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Sánchez Devanny

PASEO DE LAS PALMAS 525, PISO 6, COL. LOMAS DE CHAPULTEPEC, CIUDAD DE MÉXICO 11000, MEXICO
Tel:
Work +52 55 5029 8500
Web:
www.sanchezdevanny.com
Mexico City, Monterrey, Queretaro

Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Sánchez Devanny

Highly active in the automotive sector, Sánchez Devanny’s finance practice predominantly advises banks, borrowers and investors on the structuring of finance transactions – including cross-border loans, securities matters and fund formation. It also advises private equity funds on acquisitions with a debt component and is particularly known for its extensive work on complex and sizeable securitization packages. With close support from ‘capable’ senior associate Luis Orlando Pérez-Gutiérrez, Monterrey-based key partner Ernesto Silvas-Medina has been very active of late. The pair advised Barclays Bank (and an associated syndicate of lenders) on a $1.44bn credit agreement and security package; Goldman Sachs, as arranger and underwriter, on a $125m bridge facility; and a French investment fund with a €1.34bn security package. Also active on the capital markets front, the two also represented initial purchasers JP Morgan Securities (et al) on a $425m senior notes issue by Barclays Bank. The seven-strong team also includes Jose Antonio Postigo and Daniel Maldonado-Alcántara in Mexico City, and Francisco Andrés Gámez-Garza in Monterrey. Other clients include JP Morgan Chase Bank and Constantia Flexibles Holding.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Sánchez Devanny

The team at Sánchez Devanny is ‘very responsive’, gives ‘very practical advice’, and has ‘a lot of experience advising foreign companies and understanding the issues they face operating and investing in Mexico’. It advised Constantia Flexibles International on the multimillion-dollar sale of its packaging business to Mexican company Gondi, while other key clients include Linamar Corporation, Sumitomo, Oshkosh, Trina Solar and Nissan. Key partners include Ernesto Silvas-Medina, Humberto Morales Barrón and the ‘very knowledgeable and very practicalJosé Antonio Postigo-Uribe. The firm has offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro.

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

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny provides ‘the highest level’ of service, and achieves ‘an excellent price/benefit ratio’. It has ‘incredible expertise in energy matters’, and an understanding of the ‘fiscal, financial and technical factors that make it possible to provide a solution that fits the bill’. It has been particularly active in renewable energy projects, and has developed a strong practice in midstream gas supply and distribution. The two key partners are José Antonio Postigo-Uribe in Mexico City, and Monterrey-based Gerardo Prado Hernández, who is ‘a thinking strategist and a responsible, powerful influence’.

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

Sánchez Devanny

The ‘noteworthySánchez Devanny provides ‘very good service levels at reasonable cost’, has ‘excellent breadth of knowledge’, and clients report response times as ‘among the best for a Mexican law firm’. The eight-strong practice group covers all import and export matters, customs and administrative litigation, audits, NAFTA-origin verifications, and strategic advice on free trade benefits across the Americas; it also has particular experience advising service companies working with quasi-state energy entities CFE and PEMEX, and in relation to manufacturing sectors subject to export controls. Key partner Turenna Ramírez-Ortiz focuses on the strategic planning of trade and customs matters, and litigation, as well as having specialist knowledge of FTAs, customs audits, export promotion programmes and verifications of origin; while José Alberto Campos (‘a very good lawyer indeed’), handles the tax and regulatory aspects of the IT&C sector, particularly tariff and non-tariff requirements and export controls. Between them, the pair has some 40 years’ experience in the sector. Senior associate Eduardo Sotelo is also noted. Recent matters include advising Niagara Bottling on all aspects of its establishment of a Mexican subsidiary including successfully obtaining the company’s reincorporation into the SAT’s General Importers Registry, its erroneous suspension from which had jeopardised the $60m investment in new facilities in Nuevo León. In other work the team has assisted clients with SAT audits related to declared customs values; a self-disclosure process related to a NAFTA rules-of-origin issue and the regularization of (potential) associated liabilities; complex, high-value litigation before the TFJA relating to royalty payments and declared customs values; the restructure of foreign trade operations control in the IMMEX sector; and issues arising from temporary imports, among others. Clients include Embotelladora Niagara De Mexico, Edgewell Personal Care, Kellogg Company, Instavin, Kar Auction Services, Sharp Corporation, Under Armour, Marubeni, Nippon Seiki, American Eagle, Grupo Altex, Zimmer Biomet and Zodiac.

Leading lawyers

Turenna Ramirez - Sánchez Devanny

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny is commended for its ‘first-level knowledge and expertise on labour matters’, and its ‘good and valuable advice, which is worth the money spent’. Alfredo Kupfer-Dominguez heads the team, which handles the full range of matters, and is highlighted by clients for the quality of its training courses. On the advisory side, the firm advised Vistana Signature Experiences, which was spun out of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, on employment issues related to a transfer of four hotels and their employees. Monterrey-based partner David Eugenio Puente-Tostado ‘tries to understand the specific needs of the business and the industry to find positive results’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Sánchez Devanny

Being ‘a clear example of excellence’, Sánchez Devanny’s clients ‘are looking forward to stay with this firm as long as possible’ since its lawyers ‘take responsibility’, ‘respect deadlines’, ‘have strong knowledge in their areas’ and ‘don’t makes mistakes’. The 6-strong practice handles retail leases and permitting, acquisitions, incorporations, joint ventures and real estate trust matters, but it is particularly active in retail leasing work where recent activity included closing five leases for Hennes & Mauritz flagship stores and 81 for Sally Beauty Supply. It is also particularly active in property acquisition in the industrial sector. Monterrey-based practice head Rafael Villamar-Ramos leads on all matters his other mandates included advising Lowes on the restructuring of its retail stores in Nuevo León. Key support comes from young associate Alfredo Villarreal Hansmann who is lauded by clients (‘the best real estate lawyer you will ever find’) for his expertise in the revision of lease agreements and his ‘persuasive’ negotiation. Mexico City-based partners José Antonio Postigo-Uribe and Cristina Sánchez Vebber participate on the energy and environmental, and transactional aspects of the sector respectively. Clients include Uline, Libbey, Suzuki Garpytthan, Accument Global Technologies and Metal Technologies.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Sánchez Devanny

The ‘very solid and reliableSánchez Devanny continues to act ‘effectively’ across the breadth of the tax sector (bar transfer pricing). With the January 2017 election of Mariana Eguiarte to the partnership, the 16-strong team now includes four partners and an additional, dedicated of counsel. Headline mandates saw a team led by Monterrey-based practice head Ricardo León Santacruz – and comprising Eguiarte (of whom peers ‘have a very good impression, particularly for structuring matters in transactional work’), tax of counsel José Ángel Eseverri, and senior associate Jorge López – act as lead tax counsel to Arca Continental on its $2.5bn acquisition of Coca Cola Texas’ bottling operations. León Santcruz is ‘a very proficient tax practitioner’ who ‘leaves no stone unturned in the search for adequate results for his clients’. Other matters included assisting clients with the reduction of tax liabilities, particularly in relation to transfer pricing methodologies; tax investigations, audits and assessments; VAT certifications (particularly in relation to the maquiladora sector), PRODECON procedures and “amparos” (constitutional injunctions); and tax-driven restructurings. Other key figures include Guillermo Villaseñor in Mexico City, a ‘well known’ and ‘respected’ tax counsel, his practice has a strong energy-sector aspect and he is also committee chair for legal and tax affairs of the Canadian-Mexico Chamber of Commerce; and the dual qualified (Mexico/California) Abel Mejia in Querétaro, whose practice also covers private wealth management and estate planning. Mejía recently counselled Banque Pictet on the legal and tax aspects of potential Mexican operations; and advised UBS on tax compliance protocols for its Mexican clientele. The team is highlighted for ‘solid client service skills’ and its ‘technical facility’; and corporate partner Humberto Morales is also noted for compliance and regulatory matters. Clients include Nissan, Dr August Oetker, H&M Hennes Mauritz, Eaton Corporation, FEMSA-KOF, Grupo Vise, Hewlett Packard, Libbey, Clariant and Publicis.

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