CARLOS AIZA H. IS A PARTNER WITH CREEL, GARCÍA-CUÉLLAR, AIZA Y ENRIQUEZ, S.C. IN MEXICO CITY, WHERE HE HEADS THE BANKING AND FINANCE AND CAPITAL MARKETS PRACTICE GROUPS AND IS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
Mr. Aiza practices in the areas of banking and securities law with an emphasis in capital markets, corporate and structured finance, real estate and project finance, asset securitization, derivatives and workouts.
Mr. Aiza has worked on the most innovative capital markets, finance and asset securitization transactions in Mexican history, including the first and second-ever Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) IPOs, the first, second and third-ever Master Limited Partnership (FIBRA E) IPOs, the first, second and third-ever international CERPI listings, the three largest Real Estate Investments Trust (FIBRA) IPOs, the first-ever public listing of equity development certificates known as CKDs, the first-ever Mexican cross-border whole loan, domestic mortgage-backed and domestic auto loan securitizations, the first asset-backed commercial paper conduit, and two of the largest Mexican workouts in recent history.
In 2018, the Financial Times recognized Mr. Aiza as one of the “10 Most Innovative Lawyers in North America”, the only Mexican lawyer to ever be so recognized. Best Lawyers named Mr. Aiza “Lawyer of the Year” in Mexico for Structured Finance in 2018, 2014 and 2010, for Capital Markets in 2015 and for Banking and Finance in 2012. In 2014, Lawyer Monthly Magazine recognized him as one of the “World’s 100 Leading Capital Markets Lawyers” in its Leading Lawyer 100-Capital Markets, also the only Mexican lawyer to have received such distinction. In 2010, Latin Business Chronicle, published by Latin Trade Group, named Mr. Aiza one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Latin America.
For over a decade, Mr. Aiza has also been featured as a top-tier and leading practitioner in the fields of banking and finance, capital markets and workouts by various international publications, including Chambers & Partners, International Financial Law Review, Practical Law Company, LatinLawyer, CNN Expansion, Corporate Intl Magazine and Who’s Who Legal.
Mr. Aiza obtained his law degree (JD) from the Universidad Iberoamericana School of Law in 1991, and his Masters in Law from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993. He worked as Foreign Associate in the International Banking Group in the New York office of Coudert Brothers during 1993 and 1994, he joined the firm in 1995 and became partner in 1998. His native language is Spanish and he is fluent in English.
Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) notes that “Esteemed department head Carlos Aiza has been highlighted as a standout figure within the financial sphere and market sources consistently highlight him as a standout figure”…saying:
“When he represents you, you know you have one of the best negotiators on your team.”
Sources go on to describe him as:
“phenomenal in terms of knowledge, experience and accessibility.”
“a leading light in the market,”
with clients commenting:
“His experience really makes the difference in complicated transactions.”
“We appreciate his responsiveness, availability, and the precise advice he provides.”