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Holland & Knight

PASEO DE LA REFORMA NO. 342, PISO 28, COL.JU√ĀREZ, DEL. CUAUHT√ČMOC, C.P. 06600 MEXICO, DF, MEXICO
Tel:
Work +52 55 3602 8000
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Web:
www.hklaw.com

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight's recent highlights include representing Eutelsat in an investment treaty arbitration proceeding against the Mexican government for due to a breach of the provisions of the Mexico-France bilateral investment treaty. In other work, Carlos Vejar is leading advice to a Mexican state-owned entity in a multimillion-dollar construction arbitration relating to the construction of a hydroelectric plant. Other key team members include Luis Rubio Barnetche and Salvador Fonseca, also in the Mexico office; and Adolfo Jimenez and Brian Briz in Miami.

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Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Another firm with considerable activity in sub-sovereign financing, Holland & Knight¬†is valued by clients for being a team of ‚Äėyoung lawyers who provide outstanding service, meet deadlines and deliver high-quality responses‚Äô. The team has a strong focus on real estate and infrastructure finance and frequently acts on the Mexican side of cross-border transactions. In sub-sovereign matters, the practice represented key client Banco Multiva on its $1.09bn financing to the state of Chihuahua and its $800m financing to the state of Coahuila. In other highlight work, it advised Santander on the project financing and subsequent syndicated loan granted to Sunwing Group subsidiary CM Hotel for the construction of a hotel licensed by the Planet Hollywood brand; and Global Jet Capital, as borrower, on a $900m cross-border credit facility for the acquisition and refinancing of business assets. Alejandro Landa¬†is a ‚Äėhard-working lawyer with expertise in regulation and extension of credits‚Äô; he leads the banking and finance practice and co-heads the financial services practice with Guillermo Uribe, who also handles capital markets; support comes from senior counsels Adri√°n Gay¬†and Selene Espinosa, and associates Aldo Gonzalez Melo, Jos√© Luis Villareal, and Gerardo Rotzinger. Other clients include Banamex, North American Development Bank, Buenavista Renewables, New Island Capital, and Bancomext.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight¬†houses 10 lawyers who handle a variety of capital markets matters, including asset securitisation; MBS cross-border deals; toll road securitisations, sub-sovereign securitisations, SPACs, and, most recently and actively, FIBRAs and CKDs. The team advised Fibra Educa on its¬†MXN$9.43bn debut on the Mexican Stock Exchange; it continued to assist key client Fibra Uno, the first and largest Mexican REIT, on several matters, most recently a successful MXN$9.2bn debt issuance; and acted for¬†Mexico‚Äôs state-owned consumer lending agency, INFONACOT), on a MXN$2bn notes issuance as part of its MXN$10bn debt programme. A 'stand-out market figure', Guillermo Uribe, whose expertise includes FIBRAs and real estate financing, leads the team; Alejandro Landa¬†is another notable practitioner while senior counsel Adri√°n Gay¬†provides key support; associates Jorge Gonz√°lez Carlini and Santiago Soldevilla¬†are also active. Other clients include¬†FibraUno, Bricks Acquisition Company, Fibra Inn, Fibra HD, and Helios ‚Äď CKD Fund.

Leading individuals

Guillermo Uribe - Holland & Knight

Rising stars

Adri√°n Gay - Holland & Knight

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has built up a strong local practice, now led by the highly rated Luis Rubio. The team handles a broad mix of domestic, regional and international matters for its diverse range of clients. Notable highlights include advising Water Surface Technologies, an affiliate of Canada's Walter Group, on the Mexican aspects of its sale to private investment fund ONCAP. As well as high-profile transactional matters, the team provides regular day-to-day counsel to a long list of international clients, including Dufry and UPS. Other key partners include Octavio Lecona and Alejandro Landa, who is well regarded for his energy expertise.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight is especially well regarded for international arbitration where it handles a mix of commercial and investment treaty disputes. Salvador Fonseca has developed an excellent reputation in this area, while the recently promoted Carlos Vejar is also extremely experienced. Recent highlights include advising Eutelsat on a major ICSID claim against the Mexican government concerning a satellite concession. The firm also has a strong track record in commercial litigation.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has become a well established presence in the market, recommended for both its hydrocarbons and power sector-related advice. The firm represents clients from all corners of the market, including investors, lenders, sponsors and public sector entities, regularly advising on regulatory, transactional and infrastructure issues. The team is currently advising Advance Clean Energy on the $160m development of an 80MW solar power project in Sonora. Other major clients include Howard Midstream Energy Partners, Elite Energy, and Oak Creek Energy. José Antonio Prado and the 'outstanding' Carlos Ochoa jointly lead the well-regarded team.

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

Holland & Knight

A relatively new practice, which started life in 2016, the team at Holland & Knight¬†‚Äėis able to provide concrete, practical and extremely helpful advice‚Äô and has been growing and establishing itself advising an interesting roster of clients. The team provides legal counsel on contentious and non-contentious matters, with recent highlights including its continued assistance to Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) -a group consisting of four leading fishing companies in Mexico- in its successful attempt to obtain Marine Stewardship Counsel (MSC)-certification. In other work, the team has advised on matters ranging from NAFTA verification-of-origin and renegotiation procedures, imports and exports, WTO disputes and permits, to other trade and customs and regulatory issues including Brexit. The department is led by Luis Rubio, whose practice also includes corporate and transaactional matters; clients appreciate his ‚Äėservice vocation coupled with great experience‚Äô. Carlos Vejar, who was previously general counsel for international trade at the Ministry of Economy, is another key contact. Other names to note in the five-strong team include associate Josafat Paredes¬†and senior counsel Blanca Lu√©vano.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight clients report being 'very pleased by the firm's work for us, the lawyers flexibility, their creativity, and their attention to our unique needs'. The team reacent advised major client, Bancomext, on a $420m financing to Eólica Mesa la Paz for the development of a 306MW wind power project. The team also advised Buenavista Renewables on the $30m refinancing of a solar-power project in Chihuahua. Both very experienced, practice head Alejandro Landa and Carlos Ochoa are praised for their 'overall fine service'.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight¬†fields ‚Äėan impressive group of professionals, not only knowledgeable in the legal discipline but also great to work with. Moreover, they have amazing response times‚Äô. The eight-strong practice (which can also draw on the support of the firm‚Äôs international network) provides national and cross-border advice on real estate transactions related to the hospitality, industrial, commercial, retail, residential, sporting and fractional segments, on the development, financing, construction, and planning of real estate projects; tax structuring and planning; environmental matters; assets securitisation deals, securitisations, FIBRAS, CKDs, and SPACs; and real estate in the energy sector. The Mexico City and New York offices were retained by Marriot International, recently, to advise on its joint venture with Thor Urbana for the¬† development and operation of a Ritz Carlton hotel in Costa Canuva, Nayarit. In the FIBRA segment, the Mexico team advised regular client Fibra Uno on a MXN$9.2bn debt issuance; and Fibra Educa on its debut on the Mexican Stock Exchange, which raised almost MXN$9.43bn. Luis Moreno¬†and Guillermo Uribe¬†co-lead the team; Roxana Burciaga, Selene Espinosa, senior counsel Adri√°n Gay, and associate¬†Jorge Gonz√°lez Carlini are all active practitioners. Other clients include Bancomext, PB Exhibit, Western Alliance Bank, PETRONAS, Bricks Acquisition Company, Fibra Inn, Fibra HD, Helios ‚Äď CKD Fund and Victoria CKD Fund (Parks Hospitality Group).

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practice at Holland & Knight¬†has ‚Äėexpertise in telecommunications matters and it offers tailor-made solutions for the client‚Äô. A well-known figure in the telecoms sector, Luis Rubio Barnetche¬†-whose practice includes corporate and M&A and international trade and customs- ‚Äėhas developed a unique knowledge of TMT matters‚Äô; ‚Äėis customer-oriented, fully available and very good at networking‚Äô; he heads-up the ‚Äėvery client-focused‚Äô team and vry much sets its style and culture, according to clients. The practice covers all areas of TMT,¬† including telecommunications, satellites, media, wireless services, quadruple play, e-commerce and cloud services and communications, advising on transactions, disputes, and antitrust and regulatory matters. In highlight work the team acted for longstanding client Eutelsat (through its subsidiary Satmex) in an investment arbitration proceeding against the Mexican government before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) for breach of several provisions under the Mexico-France Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT); it is also advising government entity Telecomunicaciones de Mexico regarding the Red Troncal (a project born out of the 2013 Constitutional Reform in the telecoms sector) on several aspects, including an FTI review of the bidding rules from a regulatory and antitrust perspective and accompaniment with the PPP bidding procedure. It also assisted another key, longstanding client, Telef√≥nica regarding the 2.5 GHz auction carried out by the Mexican telecommunications regulator and in which the client was awarded two spectrum blocks with nationwide coverage. Working alongside Rubio Bartneche are practice co-head Octavio Lecona, who also handles corporate and M&A mandates; and senior counsel Blanca Luevano. Other clients include American Tower Corporation, McAllen Data Center, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, and Arkadin Mexico.

Leading individuals

Luis Rubio Bartneche - Holland & Knight

Octavio Lecona - Holland & Knight

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight

Senior counsel Eugenio Grageda¬†leads the newly-established and relatively small practice at Holland & Knight , having arrived from Turanzas Bravo & Ambrosi in July 2018. Praised by clients and peers alike, he is a ‚Äėstate of the art attorney‚Äô: ‚Äėalways available‚Äô, ‚Äėexceptionally intelligent and creative, and very attentive‚Äô, with ‚Äėoutstanding coordination with his US team‚Äô. The practice, which offers ‚Äėgood value for money‚Äô, benefits from the firm‚Äôs international network and advises clients on domestic and international corporate reorganisations, investment vehicles, start-ups and financing structures, as well as on the design of tax-efficient strategies for different types of transactions; expansion into Mexico; and offshore tax compliance. It also undertakes tax audits, legal challenges and before various local, state and federal regulatory and governmental agencies; estate tax and succession planning; and compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

Rising stars

Eugenio Grageda - Holland & Knight

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight's recent highlights include representing Eutelsat in an investment treaty arbitration proceeding against the Mexican government for due to a breach of the provisions of the Mexico-France bilateral investment treaty. In other work, Carlos Vejar is leading advice to a Mexican state-owned entity in a multimillion-dollar construction arbitration relating to the construction of a hydroelectric plant. Other key team members include Luis Rubio Barnetche and Salvador Fonseca, also in the Mexico office; and Adolfo Jimenez and Brian Briz in Miami.

[back to top]

Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Another firm with considerable activity in sub-sovereign financing, Holland & Knight¬†is valued by clients for being a team of ‚Äėyoung lawyers who provide outstanding service, meet deadlines and deliver high-quality responses‚Äô. The team has a strong focus on real estate and infrastructure finance and frequently acts on the Mexican side of cross-border transactions. In sub-sovereign matters, the practice represented key client Banco Multiva on its $1.09bn financing to the state of Chihuahua and its $800m financing to the state of Coahuila. In other highlight work, it advised Santander on the project financing and subsequent syndicated loan granted to Sunwing Group subsidiary CM Hotel for the construction of a hotel licensed by the Planet Hollywood brand; and Global Jet Capital, as borrower, on a $900m cross-border credit facility for the acquisition and refinancing of business assets. Alejandro Landa¬†is a ‚Äėhard-working lawyer with expertise in regulation and extension of credits‚Äô; he leads the banking and finance practice and co-heads the financial services practice with Guillermo Uribe, who also handles capital markets; support comes from senior counsels Adri√°n Gay¬†and Selene Espinosa, and associates Aldo Gonzalez Melo, Jos√© Luis Villareal, and Gerardo Rotzinger. Other clients include Banamex, North American Development Bank, Buenavista Renewables, New Island Capital, and Bancomext.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight¬†houses 10 lawyers who handle a variety of capital markets matters, including asset securitisation; MBS cross-border deals; toll road securitisations, sub-sovereign securitisations, SPACs, and, most recently and actively, FIBRAs and CKDs. The team advised Fibra Educa on its¬†MXN$9.43bn debut on the Mexican Stock Exchange; it continued to assist key client Fibra Uno, the first and largest Mexican REIT, on several matters, most recently a successful MXN$9.2bn debt issuance; and acted for¬†Mexico‚Äôs state-owned consumer lending agency, INFONACOT), on a MXN$2bn notes issuance as part of its MXN$10bn debt programme. A 'stand-out market figure', Guillermo Uribe, whose expertise includes FIBRAs and real estate financing, leads the team; Alejandro Landa¬†is another notable practitioner while senior counsel Adri√°n Gay¬†provides key support; associates Jorge Gonz√°lez Carlini and Santiago Soldevilla¬†are also active. Other clients include¬†FibraUno, Bricks Acquisition Company, Fibra Inn, Fibra HD, and Helios ‚Äď CKD Fund.

Leading individuals

Guillermo Uribe - Holland & Knight

Rising stars

Adri√°n Gay - Holland & Knight

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has built up a strong local practice, now led by the highly rated Luis Rubio. The team handles a broad mix of domestic, regional and international matters for its diverse range of clients. Notable highlights include advising Water Surface Technologies, an affiliate of Canada's Walter Group, on the Mexican aspects of its sale to private investment fund ONCAP. As well as high-profile transactional matters, the team provides regular day-to-day counsel to a long list of international clients, including Dufry and UPS. Other key partners include Octavio Lecona and Alejandro Landa, who is well regarded for his energy expertise.

[back to top]

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight is especially well regarded for international arbitration where it handles a mix of commercial and investment treaty disputes. Salvador Fonseca has developed an excellent reputation in this area, while the recently promoted Carlos Vejar is also extremely experienced. Recent highlights include advising Eutelsat on a major ICSID claim against the Mexican government concerning a satellite concession. The firm also has a strong track record in commercial litigation.

[back to top]

Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has become a well established presence in the market, recommended for both its hydrocarbons and power sector-related advice. The firm represents clients from all corners of the market, including investors, lenders, sponsors and public sector entities, regularly advising on regulatory, transactional and infrastructure issues. The team is currently advising Advance Clean Energy on the $160m development of an 80MW solar power project in Sonora. Other major clients include Howard Midstream Energy Partners, Elite Energy, and Oak Creek Energy. José Antonio Prado and the 'outstanding' Carlos Ochoa jointly lead the well-regarded team.

[back to top]

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

Holland & Knight

A relatively new practice, which started life in 2016, the team at Holland & Knight¬†‚Äėis able to provide concrete, practical and extremely helpful advice‚Äô and has been growing and establishing itself advising an interesting roster of clients. The team provides legal counsel on contentious and non-contentious matters, with recent highlights including its continued assistance to Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) -a group consisting of four leading fishing companies in Mexico- in its successful attempt to obtain Marine Stewardship Counsel (MSC)-certification. In other work, the team has advised on matters ranging from NAFTA verification-of-origin and renegotiation procedures, imports and exports, WTO disputes and permits, to other trade and customs and regulatory issues including Brexit. The department is led by Luis Rubio, whose practice also includes corporate and transaactional matters; clients appreciate his ‚Äėservice vocation coupled with great experience‚Äô. Carlos Vejar, who was previously general counsel for international trade at the Ministry of Economy, is another key contact. Other names to note in the five-strong team include associate Josafat Paredes¬†and senior counsel Blanca Lu√©vano.

[back to top]

Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight clients report being 'very pleased by the firm's work for us, the lawyers flexibility, their creativity, and their attention to our unique needs'. The team reacent advised major client, Bancomext, on a $420m financing to Eólica Mesa la Paz for the development of a 306MW wind power project. The team also advised Buenavista Renewables on the $30m refinancing of a solar-power project in Chihuahua. Both very experienced, practice head Alejandro Landa and Carlos Ochoa are praised for their 'overall fine service'.

[back to top]

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight¬†fields ‚Äėan impressive group of professionals, not only knowledgeable in the legal discipline but also great to work with. Moreover, they have amazing response times‚Äô. The eight-strong practice (which can also draw on the support of the firm‚Äôs international network) provides national and cross-border advice on real estate transactions related to the hospitality, industrial, commercial, retail, residential, sporting and fractional segments, on the development, financing, construction, and planning of real estate projects; tax structuring and planning; environmental matters; assets securitisation deals, securitisations, FIBRAS, CKDs, and SPACs; and real estate in the energy sector. The Mexico City and New York offices were retained by Marriot International, recently, to advise on its joint venture with Thor Urbana for the¬† development and operation of a Ritz Carlton hotel in Costa Canuva, Nayarit. In the FIBRA segment, the Mexico team advised regular client Fibra Uno on a MXN$9.2bn debt issuance; and Fibra Educa on its debut on the Mexican Stock Exchange, which raised almost MXN$9.43bn. Luis Moreno¬†and Guillermo Uribe¬†co-lead the team; Roxana Burciaga, Selene Espinosa, senior counsel Adri√°n Gay, and associate¬†Jorge Gonz√°lez Carlini are all active practitioners. Other clients include Bancomext, PB Exhibit, Western Alliance Bank, PETRONAS, Bricks Acquisition Company, Fibra Inn, Fibra HD, Helios ‚Äď CKD Fund and Victoria CKD Fund (Parks Hospitality Group).

[back to top]

TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practice at Holland & Knight¬†has ‚Äėexpertise in telecommunications matters and it offers tailor-made solutions for the client‚Äô. A well-known figure in the telecoms sector, Luis Rubio Barnetche¬†-whose practice includes corporate and M&A and international trade and customs- ‚Äėhas developed a unique knowledge of TMT matters‚Äô; ‚Äėis customer-oriented, fully available and very good at networking‚Äô; he heads-up the ‚Äėvery client-focused‚Äô team and vry much sets its style and culture, according to clients. The practice covers all areas of TMT,¬† including telecommunications, satellites, media, wireless services, quadruple play, e-commerce and cloud services and communications, advising on transactions, disputes, and antitrust and regulatory matters. In highlight work the team acted for longstanding client Eutelsat (through its subsidiary Satmex) in an investment arbitration proceeding against the Mexican government before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) for breach of several provisions under the Mexico-France Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT); it is also advising government entity Telecomunicaciones de Mexico regarding the Red Troncal (a project born out of the 2013 Constitutional Reform in the telecoms sector) on several aspects, including an FTI review of the bidding rules from a regulatory and antitrust perspective and accompaniment with the PPP bidding procedure. It also assisted another key, longstanding client, Telef√≥nica regarding the 2.5 GHz auction carried out by the Mexican telecommunications regulator and in which the client was awarded two spectrum blocks with nationwide coverage. Working alongside Rubio Bartneche are practice co-head Octavio Lecona, who also handles corporate and M&A mandates; and senior counsel Blanca Luevano. Other clients include American Tower Corporation, McAllen Data Center, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, and Arkadin Mexico.

Leading individuals

Luis Rubio Bartneche - Holland & Knight

Octavio Lecona - Holland & Knight

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight

Senior counsel Eugenio Grageda¬†leads the newly-established and relatively small practice at Holland & Knight , having arrived from Turanzas Bravo & Ambrosi in July 2018. Praised by clients and peers alike, he is a ‚Äėstate of the art attorney‚Äô: ‚Äėalways available‚Äô, ‚Äėexceptionally intelligent and creative, and very attentive‚Äô, with ‚Äėoutstanding coordination with his US team‚Äô. The practice, which offers ‚Äėgood value for money‚Äô, benefits from the firm‚Äôs international network and advises clients on domestic and international corporate reorganisations, investment vehicles, start-ups and financing structures, as well as on the design of tax-efficient strategies for different types of transactions; expansion into Mexico; and offshore tax compliance. It also undertakes tax audits, legal challenges and before various local, state and federal regulatory and governmental agencies; estate tax and succession planning; and compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

Rising stars

Eugenio Grageda - Holland & Knight

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