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EC Legal Rubio Villegas

RIO DUERO 31, COLONIA CUAUHTEMOC, MEXICO, D.F. 06500, MEXICO
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Work +52 55 5242 0700
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Fax +52 55 5242 0705
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www.ecrubio.com
Juarez, Mexico City, Queretaro

Mexico

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

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

The foremost strength of relatively new firm EC Legal Rubio Villegas, following the merger of Rubio Villegas y Asociados with Ciudad Juarez-based EC Legal in June 2017, is in the IT&C sector, where the team has primarily been focused primarily on customs administrative proceedings, origin cases and trade remedy cases. In a key mandate valued at over MXN$100m, the team successfully represented Estée Lauder International before the Federal Administrative and Fiscal Court to contest an administrative resolution denying NAFTA preferential treatment on goods manufactured and exported to Mexico by the client during the period 2010-13. In another notable case, the team advised American Greetings on the restructuring of its operations in Mexico, allowing a maquiladora supplier to apply for Maquila Tax benefits and thereby eliminating the client’s Permanent Establishment exposure in Mexico. As part of another mandate, with a project value of over $50m, the team provided a legal opinion to EDF EN Servicios Eólicos regarding the covenants required in contracts governing the purchase of solar panels from a manufacturer in South Korea and their importation into Mexico and the possibility of applying for the PROSEC Programme, reducing the import duty rate from 15% to 0%. Other activity involved representing National Material of Mexico and Hules Banda in antidumping cases; other regular clients include Avery, Ryobi, Lenovo, Omron, and Foxconn. With offices in Mexico City, Cd. Juárez, Querétaro, Irapuato and León the firm offers significant geographical coverage and can also offer strong tax and dispute resolution departments. Clients sing the praises of the ‘exceptional’ team’s three partners and four associates: ‘They are very knowledgeable, ethical, professional, quick to respond, and the advice is provided so that a layperson can understand’. Juan Carlos Partida co-leads the team and is considered ‘one of the best antidumping lawyers in the country’. A former legal advisor to NAFTA secretariat SECOFI, he also handles WTO trade remedies. ‘Stalwart’ Eduardo David undertakes antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard investigations, and Alejandro Montes’ practice focuses on trade agreements, rules of origin, tariff preferences, import–export programmes and dispute settlement procedures; both also have a corporate and transactional aspect to their practices. Clients include Tesla and Honeywell.

Leading lawyers

Eduardo David - EC Legal Rubio Villegas

Juan Carlos Partida - EC Legal Rubio Villegas

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

EC Legal Rubio Villegas has resources in Mexico’s key employment centres. Mexico City based Perla Arreola jointly leads the ‘brilliant’ team with Rogelio Sánchez in Juarez and Queretaro-based Javier Canseco (‘an outstanding labour lawyer who is always close to the business’). The majority of its clients are major multinationals with large manufacturing bases in the country, including several in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Its workload covers union negotiations, collective bargaining agreements and litigation.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

Following their June 2017 merger, EC Legal Rubio Villegas combines the strengths of Mexico City-based Rubio Villegas y Asociados and Ciudad Juárez-head quartered EC Legal. With a strong focus on industrial investment, overall the firm fields 65 lawyers across offices in Mexico City, Cd. Juárez, Querétaro and Irapuato (plus a ‘desk’ in León). In real estate, the team handles acquisitions, due diligences, financing, construction projects, leases and management agreements, resolution of title deficiencies, zoning, planning and land-use issues, real estate property tax and property recording issues. Recent work involved assisting Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta with the acquisition of a portfolio of assets in Tijuana (totalling 1.3m square-feet) for an aggregate investment of $73.4m; and advised Artha Capital on the setup of a large solar energy project in the state of Chihuahua involving MXN$22.8bn of assets-under-management (AUM) and funded under the PRANA Energy CKD fund. It has also acted for Fibra Nova on several mandates, including on the development of the second phase of the UNITEC university Campus (a division of Laureate International) in Querétaro; and on the development of an expansion to the industrial facility leased by Visteon Services in Reynosa. Carlos Enríquez and Renato Martínez are the two main practitioners, either leading mandates or acting in tandem. Enríquez has 35 years’ experience in the sector and is an expert on maquiladora regulations and foreign investment; Martínez has a finance practice and a focus on cross-border transactions. Support comes from Fernando Holguín, who worked with Enríquez to advise Foxconn on securing the first licence to operate a strategic fiscal warehouse allowing the joint binational customs pre-clearance of products between Mexico and the US; and Jaime O’Reilly, who worked with Martínez on the Artha Capital mandate, and with Enríquez, on the advice given to TMW Enterprises on the $13m sale of its industrial portfolio (comprising five properties in Ciudad Juarez and Torreon) to IGS Industrial Fund III. Other team members include Sergio de la Rocha and César Ochoa. Additional clients include Grupo Bafar and Promotora y Urbanizadora Cever.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

EC Legal Rubio Villegas enters the tax ranking on the strength of client feedback and a strong caseload. The nine-strong team (including four partners) is the result of the merger of Rubio Villegas y Asociados with Ciudad Juarez-based EC Legal in June 2017; the new firm also has an outpost in Querétaro. The team assists with tax planning, transactional tax matters, investments and reorganisations; audits, administrative appeals and other tax litigation, real estate, social security, and wealth management. Recent mandates included advice on tax relating to a timeshare business, customs and VAT, asset sales and day-to-day tax advice, tax assessments by PRODECON, income tax for foreign residents in the country, payroll tax, property tax and extraordinary contributions, audits and state tax. Clients appreciate the ‘very high level of specialisation and proficiency in all the issues handled’. Practice head Arturo Bañuelos is singled out for his ‘professionalism and high standards of quality’. He is supported by Edmundo Hernández in Mexico City, and Felipe Mendoza and Fernando Holguín in Querétaro and Ciudad Juarez, respectively.

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