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 is a member of Latham’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:
On large syndicated financings, including:
- Credit Suisse
- Jeffries Finance
- JPMorgan Chase Bank
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