Maria Teresa Pailles - Partner
Tel. (52 55) 5249-9603

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undefined Maria Teresa has experience in complex domestic and international corporate transactions. Since 2000 she has been advising clients as founding partner of RomoPailles. Prior to that, she was an associate in White & Case in its Mexico City and New York offices, where she worked for five years. Maria Teresa served as in-house counsel for Grupo Costamex, a real estate company, primarily engaged in the hospitality industry and vacation clubs.

For over 28 years, Maria Teresa’s practice has included extensive client representation in mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures of institutional investors, with particular emphasis in real estate transactions relating to the hospitality industry, including the design and legal implementation of time-share projects, vacation clubs, fractional ownership and all kinds of real estate developments.

Maria has also advised financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and documenting all kinds of financings and loans, project finance, infrastructure loans, syndicated loans, as well as entities in obtaining financing and in structuring all kinds of guaranties, security interests in connection thereto.

She also has significant experience advising government entities carrying out public bids and privatizations and also entities that participate in such processes.


Maria Teresa Pailles’ experience includes:

  • Providing legal counsel to foreign investors, such as private equity and other capital investment funds, in implementing and negotiating investments in Mexican companies; including designing effective exit mechanisms. Likewise she has negotiated and drafted shareholders’ agreements for the operation of target entities.
  • Representing Mexican and foreign investors in the hospitality and real estate industries, real estate developers and manufacturing companies; providing advice on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, through joint ventures, strategic alliances and other capital investment alternatives, including preparing complex trust agreement and business trust structures.
  • Advising investors in the development and structuring of real estate, specializing in tourism projects such as hotel, time-share and vacation clubs and fractional property, both to Mexican clients and foreign real estate investors. She has represented real estate developers in the business of construction and development of low-cost, medium and residential housing projects.
  • She has counseled investors in the acquisition and sale of tequila manufacturing companies and provided continuing advice on the day-to-day operations of those companies.
  • She has advised financial institutions in implementing, negotiating and documenting loans for hotel and real estate projects, for infrastructure and housing, syndicated loans including the appropriate guaranties.
  • Advises construction companies in participating in public bidding process of public works and the legal administration and compliance of the relative public works agreements.
  • Advising the Mexican Federal Government in carrying out public bids for the sale of financial institutions and other assets.
  • Representing Mexican and foreign participants in public bids and privatizations of airport infrastructure and lottery management services.
  • Providing counsel to foreign banks and international finance entities with respect to electricity infrastructure projects, including obtaining co-generation and independent production permits, and designing security structures for such financing.
  • Providing legal counsel to companies and financial institutions in the areas of electronic banking and e-commerce.
  • Advising on corporate law, as well as foreign investment and economic competition regulations.

Areas of Practice

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate and Hospitality
  • Finance and Banking
  • Project and Equipment Finance
  • Public Bidding and Privatizations
  • Corporate Law


IPADE Senior Managment Program, 2014 - 2015

Escuela Libre de Derecho Postgraduate Degree on International Businesses in Mexico, 1993

Escuela Libre de Derecho, Law Degree, 1990 Admitted, 1992


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