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The iconic Villard Mansion at the Lotte Palace Hotel on New York’s Madison Avenue was the venue for the launch of the first Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist, sponsored by Gonzalez Calvillo Abogados. Whereas The Legal 500's previous power lists have all focused on GCs, in a new departure, this event sought to bring together key US private practitioners with a particular focus –in this case, the Mexican market– be it in relation to transactional work, financings, anti-corruption/FCPA, or energy-and-projects related matters.

If one is naturally a little pensive before events of this type, especially when it is a 'first-of-its-kind' affair, then such sentiments are even sharper in New York, the citizens of which are famed for being constantly on-the-go and eternally short of time (or is this just an old stereotype of the denizens of the Big Apple?). It was very gratifying, therefore, to welcome over 60 law firm partners – particularly those out-of-towners who had travelled from Washington DC, Miami and elsewhere. Law firms represented included Chadbourne & Parke; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Debevoise & Plimpton; Jones Day; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Paul Hastings; Proskauer Rose; Ropes Gray; Shearman & Sterling; Squire Patton Boggs; Sullivan & Cromwell; and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The attendees heard from guest speaker Alejandro Ramos, Executive Director of the New York office of The US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, who gave his perspective on the potential and probable outcomes emerging from the proposed renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A number of those present also noted their appreciation of The Legal 500 Latin America editor Tim Girven’s characterization of the lawyers present as critical agents in the mediation of this forthcoming period of change in bi-national relations.

Suffice to say (not that it should be taken as a measure of the event!), conversation outlasted the free bar and stretched late into the evening.

We would like to thank all those who attended, and –of course– sponsoring firm González Calvillo Abogados, without whose support this event would not have taken place. Please scroll down to see photos from the evening: