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Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.’s ‘standout’ disputes practice is ‘of the highest quality’ and ‘undoubtedly one of the best’ in the market, with the ability to ‘combine expert lawyers in different areas to give a comprehensive solution’. Luis Enrique Graham and Eduardo Siqueiros are ‘widely recognised in the Mexican and international market as the best in their area’, and Omar Guerrero also has an excellent reputation. The firm handles both international arbitration and litigation, but is probably best known for the former. It has recently been involved in major disputes in the energy, infrastructure, insurance and food sectors. The office also benefits from its close cooperation with teams in New York and Miami.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has an excellent disputes practice which is equally well-versed in litigation, including administrative and civil proceedings, and international arbitration. Claus Von Wobeser, who is particularly strong in international arbitration, is ‘definitely one of the best in Mexico’; ‘his knowledge and expertise justify why he is one of the most in-demand counsel in his field’. Marco Tulio Venegas is ‘an excellent lawyer’ and an extremely experienced civil and administrative litigator and arbitration attorney. Younger partners include Diego Sierra, who has a good reputation for anti-corruption cases, and also litigator Adrián Magallanes. The firm has been handling several cases for Anheuser-Busch, including a dispute with the state of Zacatecas, and has also been representing Ingenerios Civiles Asociados in an ICC arbitration regarding the termination of a contract for the construction of a port terminal on the Pacific coast.

The ‘excellent’ team at Baker McKenzie S.C. is ‘very knowledgeable’. Litigation and arbitration expert Javier Navarro-Velasco heads the eight-partner department, which includes seasoned insolvency and administrative litigator Alfonso Cortez-Fernandez, and the highly experienced David Márquez-Lechuga. On the arbitration side, Salvador Fonseca-Gonzalez ‘is a pleasure to work with’ and ‘clearly explains the arbitration process as it moves forward through each stage’. Recent highlights include representing Farmacias Benavides and Alliance Boots in a constitutional dispute before the Mexican courts concerning a public tender offer. Other clients include British American Tobacco, Wynn Las Vegas and Xella Mexicana.

Malpica, Iturbe, Buj y Paredes, S.C. is a ‘simply excellent’, ’responsive and user-friendly’ disputes boutique which is particularly active on the litigation front, with its lawyers handling a mix of commercial and administrative cases. The firm provides ‘a top-level service’ and has ‘in-depth knowledge of the law,’ and is also appreciated for its ‘imaginative approach to solving problems at competitive rates’. It has recently been involved in several major cases in the telecoms market, and successfully represented Grupo Televisa in a major dispute with the Federal Telecommunications Institute which ultimately helped overturn a pardon that Telcel received for monopolistic practices. The firm also represented Techint in an ICC arbitration and subsequent enforcement proceedings before the Mexican courts. The ‘technically brilliant’ Carlos Malpica leads the highly rated team, which includes Juan José Iturbe López, Rodrigo Buj (‘a very competent lawyer, one of the best for administrative matters’), Horacio Paredes, and younger partners including Álvaro Huerta González and Rolando Zárate Guzmán.

Martínez, Algaba, de Haro, Curiel y Galván-Duque, S.C. is a highly regarded litigation, banking and corporate boutique with a strong reputation for disputes. Handling all areas of commercial, civil and administrative litigation, it is also experienced in international arbitration, and is particularly noted for its expertise in banking and insolvency-related disputes, including financial regulatory issues. The practice has several well-respected attorneys, including bankruptcy specialist Jorge De Haro, and name partners Roberto Martínez and Ernesto Algaba.

When it comes to disputes, Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS) is probably best known for its IP practice, but the firm is also very experienced in complex commercial litigation. Esteban C Gorches and Jean Yves Peñalosa jointly lead the team, which covers commercial, competition, civil and administrative proceedings. The firm was recently involved in a significant shareholder dispute involving a property development company, as well as a major public procurement dispute in the pharmaceuticals sector. Other experienced partners include Gabriel Barrera Vallcaneras and Luis Enrique Donnadieu Macias.

Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados is a litigation boutique with a first-class reputation. The firm covers commercial, civil, constitutional, insolvency, competition and IP disputes, and is also experienced in domestic and international arbitration. The firm’s name partners Javier Quijano Baz and Xavier Cortina are both key figures in the market.

Santamarina y Steta’s well-regarded disputes practice is led by Fernando del Castillo. The group has a strong reputation in the market for insolvency disputes, but is also highly experienced in general commercial litigation and arbitration. The firm was recently successful in defending John Deere against a major damages claim concerning the termination of a distribution agreement. Another highlight was representing Peñafiel Aguas Minerales in a dispute with joint venture partner Acqua Minerale San Bendetto, which went to arbitration. Other major clients include Siemens, which the firm assisted in the successful enforcement of a $400m arbitration award against Pemex. Carlos Olvera is also recommended.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C. has a heavy focus on international commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes. The ‘very good’ team has four partners almost exclusively focused on international disputes; it is ‘always responsive and serious’, and ‘goes the extra mile’, with Eloy Barbará de Parres and Gabriela Alvarez-Avila particularly well regarded. The practice is also seeing an increasing amount of mediation work, an area in which the ‘very practical’ Antonio Prida, who was recently appointed as President of the ICC Meditation Committee in Mexico, is experienced. The team works closely with colleagues in New York and other offices in the firm’s international network, and has been very active for the Republic of Venezuela in several separate ICSID disputes against claimants including Venoklim Holding, Mobil Corporation and Tidewater. Australian-born, US-trained lawyer Kate Brown de Vejar is considered ‘one of the best in investment arbitration’.

Guerra González y Asociados, S.C. is best known for its insolvency expertise, but is also a leading player in commercial litigation, where it is often referred work by firms without domestic litigation capabilities. The ‘results-driven’ team provides ‘an outstanding service’ and is praised as being ‘very practical, with an important business sense’. It benefits from the ‘experience and legacy’ of founding partner Jaime Guerra González, who is ‘an icon in the Mexican market’. Jesus Guerra Méndez is also establishing a reputation as a ‘go-to lawyer’ with ‘tremendous knowledge of the law’, and is ‘a fantastic strategist’. Recent highlights include successfully representing Axis Asset Management as minority shareholder in a dispute concerning the management and ownership of Integradora de Servicios Petroleros Oro Negro. Clients also rate Patricio Hildago Estrada and Elias Mendoza.

Hegewisch Abogados, SC is a respected and well-established disputes boutique with a strong focus on litigation. It is well known for its expertise in commercial, civil, and administrative disputes, and is particularly adept at handling bankruptcy and finance cases. Fernando Hegewisch Diaz Infante is the firm’s lead partner.

Jones Day is building a strong disputes practice capable of handling major arbitration and litigation cases for its international and domestic clients. The 13-lawyer group is jointly led by Antonio González and José Antonio Vázquez, who is praised for his ‘depth of knowledge and capacity to provide different scenarios in order to better protect his clients’ interests’. The firm has been involved in several major cases, including representing Telefónica Moviles Mexico and Pegaso PCS in a $1bn+ ICSID claim against the government of Mexico regarding a change in regulations for interconnection rates. Another highlight was representing Sherwin Williams in a $900m ICC arbitration against Comex concerning the termination of a share purchase agreement. The firm also assisted Hard Rock Cafe International in the enforcement of an ICC arbitral award which terminated a master franchise agreement against Operadora DB Mexico.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘very responsive’ team at Solcargo handles a wide range of litigation and arbitration cases, and is particularly experienced in energy-related disputes. The state electricity company, Comisión Federal de Electricidad, is a major client which the firm has been representing in an ICC arbitration award annulment proceeding in a dispute concerning an energy plant in the Yucatan Peninsula. The ‘very professional and effective’ team provides ‘an excellent service to multinational companies’, and has advised Hyundai Motor Company in a series of disputes with its main distributor in Mexico. Other major clients include Exportadora de Sal, KCA International Construction Management & Consulting, and Servicio Lerma el Dorado. The team is jointly led by the ‘sophisticated’ Fernando Pérez Correa (‘a strategic thinker who sees the big picture’) and the ‘capable, competent, detail oriented, and very hardworking’ José Covarrubias.

White & Case S.C.’s ‘top-notch’ practice is praised for its ‘excellent management of budgets, deep level of experience and knowledge in disputes’, and has separate groups focusing on commercial litigation and international arbitration. The litigation side is jointly led by Ismael Reyes Retana and Enrique Espejel. For arbitration, the lead partner is Rafael Llano, who is ‘an excellent disputes attorney’. The firm recently represented AXA Seguros in a multimillion-dollar insurance coverage dispute, and is also acting for Telefónica in contentious regulatory issues. On the arbitration front, the firm is representing the Republic of Peru in an ICSID claim concerning the development of the Port of Callao.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is highly recommended for its expertise in white-collar crime, an area in which partners Francisco Tiburcio and Alejandro Catalá are both very experienced. The firm also handles a broader array of commercial disputes and litigation for domestic and international clients. However, Cecilia Flores left to establish her own firm, Flores Rueda, S.C.

Edgar Grajeda heads the small litigation team at González Calvillo, SC, which is experienced in civil and commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes and administrative litigation in areas such as environmental law. The firm acts for an impressive spread of international and domestic clients, including Google, Mitsubishi, Cargo Crane and Nissan Mexicana. It recently represented Megacable in two significant claims, including a MX$400m dispute with Telmex concerning payment for interconnection charges.

Loperena Lerch y Martin Del Campo is a disputes boutique with an excellent market reputation. It is particularly well regarded for its expertise in international arbitration, where it represents international and domestic clients. Carlos Loperena is highly sought after both as counsel and arbitrator.

Martens Abogados, S.C. delivers an ‘excellent’ service, provides ‘precise and very fast’ responses, and is appreciated for its ‘warmth of treatment and special attention to its clients’. Federico Martens Alva is ‘a committed and diligent lawyer who does not fear to be innovative in his strategies’. The three-partner firm, which covers commercial and administrative litigation, has several high-profile clients, including Gamesa Energia, Pepsico and Grupo Idesa. Mirem Arriola Herce and Luis Gerardo González Meyer are also very experienced.

Wöss & Partners is an ‘excellent’ arbitration, trade and infrastructure boutique. Name partner Herfried Wöss and Adriana San Román are ‘true experts in their field, and very bright, and can find the best strategic solutions to complex disputes’. Its partners are among ‘the foremost experts in Mexico for complex arbitration involving damages’, and its recent highlights include successfully representing Techint in a $52m arbitration against Sempra/Ienova concerning the construction of a gas pipeline.

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