Firms To Watch: Compliance

The young compliance practice at Santamarina y Steta handles anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, ethics, data privacy and antitrust compliance matters; associate Ivan Szymanski is the key contact. Since publication, Szymanski has moved to Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda - effective as of December 2023.
The practice at Holland & Knight was substantially strengthened, recently, with the hire of Humberto Morales-Barron, formerly the practice head at Sánchez Devanny; he arrived -in April 2023- as part of a larger group which also included Oscar Quiroz and experienced senior associate Alberto Lascurain.

Compliance in Mexico

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

The ‘multidisciplinary’ practice at Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. is among the market leaders in the compliance space, and offers counsel on anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, data protection and general regulatory matters. Members of the ‘gender-diverse’ team are roundly praised for being ‘well-prepared’, ‘punctual, adaptable and attentive’, and having an ‘excellent professional manner’. Clients predominantly belong to the banking, finance and fintech sectors. At the helm of the practice are founding partner Miguel Gallardo Guerra, who has ‘broad experience’ in AML and fintech matters; data protection specialist Héctor Guzmán Rodríguez; and Javier Pérez Moreno, who was promoted to the partnership in February 2022 and advises companies in the fintech, banking, insurance, and health sectors on AML compliance. Like Moreno, senior associate Alejandra Lobato is certified as an AML expert by the National Banking and Securities Commission (NBSC); she leads on AML audits.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gallardo Guerra; Héctor Guzmán Rodríguez; Javier Pérez Moreno


Spectacular, punctual follow-up. The team is available 24/7.

Strong on diversity; at all stages we see male and female lawyers equally involved.

The team is multidisciplinary and very open to listening and solving the specific needs of the client. They are willing to negotiate, and are very flexible with delivery times, among other things.

Miguel Gallardo has broad experience in various fields and is very up-to-date on current issues such as fintech.

Its staff have an excellent professional manner and always give the appropriate professional support.

They present fair fee proposals; the team is well prepared.

The professionalism and quality of service provided by the team has been impeccable.

Adaptability throughout the audit process.

Key clients


Alternativa Financiera Prosesa

Amicorp México


Banco Santander

Banco Mercantil del Norte

Bloom Emprendedores

Braskem México Proyectos

Capital Vertical Promotora Empresarial

Crecer Solución Inmediata

Credit Suisse

Credisocial México

Credit Suisse

Crédito Especializado Stándar

Daimler Financial Services

Deutsche Bank México (Institución de Banca Múltiple)

Deutsche Securities


Engenium Capital




Grupo Capital Vertical

Impulso Crediticio Empresarial

Mercado Libre

Morgan Stanley México (Casa de Bolsa)

Multi-Apoyos de Capital

Mutua Altiplano

Palace Resorts Capital


Servicios Liquick

Structura Capital Management

Vinta Capital

Vision F México

Evo Payments

Banco Multiva

Volkswagen Leasing


Nu Bank



HDF Energy

Medius Collection

Merceron Capital Limited

Rianta Capital Zurich

World Quest Holdings

Federación Mexicana de Fútbol

Apoyo a tu Economía



Banco Azteca


Satoshi Portal





DiDi Global



Arca Continental

Work highlights

  • Provided Blackrock with ongoing compliance counsel related to 43 funds.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank Mexico on regulatory matters during its sale process, including the preparation and implementation of anti-money laundering provisions.
  • Provided ongoing legal advice to Mercado Libre in connection with an authorisation to become a fintech entity.

Jones Day

The team at Jones Day displays strong ‘attention to detail, availability and subject knowledge’ on the gamut of compliance matters, namely AML and anti-corruption, fraud prevention, cybersecurity and data protection, the design of compliance programmes and internal investigations. Recent work highlights include advising Oplay Digital Services, a SOFOM, on its fintech activities in Mexico, and verifying compliance with local regulations; and assisting the identity verification software operator Veriff with KYC requirements in Mexico and Latin America. Of counsel and practice head Guillermo E Larrea leads on compliance, anticorruption and AML mandates, and has particular expertise regarding digital compliance; he is also the current vice-president of the Compliance Managers Commission of the Mexico Chapter of the ICC. Associate Juan Carlos Quinzaños supports Larrea on key cases and has particular knowledge of cybercrime matters. Since publication, Larrea has been promoted to partner – effective as of Janauray 2024.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo E Larrea


Knowledgeable about the regulations surrounding audits; they have the ability to thrive in a digital environment and to deal with clients from other countries, in other languages and time zones.

Attention to detail, language skills, availability and subject knowledge.

The compliance team is top notch and one you can fully trust when you need timely, business savvy advice.

Key clients

Daikin Industries

Grupo Proeza

Eaton Corporation

Oplay Digital Services

Veriff OÜ



Goldcorp (Newmont)

Work highlights

  • Advising Daikin on the update and revision of its compliance policies, including anticorruption measures.
  • Assisted Grupo Proeza with an anticorruption, AML, cybersecurity and personal data protection programme for its operations in 24 cities across North and South America and Asia.
  • Assisted Eaton Corporation with an investigation related to invoices.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC continues to provide tier-leading counsel in the compliance space, with particular skill in anti-corruption matters. In addition, the practice’s expertise encompasses national and cross-border investigations, preventive advice, and criminal and civil litigation. A number of its attorneys are dual-qualified to practice law in both Mexico and New York, affording the bench a strong advantage in cross-border cases involving the United States. Team leader Diego Sierra is a standout leader in anticorruption matters; as well as remaining active on the firm’s most high-profile recent cases (such as TelevisaUnivision), he chairs the Anti-Corruption Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce Mexico. Partners Raymundo Soberanis and Pablo Fautsch undertake internal investigations, arbitration and litigation; while Enrique Riquelme - who was promoted to of counsel in January 2023 - is experienced in white-collar investigations and alternative dispute resolution methods. Since publication, the firm has further strengthened the practice with the hire of Ricardo Cacho - a former director general of procedural control at the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) - as counsel, effective March 2024.

Practice head(s):

Diego Sierra


They were among the first to establish a compliance practice in Mexico and are among the best at it. Several U.S. companies use this firm to assist with internal investigations related to Mexico, as well as other aspects of Mexican law. Diego Sierra’s leadership and unmatched 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.

Responsive, dedicated, 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.

Diego Sierra is very responsive; Raymundo Soberanis is a very good lawyer.

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

Diego Sierra is an outstanding lawyer. Very respected among our colleagues and highly regarded by clients.

The team is accustomed to working with foreign clients and companies, particularly those based in the United States. Excellent level of service.

Excellent knowledge of anti-corruption issues; benchmark on competition and arbitration issues.

Key clients

Woodside Energy (previously known as BHP Billiton)

Grupo Modelo


Televisa Univision

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing day-to-day guidance to Woodside Energy on its Mexican operations to ensure compliance with anticorruption regulations.
  • Advised Cervecería Modelo on AML matters.
  • Assisted Covestro with the optimisation of its crime prevention programme by detecting and identifying potential risks.

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

The ‘experienced’ team at Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. focuses its efforts on providing counsel regarding anticorruption and investigations, designing and implementing corporate compliance programmes, and preventing criminal corporate liability for clients. It is regularly instructed by multinationals from a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, energy, automotive and IT. Practice head Leonel Pereznieto is highly experienced at conducting compliance investigations, and is recognised for his ‘technical skill and good communication with clients’. ‘Experienced and skilled’ senior associate Santiago Acosta provides clients with preventative compliance counsel and assists on investigations; associate Ana Olivares, in turn, assists with the design of corporate compliance programmes. Following the September 2022 departure of counsel Eduardo Apáez, the practice was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Iván Saavedra in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Leonel Pereznieto


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 is a technically gifted partner with very good communication skills with clients.

Leonel Pereznieto is our go-to person at Creel. He is very practical and always involved on the main issues.

Very responsive and solution orientated; full-service approach. They understand the demands of multinational clients, have a keen understanding of the Mexican environment and are responsive, practical and user-friendly.

It is always a pleasure working with Leonel Pereznieto. 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.

The Creel 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 on your side 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.

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.

Key clients

Landec Corporation


Constellations Brands


Daiwa House Industry

Nucor Corporation


Black Creek Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Landec with a compliance issue reported to US regulators at its Yucatan Foods production facility.
  • Advised Hitachi Astemo on testing and inspections and the implementation of a special reporting system.
  • Advised Nabiax on its compliance obligations in Mexico and Latin America and optimised its internal compliance programme.

Galicia Abogados S.C.

Galicia Abogados S.C. offers clients ‘clear, timely and precise’ guidance on both day-to-day compliance matters (such as the design of corporate compliance policies), and transactional compliance services. As part of the firm’s regulatory practice group, the team cooperates closely with other partners whose expertise spans an array of sectors, namely banking, telecoms, pharmaceutical and transportation. The practice is headed up by an experienced trio: Carlos Chávez specialises in advising railroad, energy, and telecoms corporations on compliance matters; Christian Lippert has a background in M&A and compliance investigations; and Juan Carlos Burgos handles the design and implementation of internal compliance policies for local and multinational corporations. Counsel Gerardo Rodríguez focuses on competition and antitrust matters; while associate Marianela Romero supports on the design of internal compliance and training programmes. Associate Maite Celorio M is another name to note in the competition compliance space.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Chávez; Christian Lippert H.; Juan Carlos Burgos


Clear, timely and precise advice.

High-quality lawyers that respond to the needs of the client.

The knowledge of compliance and data privacy held by Galicia Abogados’ team is excellent, extensive and they are always constantly updated in order to provide their clients with the best opinions on any given matter.

Customer service is personalised and they are committed to understanding their clients’ business so as to provide tailored solutions.

Good knowledge oF the subject. With general support in all areas of compliance.

Availability and adaptation to the client’s times and support in this regard. Carlos Marianela is a name to note.

Precise advice on a topic that does not yet have such profound development in Mexico unlike elsewhere the world.The quality of the lawyers is worth highlighting; they are very clear and provide timely advice. They “read” the client’s needs very well.

Key clients


BestDay Travel Group

Grupo Mexico (Ferromex-Ferrosur)

Work highlights

  • Advised Univision on the transaction agreement by which Televisa’s content and media assets were combined with those of Univision.
  • Assisted Grupo México with an investigation carried out by the Mexican Economic Competition Commission regarding rail freight transportation of chemical products in the south of Veracruz state.
  • Acted as compliance advisors to EGI Intermediate regarding its acquisition of Econolite Group.

OCA Law Firm

OCA Law Firm is a specialist seven-strong boutique that cover the gamut of compliance matters including tax compliance, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, genera compliance and training, transnational and internal investigations, consumer and criminal litigation, corporate governance and whistleblowing. A renowned figure in the compliance arena, Luis F Ortiz (who is also known for his solid tax expertise), spearheads the team which also includes four experienced and sector-specialised off counsel. On the white-collar front, the practice maintains a partnership with APM Abogados (which opened its doors back in 2018), a criminal defence boutique led by Arturo Palafox. Both firms have been jointly retained to perform risk assessments focused on financial matters and potential tax fraud allegations.

Work highlights

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C.'s compliance practice is lauded by clients for the ‘exceptional quality’ of its counsel on regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering matters. In addition, it offers litigation and guidance on investigations to an array of major local and international financial institutions, routinely advising on complex cross-border matters. Longstanding clients include Morgan Stanley and domestic FMCG giant, Oxxo. María Teresa Fernández Labardini co-heads the practice and is an authority on regulatory, anti-corruption, fintech and corporate matters; she demonstrates ‘experience, skill and attention to detail’. Co-leading the team alongside her are: Juan Antonio Martín, who provides specialist fintech and payment systems' experience; and Enrique Espejel, who specialises in white-collar investigations and litigation. The expertise of Andrés Mosqueira and Carlos Mainero lies in financial regulatory guidance. Rebeca García López focuses on the financial sector, and was promoted to local partner in January 2023. The practice has also demonstrates strong growth, with the recent hires of ‘team player’ and partner, Eduardo Flores Herrera; and of counsel Eduardo Apáez - in July and September 2022, respectively - from Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C..


The team is a benchmark for the sector; its knowledge, monitoring of projects and final deliveries are always of exceptional quality.

Eduardo Flores and Eduardo Apáez listen to the needs of the client, contributing their extensive knowledge of the Mexican financial sector to find the best solutions for projects.

Deep technical knowledge and experience in understanding issues with an unparalleled holistic approach.

Experience, skill and attention to detail. María Teresa Fernandez Labardini and Narciso Campos have shown talent and complementary and very well coordinated abilities.

Knowledge, willingness, openness, understanding and curiosity about the topics addressed at all times.

Juan Antonio Martín has a solid capacity for financial analysis and an exceptional understanding of the risks faced by businesses. He is able to anticipate the client’s needs and has an excellent network.

Carlos Mainero is very knowledgeable, always available to help and provides excellent input and support. Andrés Mosqueira has a great knowledge of the regulations.

Key clients




Morgan Stanley

Meta Platforms

Sura Asset Management Mexico



Vanguard Group

CI Banco







Work highlights

  • Advised Citigroup on the potential sale of its consumer, small and middle-market banking businesses in Mexico.
  • Advised Visa on regulatory compliance issues in connection with payment services, outsourcing and other activities carried out by its Mexico-based operations.
  • Advised PayPal on its regulatory, AML and compliance matters regarding its operations in Mexico.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.’s practice advises on compliance and anticorruption strategies, as well as conducting internal investigations and training on behalf of local and multinational companies from a range of industries - including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, logistics and transportation. Four partners co-lead the practice: Gilberto Valle is an experienced litigator with additional experience in anticorruption audits; Francisco Tiburcio is a specialist in white-collar crime matters; and Alejandro Catalá and José Massas complete the senior team. Associate Erick Gustavo Soto Ceballos supports from the Querétaro office and is active on investigations and litigation. Counsel Rodolfo Barreda and partner Jorge Medina left the practice in November and December 2022 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Tiburcio; Alejandro Catalá; José Massas; Gilberto Valle


The partners and associates display deep technical knowledge, which allows them to solve highly complex and specialized issues. They are distinguished by their excellent customer service and availability to address issues and follow up on them.

Francisco Tiburcio has outstanding knowledge in his area of practice; his ability to solve problems makes him a benchmark figure at the national level. His vision sets him apart from other lawyers from firms of a similar calibre.

Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados

The team at Chávez Vargas Minutti Abogados offers clients guidance on legal and regulatory compliance, process mapping, risk management and antibribery training. Highlighted as being ‘adaptable’ and ‘client-focused’, it is particular strong at advising institutional investors in Mexico (such as AFORES), many of whom look to the firm for compliance counsel. Recent work highlights include acting as independent compliance officer for public and private trusts such as AYLLUPI, LOCK3PI and OAKPI; and advising 414 Capital on ethics and transparency best practices. The practice is led by partners Jose Antonio Chavez Vargas and Brian Minutti Aguirre, boh of whom are experienced in financial transactions. Associate Vanessa Cruz serves as an independent compliance officer in public and private trusts and brings additional expertise regarding public securities' offerings to the table.

Practice head(s):

José Antonio Chávez; Brian Minutti


Knowledge of our industry and its key players.

Excellent ethics and clarity; client-focused.

Empathy, legal knowledge, customer service, adaptability.

Quality customer service across all levels of the organisation.

Key clients










FCI Administradora

Consultora 414 / 414 Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted as Independent Compliance Officer for Retirement Savings Systems (Sistemas de Ahorro para el Retiro), having been appointed to this role by twelve public and private trusts.
  • Advised 414 Capital on ethics and transparency best practice, as well as acting as independent Chief Compliance Officer for the company.
  • Assisted FCI Administradora with a review of internal integrity policies and ethics codes.

González Calvillo

The practice group at Gonzalez Calvillo handles all aspects of labour compliance, AML and antibribery matters, offering support with baseline analysis, prevention and corrective strategies, national and international investigations, and litigation. Its diverse client base operates in the comms, energy, transportation, tech and hospitality sectors. Two partners co-lead the team: Luis Mancera De Arrigunaga, who specialises in anticorruption, AML and tax-compliance; and Luis Enrique Cervantes Estevez, who leads on investigations. Juan Carlos Peraza, who is experienced at implementing compliance programmes provides further partner level input. However, at associate level, Victor Nakakawa Trejo left the firm in May 2023, as did former senior María Paula Boustani who moved in house the following month. In a major development, Since publication, Peraza has also left the firm (February 2024); and, in a major development, the firm has announced an agreement to merge into Spain's Pérez-Llorca, effective as of April 2024.


Prompt responses and regular follow-ups with client.

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

The practice at Greenberg Traurig, S.C. handles anticorruption, AML, regulatory and antifraud-related matters, and assists companies from varied backgrounds such as aviation, oil and gas, food and drink, manufacturing, pharma and telecommunications. The firm’s global presence in the United States, Europe and Asia affords it a large professional network and international expertise. Practice co-head Victor Manuel Frías advises on corporate governance and internal investigations; alongside him, Pedro Reséndez carries out internal investigations and directs the design and implementation of compliance programmes. Associate Hector D. Sanchez Fernandez specialises in regulatory and compliance matters relating to energy, consumer protection, gaming and advertising. Since publication, Hector D Sanchez Fernandez left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Victor Manuel Frías; Pedro Reséndez


An outstanding group of lawyers with expertise in different areas, which allows for a multidisciplinary approach to the issues presented to them. The strength of its members allows for effective preventative work and appropriate solutions for its clients.

Excellent relationship with INAI and the Mexican Cybercrime authority.

Business acumen and extremely straight forward approach to issues, sharp responses on a minimal timeframe and practical legal advice.

Key clients


Hogan Lovells

Acting for clients from a range of sectors - including manufacturing, construction, healthcare and energy - the compliance practice at Hogan Lovells advises on corporate compliance policies (and ensuring their alignment with Mexico’s National Anticorruption System regulations), conducts internal investigations, and provides compliance-regulations training sessions. Key contacts include Carlos Miranda, who undertakes anti-corruption compliance due diligence and is experienced in corporate, M&A, insurance, infrastructure and energy law; and corporate and finance expert Juan Francisco Torres Landa, who has advised national and multinational companies on matters of compliance, white-collar crime and investigations. Veteran disputes and anti-corruption practitioner Luis Enrique Graham and corporate law-focused Federico de Noriega Olea provide additional depth to the bench’s skillset.

Practice head(s):

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


Immediate attention and deep knowledge of the industry.

Sound research methodology, knowledge and mastery of the issues.

LEC, Litigio Estratégico y Compliance, S.C.

The ‘uniquely client-focused team’ at dynamic boutique LEC, Litigio Estratégico y Compliance, S.C. is a strong choice for compliance matters. It sets itself apart for its ‘experience, dedication, skill and objectivity’ in handling forensic investigations and providing counsel on anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption and data protection; and as a result, is routinely instructed by multinationals - particularly from the energy, real estate, luxury goods and finance sectors. Founding partner Daniela Ortega Sosa has extensive experience in finance and the management of regulatory risks; Luis Dantón Martínez Corres specialises in anticorruption and investigations, and advises on litigation strategies; José Antonio Coto García advises financial institutions, fintechs and corporations on anti-bribery and corruption, and obtained a new AML certificate issued by the Financial Intelligence Unit in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Luis Dantón Martínez Corres; Daniela Ortega Sosa; José Antonio García


It is a uniquely client-focused team; they demonstrate real empathy and commitment to the needs of their customers.

They are distinguished by their experience, commitment, ability and objectivity.

Available, experienced, open, analytical, proactive.

Key clients

Microsoft Mexico

Christian Dior Couture and Christian Dior

Saavi Energía

Fondo de Capitalización e Inversión del Sector Rural (FOCIR)

BayWa r.e. Desarrollos Solares

Asociación Mexicana de Capital Privado (Amexcap)

Consejo Mexicano de Finanzas Sustentables (CMFS)

Marine Finance



Work highlights

  • Advised Christian Dior Couture on its AML compliance program, including improvements to its KYC internal controls and training to its staff.
  • Advised Saavi Energía on the strengthening of its compliance programme following a $2.2bn investment made by Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advised BayWa r.e. on compliance and anticorruption matters related to the donation of solar panels for social purposes.

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.

The team at Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.stands out from the competition’ for its ‘deep knowledge’ of compliance issues and regulations. Its practice covers two branches – the design and implementation of corporate compliance programmes, and defence and litigation on behalf of corporations and directors. Gabriel Calvillo - a former head of the environmental crimes unit of the Attorney General’s Office - steers the practice, and is experienced in litigation and compliance risk analysis. Associate Adriana Morales Figueroa counsels local and international companies on the application of AML regulations. Partner Pilar Mata retired in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Calvillo; Claudio Jimenez


Their key strength is their profound knowledge of compliance matters.

The compliance practice has have extensive technical knowledge in environmental matters.

The team is made up of top-quality lawyers; the attention and dedication of Patricio Trad is outstanding.

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

Gabriel Calvillo is attentive and willing.

Key clients

Create Purpose

Work highlights

  • Advised the non-profit Create Purpose on its AML obligations in Mexico.

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC

The expertise of the practice group at Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC encompasses compliance due diligence, AML, anticorruption and data protection work. Clients include tech, FMCG and automotive giants, Microsoft, Unilever and Toyota. Alejandro Mendiola Díaz co-leads the group and specialises in antitrust and anticorruption matters, in addition to compliance programs and investigations; alongside him, Luciano Pérez Gómez majors in AML and data protection work. Working between the firm’s Mexico City and London offices, experienced insurance partner Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly also assists on compliance matters; while associate Enrique Salcedo provides valued support on regulatory and privacy-related matters. Associates Juan Pablo Sainz and Cecilia Serrano Hernández departed in April and May 2022, respectively.

Key clients


Capítulo Cero México

Grupo BAL



InComm Payments


Reinsurance Group of America




Work highlights

  • Assisted Microsoft Corporation with the acquisition of the US entity Xandr (the advertising and analytics division of AT&T).
  • Advised Grupo BAL on its proposal to the National Banking and Securities Commission to allow shareholders’ meetings and board of directors’ meetings to be held remotely.
  • Assisted Capítulo Cero México with the establishment of the local chapter of the Climate Governance Initiative (CGI) of the World Economic Forum in Mexico, with the aim of transitioning to a net zero economy by 2050.

Sánchez Devanny

The practice group at Sánchez Devanny advises corporate clients on internal investigations and regulatory audits, undertakes compliance risk assessments, and offers counsel on local and international anti-money laundering regulations. Despite the departure of former Monterrey-based department lead Humberto Morales-Barron in April 2023, the practice continues to count on the capabilities of two practice heads based in Querétaro: Daniel Maldonado-Alcantara, who has extensive experience in complex automotive and retail sector compliance investigations, and José Alberto Campos Vargas, who regularly advises clients from the healthcare, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage sectors on import-export operations. Senior associates Oscar Quiroz and Alberto Lascurain also left the group in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Maldonado-Alcantara; José Alberto Campos-Vargas


Reliable office with excellent value for money – willing to offer competitive fee proposals.

Always available and accessible to the client.

It is a firm with a range of experience in different matters that is always looking for ways to improve its relationship with clients and modernize its practices.

Well-prepared lawyers who achieve the desired results.

Consistently delivers quality work.

Key clients

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

British American Tobacco


Mitsubishi Motors

Olin Industries

Work highlights

  • Assisted a major pharmaceutical manufacturer with the compliance implications of selling its products to Mexican governmental agencies.
  • Assisted a major global tobacco company with the implementation of internal compliance procedures.
  • Advised a US ammunition manufacturer on Mexican import and marketing regulations as well as traceability and KYC issues.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

The compliance group at Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. is focused primarily  on data privacy matters, AML and fraud prevention. It also stands out for its aptitude at handling investigations, with particular strength advising clients involved in pharmaceuticals and life sciences. The firm has a strong domestic network with a presence in CDMX, Ciudad Juárez, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Tijuana, and the compliance team counts a number of lawyers dual-qualified in Mexico and the US among its ranks. Reynaldo Vizcarra-Mendez coordinates the group, along with Jonathan Adams, who focuses on internal investigations and white-collar crime. Senior associate Claudia Aguilar joined in September 2022; partners Deyanira Flores-Rodriguez  and Héctor Díaz left the firm in October and November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Reynaldo Vizcarra-Mendez; Jonathan Adams

Key clients

Boston Scientific

Brambles (CHEP)

Marmon Group

Constellation Brands

Dole Asia

Emerson Electric

Fortune Brands

Hamilton Beach Brands



Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR)

Merck & Co.

Johnson Matthey

Lockheed Martin

SC Johnson

Sony Pictures Entertainment





Work highlights

  • Assisted Dollar General with the design of a third-party screening program for its arrival in Mexico.
  • Led an internal fraud investigation at Hamilton Beach Brands Company Holding and its Mexican subsidiaries.

Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa

The compliance department at Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa, highlighted for ‘fostering a relationship of trust’ with the client, assists in developing and optimizing corporate compliance programmes, with a special focus on AML regulations. Its operations are characterised by a two-stage process: the practice first conducts due diligence to ensure compliance with AML regulations, and then enacts policy changes as needed. Four partners co-head the team: César de la Parra focuses on administrative litigation; Daniel de la Parra supports clients with guidance on audits; Diego Marván (promoted to partner in January 2023), specialises in administrative litigation and AML compliance; and Jorge Luis Díaz, at the Monterrey office, who completes the leadership team. Alfredo Soto and Carlos Hutchinson assist at associate level.

Practice head(s):

César de la Parra; Daniel de la Parra; Diego Marván; Jorge Luis Díaz


‘They are always up to date on current affairs and available to discuss any issues, creating a relationship of trust.’

‘Availability and openness to seek alternatives.’

‘We appreciate the team’s rapid response time and the quality of the services they provide.’

‘Diego Marván stands out for the depth of his analysis, his broad experience and his quick response time.’

Work highlights