E milio Aarún Cordero

EMILIO AARÚN IS A PARTNER OF CREEL, GARCÍA-CUÉLLAR, AIZA Y ENRÍQUEZ IN MEXICO CITY. HIS PRACTICE FOCUSES ON BANKING AND FINANCE, BANKRUPTCY AND RESTRUCTURING.

Mr. Aarún practices in the areas of banking and finance, with an emphasis in structured finance, real estate finance, project finance, asset-based financing, mezzanine financing, payroll deduction loans, as well as in non-litigation restructuring processes in Mexico.

Mr. Aarún represents a wide array of clients in all kinds of complex banking and finance transactions, as well as in bankruptcy and restructuring processes in Mexico. He regularly advises international and domestic banks, non-bank banks, mezzanine funds, investment banks and other financial institutions and institutional investors, as well as corporate borrowers, in a wide variety of financial transactions, including structure finance, project finance, single bank and syndicated facilities, secured and unsecured local and cross-border loans, senior and mezzanine loans, structured finance, real estate finance, project finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance, asset-based finance, mezzanine finance, payroll loans (PDLs) and workouts, as well as creditors and debtors on all non-litigation aspects of complex bankruptcy and out-of-bankruptcy restructurings. He participated, representing the lenders’ group, in the negotiation and implementation of the multilateral cross-border financial restructuring (successfully implemented during the Covid-19 Global Pandemic), of one of the most important cinema chains in Mexico. He participated in one of the largest ever Chapter 11 Plans of Reorganization (including the Mexican reorganization component), in the offshore drilling sector.  He has also advised private and venture capital funds in innovative mezzanine financing structures for different industries, including energy (wind power-industry), telecommunication (modern fiber-optic, wireless and Wi-Fi broadband networks), data centers (infrastructure development), hotel and lodging industry, among others.  He has participated in a variety of complex cross-border syndicated structured refinancing transactions, including, among others, the structure refinancing for one of the largest housing development companies in Mexico, leader supplier of homes financed through INFOVANIT, with a complex collateral structure integrated, among others, with more than 50,000 real estate properties located in different jurisdictions of the Mexican Republic.  In addition, Mr. Aarún has represented, either real estate startups, as well as lenders to such companies, dedicated to the acquisition, rehabilitation and retail of real estate properties, in the implementation, negotiation and formalization of an innovative financing structure.

Mr. Aarún has been recognized since 2020 as “Next Generation Partner” in the field of banking and finance by The Legal 500; he is also recognized since 2020 in the field of project finance and development by Best Lawyers. He is co-author of the following publications: (i) International Financial Law Review (IFLR) publication in Americas Regional Report 2016 – “Smoothing the Process” Insolvency and Corporate Reorganization 2016; and (ii) Mexican chapter of the 2021 American Bar Association (ABA) publication “Global Financial Collateral: A Guide to Security Interest in Securities, Securities Accounts and Deposit Accounts”.

Mr. Aarún obtained his law degree (JD) from Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City in 2003, a postgraduate law degree in Corporate Law from Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City in 2005, and his LL.M (Legal and Business Administration Program) from Instituto de Empresa, in Madrid, Spain in 2006.  Mr. Aarún worked as a Foreign Associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb in 2011.

Mr. Aarún is a member of the Mexican Bar Association and the Mexican-Lebanese Lawyer’s Association (“Al Muhami”).

His native language is Spanish and he is fluent in English.