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PASEO DE LOS TAMARINDOS 150-PB, BOSQUES DE LAS LOMAS, MEXICO, DISTRITO FEDERAL 05120, MEXICO
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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Clients report Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.’s finance practice to be ‘excellent’ and its lawyers to be ‘leaders in the industry’ as regards financial structuring and project finance in particular. Recent mandates include representing the State of Nuevo León on an MXN$2.15bn secured credit line from Banorte and Banco Bansí (sub-sovereign finance is a traditional niche-specialism of the team); and in commercial borrower-side work, advising CYDSA on a $30m loan facility from BBVA Bancomer and Banorte in what was the first off-balance securitization by a corporate group in Mexico. Other matters included advising borrowers on cross-border credit facilities; establishing corporate and trade finance facilities, and public sector debt-restructuring matters. The 14-strong practice group is co-lead by the ‘reliable and trustworthy’ Federico De Noriega in Mexico City and the ‘remarkably innovative’ Rene Arce Lozano (who has ‘a perfect grasp of legislation’), in Monterrey. Other key practitioners include counsel Mayuca Salazar, who has ‘strong knowledge of both financial and regulatory norms’ and provides key support to Arce; and Mexico City-based energy-side specialists Carlos Ramos Miranda, and Miguel Ángel Mateo (the latter recently appointed partner) who are noted particularly in relation to project finance and other energy sector finance matters. Clients include Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, Smurfit Kappa, Rabobank, Banca Afirme, Credit Agricole, Emerging Energy Fund, Export Development Canada and Ford Credit.

Next generation lawyers

Mayuca Salazar Canales - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Acting for creditors and debtors, the 14-strong practice at international firm Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.’s Mexico office handles both voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy proceedings, restructurings and reorganisations. Recent matters saw practice co-head Omar Guerrero lead advice to Banco Bradesco on gaining its recognition as a creditor, and Banco Votorantim on the recognition of the full amount of its creditor’s claim, in the bankruptcy proceedings of Desarrolladora Homex. His fellow practice co-head Federico de Noriega advised Banco de Chile on its recognition as a creditor in Corporación Geo’s bankruptcy case, and subsequent liquidation of the bondholder’s shares. Other matters include acting for the Mexican subsidiary of Sony Corporation in the bankruptcy of Quality Films, as well as acting on issues including replacement creditors, assigned credits, separation of asset claims, the acquisition of assets from companies undergoing bankruptcy, liquidation proceedings and the design and implementation of out-of-court reorganisations. Finance partners René Arce Lozano (in Monterrey) and Carlos Ramos (in Mexico City), and corporate specialist Juan Francisco Torres Landa are also active in this sector as required, while counsels Jorge Valdés King and Luis Peón, who assisted with the Bradesco and Votoranitim matters, respectively; bring significant litigation expertise to the team. Other clients include Archer Daniels Midland, Hewlett-Packard, Mondial Assistance México, Tomkins Poly Belt Mexicana, Solunion México Seguros de Crédito and Talkpool.

Leading lawyers

Omar Guerrero - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

The capital markets practice at Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. is led by René Arce Lozano and Federico De Noriega Olea (from Monterrey and Mexico City, respectively), and is best known for its sub-sovereign work with Mexican states – although of late it has also been particularly active with Standard & Poor’s, and a number of major banks. Recent matters saw de Noriega lead advice to Crédit Agricole, as lender, on a MXN$3bn bilateral conduit securitization of car receivables to GM Financial Mexico; and Standard & Poor’s on a series of senior trust bond issues for the acquisition of the account receivables trusts of AB&C Leasing (MXN$1bn), Mas Leasing (MXN$450m) and Auto Ahorro Automotriz & Financiera Planfia (MXN$400m), among others. Arce was active on sub-sovereign matters including MXN$1bn and MXN$2.4bn credit facilities (secured against future tax flows) on behalf of the state of Oaxaca, MXN$1bn for the state of Tamaulipas and MXN$2.1bn for Nuevo León. Key support comes from counsel Mayuca Salazar Canales; and associate Luis Davalos Bichara is noted for his expertise in sub-sovereign matters. Other clients include Bancomer, Banorte, Banobras, Banca Firme, Banco Multiva and Grupo Interacciones.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. provides ‘an excellent service’ and is among the firms which ‘dominate the sector’. The group has ‘excellent contacts’ and a ‘highly skilled’ team of lawyers. Hugely respected lead partners Omar Guerrero and Ricardo Pons are both praised for their ‘extensive knowledge of the area and their excellent customer service’. The group has expertise across merger control and investigations of vertical and horizontal monopolistic practices. A major highlight on the contentious side was successfully defending two individuals from the Mexican stock trading company Industrias Bachoco, against charges of price fixing in the poultry industry. On the merger control side, the firm advised on the clearance of ACE Limited’s acquisition of The Chubb Corporation. Other recent clients include Dell, General Electric, and Ningbo Joyson.

Leading lawyers

Omar Guerrero - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Ricardo Pons - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Next generation lawyers

Alan Ramirez Cazassa - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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.

Leading lawyers

Juan Francisco Torres Landa - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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.

Leading lawyers

Eduardo Siqueiros - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Luis Enrique Graham - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Omar Guerrero - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Next generation lawyers

Luis Ernesto Peón Barriga - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. covers all corners of the energy market, including oil and gas, and power. Department head Carlos Ramos Miranda is particularly experienced in upstream oil and gas work, and recently represented an international oil giant on its Round 1 bid for the award of exploration and extraction contracts in the Gulf of Mexico. The firm also advised Pemex on the farm-out of a number of existing exploration and production contracts. Midstream matters are typically handled by Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón and Juan Francisco Torres Landa; highlights on this front included advising Energy Transfer on its bid to secure a natural gas transport permit to operate a cross-border natural gas pipeline.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Ramos Miranda - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. has a strong standalone environmental law practice, with several full-time lawyers including Brenda Rogel. The firm has been active in the energy sector, representing several drilling companies, and also has strong experience in areas such as site contamination; its recent work includes successfully representing a major multinational in its bid to prove that it had no responsibility for a contaminated soil claim. Major clients include Ford, Vopak, Covestro, Autozone, Schlumberger and International Paper. The team also benefits from the experience of Juan Francisco Torres Landa and Jorge Yañez.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

The Mexico office of international player Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. provides a full-service offering in the sector, where it has a growing profile for compliance matters, risk assessment and a particularly strong day-to-day practice – as reflected by its recent appointment as lead counsel for day-to-day issues and regulatory compliance for the Chubb Mexico group, including its guarantee and insurance subsidiaries, ACE Seguros, ACE Fianzas Monterrey and ABA Seguros. The six strong practice group is co-led by senior partner Eduardo Siqueiros T and the ‘efficient and effective’ Carlos Ramos Miranda, a well-known figure in the sector. Both undertake insurance work as part of their broader respective practices. The team can also call on the expertise housed in the firm’s other offices, notably London. Recent matters include advising Insignia Life on corporate and regulatory matters; Marsh and Guy Carpenter on general corporate and compliance issues; and obtaining regulatory authorization for the establishment of two insurance companies. Senior associate Miguel Hernández Sánchez is also noted. Other clients include Solunion México Seguros de Crédito, Lloyds, Liberty Mutual Insurance, New York Life and MetLife.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Ramos Miranda - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. provides cutting-edge IP advice to a wide range of clients in the entertainment, consumer goods, IT and pharmaceutical industries. The highly regarded Alfredo Pineda Nieto heads the team, which handles patent, trade mark and copyright matters including anti-counterfeiting, IP enforcement, and civil, criminal and customs actions. Recent highlights include advising Procter & Gamble and The Gillette Company on their Mexican anti-piracy program, which resulted in the seizure of over 11 million counterfeit products in 24 months. The firm also provides trade mark advice to clients such as Suzuki, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, and Paypal.

Next generation lawyers

Alfredo Pineda Nieto - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

The Mexican office of a global player, Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.’s IT&C practice continues to see growth in its customs-related caseload (a sub-sector where new IMMEX/maquiladora regulations and related compliance requirements have increased the complexity of cases) as well as an increase in consultancy matters linked to the uncertainties raised by the prospect of the renegotiation of NAFTA. The trade practice is co-led by Maria Jorge Yáñez and office founding partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa, with tax partner Arturo Tiburcio leading on customs matters (with support from Yáñez). The small team is increasingly involved in consultancy, compliance and (primarily contentious) administrative matters. Following the departure of Ana Gabriela Olmeda, who moved in-house, in mid-2015, the firm recruited senior associate Lourdes Lizarraga, only for her to make the same move. The team subsequently hired Mario Alberto Lara from Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. in mid-2016; now a senior associate, he has become an integral member of the team. Recent matters include representation of key poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride in a major investigation into chicken-meat imports, Honeywell Resins & Chemicals on an investigation into ammonium sulphate imports, and Valspar Aries Coatings in relation to an investigation into the importation of monobutilic ether (EB); the first two cases are now on appeal before NAFTA Chapter XIX panels, the last is subject to a NAFTA bi-national panel review. The team is also advising new client Cooper Tire & Rubber on a potential anti-dumping investigation of Chinese tire imports. Other matters include ongoing advice regarding bonded warehouse operations, counsel on strategy to implement changes in the tariff classification for products exported to Mexico, NAFTA-related administrative claims, customs advisory work, and advice and follow up on a customs authority audit concerning temporary imports. Other clients include JBS, Mitsubishi, Productos Rich, Tempur Sealy México, JM Smucker de México, and International Paper Company.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. is experienced in negotiating with unions and advising on pensions and social security issues, as well as handling major employment disputes. Hugo Hernández-Ojeda and the ‘extraordinarily good’ Luis Ruiz are the main employment partners, and the practice also draws heavily on the experience of highly experienced litigator Luis Rosas Ortega. Recent highlights include advising Goldcorp on the employment aspects of the sale of its Mexican mining subsidiary Exploradora de Yacimientos los Filos; and assisting Bacardi & Co in its negotiations with the unions following the suspension of activities in one of its Mexican plants.

Leading lawyers

Hugo Hernández-Ojeda - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Next generation lawyers

Isabel Pizarro - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

A ‘very good firmHogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. has lawyers with ‘strong technical knowledge in their respective specialities’, and who always achieve ‘a grasp of the business matter in its entirety’. ‘I use the firm for projects of particular sensitivity or that are highly confidential’ noted one real estate client, ‘because of the certainty and judicial security that it provides’. The 17-strong practice works throughout the commercial, retail and residential subsectors but – especially as FIBRA-related activity has slowed – has been particularly active in the industrial subsector. ‘A very fine technical lawyer’, practice head Álejandro Domínguez de Pedro ‘is very sharp when it comes to the revision of documentation and in the opinions he offers’. Moreover, ‘his team has excellent knowledge and provides first class attention to the client’. Mexico City office managing partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa is also a ‘well-known figure’ for real estate matters; and Monterrey-based partner Guillermo González is particularly active in industrial work, which of late has principally involved issues relating to the automotive sector. Other recent mandates include high level real estate due diligence and advice regarding the acquisition of Vitro’s Mexican subsidiaries provided to Owens Illinois, and counsel to Lloyd’s of London on a lease agreement for its Mexico City offices. The team also continues to work with Walmart de México regarding its ongoing expansion, and handled some 28 projects during the course of the last year, involving primarily acquisitions, and lease agreements and renewals. Other key team members include counsel Fernando Medina Luna who is active on the administrative side of the practice with both investors and developers. Additional work of note includes securing municipal operation notices, permits and licenses in relation to a pipeline project that has required new designs, instruments and considerable administrative and regulatory challenges. Clients include Ford Motor Company, Parks Desarrolladora, Gates de México, Minera Real del Oro, McEwen Mining and AstraZeneca.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

International player Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. brings its multi-jurisdictional reach to bear on TMT matters, as reflected by its recent assistance to an in-flight ISP not only on issues including privacy, data protection and net neutrality, but also on the provision of its services in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. The practice group covers the full range of TMT work, from transactional, commercial, contentious, regulatory and finance-related mandates, to specialist issues such as IT outsourcing, cloud computing, content rights, e-commerce, and spectrum, broadband and satellite matters. Coordinator of the telecoms committee of national in-house counsel association, ANADE, practice head Federico Hernandez Arroyo has over 15 years’ telecoms experience and is ‘a native in the sector’, according to one peer. He has extensive experience in a wide range of regulatory, commercial and procurement transactions. Recent mandates include ongoing advice to multinational telecoms players on matters ranging from bids for licenses to operate public broadcasting radio frequencies to service concessions and telecom-service re-seller authorisations; and ESPN on issues related to its content (as well as tax and contentious matters). The team is also active on competition matters within the telecom sector. Other work involves data protection and privacy matters related to the use of monitoring software and the encrypting of end-to-end voice communication. ‘Very much Federico’s right hand’, up-and-coming senior associate Rodrigo Méndez Solis specializes in telecoms law and regulation, IT, data protection and administrative and commercial law. Clients include Infineon, Telefónica on the Spot Services, Vodafone, ASIYA Comunicaciones (part of Next Communications), Columbus Networks USA, Samsung and American Tower Corporation de México. Counsel Agustín Gutiérrez Ruíz and recent hire Óscar Arias Corona have both left the firm.

Next generation lawyers

Rodrigo Méndez Solis - Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C.’s 2016 hire of Jaime Espinosa de los Monteros from Muñoz Manzo y Ocampo, SC has continued the redevelopment of the office’s tax practice and builds upon the earlier return of Arturo Tiburcio; the firm’s mid-term intention is to develop a fully-fledged stand-alone practice. Mexico City-based practice head Tiburcio is ‘deeply experienced’ and has a strong (though not exclusive) focus on contentious matters; he is supported by ‘able right hand man’, senior associate Franciso Pamero, who works across tax consultancy, audit procedures, tax treaties, and tax and constitutional litigation. In Monterrey, where Espinosa is ‘established’ and ‘well known’ (he opened Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.’s office in the city back in the early 2000s), support comes from senior associate Maria Teresa Garza Lozano, who handles tax advisory, tax litigation, and administrative matters. The 11-strong practice group’s recent workload includes mandates concerning VAT as related to royalty agreements; representing clients in audit procedures, nullity trials and “amparos” (constitutional injunctions); and tax and business structure analysis (particularly in relation to the BEPS criteria adopted by Mexico); the practice has also seen a steady flow of litigious mandates as Mexico’s tax administration service, SAT, has adopted more stringent criteria, particularly in relation to tax deductibles in transfer pricing agreements. Representative clients include: Lufthansa, Schlumberger, Conservas La Costeña, ESPN, Banco Invex, The Walt Disney Company, Grupo Aeroportuarios Centro Norte and Caterpillar.

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