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Julio Antonio Sardina Pla focuses his practice on real estate cross-border matters between the United States and Mexico, with an emphasis on the legal aspects of structuring and financing projects, general corporate, mergers and acquisitions as well as tourist, residential, commercial, and industrial development projects. His experience includes mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, development and management transactions across various industries, including hospitality, residential, multifamily, retail and industrial.

Julio advises various clients on legal issues related to the purchase and sale, implementation, and development of several real estate projects, including the acquisition of land for the construction of major tourist and residential developments, such as hotels, golf courses and marinas, in various destinations in the Mexican Republic, the sale of assets and stock, and foreign investment in Mexico, among others.

Julio Sardina has been recognized as a Rising Star Associate in Real Estate by The Legal 500 in 2021 and 2022.


  • Real estate
  • Hospitality
  • Project financing and development
  • Investment management
  • Mergers and acquisitions



  • Key participation in the representation of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in several joint venture, sale and purchase, development and hotel management agreements for the ownership, development and operation of hotels and resorts across several destinations in Mexico.
  • Participated in the negotiation of various hotel operation contracts on behalf of major hotel chains for the operation of hotels in Mexico City, other cities, and several beach destinations in the Mexican Republic (such as Accor, SBE, Playa Hotels & Resorts, The Sol Group, Starwood, among others).
  • Participation in the representation of office and mixed-use developers, including Desarrolladora del Parque, in connection with the acquisition, development, sale and operation of real estate projects.
  • Participation in the representation of Grupo Lar in the acquisition of several plots of land within Mexican territory, including Mexico City, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Puebla, Queretaro, and the State of Mexico.
  • Represented Noma (World’s Best Restaurant 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and Chef René Redzepi, in the opening and operation of the Pop-Up NOMA Restaurant in Tulum, Quintana Roo.
  • Represented Apple Leisure Group in a build-to-suit lease agreement for their headquarters in Tulum (Cancun, Quintana Roo) for 7,000 square meters in 5 stories.
  • Assisted Blackstone in the US$3 billion acquisition of the entire loan portfolio of General Electric Capital Real Estate (as the main counsel on the acquisition side of the transaction in Mexico). This deal was named Latin Lawyer’s 2015 Corporate Finance Deal of the Year.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Best Lawyers, “Best Lawyers in Mexico: Ones to Watch,” Real Estate Law, 2024
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Latin America Guide, “Rising Stars - Latin America: Mexico – Real Estate,” 2021-2024


  • J.D., Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, 2013
  • Graduate Certificate, Real Estate, New York University, 2016
  • Graduate Certificate, U.S. Law, New York University, 2012
  • Introduction to the American Legal System course, Whittier Law School, 2011
  • Mexico
  • Spanish, Native
  • English, Fluent