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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

Operating from offices in Mexico City and Monterrey, the ‘very professional’ six-strong banking and finance team at Sánchez Devanny has a more or less equal balance of lenders and borrower-side work covering areas including real estate, technology and automotive finance, and often acts as local counsel on international deals involving Mexican assets. In a highlight case, the team assisted Constantia Flexibles International with the termination and release of a Mexican law collateral package of the company’s label division for its sale to Multicolor; it also continued to represent Barclays Bank, as lender, on the Mexican aspects of a $1.4bn credit agreement and the creation of a security package by the borrower’s Mexican subsidiaries. Commentators opine that the lawyers ‘are a pleasure to work with, fix problems and come up with solutions. Communication and response times are good, with a well-organised team which ensures efficient cooperation’. In addition to this, the team has ‘an in depth understanding of what is essential in respect of a financing transaction and provides concise responses that always contain the necessary information’. This feedback extends to Monterrey-based Ernesto Silvas Medina and senior associate Luis Orlando Pérez-Gutiérrez who ‘immediately get to the essence of issues, and, besides their professional appearance, are kind and easy-going’. As a team, the pair were very busy last year, acting on the two above cases. Key support comes from the Monterrey-based Jose Antonio Postigo and Daniel Maldonado-Alcántara, and from Francisco Andrés Gámez-Garza in Mexico City. Clients include JP Morgan Chase Bank, KeyBank National Bank, and DBG Canada.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Sánchez Devanny

The ‘excellent’ corporate group at Sánchez Devanny is praised as ‘flexible, with an entrepreneurial mindset’. The firm, which has offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Queretaro, acts for a range of Mexican corporations and multinationals, and has strong expertise in the industrial and automotive sectors. It recently advised Casanova Vallejo on its $500m sale through a private bidding process, while other clients include Sumitomo Corporation, Oshkosh, Nissan, Bombardier Aerospace, and Linamar. Managing partner Humberto Morales Barrón is recommended along with the highly rated José Antonio Postigo-Uribe and Ernesto Silvas Medina.

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

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny’s ‘excellent’ team is praised by clients for its ‘entrepreneurial mindset’. The firm works out of Mexico City and Monterrey, with José Antonio Postigo-Uribe based in the former and Gerardo Prado Hernández in the latter. At the upstream level, the firm represents a mix of exploration companies, seismic providers, and oil and gas producers. It is also heavily involved in the midstream and downstream sectors, regularly advising on gas storage, liquidation and transportation.

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

Sánchez Devanny

The ‘very complete’ international trade and customs practice at Sánchez Devanny has a long-standing tradition in the area and is trusted by clients for its ‘business acumen and industry knowledge’. The six-strong team is ‘very practical, has deep knowledge and is fast to solve issues’, offering clients a fully integrated service, covering customs and trade matters related to origin procedures, free trade agreement interpretation and litigation, transactional foreign trade and customs matters, and restricted or controlled products importation and exportation, as well as having good relations with relevant authorities. Key partner Turenna Ramirez is considered a top customs lawyer by peers; she handles strategic planning of trade and customs matters and litigation, and specialises in international treaties (including NAFTA), customs audits, export promotion programmes and origin verifications. The other pillar of the department, ‘really technical’ José Alberto Campos is praised for ‘knowing his way around Mexican foreign trade law’. His expertise includes tax and regulatory matters, including tariff and non-tariff requirements and export controls. Between them, the pair have almost four decades of experience. Key support also comes from senior associate Eduardo Sotelo. In a landmark case, Ramirez and Sotelo successfully represented a world leading cosmetics company in a customs litigation associated to a tax assessment issued by the Tax Administration Service (SAT) regarding royalty payments. In another highlight case, the pair are assisting a hygiene goods company in a customs audit following allegations by the tax authorities of the non-withholding of VAT on the purchase of a key raw material through a tax deposit regime. Campos advised a European oil and lubricants manufacturing company on compliance with tariff and non-tariff restrictions connected with importing product in bulk for packaging and commercialisation in Mexico; and a Mexican vehicle manufacturer on a foreign trade and customs preventive audit connected to import under a bonded warehouse regime. Clients of the department include Niagara Bottling / Embotelladora Niagara de Mexico, Edgewell Personal Care Mexico, Kellogg Company, InstaVIN, Car Auction Services, Sharp Corporation Mexico, Under Armour Mexico, Miguel Torres España, Marubeni de Mexico and Nippon Seiki de Mexico.

Leading lawyers

Turenna Ramirez - Sánchez Devanny

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny has ‘a robust labour law department that provides top legal services’; its lawyers ‘always provide personal attention’ and ‘have the capability to attend emergencies despite their time constraints’. The ‘very proactiveAlfredo Kupfer-Dominguez, who co-heads the team with Monterrey-based David Puente Tostado, has ‘deep knowledge of labour law’ and ‘a perfect understanding of the client’s corporate compliance culture’. The versatile group acts for an impressive mix of clients, including Federal Express, Constellation Brands, Bayer, and EDP Renewables.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny’s seven-strong real estate team punches above its weight, advising an impressive roster of clients on leasing, acquisitions and sales, financing, insurance and joint ventures; as well as with the preparation and execution of real estate trusts; the execution of all types of construction, infrastructure, and development related services agreements; and regulatory, urban, zoning and ejido matters, among others. In the retail sector, the team continued to advise Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Sally Beauty Supply on their expansion in the country – including leases for 11 new flagship stores and the construction and opening of eight new premises; and the closing new leases for 30 new stores, respectively. In the agricultural sector it assisted avocado exporter West Pak Avocado with the acquisition of farm land in the state of Jalisco; and in the industrial sector it acted for auto-part manufacturer Metal Technologies on the acquisition, construction and set up of a new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi (value $60m); and Acument Global Technologies with the establishment of a new manufacturing facility in the state of Nuevo León. Based in Monterrey, practice head Rafael Villamar-Ramos led on all cases, with key support from associate Alfredo Villarreal Hansmann, also on all cases. In June 2018 Diego Gómez-Haro Katznelson joined the firm as partner in the Mexico City office, having previously been general counsel for The Blackstone Group. Other clients include Dr August Oetker, Uline, Libbey, Lowes, and Suzuki Garpytthan.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny has a ‘solid’ 16-strong tax team that advises on the full range of tax matters; ‘The service is good but the fees are high’, noted one client. Based in Monterrey, the ‘strongly recommended’ Ricardo León Santacruz (one of four partners) continued to act for Arca Continental on the $13.5bn corporate tax reorganisation of its beverage and snacks business into two separate Mexican sub-holdings (and encompassing its subsidiaries in Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Spain and the United States); as well as on the client’s $2.5bn joint venture with the Coca Cola Company to allow integration of the Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico bottling operations into its bottling sub-holding company. León Santacruz was supported by relatively new tax partner Mariana Eguiarte (‘she has technical capacity and is attentive to the client’); his practice covers private wealth management and estate planning, international tax planning, corporate restructurings and transfer pricing, while Mexico City-based Eguiarte handles corporate tax, M&A, corporate restructurings, transfer pricing, legal audits and tax audit reviews. In another highlight matter Abel Mejía (in Querétaro) and Guillermo Villaseñor (in Mexico City) acted for FEMSA-KOF on setting up an institutional in-house programme to ensure appropriate legal and tax compliance for high-level executives working between and across jurisdictions in the multinational group. Dual-qualified (Mexico/California) Mejía heads the firm’s French desk, and his practice includes US and Mexican pre-migration and cross-border income and estate tax planning for ultra-high net worth individuals, as well as tax planning for corporations. Villaseñor has expertise in cross-border tax litigation, transfer pricing, cost-sharing arrangements, and multinational restructures, as well as having strong experience in the energy sector. He worked with the firm’s energy and corporate departments to assist Repsol Downstream with the incorporation of a legal business structure (including tax optimisation) to operate gas stations in Mexico, as well as on mergers and acquisitions of pre-established groups in the country. Other clients include Gas Natural Ganamex, Eaton Corporation, Dr. August Oetker, H&M Hennes Mauritz, Banque Pictet, Grupo Vise, Hewlett Packard, Libbey, Clariant, Publicis, Grupo Angeles, OneLife, Kellogg Company, Technoplastics, Hitachi Cable, Hydraulic Supply Company, and Buldmetal.

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