Ernesto Silvas-Medina





Ernesto heads the Corporate and Project Finance practice group and is a member of the Corporate and M&A practice group and the Financial Institutions and Services group. Ernesto has over 20 years of experience serving as lead or local counsel for international and domestic corporate clients, institutional investors, private equity funds and family-offices. He has extensive experience in middle and upper middle market cross-border transactions, multi-jurisdictional and domestic stock and asset acquisition transactions and projects, and in-bound and out-bound equity joint ventures. He advises international banks and financial institutions and international and domestic corporate borrowers on cross-border commercial loans, syndicated loans and project financing and all type of security packages and collateralization. Additionally, Ernesto advises international companies on structuring their entry and/or investments in Mexico, setting up manufacturing facilities or businesses in Mexico and all legal issues associated with day-to-day operations. The majority of his clients are engaged in the automotive, food, manufacturing, private equity, real estate and retail industries. Ernesto is ranked as one of Mexico’s leading corporate and transactional lawyers in Chambers and Partners, Latin Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers International. Ernesto is the former chairman of the financial and business law committee and director of the Mexican Institute of Finance Executives (Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas, A.C., Chapter Monterrey, Nuevo León). He has been a professor of Comparative Corporate Law and International Contracts in the Master’s Degree Program at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey Campus and has taught the International Contracts Course at the Master of Laws program of the Business Law International Institute (“INADEM”) for more than 5 years. Ernesto was the Managing Partner for Sánchez Devanny from July 2014 to June 2017.



Teléfonos: (+52 81) 8153-3909

Industry Practice Group

Corporate and Family Business Group
Life Sciences Industry Group


  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), 1998. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA.
  • Law Degree, 1994. Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico


“His advice is detailed and shows experience, which gives clients certainty and makes them feel at ease.” – Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Very good responsiveness and service-oriented relationship.” – IFLR1000 2020