Ma. Esther Rey - Partner
Tel. (52 55) 5249-9605

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms María Esther has more than 21 years of experience in corporate and real estate transactions in Mexico and abroad. She joined the Firm as a partner in 2014. She worked as Legal Manager in Grupo Cinemex, as in house lawyer in Unilever Mexico, counseling the ice cream and personal care divisions. Afterwards, she joined RomoPailles as senior associate for 6 years. She left the firm and worked as Legal Counsel in Senda Direccion Tecnologica, leading company in movie theatres software and online sales for 2 years and worked one year as Legal Counsel in Central de Arquitectura, a real estate developer of residential, hotels and power centers identified under the Urban Center trademark.

As part of different companies and as external consultant, Maria Esther has developed a wide knowledge of business and of the needs of her clients, understanding the importance of implementing practical and efficient legal solutions.

Maria Esther has participated in merger and acquisitions, negotiated loan agreements and project finance structures, as well as guaranty structures for different kind of industries. She has a broad experience in guaranty, administration, investment, commercial and lease trust agreements. She has solid legal basis that allow her to counsel her clients integrally, including in matters related to labor and intellectual property rights.


Her experience includes:

  • Developing and implementing legal-commercial strategies for different clients. Drafting and negotiating different types of agreements including loan agreements, corporate restructures, mergers and acquisitions, assets sale and purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, stock subscription agreements, shareholders’ agreements, franchise agreements, distribution agreements, loyalty programs, etc.
  • Counseling real estate developers in different areas such as middle level housing, hotels, mixed developments and commercial malls. Coordinating real estate due diligence, drafting and negotiating land sale and purchase agreements and legal documents related to real estate, developing and construction agreements, including turnkey agreements and agreements with contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Drafting and negotiation of different trust agreements including, investment, management, guaranty, developing and trust agreements with commercial purposes.
  • Counseling hotel developers and operators. Drafting and negotiating hotel management and operation agreements, hotel lease agreements, representing owners and hotel operators.
  • Developing legal structures to operate and sell time share in Mexico. Drafting internal ruling and time share sales agreements, for both, traditional time shares and vacation club structures. Filing time share sales agreement with the Federal Consumers Protection Agency.
  • Counseling clients of the infrastructure industry in negotiating agreements for the construction of highways hospitals, and other public projects. Negotiating the execution of work and turnkey agreements with different governmental authorities.
  • Negotiating and drafting all types of loan agreements including the complex guaranty structures through mortgages, trusts and/or pledges of rights or assets.
  • Counseling with respect to bidding and portfolio sales processes.
  • Counseling clients engaged in the technology industry in matters related to software distribution, maintenance and license agreements.
  • Representing companies before the Federal Consumers Agency.

Areas of Practice

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Finance and Banking
  • Real Estate and Hospitality
  • Projects and Equipment Financing
  • Bidding and Privatizations
  • Corporate


Universidad Panamericana, Licenciado en Derecho, 1992-1997

Universidad Panamericana, Diplomado en Sistema Jurídico Norteamericano, 2002

Universidad Panamericana, Diplomado en Inglés Legal, 2002


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