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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells BSTL

According to peers, Hogan Lovells BSTL’s banking and finance practice is growing in sophistication, ‘getting more work and becoming more institutionalised’. Clients concur that ‘this is one of the best firms we have worked with in the past year. The levels of service have been excellent, the fees are reasonable, the response times are always successful and the advice very accurate’. Operating from offices in Mexico City and Monterrey, the 14-strong team advises lenders and borrowers, including non-traditional lenders (such as funds and SOFOMs), and on sub-sovereign transactions. Mexico City-based practice co-head Federico De Noriega (in conjunction with the firm’s NYC office) acted for Credit Agricole on a MXN$1.8bn receivables programme granted to CEMEX. Clients appreciate De Noriega since ‘he is technically good and understands the requirements from a banking perspective’. He also assisted Banco Santander with a MXN$3bn factoring programme to Mabe. Monterrey-based practice co-head Rene Arce Lozano is noted for his work in sub-sovereign financing: he advised the state of Zacatecas on the refinancing of its approximately $377m debt; and Quintana Roo on the creation of its Strategic Projects Agency (Agencia de Proyectos Estratégicos) and the associated bill to modify the legislative framework regarding property matters in the state, as well as its Public-Private Partnerships legislation. In the latter case Arce Lozano was assisted by counsel Mayuca Salazar Canales. Other key team members include Mexico City-based practice co-heads Carlos Ramos Miranda – who has specialisations in insurance and infrastructure and energy, and Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón, whose practice focuses on project finance in the energy sector. Other clients include the states of Oaxaca, Tamaulipas and Nuevo León, the Municipality of Guadalupe (Nuevo León), and Sanfer, Cydsa and Banorte.

Next generation lawyers

Mayuca Salazar Canales - Hogan Lovells BSTL

Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells BSTL

The 14-strong bankruptcy and restructuring practice at Hogan Lovells BSTL relies on its reach from offices in Mexico City and Monterrey, and on its varied expertise across financial practices and commercial litigation, to advise creditors and debtors on voluntary and involuntary bankruptcies and financial restructuring proceedings. Drawing on its niche expertise in sub-sovereign financing, the team assisted the state of Zacatecas with obtaining a $377m credit from Banorte and Banobras for the purpose of refinancing its public debt. In another case, this time on the side of Banorte, it closed Fibra Uno’s MXN$2.7bn credit facilities, obtained from the client. Ongoing cases include advising creditors Banco Bradesco and Banco Votorantim in the bankruptcy of Desarrolladora Homex – the former on collecting its consideration following a ruling recognising the client as creditor, and the latter on a successful commercial complaint filed against Homex following the client obtaining full recognition of the credit it was owed. Practice co-head and commercial litigation and bankruptcy specialist Omar Guerrero led these last two cases. He is based in Mexico City, as is fellow practice co-head Federico de Noriega, who focuses on financial transactions, including out-of-court restructurings, and who continued to advise Banco de Chile on the bankruptcy proceeding of Corporación Geo. Also a key practitioner, finance specialist René Arce Lozano is based in Monterrey; he assisted the state of Zacatecas and Banorte. Support also comes from corporate partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa, as well as from Jorge Valdés King (who recently made partner) and counsel Luis Peón; both are bankruptcy and commercial litigation specialists. Other clients include Archer Daniels Midland, Hewlett Packard, Sony Corporation of America, Solunion Mexico Seguros de Crédito, and Talkpool.

Leading lawyers

Omar Guerrero - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Hogan Lovells BSTL’s 13-lawyer capital market team is led by René Arce Lozano and Federico De Noriega Olea from the firm’s Mexico City and Monterrey offices, respectively. The practice handles structured and corporate financings, debt and trusts, and has well-reputed niche expertise in sub-sovereign financing. Recent work included advising Crédit Agricole on a MXN$1.8bn receivables programme granted to CEMEX; Standard & Poor’s on two senior trust bond issuances and the Trust’s acquisition of the account receivables originated by Unicco (Unión de Crédito para la Contaduría Pública), for MXN$2bn, and by Corporación Financiera Atlas, for MXN$1.5bn; and Banorte on the MXN$12.1bn sale of the Apolo II portfolio by Mexico Retail Properties to Fibra Uno. Further support comes from counsel Mayuca Salazar Canales, who is based in Monterrey, and works closely with Arce Lozano; the Mexico team as a whole also works closely with the firm’s New York City office.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Hogan Lovells BSTL’s top-quality practice is jointly led by Ricardo Pons and Omar Guerrero, both leading lawyers in the field. Pons is particularly active in merger control work, while Guerrero stands out for his expertise in antitrust litigation and investigations. The well-balanced team has been involved in several major mandates, including advising on the Mexican aspects of Bayer’s global takeover of Monsanto, and acting for American Tower Corporation on the acquisition of several telecoms towers from Mexico’s Axtel. The firm has also advised on major cartel investigations in the food, financial services and transport industries.

Leading lawyers

Omar Guerrero - Hogan Lovells BSTL

Ricardo Pons - Hogan Lovells BSTL

Next generation lawyers

Alan Ramirez Cazassa - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Hogan Lovells BSTL enjoys a very strong reputation in the market and its clients benefit from access to the firm’s impressive international network, as well as a strong office in Monterrey. The Mexican practice acts for an impressive range of international clients, and has a strong edge when it comes to cross-border deals. Recent highlights include advising Jaguar Land Rover on the $10m acquisition of its Mexican importer and distributor, GDV Imports and GDV Servicios. The firm also represented Sealed Air Corporation and its Mexican subsidiary on the sale of its Diversey Care division to Bain Capital. Among the firm’s partners, Juan Francisco Torres Landa comes ‘highly recommended’, with Eduardo Siqueiros, Jorge Yañez, Carlos Ramos and Ricardo Pons also very active in this area.

Leading lawyers

Juan Francisco Torres Landa - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Hogan Lovells BSTL’s ‘client- and business-oriented’ disputes team is praised for its ‘great service’ and its ‘experience in several fields’, including domestic litigation and international arbitration. The firm, whose clients benefit from a strong network of international offices, boasts some excellent practitioners in Mexico: Omar Guerrero is strong in both litigation and arbitration, as is the recently promoted Jorge Valdés King; and, on the arbitration front, Eduardo Siqueiros and Luis Enrique Graham have enviable reputations. It also has several up-and-coming lawyers in its ranks, including Luis Ernesto Peón Barriga, who is noted for his commercial litigation and contentious insurance expertise. The firm has recently been involved in significant disputes in the agricultural, maritime, insurance, and construction industries.

Leading lawyers: Arbitration

Eduardo Siqueiros - Hogan Lovells BSTL

Luis Enrique Graham - Hogan Lovells BSTL

Leading lawyers: Litigation

Omar Guerrero - Hogan Lovells BSTL

Next generation lawyers

Luis Ernesto Peón Barriga - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Hogan Lovells BSTL’s energy credentials are reflected in the quality of the clients it works for, both on the oil and gas and power side. Its relationship with Pemex is generating a significant amount of work, such as advising on the migration of existing allocations into exploration and extraction contracts, as well as farm-outs in other upstream projects. In the electricity sector, the firm assisted Liberty Power in securing a qualified supplier permit. Another highlight was representing Ener AB on the acquisition of a Mexican renewables project. The firm fields several partners with strong reputations, notably Carlos Ramos Miranda for upstream matters, and Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón and managing partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa on the corporate side.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Ramos Miranda - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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Environment - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Hogan Lovells BSTL has an extremely experienced team of lawyers providing excellent environmental support to the firm’s clients. Brenda Rogel and senior associate Jeanette Trad are key figures, with dedicated environmental practices, and associate Javier Camacho also has a growing reputation for his work in this area. The firm draws from a deep well of litigators with expertise in administrative disputes. The firm recently advised Jaguar Land Rover on the environmental due diligence for its acquisition of GDB Imports, while other key clients include Sealed Air, Roche, and Dowell Schlumberger.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells BSTL

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.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Ramos Miranda - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Hogan Lovells BSTL’s well-respected practice head Bernardo Herrerías is a pre-eminent figure in the market, and under his leadership the firm has established an enviable reputation in this area, particularly for trade mark matters and litigation. Herrerías is backed by a high-quality team, including counsel Alfredo Pineda Nieto and German-qualified senior associate Valentina Schmid, who has strong connections to clients in the German market. Recent work includes acting for Merck in global trade mark litigation and advising Duracell on an anti-counterfeiting program related to the importation of batteries into Mexico. Other clients include Mars, Procter & Gamble, and Ocean Spray Cranberries.

Leading lawyers

Bernardo Herrerías - Hogan Lovells BSTL

Next generation lawyers

Alfredo Pineda Nieto - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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

Hogan Lovells BSTL

The four-strong IT&C team at Hogan Lovells BSTL covers international trade/WTO procedures and customs, including anti-dumping, customs consultancy, administrative procedures and litigation; it can also call on the firm’s expertise in tax. Recent highlights saw the group working on both new and ongoing cases, namely advising Nissin Foods Products and Química Foliar in separate cases concerning machinery seizures by the tax and customs authorities for alleged lack of legal importation and permanence documentation; Mccord Payen de México before the tax authorities in a case relating to VAT triggered by a bonded warehouse import; Pilgrim’s Pride in a NAFTA Chapter XIX review opposing a Ministry of Economy determination imposing anti-dumping duties on chicken leg imports from the US; and AdvanceSix, also in a NAFTA Chapter XIX panel review, following the client’s acquisition of the resins and chemicals division of Honeywell International. The trade practice is co-led by Mario Jorge Yañez and Juan Francisco Torres Landa, while tax partner Arturo Tiburcio leads on customs matters, with support from Yáñez. The three partners are supported by senior associate Mario Alberto Lara, who handles international trade treaties and non-tariff matters, anti-dumping, and related tax litigation. Other clients include Lufthansa, Givaudan, Mitsubishi, Samsung Electronics, Federal Mogul, JM Smucker, Tempur Sealy, Hewlett Packard, Gerdau, Gemalto, Gates Rubber, Bacardi, Rich Products Corporation, and First Solar.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL

The ‘well-connected, well-coordinated and solid’ team at Hogan Lovells BSTLknows the industry perfectly’ and brings a ‘high level of efficiency and effectiveness’ to its work. Hugo Hernández-Ojeda, who is praised for his ‘experience in complex negotiations’, and Luis Ruiz are the two main partners, and they are backed by a team of 13 associates. The group covers all aspects of employment law and is particularly strong in high-stakes disputes involving expatriate employees in Mexico. It advised Iberia on the revision of its collective bargaining agreement; and acted for Jaguar Land Rover on its acquisition of a Mexican distributor and the implementation of a subcontracting structure for its new Mexican operation. Other clients include Coca-Cola, Teka Industrial and GE Power.

Leading lawyers

Hugo Hernández-Ojeda - Hogan Lovells BSTL

Next generation lawyers

Isabel Pizarro - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL

The ‘excellent’ multidisciplinary real estate team at Hogan Lovells BSTL is made up of twelve lawyers who ‘have full knowledge and experience of the issues in question, dealing with each one with due seriousness and responsibility, and presenting answers and strategies that are clear and results that are optimal’. Moreover, the lawyers ‘treat matters as if they were their own, taking responsibility from beginning to end, thereby building trust’. With offices in Mexico City and in Monterrey – as well as with its international network – the firm covers the full range of the real estate panorama, including industrial, tourism and hospitality, retail and commercial, residential and agrarian. The team also undertook some FIBRA work last year, as well as carrying out the Mexico-based real estate aspects of cross-border M&A operations, as well as disputes arising from real estate operations and related real estate financing. Among the team’s recent work was the preparation and negotiation of a $12m lease agreement for Gates de México to relocate its facilities in Toluca, as well as assisting Duracell with drafting and negotiating the lease and construction of its offices in Santa Fe, Mexico City. Both cases were co-led by Ángel Domínguez de Pedro and Juan Francisco Torres Landa, practice head and Mexico City managing partner, respectively. Torres Landa also covers corporate and M&A, energy and environment, bankruptcy and restructuring, and international trade and customs. Domínguez de Pedro, together with counsel Fernando Medina Luna, is considered an ‘expert in real estate matters. They make an extraordinary team, with a sense of urgency and always putting the client first’. One client further appreciates Medina Luna for his ‘focus on our requests and excellent follow-up’. While these three lawyers are based in Mexico City, Guillermo González practices from Monterrey where his caseload is heavily skewed towards the industrial sector, including the automotive industry, although recent matters also included hospitality and retail. Other work involved lease and construction agreements, due diligence and purchase agreements, built to suit lease agreements, and portfolio development. Clients include Ford Motor Company, Wal-Mart de México, Parks Desarrolladora, Procter & Gamble Manufactura and AstraZeneca.

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Rated among peers, the three-strong TMT team at Hogan Lovells BSTL draws on its international network to assist clients with regulatory telecoms and media matters (including the regulatory implications of new services and the implementation of technology agreements), as well as in privacy issues. In addition to this, in July 2017 (and within the context of a multidisciplinary consortium), the firm was selected by the IFT to act as an External Auditor (for the period of one year), with the purpose of verifying compliance with the obligations governing the market’s dominant agent in accordance with the Constitutional reform in telecommunications and the Federal Law on Telecommunications and Broadcasting (2014). Other highlights included advising a radio broadcaster on the bidding process to obtain licences to commercially use and exploit public broadcast radio frequencies on the FM and AM bands; American Tower Corporation on its $56.6m acquisition of 142 towers from Axtel in order to expand ATC’s infrastructure; Columbus Networks Mexico on obtaining a telecoms concession, also for the client’s expansion in Mexican territory; and the IFC and China Mexico Fund, as members of the Altán Consortium, regarding the Red Compartida project. The practice is led by Federico Hernandez Arroyo who has 17 years’ experience in the sector across a wide range of regulatory, commercial and procurement transactions. Key support comes from senior associate Rodrigo Méndez Solis who is well regarded for his expertise in the sector, which includes privacy and data protection, cybersecurity and compliance. Other clients include Vodafone, Infineon, AVAYA, and Telefónica on the Spot.

Next generation lawyers

Rodrigo Méndez Solis - Hogan Lovells BSTL

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Tax - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells BSTL

Two partners and seven associates handle tax at Hogan Lovells BSTL. The ‘very interesting team is on the rise’ according to one commentator, with its balanced practice, covering both consultancy and litigation, acting from offices in Mexico City and Monterrey and also able to call on the firm’s international network, notably support from the London office. Mexico City-based practice head Arturo Tiburcio focuses on tax consultancy; tax audit procedures related to income tax, VAT, and international tax –including double tax treaties; and transfer pricing. Tiburcio’s recent work highlights include representing Lufthansa in litigation before the Mexican tax authorities regarding the statute of limitations in order to offset VAT; assisting Iberia with obtaining a confirmation of criteria for the application of a double tax treaty; and advising Conservas La Costeña on obtaining a resolution affording the client a sizeable tax deduction, NYK on a VAT reimbursement, and Givaudan on an appeal before the tax authorities concerning an assessment regarding the reality of services. In Monterrey, Jaime Espinosa covers tax consulting, litigation and the tax aspects of transactions and finance operations. He, like Tiburcio, had a busy year: acting for Jaguar Land Rover regarding the tax aspects of its acquisition of a Mexican entity; Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte on recovering asset tax paid before 2008, and on a reorganisation to comply with outsourcing tax rules; and Zuma Energia on designing a tax strategy based on local tax laws to obtain a licence from the Municipality of Reynosa for the construction of a wind farm. Tiburcio and Espinosa are supported by senior associates Francisco Palmero and María Teresa Garza, respectively. Both handle consulting on domestic and international matters along with litigation, while Palmero also has expertise in audit procedures. Other clients include ESPN International, Acciona, and Caterpillar.

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    It has been well publicized in the Mexican media over the last few months that the General Customs Administration (AGA) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) are planning to launch a customs trademark registry, as a short-term solution to increase protection for trademark owners against the import of infringing and counterfeit products.

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