Partner-in-Charge Mexico City

Mexico City + 52.55.3000.4005

For more than 25 years, Manuel Romano has advised clients in connection with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. He serves a broad range of industries, including the automotive, apparel, and financial sectors. He also advises developers, buyers, and financing parties in real estate development projects. Manuel serves as Partner-in-Charge for the Mexico City Office.

Manuel has advised clients involved in a number of wind, thermal solar, and conventional power projects as well as toll roads, airports, transmission lines, waste treatment facilities, and water projects throughout Mexico. He is also involved in the development and financing of a wide range of infrastructure and real estate projects including toll roads, hospitals, hotels, and universities. Manuel's recent experience has focused on the renewable energy sector, representing the sponsors and developers in connection with multiple photovoltaic (PV) solar plants in Mexico as well as advising international investors including Zhejiang Holley & Futong Investment, Toyota, and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in the development of large industrial manufacturing plants.

Other key clients that Manuel has advised include Iberdorla; NII Holdings; Cardinal Health; P&G; Lowe's Companies; Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA); Haitong Bank; and Bank of America.


  • Iberdrola Generación Mexico obtains $500 million term loanJones Day represented Iberdrola Generación Mexico, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Iberdrola México, as borrower, in connection with a $500 million senior term loan financing provided by a wide syndicate of international banks and domestic Mexican private and development banks led by BBVA Bancomer, as administrative agent and global coordinator.
  • 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 world, in its sale of two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Mexico to White River Renewables.
  • 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.
  • Ad hoc group of senior secured lenders advised in landmark restructuring of the syncreon groupJones Day acted for the ad hoc group of senior secured lenders in the landmark restructuring of the global logistics syncreon group which was implemented via English Schemes of arrangement, with chapter 15 recognition in the U.S. and CCAA recognition in Canada.
  • Banco Sabadell provides $175 million financing to Banco ActinverJones Day acted as counsel to Banco Sabadell, S.A., Institución de Banca Múltiple, as administrative agent, and other lenders party thereto in connection with a credit agreement for up to the aggregate principal amount of US$175 million provided to Banco Actinver, S.A., Institución de Banca Múltiple, Grupo Financiero Actinver, acting solely and exclusively as trustee under Trust number 2957 for the development of two hotels to be operated as “all inclusive resort” under the Live Aqua (349 keys) and Fiesta Americana (735 keys) brands near Tulum-Quintana-Roo, Mexico.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trico Group acquires Performance Pumps business of UCI International HoldingsJones Day advised Trico Group Holdings, LLC in connection with its acquisition of the Performance Pumps business of UCI International Holdings.
  • Parque Industrial de Energía Renovable and PIER IV enter into credit contract to fund windfarm energy projects in Puebla, MéxicoJones Day advised Parque Industrial de Energía Renovable, S.A. de C.V. and PIER IV, S.A. de C.V., as borrowers, in a Simple Credit Opening Contract with Fiduciary and Pledge Guarantees in connection with windfarm energy projects in Puebla, Mexico.
  • Aurora Resurgence sells Alltub Group to One Equity PartnersJones Day advised Aurora Resurgence in the sale of portfolio company Alltub Group to One Equity Partners.
  • Jinko Solar and Energía Solar San Ignacio complete $31 million 25.02 MWp photovoltaic solar power plant project in MexicoJones Day represented Jinko Solar, as sponsor, and its project company, Energía Solar San Ignacio, S. de R.L de C.V., in connection with the development, construction, operation, and financing of Jinko’s 25.02 MWp photovoltaic solar power plant and associated electrical substation and interconnection line located in the State of Yucatan in the municipality of San Ignacio, Progreso, Mexico.
  • Savage Companies and Bartlett merge to form Savage EnterprisesJones Day advised Savage Companies in its merger with Bartlett and Company to form a new combined entity, Savage Enterprises.
  • 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.
  • Jinko Solar completes first long-term financing of $135 million 130 MW photovoltaic solar power project in MexicoJones Day represented Jinko Solar, as sponsor, and its project company, Solar Park Viborillas, S. de R.L. de C.V., in connection with the development, construction, and senior financing of Jinko’s 130 MW photovoltaic solar power project to be constructed in Las Viborillas, Jalisco, Mexico.
  • Bankia, Banco Santander, and Caixabank provide term loan to engineering and construction firmJones Day represented Bankia, S.A., Banco Santander, S.A. and Caixabank, S.A. in connection with a term loan provided to an engineering and construction firm.
  • Methode Electronics acquires Pacific Insight Electronics for $114 millionJones Day advised Methode Electronics, Inc. in its $114 million acquisition of Pacific Insight Electronics Corp., a global solutions provider offering design, development, manufacturing, and delivery of lighting and electronic products and full service solutions to the automotive and commercial vehicle markets.
  • Auria Solutions obtains $350 million credit facilityJones Day advised Auria Solutions USA Inc., a supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry, in connection with a $350 million facility with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent. The new credit facility consisted of a $100 million term loan, a $150 million revolving credit facility, and a $100 million delayed draw term loan, and was made in connection with long-time client International Automotive Components Group North America LLC's spin-off of its soft-trim business into a joint venture with Shanghai Shenda Co., Ltd.
  • Ironbridge Equity Partners acquires A V Gauge & FixtureJones Day represented Ironbridge Equity Partners Management Limited in connection with its acquisition of A V Gauge & Fixture Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialized gauging and check fixture equipment for the automotive industry.
  • Cardinal Health acquires leading patient product portfolio from Medtronic for $6.1 billionJones Day advised Cardinal Health on the acquisition of Medtronic's Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency businesses for $6.1 billion in cash.
  • Maxcom Telecomunicaciones completes tender offer for outstanding Step-Up Senior NotesJones Day represented Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, S.A.B. de C.V., an integrated telecommunication services operator providing widespread voice and data services to residential and business customers in Mexico, in connection with its tender offer to purchase up to $25 million of its outstanding Step-Up Senior Notes due 2020.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • May 2012
      Doing Business in Emerging Markets
    • April 2012
      Mexico's Public-Private Associations Law: Private-sector participation in infrastructure and transportation, Annual Conference of the United States Mexico Chamber of Commerce
    • September 8, 2010
      Recent Developments in Mexican Law
    • February 2010
      メキシコセミナー: Introduction of Mexico City Office and Mexican Market
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