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Mexico

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

SMPS Legal

SMPS Legal enters the ranking on the back of a strong year, and a solid reputation for day-to-day and transactional corporate advice. Among its recent work, it guided Olympus Tours through its $20m takeover by Flight Centre and advised Canada-based ATCO Group on establishing a joint venture with Ranman Energy Holding to operate cogeneration facilities in industrial parks. The three-partner team includes Eduardo Pizarro Suarez, Alejandro Ortiz Prieto and Iván Pérez Correa.

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

SMPS Legal

Standing at four lawyers, SMPS Legal’s international trade and customs practice seems to punch well above its weight, providing legal services that one client described as ‘magnificent: the outcomes are always positive, and the lawyers are serious, professional and timely. I have complete confidence in them’. The team offers the full range of IT&C services, drawing on the firm’s strong tax practice if required in cases that one client admits are ‘very complex and detailed’; moreover, the team is ‘good value for money’. Recently the team was active providing general international trade and customs advice to a range of clients, including matters concerning antidumping cases, audits, consultations before the tax authorities, and negotiating and establishing IT&C strategies. The ‘excellentAlexis Michel leads the team and ‘is always available to deal with the matters in hand’. Senior associate Ana Karen Navarreta is also recommended, as is tax law associate Jorge Arturo Rodríguez Ruiz. Support comes also from tax partner Christian Solis and corporate associate Diana Sologuren. IT&C associate Paloma Armella is completing the International Taxation programme at NYU. The firm also has a unique footprint with offices in Mexico City, Dallas, Bogotá and Calgary.

Leading lawyers

Alexis Michel - SMPS Legal

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

SMPS Legal

The SMPS Legal real estate team stands at seven members and offers the full range of real estate advisory services, as well as assistance to financial institutions regarding real estate finance. The team represented T69 in a corporate restructuring that involved establishing a condominium regime and the development and commercialisation of a large building project in Mexico City (consisting of offices, housing and hospitality space). Calling on the practice’s energy experience, another work highlight involved the negotiation of a long-term land lease agreement related to the development of a power cogeneration plant for Huerta Real. Alejandro Ortiz Prieto co-heads the department and divides his time between real estate and corporate matters; he has a special focus on assisting companies entering the Mexican and Latin American markets. Working from both Mexico City and Dallas, practice co-head Eduardo Pizarro Suárez also has a wide-ranging corporate practice; he led the majority of the firm’s recent mandates. Of particular note was Pizarro’s assistance to Cimbra Capital, involving due diligence, land acquisition negotiation, financing, legal tax structuring, development, and sales related to the client’s two current developments in Mexico City. Moisés Shehoah was promoted from counsel to partner in early 2018; his work concentrates on transactions and planning legal structures for real estate construction projects where he can draw on his experience as former legal counsel at developer Grupo Danhos. ‘Quick and capable’ associate Andres Pizarro Suarez also covers the full range of real estate and corporate matters; he spent several years working at a notary office. Associate Diana Sologuren also offers valuable support.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

SMPS Legal

SMPS Legal’s tax practice shares the firm’s overall characteristics: it offers a broad and transversal service, including litigation (but not transfer pricing), from a platform with a unique geographical footprint, the firm having offices in Mexico City, Bogotá, Dallas and Calgary. The 11-strong team is led by lawyer and accountant Jorge San Martin, who recently assisted major firm client, Group Axo, regarding the tax issues arising from private equity firm General Atlantic’s acquisition of 38% of the company from Alsea and Glisco Partners, and in the subsequent capital subscription of the company by the buyer. Within the context of another private equity acquisition, the team, once again led by San Martin and supported by noted associate Federico Scheffler, assisted Nexxus Capital with the restructuring of Immunotec (a company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and with subsidiaries in several countries), following its acquisition by the client as part of a joint venture. Partner Ana Paula Pardo is second-in-command to San Martin; her recent workload included advising ECOME México on a tax authority income tax and VAT audit procedure; and, in conjunction with Scheffler, representing Danone/Bonafont in a case concerning a federal tax audit related to income tax and VAT obligations arising from inter-company transactions – the pair achieved a favourable settlement through an amicable procedure initiated before PRODECON. In other work, the team counselled Gerdau/Sidertul on day-to-day tax issues concerning the group’s activity, and assisted Lufthansa Systems with procedures before the tax and regulatory authorities for the establishment of an office in Mexico. Partner Christian Solis also provides important support regarding tax and administrative litigation matters. Other clients include Lufthansa Global Business Services, Excel Nobleza, Trade Finance Solutions and AutoAhorro/Planfia.

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Mexico

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Legal Developments in Mexico

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