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PASEO DE LOS TAMARINDOS 400 B, FLOOR 29, BOSQUES DE LAS LOMAS, 05120 MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
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Work +52 55 1167 3000
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Fax +52 55 1167 3001
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www.creelabogados.com

Mexico

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

Creel Abogados, SC

Creel Abogados, SC enjoys a strong reputation for corporate and private equity work, providing a mix of transactional and day-to-day advice to its domestic and international clientsclients including the likes of Kerzner Group, Montagu Private Equity, Sony Pictures, and PepsiCo. It advised BIVA, the recently authorised ‘second’ Mexican Stock Exchange, on the design and structuring of its corporate governance; acted for Groupe Danone on the corporate restructuring of its Bonafont-branded bottled water delivery joint venture with Group AGA; and, on the transactional side, advised The Capital Partnership on the Mexican aspects of its takeover of US investment fund Northgate Capital. Carlos Creel is a leading figure in the market, and Alfonso Razú also has a very active presence. However, the firm lost corporate and transactional specialist Alfonso García Mingo who departed along with fellow-partners Juan Tejedo and Carlos Acle Aquique to establish boutique firm GarciaMingo & Tejedo Abogados, which will focus on corporate (including transactional matters), commercial, and labour and employment work across multiple industry sectors.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Creel - Creel Abogados, SC

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Creel Abogados, SC

The ‘strong’ real estate practice at Creel Abogados, SC handles transactions in the residential, industrial, commercial and tourism sectors, covering the purchase, sale and lease of real estate assets; the design and structuring of condominium property and time sharing regimes; and the development, construction, management and operation of real estate projects, as well as the obtaining of related permits and authorisations; it also assists investors with private and public real estate funds and in joint ventures. Jorge Torres leads a team of three other partners (Gustavo Struck Creel, Alfonso Razú A and Patricio Martinez O) and three associates. The group continued to advise regular clients Bonafont/Danone on the lease agreements of more than 45 water plants, warehouses and distribution centres throughout the country; Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta on its acquisition of Parque Industrial Jint and a property in the state of San Luis Potosi (of over 400,000 square metres), for the development of industrial plant; and Edgewell Personal Care México on the negotiation of lease agreements for new warehouses and offices throughout Mexico and the re-negotiation of existing lease agreements. In other work, the team assisted automotive component supplier Edscha (of the Spanish Gestamp Group), with due diligence of its real estate properties and their potential restructuring; and non-bank financial entity (or SOFOM) Creze on the early termination of the lease agreement of its main office in Mexico City and the negotiation and execution of a replacement agreement. Other clients include Exclusive Resorts, Grupo Desarrolla, Kerzner International, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, and Westmont Hospitality Group.

Leading lawyers

Jorge Torres - Creel Abogados, SC

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Creel Abogados, SC

The ‘exceptional’ four-strong tax team at Creel Abogados, SC is part of the firm’s broader corporate palette, and works on matters related to M&A, capital markets, financing, estate planning, corporate reorganisations, and international trade, as well as litigation. Clients appreciate the group because it is ‘knowledgeable about the US and Mexico tax systems, efficient, proactive and customer-service oriented’. Highly recommended, the ‘awesome’ Carlos Martinez R co-heads the team and was busy on several mandates, including advising Cummins on the tax aspects of its joint venture with Eaton Corporation for the establishment of a manufacturing operation; regular client Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta on the legal and tax implication of the $14.1m acquisition of land in San Luis Potosí from Artha Capital Fund; and Kerzner Group on the tax and legal implications of its financial restructuring, which involved jurisdictions including New York, Dubai, Delaware and the Bahamas, and required advice on structuring, transfer pricing and tax compliance. His fellow co-head Javier Portas was also busy: he represented the Mexican subsidiary of Xylem in a refund process for VAT on imports and assisted Belcorp International with the tax aspects of the corporate reorganisation of its Mexican subsidiaries to implement a tax efficient structure. The two worked together on the advice given to Edgewell Personal Care México regarding the tax and legal implications of its corporate restructuring in order to optimise operational efficiency and facilitate compliance with tax law. Support comes from senior associates Esteban Gómez Aguado whose 15 years’ experience includes eight as tax controversy and dispute resolution manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, SC, and five as tax litigation lawyer at Chévez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cía SC; and Patricia López Padilla who joined the firm in January 2018 after eight years as litigation-specialised senior associate at Ortiz Abogados Tributarios S.C.. In another work highlight, Martínez and Gómez Aguado advised Altum Capital and Altum Mexico on the structuring and tax implications of a public issuance of debt-backed securities (CKDs) on the Mexican stock market. Other clients include Grupo Medios, Vector Partners, and Danone.

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