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The ‘excellent’ insurance practice at Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC stands as leader in the market for its depth of experience and – with 12 lawyers – size. Clients value ‘the accessibility of the lawyers, the rapidity of replies and the foundation of consultations, the knowledge of the law and of our business models. It stands out because of its knowledge of the insurance market (as well as of other areas), its professional prestige endorsed by an excellent reputation in the market, and its being at the vanguard in terms of being up-to-date on legislative news’. The practice has offices in Mexico City and in London and covers the full range of insurance matters, namely non-contentious corporate, regulatory, transactional and compliance matters, along with product design and development; and contentious matters such as claims, coverage issues, arbitration, litigation, and insurance and reinsurance recoveries – the team also draws on the firm’s strong finance practice as necessary. In recent international work, the group advised Assurant on its $2.5bn reverse merger with The Warranty Group, resulting in the indirect acquisition of approximately 77% of the interest in the Mexican subsidiaries of the latter; and Brazilian company OdontoPrev on the negotiation of the amendments and restructuring of the shareholders agreement of the client’s Mexican insurance company with its Mexican partners. On the domestic front, it assisted Laureate International Universities with the incorporation of an insurance broker; 31 reinsurance companies with all the regulatory aspects of their operations as foreign reinsurance companies in Mexico; Cardif Generales and Cardif Vida in all regulatory aspects related with their operations, as well as with their distribution schemes and the structuring and negotiation of the major agreements entered into with their commercial partners. London-based practice head Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly is a ‘great lawyer’, according to peers; clients value his ‘professionalism, proximity, accessibility, legal prudence, knowledge of the Mexican market, and rigour’. Other key figures include Luciano Pérez G, who handles non-contentious work, particularly regulatory and corporate matters; Michell Nader S, who handles M&A deals in the insurance sector; and Julián Garza C, also a corporate and finance lawyer, who has specialised regulatory knowledge in insurance transactions. Noted associates include Juan Pablo Sáinz, who focuses on advising the London market on Mexican law in relation to coverage and regulatory issues and international transactions; and J Raúl Jasso P, who spent a year working in the New York offices of Clifford Chance. Other clients include AXA Seguros, MetLife, Grupo Nacional Provincial, Zurich, Chubb, Seguros Banorte, SURA, The Travelers Companies and BUPA Mexico. Miguel A de la Fuente moved to Garrigues.

The insurance and reinsurance practice at Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is still a relatively young one, but it draws on the firm’s overall excellence to assist clients in the insurance and reinsurance market with regulatory, corporate, contractual and contentious matters. The team recently advised The Warranty Group on its reverse merger with Assurant, resulting in the former indirectly acquiring a 77% interest in the Mexican subsidiaries of the client; and Suramericana, Sura Asset Management, and Sura Asset Management Mexico on consolidation of ownership of the first over the second via stock purchase agreements, a transaction valued at $20.6m. The ‘fully recommendedLeonel Pereznieto leads the five-strong core team, which includes of counsel Maria José Pinillos (formerly General Counsel at Pan-American México), senior associate Lilian Fernández (who focuses on the analysis of structures and products), intermediate Allan Olmedo (compliance with regard to the new norms in the sector), and junior associate Mallinalli Tecomahua (formerly in-house at Prudential Mexico). Further support comes from Eduardo González, Carlos Zamarrón and Jorge Correa, on the corporate, finance and tax aspects of transactional mandates, respectively. Clients include MBIA Insurance, Willis Group, Genworth Financial, Allianz, Royal Sun and Alliance, Organización Sanitas Internacional, Interprotección Agente de Seguros y Fianzas, El Aguila Compañía de Seguros/Great American Insurance Group, Zurich, AM Trust Europe, Guy Carpenter, Delcredere / Ducroire, Suderland Marine Insurance, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe, Great American Insurance Company, Ocean International Reinsurance, and Active Capital Reinsurance.

Now officially known as Garza Tello-Clyde & Co Mexico, after the summer 2017 merger of Garza Tello y Asociados with Clyde & Co (after an almost 10-year co-operational relationship), this firm continues to be a leader in the insurance and reinsurance market in Mexico, with a satellite office in the coastal city of Ciudad del Carmen. The four-strong team, led by Arturo Arista, primarily advises national and international insurers and reinsurers on claims (including general liability, product liability, D&O, E&O and professional liability) in the transportation and energy infrastructure sectors, the latter reflecting the Mexican firm’s other specialisation in energy matters. Recent highlights saw the team work on both its own locally-generated mandates and also in conjunction with colleagues in London. In the former case, the team assisted a reinsurance client in a large multimillion-dollar energy infrastructure property claim; in the latter, the group advised a reinsured party in a case involving a pipeline leak on an offshore platform in Mexican waters, and in another mandate also concerning an offshore platform, advised the reinsurer on coverage issues arising from alleged damage to the pile sleeves of a platform jacket following hydrostatic failure. Arista led or co-led all the cases; he specialises in all areas of insurance, reinsurance and transportation law. The team further includes Arturo Bello, who heads the contentious practice, and specialises in litigation of admiralty, general liability and insurance claims of all types; and Enrique Garza, whose practice includes marine and insurance law, as well as energy, with a specialism that includes offshore operations. Further support comes from Fernando Escamilla, who focuses on offshore energy and shipping; and specialist associate Daniel Ruíz Lares, who is focused on contractual and regulatory insurance issues, along with claims handling matters, and has niche expertise in finance law relating to international insurance and reinsurance.

With the incorporation of the ‘excellent’ Francisco Fernández Guerra-Fletes – formerly the managing partner at DAC Beachcroft Mexico – low-profile insurance boutique ColinVega Abogados has gained prominence. Fernández and name partner José Luis Colin Vega, co-lead a 15-strong team that handles the gamut of insurance matters including contracts, judicial and extra-judicial claims, litigation and arbitration and accidents. Fernández specializes in the contentious and non-contentious aspects of insurance liability (including environmental, professional, and construction liability), fraud and fidelity bonds; while Vega focuses on contentious matters derived from financial fraud, political risks, K&RE, product liability and insurance disputes – he also has niche expertise in cyber risks. Recent matters include advising the cedents in a multi-hundred-million-dollar industrial accident case; loss-related arbitration; the representation of re-insurers in a major D&O case; collections and subrogation matters. Active clients include Zurich, QBE, GNP, KOT Insurance, AIG, BUPA, Liberty, HDI Mexico and Swiss Re, as well as multiple Lloyd’s syndicates, and corporates including AT&T, Coca-Cola Femsa, Grupo Mexico, Arthur Gallager, Grupo Herdéz and AB InBev.

With the exit of former office managing partner Francisco Fernández Fletes in May 2017 to ColinVega Abogados, ‘multinationalDAC Beachcroft Mexico endured a much-commented departure but both clients and peers attest to the firm’s quality, noting that the ‘level of service is excellent, and the knowledge of the subject matter is exemplary’. In addition, the lawyers are also praised for their court work, demonstrating ‘adequate technical strength, management of legal risks, and a consolidated presence’; ‘they understand perfectly the needs of the clients, and the key people are accessible and offer a personalised service’. The 10-strong team handles insurance and reinsurance, claims (a ‘forte’ of the group), civil and commercial litigation, corporate, real estate, criminal law, and e-commerce and cyber law. Highlight work included assisting co-reinsurers XL Catlin and Novae with handling hundreds of claims associated with a major construction project; Berkley Latin America and Caribbean with managing long tail losses of CFE’s public liability policy in Mexico for the period 2013-2014 (involving over 250 cases); Zurich Mexico in a $10m claim resulting from a product liability policy as well as with a loss of $3m from disloyal practices of the client’s sales agents in Mexico; and QBE UK with coverage advice regarding a loss involving the collision of a gas truck and a passenger bus, resulting in 12 deaths and the injury of a further 20. In combination with the firm’s London office, the team assisted a US reinsurer in a $3m claim involving a fatal accident on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Campeche. The Mexico office is also able to rely on the firm’s Latin American network, which as of 2017 includes an association with Lopez Saavedra & Villarroel, in Buenos Aires. Clients praise Mexico City office managing partner Rodrigo Fernandez Guerra: ‘He has deep regulatory and legal knowledge about his area’ and ‘is technically competent, has a very pragmatic approach to problems and is very good at handling problematic situations with clients’. He heads the firm’s cyber insurance practice in Latin America, but has broad-ranging expertise that includes IP and data protection, personal injury claims arising under liability policies in the reinsurance market, and class action litigation. Other key practice partner Jose Luis Arce covers regulatory and corporate matters in insurance and reinsurance, as well as sureties, and also handles administrative proceedings, negotiations and disputes before the National Insurance and Bonding Commission (CNSF - Comisión Nacional de Seguros y Fianzas). ‘In addition to having solid knowledge in the field of insurance law’, senior associate Salvador Enrique Urbano, who heads the office’s litigation and civil liability claims teams, ‘has the capacity to create adequate defence strategies and to be updated with respect to judicial criteria, allowing him to handle a court case in line with jurisprudence’. Further support comes from Liliana Calvo, who is head of the insurance practice, and is an expert in financial lines; and Jorge Salgado-Gónzalez, who is dual qualified in Mexico and London (and divides his time between the two) and specialises in (re)insurance claims and policy coverage. Other clients include Mitsui Sumitomo Mexico, HCC Mexico, Axa, Swiss Re, Munich Re, Lloyd’s Syndicates, Liberty, Allianz, AIG, Mapfre, and Hiscox.

The ‘excellent’ insurance team at Hogan Lovells BSTLoffers first-class, tailor-made client service’, according to one client. The two partners, four associate team covers the formation and acquisition of insurance, surety, and brokerage companies, as well as day-to-day compliance and regulatory issues, including compliance and administrative proceedings before the CNSF and the National Commission for the Protection and Defence of Financial Services Users (CONDUSEF), as well as the development of insurance products and policies, and regulatory legal assistance to reinsurance brokers. Recent work highlights included assisting Marsh with its $42m acquisition of a Mexican broker; Chubb Group Mexico with the global corporate restructure and merger of several entities of the group; and Swiss Re on obtaining authorisation to set up an insurance company. The practice is co-led by senior partner Eduardo Siqueiros T and Carlos Ramos Miranda, who stands out ‘for his knowledge of regulatory, corporate, insurance and re-insurance law matters’; both lawyers have broad practices that include insurance. Other work included assisting Metlife Mexico with various regulatory and non-regulatory matters. Additional clients include Guy Carpenter, Insignia Life, Lloyd’s of London, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Mapfre México, Solunion México Seguros de Crédito, Primero Fianzas, and Pioneer México, Intermediario de Reaseguro.

In Mexico Kennedys is still considered a fledgling firm, but 2017 saw it busy with work advising high-profile clients, mostly on coverage matters (its main strength), including claims made under civil, environmental, D&O, and professional civil liability across a range of sectors (notably energy). The ten-strong team is integrated into the firm’s broader regional Latin America and the Caribbean practice, which includes the firm’s Miami office, as well as those in Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Colombia, and an association in Argentina. In addition to this, in June 2017 Kennedys merged with US firm Carroll McNulty & Kull (CMK), and will in due course become Kennedys CMK in Mexico as well. Mexican-born Michael Hennessy heads the team. He is qualified in England, and is in the process of qualifying in Mexico, having relocated to the country (to open the office) from Miami. Hennessy covers insurance and reinsurance coverage advice and dispute resolution. Key support comes from Alberto Torres Martínez, who heads the litigation practice, and is a certified mediator with the Mexican Association of Insurance Institutions, as well as an insurance and surety specialist. Gerardo Plata Iturralde left the firm.

The insurance practice at full-service Santamarina y Steta advises on sector-related contractual, corporate and regulatory matters, including in relation to developments issued by the CNSF and the General Direction of Insurance and Bonding of the Ministry of Finance, and to reinsurers setting up in the country. The firm has offices in Mexico City, Querétaro and Monterrey, with key contact Francsico Torres G operating from the latter, while Carlos Olvera, who combines his practice with disputes, is located in Mexico City.

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. draws on its corporate and regulatory and compliance expertise to advise insurance clients on all sorts of matters related to their business operations. Leading the firm’s roster of clients is AON, which the department assists with insurance and reinsurance regulatory requirements, corporate matters and compliance issues. Other recent work highlights included advising Sedna Hospital on the due diligence procedure carried out on its insurance programme and assistance to INTERprotección regarding data protection and privacy compliance, another one of the firm’s strengths. The team of eight is co-led by Miguel Gallardo Guerra, who is certified by the National Insurance and Bonding Commission as an insurance contract expert and sits on the Board of Directors of Sura Seguros as an independent member. Sura, another one of the practice’s clients, instructs the team on corporate, compliance and insurance law matters. Gallardo’s fellow practice head is Federico de Palacio (also a member of the firm’s corporate group), and the team also calls on the support of data protection and privacy partner Hector Guzman and of senior associate Javier Pérez Moreno. The firm also has offices in Querétaro and Madrid, Spain. Patricia Hernández León left to join AON. Other clients include Prudential, Falabella, AIG and Banorte.

The four-strong insurance team at leading, full-service firm Galicia Abogados SC has built a solid practice advising clients on insurance-related corporate matters, regulatory issues and in connection with the analysis and negotiation of claims. In the latter two cases, clients include HSBC Seguros, Cesce Seguros, MetLife Seguros, and Sura Seguros México. Partner and practice head Humberto Pérez-Rocha sits on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the latter. His practice focuses on transactional work, and he can draw on in-house experience, having previously been seconded to act as general counsel for a major Mexican insurer. Associate Francisco Javier Alejo, who had joined the team from Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC in mid-2016, left in April 2018 to join Garrigues.

Low-key operation Gonzalez Alcocer y Retes y Estrada Sámano, SCknows about insurance’ according to peers. The firm has offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara, and has specialised in insurance since its founding in 2001, both in terms of consultancy and disputes with clients such as Seguros Monterrey New York Life, National Unity Insurance Company, Afianzadora Insurgentes, Seguros Tepeyac, Multiasistencia, Fianzas Monterrey, and Zurich. Founding partner Aurelio González Alcocer is considered an institution in the market and draws on over 20 years’ in-house experience at Seguros Monterrey New York Life. Specialist insurance litigator Oscar Arturo Pérez also has over 20 years’ experience in the sector, six of those in-house at Fianzas Monterrey. ‘Very good’ Pablo Retes González Cos handles advisory work, with niche expertise in coverage matters in the energy sector, particularly with key client Aseguradora Interacciones.

OCAMPO 1890, S. C. (formerly Bufete Ocampo, Salcedo, Alvarez del Castillo y Ocampo S.C.), is the oldest law firm in Mexico, established in 1890. A boutique known mainly for its litigation work in a variety of sectors, in insurance it handles corporate and regulatory matters, coverage analysis and litigation, reinsurance, and surety, thereby offering a broad spectrum of services. Recent work saw the team assist Berkley Insurance Company with the incorporation of a surety company (a mandate for which it obtained authorisation in a record 5 months and 21 days!); represent Seguros El Potosí in litigation against the bankrupt Istmo Reinsurance Company with the objective of safeguarding the client’s interests in several lawsuits in Mexico and Panama; and assist Kot Insurance Company in reviewing PEMEX’s insurance programme. The team is led by firm CEO Aldo José Ocampo Castañares who is appreciated by clients for his focus on achieving results and who has over 20 years’ experience in insurance. Other team members include Pablo Vizcaino, who covers litigation, and can draw on his in-house experience of working at ING and Swiss Re; and associate Diana Ángeles. Jesus Salcedo P left the firm. Other clients include Mapfre Teeyac, Chubb de México (Compañía de Seguros), Chubb Fianzas, La Latinoamericana Seguros, Holman Fenwick Willan, Fianzas Dorama, Willis Towers Watson, Zurich Seguros, and Alitalia.

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