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Santamarina y Steta

CAMPOS ELISEOS 345, FLOORS 2, 3 AND 11, COL. CHAPULTEPEC POLANCO, 11560 MEXICO, D.F., MEXICO
Tel:
Work +52 55 5279 5400
Email:
Web:
www.s-s.com.mx
Mexico City, Monterrey, Queretaro

Fernando Del Castillo

Tel:
Work +52 55 5279.5426
Email:
Santamarina y Steta

Work Department

Insolvency, civil and mercantile litigation, as well as commercial arbitration law

Position

Partner

Career

Fernando del Castillo joined Santamarina y Steta in 1993 and became a partner in 2002. With more than 20 years, Fernando has broad experience in counseling major domestic and foreign companies in arbitration proceedings held in Mexico and abroad in matters that involved civil, commercial, construction, and insurance law, among other areas.

Languages

Spanish and English

Member

He is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Mexico City Chamber of Commerce (CANACO).

Education

He has a law degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Within: Local practitioners of note (by country)

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s managing partner Claus Von Wobeser is ‘pretty much the father of arbitration in Mexico’. A highly respected practitioner, he and Adrián Magallanes recently represented Anheuser-Busch in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Mexico, as well as handling an ICC arbitration for a client in the port and maritime sector. Marco Tulio Venegas is also held in high regard. Practice head at Solcargo, Fernando Pérez Correa has represented Comisión Federal de Electricidad in a number of ICC arbitrations and also has experience acting as an arbitrator. At Santamarina y Steta, Fernando del Castillo is ‘an able advocate with a first-rate strategic vision’. The solid arbitration practice at González de Cossío Abogados, SC is led by Francisco González de Cossío; a member of the LCIA and president of the Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción, Gónzalez de Cossío is a noted practitioner with experience as counsel and arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitration cases. ‘An increasingly prominent figure’, Galicia Abogados SC’ Rodrigo Zamora Etcharren has particular expertise in handling energy and construction-related disputes as both counsel and arbitrator. Wöss & Partners’ founding partner, Herfried Wöss, has extensive experience of ICC arbitration, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors; he is currently president of a $200m-plus LCIA tribunal.

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Mexico

Bankruptcy and restructuring

Within: Leading lawyers

Fernando del Castillo - Santamarina y Steta

Within: Bankruptcy and restructuring

Full-service Santamarina y Steta is unusual in the Mexican market for being ‘very strong on both the transactional and litigation sides’ of bankruptcy and restructuring, thereby making it ‘unique’. Like the other top tier firms in this practice, the team has been present on some of the most recent headline grabbing cases, including among others, assisting Geo Hogares Ideales and Abengoa with their respective $400m and $200m restructurings – both matters showcasing the firm’s main focus on the debtor side. Fernando del Castillo is a ‘guru’ in the practice area, and definitely ‘someone who stands out’. Key support comes from Alfonso Castro.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Santamarina y Steta has a ‘very active’ disputes practice, with a strong track record representing major multinationals in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration. Blue-chip companies such as John Deere, Siemens, GM, Holcim and Abengoa are past clients, and the firm is currently representing Tesla in its Solar City related dispute concerning the enforcement of a purchase agreement. The firm is particularly strong in insolvency litigation and has a solid track record in the enforcement of arbitral awards. Fernando del Castillo and Carlos Olvera are highly respected.

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