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Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

PASEO DE LOS TAMARINDOS NO. 400-A, PISO 9, COL. BOSQUES DE LAS LOMAS, MEXICO D.F. 05120, MEXICO
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Work +52 55 5261 0400
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Fax +52 55 5261 0496
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www.basham.com.mx
Mexico City, Monterrey, Queretaro

Mexico

Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. covers all areas of antitrust law, and group head Amilcar Peredo is particularly well regarded in the market. The practice attracts a significant flow of work from an impressive list of longstanding clients, but is also a referral favourite for major US firms. It has seen an increasing amount of investigations work, and recently assisted Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in achieving a successful outcome from an investigation into alleged cartel behaviour in the automotive industry. The firm also advised Coca-Cola on the pre-merger notification for its acquisition of the Ades drinks business from Unilever, which received unconditional approval. Senior associate Sara Gutierrez is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Amilcar Peredo - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

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

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has a broad corporate practice which provides strong day-to-day advice to its clients, as well as support on high-profile M&A deals, where it acts for strategic buyers and private equity funds. The seven-partner team, led by Daniel Del Río, has been in expansion mode following the promotion of three partners in January 2017: Jesus Manuel Colunga, Amilcar Garcia and Rodolfo Barreda. It has been particularly active in the energy, healthcare, automotive, real estate and consumer goods sectors. Recent highlights include advising NB Products on its acquisition of the Mexican work gear and tools business of Rooster Products Latin America. The firm acts for an impressive mix of domestic and international clients, including Niagara Bottling Group, Coastal Marine, ExxonMobil and Huaneng Group.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Del Río - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is highly recommended for its expertise in white-collar crime, an area in which partners Francisco Tiburcio and Alejandro Catalá are both very experienced. The firm also handles a broader array of commercial disputes and litigation for domestic and international clients. However, Cecilia Flores left to establish her own firm, Flores Rueda, S.C.

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

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has a strong, full-service practice covering corporate, regulatory, disputes and environmental. Juan Carlos Serra heads the team, which mainly acts for developers and sponsors on their energy projects. Recent highlights include advising ONGC Videsh and National Oil Company on tenders for contracts concerning offshore exploration and the extraction of hydrocarbons. Another highlight has been advising ExxonMobil Comercial regarding the new legal framework governing the energy market, in connection with its downstream and midstream activities. Other active clients include Gran Solar, Huaneng Group and Coastal Energy Solutions.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has a strong track record advising on contentious and non-contentious issues arising from national waters and the operation and development of industrial plants in Mexico. It has a large following in the automotive industry, advising names such as Kia Motors, Volkswagen and Peugeot. It recently advised Federal Mogul on environmental due diligence for the acquisition of an industrial facility and distribution centre. Daniel Del Río leads the team, which includes associates Ricardo Evangelista and Mariana Arrieta.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has an extremely strong seven-partner team which handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP work for its domestic and international clients, covering trade marks, patents, copyright, data protection, franchising and licensing. On the patent side, partners such as Jose Hinojosa and Claudio Ulloa are highly experienced, and clients also benefit from seven in-house engineers being part of the team. Other key partners are litigators Martín Michaus and Adolfo Athie, who also covers the data protection side. On the trade mark front, the main contacts include the highly experienced Eduardo Kleinberg, who also handles franchising matters, Jorge Vega and Juan Carlos Hernandez. The firm successfully represented Polo Ralph Lauren in a major trade mark claim regarding its ‘Polo’ mark.

Leading lawyers

Eduardo Kleinberg - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Martín Michaus - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

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

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

With its broad service offering and strong industrial and manufacturing client base Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has long played a role in international trade and commerce. The last few years have seen the practice group in a period of transition following a generational hand over, and the group’s caseload is primarily made up anti-dumping matters. ‘Capable, responsive and personable’, department head Sergio Barajas is current President of the Mexican Executives Foreign Trade Institute (2016-18). His practice covers all aspects of customs and tariff work, IMMEX (maquiladora) matters and anti-dumping, as well as negotiations, lobbying and litigation in the sector, and he can also draw on his experience at the Mexican tax administration service (SAT). A capable second line includes senior associate Belén Barroeta who has a strong customs-related practice; and experienced associate Topaqui Diaz, who has both in-house experience and an LLM in international trade from China. Also noted is junior associate Félix Ponce-Nava gives the team Japanese-language facility and expertise. Past work include advising on the international trade matters related to a major manufacturing joint venture; nullity claims against VAT classifications; and customs regularization of temporarily imported goods. Clients include Herbalife, Technical Tape, Sephora México, Elli Lilly, Costco de México, VF Outdoor México, Aerovías de México, Eastman Chemical, Ericsson Telecom, Gap and GPS Import Services.

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Sergio Barajas - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

The highly rated team at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is led by Jorge De Presno, and includes employment litigator Alvaro Gonzalez, who was recently promoted to partner. The firm has over 20 lawyers working on employment matters, and further fee-earners covering social security and immigration work. As well as day-to-day employment issues and transactional advice, the firm has a strong litigation focus and a good track record in dealing with unions. It recently advised Samsung Electronics on a workforce reorganisation to align itself with new laws on subcontracting. The group has also been representing Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in an unfair dismissal claim brought by an expatriate employee.

Leading lawyers

Jorge De Presno - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Next generation lawyers

Alvaro Gonzalez - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Juan Carlos Serra and Daniel Del Río jointly lead the team at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., which has a wide-ranging practice covering projects in the infrastructure, energy and natural resources arenas. On the energy side, it recently advised First Solar Energia Mexico on the development of a photovoltaic park. The team has also been advising clients such as ONGC Videsh in relation to bids for shallow – and deep-water hydrocarbon exploration and extraction agreements; and advised Kia Motors on a $2.5bn investment in developing a car manufacturing facility in Mexico.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

A reflection of Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.’s all-round corporate ability, headline work saw real estate practice head Juan Carlos Serra lead advice to Kia Motors on its $1bn (initial) investment to establish (from greenfield to construction) its first automotive manufacturing facility (in Nuevo León), the mandate involving site analysis and selection, due diligence, administrative and regulatory matters, and the negotiation and drafting of the investment agreement. Other notable work included advising First Solar Energía Mexico on all real estate aspects pertaining to the development of photovoltaic parks, including lease agreements, in accordance with the new regulatory electricity-generation framework established by energy authority CENACE. Other matters included mining concession due diligence, including all associated real estate; the acquisition of properties for industrial development; and rural property ownership matters relating to Mexico’s traditional (ejidal) agrarian regime. Associates Manuel Iglesias (corporate and antitrust); Jorge Escobedo (administrative and energy law) and the environmentally focused Ricardo Evangelista are all key members of the practice.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

The leader on mining sector-tax matters ‘from Peñoles to GoldcorpBasham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. fields a 26-strong practice which offers a full range of tax services. Long best known for its litigious capability, over the last few years the department has re-oriented its practice towards preventative issues, tax planning and transactional tax matters, while more recently, the firm’s transfer pricing group has also been strengthened with the addition of an ex-SAT accountant. The department’s stellar corporate client list includes the likes of, Minera Peñasquito, Desarrollos Mineros San Luis, Coca Cola Export, Colgate-Palmolive, Aerovías de México, Sumitomo and Volkswagen, which it serves from offices in Monterrey, Querétaro and Mexico City. Senior practice partners Gerardo Nieto (consulting, litigation, audits, restructuring and planning), Gil Zenteno (complex tax litigation), and Alejandro Barrera (head of tax consulting, planning and strategy) all have over 25 years’ experience in fiscal matters; and further strength comes from Victor Barajas and Mario Barrera, whose primary specialisations are wealth management and transfer pricing, respectively. As a whole the team is reported as ‘alert to opportunities’, ‘efficient, technically sound’ and service oriented. Recent matters include successful constitutional proceedings (amparos) against new mining fees introduced in 2014; advising a mining sector player on the preparation of a tax-efficient sales strategy in which withholding tax matters were critical; and British Columbia Investment Management on a corporate reorganization to ensure the retention of its exempt status. Monterrey-based senior associate Luis Alejandro Casarín, whose tax practice reaches in to patrimonial matters; and experienced associate Sergio Arrellanes G, are also noted. Other matters include contesting a multimillion-dollar tax liability resulting from an SAT change of criteria; the contesting of the ruling-out of transfer pricing-derived deductions; and matters related to direct sales.

Leading lawyers

Alejandro Barrera - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Gerardo Nieto - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Gil Alonso Zenteno - Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

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