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Juan Bernardo (JB) García

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Biography

Juan Bernardo Garcia is the managing partner in the Firm's Monterrey office. He joined the Firm in 1994 and has over two decades experience in real estate and infrastructure as well as transactional matters. Juan Bernardo chairs the Firm's Real Estate Practice Group in Latin America as well as the Real Estate & Infrastructure Practice Group in Mexico. He has been recognized as a leading practitioner in real estate law by Chambers & Partners Latin America since 2009.

Practice Focus

Juan Bernardo focuses his practice on real estate and development law, construction law, infrastructure and major projects. These include the planning and development of industrial, commercial and residential subdivisions and projects; zoning, title searches, permitting and government incentives, project financing, mortgages and real estate trusts. Juan Bernardo also works on matters concerning industrial, commercial and residential leases; transfer agreements, easements, national waters law, mining law and agrarian law. His infrastructure practice includes the relevant aspects of infrastructure concessions and permitting, such as in telecommunications, energy, railroads, natural gas and mining.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for a Canada-based global automotive supplier in acquiring a portfolio consisting of eight of its existing manufacturing facilities through a real estate company and leasing them back to its different manufacturing divisions.

  • Representing major industrial real estate developers in Mexico, such as Macquarie, Finsa, Davisa, Avante, Interpuerto, among others, in connection with their day-to-day real estate due diligence, acquisitions, sales, leases, and transactions related to their industrial real estate portfolios.

  • Representing major global companies in connection with their day-to-day real estate due diligence, acquisitions, sales, leases, and transactions related to their corporate and retail real estate.

  • Represented Interpuerto in the corporate, tax and real estate structuring and planning for the development of a 250-hectare industrial park in Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon.

  • Advised Constellation Brands on the Mexican real estate-related legal issues (due diligence, infrastructure, environmental, title acquisition, etc.) in connection with its acquisition of Grupo Modelo's US beer business from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

  • Represented the US government through providing real estate, international tax and environmental advice in connection with the relocation of the US Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, and closing the conversion of a long-term lease for 120 years into a real estate trust.

  • Advised Servicios Interpureto in connection with the development (worth USD 2 billion) and sale structuring of a 1,254 hectare multimodal industrial, commercial and services port. This will be the largest logistics industrial platform in Mexico, and is included in Mexico's National Infrastructure Plan.

  • Acted for Vitro in the sale and lease back of approximately 40,000 sq. meters of land and office buildings composing Vitro's headquarters located in a premium area in San Pedro Garza Garcia.

  • Represented Inmobiliaria Torre M, SA de CV with respect to legal and regulatory advice required for the development of the largest real estate multiple use complex in Monterrey, Mexico with an investment of USD 150 million.

  • Represented Motorola in the sale and leaseback of its Mexico City office building located inBosques de las Lomas).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mexican National Association of Corporate Counsels (ANADE)

Admissions

  • Mexico (1997)

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. International Law) (2000)
  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (LD) (1997)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Previous Offices

  • Juarez
  • New York