RodrigoGómez Ballina

Partner

Mexico City + 52.55.3000.4034

Rodrigo Gómez Ballina has more than 18 years of experience advising on all aspects of federal and international Mexican taxation, including the tax aspects related to M&A transactions, restructurings, and intellectual property licensing. He also counsels clients in defending tax disputes, including tax audits, appeals, and settlement process. Several of the cases he has handled constituted case law issued by the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice.

Rodrigo's primary focus is on the Mexican-side of cross-border taxation, and he typically works with Mexican subsidiaries of foreign clients regarding their investments in Mexico. He also works with private equity clients, sovereign investors, and funds to structure their investments in the most tax-efficient manner.

Representative engagements include counsel for NII Holdings for all the Mexican tax aspects in connection with the sale of its Mexican operations managed by its indirect subsidiary, Nextel de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., to AT&T for $1.875 billion, less the outstanding net debt of the business at closing.

Rodrigo has published several articles in tax journals in Mexico and abroad. He is author of two chapters on international tax issues in two books, both published in Austria. He is a member of the International Fiscal Association and of the American Chamber of Commerce and has been involved with their fiscal commission.

Experience

  • Grupo Gigante acquires El FarolitoJones Day advised Grupo Gigante, S.A.B. de C.V. in its acquisition of El Farolito, a taqueria chain.
  • Seal for Life acquires Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US CoatingsJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners ("ACP") on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
  • JinkoSolar to sell two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Mexico to White River RenewablesJones Day is advising JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., one of the world's largest and most innovative solar panel manufacturers, in the sale of two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Mexico to White River Renewables.
  • PolyOne sells its Performance Products and Solutions business to SK Capital Partners for $775 millionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), a leading global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, in its $775 million cash sale of its Performance Products and Solutions business to SK Capital Partners.
  • Sinohydro Mexico negotiates EPC contract for 330 MW solar power plant in Puebla, MexicoJones Day advised Sinohydro Mexico, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Powerchina International, in the preparation, negotiation, and execution of an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contract for a 330 MW solar power plant in Puebla, Mexico, including supply agreements with subcontractors.
  • Merchant banking firm and Fortress Credit provide secured credit facility to Win SystemsJones Day represented a merchant banking firm and Fortress Credit Corp. in connection with a secured credit facility provided to Win Systems, an international developer of gaming machines software and manufacturer of gaming machines.
  • Crédito Real completes €350 million offering of Senior Notes and concurrent tender offerJones Day represented Crédito Real, S.A.B. de C.V. Sofom, E.N.R., as issuer, and Creal Nomina, S.A. de C.V., as Mexican guarantor, in connection with the issuance of €350 million (US$382 million) of 5.000% Senior Notes due 2027, and concurrent tender offer for up to US$300 million aggregate principal amount of the 7.250% Senior Notes due 2023.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • Grupo Kuo obtains US$300 million multi-draw revolving loanJones Day represented Grupo Kuo, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexico-based industrial and commercial global holding company, and its subsidiaries in connection with a US$300 million multi-draw revolving loan financing comprised of a U.S. dollar tranche and a Mexican Peso tranche provided by a syndicate of major financial institutions.
  • Grupo Kuo obtains US$175 million senior unsecured term loanJones Day represented Grupo Kuo, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexico-based industrial and commercial global holding company, in connection with a US$175 million senior unsecured term loan provided by Bank of America, N.A.
  • Sinohydro Mexico negotiates EPC contract for 296 MW solar power plant in Jalisco, MexicoJones Day advised Sinohydro Mexico, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Powerchina International, in the preparation, negotiation, and execution of an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction of a 296 MW solar power plant in Jalisco, Mexico, including supply agreements with subcontractors.
  • Goldman Sachs provides credit facility to CredijustoJones Day represented Goldman Sachs in connection with a credit facility provided to Credijusto, a Mexican financial technology firm.
  • Crédito Real issues US$400 million of 9.500% Senior Unsecured NotesJones Day advised Crédito Real, S.A.B. de C.V. SOFOM, E.N.R., as issuer, in connection with the issuance of US$400 million of 9.500% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2026, and concurrent tender offer.
  • Sinohydro Mexico negotiates EPC contract for 300 MW solar power plant in Aguascalientes, MexicoJones Day advised Sinohydro Mexico, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Powerchina International, in the preparation, negotiation, and execution of an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contract for a 300 MW solar power plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, including supply agreements with subcontractors.
  • MEXCAT and the Ministry of Finance of Mexico successfully complete US$1.8 billion tender offer of bonds and consent solicitationJones Day represented the Mexican Private Trust known as MEXCAT and the Ministry of Finance of Mexico in connection with the issuance of four series of bonds under a Rule 144A offering in the amount of US$6.0 billion in the tender offer to re-purchase up to US$1.8 billion bonds and consent solicitation to remove from the indentures all references to the collateral consisting on revenues of the New Mexico City Airport.
  • Citibanamex Afore invests in Certificate of Investment ProjectsJones Day advised Citibanamex Afore, S.A. de C.V., a pension fund and affiliate of Citigroup Inc., in the design and implementation of an investment structure to participate in the public offering of trust certificates known as Certificate of Investment Projects (CERPI).
  • GE sells assets related to its Small Industrial Motors Business to Wolong Electric GroupJones Day advised General Electric Company in the sale of the small industrial motors business of its Power Conversion division to Wolong Electric Group Co., Ltd.
  • Grupo Gigante amends existing syndicated credit agreementJones Day represented Grupo Gigante, S.A.B. de C.V., a large Mexican conglomerate with operations in specialized retail, casual dining restaurants, and real estate, in connection with the amendment to its existing syndicated credit agreement for the purpose of refinancing the payment terms.
  • Safeway sells 49 percent interest in Casa Ley to Tenedora CL del Noroeste, S.A. de C.V. for $348.5 millionJones Day advised Safeway Inc. in the $348.5 million sale of its 49 percent interest in Mexico-based food and general merchandise retailer Casa Ley, S.A. de C.V. to Tenedora CL del Noroeste, S.A. de C.V.
  • Crédito Real issues $230 million of 9.125% Subordinated Perpetual Notes in Rule 144A and Regulation S offeringJones Day advised Crédito Real, S.A.B. de C.V. Sofom, E.R., one of the principal payroll lending, durable goods financing, and microcredit finance companies in Mexico, in connection with its issuance of $230 million of 9.125% Subordinated Perpetual Notes in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering.
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