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 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:

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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