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Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is one of the market’s premier firms for corporate and M&A. Group head Jean Michel Enríquez’s ‘legal knowledge in M&A is outstanding, and he leads a team of highly trained attorneys’. The team now has five partners, following the promotion of Humberto Botti, and Carlos Del Río, Eduardo González and Jorge Montaño are all well regarded. The firm recently advised Ontex Global on its €314m takeover of Grupo PI Mabe; and advised GE Capital on the $1bn sale of its equipment lending and leasing business to Linzor Capital Partners. The firm also advised RSA Insurance on the $614m sale of its Latin American operations to Suramericana, Grupo SURA’s insurance and risk management subsidiary.

Galicia Abogados SC’ standing in the market is amply demonstrated by its workflow, which includes some of the market’s largest and most demanding private equity and corporate transactions. The team is jointly led by Ignacio Pesqueira and José Visoso, and benefits from the expertise of several market heavyweights, including Manuel Galicia and competition head Christian Lippert. Recent highlights include advising El Puerto de Liverpool on its $1bn takeover of the Suburbia-branded apparel business from Walmex. On the private equity front, the firm advised Nexxus Capital on its $136m investment into logistics company Fondo de Transporte Mexico. Other key partners include Héctor Kuri and Ricardo Garcia.

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.’s 11-partner team is ‘a major player’ in the corporate sphere, recommended for its ‘profound legal soundness’, and ‘innovation, flexibility and strict quality control’. The firm has an excellent track record advising listed and private companies, as well as private equity funds. It recently advised the Lindley Family on the $760m sale of a majority equity interest in Corporación Lindley, the Peruvian Coca-Cola bottler, to Arca Contal (AC), and the family’s reciprocal acquisition of $400m in shares of AC; and also acted for Sommerville Investments, a Dutch-incorporated company controlled by Temasek Holdings, on the sale of its stake in Integradora de Servicios Petroleros Oro Negro to minority shareholders. Ricardo Maldonado, Francisco Fuentes Ostos, Pablo Mijares and Eugenio Macouzet are highly recommended.

Largely focused on high-end transactional matters, Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC has a very strong reputation for advising on major M&A deals and private equity buyouts. It fields an impressive selection of transactional lawyers, including Michell Nader S, Hans Goebel, Eduardo Villanueva (‘a great professional’), the ‘very professional and knowledgeable’ Luciano Pérez Gómez, and Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly, who divides his time between Mexico City and London; the firm is unique among domestic firms in having a London office. The firm advised Pemex in relation to its $1.14bn stake in its joint venture with IEnova in Gasoductos de Chihuaha, and acted for Axis Asset Management II on its $80m co-investment in Navigatis Radiance. Other key partners include Julián Garza and José Sifuentes.

Ritch Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, SC is an ‘excellent’ choice for corporate matters and is commended for its ‘great response times and quality of advice’. The seven-partner team has several market-leading practitioners, including ‘great lawyer’ Luis A Nicolau, who is ‘extremely thorough and accurate’ ; Carlos Obregón, who is praised for his ‘expertise advising private equity firms in the Mexican market’; and Rodrigo Conesa, who is particularly active on the real estate aspects of M&A. Younger partners such as the ‘very experienced’ Eduardo Triulzi are also establishing strong names for themselves, particularly in areas such as private equity. The firm was instructed on a raft of major transactions, including advising Linzor Capital Partners on its $1bn acquisition of three equipment lending and leasing businesses from General Electric Mexico. Another highlight was advising Falabella on its $600m joint venture with Soriana to develop a business focused on home improvement and building supply stores. Other key clients include Nexxus Capital, which it advised on the acquisition of Premier Foods, the third largest Carl’s Jr. operator in the country.

With ‘many prestigious and highly technical lawyers’, Baker McKenzie S.C. offers extensive coverage to corporate clients across its Mexican network, including offices in Juarez, Monterrey and Tijuana, and recently added to its Guadalajara office with the recruitment of Fernando Shelley. Highlights included advising Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide on the Mexican aspects of the $1bn sale of Vistana Signature Experience to Interval Leisure Group; and advising Axtel and Alestra as part of the consortium which bid for the award of a concession to operate the 700MHZ Wholesale Shared Network. Jorge Ruiz, José Antonio Ambrosi-Herrera and Gaspar Gutiérrez-Centeno lead the team, which includes key partners such as Carlos Raul Valencia-Barrera.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has a broad corporate practice which provides strong day-to-day advice to its clients, as well as support on high-profile M&A deals, where it acts for strategic buyers and private equity funds. The seven-partner team, led by Daniel Del Río, has been in expansion mode following the promotion of three partners in January 2017: Jesus Manuel Colunga, Amilcar Garcia and Rodolfo Barreda. It has been particularly active in the energy, healthcare, automotive, real estate and consumer goods sectors. Recent highlights include advising NB Products on its acquisition of the Mexican work gear and tools business of Rooster Products Latin America. The firm acts for an impressive mix of domestic and international clients, including Niagara Bottling Group, Coastal Marine, ExxonMobil and Huaneng Group.

González Calvillo, SC is a popular choice for complex corporate finance transactions, and is regularly involved in major international deals. It advised E.I DuPont de Nemours on the domestic aspects of its $130bn global merger with Dow Chemical Company. Another highlight was advising Grupo Mexico on its $100m acquisition, through its subsidiary AMC, of the El Pilar copper mine from Canadian mining company Stingray. The practice group's strong core includes firm founding partner Enrique González Calvilloas well as an array of other highly experienced partners including Jorge Cervantes, Gonzalo Vargas Ateca, Miguel Valle, Jaime Cortés and Rodrigo Rojas.

Juan Francisco Torres Landa leads the well-respected seven-partner corporate team at Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.. The office’s clients benefit greatly from the firm’s global network, and the team acts for an impressive group of private equity funds, such as KKR and One Equity Partners, and strategic buyers, including Pfizer, GE, Dana Corporation and Schlumberger. The firm recently advised PVH on its $200m joint venture with Grupo Axo for the distribution of the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands in Mexico; and advised Affinia Group on the Mexican aspects of its $1.3bn sale to Mann+Hummel. Key partners include Jorge Yañez, Federico De Noriega and Guillermo González.

Jones Day has a ‘very good’ corporate team led by Javier Martinez del Campo, who works alongside highly rated partners such as Antonio Franck and Luis Rubio, advising a range of major international clients on their Mexican interests. It recently acted for Newell Brands on the domestic aspects of its $16bn cash and stock acquisition of Jarden Corporation. The firm has also seen considerable activity in the energy sector, and represented Fisterra Energy, a subsidiary of the Blackstone Group, on the $852m sale of Ventika, a Mexican wind farm, to IEnova. Another highlight was advising Restaurantes Toks, a subsidiary of Grupo Gigante, on the acquisition of nine restaurants operated by Wings.

Santamarina y Steta’s 16-partner corporate team forms a core part of the firm’s full-service offering. It acts for a broad range of major industrial clients, and is an extremely popular choice with mid-market domestic and international companies. Among its recent highlights, it advised OCC Mundial on its acquisition of Empleolisto.com; acted for Wirecard on the acquisition of the Mexican arm of Citigroup’s Prepaid Card Services; and assisted Brussels-based company Euroclear in negotiating with Grupo Bolsa Mexicana de Valores to form a joint venture company, BMV Fondos, operating in the Mexican mutual funds market. The department fields several experienced partners, including Jorge Léon-Orantes, César Gerardo Cruz Ayala, Jorge Barrero Stahl and Juan Carlos Machorro.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s corporate practice has seen considerable growth in the last five years, and has a strong presence in the consumer goods and private equity industries. The ‘highly knowledgeable and very responsive’ team is ‘able to bring well-qualified and articulate lawyers to assist with whatever issues arise’, and provides ‘cogent and easy-to-understand advice’. The group has been involved in the Mexican aspects of several blockbuster deals, including advising Anheuser-Busch InBev on its acquisition of SABMiller, and acting for Coca-Cola on its takeover of Unilever’s soy-based business, AdeS. Another highlight was representing Mars on its takeover of Grupo Turin, the Mexican chocolate manufacturer. On the private equity side, where Andres Niéto is very experienced, the firm advised KPS Capital Partners and its portfolio company Electrical Components International on its takeover of Whitepath Fab Tech. Luis Burgueño leads the highly rated team, which includes competition partner Fernando Carreño; the ‘excellent, business-oriented and eminently practicalJavier Lizardi; and Rupert Hüttler, who is dual qualified in Austria and Mexico.

White & Case S.C. has good strength in depth, and its practice is backed up by expertise in heavily regulated sectors such as energy, telecoms and financial services. In telecoms, the firm advised on the formation of Altán Consortium – which includes Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, the IFC and Canadian pension fund CDPQ – and its subsequent successful $7bn bid to build and operate a mobile 4G network. Another major highlight was advising the Chinese home appliance manufacturer Haier on its $5.4bn takeover of MABE from GE. The team includes Iker Arriola, who is also highly recommended for competition and antitrust matters; Raúl Fernández-Briseño, particularly for telecoms matters; and Francisco Garcia-Naranjo, who is active on the financial services side. Clients also rate younger partners such as the ‘excellent’ Henri Capin-Gally.

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C. acts for an impressive range of international clients, many of them household names, and its offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara and El Bajio ensure that its clients benefit from a strong on-the-ground presence. The corporate team handles the full range of work including joint ventures, M&A deals, and general corporate finance. The firm has been particularly active for clients in the automotive and technology sectors. It recently advised Flextronics on the expansion of its strategic partnership with Bose Corporation for the operation of its manufacturing operations in Mexico; and also advised Daimler on its joint venture for an industrial plant in Mexico which will manufacture Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti cars. Hugo Cuesta heads the team, with Elena Robles, Azucena Marin and Fernando Cuesta also key partners.

The ‘extremely professional’ corporate team at DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano is praised for its ‘excellent service’. The six-partner team is led by managing partner Eduardo Gallástegui, and was boosted by the arrival of Edgar Romo from Robles Miaja, SC. Other key partners are Jorge Benejam, Gerardo Lozano Alarcón and the ‘really sharp and precise’ María Eugenia Ríos, who is singled out for her ‘experience and knowledge of the law’. The firm was involved in several major telecoms deals, and also advised Oaktree on the sale of Spanish food company Panrico to Mexico’s Bimbo Group. Other major clients include General Mills, Koch Industries, Becton Dickinson and Nexxus Capital. As of late 2017, the firm has announced the incorporation of tax boutique González Luna, Moreno y Armida, bringing a 12-strong team -including three partners- that is particularly well-regarded for litigious fiscal matters; the merger boosts the size of the Mexico office to approximately 30 lawyers.

Greenberg Traurig, S.C. provides an ‘excellent service’, with a ‘level of sophistication and responsiveness that is definitely setting a standard in the market’. The Mexico office works closely with lawyers in other parts of the firm’s global network, particularly New York and Miami. Teva Pharmaceuticals is a major client of the firm; the firm recently advised it on its $2.3bn acquisition of Mexican drug manufacturer Rimsa, along with a portfolio of products and companies. Another highlight was acting for Mexican healthcare services company Operadora Maximed on its takeover by the Angelus Fund. The team is jointly led by highly rated managing partner José Raz Guzmán and Juan Manuel González. Hugo López Coll is ‘a real asset to any team’ whose ‘level of involvement, knowledge and availability is outstanding’. Víctor Manuel Frías Garcés also comes highly recommended.

Well-regarded three-partner corporate boutique Robles Miaja, SC acts for some of Mexico’s largest domestic corporate clients, including América Móvil and Telmex – thanks in part to the high esteem in which founding partner Rafael Robles is held. Despite its relatively small size, the firm handles the full range of domestic and cross-border M&A deals, and is also strong in complementary areas such as capital markets and telecoms regulation. Other key partners include Maria Luisa Petricioli and Ximena Robles. Edgar Romo recently left to join DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano.

The ‘excellent’, ‘business-oriented and mindful’ team at Solcargo is a popular choice for corporate M&A and private equity work, and is also regularly instructed on major transactions with a real estate element. Clients appreciate the ‘diligent and knowledgeable’, ‘available and efficient’ lawyers, and the ‘personalised service’ which they provide. The firm acts for an impressive range of clients from the US, Asia and Europe. It advised Newell Window Furnishings on its $270m global takeover by Hunter Douglas; and also acted for US fund MicroVest Capital Management, which provides financing to micro-financing firms, on a Mex$89m loan to Financiamiento Progresemos. The team is jointly led by Luis González and Fernando Eraña, who provide ‘responsive and solid support’ and ‘always keep a professional attitude’.

As one of Mexico’s oldest firms, Creel Abogados, SC has an excellent pedigree for corporate work, handling M&A, private equity and day-to-day commercial matters. The firm boasts several highly experienced partners: notably senior partner Carlos Creel, who led on several key transactions including Trelleborg’s acquisition of CGS Holding’s Mexican subsidiary CGS Automotive de Mexico. Alfonso García-Mingo also has an extremely strong practice, and recently advised McGraw Hill Financial and its Mexican subsidiaries on the $1.1bn sale of J.D. Power to global investment firm XIO Group. Other key partners are Carlos Acle, Gustavo Struck and Alfonzo Razú.

The Mexican operation of Spanish legal giant Garrigues is very much in expansion mode. Gerardo Lemus leads the team, which has been boosted by the arrival of energy expert David Jiménez Romero from Norton Rose Fulbright, and corporate finance partner Mario Juárez from Ritch Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, SC. The firm carries out a mix of work for Spanish, Mexican and other Latin American clients, and benefits from a strong network of offices across South America. It recently acted for Grunenthal Group on its €50m acquisition of the Mexican subsidiary of Almirall. Antonio Bulnes is also recommended.

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. has an experienced five-partner team led by name partner Miguel Jáuregui Rojas and Miguel Ishii Yokoyama, and has been very active in the energy, transport and manufacturing sectors. One of the firm’s largest mandates was from the Peralta Family, which it represented on its $27m sale of shares in Grupo Metales Incoporados to Acon Investments. Another highlight was representing Nacional Financiera on its investment into 13 domestic and international investment funds as part of its national scheme to foster domestic start-ups. The firm also advised Grupo Turin on its takeover by Mars.

Kuri Breña, Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar is ‘a great law firm’ which provides ‘a superb service’ and is a popular choice for private equity and corporate M&A matters, as well as related capital markets work. The five-partner team includes name partners Daniel Kuri Breña and Jesús Sánchez Ugarte, and other key individuals such as Luis Octavio Núñez Orellana and Rodrigo López Márquez. Recent highlights include advising Vinte Viviendas Integrales on its multimillion-dollar buyout of Autopista del Occidente. The firm also acted for Grupo GICSA on the transfer of assets and rights over its real estate projects to the Mexica REIT Fibra Hotel. Alvaro Sarmiento Lapiedra is also recommended.

The team at Sánchez Devanny is ‘very responsive’, gives ‘very practical advice’, and has ‘a lot of experience advising foreign companies and understanding the issues they face operating and investing in Mexico’. It advised Constantia Flexibles International on the multimillion-dollar sale of its packaging business to Mexican company Gondi, while other key clients include Linamar Corporation, Sumitomo, Oshkosh, Trina Solar and Nissan. Key partners include Ernesto Silvas-Medina, Humberto Morales Barrón and the ‘very knowledgeable and very practicalJosé Antonio Postigo-Uribe. The firm has offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro.

Chávez Vargas Abogados, S.C. is a high-quality boutique with a strong focus on corporate work, particularly for clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. José Antonio Chávez and Brian Minutti are the firm’s two lead partners, and are both experienced in transactional and day-to-day corporate matters. Recent highlights include advising Banco Invex on its $66.3m acquisition of credit card company Credomatic de Mexico. The firm also advised the Mexican real estate developer Quinta Fachada on its transformation into a corporation, involving the creation of a holding structure to control the company’s subsidiaries.

Corporate partners Santiago Ferrer, Agustín Cerdá and Mariano Ucar form the nucleus of the transactional practice in Cuatrecasas’ Mexico City office. Ferrer, formerly a partner at Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C., also has considerable competition experience, while of counsel Francisco Carbajal Domínguez, a former senior manager at Ernst & Young, brings tax capabilities to the team. The group can also call on the support of Javier Villasante and Fernando Bernad; both are resident in Spain, but visit Mexico on a frequent basis. The group’s workload is currently focused on inbound Spanish mandates, but the firm’s aggressive recent recruitment activity is such that considerable growth in terms of the team and the breadth of its practice can be expected going forward.

Cuesta, Llaca y Esquivel represents a broad range of domestic and international companies across sectors including pharmaceuticals, automotive and manufacturing. The firm has a particularly strong following of companies based in Germany and Austria, and recent clients include ThyssenKrupp North America and Voestalpine. Clients can draw on the experience of key partners such as Luis Cuesta, Bernardo Llaca Martínez, and Alejandro Hernández Gallardo.

Deloitte Legal Mexico has ‘a very solid M&A team’ noted for its ‘outstanding service’, ‘business-savvy’ approach and ability to ‘summarise very complex analysis into very easy advice’. The group acts for several major international and domestic clients, and is backed up by an outstanding tax practice. It recently advised Grupo MVS on its $25m acquisition of a telecoms company; and advised restaurant operator CMR on the $18m sale of several restaurants to another major restaurant company. The ‘smart and practical’ César Morales Galán is singled out for his ‘very good client relation skills’. Other key partners include legal practice head Mauricio Oropeza Estrada, Diego Valdes Abuadili and ‘well known corporate attorney’ Ramón Bravo, who arrived from SMPS Legal in early 2017.

Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS) has a four-partner corporate practice which predominantly acts for international clients, in sectors including pharmaceuticals and automotive. Name partner Carlos Müggenburg leads the team with Pablo Gómez Sainz, and is backed up by a strong team of lawyers including Juan Cortiñas Barajas and, in the firm’s new Guadalajara office, Luis Felipe Ortiz Cervantes. The firm has been involved in a number of significant transactions, including advising an automotive parts supplier on the acquisition and development of three new factories in Mexico.

Romo Paillés, S.C. has a strong and active corporate practice with a good track record in transactions and day-to-day advice. It acts for a mix of domestic and international companies, advising on mergers, spin-offs, share transfers and related corporate finance issues. The firm’s three partners, Rafael Romo, Maria Teresa Paillés and Maria Esther Ray, are all highly experienced in this area.

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