Francisco García-Naranjo González

Overview

Francisco García-Naranjo González is a partner in Mayer Brown's Mexico City office and a member of the Banking & Finance practice.  He advises on corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and banking. Clients also seek his knowledge and experience in financial regulatory matters and financial and foreign investment transactions.

He has worked on a number of landmark and high-profile deals, including the purchase by BlackRock of the asset management business of Citibank in Mexico, the acquisition by Principal of MetLife Afore, and the sale of Comex Mexico to PPG Industries. Major clients to have benefited from his representation include BlackRock, ICBC, Shinhan Bank, Bank of China, KEB Hana Bank, Sonoco Products Company, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Comex, Principal Financial Group, Coppel, Barilla, Henkel, Lukoil, and Kansas City Southern.

Francisco is a market leader in obtaining regulatory authorizations for the establishment, operation and mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions in Mexico, including banks, financial groups, retirement fund managers (Afore). Notably, Francisco has obtained bank licenses for ICBC, Bank of China, KEB Hana Bank, Shinhan Bank, and other local banks.

As both bank financing and bank regulatory counsel, Francisco has advised on precedent-setting mandates for the financial services sector in Mexico, including the first-ever transfer of the trust portfolio of a bank to another bank (JPMorgan – Bank of New York), the first-ever management buyout of a Mexican bank (Royal Bank of Scotland) and the first authorization for a foreign government to own and control a Mexican bank (ICBC).

Francisco's track record and reputation have also led to his appointment as an independent director of several Mexican financial institutions, which have also called upon him to chair various committees. Notably, he was an independent board member of Banco Autofin from 2009 to 2017, where he also chaired the audit committee and the related-party transactions committee, and an independent board member and secretary of the board of directors of Banco KEB Hana Mexico, from 2018 to March 2020.

Over the years, Francisco has acquired a reputation for being a well-rounded, transaction-oriented lawyer with unparalleled technical skills. Clients and peers regularly request Francisco's counsel in legal and business matters. Financial regulators often ask for Francisco's comments and views to drafts of new laws and regulations.

Legal 500 recognizes Francisco's skills stating that he is noted for his "excellent relations with the relevant authorities". In addition, and in recognition to his leadership in the financial sector, the magazine Law360 recently named Francisco among its list of "Rising Stars 360," which includes only 179 lawyers under 40 years worldwide, which were selected based on the achievements accomplished in their respective areas of practice.

Education

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Bachelor of Law

Admissions

  • Mexico