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TORRE ARCOS BOSQUES 1, PASEO DE LOS TAMARINDOS 400-B, 8TH AND 9TH FLOORS, COLONIA, BOSQUES DE LAS LOMAS, 05120, MÉXICO CITY, MEXICO
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Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

The 13-strong banking and finance team at Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. handles project finance – focused on energy and especially renewables – capital markets, structured finance, regulatory matters, and of late, new activity in the e-payments segment. Relevant highlight work saw the team advise Bank of Montreal on a $125m financing granted to Packaging Holding (and its Mexican subsidiaries), as well as with the Mexican guaranties granted in connection with the financing. The mandate was led by practice head Luis Alberto Balderas Fernández, who was active on most of the department’s recent work, including providing ongoing advice to PayU Latam regarding all regulatory matters applicable to participants of payment networks; and assisting new client Procesa – Procesamiento Especializado de Alimentos with a $9m mezzanine loan and a MXN$76m equity contribution to the client’s capital stock by Central American Mezzanine Infrastructure Fund II (CAMIF), and associated authorisations. Balderas Fernández receives key support from senior associate José Manuel Carrillo Méndez. However, while Fernando Alonso-de-Florida R, who left to set up his own firm in 2012, re-joined the team in October 2017, founding partner Miguel Jáuregui Rojas announced his retirement and senior associate Diego Hernández Schmidt-Tophoff left to join González Calvillo, SC. Banamex is a new practice client; other clients include AT&T Mexico, MetLife, Banco Base, and Aseguradora Patrimonial Vida.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

David Hurtado Badiola heads the impressive two-partner team at Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C., which acts for a mix of domestic and international clients on the full range of issues, from merger clearances to abuse of dominance claims. Its impressive client list includes SAB Miller, Philips Mexicana, Colgate-Palmolive, and Suzuki Motors. On the investigations side, it has recently advised clients on investigations into the transportation, medical instruments and aviation sectors. Citlali Pérez Rentería is also recommended.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. has a strong corporate practice led by the highly regarded Miguel Ishii Yokoyama. It has a following of clients in the manufacturing, energy, retail and real estate sectors, and also acts for several investment funds. Recent highlights include advising the owner of the pet retailer Maskota on its acquisition of certain assets from its competitor Petsy; and acting for Waste Generated Power on the formation of a joint venture company for the generation of electricity and fuel from waste. María del Pilar Labastida is recommended for her commercial expertise. The firm will miss former practice head Miguel Jáuregui Rojas, who announced his retirement in 2018.

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

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

The ‘small but very good’ six-strong international trade and customs practice at Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. is valued by clients for its ‘excellent service’, long-standing expertise, and the fact that it is able to advise on IT&C matters across the board, including litigation, market access, trade policy, multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, preferential trade regimes, customs compliance, trade compliance and trade remedies; it also has a special focus on anti-dumping cases. Practice head David Hurtado ‘is technically very good but his passion and commitment to the customer are outstanding’, according to one client. He led the team in all its most recent cases, including several anti-dumping matters, such as advising Sanderson Farms (one of the largest exporters of chicken from the US to Mexico) on an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the Mexican government; and Pirelli on an anti-dumping investigation into rubber imports into Mexico. Ongoing anti-dumping cases include assistance to Almidones Mexicanos in trade retail matters concerning the potential impact of modifications to NAFTA and the status of the suspension of a sugar dumping case in the US, as well as in matters concerning the VAT applicable to food imports into Mexico; and Internacional de Cerámica in an anti-dumping investigation on the importation of tiles from China and potential investigations into similar ceramic products. In other work, the team assisted Ferrero de Mexico in trade, customs and health resolution matters regarding the import and export of chocolates and other products; and American Standard in customs matters regarding its maquiladora company. Key support comes from Luis Carballo, who handles tax and administrative litigation and constitutional proceedings; and senior associate Julia García de Acevedo, who covers dumping, customs, and health-related international commerce. Other clients include Laboratorios Farmasa, Trade Comercializadora Internacional, ASF-K, Cámara Nacional de la Industria Hulera, Noksel España and Mount Vernon Mills. Senior associate Carlos Solano left the firm.

Leading lawyers

David Hurtado - Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.’s practice is primarily oriented towards consultancy work, with a specialisation in structuring and operating real estate funds – public and private – for which it is well known. The 12-strong team was reinforced by the arrival of two junior lawyers: Gonzalo Mauricio Breña Labarrère from Turanzas, Bravo & Ambrosi and Jessica Paz González from Soluciones Fiscales, Administrativas y Penales. Highlight work saw the firm assist FIBRA Terrafina, one of its main clients, on the acquisition of a large industrial portfolio identified as "Puma". The transaction, valued at $190m, required a complex tax structure in order to meet the needs of the sellers and the client related to recovering VAT. In another notable case, the team assisted CKD Finsa I and CKD Walton on the refinancing of a large portfolio of industrial properties identified as Verde-Ferrari and owned by both CKDs in a joint venture; in this $230m deal the complexity centred on the tax structures of the three sellers. Other fund work included advising Prumex IV on the structuring of a CKD focused on industrial and residential real property; and CKD Walton on the sale of a hotel located in one of the main business corridors in Mexico City, as well as assisting others with a variety of matters including acquisitions and the recovery of VAT credits. On the contentious side, the team continued to represent PLA Industrial Fund I (a PE fund sponsored by PGIM Real Estate), in tax litigation contesting a VAT tax assessment issued against one of the Mexican vehicles of the fund and involving analysis of the VAT implications on transactions carried out through Mexican trusts. These cases were led by name partner and practice co-head Luis Gerardo del Valle, supported by fellow co-head Eduardo Medina Zapata who handled the transactional highlights. Key support comes from senior counsel Luis Carballo Balvanera who handles both transactional tax matters and tax litigation; and associate Ricardo David García Robles who focuses on transactional matters. Other clients include Mota Engil, CKD Planigrupo, Walton Street Capital, Fraccionadora Industrial del Norte (FINSA) and Clarion Partners.

Leading lawyers

Luis Gerardo del Valle - Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

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