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www.vonwobeserysierra.com

Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s managing partner Claus Von Wobeser is ‘one of Mexico’s leading arbitration specialists, very respected worldwide’. He successfully represented Acqua Mineral San Benedetto in an ICC dispute with a joint venture partner. ‘Excellent lawyerMarco Tulio Venegas is another key contact for international arbitration at the firm. Solcargo’s dispute resolution practice head Fernando Pérez Correa is an experienced lawyer and a key adviser to the Comisión Federal de Electricidad, recently representing it in several ICC arbitrations. Abascal Segovia & Asociados’ José María Abascal is very experienced in international arbitration, and has been a Mexican delegate to UNCITRAL since 1985. He has acted as counsel, arbitrator and expert in major forums including the ICC, the ICDR and the LCIA. Galicia Abogados SC’s new arbitration and dispute resolution head Rodrigo Zamora is highly regarded for his track record as arbitrator and counsel in ICC as well as ICSID cases. Santamarina y Steta’s very active dispute resolution head Fernando Del Castillo is ‘a truly terrific lawyer’, and recently represented Peñafiel Aguas Minerales, a Mexican mineral water company owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, in an ICC dispute with joint venture partner Acqua Minerale San Benedetto. ‘Talented sole practitioner’ Francisco González de Cossío, who founded González de Cossío Abogados, SC, is recommended for his expertise in alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of the LCIA and president of the Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción.

Leading local practitioners

Claus von Wobeser - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Mexico

Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

While undertaking some debtor-side work, the seven-strong practice at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is primarily involved in creditor-side representation. Recent matters include advising Universidad Interglobal on its insolvency request (wherein the team successfully obtained various interim measures that permitted the company’s ongoing operation); and BAC Florida Bank, a leading creditor in the bankruptcy of Proveedora la Perla, in relation to its attempts to pursue a restructuring rather than a liquidation. The team has also been active in the Oceanografía case, obtaining creditor recognition for a number of trade finance houses and banks. ‘Experienced’ practice head Diego Sierraknows his way around bankruptcy cases’ and his dual-qualification (Mexico/USA) is of particular relevance for cross-border insolvency matters. Key partner Luis Miguel Jiménez has over 15 years’ experience handling bankruptcy work; he and Sierra recently acted in tandem on one of the first acquisitions of an ongoing business within the context of a bankruptcy. Other matters include advising Corporativo Procter & Gamble regarding the bankruptcy of Grupo Corvi; Gavilon, as creditor, in the insolvency of Ganadera La Tizapa; and Burger King Corporation on the possibility of collecting royalties relating to a master franchise agreement. Other clients include DF Deutsche Forfait, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale, AIG, Zebra Technologies and Bayerische Landesbank.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has a dedicated eight-lawyer team led by the ‘deeply committedFernando Carreño, who is considered ‘one of the top counsel to go to in Mexico’. He is backed up by a ‘top-notch’, ‘business-oriented’ and ‘fantastically responsive’ team with ‘a real client obsession’. Key individuals include litigation partner Fernando Moreno for investigations work; and senior associate José Palomar, who has recently returned from a spell in New York. The firm has strong expertise in merger clearance, as well as major cartel and market investigations. Recent highlights on the non-contentious side included acting as co-counsel to Anheuser-Busch InBev on the significant domestic merger clearance issues related to its global takeover of SAB Miller. On the investigations front, the firm represented Mexican airline Volaris in relation to COFECE’s market investigation into the allocation of slots at Mexico City airport. Other clients include BMW, Mars and Nissan.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Carreño - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Next generation lawyers

Paloma Alcántra - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s corporate practice has seen considerable growth in the last five years, and has a strong presence in the consumer goods and private equity industries. The ‘highly knowledgeable and very responsive’ team is ‘able to bring well-qualified and articulate lawyers to assist with whatever issues arise’, and provides ‘cogent and easy-to-understand advice’. The group has been involved in the Mexican aspects of several blockbuster deals, including advising Anheuser-Busch InBev on its acquisition of SABMiller, and acting for Coca-Cola on its takeover of Unilever’s soy-based business, AdeS. Another highlight was representing Mars on its takeover of Grupo Turin, the Mexican chocolate manufacturer. On the private equity side, where Andres Niéto is very experienced, the firm advised KPS Capital Partners and its portfolio company Electrical Components International on its takeover of Whitepath Fab Tech. Luis Burgueño leads the highly rated team, which includes competition partner Fernando Carreño; the ‘excellent, business-oriented and eminently practicalJavier Lizardi; and Rupert Hüttler, who is dual qualified in Austria and Mexico.

Leading lawyers

Luis Burgueño - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has an excellent disputes practice which is equally well-versed in litigation, including administrative and civil proceedings, and international arbitration. Claus Von Wobeser, who is particularly strong in international arbitration, is ‘definitely one of the best in Mexico’; ‘his knowledge and expertise justify why he is one of the most in-demand counsel in his field’. Marco Tulio Venegas is ‘an excellent lawyer’ and an extremely experienced civil and administrative litigator and arbitration attorney. Younger partners include Diego Sierra, who has a good reputation for anti-corruption cases, and also litigator Adrián Magallanes. The firm has been handling several cases for Anheuser-Busch, including a dispute with the state of Zacatecas, and has also been representing Ingenerios Civiles Asociados in an ICC arbitration regarding the termination of a contract for the construction of a port terminal on the Pacific coast.

Leading lawyers

Claus Von Wobeser - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Marco Tulio Venegas - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Next generation lawyers

Diego Sierra - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 4

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is recommended for its practice in energy-related transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. On the projects side, it advised Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems on the $500m Agua Prieta II combined-cycle power project. It also has a strong track record in renewables, recently advising clients such as Yingly Green Energy Mexico and Scatec Solar on their participation in auctions for Clean Energy Certificates related to solar power projects. Key partners include Edmond Grieger and Luis Burgueño.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC covers areas such as environmental impact authorisations and audits, liability waste management, air pollutant emissions, and waste water treatment. It has a good reputation for advisory work, but is particularly strong on the litigation side, covering constitutional and other proceedings. The firm acts for an impressive mix of domestic and international clients, and has been advising BMW on day-to-day environmental compliance for the construction of a new manufacturing facility. Other clients include Daimler, Grupo Modelo and Coca-Cola. Edmond Grieger heads the team.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

The ‘outstanding’ IP lawyers at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC are ‘first class, and extremely professional in their work; their advice is always relevant, saving time, money and headaches’. The two partners in the ‘very serious and qualified’ team are Marco Tulio Venegas and Rupert Hüttler, although clients also highlight the firm’s associates: Patricia Kaim ‘has a deep knowledge of trade mark law and the operation of the trade mark registration system’, and the ‘very responsive’ Nallely Van Pratt ‘prosecutes matters on a timely basis’; ‘the quality of her work is exceptional’. Clients include HBO, Diageo, Coca-Cola and Patek Philippe.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Mid-sized, full-service firm Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has an established international trade practice that works across the entire sector but evidences a strong focus on NAFTA and maquiladora-related matters: ‘I regard them as go-to for US-Mexico cross-border matters’, commented one source. Recent mandates include advising Shaw Industries on a verification-of-origin procedure brought by the Mexican authorities in the US; Vircila International on the regularization of temporarily imported merchandise; and Trimas on the establishment of an IMMEX maquila entity. The six-strong team is led by Luis Miguel Jiménez, who has over 15 years’ in the sector: ‘experienced, responsive and reliable’, he has particular expertise on IMMEX matters and the automotive industry, and also in the verifications-of-origin niche. Key support comes from senior associate María de Lourdes Salazar who has increasing profile in the sector; and in a new hire the practice has added senior associate Mónica Reyes, increasing both its capacity and expertise. Also noted is ‘very fine’ tax partner Fernando Moreno who leans-in to the sector in relation to matters such as reductions and pay backs. Other work saw the team aid clients with the restructuring of both import and export inventory control systems (in line with IMMEX requirements); advice on the pros and cons of adhering to the IMMEX programme; and significant (and successful) litigation against the SAT. Clients include BMW, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Fresenius Medical Care, and MARS.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

The ‘very knowledgeable’ group at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC provides ‘service of the highest standard’. Praised for his ‘strategic vision’, group head Rodolfo Trampe has ‘an ability to understand and explain the needs, challenges and risks that the client faces’. A recent work highlight was advising Mars on labour law matters related to its acquisition of Grupo Turin. Javier Lizardi is also recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Headline mandates at ‘full-service outlierVon Wobeser y Sierra, SC saw the team handle all tax matters related to BMW’s $1bn investment in a new luxury car factory located in San Luis Potosi; and Anheuser Busch InBev on the tax strategy for the acquisition of Cervecería Mexicana. ‘Eminent’ practice head Fernando Moreno is ‘a genuine senior figure in the tax arena’ and ‘really knowledgeable’; he has almost 30 years in the sector and his practice covers consulting, planning and litigation, with particular emphasis on treaty matters and tax minimization/efficiency. Key support comes from senior associate Jorge Diaz Carvajal, who focuses on tax, social security and international trade and customs (he too has a certain focus on treaty matters and the avoidance of double taxation. Further mandates include counsel to Knauf on the definition of its tax strategy in relation to the acquisition of mines in Mexico; Grupo Modelo with regard to the tax strategy for a $325m investment in a brewery pant and cannery in Yucatan; and Acqua Minerale San Benedetto on the tax aspects of the sale of its participation in various Mexican entities as part of a joint venture agreement with Peñafiel Aguas Minerales. In addition, the team receives a steady flow of litigious matters, a sub-sector where the firm has ‘considerable fire-power’ – most notably, head of litigation Marco Tulio Venegas. Other matters include counsel on tax analysis and efficiency matters, double tax agreements, and both transactional and non-transactional structuring work. Clients include Burger King, Horizon Global, Procter & Gamble, Cimentaciones Mexicanas and Robert Bosch.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Moreno - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s managing partner Claus Von Wobeser is ‘one of Mexico’s leading arbitration specialists, very respected worldwide’. He successfully represented Acqua Mineral San Benedetto in an ICC dispute with a joint venture partner. ‘Excellent lawyerMarco Tulio Venegas is another key contact for international arbitration at the firm. Solcargo’s dispute resolution practice head Fernando Pérez Correa is an experienced lawyer and a key adviser to the Comisión Federal de Electricidad, recently representing it in several ICC arbitrations. Abascal Segovia & Asociados’ José María Abascal is very experienced in international arbitration, and has been a Mexican delegate to UNCITRAL since 1985. He has acted as counsel, arbitrator and expert in major forums including the ICC, the ICDR and the LCIA. Galicia Abogados SC’s new arbitration and dispute resolution head Rodrigo Zamora is highly regarded for his track record as arbitrator and counsel in ICC as well as ICSID cases. Santamarina y Steta’s very active dispute resolution head Fernando Del Castillo is ‘a truly terrific lawyer’, and recently represented Peñafiel Aguas Minerales, a Mexican mineral water company owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, in an ICC dispute with joint venture partner Acqua Minerale San Benedetto. ‘Talented sole practitioner’ Francisco González de Cossío, who founded González de Cossío Abogados, SC, is recommended for his expertise in alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of the LCIA and president of the Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción.

Leading local practitioners

Claus von Wobeser - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Mexico

Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

While undertaking some debtor-side work, the seven-strong practice at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is primarily involved in creditor-side representation. Recent matters include advising Universidad Interglobal on its insolvency request (wherein the team successfully obtained various interim measures that permitted the company’s ongoing operation); and BAC Florida Bank, a leading creditor in the bankruptcy of Proveedora la Perla, in relation to its attempts to pursue a restructuring rather than a liquidation. The team has also been active in the Oceanografía case, obtaining creditor recognition for a number of trade finance houses and banks. ‘Experienced’ practice head Diego Sierraknows his way around bankruptcy cases’ and his dual-qualification (Mexico/USA) is of particular relevance for cross-border insolvency matters. Key partner Luis Miguel Jiménez has over 15 years’ experience handling bankruptcy work; he and Sierra recently acted in tandem on one of the first acquisitions of an ongoing business within the context of a bankruptcy. Other matters include advising Corporativo Procter & Gamble regarding the bankruptcy of Grupo Corvi; Gavilon, as creditor, in the insolvency of Ganadera La Tizapa; and Burger King Corporation on the possibility of collecting royalties relating to a master franchise agreement. Other clients include DF Deutsche Forfait, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale, AIG, Zebra Technologies and Bayerische Landesbank.

[back to top]

Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has a dedicated eight-lawyer team led by the ‘deeply committedFernando Carreño, who is considered ‘one of the top counsel to go to in Mexico’. He is backed up by a ‘top-notch’, ‘business-oriented’ and ‘fantastically responsive’ team with ‘a real client obsession’. Key individuals include litigation partner Fernando Moreno for investigations work; and senior associate José Palomar, who has recently returned from a spell in New York. The firm has strong expertise in merger clearance, as well as major cartel and market investigations. Recent highlights on the non-contentious side included acting as co-counsel to Anheuser-Busch InBev on the significant domestic merger clearance issues related to its global takeover of SAB Miller. On the investigations front, the firm represented Mexican airline Volaris in relation to COFECE’s market investigation into the allocation of slots at Mexico City airport. Other clients include BMW, Mars and Nissan.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Carreño - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Next generation lawyers

Paloma Alcántra - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s corporate practice has seen considerable growth in the last five years, and has a strong presence in the consumer goods and private equity industries. The ‘highly knowledgeable and very responsive’ team is ‘able to bring well-qualified and articulate lawyers to assist with whatever issues arise’, and provides ‘cogent and easy-to-understand advice’. The group has been involved in the Mexican aspects of several blockbuster deals, including advising Anheuser-Busch InBev on its acquisition of SABMiller, and acting for Coca-Cola on its takeover of Unilever’s soy-based business, AdeS. Another highlight was representing Mars on its takeover of Grupo Turin, the Mexican chocolate manufacturer. On the private equity side, where Andres Niéto is very experienced, the firm advised KPS Capital Partners and its portfolio company Electrical Components International on its takeover of Whitepath Fab Tech. Luis Burgueño leads the highly rated team, which includes competition partner Fernando Carreño; the ‘excellent, business-oriented and eminently practicalJavier Lizardi; and Rupert Hüttler, who is dual qualified in Austria and Mexico.

Leading lawyers

Luis Burgueño - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has an excellent disputes practice which is equally well-versed in litigation, including administrative and civil proceedings, and international arbitration. Claus Von Wobeser, who is particularly strong in international arbitration, is ‘definitely one of the best in Mexico’; ‘his knowledge and expertise justify why he is one of the most in-demand counsel in his field’. Marco Tulio Venegas is ‘an excellent lawyer’ and an extremely experienced civil and administrative litigator and arbitration attorney. Younger partners include Diego Sierra, who has a good reputation for anti-corruption cases, and also litigator Adrián Magallanes. The firm has been handling several cases for Anheuser-Busch, including a dispute with the state of Zacatecas, and has also been representing Ingenerios Civiles Asociados in an ICC arbitration regarding the termination of a contract for the construction of a port terminal on the Pacific coast.

Leading lawyers

Claus Von Wobeser - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Marco Tulio Venegas - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Next generation lawyers

Diego Sierra - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 4

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is recommended for its practice in energy-related transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. On the projects side, it advised Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems on the $500m Agua Prieta II combined-cycle power project. It also has a strong track record in renewables, recently advising clients such as Yingly Green Energy Mexico and Scatec Solar on their participation in auctions for Clean Energy Certificates related to solar power projects. Key partners include Edmond Grieger and Luis Burgueño.

[back to top]

Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC covers areas such as environmental impact authorisations and audits, liability waste management, air pollutant emissions, and waste water treatment. It has a good reputation for advisory work, but is particularly strong on the litigation side, covering constitutional and other proceedings. The firm acts for an impressive mix of domestic and international clients, and has been advising BMW on day-to-day environmental compliance for the construction of a new manufacturing facility. Other clients include Daimler, Grupo Modelo and Coca-Cola. Edmond Grieger heads the team.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

The ‘outstanding’ IP lawyers at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC are ‘first class, and extremely professional in their work; their advice is always relevant, saving time, money and headaches’. The two partners in the ‘very serious and qualified’ team are Marco Tulio Venegas and Rupert Hüttler, although clients also highlight the firm’s associates: Patricia Kaim ‘has a deep knowledge of trade mark law and the operation of the trade mark registration system’, and the ‘very responsive’ Nallely Van Pratt ‘prosecutes matters on a timely basis’; ‘the quality of her work is exceptional’. Clients include HBO, Diageo, Coca-Cola and Patek Philippe.

[back to top]

International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Mid-sized, full-service firm Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has an established international trade practice that works across the entire sector but evidences a strong focus on NAFTA and maquiladora-related matters: ‘I regard them as go-to for US-Mexico cross-border matters’, commented one source. Recent mandates include advising Shaw Industries on a verification-of-origin procedure brought by the Mexican authorities in the US; Vircila International on the regularization of temporarily imported merchandise; and Trimas on the establishment of an IMMEX maquila entity. The six-strong team is led by Luis Miguel Jiménez, who has over 15 years’ in the sector: ‘experienced, responsive and reliable’, he has particular expertise on IMMEX matters and the automotive industry, and also in the verifications-of-origin niche. Key support comes from senior associate María de Lourdes Salazar who has increasing profile in the sector; and in a new hire the practice has added senior associate Mónica Reyes, increasing both its capacity and expertise. Also noted is ‘very fine’ tax partner Fernando Moreno who leans-in to the sector in relation to matters such as reductions and pay backs. Other work saw the team aid clients with the restructuring of both import and export inventory control systems (in line with IMMEX requirements); advice on the pros and cons of adhering to the IMMEX programme; and significant (and successful) litigation against the SAT. Clients include BMW, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Fresenius Medical Care, and MARS.

[back to top]

Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

The ‘very knowledgeable’ group at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC provides ‘service of the highest standard’. Praised for his ‘strategic vision’, group head Rodolfo Trampe has ‘an ability to understand and explain the needs, challenges and risks that the client faces’. A recent work highlight was advising Mars on labour law matters related to its acquisition of Grupo Turin. Javier Lizardi is also recommended.

[back to top]

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Headline mandates at ‘full-service outlierVon Wobeser y Sierra, SC saw the team handle all tax matters related to BMW’s $1bn investment in a new luxury car factory located in San Luis Potosi; and Anheuser Busch InBev on the tax strategy for the acquisition of Cervecería Mexicana. ‘Eminent’ practice head Fernando Moreno is ‘a genuine senior figure in the tax arena’ and ‘really knowledgeable’; he has almost 30 years in the sector and his practice covers consulting, planning and litigation, with particular emphasis on treaty matters and tax minimization/efficiency. Key support comes from senior associate Jorge Diaz Carvajal, who focuses on tax, social security and international trade and customs (he too has a certain focus on treaty matters and the avoidance of double taxation. Further mandates include counsel to Knauf on the definition of its tax strategy in relation to the acquisition of mines in Mexico; Grupo Modelo with regard to the tax strategy for a $325m investment in a brewery pant and cannery in Yucatan; and Acqua Minerale San Benedetto on the tax aspects of the sale of its participation in various Mexican entities as part of a joint venture agreement with Peñafiel Aguas Minerales. In addition, the team receives a steady flow of litigious matters, a sub-sector where the firm has ‘considerable fire-power’ – most notably, head of litigation Marco Tulio Venegas. Other matters include counsel on tax analysis and efficiency matters, double tax agreements, and both transactional and non-transactional structuring work. Clients include Burger King, Horizon Global, Procter & Gamble, Cimentaciones Mexicanas and Robert Bosch.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Moreno - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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