Gabriel Mesa

Gabriel J. Mesa

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Covington & Burling LLP
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1405
Tel: +1 212 841 1228



  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1993
    • Columbia Law Review, Book Reviews Editor
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Yale University, B.A., 1989

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Charles P. Sifton, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1993-1994

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • Spanish

Gabriel Mesa is a partner in the firm’s New York office and a member of the Corporate Practice Group.  He has counseled corporations in joint ventures and private mergers and acquisitions in Latin America and other emerging markets as well as in the United States.  His work spans venture capital and private equity investments, strategic acquisitions, privatizations and oil and gas ventures.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to Linzor Capital Partners, the Latin American private equity fund, in the merger of the retail operations of its portfolio company Moda en Distribución, S.A.P.I. de C.V., into Devlyn Holdings, S. de R.L. de C.V., to create Mexico’s largest eyewear retailer.
  • Counsel to Grupo Financiero Banorte, the Mexican financial group, and its affiliate Afore XXI Banorte in the $1.6 billion acquisition of Afore Bancomer from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), the Spanish bank, to create Mexico’s largest pension fund.  This matter was awarded LatinFinance’s 2013 “Domestic M&A Deal of the Year.”
  • Counsel to Grupo Sura, the Colombian financial group, and its affiliate AFP Integra S.A. in the $516 million acquisition of 50% of AFP Horizonte S.A., the Peruvian pension fund, from BBVA.  This matter received two M&A Atlas Awards: "Cross Border Deal of the Year (Large Markets)" and "South America Deal of the Year (Large Markets)."
  • Counsel to a major European commercial bank in connection with a series of multi-billion dollar acquisitions and divestitures of financial services companies in Latin America over a five year period, including transactions in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.
  • Counsel to a Colombian pipeline company and its parent in connection with a significant minority investment by a US private equity firm.
  • Counsel to a US private equity firm in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest in a Latin American pharmaceuticals business.
  • Counsel to a US private equity firm in connection with the restructuring of its 50/50 joint venture with a strategic partner in a Texas utility and the acquisition of a 100% interest in the utility.
  • Counsel to a private equity firm in the successful establishment of a joint venture in Colombia to acquire and sell a portfolio of non-performing loans.
  • Counsel to a leading multinational reinsurer in connection with the unwinding of a joint venture in Brazil.

Honors and Rankings

  • Latinvex, Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers (2014-2015)
  • Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate and M&A (2012-2015)
  • Selected by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer for Latin America in 2008.

Publications and Speeches

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