Member Details

Jurisdictions
  • Mexico

Exclusive IR Member for:

  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate
Address
Moliere No. 39 - Piso 11 Col. Polanco, C.P.
Mexico City 11560 Mexico

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Biography

Overview

Carlo Cannizzo focuses his practice in real estate, infrastructure and construction, corporate, finance and M&A transactions. It has more than 20 years of experience and has been involved and acted as leading counsel in many strategic transactions in Mexico, among which, the JV, acquisition and sale of different real estate mix use projects, negotiation of pipeline transport and construction agreements for the oil and gas industries, finance structuring. He has acted as main counsel of large foreign banks, real estate funds, hotel management companies, construction companies, industrial companies, high tech companies, leading international fashion companies, among others. He participates in the board of directors of several Mexican companies, some of which are listed in the Mexican Stock Exchange.

Experience

Carlo Cannizzo began his professional career at Cannizzo, Ortiz y Asociados, S.C. in 1994, his experience includes an active participation, among other transactions, the following:

Real Estate and Hospitality.

Acquisition by U.S. Real Estate Fund of six All-Inclusive Grand Tourism Resorts located at Mexican Caribbean and Pacific with value of USD$600 million;

The acquisition of Bosque Real one of the largest luxury housing and golf course development within the Mexico City area;

The Sale of Malecon Americas one of the largest shopping, hotel and condominium projects in the Cancún area;

The acquisition of Puerto Cancún which is the largest development in Cancún;

The acquisition of more than 15 large hotel properties for a US fund during the past 5 years;

The construction of several gas pipelines in Mexico.

Affiliations

Carlo Cannizzo is member of various associations, among others, the American Bar Association "International Section" and "Real Estate Section"and the International Bar Association.

 

Areas of Focus

Real estate and construction law.

Business and corporate law.

Banking and securities law, insurance, pension funds and financing.

 

Education

Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City, 1995, JD.

Georgetown University, Washington DC, 2000, Master in Law.

Georgetown University, Washington DC, 2000, Business Administration Program.

IPADE-AD2, Mexico City, 2011, AD-2 Executive Business Administration Program

Admissions

Mexico

Languages

Spanish

English

Italian

Firm Description

Established in Mexico more than 40 years ago, the firm is as an excellent gateway for doing business in Mexico, thanks to its international education and experience in the approach to the legal practice and a deep understanding of the Mexican reality.

Cannizzo focuses fully on the client’s interests and objectives, offering a highly personalized service in direct contact with the partners, thus providing legal solutions of great efficiency and creativity, together with preventive and strategic advice.

Our extensive experience with Mexican, U.S. and European corporations in international transactions and investments is a guarantee of the international standards of the firm and the ability to serve our clients in transactions that in different occasions go beyond the Mexican borders.

Cannizzo has gathered experience in transactions involving different sectors, which vary in size. The firm has a special experience in the M&A, Real Estate and Hospitality fields, where it has been one of the most active firms in Mexico. It has been involved in real estate financing and M&A transactions, in some cases, with a value higher than one billion dollars.

Unique Features

  • International mentality and deep knowledge of the Mexican reality;
  • Ability to understand the needs of clients of various nationalities and to accommodate their requirements within the framework of the Mexican juridical and economic reality;
  • Members of the Firm with legal training in the US, Mexico and Italy;
  • An essential gateway to understand the dynamics of the country;
  • Total focus on the client’s objectives and interests;
  • Experience in transactions, including large Real Estate, M&A, Hospitality, Foreign Investment and Corporate.
  • Continuous assistance to Mexican, US and European corporations.
  • The Advantage of an International Mentality Firm in Mexico

Cannizzo has grown steadily over time, serving all class of international clients, thanks to its unique knowledge of the foreign and Mexican business practice.

In a reality sometimes complex and not easy to understand such as Mexico, Cannizzo acts as an interpreter and invaluable guide in the reality of the country, where adequate legal protection sometimes is also based on understanding the local behaviors, habits and customs.

Legislation and practice in Mexico have seen a clear evolution in recent years and it is always essential to be creative but also to analyze carefully the structure of each transaction, to avoid any unnecessary risk.

To avoid the problems and to find the solutions, it is therefore essential to combine a rigorous theoretical knowledge of the Mexican law, a deep experience of local practice and a clear understanding of the Mexican culture and the culture and interests of the client.

International standards to exceed the client's expectations

Cannizzo provides legal solutions in operations of all sizes.

The philosophy of the firm is strongly focused on the interests and objectives of the client. We put into practice international standards, international mentality and deep knowledge of Mexico, always aiming to exceed client’s expectations. Our extensive experience enables us to develop innovative and solid strategies that achieve the best results for our clients.

This strong commitment to service and accuracy manifests itself in a highly personalized service, in direct contact with partners of the firm and with the support of a solid, bicultural and bilingual staff (Spanish and English). Partners of the firm carried out studies in Mexico, the United States and Italy.