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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.

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Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

Galicia Abogados SC remains one of the most highly rated firms for banking and finance matters in Mexico. The ‘very strong and confident’ team, composed of six partners and 15 associates, advises national and international banks on all manner of issues, including project finance, and corporate, structured, syndicated, and automotive finance, as well as having built a very strong regulatory and compliance practice. ‘The service is always great, with a high level of expertise, personal attention, and superb knowledge of the clients and scope of work’, enthused one client. ‘Leading lawyer’ Manuel Galicia is a reference point among his peers, and clients appreciate the service he offers, which ‘goes beyond providing legal advice, extending to understanding clients’ needs. Finance and project finance specialist Humberto Pérez Rocha assisted Element Fleet Management in a $1bn multi-jurisdictional financing, while Arturo Perdomo, who covers transactional and regulatory work, advised Citibanamex on entering into a definitive agreement to sell its asset management business to BlackRock. Also of note was the team’s assistance to GMéxico Transportes on its $2.1bn agreement to acquire Florida East Coast Railway Holdings from the Fortress Investment Group; capital markets counsel Maurice Berkman assisted on the mandate, as did ‘very active’ Guillermo Pérez Santiago. Pérez Santiago also advised BBVA Bancomer and Banco Nacional de México on a MXN$7.5bn credit agreement with Banco Invex, in the context of the National Education Infrastructure scheme. Other key practice contacts include José Visoso, Alejandro de la Borbolla, Bernardo Martinez Negrete, and Eugenio Sepúlveda, with support from associates Cecilia Díaz de Rivera, Rodrigo Rivera S and Rosemarie McLaren Magnus. Claudio Kurc joined as a partner from the Ministry of Finance, but Roberto Ortiz left to join Investa Bank.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo Pérez Santiago - Galicia Abogados SC

Manuel Galicia - Galicia Abogados SC

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

The period from 2017 running into 2018 was an active one for Galicia Abogados SC’ capital markets practice, with the firm advising on a string of high-end transactions. Chief among them was the firm’s role in the global offering of the second SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) placed on the Mexican market by a Mexican sponsor, namely Promecap, in which the firm assisted Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan as coordinators of the offering. The deal, valued at $300m, was led by practice heads Maurice Berkman and Guillermo Pérez Santiago. In the transport sector, where the practice has several notable clients, the team acted for HSBC and BBVA Bancomer in the MXN$22bn asset securitisation – undertaken through a first and second offering under a shelf registration programme – of all the rights of the Mexico-Puebla highway, the property of Fondo Nacional de Infrestructura (FONADIN), a trust arm of Banobras and the government vehicle responsible for infrastructure development in the country. In the real estate finance sector, another market segment where the department has long-standing expertise, the lawyers assisted Mexican hotel owner RLH Properties with completing its second follow-on public offering (May 2017), for approximately $127m in Mexico and as a private placement to a limited number of qualified institutional buyers in the United States, and then in early 2018, completing the company’s second capital increase as a public company for approximately $360m. In the transport sector the firm carried out the $1bn global mixed IPO of GMéxico Transportes’ shares of single-series common stock. Other work included acting for Grupo Bimbo in a $650m senior notes issuance; and for AC Bebidas in connection with the establishment of the shelf registration of debt instruments (certificados bursátiles) for an amount of up to MXN$15bn, and a subsequent initial two-tranche debt offering (amounting to MXN$7bn) in the local market. Other clients include Credit Suisse Securities, Morgan Stanley, Monex, Sura Asset Management, Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, and Scotia Capital.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo Pérez Santiago - Galicia Abogados SC

Maurice Berkman - Galicia Abogados SC

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

The ‘service is excellent’ at Galicia Abogados SC; its lawyers ‘have extensive knowledge and a high commitment to the client and provide excellent added value’. ‘Business-oriented’ practice head Christian Lippert is noted for his ‘excellent skills in conducting negotiations’. The firm also boasts a strong bench of associates, including the ‘intelligent, highly committed and responsible’ Gerardo Rodríguez. In line with the firm’s corporate pedigree, the practice is regularly involved in major merger clearances, and recently advised El Puerto de Liverpool, one of Mexico’s oldest department stores, on its $801m acquisition of Suburbia from Wal-Mart Mexico. The firm has also been involved in several major investigations, including one in the financial services sector.

Leading lawyers

Christian Lippert - Galicia Abogados SC

Next generation lawyers

Gerardo Rodríguez - Galicia Abogados SC

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

There are few full-service firms likeGalicia Abogados SC. Regularly involved in Mexico’s largest transactions, its ‘excellent’ corporate lawyers ‘are well worth what they receive in compensation’; they stand out for their ‘high commitment to the client’, provide ‘excellent added value’, and are ‘good partners in the negotiation of agreements’. Highlights included advising Bunge North America on its acquisition of Grupo Minsa; acting for Credomatic de México on the MXN$900m sale of its credit card business to Banco Invex, Institución de Banca Múltiple, and Invex Grupo Financiero; and, in the transport sector, advising Grupo México on its $2.1bn acquisition of Florida East Coast Railway. José Visoso and Ignacio Pesqueira jointly lead the team, which includes Eugenio Sepúlveda and Christian Lippert, both noted for their ‘excellent skills in helping with negotiations’.

Leading lawyers

Ignacio Pesqueira - Galicia Abogados SC

Manuel Galicia - Galicia Abogados SC

Next generation lawyers

Ramiro Sandoval - Galicia Abogados SC

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

Galicia Abogados SC is ‘among the best in the market’: particularly when it comes to major projects, where it represents sponsors and lenders and is able to draw on the firm’s significant depth of expertise in supporting areas such as environmental and regulatory. Its recent work includes advising Eólica del Sur on the refinancing of the 496MW wind farm in Oaxaca, and advising on the financing of an 874MW Tierra Mojada nature gas-fired power plant that is being developed by Fisterrra Energy near Guadalajara. The well-regarded team is jointly led by Carlos de María y Campos and Francisco Fernández Cueto.

Leading lawyers

Carlos de María y Campos - Galicia Abogados SC

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Galicia Abogados SC

Galicia Abogados SC has an excellent track record advising on environmental issues linked to major development and infrastructure projects. This experience crosses numerous sectors, including tourism, industry and energy. The team recently advised Bunge North America on the environmental aspects of its development of a wheat and corn mill in Yucatan; and assisted Nacional Financiera with environmental and regulatory matters related to a 66MW wind farm development. Practice head Mariana Herrero is recommended.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

Galicia Abogados SC

The four-strong insurance team at leading, full-service firm Galicia Abogados SC has built a solid practice advising clients on insurance-related corporate matters, regulatory issues and in connection with the analysis and negotiation of claims. In the latter two cases, clients include HSBC Seguros, Cesce Seguros, MetLife Seguros, and Sura Seguros México. Partner and practice head Humberto Pérez-Rocha sits on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the latter. His practice focuses on transactional work, and he can draw on in-house experience, having previously been seconded to act as general counsel for a major Mexican insurer. Associate Francisco Javier Alejo, who had joined the team from Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC in mid-2016, left in April 2018 to join Garrigues.

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

Galicia Abogados SC

The five-strong international trade and customs team at Galicia Abogados SC offers the full range of services in this practice, having concentrated on matters relating to renewable energy in recent years. Clients have confidence in the team because it offers a ‘very good level of service, with litigious strategies that reflect the knowledge of the industry and the law’. In addition to this, there is ‘great communication and integration between all the members of the team’. In highlight work, the practice advised Tiendas Chedraui on obtaining an amendment to the Mexican Harmonised Tariff System law to include specific tariff codes applicable to several goods imported by the client, allowing it to be exempt from paying the general import duties and antidumping duties otherwise applicable to similar products. In the energy sector, the team continued to advise Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (ASOLMEX) and Sunpower Corporation Mexico on import strategies for the application of benefits provided within a production promoting programme operated by the Mexican authorities. ‘Talented lawyers’ Daniel Amézquita and senior associate Mario Valencia Concha are fully dedicated to the practice. Practice head Amézquita is a recognised administrative and constitutional litigator; and Concha focuses on international trade and WTO issues. Additional support comes from of counsel Juan Pablo Cervantes, who heads the firm’s Asia desk and has expertise in antidumping investigations; and associate José Andrés Muñiz who handles customs regulations and foreign trade litigation, with a special focus on the energy sector. Other clients include Grupo Aeroméxico, Eosol Energy, Siemens, Palacio de Hierro, Walt Disney, Banco de Sabadell, China Chamber of International Commerce and The UK Carbon & Graphite Co.

Next generation lawyers

Mario Valencia Concha - Galicia Abogados SC

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

Galicia Abogados SC is a leading force in project finance, regularly representing both sponsors and lenders on some of the country’s largest energy and infrastructure developments. Its recent work includes advising Banobras and Mexico’s National Infrastructure Fund on the MX$1.1bn financing for the construction of the Hermosillo bypass; and acting for Banobras and Banorte on the MX$6bn refinancing of the Supervia Poniente and Segundo Piso Luis Cabrera toll roads. The firm was also active on the telecoms side, and advised ALTÁN Redes, the developer, on the MX$17.7bn cross-border financing for the Red Compartida project, a major telecoms PPP. The firm also acted on several renewables projects and advised Eloisa del Sur on the refinancing of a 496MW wind farm in Oaxaca. Carlos de María y Campos jointly leads the team with Bernardo Martínez Negrete. Francisco Fernández Cueto is recommended for his energy expertise.

Leading lawyers

Carlos de María y Campos - Galicia Abogados SC

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Galicia Abogados SC

Peers attest to Galicia Abogados SC’ successful efforts to grow and strengthen its position in the legal real estate sector since the arrival of Alejandro Trujillo in October 2015, after ten years as general counsel at GE Capital Real Estate. For clients the practice is ‘one of the fastest and most flexible – without sacrificing quality’. While the six-strong outfit is able to handle all real estate matters, recently it has been most active in finance work, including advising HSBC on the $150m refinancing of Torre Diana in Mexico City; and Santander, Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal, Banco del Bajio and Banco Monex on a MXN$2.43bn financing to BeGrand for the development and construction of BeGrand Reforma, a residential and office project on the Reforma corridor in Mexico City. Trujillo leads the team with key support coming from Jose Visozo and Ignacio Pesqueira who both combine their real estate practices with financing and corporate activity, while also being able to call on the firm’s other departments as needed. Other clients include Prudential (PGIM – Prudential Global Investment Management), Blackstone, FINSA, Acosta Verde, Macquarie, Promecap, Artha Capital, Acciona Parque Reforma, Walton Street Capital, Alignmex Real Estate Capital, Banamex, Azora Capital, Grupo Sordo Madaleno, BK Partners, Fibra HD, and Planigrupo.

Leading lawyers

Alejandro Trujillo - Galicia Abogados SC

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Galicia Abogados SC

The TMT practice at full-service Galicia Abogados SC is part of the wider regulatory group, although it draws on the firm’s capability to offer multidisciplinary assistance, including banking, tax, privacy, and venture capital, and especially on the firm’s prominence in competition and antitrust. Six lawyers – three partners and three associates – advise clients on day-to-day and transactional matters, as well as providing representation in administrative disputes (something that distinguishes the outfit in the market). The team’s most high-profile client in this area continues to be AT&T, which consolidated its position in the Mexican market in 2015 with the acquisitions of Iusacell and Nextel México. Recent assistance included representing the client and some of its subsidiaries in data protection cases before the Mexican privacy regulator and federal courts, as well as advice on compliance and permits relating to network operations in Mexico. In addition to providing support to telecoms operators, the team counts a number of infrastructure owners among its clients. In an unusual case, the team advised Cementos Apasco on the regularisation before the IFT of the radio-electrical spectrum used internally by the company. Other work included advising on leasing, acquisitions and sales of supporting telecoms infrastructure; on a tender bid; on the design, implementation and operation of a project; and on a due diligence. ‘Rising star’ Carlos Chávez – who in addition to telecoms undertakes competition and antitrust matters, a practice he co-directs – played a key role in AT&T’s consolidation in the Mexican market. He works closely with Christian Lippert, who co-heads the antitrust and competition practice and who also handles TMT work; the pair are considered ‘extremely good lawyers’. Key support comes from senior associate Gerardo Rodríguez A, who also covers abuse of dominant position and mergers, and Maite Celorio, who joined the team in 2016 and has a focused practice on telecoms and regulated markets, as well as antitrust and competition.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Chávez - Galicia Abogados SC

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Galicia Abogados SC

The significant growth in Galicia Abogados SC’s tax practice shows how committed the firm is to investing in this area. Five new associates joined the team in 2017, all from stalwart tax firms: Fernando Gómez Mazin from Ortiz Abogados Tributarios S.C., Guillermo Garza from Ortiz, Sosa Y Asociados, S.C., Fernando Luján from Ernst & Young, Arturo Portilla A from Chévez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cía SC, and Erika Padilla from Turanzas, Bravo & Ambrosi, bringing the practice group to nine – with Gabriela Pellón at the head – and equally balanced between tax consulting and tax litigation. In the former area, the team provided regular advice to new client, real estate developer Artha Capital, regarding various of its real estate properties and trusts. In another mandate, the firm advised Credit Suisse Asset Management in the context of a tax, legal and labour audit of a company that requested certain finance facilities from the client. Of particular note was the team’s advice to international maritime company CMA CGM México, on the tax implications of a corporate spin-off with the intention of restructuring the group’s companies; and to Leagold México on its $350m acquisition of a mining company from Goldcorp, specifically, through the negotiation and conclusion of a tax allocation agreement for any tax matters deriving from the acquisition. On the litigation side, the lawyers represented Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing de México in several litigation cases initiated by the client against resolutions issued by the tax authorities as well as against a number of tax reforms enacted by the legislature. The team did, however, lose senior consultant Arturo Pérez Robles who left to establish his own firm Pérez Robles Abogados. Despite this Pellón is praised for the way she is growing the practice, which also includes senior associates Denise Lester – who acts as right-hand woman in litigation, to Pellón’s consulting work – and Gabryela Valencia who lends key support on the consulting side. Clients include Fisterra Energy Mexico, Grupo TMM, Ivanhoe Cambridge, and Grupo Industrial Morgan.

Leading lawyers

Gabriela Pellón - Galicia Abogados 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.

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Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

Galicia Abogados SC remains one of the most highly rated firms for banking and finance matters in Mexico. The ‘very strong and confident’ team, composed of six partners and 15 associates, advises national and international banks on all manner of issues, including project finance, and corporate, structured, syndicated, and automotive finance, as well as having built a very strong regulatory and compliance practice. ‘The service is always great, with a high level of expertise, personal attention, and superb knowledge of the clients and scope of work’, enthused one client. ‘Leading lawyer’ Manuel Galicia is a reference point among his peers, and clients appreciate the service he offers, which ‘goes beyond providing legal advice, extending to understanding clients’ needs. Finance and project finance specialist Humberto Pérez Rocha assisted Element Fleet Management in a $1bn multi-jurisdictional financing, while Arturo Perdomo, who covers transactional and regulatory work, advised Citibanamex on entering into a definitive agreement to sell its asset management business to BlackRock. Also of note was the team’s assistance to GMéxico Transportes on its $2.1bn agreement to acquire Florida East Coast Railway Holdings from the Fortress Investment Group; capital markets counsel Maurice Berkman assisted on the mandate, as did ‘very active’ Guillermo Pérez Santiago. Pérez Santiago also advised BBVA Bancomer and Banco Nacional de México on a MXN$7.5bn credit agreement with Banco Invex, in the context of the National Education Infrastructure scheme. Other key practice contacts include José Visoso, Alejandro de la Borbolla, Bernardo Martinez Negrete, and Eugenio Sepúlveda, with support from associates Cecilia Díaz de Rivera, Rodrigo Rivera S and Rosemarie McLaren Magnus. Claudio Kurc joined as a partner from the Ministry of Finance, but Roberto Ortiz left to join Investa Bank.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo Pérez Santiago - Galicia Abogados SC

Manuel Galicia - Galicia Abogados SC

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

The period from 2017 running into 2018 was an active one for Galicia Abogados SC’ capital markets practice, with the firm advising on a string of high-end transactions. Chief among them was the firm’s role in the global offering of the second SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) placed on the Mexican market by a Mexican sponsor, namely Promecap, in which the firm assisted Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan as coordinators of the offering. The deal, valued at $300m, was led by practice heads Maurice Berkman and Guillermo Pérez Santiago. In the transport sector, where the practice has several notable clients, the team acted for HSBC and BBVA Bancomer in the MXN$22bn asset securitisation – undertaken through a first and second offering under a shelf registration programme – of all the rights of the Mexico-Puebla highway, the property of Fondo Nacional de Infrestructura (FONADIN), a trust arm of Banobras and the government vehicle responsible for infrastructure development in the country. In the real estate finance sector, another market segment where the department has long-standing expertise, the lawyers assisted Mexican hotel owner RLH Properties with completing its second follow-on public offering (May 2017), for approximately $127m in Mexico and as a private placement to a limited number of qualified institutional buyers in the United States, and then in early 2018, completing the company’s second capital increase as a public company for approximately $360m. In the transport sector the firm carried out the $1bn global mixed IPO of GMéxico Transportes’ shares of single-series common stock. Other work included acting for Grupo Bimbo in a $650m senior notes issuance; and for AC Bebidas in connection with the establishment of the shelf registration of debt instruments (certificados bursátiles) for an amount of up to MXN$15bn, and a subsequent initial two-tranche debt offering (amounting to MXN$7bn) in the local market. Other clients include Credit Suisse Securities, Morgan Stanley, Monex, Sura Asset Management, Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, and Scotia Capital.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo Pérez Santiago - Galicia Abogados SC

Maurice Berkman - Galicia Abogados SC

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

The ‘service is excellent’ at Galicia Abogados SC; its lawyers ‘have extensive knowledge and a high commitment to the client and provide excellent added value’. ‘Business-oriented’ practice head Christian Lippert is noted for his ‘excellent skills in conducting negotiations’. The firm also boasts a strong bench of associates, including the ‘intelligent, highly committed and responsible’ Gerardo Rodríguez. In line with the firm’s corporate pedigree, the practice is regularly involved in major merger clearances, and recently advised El Puerto de Liverpool, one of Mexico’s oldest department stores, on its $801m acquisition of Suburbia from Wal-Mart Mexico. The firm has also been involved in several major investigations, including one in the financial services sector.

Leading lawyers

Christian Lippert - Galicia Abogados SC

Next generation lawyers

Gerardo Rodríguez - Galicia Abogados SC

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

There are few full-service firms likeGalicia Abogados SC. Regularly involved in Mexico’s largest transactions, its ‘excellent’ corporate lawyers ‘are well worth what they receive in compensation’; they stand out for their ‘high commitment to the client’, provide ‘excellent added value’, and are ‘good partners in the negotiation of agreements’. Highlights included advising Bunge North America on its acquisition of Grupo Minsa; acting for Credomatic de México on the MXN$900m sale of its credit card business to Banco Invex, Institución de Banca Múltiple, and Invex Grupo Financiero; and, in the transport sector, advising Grupo México on its $2.1bn acquisition of Florida East Coast Railway. José Visoso and Ignacio Pesqueira jointly lead the team, which includes Eugenio Sepúlveda and Christian Lippert, both noted for their ‘excellent skills in helping with negotiations’.

Leading lawyers

Ignacio Pesqueira - Galicia Abogados SC

Manuel Galicia - Galicia Abogados SC

Next generation lawyers

Ramiro Sandoval - Galicia Abogados SC

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

Galicia Abogados SC is ‘among the best in the market’: particularly when it comes to major projects, where it represents sponsors and lenders and is able to draw on the firm’s significant depth of expertise in supporting areas such as environmental and regulatory. Its recent work includes advising Eólica del Sur on the refinancing of the 496MW wind farm in Oaxaca, and advising on the financing of an 874MW Tierra Mojada nature gas-fired power plant that is being developed by Fisterrra Energy near Guadalajara. The well-regarded team is jointly led by Carlos de María y Campos and Francisco Fernández Cueto.

Leading lawyers

Carlos de María y Campos - Galicia Abogados SC

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Galicia Abogados SC

Galicia Abogados SC has an excellent track record advising on environmental issues linked to major development and infrastructure projects. This experience crosses numerous sectors, including tourism, industry and energy. The team recently advised Bunge North America on the environmental aspects of its development of a wheat and corn mill in Yucatan; and assisted Nacional Financiera with environmental and regulatory matters related to a 66MW wind farm development. Practice head Mariana Herrero is recommended.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

Galicia Abogados SC

The four-strong insurance team at leading, full-service firm Galicia Abogados SC has built a solid practice advising clients on insurance-related corporate matters, regulatory issues and in connection with the analysis and negotiation of claims. In the latter two cases, clients include HSBC Seguros, Cesce Seguros, MetLife Seguros, and Sura Seguros México. Partner and practice head Humberto Pérez-Rocha sits on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the latter. His practice focuses on transactional work, and he can draw on in-house experience, having previously been seconded to act as general counsel for a major Mexican insurer. Associate Francisco Javier Alejo, who had joined the team from Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC in mid-2016, left in April 2018 to join Garrigues.

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

Galicia Abogados SC

The five-strong international trade and customs team at Galicia Abogados SC offers the full range of services in this practice, having concentrated on matters relating to renewable energy in recent years. Clients have confidence in the team because it offers a ‘very good level of service, with litigious strategies that reflect the knowledge of the industry and the law’. In addition to this, there is ‘great communication and integration between all the members of the team’. In highlight work, the practice advised Tiendas Chedraui on obtaining an amendment to the Mexican Harmonised Tariff System law to include specific tariff codes applicable to several goods imported by the client, allowing it to be exempt from paying the general import duties and antidumping duties otherwise applicable to similar products. In the energy sector, the team continued to advise Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (ASOLMEX) and Sunpower Corporation Mexico on import strategies for the application of benefits provided within a production promoting programme operated by the Mexican authorities. ‘Talented lawyers’ Daniel Amézquita and senior associate Mario Valencia Concha are fully dedicated to the practice. Practice head Amézquita is a recognised administrative and constitutional litigator; and Concha focuses on international trade and WTO issues. Additional support comes from of counsel Juan Pablo Cervantes, who heads the firm’s Asia desk and has expertise in antidumping investigations; and associate José Andrés Muñiz who handles customs regulations and foreign trade litigation, with a special focus on the energy sector. Other clients include Grupo Aeroméxico, Eosol Energy, Siemens, Palacio de Hierro, Walt Disney, Banco de Sabadell, China Chamber of International Commerce and The UK Carbon & Graphite Co.

Next generation lawyers

Mario Valencia Concha - Galicia Abogados SC

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Galicia Abogados SC

Galicia Abogados SC is a leading force in project finance, regularly representing both sponsors and lenders on some of the country’s largest energy and infrastructure developments. Its recent work includes advising Banobras and Mexico’s National Infrastructure Fund on the MX$1.1bn financing for the construction of the Hermosillo bypass; and acting for Banobras and Banorte on the MX$6bn refinancing of the Supervia Poniente and Segundo Piso Luis Cabrera toll roads. The firm was also active on the telecoms side, and advised ALTÁN Redes, the developer, on the MX$17.7bn cross-border financing for the Red Compartida project, a major telecoms PPP. The firm also acted on several renewables projects and advised Eloisa del Sur on the refinancing of a 496MW wind farm in Oaxaca. Carlos de María y Campos jointly leads the team with Bernardo Martínez Negrete. Francisco Fernández Cueto is recommended for his energy expertise.

Leading lawyers

Carlos de María y Campos - Galicia Abogados SC

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Galicia Abogados SC

Peers attest to Galicia Abogados SC’ successful efforts to grow and strengthen its position in the legal real estate sector since the arrival of Alejandro Trujillo in October 2015, after ten years as general counsel at GE Capital Real Estate. For clients the practice is ‘one of the fastest and most flexible – without sacrificing quality’. While the six-strong outfit is able to handle all real estate matters, recently it has been most active in finance work, including advising HSBC on the $150m refinancing of Torre Diana in Mexico City; and Santander, Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal, Banco del Bajio and Banco Monex on a MXN$2.43bn financing to BeGrand for the development and construction of BeGrand Reforma, a residential and office project on the Reforma corridor in Mexico City. Trujillo leads the team with key support coming from Jose Visozo and Ignacio Pesqueira who both combine their real estate practices with financing and corporate activity, while also being able to call on the firm’s other departments as needed. Other clients include Prudential (PGIM – Prudential Global Investment Management), Blackstone, FINSA, Acosta Verde, Macquarie, Promecap, Artha Capital, Acciona Parque Reforma, Walton Street Capital, Alignmex Real Estate Capital, Banamex, Azora Capital, Grupo Sordo Madaleno, BK Partners, Fibra HD, and Planigrupo.

Leading lawyers

Alejandro Trujillo - Galicia Abogados SC

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Galicia Abogados SC

The TMT practice at full-service Galicia Abogados SC is part of the wider regulatory group, although it draws on the firm’s capability to offer multidisciplinary assistance, including banking, tax, privacy, and venture capital, and especially on the firm’s prominence in competition and antitrust. Six lawyers – three partners and three associates – advise clients on day-to-day and transactional matters, as well as providing representation in administrative disputes (something that distinguishes the outfit in the market). The team’s most high-profile client in this area continues to be AT&T, which consolidated its position in the Mexican market in 2015 with the acquisitions of Iusacell and Nextel México. Recent assistance included representing the client and some of its subsidiaries in data protection cases before the Mexican privacy regulator and federal courts, as well as advice on compliance and permits relating to network operations in Mexico. In addition to providing support to telecoms operators, the team counts a number of infrastructure owners among its clients. In an unusual case, the team advised Cementos Apasco on the regularisation before the IFT of the radio-electrical spectrum used internally by the company. Other work included advising on leasing, acquisitions and sales of supporting telecoms infrastructure; on a tender bid; on the design, implementation and operation of a project; and on a due diligence. ‘Rising star’ Carlos Chávez – who in addition to telecoms undertakes competition and antitrust matters, a practice he co-directs – played a key role in AT&T’s consolidation in the Mexican market. He works closely with Christian Lippert, who co-heads the antitrust and competition practice and who also handles TMT work; the pair are considered ‘extremely good lawyers’. Key support comes from senior associate Gerardo Rodríguez A, who also covers abuse of dominant position and mergers, and Maite Celorio, who joined the team in 2016 and has a focused practice on telecoms and regulated markets, as well as antitrust and competition.

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Carlos Chávez - Galicia Abogados SC

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Galicia Abogados SC

The significant growth in Galicia Abogados SC’s tax practice shows how committed the firm is to investing in this area. Five new associates joined the team in 2017, all from stalwart tax firms: Fernando Gómez Mazin from Ortiz Abogados Tributarios S.C., Guillermo Garza from Ortiz, Sosa Y Asociados, S.C., Fernando Luján from Ernst & Young, Arturo Portilla A from Chévez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cía SC, and Erika Padilla from Turanzas, Bravo & Ambrosi, bringing the practice group to nine – with Gabriela Pellón at the head – and equally balanced between tax consulting and tax litigation. In the former area, the team provided regular advice to new client, real estate developer Artha Capital, regarding various of its real estate properties and trusts. In another mandate, the firm advised Credit Suisse Asset Management in the context of a tax, legal and labour audit of a company that requested certain finance facilities from the client. Of particular note was the team’s advice to international maritime company CMA CGM México, on the tax implications of a corporate spin-off with the intention of restructuring the group’s companies; and to Leagold México on its $350m acquisition of a mining company from Goldcorp, specifically, through the negotiation and conclusion of a tax allocation agreement for any tax matters deriving from the acquisition. On the litigation side, the lawyers represented Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing de México in several litigation cases initiated by the client against resolutions issued by the tax authorities as well as against a number of tax reforms enacted by the legislature. The team did, however, lose senior consultant Arturo Pérez Robles who left to establish his own firm Pérez Robles Abogados. Despite this Pellón is praised for the way she is growing the practice, which also includes senior associates Denise Lester – who acts as right-hand woman in litigation, to Pellón’s consulting work – and Gabryela Valencia who lends key support on the consulting side. Clients include Fisterra Energy Mexico, Grupo TMM, Ivanhoe Cambridge, and Grupo Industrial Morgan.

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Gabriela Pellón - Galicia Abogados SC

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