MauricioVillegas

Associate

Mexico City + 52.55.6283.5065

Mauricio Villegas focuses his practice on environmental, health, and safety and advises domestic and international clients in a wide array of EH&S compliance matters and M&A auditing procedures. His emphasis is on industrial, biotechnology, and natural resources exploitation; compliance strategies development and implementation; environmental liability and remediation procedures; and environmental and regulatory aspects of business restructuring. His experience also includes processing EH&S and sanitary authorizations before relevant federal, state, and municipal agencies.

Most recently, Mauricio has been part of the legal team advising Procter & Gamble in the sale of its beauty brand to Coty for $12.5 billion, the acquisition of Patrón Spirits International by Bacardi Limited, and Jinko Solar in the development, construction, and financing of a 130 MW photovoltaic solar power project in Mexico valued at $135 million.

In addition, Mauricio has been involved in environmental and administrative litigation, developing legal defense strategies before Mexican regulatory and environmental agencies, and administrative nullity and constitutional lawsuits before the Federal Judicial Branch.

He actively participated in the execution of a comprehensive crisis management strategy in connection with an asbestos fibers mishandling, which involved administrative litigation with the three levels of government, negotiation with responsible parties, judicial defense, advice on criminal procedures related to the matter, and media communications.

Mauricio has lectured on environmental law at Universidad Anáhuac México Norte.

Experience

  • JinkoSolar sold two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Mexico to White River RenewablesJones Day advised 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 acquires Clariant color and additive masterbatch business for $1.5 billionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation in the $1.5 billion purchase of Clariant’s global color and additive masterbatch business.
  • Iberdrola acquires Tamazunchale Energía, S.A.P.I. de C.V.Jones Day advised Iberdrola Energía Tamazunchale, S.A. de C.V. and Iberdrola Generación México, S.A. de C.V in the acquisition from PROTAMA, S.A. DE C.V., as seller, of 100% of the stock capital of Tamazunchale Energía, S.A.P.I. de C.V., a company which is developing a cogeneration project with an installed capacity of 532 MW in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Banco Santander México provides $86.85 million credit facility to Inmobiliaria Conjunto PolancoJones Day represented Banco Santander México in the execution of a $86.85 million credit facility provided to Inmobiliaria Conjunto Polanco, S.A.P.I. de C.V., a subsidiary of Grupo Gigante, for the construction and development of Miyana, a mixed-used residential and commercial development company located in Mexico City.
  • Fosun acquires FFT GroupJones Day advised Fosun International Limited with the acquisition of FFT GmbH & Co. KGaA ("FFT") from ATON GmbH.
  • UPL acquires Arysta LifeScience from Platform Specialty Products Corporation for $4.2 billionJones Day advised UPL Limited ("UPL"), a leading global generic agrochemical company based in India, in connection with its subsidiary, UPL Corporation Limited’s, US$4.2 billion acquisition and related $3 billion term financing of Arysta Lifescience Inc. (“Arysta”), a global provider of crop protection solutions, including bio-solutions and seed treatment, from NYSE listed Platform Specialty Products Corporation (“Platform”).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Patrón Tequila acquired by BacardiJones Day advised Patrón Spirits International AG ("Patrón") in connection with the acquisition by Bacardi Limited of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Patrón.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Total sells Atotech to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Total in the $3.2 billion sale of specialty chemical affiliate Atotech B.V., a global manufacturer of high technology plating solutions, to The Carlyle Group.
  • Procter & Gamble sells its beauty brands to Coty for $12.5 billionThe Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") has merged its 43 beauty brands ("RMT Brands") of global salon professional hair care and color, retail hair color, cosmetics, and fine fragrance businesses, along with select hair styling brands with Coty Inc. in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction for $12.5 billion.
  • Mexico City Airport Trust completes $2 billion Green Bond offering for construction of new Mexico City International AirportJones Day advised the Mexico City Airport Trust (NAICM) through Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico, on Mexican law matters to execute an initial two tranche 10 and 30 year 144A and Regulation S bond offering for $2 billion.
  • Grupo Gigante sells corporate building "Dos Patios" for US$117 millionJones Day advised Grupo Gigante, S.A.B. de C.V. in the sale of "Dos Patios Corporativo" office building to UIR Polanco, a subsidiary of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH, for US$117 million.
  • Construction materials company institutes risk management program following hazardous material incidentJones Day is providing advice to a leading construction materials company in Mexico in regard to risk management and emergency response for the mishandling by a third party of over 900 tons of hazardous materials.
  • Transnational biotechnology company executes comprehensive regulatory compliance reviewJones Day is assisting a leading transnational biotechnology company with the execution of a comprehensive regulatory compliance review of five productive plants operating in Mexico, in order to generate a full diagnostic and develop a continuous compliance program on environmental, health & safety, urban development, energy, labor & social security related requirements.
  • Crowne Group acquires Vari-Form from Sun Capital PartnersJones Day represented Crowne Group LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of both aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer component parts for the automotive and other industrial equipment markets, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Vari-Form, Inc., a manufacturer of lightweight, hydroformed structural parts, from Sun Capital Partners.
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