Our Partner


Thomas
Mueller-Gastell

Partner

tmueller@ritch.com.mx

+52 (55) 9178 7045

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Thomas Mueller-Gastell joined the firm in 1984 and has been a Partner since 1987. He specializes in Banking and Finance, Energy and Infrastructure Projects and Mergers and Acquisitions.
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Thomas Mueller-Gastell has more than 30 years of experience advising domestic and foreign clients in financial transactions, including cross-border secured or unsecured loans, as well as derivatives and mergers and acquisitions. He is internationally recognized as a leader in project finance and infrastructure and energy in Mexico.

    He has developed the energy and infrastructure practice of the firm participating in emblematic transactions in the areas of hydrocarbons and electricity, such as the Samalayuca project, which was the first power plant built and financed with private equity in Mexico, the financing of the nitrogen production and injection plant for the Cantarell oil field and the development of a series of wind farms in the Oaxaca region.

    Thomas worked as a Foreign Associate at White & Case in New York, in 1987.
  • RELEVANT TRANSACTIONS
    • Advised EVM Energía in USD$161 million credit facilitiesfor the development, construction and operation of two combined-cycle power plants with a combined generation capacity of 949MW, located in the State of Mexico.
    • Represented Fisterra Energy in the financing of the Tierra Mojada thermoelectric plant for an approximate amount of USD$600 million.
    • Represented Fisterra in the negotiation of a new and innovative gas supply and hedging contract, both with the CFE subsidiaries, for a combined cycle power plant of 850MW, as well as in the project financing with international banks headed by Société Générale for a total amount of USD$500 million, plus the credit facility. This is the first combined cycle power plant to be financed under the new electric regulation regarding the energy supply with CFE Calificados.
    • Represented IEnova in connection to a USD$115 million electricity coverage agreement to supply energy to Deacero, which will develop, build, and operate the Pima Solar project to supply clean energy to the northern Mexican steel company for 20 years.
    • Represented several companies in their initial public offering, including ICA.
    • Represented the developers of the Mayakan and San Fernando gas pipelines in the financing of their projects.
    • Represented Eléctricité de France (EDF) in the financing of three combined cycle power plants awarded by CFE under the independent power producer scheme (IPP).
    • Represented Shell in the bidding and development of the Altamira regasification terminal.
    • Represented Banco Santander in the financing of the first PPS road Querétaro - La Piedad.
    • Represented Banco Santander in the financing of Red de Carreteras del Occidente.
    • Represented EDF Energies Nouvelles in the development, construction and financing of three wind farms in Oaxaca with a total capacity of 392 MW under the self-supply scheme.
    • Represented the Mexican Wind Energy Association in the discussion with the Ministry of Energy of the model electricity hedging contract for long-term auctions.
  • AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
    • Ranked as "Senior Statesperson" in Chambers Global, 2020 Energy and Infrastructure Projects
    • Ranked as "Senior Statesperson" in Chambers Latam, 2020 Energy and Infrastructure Projects
    • Ranked as "Highly Regarded" in IFRL1000, 2020 Banking and Finance
    • Ranked as "Highly Regarded" in IFRL1000, 2020 Energy and Infrastructure Projects
    • Ranked as "Leading Individual" in Legal 500, 2019 Energy and Infrastructure Projects
  • EDUCATION
    • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Law Degree, 1986 Ciudad de México, México
    • Berlin Bar Exam, 1977 Berlin, Germany
    • Freie Universität Juris Doctor, 1975 Berlin, Germany
    • Universities of Geneva, Berlin and Freiburg Bachelor of Laws, 1971 Switzerland/ Germany
  • LANGUAGES
    • English
    • Spanish
    • German

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