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John Rogers represents financial institutions and investors on cross-border transactions and dispute settlements involving Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

On behalf of his clients, he prepares and negotiates loan agreements, collateral security documents, bond indentures, joint venture agreements, and other types of financing and investment documents. He resolves disputes arising under complex documentation, and where necessary, he spearheads the enforcement of agreements through out-of-court settlements, cross-border litigation, arbitration, or insolvency proceedings.

John guides clients to solutions based on a mutual understanding of the obligations that are incurred, a goal that is often more complicated to achieve in international matters where differences in language and culture can be obstacles. He is fluent in Spanish as well as English and regularly works with lawyers and clients in Mexico and other parts of Latin America. He adapts contract language to address specific concerns under local law and issues such as those that arise under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Not admitted in Mexico.

Education

J.D., Columbia University Law School, Manhattan, New York City, 1969
New York, Columbia University, New York, New York, 1969
B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1965

Recognitions

Named in Euromoney’s Expert Guide for Banking Lawyers

Memberships

International Bar Association, Member

Inter-American Bar Association, Member

America Bar Association, Former Co-Chair of Mexican Law Committee (1999-2002)

New York State Bar Association, Member

New York City Bar Association, Former Chair of Committee on Inter-American Affairs (1984-86)

The United States-Mexico Law Institute, Inc., Board of Directors

Languages

Spanish

State Bar Licenses

New York
  • Infrastructure Finance: Represented international investors in $207 million of bonds issued to finance Mexican toll highways
  • Project Finance: Represented U.S. security trustee in connection with four project finance transactions involving Mexican energy projects
  • International Secured Loans: Represented U.S. and European banks in loans secured by shares of Mexican companies, accounts receivable and other collateral
  • Bankruptcy: Represented U.S. indenture trustee on behalf of holders of $100 million in notes issued by Mexican company which filed for bankruptcy in Mexico. Also assisted trustee for bankrupt U.S. truck line in connection with winding up Mexican subsidiaries? operations, including negotiations with Mexican creditors and joint venture partners
  • Cross Border Litigation: Represented U.S. judgment creditors in enforcing judgment against assets in Mexico; assisted in defense of U.S. company against claim by former JV partner; represented U.S. corporate trustee in defending against claims challenging the validity of a $200M securitization transaction
  • Trade Finance: Represented U.S. bank lending to Mexican importers of U.S. goods. Obtained loan insurance and guarantees from the Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Private Equity: Represented U.S. investor in Mexican venture-capital company formed as a “SAPI” private equity with Mexican and European partners, to import Danish technology supporting the development of the Mexican market for mortgage-backed securities
  • Telecommunications: Represented companies engaged in local telephone, satellite and air-ground telephone operations; represented local telephony provider in negotiating and documenting $22 million in vendor financing.
  • Mexican Government Debt: Represented major U.S. bank in connection with restructuring of more than $50 billion of the external debt of Mexican government and its agencies in 1982-1990
  • Syndicated Acquisition Financing: Represented European bank in $75 million syndicated bridge financing of acquisition by Mexican investors of majority stake in large Mexican retailer
  • Collateralized Restructuring: Represented European lenders in debt restructuring for which innovative collateral arrangement was developed with warehouse receipts covering sugar
  • Foreign Investment: Assisted U.S. investors in establishing Mexican limited liability company to be used as vehicle for joint venture and “flow-through” entity for U.S. tax purposes
  • Acquisitions: Assisted Mexican chemical company in $500 million acquisition of Latin American plastic pipe producers; and represented European consumer-products company in negotiation of acquisition of $26 million in assets of Mexican company
  • Transportation: Represented U.S. vessel owner in structuring and implementing joint venture with Mexican operator to furnish supply vessels under Pemex contract; represented U.S. truck line in structuring and negotiating loan to Mexican truck line; and assisted U.S. helicopter and Canadian submarine providers in structuring Mexican joint ventures for tourism industry
  • Credit Bureaus: Represented U.S. credit reporting company in establishing and operating Mexican subsidiary
Articles
  • Co-author, Strasburger Lender’s Alert, “Lockbox Accounts in Mexico,” August 2015
  • Co-author, The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce: Northeast, “Secured Transactions in Mexico: Recent Reforms and Their Effects,” Winter 2014
  • Co-author, Banker’s Alert, “Mexico’s Unified Secured Transactions Registry Offers New Opportunities for Secured Lending,” December 2010
  • Editor-in-Chief, New York City Bar Association on Private Equity “Developments in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, Latin American Law & Business Report,” August-September 2010
  • Co-author, The National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, “Liquidation of Multinational Companies: Implications for Mexican Subsidiaries,” Spring 2010
  • Co-author, Globe Business Publishing Ltd., “Cross-border Jurisdiction of US Bankruptcy Law, Global Financial Crisis: Navigating and Understanding the Legal and Regulatory Aspects,” 2009
  • Co-author, Latin American Law & Business Report, “The Financial Crisis and Implications for U.S.-Mexico Bankruptcies and Restructurings,” November 2008
  • Co-author, Securitizations, Latin American Law & Business, “Recent Changes in Mexican Law May Affect Loan Sales,” Report, June 2008
  • Co-author, North American Free Trade & Investment Report “Private Equity Investments in a Mexican “SAPI”: Implications for Shareholder Agreements and Exit Strategies,” January 2007
  • Co-author, Latin American Law & Business Report, “Theory vs. Practice: Creditor Rights in Mexico since Creation of Non-Possessory Pledge and Guaranty Trust,” December 2005
  • Co-author, IFLR, “Mexico Looks Forward to Era of Public-Private Deals,” November 2005
  • Co-author, Global Banking and Financial Policy Review, “Mexico Looks to Denmark on Mortgage-Backed Securities,” 2004-2005
  • Author, International Financial Law Review, “The Challenges to Bondholders and Their Trustees Under Mexico’s Bankruptcy Regime,” September 2003
Presentations
  • Speaker, “Secured Transactions in Mexico after the 2014 Financial Reform, and Other Latin American Developments,” ABA International Law Section Spring Meeting, 2014
  • Speaker, “Critical Financing and Credit Issues for Businesses Operating in Mexico Today,” Strasburger Corporate Counsel Series, 2000
  • Speaker, “Maximizing Creditor Recovery in Corporate Restructurings Mexico: Some Legal Issues, Creditor Types, and Case Studies,” LatinFinance Conference, November 2003
  • Speaker, “Buying a Mexican Transportation Company,” Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference, May 2002