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Mexico

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

SMPS Legal

SMPS Legal advises clients at every level, including major corporates and start-ups, and has expertise across a range of areas, from the transactional to the regulatory. It recently advised Canadian logistics and gas distribution company, Atco Group on the $20m acquisition of a Mexican manufacturer of modular and mobile units. Other clients include General Electric, Nexxus Capital, and AC Nielsen. Eduardo Pizarro, Alejandro Ortiz and Iván Pérez jointly lead the well-respected team.

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

SMPS Legal

Alexis Michel¬†leads the four-strong practice at SMPS Legal¬†which covers tax obligation compliance, tariff classifications, customs valuation, free trade agreement matters, verification of origin procedures, criteria confirmation before tax and customs authorities; foreign trade programmes (such as IMMEX), drawback and sector promotion programmes; internal audits and compliance; and antidumping, countervailing and safeguards investigations.¬† The lawyers, clients note, are ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and experienced‚Äô and ‚Äėtheir assistance is always on time and on point‚Äô, qualities that also apply specifically to Michel, who is a standout name at the firm and in the market. Key support comes from senior associate Ana Karen Navarrete. Uniquely, the firm has offices in Mexico City, Dallas, Bogot√° and Calgary.

Leading individuals

Alexis Michel - SMPS Legal

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

SMPS Legal

The eight-lawyer team at SMPS Legal represent clients in all types of real estate and asset transactions, including sales and purchases, leasing, financing, development and construction, and liens on real estate assets, as well as handling audits, and regulatory, tax and environmental matters. Uniquely, the firm has offices in Mexico City, Dallas, Calgary, and Bogotá. Recent matters include assisting T69 with a corporate restructuring which involved establishing a condominium regime, the development and commercialisation of a landmark 58-story building located on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City; ATCO-Ranman Energia, a co-investment, on the acquisition of land and rights of way from an industrial park property owner  for the construction and development of a $2.6m power cogeneration plant;  Vidarq on the legal tax structure, development and sale of a $40m commercial and residential development in Insurgentes-San Angel, Mexico City; and the Rincon Gallardo Family on the structuring and pre-development of a 120 hectare solar power generation park in the state of Hidalgo. Dividing his time between Mexico City and Dallas, Eduardo Pizarro co-heads the practice in conjunction with Alejandro Ortiz; other team members include Andres Pizarro Suarez, who made partner in January 2019. Clients include O’Donnell Group, Cimbra Capital, Centauro Capital, Museum of Abstract Art Manuel Felguerez and Pesorama.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

SMPS Legal

SMPS Legal houses 'top performing professionals with years of experience, seeking the best approach for clients' needs. The lawyers also possess cross-cultural nous and the ability to communicate and build long-term relationships’. Jorge San Martín and Ana Paula Pardo head the nine-strong practice group, which also includes tax and administrative litigation specialist Christian Solis, with key support coming from associate Mariam Bojalil. The practice also works in conjunction with independent international tax expert and leadng lawyer Manuel Tron when required. Working closely with the firm’s other departments, the team handles a broad array of tax consulting and litigation work including estate planning; acquisitions, mergers, spin-offs and corporate reorganisations; corporate restructuring;and corporate and international taxation in connection with the real estate, private equity and oil-and-gas industries. Other matters include efficient corporate funding structures, repatriation of resources, acquisition and sale of corporate assets; tax refunds and tax incentives; and the representation of clients before Federal Tax Authorities. Recent work highlights included assisting key client Grupo Axo (through its company Aloxom Marketing), with the acquisition of Tennix, which operates brands in the Mexican market; and advising Trade Finance Solution on tax matters relating to structuring and negotiating the terms and conditions for financing Mexican clients. It also advises Gerdau / Sidertul on a regular basis, including -most recently- on a litigation procedure in relation to a wrongfully assessed tax credit; and acted for Lufthansa Systems on the establishment of a representation office in Mexico. Uniquely, the firm has offices in Mexico City, Bogotá, Dallas and Calgary. Other clients include Danone / Bonafonte, Ecom Trading, Phenolaeis, and Gentera.

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Legal Developments in Mexico

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  • Notorious Marks

    Notorious marks or the declaration thereof, has always been an issue widely discussed in Mexico by the IP legal community. This is so because provisions of the Paris Convention dealing with this topic have for a long time been uses as an effort to cancel or nullify trademarks registered by Mexican authorities without really making an extensive evaluation of proposed denominations and without examining in depth if such marks may be potentially affecting rights acquired by third parties elsewhere. So, a specific regulation and legal frame that at least tries to resolve this issue is always a good start in the right direction.
  • FRANCHISING TRENDS IN MEXICO: A NEW VALUE

    By Ignacio Dominguez Torrado Uhthoff, Gomez Vega & Uhthoff, S.C. Why a new value? Is Mexico avoiding the economic fallout that the world may be facing? In Mexico franchises are worth more? Is Mexico not a country that the global economic standstill is or will affect? The answer is, not really. Are Franchises in Mexico currently experiencing a boom? Perhaps. Are Franchises becoming an important aspect in Mexican economy? Certainly.
  • ADVERTISING IN MEXICO: COMMENTS UNDER AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW PERSPECTIVE

    Advertising in Mexico is governed by multiple bodies of law including for at least seven Federal Laws, five Regulations also of Federal application, a number of the so-called Mexican Official Standards (NOM's) and certain other laws and regulations applicable into specific States within the Republic of Mexico. All of them are focusing to establish the form and manners for producing and communicating advertising of products and services in Mexico.
  • MEXICAN CUSTOMS. UPDATE ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF TRADEMARK RIGHTS

    It has been well publicized in the Mexican media over the last few months that the General Customs Administration (AGA) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) are planning to launch a customs trademark registry, as a short-term solution to increase protection for trademark owners against the import of infringing and counterfeit products.
  • DEMONSTRATING USE OF TRADEMARKS UNDER MEXICAN LAW AND PRACTICE

    The evolution in the protection and enforcement of IP rights has also reached the Mexican practice. The traditional ways of defending a registered trademark on a non use contentious procedure have developed.
  • ANTI-COUNTERFEITING IN MEXICO

    By Jose Luis Ramos-Zurita