Gabriel J. Mesa

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Gabriel J. Mesa

Gabriel J. Mesa

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Biography

Gabriel J. Mesa
Of Counsel

Covington & Burling LLP

Practices

Corporate

Latin American Practice


Mergers & Acquisitions


Private Equity


Venture Capital & Emerging Companies

Industries

Energy & Natural Resources

Electricity Generation


Electricity Transmission & Distribution


Oil & Gas - Downstream


Oil & Gas - Upstream


Financial Services
Education

Columbia Law School, J.D., 1993
Columbia Law Review, Book Reviews Editor
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Yale University, B.A., 1989

Judicial Clerkship

Hon. Charles P. Sifton, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1993-1994

Bar Admissions

New York

Languages

Spanish

Gabriel Mesa is of counsel in the firm’s New York office and a member of the Corporate Practice Group. He has counseled corporations in joint ventures and private mergers and acquisitions in Latin America and other emerging markets as well as in the United States. His work spans venture capital and private equity investments, strategic acquisitions, privatizations and oil and gas ventures.
Representative Matters

Counsel to Grupo Financiero Banorte, the Mexican financial group, and its affiliate Afore XXI Banorte in the $1.6 billion acquisition of Afore Bancomer from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), the Spanish bank, to create Mexico’s largest pension fund.
Counsel to a major European commercial bank in connection with a series of multi-billion dollar acquisitions and divestitures of financial services companies in Latin America over a five year period, including transactions in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.
Counsel to a Colombian pipeline company and its parent in connection with a significant minority investment by a US private equity firm.
Counsel to a US private equity firm in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest in a Latin American pharmaceuticals business.
Counsel to a US private equity firm in connection with the restructuring of its 50/50 joint venture with a strategic partner in a Texas utility and the acquisition of a 100% interest in the utility.
Counsel to a private equity firm in the successful establishment of a joint venture in Colombia to acquire and sell a portfolio of non-performing loans.
Counsel to a leading multinational reinsurer in connection with the unwinding of a joint venture in Brazil.

Counsel to a Colombian utility and its controlling shareholder in the unwinding of a project financing and in the sale of a controlling stake in the project to two private equity firms.
Counsel to a group of private equity shareholders in the sale of a Mexican packaging company to another private equity buyer.
Counsel to a private equity firm in connection with the restructuring of its equity interest in a pan-Latin American distributor of computer products.
Counsel to a European energy company in connection with the acquisition of a power plant in Panama, and in the contemporaneous sale of a gas distribution company in Peru.
Counsel to the management of a Mexican paper products company in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest by a private equity firm.
Counsel to the controlling shareholders of a Mexican paper products company in connection with the sale of a minority interest to a European strategic partner, and in a follow-on transaction involving the sale of a controlling interest to such partner.
Counsel to a Latin American national oil company in connection with major oil and gas joint ventures and bidding rounds.
Assistance to numerous purchasers in conducting due diligence on companies in the oil and gas business and their assets.

Honors and Rankings

Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate and M&A (2012)
Selected by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer for Latin America in 2008.

Overview
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Career History
Partner
Current

Covington & Burling LLP provides legal consulting services. They represent clients in litigation, white collar defense, transactional, governmental affairs, international, life sciences and other matters. The firm offers legal services related to intellectual property, international trade, mergers & acquisitions and tax practices. The company was founded by J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling on January 1, 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Counsel
Prior

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is an international law firm that provides legal services to clients. The company serves multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies, and domestic corporations and financial institutions. The company was founded in 1946 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Transactions
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Ontex Group NV purchases Grupo PI Mabe SA de CV

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Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV, Banco Santander Mexico SA Institucion de Banca Multiple purchase Santander Vivienda SA de CV SOFOM ER from ING Groep NV

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Grupo Financiero Banorte SAB de CV, Afore XXI Banorte SA de CV purchase Administradora de Fondos para el Retiro Bancomer SA de CV from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA

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