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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 ‘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.

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

The ‘always accessible and very professional’ seven-strong bankruptcy and restructuring team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC advises both debtors and creditors on in- and out-of-court work. Clients appreciate ‘the personalised care’ with which lawyers handle trials, which leads to ‘good legal assistance regarding the stages of the procedure, as well as support in making the right decisions. The practice remained active on some of its ongoing highlight mandates, such as advising Burger King on the insolvency proceeding of Operadora de Franquicias Alsea (regarding the possibility of collecting royalties from the franchise contract executed between the latter and the client); Corporativo Procter & Gamble, as creditor, on the insolvency of Grupo Corvi; and Gavilon, also as creditor, on the insolvency of Ganadera La Tizapa. In the bankruptcy proceedings of Oceanografía, the firm assisted three of the company’s creditors with obtaining recognition for unsecured credits, namely DF Deutsche Forfait ($59m), Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale ($19m), and Bayerische Landesbank ($6m). In another highlight case, the team acted for Zebra Technologies company Telxon in a $532,567 claim brought against Unimicro (as a consequence of a pending balance from a previous mortgage trial) which will probably lead to Unimicro being declared bankrupt. Valued for his ‘attention to clients’ needs’, as well as for being ‘very thorough and reliable’, practice head Diego Sierrais a studious lawyer and well versed in the subject of bankruptcy in Mexico’ according to sources. Dual qualified in Mexico and the US, he is particularly well positioned for cross-border mandates. Other clients include TK Holdings, BAC Florida Bank, and American International Group.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s ‘excellent’ team is led by the extremely well-regarded Fernando Carreño, who ‘has many years of experience and always delivers’. The group stands out for its expertise in cartel and abuse of dominance cases, and is currently involved in over 60% of the cases before COFECE. Notable highlights included acting for Mexican airline Volaris in a major investigation into the allocation of slots at Mexico City Airport. The firm also represented Anheuser-Busch InBev in an investigation into the Mexican barley market, and acted for Infra, the country’s largest producer of industrial and medicinal gas, in an investigation into alleged abuse of dominance. Paloma Alcántara is a key lawyer.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Carreño - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Next generation lawyers

Paloma Alcántara - 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 multi-faceted corporate team is popular with major international and domestic clients. It is particularly active in the consumer goods industry, where it has longstanding relationships with leading names such as Anheuser-Busch InBev/Grupo Modelo, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Mars, and Procter & Gamble. As well as handling day-to-day matters, the firm is active on the transactional front, and is also strong in areas such as regulatory, antitrust and compliance. Notable deals in the past year include advising private equity firm Kohlberg & Company on its acquisition of Pexco and the subsequent merger of the business with PPC Industries. The firm also advised Gualapack Group on a multimillion-dollar joint venture with a Mexican packaging company. Group head Luis Burgueño is ‘highly recommended’, while other key partners are Andrés Nieto, Javier 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 is an excellent choice for both international arbitration and domestic litigation, across administrative and civil disputes. It has developed a particularly strong track record in arbitration disputes against the Mexican government, and governmental agencies and companies such as Pemex. It recently represented Anheuser-Busch in a $1bn investor-state dispute against the Republic of Mexico regarding a tax imposed by the state of Zacatecas. It also successfully represented Mexican company ICA (Ingenieros Civiles Asociados) in a $500m ICC arbitration with APMT over the alleged wrongful termination of a port terminal construction contract. On the litigation side, the firm has been defending Syngenta Agro against a major class action concerning the farming of modified maize. The firm hosts a selection of first-class disputes lawyers, including Claus Von Wobeser for international arbitration, and the versatile Marco Tulio Venegas, who is equally adept at litigation and arbitration. Well-regarded younger partners include litigator Adrián Magallanes and Diego Sierra, who is active in anti-corruption cases.

Leading lawyers: Arbitration

Claus Von Wobeser - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Leading lawyers: Litigation

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’s clients benefit from a full-service energy practice. As well as handling transactional, projects and regulatory matters, the firm is a market leader on the disputes front, with particular strength in international arbitration. On the non-contentious side, the firm advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on its renewable energy commitments, among them a $350m power purchase agreement with Iberdrola that involves the construction of a 220MW wind farm. Edmond Grieger is very active in this area.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has a comprehensive environmental practice. The group is particularly noted for its contentious expertise, but is also strong on the advisory side, regularly assisting in relation to environmental impact authorisations and waste water treatment, waste management and atmospheric emissions issues. The firm advises Grupo Modelo (Anheuser-Busch InBev) on issues such as its water management. Edmond Grieger leads the team, whose other clients include Daimler Group, BMW, Coca-Cola, and EnerSys.

Leading lawyers

Edmond Grieger - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s clients report a ‘boutique’ quality to the firm’s offering, due to ‘the sense that it prefers to have a few good clients and give them a first-class service’; the ‘very professional team is always on time and great at technical advice’. The practice is jointly led by the ‘outstandingRupert Hüttler and Marco Tulio Venegas, and its associates also attract praise: Silverio Sandate’s ‘professionalism is impeccable’ – he is ‘an expert regarding IP and is always aware of the issues’; and Patricia Kaim is ‘so tenacious: the fact that she works for me allows me to sleep peacefully’. The firm has recently advised Nike on patent applications for its new footwear technology, while other clients include Procter & Gamble, JCDecaux, and Diageo.

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

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

The eight-strong international trade and customs team at full-service Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is especially strong in maquiladora and NAFTA-related mandates, while also having built expertise in disputes before the tax authorities and the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice and in verification-of-origin issues. For one market commentator, ‘the advice is top notch and extremely practical. The firm always has depth in each area of expertise’. In a highlight case, the firm successfully assisted a client operating in the pharmaceutical sector with the restructuring of its inventory control system during the course of a tax audit, successfully reducing the possible tax contingency from $70m to $250,000; and the Takata Group with an IMMEX-compliant customs and tax strategy for its $75-100m sale of Key Safety Systems. In addition to this, the lawyers handled IMMEX-related matters for Yokohama Americas, the Saargummi Group and the Trimas Group. Luis Miguel Jiménez leads the team; an expert in verification-of-origin and maquila matters, with a niche focus on the automotive and auto-parts sectors, he also has expertise in consumer products, food, technology, and hygiene, beauty and health. Key support comes from tax partner Fernando Moreno, who is an expert in preventive tax strategies, the application of international treaties to avoid double taxation, and tax litigation; and senior associate María de Lourdes Salazar. Belén Barroeta joined the practice as an associate from Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.. Other clients include BMW, Fresenius Medical Care, Mars, Vicrila International, Siemens Servicios, Abra Focus Investment, and IMI Europa.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Rodolfo Trampe and Javier Lizardi jointly lead the ‘excellent’ and ‘very competitive’ team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC, which provides ‘accurate and timely’ advice. The group mainly acts for international clients, and stands out for its strong litigation practice and its experience in transactional support. It also advises on immigration, social security and employee benefits. It has recently been advising BMW on the employment aspects of a $1bn plant it is constructing, which will generate 1,500 jobs. Other clients include Revlon and Schenker International.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

The tax team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is fully integrated with the firm’s other practice areas. It handles preventive measures, consulting and litigation. The core team is formed by practice head Fernando Moreno and senior associate Jorge Diaz Carvajal, who generally work together on all deals. Recent stand out mandates saw the pair continue to assist BMW with all tax aspects of the company’s $1bn investment in a new luxury car factory in San Luis Potosi; provide tax advice to Italian company Gualapack regarding the ideal structural vehicle for the acquisition of Mexican target entities for its expansion in the country; counsel Mitsui on a resolution issued by a government agency regarding fees that were unpaid by a company acquired by the client; and advise Brazilian start-up PrimeiroPay on its e-business and the best tax structure to adopt considering the clients’ transactions with companies in other countries. The team can also call on support from head of litigation, Marco Tulio Venegas. Clients include Grupo Modelo, Cámara Nacional de las Industrias Azucarera y Alcoholera, Burger King, Horizon Global, Procter & Gamble, Cimentaciones Mexicanas, Bosch, Anheuser Busch InBev, and Mars.

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 ‘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.

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

The ‘always accessible and very professional’ seven-strong bankruptcy and restructuring team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC advises both debtors and creditors on in- and out-of-court work. Clients appreciate ‘the personalised care’ with which lawyers handle trials, which leads to ‘good legal assistance regarding the stages of the procedure, as well as support in making the right decisions. The practice remained active on some of its ongoing highlight mandates, such as advising Burger King on the insolvency proceeding of Operadora de Franquicias Alsea (regarding the possibility of collecting royalties from the franchise contract executed between the latter and the client); Corporativo Procter & Gamble, as creditor, on the insolvency of Grupo Corvi; and Gavilon, also as creditor, on the insolvency of Ganadera La Tizapa. In the bankruptcy proceedings of Oceanografía, the firm assisted three of the company’s creditors with obtaining recognition for unsecured credits, namely DF Deutsche Forfait ($59m), Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale ($19m), and Bayerische Landesbank ($6m). In another highlight case, the team acted for Zebra Technologies company Telxon in a $532,567 claim brought against Unimicro (as a consequence of a pending balance from a previous mortgage trial) which will probably lead to Unimicro being declared bankrupt. Valued for his ‘attention to clients’ needs’, as well as for being ‘very thorough and reliable’, practice head Diego Sierrais a studious lawyer and well versed in the subject of bankruptcy in Mexico’ according to sources. Dual qualified in Mexico and the US, he is particularly well positioned for cross-border mandates. Other clients include TK Holdings, BAC Florida Bank, and American International Group.

[back to top]

Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s ‘excellent’ team is led by the extremely well-regarded Fernando Carreño, who ‘has many years of experience and always delivers’. The group stands out for its expertise in cartel and abuse of dominance cases, and is currently involved in over 60% of the cases before COFECE. Notable highlights included acting for Mexican airline Volaris in a major investigation into the allocation of slots at Mexico City Airport. The firm also represented Anheuser-Busch InBev in an investigation into the Mexican barley market, and acted for Infra, the country’s largest producer of industrial and medicinal gas, in an investigation into alleged abuse of dominance. Paloma Alcántara is a key lawyer.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Carreño - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Next generation lawyers

Paloma Alcántara - 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 multi-faceted corporate team is popular with major international and domestic clients. It is particularly active in the consumer goods industry, where it has longstanding relationships with leading names such as Anheuser-Busch InBev/Grupo Modelo, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Mars, and Procter & Gamble. As well as handling day-to-day matters, the firm is active on the transactional front, and is also strong in areas such as regulatory, antitrust and compliance. Notable deals in the past year include advising private equity firm Kohlberg & Company on its acquisition of Pexco and the subsequent merger of the business with PPC Industries. The firm also advised Gualapack Group on a multimillion-dollar joint venture with a Mexican packaging company. Group head Luis Burgueño is ‘highly recommended’, while other key partners are Andrés Nieto, Javier 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 is an excellent choice for both international arbitration and domestic litigation, across administrative and civil disputes. It has developed a particularly strong track record in arbitration disputes against the Mexican government, and governmental agencies and companies such as Pemex. It recently represented Anheuser-Busch in a $1bn investor-state dispute against the Republic of Mexico regarding a tax imposed by the state of Zacatecas. It also successfully represented Mexican company ICA (Ingenieros Civiles Asociados) in a $500m ICC arbitration with APMT over the alleged wrongful termination of a port terminal construction contract. On the litigation side, the firm has been defending Syngenta Agro against a major class action concerning the farming of modified maize. The firm hosts a selection of first-class disputes lawyers, including Claus Von Wobeser for international arbitration, and the versatile Marco Tulio Venegas, who is equally adept at litigation and arbitration. Well-regarded younger partners include litigator Adrián Magallanes and Diego Sierra, who is active in anti-corruption cases.

Leading lawyers: Arbitration

Claus Von Wobeser - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Leading lawyers: Litigation

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’s clients benefit from a full-service energy practice. As well as handling transactional, projects and regulatory matters, the firm is a market leader on the disputes front, with particular strength in international arbitration. On the non-contentious side, the firm advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on its renewable energy commitments, among them a $350m power purchase agreement with Iberdrola that involves the construction of a 220MW wind farm. Edmond Grieger is very active in this area.

[back to top]

Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has a comprehensive environmental practice. The group is particularly noted for its contentious expertise, but is also strong on the advisory side, regularly assisting in relation to environmental impact authorisations and waste water treatment, waste management and atmospheric emissions issues. The firm advises Grupo Modelo (Anheuser-Busch InBev) on issues such as its water management. Edmond Grieger leads the team, whose other clients include Daimler Group, BMW, Coca-Cola, and EnerSys.

Leading lawyers

Edmond Grieger - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s clients report a ‘boutique’ quality to the firm’s offering, due to ‘the sense that it prefers to have a few good clients and give them a first-class service’; the ‘very professional team is always on time and great at technical advice’. The practice is jointly led by the ‘outstandingRupert Hüttler and Marco Tulio Venegas, and its associates also attract praise: Silverio Sandate’s ‘professionalism is impeccable’ – he is ‘an expert regarding IP and is always aware of the issues’; and Patricia Kaim is ‘so tenacious: the fact that she works for me allows me to sleep peacefully’. The firm has recently advised Nike on patent applications for its new footwear technology, while other clients include Procter & Gamble, JCDecaux, and Diageo.

[back to top]

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

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

The eight-strong international trade and customs team at full-service Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is especially strong in maquiladora and NAFTA-related mandates, while also having built expertise in disputes before the tax authorities and the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice and in verification-of-origin issues. For one market commentator, ‘the advice is top notch and extremely practical. The firm always has depth in each area of expertise’. In a highlight case, the firm successfully assisted a client operating in the pharmaceutical sector with the restructuring of its inventory control system during the course of a tax audit, successfully reducing the possible tax contingency from $70m to $250,000; and the Takata Group with an IMMEX-compliant customs and tax strategy for its $75-100m sale of Key Safety Systems. In addition to this, the lawyers handled IMMEX-related matters for Yokohama Americas, the Saargummi Group and the Trimas Group. Luis Miguel Jiménez leads the team; an expert in verification-of-origin and maquila matters, with a niche focus on the automotive and auto-parts sectors, he also has expertise in consumer products, food, technology, and hygiene, beauty and health. Key support comes from tax partner Fernando Moreno, who is an expert in preventive tax strategies, the application of international treaties to avoid double taxation, and tax litigation; and senior associate María de Lourdes Salazar. Belén Barroeta joined the practice as an associate from Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.. Other clients include BMW, Fresenius Medical Care, Mars, Vicrila International, Siemens Servicios, Abra Focus Investment, and IMI Europa.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Rodolfo Trampe and Javier Lizardi jointly lead the ‘excellent’ and ‘very competitive’ team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC, which provides ‘accurate and timely’ advice. The group mainly acts for international clients, and stands out for its strong litigation practice and its experience in transactional support. It also advises on immigration, social security and employee benefits. It has recently been advising BMW on the employment aspects of a $1bn plant it is constructing, which will generate 1,500 jobs. Other clients include Revlon and Schenker International.

[back to top]

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

The tax team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is fully integrated with the firm’s other practice areas. It handles preventive measures, consulting and litigation. The core team is formed by practice head Fernando Moreno and senior associate Jorge Diaz Carvajal, who generally work together on all deals. Recent stand out mandates saw the pair continue to assist BMW with all tax aspects of the company’s $1bn investment in a new luxury car factory in San Luis Potosi; provide tax advice to Italian company Gualapack regarding the ideal structural vehicle for the acquisition of Mexican target entities for its expansion in the country; counsel Mitsui on a resolution issued by a government agency regarding fees that were unpaid by a company acquired by the client; and advise Brazilian start-up PrimeiroPay on its e-business and the best tax structure to adopt considering the clients’ transactions with companies in other countries. The team can also call on support from head of litigation, Marco Tulio Venegas. Clients include Grupo Modelo, Cámara Nacional de las Industrias Azucarera y Alcoholera, Burger King, Horizon Global, Procter & Gamble, Cimentaciones Mexicanas, Bosch, Anheuser Busch InBev, and Mars.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Moreno - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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