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Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC’s 27-strong team represents a varied client roster that includes national and foreign banking and finance institutions, Mexican development banks, investment banks, underwriters, private investment funds, foreign asset management companies, and the agencies and rep-offices of foreign banks, in securities work, secured and asset financing, restructuring, syndicated and commercial lending and regulatory matters. In highlight work the team advised: Citigroup, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, BNP Paribas, JPMorgan Chase, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Citibank and Banamex, as joint lead arrangers of a $1.256bn credit agreement to finance the acquisition of InterGen’s projects in Mexico (totalling 2,200 MWs) by private equity fund Actis;  major mining player Grupo Mexico on an HSBC-led $147m refinancing of existing loan facilities for several of the client’s subsidiaries; and regular client Bancomext on a $53m financing granted to Inmobiliaria Insurgentes 421 for the development of a new 415-room hotel in Mexico City. The large team is co-led by José Victor Torres, Juan Manuel Sancho Rodrigo, Jaime Cortés, and José Ignacio Rivero Andere; other names to note include Hernando Becerra, Enrique Gonzalez Calvillo, Rodrigo Rojas Robleda and of counsel Antonio De Lisi; key support comes from senior associates Jacinto Avalos and Alberto Bustamante. Other clients include Unicredit Bank, Microsoft, Banco General, and BanCoppel.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC assists domestic and foreign companies, including private equity firms and their portfolio companies, issuers and underwriters, with local and cross-border securities transactions, with a notable focus on the financial, telecommunications, hospitality and automotive sectors; it also handles the regulatory aspects of capital markets. In recent highlight work, the firm acted as counsel to the initial purchasers, joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, and onshore and offshore collateral agents -some 11 financial institutions- on the $1.256bn acquisition financing granted to private equity fund Actis for the purchase of InterGen’s projects in Mexico (totalling 2,200 MWs); it also assisted HIR Casa with the launch of its programme to securitise mortgage collection rights derived from its housing financing system for a total amount of MXN$2.5bn, and the first issuance of trust certificates under said programme for MXN$700m. In other work it assisted Fosun and its subsidiary Club Med with the review of the title, standing and overall legal status of its Mexican subsidiaries and assets as part of its spin-off from Fosun International, and its initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The department’s four partners co-head the practice: José Victor Torres, Juan Manuel Sancho Rodrigo, Jaime Cortés Alvarez, and José Ignacio Rivero Andere are active market figures. Support comes from senior associates Daniel Guaida Azar, Bernardo Reyes Retana, Jacinto Avalos, and associate Francisco Javier Alvarez. Other clients include IFM Global Infrastructure Fund (IFM Investors), KIO Networks, Nissan Renault Finance, Grupo Proeza, Barclays Bank, Grupo México / Americas Mining Corporation / Southern Copper Corporation.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC has a high-quality standalone practice with a strong pedigree in advising clients on merger-control proceedings, as well as investigations into cartel behaviour and abuse of dominance. Key partners include the 'very goodCristina Massa, a former commissioner at the Mexican Antitrust Commission, and Luis Mancera de Arrigunaga, who is especially experienced in representing telecoms and broadcasting clients before the Federal Telecommunications Institute.  On the transactional side the team advised Prysmian in obtaining clearance for its acquisition of General Cable Corporation. The team also advised clients on major investigations and abuse-of-dominance claims in the port services, healthcare and telecoms sectors.

Leading individuals

Cristina Massa - González Calvillo, SC

Rising stars

Gabriel González Aragón - González Calvillo, SC

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

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC fields an experienced team of lawyers with strong expertise in corporate and private equity acquisitions, restructurings, and compliance work. With a bench of nine partners the practice has capacity to act on a large volume of deals and is regularly referred work by foreign firms. Recently the team advised KIO Networks on the  US$500m sale of its telecoms subsidiary to American Tower Corporation. Another highlight was advising United Plastics Group, a subsidiary of Viant, on the acquisition of the Mexican assets of Integer Holdings Corporation, as part of Viant's global takeover of Integer. Key partners include José Victor Torres , Jaime Cortés and José Ignacio Rivero Andere. Miguel Valle exited to Chévez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cía SC in September 2019; the same month, the firm was also appointed as the sole Mexican law-firm founding member of the Brazil-Mexico Business Council.

Leading individuals

José Victor Torres  - González Calvillo, SC

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC is well versed in civil, commercial and administrative disputes. Edgar Grajeda leads the two-partner team, which also includes administrative litigation specialist Luis Mancera.  The group has been very active on the telecoms front, representing Megacable in several significant disputes concerning interconnection charges and signal broadcast distribution agreements. The team also defended Google against a civil case from an individual claiming damages as a result of the information about him available online. Other clients include 3M, Adecco, DuPont, and Mitsubishi.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC's clients benefit from a strong four-partner team that advises on major infrastructure projects, corporate transactions, and joint ventures, in the oil, gas and power sectors. Notable highlights include representing Jaguar Exploración y Producción de Hidrocarburos on agreeing contracts with Pemex Exploración y Producción for six onshore exploration-and-production blocks. The firm also advised Dhamma Energy  on the sale of a 37.4MW solar power project in San Luis Potosi. Founding partner Enrique González Calvillo and Jorge Cervantes are both highly recommended, as are Oscar Moreno Silva and Rodrigo Rojas Robleda on the project finance side. The practice was further boosted by the arrival of former Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C. partner Antonio De Lisi  as of counsel.

Leading individuals

Jorge Cervantes - González Calvillo, SC

Rising stars

Thomas Heather Fletcher - González Calvillo, SC

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

González Calvillo, SC

The team at González Calvillo, SC is recommended for its strong strategic advice, and guiding clients through the environmental and social challenges that can arise with major acquisitions and development projects. Practice head Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek is particularly experienced in energy, water management and hazardous waste control. The team recently helped Gas y Petroquímica de Occidente obtain Federal Environmental Impact Authorization for the construction and operation of a port terminal in Sinaloa. On the contentious front, it successfully represented CSL Paradise in a case concerning a Federal Maritime Land Zone concession.

Leading individuals

Leopoldo Burguette-Stanek - González Calvillo, SC

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC's domestic and international clients benefit from its 'immaculate' employment team. The 'very innovative' group undertakes employment issues linked to major corporate transactions and restructurings, as well as day-to-day advice and training on the full range of employmemt issues, including collective labour negotiations and anti-corruption measures. Following the September 2019 departure of Rafael Vallejo, the team is led by Jorge Mondragón. Clients include Google, Andeavor, and Deutsche Bank, which the team advised on labour issues linked to the sale of its Mexican operations.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC is 'excellent' for advising sponsors and lenders on major projects and has been especially active on infrastructure deals in the energy sector. Notable highlights include advising the banks, including Citigroup and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, on the financing of Actis's $1.1bn acquisition of InterGen's Mexican business interests, including six power generation projects, a 155MW wind farm, and a 65km natural gas pipeline. Clients benefit from a strong bench of partners, including Enrique González Calvillo, Jorge Cervantes and Oscar Moreno Silva.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

González Calvillo, SC

The ten-strong practice group at González Calvillo, SC gain clients’ trust because ‘they are very honest and results-driven; know that the clients need both quick and great results; and  at the same time they are very technical and aware of all applicable laws’. The group advises on real estate project development and related corporate and financing matters, as well as on transactions in which the underlying asset is real estate, pre-construction and construction projects, Fibras, leasing, management agreements, tax-efficient structuring, planning, land use and related disputes. Recent highlight mandates saw the team assist Regus with its business expansion and development plans, consisting of the opening of new business centre locations throughout Mexico; advise Reichmann International on the management and operation of its diverse portfolio of properties in Mexico City, including Torre Mayor and Torre Diana; and represent US-based cattle-hide processing company, Twin City Hide, in the MXN$24m purchase of industrial real estate in León from Cimsa Industrial Park. Other matters included advising Baker Hughes on the leasing agreements for the installation of operating plants in Tuxpan, Veracruz; Bancomext on a $53m financing granted to Inmobiliaria Insurgentes 421 for the development of a new 415-room hotel in Mexico City; and BanCoppel on the MXN$600m financing (in conjunction with Banco Actinver) to S/K Cabo San Lucas Holdings for the ongoing development of a residential and tourism real estate development at Cabo San Lucas. The very active Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche co-heads the practice with the 'busy, visible' Gonzalo Vargas Ateca and Miguel Valle, who also handles M&A and governance work; key support comes from of counsel Erika Olguín Valencia and senior associate Paulina Sellerier. Other clients include Marriot International, McDonald’s, Avviare Inmobiliaria, InterContinental Hotels Group, Canamex International, and UST Global.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC has a ‘wide practice in many areas’ and ‘courteous’ lawyers with ‘solid academic and professional backgrounds’ advising clients on ‘complex situations’. The firm boasts some major telecommunications clients, such as Telefónica, which is instructing the team in a Supreme Court constitutional relief proceeding (amparo) filed against a federal law provision differentiating between tariffs for the 800Mhz and 700Mhz radio frequencies, respectively. The team also represented Telefónica and Maxcom in constitutional procedures before the Supreme Court challenging the fines imposed by the FTI for alleged infringements to the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law, reducing the fine from 1% of income to 0.01%. Beyond its sweet spot in contentious administrative telecoms matters, it handles regulatory, antitrust, corporate, transactional, and tax matters, as well as public procurement and PPPs, concessions and authorisations relevant to telecommunication services, and data and consumer protection. An expert in administrative litigation, amparos, telecommunication disputes and constitutional controversy procedures, Luis Mancera co-leads the team with counsel Juan Carlos Peraza, who also focuses on these market segments; Peraza was previously director of regulation and litigation at Televisa, while Mancera was general chief tax prosecutor and deputy general counsel at the Ministry of Finance, as well as vice-president of legal and regulatory affairs at Televisa. Key support comes from associate Rafael Fuentes. Metro Net is another of the firm’s clients.

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