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Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C.

TORRE ESMERALDA II, BLVD. MANUEL A. CAMACHO NO 36-1802, LOMAS DE CHAPULTEPEC, CIUDAD DE MÉXICO 11000, MEXICO
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Work +52 55 5284 8540
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Fax +52 55 5284 8569
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Web:
www.gardere.com
Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Mexico City

Mexico

Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C.

Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C. is the Mexican office of a bi-national firm with 250 lawyers and offices in Texas and Colorado. Given its unique ‘footprint’ the firm has a particular (although not exclusive) focus on US-Mexico work and this extends to the insurance sector. Recent matters have seen 12-strong team secure a ruling from local regulator CNSF allowing Allianz Global Assistance (in the US) to offer travel insurance coverage without requiring a local Mexican underwriter; provide ongoing advice to Stewart Title Insurance Group regarding claims, regulation and litigation in cross-border transactions involving Mexico; counsel Brightstar and eSecuritel on regulatory and transactional insurance matters regarding the design and development of its new insurance coverage operations in Mexico (particularly relating to mobile devices); and assist VivaAerobus with regulatory matters related to its travel insurance offering. With a broad transactional and regulatory practice Marco Antonio Najera has ‘strong knowledge’ of the insurance sector, particularly as regards (US-Mexico) cross-border matters. Key support comes from name partner Roberto Arena Reyes, whose corporate practice encompasses regulatory insurance work. Associate Jorge Arturo Perez, who specializes in local and cross border insurance litigation is also noted. However, senior associate Juan Francisco Vázquez, also a litigator, moved to Solcargo. Additional mandates include the defence of insurance claims; representation before relevant administrative and regulatory governmental entities; the design and development of new insurance programmes and multimillion-dollar, cross-border litigation. Other clients include Bupa México, Chubb de Mexico, Dentegra Seguros Dentales, Peugeot Finance and Nissan Mexicana.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 3

Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C.

The January 2017 arrivals of Alejandro Gómez-Strozzi and Marcos Carrasco Menchaca (from Tax Law Consultores and Carrasco García Abogados, respectively), has radically re-booted the Mexico-office practice at bi-national firm Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C.. Now five-strong, the team has ‘hit the ground running’ and is praised for its proactivity, reliability and ‘quick, clear and precise responses and opinions’ that ‘attend to all scenarios and risks’. Recent matters saw the group advise a multinational consumer-goods manufacturer regarding the sunset review of liquid caustic soda from the US; counsel various automotive parts manufacturers with the implementation of Mexican foreign trade programmes; and assist a multinational auto parts supplier (and other clients) on reimbursement requests filed with the SAT. Gómez-Strossi also obtained a permanent injunction against the cancellation of Imports Standard NOM 030 ZOO during the course of an “amparo” trial opposing the proposed cancellation; while Carrasco (who is noted for his ‘clarity, experience and knowledge’) is handling an ongoing administrative appeal on behalf of a major local printing company regarding the seizure of imported machinery. Other matters include VAT exemptions and IMMEX audits. Associate Miguel Angel Concha is also noted.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C.

Clients are ‘very pleased’ with the service levels at Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C., noting ‘first class work’, albeit ‘a bit expensive’, ‘a very good level of industry knowledge and the applicable regulations’; overall they ‘highly recommend the firm’. The Mexican office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, clients also highlight the firm’s ‘bi-national expertise and sensibility’ and ‘strong business orientation’. The five-strong practice group is co-led by Fernando Camarena (‘smart, technically strong, energetic, passionate and helpful – not to mention timely’, he ‘provides excellent all-round service’); and office managing partner Roberto Arena who has ‘profound expertise and knowledge of the subject matter’ and whose ability to ‘summarize and present issues is outstanding’. The two frequently work in tandem and in recent headline litigation matters represented Herbalife in a constitutional challenge to a new 8% tax levied on high-calorie foods, which it also successfully challenged in the tax courts, obtaining a definitive – and precedent setting – resolution in its client’s favour. Other matters saw the pair advise games technology company, IGT (formerly Gtech), on the tax structure for its Mexican operations; home appliance manufacturer, Whirlpool, on a tax contingency that threatened its 0%-VAT rating for exports; MTS Sistemas Solares on the tax aspects of an insurance claim stemming from hurricane damage to one of the client’s plants; and automotive solutions group Faurecia on tax planning for its employees in Mexico. Other key members of the team include specialised tax associate Aldo Mendoza, who focuses on local in international tax litigation and “amparos”; and Maria Fernanda Mateospayro, whose practice has more of a corporate aspect, and includes domestic tax matters and tax counselling, along with administrative litigation. Other matters included the analysis of bi-national, parent/subsidiary tax structures, and complex tax litigation. Clients include Brightstar, Ford Credit de Mexico, Littelfuse, Peugeot Finance Mexico, Tesco and Refigure.

Leading lawyers

Roberto Arena - Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C.

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