Professional profile

Carlos is admitted to practice law in Mexico since 1999 and in the State of New York since 2004. He has more than twenty years of experience advising foreign and domestic investors doing business in Mexico, specializing on Real Estate, tourism and hospitality, and M&A transactions, actively representing several companies in the acquisition, leasing, and development of real estate properties for industrial, residential, commercial, lodging (restaurants, hotels, and services) and infrastructure projects.

Before founding the Firm, Carlos worked in Jones Day Mexico (2009-2011), Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez (2002-2009) and Greenberg Traurig New York (2004-2005).

Some of the companies that Carlos has represented in relevant transactions are the following:

  • ATCO Gas, in the delivery of several hydrocarbons’ easement agreements, as well as on the obtainment of the first legal easements and judicial validations of the right of way in Mexico.
  • Banco Mexicano de Comercio Exterior (International Trade Mexican Bank, “BANCOMEXT”), in connection with the legal due diligence and updating/legalization steps of real properties and companies, as well as in the negotiation of secured financings for the development of industrial projects in different places of the Mexican Republic.
  • Beckers, in the establishment of its industrial plant in Mexico and distribution center for Latin America.
  • BTS Development, in connection with its $25 million dollars secured financing obtained from the Mexican Government (through “BANCOMEXT) for the development of industrial and retail projects in Mexico, as well as with several legal due diligence processes and sale-and-leaseback transactions for industrial plants.
  • EPAV, in the negotiation and review of heavy-machinery equipment contracts and procurement in Mexico.
  • Fidelity National Title Corporation, in connection with the licensing and set up of its title insurance company in Mexico* as well as on real estate consultations for its operation and implementation of products in Mexico.
  • Grupo Marhnos, in connection with the negotiation of a US$1billion dollar joint venture with Prudential Real Estate Investors to develop industrial properties in Mexico.
  • IGS, in the legal due diligence and acquisition of real estate portfolios in Mexico.
  • Instituto para la Protección al Ahorro Bancario (Institute for the Protection of Banking Savings “IPAB”), in the legal due diligence of real estate, distressed assets for their disposition.
  • Inspired Gaming Group Limited, in connection with the documentation of guaranties for a £50 million pound credit facility for its Mexican subsidiary, as well as with corporate and contract matters for the startup of Inspired Gaming Mexico.
  • Jafra Cosmetics International, in the negotiation of construction and supervision agreements for its industrial plant in Mexico,* as well as with legal advice on various real estate and regulatory subjects for its different facilities in Mexico.
  • JLL Mexico, in several consultations and agreements for the development, promotion, and brokerage of real properties in Mexico.
  • Kookmin Bank, in the Mexican portion of a demand-loan agreement of up to US$50 million dollars for Hyundai Motors.
  • Korea Development Bank, in the Mexican portion of a demand-loan agreement of up to US$20 million dollars for GC Caltex Mexico.
  • Navix de México, in the legal real estate due diligence of assets for secured financings.
  • Palmilla Land Ventures, in the acquisition of distressed assets in the State of Baja California Sur.
  • Paramount Real Estate USA, in the consultation of regulatory matters and the preparation of a legal real estate due diligence for the auction of coastal macro-lots in Mexico.
  • Pfizer Mexico, in connection with different license and distribution agreements.
  • State Bank of India, in connection with its real estate, secured financing* and refinancing to Acerlan (Matrix Metals’ Mexican Subsidiary).
  • Trax Retail, in the establishment of its Mexican subsidiary and operations in Mexico.
  • Urban Land Institute, Mexico District Council, as Treasurer and on different operational aspects for the organization’s mission-achievement in Mexico.
  • Zoetis Mexico, in connection with different corporate and regulatory matters, as well as with several license and distribution agreements.
  • Wework, in different real estate, regulatory, land use and zoning consultations for its operations in Mexico.
  • A Mexican banking and financial services holding company, in the negotiation and execution of foreclosure and disposition agreements for a tourism real property in operation located in the northern region of Mexico.
  • High net worth families and individuals in the acquisition, disposition, and management of real properties, both for investment and for estate planning purposes.
  • A world-leading international chain in the development and marketing of timeshare, with its first iconic project in Mexico.
  • The world’s timeshare leader company, in the long-term leasing and establishment of its operations center for Latin America from Mexico.

*Carlos participated in these transactions prior to founding Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego, S.C.

Carlos obtained his Law degree (JD/LL.B. equivalent) from Universidad Anáhuac del Sur (Mexico City) in 1998 and obtained an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, D.C.) in 2002 as a Fulbright Scholar.

In 2000 he obtained a post-graduate degree diploma (diplomado) in Legal Aspects of International Trade from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and in 1999 he also obtained a Diploma in Business Law from the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Carlos is a Spanish native speaker and is fluent in English.

Carlos has been acknowledged by the British editorials Practical Law Company PLC Which Lawyer? and Chambers & Partners Chambers Latin America as a specialist attorney recognized in the real estate sector in Mexico.

Carlos completed his LL.M. studies at Georgetown University Law Center as a Fulbright Scholar.

Carlos has been an organizer, panelist and speaker in several real estate /foreign investment in Mexico specialized fora, both in the US and in Mexico, including the US-Mexico Bar Association, ITAM, Stewart Title International’s STAR Conference, the US-Mexico Law Institute, ATLAS Information Group, the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Inmobiliare Magazine.

Since 2007 Carlos has been a professor of “Legal Structures for National and Foreign Investments on Real Estate” and “Juridical Forms for the Financing and Investment on Real Estate Projects in Mexico” at the post-graduate degree diploma in Real Estate and Tourism Law among, other postgraduate courses with the ITAM.

From 2002 through 2004 he also was a professor of Comparative Law and Common Law at the School of Law of the Universidad Anáhuac del Sur.

Carlos has published several specialized articles on legal real estate and investment subjects with American and British editorials. Likewise, he is a compiler, editorial coordinator and co-author of the book Real Estate Law: Select Topics and Sector Perspectives, by Editorial Porrúa and ITAM www.mexicanrealestatelawbook.com .

Bar of the State of New York.

United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Chapter.

Urban Land Institute. Vice-Chair, Legislative Committee, Mexico Chapter (2010-2011).

T. +52 (55) 5202-0717

E. cibarra@ibarrapg.com

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