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Hogan Lovells BSTL’s ‘client- and business-oriented’ disputes team is praised for its ‘great service’ and its ‘experience in several fields’, including domestic litigation and international arbitration. The firm, whose clients benefit from a strong network of international offices, boasts some excellent practitioners in Mexico: Omar Guerrero is strong in both litigation and arbitration, as is the recently promoted Jorge Valdés King; and, on the arbitration front, Eduardo Siqueiros and Luis Enrique Graham have enviable reputations. It also has several up-and-coming lawyers in its ranks, including Luis Ernesto Peón Barriga, who is noted for his commercial litigation and contentious insurance expertise. The firm has recently been involved in significant disputes in the agricultural, maritime, insurance, and construction industries.

Highlighted for its ‘top-level knowledge and professionalism’, ‘extraordinary’ litigation boutique Malpica, Iturbe, Buj y Paredes, S.C.has the interests of the client very much in mind’ and is ‘an outstanding firm in all aspects’; it houses some of the country’s leading litigators and is a popular referral choice for domestic and international law firms. Among the name partners, Carlos Malpica is ‘a superb strategist’; antitrust litigation expert Rodrigo Buj has ‘an extraordinary grasp of the law’; and Juan Jose Iturbe López and Horacio Paredes deliver ‘very high levels of service’. Rolando Zárate Guzmán is ‘a well-rounded litigation attorney who also understands the substance of controversies’. Recent highlights include representing David Arelle, an inventor and developer of solar panels in Northern Mexico, in an ICC arbitration and subsequent litigation concerning the enforcement of a purchase agreement with Solar City and Tesla. The firm also successfully advised Grupo Televisa in litigation against the Federal Telecommunications Institute to overturn a claim of horizontal monopolistic practices. Moreover, the strength-in-depth of the team was further increased with the October 2018 hire of Fernando de Ovando; formerly at Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados, he focuses on civil, commercial and constitutional matters and also has experience in arbitration and other ADR processes.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is an excellent choice for both international arbitration and domestic litigation, across administrative and civil disputes. It has developed a particularly strong track record in arbitration disputes against the Mexican government, and governmental agencies and companies such as Pemex. It recently represented Anheuser-Busch in a $1bn investor-state dispute against the Republic of Mexico regarding a tax imposed by the state of Zacatecas. It also successfully represented Mexican company ICA (Ingenieros Civiles Asociados) in a $500m ICC arbitration with APMT over the alleged wrongful termination of a port terminal construction contract. On the litigation side, the firm has been defending Syngenta Agro against a major class action concerning the farming of modified maize. The firm hosts a selection of first-class disputes lawyers, including Claus Von Wobeser for international arbitration, and the versatile Marco Tulio Venegas, who is equally adept at litigation and arbitration. Well-regarded younger partners include litigator Adrián Magallanes and Diego Sierra, who is active in anti-corruption cases.

Javier Navarro-Velasco leads the highly regarded disputes team at Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C., which features several seasoned litigators and arbitration experts. On the litigation side, the firm represented ATCO in a bond-related dispute concerning the default of contractor obligations under an EPC contract. The firm also has experience in criminal and fraud disputes, and recently represented JCDecaux concerning the execution of a stock purchase agreement allegedly not honoured by the defendant. Among the partners, Alfonso Cortez-Fernandez is noted for his expertise in administrative litigation and arbitration, while David Márquez-Lechuga regularly handles civil and administrative litigation. The firm will miss international arbitration expert Salvador Fonseca-Gonzalez, who left for Holland & Knight.

Dispute resolution is a core area for Martínez, Algaba, de Haro, Curiel y Galván-Duque, S.C., which has a long and distinguished track record in civil and administrative litigation and international arbitration. It has been involved in several significant insolvency disputes lately, as well as more general commercial and banking litigation. Name partners Jorge De Haro and Javier Curiel are eminent disputes lawyers.

Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS) has a strong disputes practice capable of handling the full range of civil, administrative and commercial disputes across a wide range of sectors. Among the partners, Esteban C Gorches enjoys a good reputation among peers, and Jean Yves Peñalosa, Gabriel Barrera Vallcaneras and Luis Enrique Donnadieu Macías also have extensive experience in this area. The firm has recently been involved in several significant public procurement disputes in the pharmaceutical sector, and also acted in a major amparo action concerning the possible publication of a taxpayer’s personal data. Alongside its expertise in broader commercial disputes, the firm is very well known for IP litigation.

Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados is a dispute resolution boutique of longstanding repute. A leading light in many areas of domestic litigation, including commercial, civil, constitutional and insolvency disputes, it also has solid expertise in domestic and international arbitration. Name partners Xavier Cortina and Javier Quijano Baz are among the most experienced and best-known litigators in the market.

Santamarina y Steta has a ‘very active’ disputes practice, with a strong track record representing major multinationals in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration. Blue-chip companies such as John Deere, Siemens, GM, Holcim and Abengoa are past clients, and the firm is currently representing Tesla in its Solar City related dispute concerning the enforcement of a purchase agreement. The firm is particularly strong in insolvency litigation and has a solid track record in the enforcement of arbitral awards. Fernando del Castillo and Carlos Olvera are highly respected.

White & Case S.C. provides ‘a first-class service in both client service and legal knowledge’; ‘regardless of their busy agenda, the lawyers are always there when you need them.’ The firm’s partners have a well-balanced mix of experience in arbitration and litigation. The litigation side is jointly led by Ismael Reyes Retana, who is praised for his ‘extensive knowledge and attention to detail’, and Enrique Espejel, ‘an excellent lawyer who knows the legal system perfectly’. Arbitration practice head Rafael Llano meanwhile is ‘the perfect mix of a New York lawyer and a Latin American counsel – he understands the needs of Latin American clients while being able to provide synergies with his experience as a civil and common law trained lawyer’. The firm also stands out for some of the younger lawyers coming through the ranks; these include recently promoted partner Daniel González, who ‘not only delivers high-quality work, but is always looking for better solutions’. Alejandro Martinez de Hoz is ‘an excellent, high-profile associate’. The firm has been particularly active on the telecoms front, recently representing Altán Consortium in a dispute arising from a challenge to its successful public tender bid to develop and deploy the Red Compartida wholesale telecoms services network.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C. is particularly well known for its expertise in international arbitration and investment treaty disputes. The ‘well-trained’ Mexican team is distinguished by its ‘ability to work internationally, bringing together different offices and capacities to serve a client anywhere in the world’. The team is jointly led by Eloy Barbará de Parres and the ‘extraordinary’ Gabriela Alvarez-Avila, who is singled out for her arbitration experience. Santiago Corcuera-Cabezut is highlighted for his ‘internationally recognised work in human rights’, and the US-trained Kate Brown de Vejar is well respected for her expertise in investment treaty disputes. Recent highlights for the team include its involvement in representing the Republic of Venezuela in its respective ICSID disputes with Mobil, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Venoklim Holding and ConocoPhillips.

Guerra González y Asociados, S.C. is ‘very good in bankruptcy matters’ but enjoys an equally strong reputation in general commercial disputes, including shareholder litigation. A mark of the practice’s standing is the fact that it is regularly referred work by firms without Mexican litigation capabilities, and it fields a selection of excellent practitioners, most notably founding partner Jaime Guerra González. Other key partners are Jesus Guerra Méndez, Patricio Hidalgo Estrada and Elias Mendoza.

Jones Day has a strong, nine-lawyer team that works closely with disputes specialists throughout the firm’s global network of offices, handling an impressive mix of domestic litigation and international arbitration. It recently represented Minera Mexico in a $100m insurance claim concerning damages suffered due to a three-year strike at Grupo México’s largest mine. The firm is also defending Remy Components in a claim filed by a former vendor after the termination of a contract following claims that the vendor had been acting fraudulently; and has been representing Roku in a constitutional appeal against an injunction obtained by Izzi Telecom prohibiting the sale and distribution of Roku products. Joint practice heads Antonio González and José Antonio Vázquez both come highly recommended by clients.

Extremely well respected for its expertise in antitrust and insolvency disputes, López Melih y Estrada S.C. is also active in other areas of civil and administrative litigation. It often acts on the debtor side in bankruptcy litigation, and also has a strong track record in shareholder claims. It is currently representing a major sovereign fund in a significant dispute in the energy sector. Alfonso Martin López Melih, Juan Pablo Estrada Michel and Pablo Cervantes Trejo have all built up very good reputations.

Solcargo provides ‘the highest level of service’ and is praised for its ‘excellent strategic decision-making, response times and availability’. Practice co-heads Fernando Pérez Correa and José Covarrubias ‘always give good and realistic advice’, and are ‘true partners of the client’s business’. The firm’s expertise covers financial services, real estate, aviation and complex corporate disputes, and it also has a very strong track record in international arbitration and investment treaty claims. It has recently represented Japan Tobacco International in a series of disputes against a former distributor, including the enforcement of a multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration award. The firm also achieved a favourable result for the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes in an ad hoc arbitration brought by the operator of an international bridge. Other clients include Hyundai, G500 Group, and the Comisión Federal de Electricidad.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has a broad practice covering commercial, civil, and administrative litigation, as well as alternative forms of dispute resolution. The firm is particularly experienced in white-collar crime cases; Francisco Tiburcio and Alejandro Catala Guerrero have excellent track records in this area, as has Gilberto Valle in Queretaro, and this side of the practice has represented numerous international clients over the years, including Adidas, BP, Coca-Cola, Halliburton, and Reckitt Benckiser. Queretaro-based partner Guillermo Aldana is also active in civil and commercial litigation.

The disputes team at González Calvillo, SC is ‘excellent in terms of response time, quality of advice, creativity, and knowledge’. The ‘excellentEdgar Grajeda heads the team, which now has two partners following the promotion of Luis Mancera, who is praised for his ‘availability and attention to the issues’. The firm handles the full range of disputes, and is noted for its expertise in shareholder, banking and restructuring litigation and the defence of class actions. Recent highlights include representing Megacable in a MXN$400m claim against Telmex concerning disputed interconnection charges.

Dispute resolution boutique Hegewisch Abogados, SC has an impressive history, and is well known for its expertise in commercial, civil and administrative litigation. It is particularly strong in finance and insolvency-related disputes. Fernando Hegewisch Diaz Infante leads the team.

Disputes boutique Loperena Lerch y Martin Del Campo enjoys a superb reputation. The firm is particularly well regarded for international arbitration but is also strong on the litigation front. Carlos Loperena is well known as a standout counsel and arbitrator.

Martens Abogados, S.C. is an up-and-coming boutique with a strong focus on commercial and administrative litigation, regularly attracting instructions from major clients such as Renaissance Oil, PepsiCo, Mattel, Grupo Idesa, and Gamesa Energia. Name partner Federico Martens Alva is ‘a very good lawyer’ with a strong track record in administrative disputes, while Luis Gerardo González Meyer is active on the commercial disputes front. The firm has recently been involved in several significant disputes in the energy sector.

Wöss & Partners has established itself as an excellent choice for energy, trade and infrastructure-related arbitrations. The firm, which also has representative offices in Washington, D.C. and Lima, was founded by Herfried Wöss and Adriana San Román, both of whom have extremely strong reputations for international arbitration, as counsel, arbitrators and experts. The firm has recently handled significant matters for clients including ThyssenKrupp, Techint and I-New.

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