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Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.


Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie S.C.

Clients suggest that the 13-strong practice group at Baker McKenzie S.C. leaves an ‘extraordinary impression’ with its ‘magnificent professionalism, great cordiality and huge capacity for work’. The team (‘at all times proactive, agile, creative and resolved’) predominantly advises on trade finance, financing via receivables and real estate finance work, but is increasingly active in project-related financings, regulatory and compliance issues, fintech and the non-bank SOFOM sub-sector. Practice head Gaspar Gutiérrez-Centeno stands out for his ‘extraordinary professional experience’ and ‘extremely high knowledge of the juridico-financial area’; his recent mandates include advising Korea Development Bank on a $183m term loan facility to Kia Motors and a $40m syndicated loan to Seohan Auto Mexico for the construction of their respective new facilities. Key partner Carlos Sagaón-Garza has also been highly active, most notably working with Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (BANCOMEXT) on the release of collateral related to a 45-property real estate portfolio acquired by Terrafina, and on a $100m revolving credit facility to Goodyear Mexico. Other work included the establishing of security packages, the release of stock pledge agreements, advising on re-financing matters, and acting as special Mexican counsel on certain receivables purchase agreements. Also recommended, María Casas-López works extensively with Gutiérrez; her practice focuses on general banking, cross border financial transactions, acquisition, project and infrastructure finance, and banking, securities and insurance regulatory issues. Senior associate Alfonso Martínez-Bejarano is also noted, particularly in relation to compliance matters. Clients include Macquarie Capital, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Bank, along with new clients Export Import Bank of India, BNP Paribas Investment Partners and United Overseas Bank.

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Alfonso Martínez-Bejarano - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie S.C.

Raymundo Enriquez leads the active three-lawyer team at Baker McKenzie S.C., which represents an impressive range of international clients. The majority of the group’s work is on merger clearance matters, but it has recently seen a marked increase in investigations and related contentious advice. On the transactional side, it advised General Electric on the merger clearance for the sale of its appliance business to Haier. The team also advised Constellation Brands on competition issues related to its acquisition of a brewery from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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

Baker McKenzie S.C.

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.

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Gaspar Gutiérrez-Centeno - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.C.

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.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.C.

The ‘indispensible’ team at Baker McKenzie S.C. provides a ‘very responsive’ service, and is ‘up to date on the latest industry developments’, with practice head Benjamín Torres-Barróna very gifted and creative lawyer and business-minded thinker’. The firm is experienced in oil and gas, renewables and power projects, and recently advised Inpex on its participation in the public tender for various exploration and production agreements. On the renewables front, the firm advised ENGIE Mexico on the acquisition of three wind power projects with an aggregate 440MW capacity. Other major clients include Shell, Koch Energy and Anadarko. Associate Carlos Maass-Porrasis ‘diligent, organised and thorough’.

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Benjamín Torres-Barrón - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Carlos Maass-Porras - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.C.

Baker McKenzie S.C.’s first-rate practice covers the full range of environmental matters, across regulatory compliance, clean-ups, administrative litigation, and health and safety issues. The six-lawyer team has advised on the environmental aspects of several significant infrastructure projects, and recently acted for Iron Horse in relation to a PPP project for the construction of a $1.2bn container port in Baja. It also assisted Ledvance Manufacturing in securing the environmental permits required for a new industrial facility. Other active clients include Unilever, Gas Natural Fenosa, Caterpillar, and Real Alloy. Federico Ruanova Guinea heads the highly rated team.

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Federico Ruanova Guinea - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Mario Facio Salazar - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.C.

Baker McKenzie S.C. is able to offer its clients both a fully integrated global IP service and an extensive domestic offering in Mexico, its five offices throughout the country giving it an edge when it comes to local enforcement proceedings. The firm’s major clients include Twitter, which it has been advising on multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues across Latin America regarding copyright content and editorial activity in online social media. The firm also achieved a favourable settlement for Schibsted Media Group’s Mexican division, Segundamano, in a trade mark infringement action filed by the El Universal newspaper. Sergio Legorreta leads the Mexican practice, and is backed up by Guadalajara IP head Fernando Robles-Pesqueira.

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Sergio Legorreta - Baker McKenzie S.C.

Next generation lawyers

Véronique Durand-Rettally - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.C.

Fielding a 31-strong team (including five partners) across offices in Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey and Tijuana, the practice at Baker McKenzie S.C. is divided into core sub-practices including administrative/tax litigation, FTA and rules of origin, day-to-day consultancy; compliance, anti-dumping, export control, and international trade planning and structuring. Recent headline matters saw the ‘highly professional and absolutely expert team’ advise Emerson Electric on internal due diligence of the corporate and trade compliance obligations of certain parts of its network power and EPG divisions, with an aggregate value of $5.1bn; as well as the structuring and implementation of a plan to ensure the ongoing maintenance of compliance obligations. Latin American regional practice coordinator and national department head, Manuel Padron-Castillo has huge expertise in the maquiladora sector with particular emphasis in the automotive industry. Practice coordinator in the firm’s Monterrey office Armando De Lille-Calatayud’s practice focuses primarily on IT&C litigation, as well as consultancy, planning and trade auditing matters. In Mexico City, local partner Adriana Ibarra-Fernandez is a former legal director of Economy Ministry’s Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures & Safeguards department; her experience includes both the negotiation of FTAs and participation in the first dispute resolution cases initiated by Mexico against the US under NAFTA. In Guadalajara, director of the customs committee of INDEX Daniel Sanchez-Elizondo focuses on foreign trade and customs matters, while newly appointed partner Alejandro Martinez-Galindo has extensive experience of foreign trade compliance matters, IMMEX programmes, tariff classifications, customs valuation and issues concerning place of origin. Other matters included advising automotive-parts manufacturer Lite-On Technology on its establishment in Mexico, including all relevant licenses and authorizations; as well as issues relating to temporary imports, tariff classification and customs audits. Clients include Aerovena, Avery Dennison, Cummins, Delphi Automotive Systems, CommScope, Starbucks, Grupo Mexico, Mount Franklin Foods, Mahle Behr and Nokia.

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Adriana Ibarra - Baker McKenzie S.C.

Manuel Padrón - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Alejandro Martinez-Galindo - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.C.

The ‘excellent’ team at Baker McKenzie S.C. is ‘one of the best options in Mexico’ for labour and employment law advice, and is ‘terrific value for money’; its approach is ‘simple, accurate and focused on the results’. The 12-partner team covers the full range of issues, covering M&A-related matters, litigation, employment benefits, and health and safety. It recently assisted Grupo Yazaki in an internal reorganisation involving over 33,000 employees at 22 plants across Mexico; and advised Constellation Brands on labour matters related to its acquisition of a Mexican subsidiary from AB InBev. Ricardo Castro-Garza heads the team, which includes highly rated partners Salvador Pasquel and Manuel Limón. The ‘experienced and smart’ Javiera Medina-Reza is ‘a brilliant attorney who brings support on different topics’.

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Alfonso García - Baker McKenzie S.C.

Manuel Limón - Baker McKenzie S.C.

Salvador Pasquel - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie S.C.

Baker McKenzie S.C. is praised for its ‘very professional and efficient’ service, and its ‘breadth of knowledge and international experience’. Jorge Guadarrama-Yáñez leads the ‘very customer-oriented and legally rigorous’ two-partner team, which primarily advises sponsors and construction companies. Recent highlights on the PPP side include advising Arendal on its joint venture with IBT Group to design, finance, construct and operate a hospital in the state of Nayarit. Benjamín Torres-Barrón is noted for his energy-related expertise.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.C.

With seven partners, part of a 35-strong team spread across the firm’s Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Tijuana offices, Baker McKenzie S.C. is ‘an excellent ally, that is always committed to our objectives 100%’, according to one client; ‘it’s the only firm that I recommend’, noted another. The practice attends both local and international clients across the industrial, commercial, residential, and tourism sectors, acting on both the financing and development sides of the practice equally; it has a particularly strong profile in the industrial sub-sector. The practice also seeks to differentiate itself by handling mandates from an industry perspective (necessarily interdisciplinary), with a noted emphasis on risk assessment. In Tijuana (‘the B&M team in Tijuana is head & shoulders above all others’), Jose Larroque is chair of the firm’s global real estate practice group. He and senior associate Raul Escamilla-Sanroman are ‘hardworking, have excellent “practical knowledge” on how real estate deals go together, and understand the market in which we are working’. Chair of the regional (Latin American) real estate practice, Monterrey-based Juan Bernardo Garcia-Garza has over 20 years’ experience, and as national practice group coordinator has forged a team that ‘gives excellent advice’, is ‘flexible in the face of necessary changes’, is ‘timely and good on delivery’, and ‘has an extensive network of government contacts that facilitates the process of obtaining permits and licenses’. Crucially, the lawyers are ‘very good at finding pragmatic/practical solutions to the typical problems that always come up in closing deals’. Also noted are Gaspar Gutierrez-Centeno, for transactional matters in the sector; Guadalajara-based Fabian Monsalve-Agraz; and senior associate Gabriela Saucedo who is ‘very professional’, ‘understands urgency’ and ‘provides excellent advice on real estate matters’. Recent mandates saw Garcia advise a real estate developer on the development of several mixed-use residential, commercial and service buildings, a mandate involving due diligence and the drafting of trust agreements, condominium regime regulations and commercialization contracts; Gutierrez advise on a $200m hotel-complex development, and a multi-hundred million dollar sale in the hospitality sector; Monsalve assist with the establishment of a new $100m pharmaceutical facility in Jalisco; and Larroque handle a complex multijurisdictional property allocation matter. In early 2017 the firm hired Eduardo Bravo Senderos as a senior associate of the practice group in the firm’s Mexico City office. Since research concluded the team has also reincorporated Ignacio Alonso, who returns to the firm after three years at various other real estate practices.

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Jose Larroque - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Gabriela Saucedo - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.C.

Being ‘strongly recommended for international and domestic companies that need to address complex issues in Mexico’, Baker McKenzie S.C.provides a wide range of services in different areas and counts on real experts, who are incredibly integrated, with strong industry knowledge in these areas’ – a differentiating factor for many clients. In addition, as a genuinely global player, the firm ‘has the ability to offer different points of view and act as the bridge between different jurisdictions’. ‘A top notch lawyer’, practice head Sergio Legorreta is ‘always extremely responsive, clear and precise’, ‘has a deep grasp of technology issues’ and ‘an impressive understanding in IT/Internet and IP’; he also demonstrates ‘the ability to think ahead and anticipate issues and solutions’. Legorreta leads a 10-strong team that works across the sector, including on business process outsourcing, IT sourcing and transactions; privacy and data protection; IT consultancy and litigation; media, social media and telecommunications (and all related marketing). Recent matters saw Legorreta lead advice to Airbnb regarding the regulatory framework pertaining to its services across Latin America, as well as ongoing operational matters in Mexico; and Twitter on advertising law, administrative proceedings and privacy matters, as well as general counsel regarding a legal landscape that barely recognises online social media. Other matters include advising a global telecom provider on regulatory and transactional matters; a social media platform with issues relating to online sales; telecom service reseller authorizations; OTT and SVod services, and portability rights. Corporate transactional partner Carlos R Valencia is also a key practice member, as are ‘suitably specialised’ senior associates Carlos Vela-Treviño and Juan Carlos Tornel who focus on data protection and information security, and IT/C law and cross-border transactions and contracts. New clients include NetCracker, Stubhub! and Dropbox; active key clients include Virgin Mobile, Nintendo, Groupon, UBER and Salesforce.

Leading lawyers

Sergio Legorreta - Baker McKenzie S.C.

Next generation lawyers

Carlos Vela-Treviño - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.C.

Differentiated by its ‘genuinely national coverage’ (the 70-strong practice operates from five offices), Baker McKenzie S.C. demonstrates a ‘good understanding and handling of technical aspects’ along with ‘excellent management and follow up’. Advising on the full spectrum of tax matters, the team acts for a primarily foreign clientele who appreciate the firm’s one-stop capability and the fact that ‘its lawyers are both local experts and plugged-in to an international network that ensures they are right up to date’. It is, however, the practice group’s profound capability in transfer-pricing matters that is a major differentiator from the majority of other firms. The Mexico City office includes the head of the firm’s regional transfer-pricing practice Carlos Linares who has ‘enormous expertise’ (and can draw on the support of the firm's principal economist, TP-specialist Moisés Curiel), as well as Roberto Cardona who is ‘top tier in the tax litigation area’. The ‘active’ Jorge Narváez Hasfura, a member of the Global Value Added Tax steering committee, is also a key practitioner. His recent matters include assisting Ensco Drilling on the SAT’s decision to disallow income deductions for intercompany services’ expenses; resolved before PRODECON, the team achieved a 90% reduction in the liability. Narváez and Linares also teamed up to advise Adidas de México on a further transfer pricing-related denial-of-deduction case, valued at $20m. Also highlighted is head-of-team Luis Carbajo, ‘an all-round international tax professional’ who focuses on complex issues in the energy sector; his recent work includes advising KBR on a major tax liability and associated out-of-court settlement; and Lear Corporation on a large tax inspection and assessment, administrative challenges and a local, post-acquisition corporate restructure. Other key figures in the sizeable group include Héctor Reyes, who also has extensive experience of international tax planning, M&A and cross-border transactions, and intercompany pricing; and Ulises Castilla, a former head of contentious matters at the SAT’s department for major contributors who has over 20 years’ experience advising on tax strategy (he also undertakes litigation). Other clients include PKC Group, Anadarko, KBR, Damen Shipyards, WR Grace & Co., and WestRock Company. The firm also hired the very experienced Rocío Perez-Nava, as a senior associate, from the SAT; she also has extensive experience as an in house at Televisa. Since research concluded, tax planning and advisory practitioner Ronaldo Moya has left the firm.

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Héctor Reyes - Baker McKenzie S.C.

Jorge Narváez - Baker McKenzie S.C.

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