E milio Aarún Cordero


Mr. Aarún practices in the areas of banking and finance, with an emphasis in structured finance, real estate financing, corporate financing, project finance, asset-based financing, mezzanine financing, payroll loans (PDLs), workouts and finance regulatory matters.

Mr. Aarún represents a variety of clients in all kinds of banking and finance transactions.   Among others, 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 single bank and syndicated facilities, secured and unsecured local and cross-border loans, senior and mezzanine loans, real estate finance, as well as in financial regulatory matters.  He participated in the negotiation and implementation of what is considered the largest ever Chapter 11 Plan 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 sectors, 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 recently participated in a cross-border syndicated structured 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 recently represented a real estate startup dedicated to the acquisition, rehabilitation and retail of adjudicated real estate properties, in the implementation, negotiation and formalization of an innovative financing structure, that allow it to restructure its debt, improve its financials and have access to better credit conditions in Mexico and abroad.

Mr. Aarún has been recognized as “Next Generation Lawyer” in the field of banking and finance by The Legal 500 (2018 Top-Tier Firm Rankings – Mexico).  He is co-author of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) publication in Americas Regional Report 2016 – “Smoothing the Process” Insolvency and Corporate Reorganization 2016.

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”).