parties for MX$52.4 million
  • Advised Qualitas Seguros S.A.B. de C.V. (QSeguros), in connection with a public offer of acquisition of ordinary participation certificates (CPOs) and delist of the Mexican Stock Exchange
  • Advised Qualitas Controladora S.A.B. de C.V. (QControladora), in connection with a listing of CPOs in the Mexican Stock Exchange
  • Advised Proteak, in connection with a public subscription offer of CPOs for MX$890.2 million

  • Represented Elementia S.A.B. de C.V. (Elementia), in connection with an issuance of legal opinion in their initial public offer (IPO) of shares of the company, for MX$3.4 million
  • Represented Alsea S.A.B. de C.V. (Alsea), a Mexico City-based operator of quick service restaurants, coffee shops and casual dining establishments in Latin America and Europe, in connection with a primary public offer for the subscription of shares for US$5.99 million
  • Represented Alsea, in connection with a primary public offer for the subscription of shares for MX$1.15 million
  • Advised Sare Holding S.A.B. de C.V. (Sare), in connection with a primary public offer for the subscription of shares for MX$929.9 million
  • Advised Qualitas Seguros S.A.B. de C.V. (QSeguros), in connection with a national public offer of subscription of CPOs for MX$735.6 million
  • Advised Sare, in connection with a cash tender offer to acquire (Oferta Pública de Compra) 100 percent of long-term bonds (certificados bursátiles fiduciarios) for an amount of MX$427.8 million
  • Represented Alsea, in connection with the authorization of a program of short-term bond certificates for MX$500 million

  • Advised Invia Capital in the acquisition of Contenidos Financieros S.A. de C.V., and its subsidiaries (Infoselective S.A. de C.V. and Cartera S.A. de C.V.); the company provides informative content related to financial matters in Mexico and the rest of the world
  • Represented multiple investors to buy 12 percent of Grupo Sports World S.A.B. de C.V. in September 2015
  • Represented an important educational services provider group in Mexico in the sale of 100 percent of the shares issued by the company to a private equity fund for an enterprise value of MX950 million

  • Represented Alsea A.B. de C.V. (Alsea), a Mexico City-based operator of quick service restaurants, coffee shops and casual dining establishments in Latin America and Europe, in its debt restructuring and related US$500 million issuance of senior notes due 2026
  • Represented Alsea and its subsidiaries in the renegotiation and refinancing of Alsea's debt before Mexican and international banks; the agreements reached with the financial institutions will allow Alsea to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Represented Alsea S.A.B. de C.V. (Alsea), a Mexico City-based operator of quick service restaurants, coffee shops and casual dining establishments in Latin America and Europe, in connection with a block trade sale for an amount of US$25.36 million
  • Represented Banco Compartamos S.A. Institución de Banca Múltiple, Mexico's largest microfinance institution, in obtaining US$70 million in loans from Citi, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which will be used to provide loans to primarily women-owned small businesses in Mexico

Credentials

Education
  • Universidad Iberoamericana, J.D.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Mexico
Memberships
  • Alsea S.A.B. de C.V., Board of Directors, Alternate Secretary
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish