Firms To Watch: Compliance

The young compliance practice at Santamarina y Steta handles anticorruption, anti-money laundering, ethics, data privacy, and antitrust compliance matters; associate Ivan Szymanski is the key contact.

Compliance in Mexico

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. offers a highly specialised and recognised compliance department, composed of ‘detailed, structured and insightful legal advisors’, who are particularly adept at handling AML, privacy, anti-corruption, and general regulatory matters. The practice, which is a recurring choice for financial institutions such as CitiBanamex, Banco Santander, and Deutsche Bank, also ‘covers a wide spectrum of industries’, and is co-led by Miguel Gallardo, a renowned name in the compliance field, particularly as regards anti-money laundering matters; Madrid-based data protection specialist, Hector Guzman; and Javier Pérez Moreno, who was promoted to the partnership in February 2022 and boasts solid experience in highly regulated sectors such as fintech, banking, insurance, and health. Pérez Moreno is also certified as a compliance and AML expert by the NBSC, and has of late been assisting clients in relation to cryptocurrency matters. Senior associate Alejandra Lobato, who is also certified as an AML expert and authorized compliance officer, is another key contact of the group. However, the practice endured the departure of former senior counsel Adolfo Hegewisch, who joined Deutsche Brokerage Firm as general counsel.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gallardo; Javier Pérez Moreno; Héctor Guzmán Rodríguez

Testimonials

‘Domain of relevant topics, attentive, and helpful.

‘They have extensive knowledge of the subject with which they support us, very professional.

‘Very effective firm.’

‘Personal commitment.’

‘A very strong legal advisory team which covers a wide spectrum of industries and topics. They are very collaborative, do their best to learn about your business which turns out in a successful long-term and diverse projects cooperation. Having said all that, you also feel like you’re getting a bang for your buck, great value for money.

‘Detailed, structured and insightful legal advisors. We especially had great pleasure working directly with Javier Perez Moreno.’

‘The firm has specialized lawyers in various areas, which allows you to receive comprehensive advice but at the same time highly specialised.

‘Miguel Gallardo has a great analytical capacity and is also capable of having a very broad vision of matters, he can “see the forest and the trees” at the same time.

Key clients

AirBnB

Alternativa Financiera Prosesa

Amicorp México

Banco Inmobiliario Mexicano

CitiBanamex

Banco Santander

Banco Mercantil del Norte

MUFG

Bloom Emprendedores

Braskem México Proyectos

Capital Vertical Promotora Empresarial

Crecer Solución Inmediata

Credisocial México

Credit Suisse

Crédito Especializado Stándar

Crédito Real

Daimler Financial Services

Deutsche Bank México

Deutsche Securities

Element

Engenium Capital

Finae

Finalux

Fincrece

Grupo Capital Vertical

Impulso Crediticio Empresarial

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Mexico (ICBC)

Mercado Libre

Morgan Stanley México, Casa de Bolsa

Multi-Apoyos de Capital

Mutua Altiplano

Palace Resorts Capital

SAB Capital

Servicios Liquick

Structura Capital Management

UBS Asesores México

Vinta Capital

Vision F México

Evo Payments

Banco Multiva

Volkswagen Leasing

Femsa

Nu Bank

Pagsmile

Exka

HDF Energy

Medius Collection

Merceron Capital

Rianta Capital Zurich

World Quest Holdings

Federación Mexicana de Futbol

Apoyo a tu Economía

Cacao Paycard

Garnet24

Prosa

Banco Azteca

Elektra

Satoshi Portal

Work highlights

  • Appointed a secondment as the compliance officer of Elektra in connection with a cryptocurrency project.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on regulatory matters during its sale process in Mexico, including preparation and implementation of anti-money laundering provisions and compliance with Mexican financial authorities’ requirements.
  • Ongoing legal advice to Mercado Libre in connection with an authorisation to become a fintech entity.

Jones Day

Clients value Jones Day's compliance practice for being a ‘team you can fully trust when you need timely, business savvy sound advice’. Department-head Guillermo Larrea, who is currently vice-president at the Compliance Managers Commission of the Mexico Chapter of the ICC, is held in high esteem by clients for his expert advice on compliance, anticorruption, and anti-money laundering, as well as for being committed to moving the agenda forward on digital compliance. Larrea is closely supported by associate Juan Carlos Quinzaños, who has strong knowledge of cyber-crime matters, and is dedicated to cyber-security and data compliance mandates. Recent work highlights include advising Toyota with the preparation of a regulatory compliance risk assessment and compliance program concerning anticorruption, cyber-security and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Larrea

Testimonials

‘The compliance team of Jones Day is top-notch and a team you can fully trust when you need timely, business savvy sound advice.

‘I love working with Juan Carlos Quinzaños and Guillermo Larrea.

Key clients

Toyota Financial Services México

Grupo Proeza

Corporación Moctezuma

Bunge Servicios

Mambu Americas

Altán Redes

BioHorizons (Henry Schein)

Daikin Airconditioning Mexico

Ennea

Eaton Corporation

Protege Tu Nómina

Goldcorp (Newmont)

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical

Work highlights

  • Advising Grupo Proeza on an anticorruption program, anti-money laundering program, and a cybersecurity and personal data protection program for its operations in 24 cities across North and South America and Asia.
  • Advising cloud company Mambu on the analysis of compliance, regulatory and personal data protection obligations in relation to the company’s services in Mexico and before Mexican financial authorities.
  • Advising BioHorizons with the preparation of anti-corruption training in connection with the FCPA and local anti-corruption laws for its operations in Mexico and Chile.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

One of the first firms to push development of this practice in Mexico, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC not only has a lengthy track record of experience in anti-corruption and compliance, but also, according to clients, is ‘among the best at it’ – the team garnering  particular praise for its ‘excellent knowledge of anti-corruption matters’. The group covers a variety of matters, including anti-corruption due diligence, national and cross-border investigations, preventive advice, as well as criminal and civil litigation arising from said investigations. Diego Sierra, whose ability to ‘understand complex problems and solve them in the simplest of ways is remarkable’, steers the department, currently chairs the anti-corruption commission of ICC Mexico, and is part of the firm’s recently launched ESG practice group. Fellow partner Raymundo Soberanis‘ expertise encompasses international investigations -at times working with US counsel- in various industries including the oil & gas, automotive, pharmaceutical and leisure sectors. Pablo Fautsch, who was promoted to the partnership in December 2021, rounds out the senior team.

Practice head(s):

Diego Sierra

Testimonials

Responsive, dedicated, and knowledgeable.

Very responsive; very professional. This firm works well with lawyers from the United States and does a good job of explaining the Mexican legal system.

We worked with Diego Sierra, who was very responsive.

They have a very high commitment to the development of the practice and have been very consistent in their efforts.’

Diego Sierra is a very complete and outstanding lawyer. Well respected among our colleagues and highly regarded by clients. Raymundo Soberanis is a very good lawyer. He will be very prominent in a few more years.’

They were among the first to establish a compliance practice in Mexico and are among the best at it. Several U.S. firms use this firm to assist us with internal investigations related to Mexico, as well as other aspects of Mexican law. Diego Sierra’s leadership and unmatched ideal of integrity sets him apart from the rest of the lawyers in Mexico. His ability to understand complex problems and solve them in the simplest of ways is remarkable.’

It is a firm that is accustomed to working with foreign clients and firms, primarily in the United States. So they know and adopt the same level of excellence and service.’

Excellent knowledge of anti-corruption matters.’

Key clients

Anheuser Bush InBev/Grupo Modelo

Grupo Coppel

Cinépolis

Franklin Electric

Veolia Mexico

Freudenberg Group

Egon Zhender

Seadrill

Fresenius Medical Care

Stryker Corporation

Tishman Speyer

Nuvocargo

Cushman & Wakefield

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

BHP Biliton

Work highlights

  • Advising BHP Billiton on matters regarding the Mexican anticorruption regulations related to BHP Billiton’s business in Mexico.
  • Advising Nuvocargo (a logistics startup) on drafting and implementing Nuvocargo’s Code of Business Ethics Code and its anticorruption policy.
  • Conducted a third-party due diligence of all of Eagle Burgmann’s distributors for the Central and Caribbean region (Panama, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua) in order to identify anticorruption red flags and measures to mitigate anticorruption risks.  

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. offers a ‘well-established and highly experienced investigations and compliance team’, with a focus on anticorruption and white-collar matters from the perspective of investigations, due diligence and compliance program implementation. Leonel Pereznieto, ‘the attorney you want in your circle when facing a serious compliance issue or handling a delicate internal investigation’, heads the practice following the departure of former co-head Narciso Campos, who left the firm to move in-house in November 2021. Pereznieto, who boasts a blend blend of regulatory expertise and proven experience advising risk managers, is sought after by clients in need of assistance in anti-corruption and white-collar investigations, and he also regularly advises in the implementation compliance programs. The practice's clients span industries and sectors, including health, IT, energy, financial services, infrastructure, and automotive. Counsel Eduardo Apáez, who specialises in compliance with an emphasis in anti-money laundering; and ‘secret weapon’ senior associate Santiago Acosta bring additional key expertise to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Leonel Pereznieto

Testimonials

‘Creel boasts a well-established and highly experienced investigations and compliance team. They have a detailed knowledge of the local regulatory and operating environment but equally understand the interplay with international structures and institutions, making them particularly adept in cross-border, complex matters.

‘Leonel Pereznieto has an understandable and justified position as a leader in the Mexican compliance domain. Whether advising on compliance aspects of an M&A transaction or handling a sensitive investigative requirement, his experience shines through. His ability to liaise effectively with international counsel and access a broad network of contacts in adjacent fields are further strings to his bow.

‘Creel has the best compliance practice in Mexico – it is not even a close call.

They understand the demands of multinational clients, have a keen understanding of the Mexican environment and are responsive, practical and user-friendly.’

‘There is nobody better than Leonel Pereznieto. His practicality, responsiveness and judgment make him the ultimate counselor to clients navigating complex compliance matters.

Santiago Acosta is the firm’s “secret weapon.” His former government experience and sharp legal mind make him a tremendous asset to any client. Although not yet a partner, I would trust him with any compliance-related matter on behalf of any of my clients.’

‘The team practices what they preach with regards to compliance. They take investigations and compliance seriously and are dedicated to ensuring all rules and regulations are followed.

‘Leonel Pereznieto is the attorney you want in your circle when facing a serious compliance issue or handling a delicate internal investigation. He is brilliant and methodical, with a great deal of experience in navigating difficult situations.

Key clients

Northland Power

Landec Corporation

Canadian Pacific Railways

Sézane

Westlake Chemical Corporation

PTC Therapeutics

Sumida

Cuenca Tecnología Financiera

D Local Pagamentos

Incode Technologies

Mexican Investment Funds Operator

Work highlights

  • Assisting Landec regarding a compliance issue at its Yucatan Foods production facility in Guanajuato, Mexico, which was reported to US regulators.
  • Assisted Sézane in connection with the crisis management and independent investigation into alleged discriminatory and cultural appropriation practices derived from its spring collection photo shoot involving indigenous people.
  • Collaborated with Incode on the implementation of its technological solution, complying with the Mexican AML regulation applicable for banks, broker dealers and sofipos.

Galicia Abogados S.C.

Galicia Abogados S.C.' compliance arm, which operates as part of the firm's larger regulatory practice group, brings notable transactional expertise and sturdy regulatory knowledge, coupled with strategic capabilities in litigation and ESG to the table. The group, which is jointly headed by Carlos Chávez, Christian Lippert, and Juan Carlos Burgos -who was promoted to the partnership in January 2022- advises foreign and domestic clients in connection with the design and implementation of anti-bribery, privacy, antitrust and general compliance policies and manuals, and is also well-versed in covering the compliance angles of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and government awards and procurement. Recent work highlights include acting as compliance and regulatory advisors to Univision on the transaction agreement in which Televisa’s content and media assets were combined with Univision. Other key contacts on the team include counsel Gerardo Rodríguez, who was appointed in January 2022 and specialises in antitrust and competition matters; and associate Marianela Romero.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Chávez; Christian Lippert; Juan Carlos Burgos

Key clients

Univision

BestDay Travel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Univision on the transaction agreement in which Televisa’s content and media assets were combined with Univision.

OCA Law Firm

Luis Ortiz, a renowned figure in the compliance arena who is also known for his solid tax expertise, spearheads the team at specialised boutique OCA Law Firm, which covers a wide range of compliance and anti-corruption matters, as well as investigations. The practice also enjoys a proven track record handling anti-bribery schemes related to major M&A deals, third-party risk assessments for FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, as well as preventative training. The firm's offering, as well as its client roster, has been further bolstered through a partnership with APM Abogados (which opened its doors back in 2018), a criminal defence boutique led by Arturo Palafox. Both firms were recently jointly retained to perform a risk assessment focused on financial matters and potential tax fraud allegations.

Practice head(s):

Luis Ortiz

Sánchez Devanny

Boasting over a decade of experience in this field, Sánchez Devanny ‘s practice has developed strong knowledge in an array of mandates related to compliance, while earning praise for consistently ‘delivering quality work’. The team is co-led by Monterrey-based Humberto Morales-Barrón, who specialises in a broad range of corporate law, corporate governance and compliance; and Daniel Maldonado (who operates from the Mexico City and Querétaro offices), who regularly acts for clients from the automotive, pharmaceutical, energy, medical device and retail industries on internal corporate investigations, anti-corruption regulations, risk assessment and anti-money laundering investigations. Senior associate Oscar Quiroz, who is part of the AML subgroup, focuses on audits and the design of programs and protocols; an area where he is supported by fellow senior associate Alberto Lascurain. The latter pair are based in Monterrey and Mexico City respectively.

Practice head(s):

Humberto Morales-Barrón; Daniel Maldonado

Testimonials

Consistently delivering quality work.’

‘I would highlight Daniel Maldonado and Alberto Lascurain.’

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C. houses a well-regarded compliance and investigations practice in Mexico, comprised of a ‘solid team of professionals with extensive experience in the sector’. Some of them have experience working in key regulatory bodies like practice co-head María Teresa Fernández Labardini, who has a specific focus on the financial sector, as well as on regulatory, anti-corruption, fintech and corporate matters. Leading the group alongside Fernández are Enrique Espejel, who specialises in white-collar matters, including internal investigations and representing relevant parties in civil matters involving fraud, accounting and regulatory issues; and Juan Antonio Martín, who garners praise for being ‘able to anticipate the needs of the client’, and is renowned for his expertise in financial services sector compliance, including fintech and payment systems experience. Other key contacts include Andrés Mosqueira and Carlos Mainero, who bring additional expertise in financial regulatory matters. Vicente Corta, who collaborated closely with the practice, passed away in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

María Teresa Fernández; Juan Antonio Martín; Enrique Espejel

Testimonials

‘It is a solid team, well structured and with great experience.

‘Solid team of professionals with extensive experience in the sector. They have a wide network of contacts. Industry benchmark.

‘Juan Antonio Martín has a solid financial analysis capacity, and an exceptional understanding of the risks and critical aspects of the business. He is able to anticipate the needs of the client.

‘Teresa Fernandez is able to understand the finer aspects of issues and develop them in a way that makes them understandable to those involved.

‘Andrés Mosqueira has a great knowledge of the regulation applicable to the sector since he has been involved in its development.

‘The experience they have in the sector stands out.

‘The White & Case team does not limit its attention to clients and constantly provides its legal advice in the interest of its clients and with the purpose of mitigating risks.

‘The White & Case team has the ability to solve complex problems related to compliance issues for technology companies that escape the current legal framework.’

Key clients

Visa

WhatsApp

Citigroup-Citibanamex

Morgan Stanley

Facebook (Meta)

Sura Asset Management Mexico

Airbnb

Bolsa Institucional de Valores (BIVA).

Vanguard

Work highlights

  • Advising Citigroup-Banamex on several corporate, compliance and regulatory matters related to the applicable legislation issued by financial authorities.
  • Advising Meta on its compliance with the Transparency Law and its Emergency Provisions with regard to its internet advertising services in Mexico and from Mexican agencies.
  • Advised Visa on the authorisation of its new clearing house in Mexico.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. ‘s compliance practice counts senior and prominent lawyers among its ranks, as is the case of Rodolfo Barreda, who steers the firm’s administrative practice, and is the main contact for the team following the March-2022 retirement of Daniel Del Rio. The practice is well known for assisting local and multinational companies with structuring and implementing compliance and anti-corruption strategies, covering a wide range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, health, and logistics. Francisco Tiburcio, who has been dedicated to the criminal practice for almost three decades, mainly focused on white-collar, intellectual property and environmental crimes; and associate Rosalía Martínez Carbajal are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Tiburcio; Alejandro Catalá; Gilberto Valle; Jorge Medina; Rodolfo Barreda

Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados

Jointly-led by Brian Minutti and Ricardo Velázquez, a former consultant and general director for research and international affairs at IPAB (Mexico’s deposit insurance and resolution authority for banks), Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados‘ compliance practice is of a level which allows its members ‘to understand the needs clients have in a specific regulatory framework’. The group’s expertise encompasses legal and regulatory compliance, process mapping, risk management and anti-bribery training; indeed, as regards the latter, all the team’s member are global-anti-bribery-standard certified auditors. Recent work highlights include advising Theos on obtaining ISO 37001 international anti-bribery certification.

Practice head(s):

José Antonio Chávez; Brian Josué Minutti; Alejandro Carreño; Ricardo Velázquez

Testimonials

‘Level of professionalism to understand the need clients have in a specific regulatory framework.

‘In addition to the preparation as professionals, I would highlight the human sense to be able to concentrate with all the needs that have to be covered.

‘Quality through the different levels of the organisation.

‘Knowledge of projects and customer service.

Key clients

Infraestructura Energética Nova

Tecnoprogramación Humana Especializada en Sistemas Operativos

Hofu Capital

414 Capital, Inc.

Administrador Fibraestructura

LOCK3PI

Ayllupi

Fibra Haus

Oakpi

Work highlights

  • Advised IEnova on obtaining HR Ratings’ Integrity Policy rating of HR PAC 2+, the highest rating ever granted by the Mexican ratings agency.
  • Advised Theos on the obtaining ISO 37001 international anti-bribery certification.
  • Currently advising 414 Capital Inc on ethics and transparency best practices, as well as providing the company with an independent Chief Compliance Officer.

González Calvillo, SC

The practice at full-service Mexican firm González Calvillo is based on two core aspects of compliance: anti-money laundering and anti-bribery. Luis Felipe Mancera de Arrigunaga, a former general counsel and Chief Tax Prosecutor, as well as Chief of the Banking and Savings Unit at the Ministry of Finance, helms the practice, bringing to bear his specialisation in anticorruption, AML and tax-compliance. Counsel Juan Carlos Peraza provides additional expertise in creating and implementing compliance programs, and also advises collaborates on internal investigations; and senior associate María Paula Boustani, who boasts solid experience in corporate ethics and compliance, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Luis Mancera de Arrigunaga

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

Senior associate Héctor Sánchez is the key contact at Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s practice, following the departure of former department-head, Hugo López Coll  for Sainz Abogados in February 2022. Sánchez has proven experience representing foreign and Mexican companies in a variety of industries - including  pharmaceutical, computer software and hardware, information services, real estate developers and retail. He advises on regulatory and compliance matters regarding regulated activities (particularly in relation to energy and gaming), as well as anti-corruption due diligence, corruption risk analysis and training.

Practice head(s):

Héctor Sánchez

Testimonials

‘The GT team has an outstanding group of lawyers who are experts in different matters, which allows for a multidisciplinary approach to the issues presented to them. The solidity of its members allows a general analysis in compliance aspects that results in prevention and adequate solutions for its clients.’

Key clients

Walmart

Rafael Marquez Alvarez

Work highlights

  • Represented football player Rafael Márquez in his delisting from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN).

Hogan Lovells

Praised for its ‘knowledge and mastery of the matter’, Hogan Lovells' compliance practice appeals to clients for its excellence when it comes to reviewing compliance policies for companies to ensure alignment with Mexican Law - including the National Anticorruption System, targeted investigations aimed at addressing specific compliance cases, and the training sessions it offer. Prominent group contacts include senior figure Juan Francisco Torres , a corporate and finance expert with considerable experience advising on compliance matters, white-collar crime and investigations; and seasoned contentious partner Luis Enrique Graham, who is sought out by clients for mandates related to investigations and anti-corruption regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and local anti-corruption regulations throughout Latin America. Experienced associate Julio Zugasti, who has built a good knowledge of compliance and government contracts, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Juan Francisco Torres Landa; Carlos Ramos Miranda; Luis Enrique Graham Tapia; Federico de Noriega Olea

Testimonials

‘In them I have seen a real interest in collaborating even in difficult times such as the health contingency. I felt they were empathic.

‘I would highlight their research methodology, but above all their knowledge and mastery of the matter.

‘They focus on knowing the internal processes in addition to the laws/industry codes before issuing an opinion. Personally, in this matter they are above their competitors.

‘Immediate attention and complete knowledge of the industry.

 

LEC, Litigio Estratégico y Compliance, S.C.

Specialised boutique firm LEC, Litigio Estratégico y Compliance, S.C. is well-known for its skills advising both on day-to-day matters, as well as on sensitive litigation and/or investigations related to criminal or administrative liability. The firm offers a range of compliance expertise areas, including anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, forensic investigations, data protection, cybersecurity and ethics, and has also integrated its corporate governance and ESG practices with compliance. A ‘very experienced team’ according to a client, comprises founding partners Luis Dantón Martínez Corres, a respected name in compliance, anticorruption and investigations in Mexico; Daniela Ortega Sosa , former chief compliance officer at Citibanamex, who is well-versed in both compliance and corporate governance; and José Antonio García, who has developed solid expertise in anti-corruption, regulatory and compliance matters throughout his career.

Practice head(s):

Luis Dantón Martínez Corres; Daniela Ortega Sosa; Jose Antonio Coto García

Testimonials

They are a very experienced team, they have guided us very well in the consultations we have had and they add a lot of value to us. They are also very willing to interact with us by different channels.’

Friendly treatment, availability, experience, focus on results, and they understand the needs of their clients. They are analytical and proactive.’

Key clients

Wac de México

Servicios Broxel

Performance Boats

Marine Finance

Performance Air

Microsoft Mexico

Alfaro, Ávila y Scherer

Glaxosmithkline México

Asociación Mexicana de Capital Privado (Amexcap)

R&C Business Consulting

Grupo Gepp

Morgan Lewis

Miller & Chevalier

Work highlights

  • Advised Broxel on the strengthening of its compliance program and the installation of a robust culture of compliance to achieve the effectiveness and sustainability of the program.
  • Ongoing advisory relationship with Microsoft on compliance and administrative liabilities matters.
  • Advising Wac de México on compliance with anti-money laundering regulations, including obtaining an authorisation for a corrective program from the National Banking and Securities Commission.  

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.

A ‘professional, up-to-date team with the capacity and experience to understand the client’s needs’ is how sources regard Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.' compliance practice, which divides its offering into two areas: one focused on preventive measures through compliance programs, and the other centred on defence, representation and criminal litigation specialised in criminal liability of companies and its directors. Leading the team is of counsel Gabriel Calvillo, a former head of the environmental crimes unit of the Attorneys General's office who specialises in corporate criminal liability cases and criminal compliance. Another name to note is that of associate Claudia Aguilar who focuses on compliance mandates related to internal corporate investigations, business integrity policies, anti-corruption programs and corporate criminal liability.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Calvillo; Claudio Jimenez

Testimonials

The criminal compliance practice is very strong and is well versed in how companies must legally defend themselves and demonstrate proper organisational control. They have extensive technical knowledge in environmental matters.’

Technical knowledge in criminal matters and how to demonstrate to a judge or public prosecutor that their clients have proper organisational control.’

Professional, up-to-date team with the capacity and experience to understand the client’s needs.’

‘Lawyers attentive and with disposition and interest. Gabriel Calvillo and Claudia Aguilar.

‘It is a Firm with diverse areas of practice, which is concerned with providing the best attention and service, with first-class elements.

‘The firm has always been concerned with the best care and the best-trained staff. Without a doubt, in this most recent stage in which I work with the Firm, the attention and dedication of Patricio Trad to all the matters entrusted to him, is the most remarkable thing.

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC‘s corporate compliance practice group comprises renowned experts from other departments of the firm, including antitrust, corporate M&A, insurance, and tax so as to offer a solid cross-practice service in the matter. Practice co-heads Alejandro Mendiola and Luciano Pérez are highly specialised in antitrust compliance programs and anticorruption matters; and financial regulatory, anti-money laundering, data protection and consumer protection regulation, respectively. Seasoned partners Michell Nader and Yves Hayaux-Du-Tilly bring additional key expertise to the group. Associate Enrique Salcedo is also noted; former fellow associate Juan Pablo Sainz left the firm in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Mendiola Díaz; Luciano Pérez Gómez

Key clients

Capítulo Cero Mexico

Work highlights

  • Assisting Capítulo Cero México with the development of the structure and the content of training programs for directors regarding climate governance and ESG.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

The Mexican compliance practice of international full-service giant Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C., keeps garnering attention from market onlookers, mainly for its excellent in investigations. The team is co-led by Mexico City-based partners Jonathan Adams, who is also the Latin America regional coordinator for the firm’s global investigations, compliance & ethics practice, and who has a focus on internal investigations in government-related corruption cases and employee white-collar crime; and Reynaldo Vizcarra, who is particularly experienced in corporate compliance. The group is particularly active and experienced with regard to the pharmaceutical, automotive, consumer goods, technology and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Adams; Reynaldo Vizcarra-Méndez

Key clients

Boston Scientific

Brambles (CHEP)

Bridgestone

Constellation Brands

Dole Asia

Emerson Electric

Fortune Brands

Hamilton Beach Brands

Hasbro

Hollister

Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR)

Merck & Co

Quest Diagnostics

Salesforce.com

SAP

SC Johnson

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Trek Bicycles

Twitter

Unilever

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Led an internal investigation for Hamilton Beach Brands that uncovered major fraud at the company’s Mexican subsidiaries.

Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa

Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa is developing a robust compliance practice that is increasingly sought out by clients -mainly public companies and those in the mining, retail, financial services, infrastructure and energy sectors- for its expertise identifying vulnerabilities in terms of AML regulations (and the obligations that could arise as a result), as well as for its capabilities carrying out the implementation of corrective and preventive measures. César de la Parra leads the firm’s anti-money laundering practice and brings over 20 years’ litigation and dispute resolution experience to the table. He is closely supported by Diego Marván, who was promoted to director in January 2022 and has built up solid experience managing procedures related to anti-money laundering compliance verifications, as well as carrying out several corporate governance, compliance, anti-money laundering and anticorruption due diligence processes, and the drafting of policies and programs to comply with Mexican laws.

Practice head(s):

César De la Parra

Testimonials

We recognise the diversity of areas, topics, or fields of expertise that Chevez’s team masters and that allow them to give better advice to their clients by having different views on the same subject. We recognise the response time and the quality of the deliverables of the services they provide.’

Diego Marvan stands out for his depth of analysis, his broad experience but at the same time his quick response time.’

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C. ' compliance practice has a focus on the prevention of risks associated to its clients’ operations in Mexico, from identification through to the required steps to implement a full compliance program. The group, which also boasts substantial expertise in anti-money laundering and data protection, covers a variety of industries, with manufacturing, automotive, agroindustry and IT among its key sources of work. Azucena Marin, who has particular experience in antitrust and compliance matters; and senior associate Andrés Urquidi, whose expertise extends into capital markets and government procurement matters, are the main practice contacts.

Practice head(s):

Azucena Marín

Key clients

Chuspic

Estafeta

Corteva

Bright Machines Group

Rappi

Compas

Work highlights

  • Advised Chuspic on the treatment and transfer of a competitors’ personal data.
  • Advising Compas on antitrust compliance matters, updates to compliance policies and guidelines, and assessment of collaboration topics.
  • Advised a global agribusiness company on the use of cookies and the options that visitors may have as to accepting the use of advertising, functional, analytical, and essential cookies.

Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS)

Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS) has a focus on anti-corruption investigations, and also assists clients with the implementation of their anti-corruption compliance programs and codes of conduct, including the review of internal policies, compliance manuals and internal controls and procedures, as well as the preparation of anti-corruption training programs and conducting due diligence. Mexico City-based partners Luis Gerardo Ramírez and Pablo Gómez Sainz are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Guillermo Gómez; Luis Gerardo Ramírez

Key clients

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Essity Higiene y Salud México

Corporacion de Energia MexOil

Work highlights

  • Assisting CDPQ Capital México with compliance matters related to day-to-day business operations and the activities of its officers in Mexico.
  • Assisting Essity Higiene y Salud México with compliance matters related to its day-to-day business operations and the activities of its officers in Mexico.
  • Assisting MexOil with compliance matters related to day-to-day business operations and the activities of its officers in Mexico.