Carlos de Icaza A. is a partner in the Mexico City office. His practice focuses on Environmental and Real Estate law and has substantial experience in related business transactions.
Mr. de Icaza has actively represented major industrial groups, real estate investment trusts, development companies and private equity funds, involved in the industrial, tourism, retail and housing sectors, requiring environmental, real estate and transactional advice for their Mexican ventures. On the environmental side, among various other matters, Mr. de Icaza has recently advised a large multinational doing business in Mexico in successfully completing a large remediation of a heavily contaminated site and in its further sale to a third party for subsequent redevelopment.
On the real estate side, among others, Mr. de Icaza advised a large Mexican real estate fund in the sale of 19 shopping centers to a Mexican REIT (FIBRA) for an amount exceeding US$600 Million dollars. Among his most representative recent transactions, Mr. de Icaza advised Mexico Retail Properties (an affiliate of Black Creek Capital) in the sale of 49 retail properties located in 20 jurisdictions throughout Mexico to Fibra Uno (the first and largest REIT in Mexico), for a price of over US$2 Billion Dollars. This transaction closed in December 18, 2013, and was at that point in time the largest real estate transaction in terms of purchase price in the history of Mexico.
Over the past decade Mr. de Icaza has been consistently ranked as a leading and/or highly recommended attorney by several publications including Who’s Who Legal, Practical Law Company, Chambers and Partners, Latin Lawyer and The Legal 500. Mr. de Icaza obtained the Client Choice Award for the category of Environmental Law in Mexico, from the International Law Office/Client Choice Awards organization during two years in a row, in 2013 and 2014.
Mr. de Icaza is a frequent speaker on environmental and real estate matters and has written various articles and papers on different legal subjects.
Mr. de Icaza worked as Foreign Associate in the Los Angeles office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker, LLP, in 2000 and 2001.
Mr. de Icaza was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his law degree (JD) from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City in 1997, and obtained his LL.M degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the year 2001. Mr. de Icaza studied a Post-Graduate Course on International Commercial Arbitration in 1997 from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, and a Post-Graduate Course on Environmental Law, in 1998, from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) notes that “Head of department Carlos de Icaza is highlighted by peers as”:
“a strong and experienced lawyer in this arena.”