Marcela Ruenes

New York
  • 1271 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10020
  • USA

Marcela Ruenes advises a full range of lead arrangers and lenders, as well as borrowers, on complex cross-border financings.

Ms. Ruenes represents investment and commercial banks, direct lenders, borrowers, and private equity firms in a range of domestic and cross-border finance transactions, including:

  • Leveraged financings
  • Acquisition financings
  • Asset-based lending
  • Debt restructurings, including debtor-in-possession and exit financings
  • Special situations
  • Investment grade loans

Ms. Ruenes draws on a keen understanding of the needs and objectives of parties on all sides of a financing to provide clients a sophisticated sense of market practice.

Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Ruenes worked as an associate in the Mexico City office of a leading Mexican law firm. 

Pro Bono and Diversity Leadership

Ms. Ruenes maintains an active pro bono practice with a particular focus on immigration and asylum matters, including representing victims of domestic violence in obtaining protection under VAWA.

She formerly served on the firm's Diversity Leadership Committee and previously served as Global Leader of Latham’s Hispanic/Latin American Lawyers Group, and as a member of the Recruiting Committee.

Ms. Ruenes remains active with Columbia Law School, including speaking on panels discussing both commercial and diversity related topics.

A sampling of Ms. Ruenes’ representative work includes advising:

Investment Banks

On large syndicated financings, including:

  • Citibank
  • Credit Suisse
  • Jeffries Finance
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank
  • UBS

Direct Lenders

On single lender and club financings, including:

  • HPS Investment Partners
  • Golub Capital Markets
  • Fortress Investment Group

Financings in Latin America

Representing both lenders and borrowers with cross-border transactions, particularly in Mexico and Colombia.

  • Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent, and its affiliates on the restructuring of Avianca’s revolving credit facility and letters of credit as part of the company’s re-profiling of its debt and lease obligations in Avianca’s initial step to its turnaround plan
  • Compania Operadora de Inversiones Mercantiles, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican investing company, on its real estate trust’s US$115 million term loan facility in connection with the refinancing of its debt used in the development of commercial real estate properties, including Antara
  • Crédit Agricole and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in a US$350 million senior secured asset-based financing relating to the construction, ownership, and leasing of certain vessels and fluvial equipment in Colombia (winner of the Syndicated Loan Deal of the Year 2015 by LatinFinance)
  • Credit Suisse, in connection with a multiple-tranche MXN$8.69 billion syndicated financing for Grupo Gondi, a Mexico City-based paper packaging company
  • Linzor Capital in the financing for its acquisition of GE Capital’s equipment lending and leasing platform in Mexico
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