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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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Mexico

Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Amilcar Peredo leads the well-regarded antitrust team at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., which handles a healthy mix of merger control matters, investigations, compliance and litigation. On the merger control side, it recently advised CenturyLink on the pre-merger notification procedure, before the Federal Telecommunications Institute (FTI), for the acquisition of Level 3. The group is also acting for Compañia Sudamericana de Vapores in an international cartel case. Other clients include Coca-Cola, PPG Industries, and American Axel.

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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 long been one of the leading full-service commercial firms in Mexico, with well-established relationships with a range of impressive domestic and international clients. As well as providing day-to-day advice, the corporate group is regularly involved in major cross-border M&A deals, with notable recent examples including advising WestRock MWV on its sale of a $30m stake in its subsidiaries to Silgan Holdings. The firm also acted for PVH on its merger with Grupo Axo, and advised VF Corporation on a $50m power purchase agreement with Invenergy to source wind power for its manufacturing facilities in Mexico. Daniel Del Río leads the corporate team, which includes managing partner Juan José López de Silanes, Juan Carlos Serra, Amilcar García and Jesús Colunga.

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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. has a broad practice covering commercial, civil, and administrative litigation, as well as alternative forms of dispute resolution. The firm is particularly experienced in white-collar crime cases; Francisco Tiburcio and Alejandro Catala Guerrero have excellent track records in this area, as has Gilberto Valle in Queretaro, and this side of the practice has represented numerous international clients over the years, including Adidas, BP, Coca-Cola, Halliburton, and Reckitt Benckiser. Queretaro-based partner Guillermo Aldana is also active in civil and commercial litigation.

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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. is well regarded for energy and mining work, with practice head Juan Carlos Serra enjoying a solid reputation. The firm’s size is such that it can offer its sector clients the full spread of ancillary services, in areas ranging from environmental and regulatory to corporate and disputes. The team continues to advise ONGC Videsh and National Oil Company on their tenders for shallow and deepwater exploration and extraction contacts in the Gulf of Mexico. It also advised Matriales y Equipos Petroleros on several equipment lease and supply agreements with international exploration companies. Other key clients include Gransolar and First Solar Energía México.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.’s active team is jointly led by Daniel Del Río and up-and-coming senior associate Ricardo Evangelista, who specialises in this area of law and previously worked in Mexico’s Environmental Protection Agency. The group has extensive experience in issues related to national waters, and also acts for several clients in the motor industry, including Kia, Volkswagen, and Converca Del Noreste (which is controlled by Ford). On the litigation front, the firm represented Volkswagen in challenging a fine regarding the alleged commercialisation of some of its 2016 models without the corresponding environmental compliance certificates.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is unique among full-service firms in that it has an IP department that can match the leading boutiques in scale, depth and reputation, providing a comprehensive contentious and non-contentious service. Martín Michaus and Adolfo Athie are key partners for litigation, with the latter also responsible for data protection. Jose Hinojosa, who also handles copyright work, and Claudio Ulloa are both highly experienced patent specialists. On the trade mark side, Eduardo Kleinberg, who also handles franchising and licensing, Juan Carlos Hernandez and Jorge Vega are all very active. Key clients include Christian Louboutin, Kylie Jenner, Phillips 66, Lucasfilm, Wal-Mart and the Polo/Lauren Company.

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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.

The ‘excellent’ IT&C practice at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. covers advice on customs procedures, WTO and NAFTA, IMMEX-related matters, audits, verification of origin, administrative procedures, and foreign trade strategy for new operations, among other issues. Recent work involved assisting clients in the healthcare sector with tariff classification matters before the relevant authorities; on import issues arising from audits carried out during merger processes; in regularisation processes related to EXIM operations; and with IMMEX-related cases. Practice head Sergio Barajas is ‘deeply experienced’ in matters including customs and tariff work, IMMEX (maquiladora) matters and anti-dumping, as well as negotiations, lobbying and litigation. He is currently the President of the Mexican Executives Foreign Trade Institute (2016-18) and also has past experience at the Mexican tax administration service (SAT). He is supported by associate Topaqui Diaz who handles international trade (including antidumping and countervailing duties regulations), international trade treaties, and customs law, and also covers the China desk. Belén Barroeta left to join Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC. The firm has offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, Querétaro, and León. Clients include Herbalife de México, Technical Tape, VF Outdoor México and Johnson Controls.

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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.

Labour and employment law is a core area for Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., which has almost 30 lawyers in its team. It handles a balanced mix of strategic and contentious work out of its offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Queretaro, and also has a group specialising in social security and immigration issues. The firm has been representing Barclays Bank in a dispute with former Lehman Brothers employees claiming a surrogate employment relationship with Barclays following its purchase of Lehman’s post-bankruptcy assets. It is also representing Scania in relation to an unfair dismissal claim by the company’s former country manager. Other major clients include Gap, Wal-Mart, Nacional Financiera and Colgate. The highly respected Jorge De Presno leads the team together with the experienced Alvaro Gonzalez.

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

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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.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.’s well-regarded projects team is jointly led by Juan Carlos Serra and Daniel Del Río. It is highly experienced in infrastructure PPPs and energy-related projects, and regularly advises manufacturers on major development projects. It recently advised Niagara Bottling Group on the development of water bottling facilities in the states of Puebla and Nuevo Leon, and also assisted Gransolar in its purchase of a solar generation plant currently being developed by a third party.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. works on both stand-alone real estate matters and on ones that form part of wider corporate mandates. The team recently assisted PPG Industries with the sale of its Plaka production plant to Knauf; and advised Crown Holdings subsidiary Vichisa on its $200m investment for the construction of a glass container production plant in the state of Chihuahua. Four partners and four associates handle real estate matters at the firm, which has offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro and recently established a presence in León, and the group covers the full range of practice area issues, including communal property (ejidos) and constitutional restrictions on the ownership of land by non-Mexicans. Daniel del Rio combines his real estate practice with corporate and transactional activity and also covers environmental law; Juan Jose Lopez de Silanes also handles real estate, corporate and mergers and acquisitions, while Juan Carlos Serra has a specialisation in mining, energy and infrastructure.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Clients and peers sing the praises of the ‘outstandingBasham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. tax team. The firm – with offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, Querétaro and León – is especially rated for its tax dispute resolution expertise, although in the last few years it has been developing its practice to include preventative issues, tax planning and transactional tax, as well as transfer pricing matters; it also maintains its reputation as leader in mining-sector tax issues. The lawyers (26 in total) are ‘extremely precise; their in-depth knowledge is great, and they have the ability to translate complex matters into the client’s language so that complex situations can immediately be understood’. The group’s impressive list of clients includes Colgate Palmolive, Saint Gobain, Aeromexico, Herbalife, Eli Lilly, Volkswagen, IMM Research México (Immunotec), Sandvik, British Columbia Investment Management, Tesa Tape México, Sumitomo Corporation (Serviláminas), Costco, Greyhound Lines, Lafarge Holcim, and Petrofac; recent work involved complex litigation, VAT, legal planning, royalties, transfer pricing, and administrative appeals relating to tax liability. Senior practice partners Gerardo Nieto, Gil Alonso Zenteno and Alejandro Barrera all have over 25 years’ experience in fiscal matters. Nieto handles consulting, litigation, audits, restructuring and planning and is considered ‘one of the best tax litigation lawyers in the country’; Zenteno handles complex litigation; and Barrera is head of tax consulting, planning and strategy, and regarded as ‘as very capable in this area – a real standout practitioner’, both nationally and internationally. Wealth management specialist Victor Barajas is identified as a ‘first class tax advisor. He has strong knowledge of international law and cross-border transactions and a very good understanding of foreign investment vehicles such as funds, trusts, and the like’. Mario Barrera left to join Thompson & Knight LLP.

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

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