Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Monterrey-based Alfonso Cortez heads the practice at Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C., which represents a number of high-profile local and international players across a broad range of industries, such as Shell, Vestas Wind Systems, Gazprom, British American Tobacco and Tesco Corporation.
García Barragán Abogados' experience encompasses acting as arbitrators in domestic and international disputes, as well as represeting parties in arbitration proceedings conducted under a variety of institutional rules; Daniel García-Barragán is the main contact.

Dispute resolution: arbitration in Mexico

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is a force to be reckoned with in dispute resolution in general in Mexico, and is widely recognised for its superb international arbitration practice. The 20-strong local practice group is deeply intertwined with the activity of teams in the New York, Miami, Houston and Madrid offices, which brings additional capabilities to handle high-profile arbitrations in a braod range of industries, with a particular focus -recently- in the energy and automotive sectors. Omar Guerrero, an impressive lawyer who excels whether practicing civil or commercial litigation, arbitration or antitrust, has a highly active arbitral practice, both as party counsel and as arbitrator. He co-heads the team together with seasoned specialist Luis Enrique Graham, a past president of both the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (Alarb) and the Instituto Mexicano del Arbitraje (IMA), who has been involved as party counsel and as arbitrator in both national and international disputes for approaching 40 years. Further expertise is provided by Jorge Valdés King, who specialises in arbitration, litigation and bankruptcy; Luis Ernesto Peón, a skilled litigator with a focus on the financial sector; and Juan Arturo Dueñas, who was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and who is regularly involved in cross border arbitration and cases concerning contractual disputes, and moral and material damages - primarily in the energy, automotive, insurance, and constructions sectors. All those mentioned are based in Mexico City.

Practice head(s):

Omar Guerrero; Luis Enrique Graham

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is undoubtedly one of the most respected names in the disputes domain, both in Mexico and Latin America, primarily for its ‘leading international arbitration practice’, which combines an excellent mix of experience and youth. Claus Von Wobeser, a market authority with over 40 years' experience and who is recognised as ‘one of the best and most appointed arbitrators in the world’, heads the team together with Adrián Magallanes, an ‘emerging star in the region’, who garners praise for his dexterity ‘in international arbitration cases and complex construction and energy sector disputes’. Von Wobeser is the current president of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB) and also of the Mexican chapter of the ICC; while Magallanes, in addition to his work as an arbitrator, has an excellent track record in arbitrations, particularly in the commercial, construction, infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, and investor-state sectors. The practice was further reinforced in January 2022 with two partner promotions: Pablo Fautsch, who is part of the automotive & manufacturing and pharmaceutical & life sciences industry groups; and Jessika Rocha, an integral member of the firm’s energy disputes practice group, who has experience in arbitrations against public sector counterparties, including Mexican state companies and organisations. The ‘very well prepared and intelligentMontserrat Manzano provides additional partner-level expertise and capacity; while Rodrigo Macín a ‘strong associate with a lot of legal knowledge’, is an additional name to note.

Practice head(s):

Claus von Wobeser; Adrián Magallanes

Testimonials

Market leader in Mexico and Latin America in complex disputes and international arbitration.’

Montserrat Manzano did a good job organizing and coordinating with Claus Von Wobeser during key times. Rodrigo Mancin is a strong associate with a lot of legal knowledge.’

Despite his young age, Adrián Magallanes is emerging as a star in the region, particularly in international arbitration cases and complex construction and energy sector disputes. Magallanes has an excellent command of the English language and is well versed in the rules and procedures of international arbitration. He has a brilliant reputation in the region and I have no doubt that, in a few years, he will be the benchmark for international arbitration in Mexico.’

Claus von Wobeser is an excellent leader, recognised as a reference in Latin America. Adrian Magallanes and Montserrat Manzano are outstanding partners, very well prepared and intelligent. They form a leading international arbitration practice team.’

An arbitration firm that is at the level of any firm in the world, but based in Mexico. Their standards of quality and diligence are those of any firm in the United States, Europe or Asia. In terms of diversity, it seems to me that of the last four partners they have appointed to the practice group, two of them have been women. I think this figure is relevant and speaks for itself.’

Claus Von Wobeser has distinguished himself as one of the best and most appointed arbitrators in the world, recognised for his brilliant and very extensive career.’

Adrian Magallanes is an extraordinarily talented lawyer and a great strategist, and has been noted for many successes as counsel in very large and complex arbitration cases.’

Probably the best arbitration team in Mexico. Without a doubt Claus and Adrián are two great arbitration leaders in Mexico and Latin America.’

Key clients

IENova

Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA)

Anheuser Busch InBev – Cervecería Modelo

GE Renewables

Mitsui

Dal-Tile

Saavi Energía

Invenergy

Siemens Energy

ContourGlobal

Vitol Marketing Mexico

Work highlights

  • Acted for IENova (as both claimant and respondent) in various arbitrations seated in Mexico City (both ICC and LCIA), against the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) deriving from a dispute valued at more than $842m.
  • Representing Dal-Tile Incorporated and Dal-Tale International in an investment arbitration against Mexico, as well as in local judicial proceedings pertaining to the enforcement of an arbitration agreement concerning a commercial dispute.
  • Representing ICA in an ICC arbitration case seated in New York, regarding a dispute in the port and maritime industry, involving cross claims between ICA and APMT.

Wöss & Partners

For some, specialist boutique Wöss & Partners‘ arbitration offering is simply ‘the best of the best’. The ‘technically impeccableHerfried Wöss, who is lauded for his ‘intellect and experience’, as well as for being able to see the ‘big picture’ and keeping ‘a steady hand on the tiller’, leads the practice with Adriana San Román, a highly-regarded ‘damages expert’. The team is frequently engaged in large construction, infrastructure, energy and damages-related arbitrations as party counsel, with individual members of the team also frequently sought after to act as president, panel member or sole arbitrator, or as damages experts or expert witnesses. Work highlights from 2021 include representing Engie/Tractebel de Monterrey as defendant in a $250m energy tariff arbitration where the practice achieved the reduction to null of the claims and the award of the counterclaim and the cost of arbitration. Since February 2022, the firm has established a collaboration agreement with Curitiba-based firm Braz Campos Advogados so as to mutually facilitate their international arbitration capabilities; Peru-qualified partner Christian Armando Carbajal, who formerly divided his time between Washington DC and Mexico, now divides his time between Sao Paolo y Curitiba as part of this association.

Practice head(s):

Herfried Wöss; Adriana San Román

Testimonials

‘Woss and partners has an extraordinary team led by Herfried Woss and Adriana San Roman. Their managing of complex and highly detailed cases is outstanding.’

‘Availability and facility to work. Attention to detail and exceptional case knowledge. Excellent handling of quantum and damage issues. Exceptional ability to communicate and argue the case in court.’

‘Herfried is exceptional in arguing a case in front of other arbitrators (probably his experience as an arbitrator facilitates his communication with his peers). Adriana has an exceptional quantum domain, rarely seen in offices.’

‘This firm is unique, not only because of its technical capacity, but also because the combination of its partners gives them an international reach in commercial and even investment arbitrations. They are world-renowned damages experts and their relatively small size ensures the personal involvement of partners in defending matters.’

‘Herfried Wöss is the best arbitration expert in Mexico. Either as an applicant or as an arbitrator. Technically impeccable and with an impeccable reputation and impartiality. Adriana San Román is the best damage expert I have ever had the opportunity to work with.’

‘The best of the best. Herfried Wöss and Adrian San Roman are superb. Lean teams of experts that are practical, a pleasure to work with and at the same time experts of the highest level.’

‘Adriana San Roman is astonishing. A damages expert, and former international lawyer, she is able to see issues from perspectives well beyond the view of most lawyers, and is able to put into perspective the legal vs. practical/pragmatic issues. Herfried Wöss has an intellect and experience that allows him to advise well beyond the issues on the page. He sees the big picture and always keeps a steady hand on the tiller.’

‘Herfried is undoubtedly one of the most experienced lawyers in international arbitration.’

Key clients

Engie

Techint

Arendal

Nivalion

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

With a practice that ‘mixes experience and youth’, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. continues to nurture its presence in the arbitration sphere, most recently hiring Elsa Ortega (arbitration and corporate/M&A) and Sofía Gómez Ruano (arbitration, mediation and data privacy) -the former founders of boutique firm Ortega & Gómez Ruano (OGR Law)- as partners in July 2022, thereby both extending its strategic contentious capabilities and strengthening the group’s leadership structure. Underpinned by the expertise of the firm’s corporate and transactional capabilities, the practice has particular expertise in both commercial and investor-State arbitration, dispute prevention (including negotiation and mediation) and crisis management, and acts across a broad array of sectors, including energy and natural resources, private equity, financial matters, real estate, hospitality, healthcare and manufacturing. The group is helmed by two highly-recognised and seasoned disputes’ practitioners: Bernardo Sepúlveda (a former ICJ vice-president), and Thomas Heather – both of whom are of counsel. Closely supporting them is a second line of accomplished counsels comprising Luis Jardón, who ‘knows mediation and arbitration like few other lawyers in Mexico’; Héctor Anaya Mondragón, who undertakes both commercial and investment arbitration in addition to his litigation activity; and Carlos Martínez Betanzos, a ‘promising future figure in the arbitration scene’, who focuses on domestic and international commercial arbitration, cross-border disputes and international law. 

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Sepúlveda; Thomas Heather

Testimonials

‘Carlos Martinez and Luis Jardón are great lawyers and very familiar with the intricacies of Mexican law. Both of them are fluent in English and familiar with investment and commercial arbitration.’

‘I know Carlos Martinez-Betanzos well. He is a very capable lawyer and a promising future figure in the arbitration scene in Mexico. I also know Luis Jardón.’

‘Young team specialized in controversies related to energy and construction.’

‘We highlight Luis Jardón for his extensive knowledge of arbitration matters.’

‘Luis Jardón is a tremendous lawyer. Always very attentive and helpful. Pays close attention to detail and very willing to help and serve.’

‘Luis Jardón knows mediation and arbitration like few other lawyers in Mexico. His experience is a great tool for any client who needs assistance in alternative dispute resolution.’

‘It is a solid team, which mixes experience and youth. I would highlight Héctor Anaya.’

‘I highlight Bernardo Sepúlveda, who has extensive experience in international litigation; Carlos Martínez Betanzos and Héctor Anaya, who together with Bernardo are experienced and knowledgeable lawyers, and have stood out in an important way in the field.’

Key clients

Legacy Vulcan (subsidiary of Vulcan Materials Company)

Live Nation Entertainment

Unión Fenosa Gas

Tethyan Copper Company vs Islamic Republic of Pakistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/1)

AFC Investment Solutions vs Republic of Colombia (ICSID Case No. ARB/20/16)

Attila Doğan Construction & Installation Co vs Sultanate of Oman (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/7)

Work highlights

  • Representing Legacy Vulcan in a $1.2bn investor-State arbitration under NAFTA’s Chapter 11 against Mexico.
  • Represented Live Nation Entertainment in a $440m ICC commercial arbitration related to the termination of a purchase and sale agreement for the acquisition of a Mexican entertainment company in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

DLA Piper Mexico

Clients appreciate the fact that DLA Piper Mexico ‘can offer local and international support in practically all areas of law’, and also praise its international arbitration practice, which boasts particular strength in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and -more recently- has seen an uptick in matters from both the pharma and tech sectors. The local group comprises ‘professionals with extensive global experience’ such as senior partner Gerardo Lozano Alarcón, ‘one of the best lawyers in Mexico in international arbitration’, who has a proven track record particularly as an ICC arbitrator, and before ICDR, UNICITRAL, ICC and LCIA tribunals. Kate Brown de Vejar, who ‘consistently demonstrates exceptional professionalism and outstanding knowledge’, serves as the firm’s global co-chair of international arbitration, and has experience representing corporations, sovereign states and state-owned entities in connection with international arbitrations. The practice was further strengthened in July 2021 with the arrival of investor-State arbitration specialist, and former senior counsel at ICSID, Gabriela Álvarez Ávila, who joined from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C.. Former general director of legal affairs at Mexico’s Regulatory Energy Commission, Marcelo Paramo has over 30 years’ experience and brings considerable expertise to contentious matters particularly as regards power generation and the oil-and-gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Kate Brown de Vejar; Gerardo Lozano Alarcón

Testimonials

‘One of the firm’s biggest differentiators is its global structure. There are few law firms in Mexico that can offer clients local and international support in practically all areas of law.’

‘Gerardo Lozano is without a doubt one of the best lawyers in Mexico in international arbitration. Kate Brown likewise consistently demonstrates exceptional professionalism and outstanding knowledge of the issues with which she is involved.’

‘The DLA Piper Arbitration team are professionals with extensive global experience. They are professional, formal and with great availability and understanding of the client’s needs.’

‘In particular, I have had experience working with Gabriela Álvarez Ávila and in addition to her expertise and professionalism, I know that she is someone who works hard for diversity and the professional development of women lawyers. For me, that strengthens my relationship and commitment to the firm.’

‘They have a good combination of commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. They are good lawyers, clear in their presentations and with ethical and professional prestige like the best.’

‘They are willing to negotiate reasonable fees when the matter demands it. They understand legal cultures from diverse places and with great capacity and professional and commercial knowledge.’

Key clients

Government of the Republic of Lithuania

Work highlights

  • Acting for GE and its subsidiaries on a range of high value disputes across Latin America.
  • Secured a victory for Alpargatas in a multi-jurisdictional dispute in LatAm.

Galicia Abogados S.C.

Outstanding full service firm Galicia Abogados S.C. has built a sizeable and well-established arbitration practice over the last few year, with practitioners experienced acting as both party counsel and arbitrators, and which is supported by the firm’s profound transactional and regulatory expertise, coupled with strategic capabilities in litigation and ESG. The department is well-versed in arbitrations related to contractual, shareholder, infrastructure, environmental, construction, pharmaceutical and energy disputes, while also boasting considerable experience in arbitration against Mexican government entities – primarily, state-owned enterprises from the energy sector. The practice houses a number of distinguished arbitral exponents in its ranks, first-and-foremost, Cecilia Azar, who is particularly dedicated to arbitration in the infrastructure, construction and energy sectors and is currently vice-president of the Mexican Arbitration Commission of the ICC; and Rodrigo Zamora, who garners praise among his peers for his work as both counsel and arbitrator. The firm hired Arantza Vargas as a senior associate from Del Castillo y Castro Abogados in March 2022; however, former senior Paola Aldrete subsequently left to establish her own boutique, Aldrete Arbitration, in July 2022. Nevertheless, Vargas joins a strong second line consisting of José Antonio Casas (who is equally active in arbitration and commercial litigation); and Ana Sofía Sapiña (complex commercial arbitration in the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors). Fellow former senior Adriana Lozano left in August 2022 to undertake her LLM at Harvard.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Zamora; Cecilia Azar

Bufete Asali

Specialised Mexico City-based dispute resolution boutique, Bufete Asali, houses a ‘well-integrated and talented team’, which represents clients in a wide array of arbitrations. The practice’s track record includes acting as counsel to the claimants in the Chicoasen II case, which arose from the failed construction of a hydroelectric project. The group is jointly-led by founding partners Luis Asali, who has experience in a variety of industries including construction, energy, finance / banking, telecommunications and entertainment; and Jorge Asali, whose expertise includes acting as expert witness in investment arbitrations. Senior associate Santiago Escobar is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Luis Asali Harfuch; Jorge Asali Harfuch

Testimonials

Luis Asali is very knowledgeable in legal matters. Jorge Asali, studious and dedicated.’

The commitment of the lawyers at Bufete Asali to the matters entrusted to them is complete and outstanding.’

Luis Asali and Santiago Escobar are true strategists in the field of their speciality, and they also have an additional value that a client always looks for in addition to professional ability: integrity and sincerity in the relationship.’

Luis and Jorge Asali are very adept at quickly identifying the core issues on which the claim is based, both legally and economically. At the same time, they are always available for any consultation and/or clarification during the process of preparing the documentation and the arbitration itself.

‘They have experience in arbitrations with favourable results for their clients. The quality of their briefs – with legal support – is of a high standard. Jorge Asali and Santiago Escobar stand out.’

They have a well-integrated, talented team that works with order and that translates into efficiency. I would say that the team at Bufete Asali is outstanding.’

‘It is not easy to find such cohesive teams of lawyers. Special note to Luis Asali and Santiago Escobar.’

Key clients

Omega Construcciones Industriales

Spica Telecom

Sukarne

Secretaría de Economía (Mexican Ministry of Economy)

BBVA México

Inetum España

Banco Santander

Representaciones Fernández

Terminales Portuarias del Pacífico

Sinohydro Costa Rica (a subsidiary of Power China)

Work highlights

  • Representing Omega Construcciones Industriales, Sinohydro Costa Rica, Desarrollo y Construcciones Urbanas and Caabsa Infraestructura in LCIA arbitration arising out of the failed construction of the Chicoasén II hydroelectric project in Southeast Mexico.
  • Representing the United Mexican States (Mexico) in an investment arbitration initiated by a group of American investors who claim that Mexico had breached the applicable standards of treatment under the NAFTA, in connection with state actions carried out over certain oil rigs.
  • Representing Banco Santander in two arbitration proceedings before the Mexican Arbitration Center (CAM), in connection with the breach of derivative financial instruments.

Pérez Correa González

Pérez Correa González shows prowess in a wide array of disputes, but is particularly well known for its expertise in energy-related arbitration, whether domestic or foreign, either as counsel or arbitrator. The practice is co-led by seasoned partner Fernando Pérez Correa, who has a strong record advising in investment and commercial arbitrations; and José Covarrubias a ‘very diligent and creative attorney with a very impressive understanding of the natural gas industry and arbitration proceedings’. Both of them also house solid skills in disputes involving judicial proceedings, especially those regarding the enforcement and annulment of arbitration awards and/or the obtaining of interim measures. Recent examples include advising Exportadora de Sal on a dispute regarding the enforcement of a $5m arbitration award. Ixchel Pedraza, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, and senior associate Marianna Loredo, are additional key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Pérez Correa; José Covarrubias

Testimonials

‘They have extensive knowledge of the substantive issues of natural gas pipeline disputes. In addition, they also have an impressive handling of the procedural issue in commercial arbitration.

‘We work mainly with José Covarrubias. He is a very diligent and creative attorney with a very impressive understanding of the natural gas industry and arbitration proceedings.

 

Key clients

Comisión Federal de Electricidad

Crowley Technical Management

Japan Tobacco International

Exportadora de Sal

Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes

Crowley Technical Management / Marine Management Services

G 500 Group

Abengoa

Work highlights

  • Obtained a favorable award for Crowley Technical Management in an arbitration conducted under the rules of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators; the team continues to represent the client in the judicial proceedings for the enforcement of the award in Mexico, and other related procedures.
  • Representing Exportadora de Sal in a proceedings seeking the annulment of an Arbitration Centre of Mexico award of over $5m, or the rejection of its enforcement.

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C.’s Mexico City team has been operating as part of the firms international arbitration practice for over two decades, and boasts a good reputation for its industry expertise in construction, oil and gas, mining, power and telecommunications. The team led by the ‘exceptionalRafael Llano continues to advise Telefónica in ICSID arbitration under the Spain-Colombia BIT, arising from a dispute in connection with the reversion of its assets in a telecoms concession; it is also representing  GEB and TRECSA in ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala. Francisco De Rosenzweig, who offers key support on energy-related matters; and Mariele Coulet Díaz, who was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and specialises in commercial and investment arbitration, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Llano

Testimonials

‘They are rigorous and become part of the company team.

‘Rafael Llano is exceptional. Mariele Coulet is a rigorous and committed associate.

Key clients

Telefónica

Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA)

Grupo Energía de Bogotá

Rutas de Lima

Red Eagle Mining

Work highlights

  • Counsel for Telefónica in an ICSID arbitration under the Spain-Colombia BIT, arising from a dispute in connection with the reversion of its assets in a telecoms concession.
  • Advising GEB and TRECSA on an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala.
  • Advising Rutas de Lima on a big-ticket dispute related to a toll road concession in Peru caught up in a legal battle over the implications of broader corruption investigations involving the previous controlling shareholder.

Cuatrecasas

The Mexican office of Spanish full-service player Cuatrecasas is increasingly recognised among market onlookers for its activity in the arbitration segment in Mexico thanks to a small, but sturdy international arbitration practice that is backed by the firm’s wider presence in the region. The group led by René Irra is especially active in arbitrations related to the energy and infrastructure sectors, representing both domestic and international clients. Senior associate Miguel Ángel Ortiz, whose arbitration experience has been nurtured by his previous positions as director general for contentious matters at the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), and at PEMEX, where he was head of legal for arbitral matters, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

René Irra de la Cruz

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C.

The Mexican office of international firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C., is hailed by clients as one of the ‘most relevant investor-State arbitration practices in the country’. Following the departure of department co-head Gabriela Álvarez Ávila, who joined DLA Piper Mexico  in July 2021, the group is solely led by Eloy Barbará De Parres, who is highly-experienced in oil, gas and power-related arbitration. Working alongside Bárbara in the Mexico City office is the recently promoted Ricardo Mier y Teran, who focuses on investor-state and international commercial arbitration, particularly regarding the energy and construction sectors. The practice is further supported by experts from the firm’s global network of offices, notably Claudia Frutos, managing partner in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Eloy Barbará de Parres

Testimonials

‘Curtis Mexico is without a doubt the team with the most relevant investor-State arbitration practice in the country. Although they lead the Latin American arbitrations of the firm, they also represent States in other regions of the world, which makes it the only one of its kind in Mexico. In addition, they have a consolidated contractual arbitration practice in matters of hydrocarbons, gas and electricity.’

‘Ricardo Mier y Terán is an extraordinary litigant. He has extensive experience representing Latin American States, as well as European and Middle Eastern ones, particularly in investor-State arbitrations in energy matters, which has allowed him to have a global vision of the market.’

‘It is a very prominent practice, especially in investment arbitration. Very good team with great diversity’

‘Claudia Frutos is, without a doubt, one of the best lawyers in Mexico in both commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. She has a dual practice that allows her to perform brilliantly in common law and civil law.’

Key clients

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Republic of Panama

Dominican Republic

Republic of Colombia

Argentine Republic

Work highlights

  • Representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in ICSID arbitration against ConocoPhillips; the companies’ original demand for damages was $30bn.
  • Representing the Republic of Panama in ICSID arbitration brought by two US companies under the US-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement in connection with the construction of a women’s rehabilitation center.
  • Representing the Dominican Republic against a claim by a Jamaican company concerning a dispute over a waste disposal facility. The hearing on jurisdiction, admissibility and merits took place in January 2022.

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight LLP ‘unique’ practice is primarily known for its experience in the telecommunications and energy sectors, demonstrating excellent cooperation between its arbitration team and the firm's experts in TMT and energy transactions. Carlos Véjar, who specialises in international trade, investment and commercial arbitration, heads the practice and brings his ample experience in a broad range of significant proceedings to the table. Key support comes from managing partner Luis Rubio, lawyer of choice for a number of industrial, mobile, and satellite operators in Mexico; and senior counsel Juan Pablo Moyano, who focuses on commercial arbitration and cross-border disputes, and garners praise from clients for ensuring ‘work of the highest quality’. Associates Josafat Paredes, ‘one of the most creative minds in the firm’, according to one client; and Laura Yvonne Zielinski, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Véjar

Testimonials

‘Holland & Knight’s practice is unique. They are very focused on matters of a substantive nature in the telecommunications, foreign trade and, of course, investment advisory practices. This involvement gives them a competitive advantage in that they have in-depth knowledge of the substantive matters that they eventually deal with at the litigation stage.’

‘Carlos Véjar has a very particular leadership ability, this being that he is able to adapt to the style of the people he works with, and not the other way around.

‘Juan Pablo Moyano has an unparalleled capacity for organization and meticulousness, which means that he is the one who usually ensures work of the highest quality in all categories.

‘Josafat Paredes is one of the most creative minds in the firm. His multi-disciplinary background allows him to consistently approach problems with unconventional, yet exceptionally creative and effective solutions.

Key clients

Eutelsat

Work highlights

  • Represented Eutelsat in ICSID investment arbitration against the Mexican government related to the satellite capacity lien (valued at $120m) imposed on Eutelsat’s satellite constellation.

Ritch, Mueller y Nicolau, S.C.

Rated ‘extraordinary’ by clients for its ‘great knowledge, professionalism and way of transmitting the arguments verbally and in writing’, Ritch, Mueller y Nicolau, S.C.'s arbitration practice is especially experienced in disputes related to the energy and infrastructure sectors, seamlessly blending with the firm’s other practice areas to strengthen its arbitration offering. Key contacts include Jorge Oria y Anaya, who has over 20 years’ experience in energy, infrastructure and power transactions, and focuses on arbitrations linked to those areas; and the ‘smart and hardworkingAdriana Padilla, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2022 and has subsequently been appointed head of the arbitration and mediation practice. With approaching 15 years' experience, Padilla also brings expertise regarding other fields -notably M&A, infrastructure, energy, ports, construction, retail and corporate- to the group; she is also well-versed in restructurings and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Padilla

Testimonials

‘What makes the practice of the firm unique is the inclusion of technological tools in the process and, without a doubt, the great customer service. It compares favorably and even above other firms.

‘The great knowledge, professionalism and way of transmitting the arguments verbally and in writing, is something extraordinary.

‘Adriana Padilla is smart and hardworking.

Cervantes Abogados

Specialised boutique firm Cervantes Abogados‘ appeal lies in its ‘extensive experience in dispute resolution’ and the fact that it ‘successfully combines litigation and international arbitration experience’. Key contacts include prominent litigator and founding partner Luis Cervantes, who garners praise for his ‘strategic vision’; Hildebrando García, who is ‘highly knowledgeable in arbitration and extremely committed to the client’; and the deeply experienced Alejandro Campillo T. Recent work highlights includes a relevant dispute between a European media enterprise and a Mexican investment group regarding the 50-50 stock ownership of a well known radio conglomerate in the country.

Practice head(s):

Luis Cervantes; Hildebrando García; Alejandro Campillo Talavera

Testimonials

Lawyers with extensive experience in dispute resolution. They have been able to translate and transfer this experience to the field of arbitration proceedings.’

The relevant partners are Luis Cervantes and Hildebrando García. The have the ability to understand the complexity of issues related to the internal organisation and regulation of corporate bodies.’

Cervantes successfully combines litigation and international arbitration experience. This combination allows them to put together a comprehensive arbitration strategy in favour of their clients.’

Luis Cervantes has unrivaled experience and expertise. His strategic vision is also characteristic of him. Hildebrando García is highly knowledgeable in arbitration and extremely committed to the client.’

Key clients

Kimberly Clark México

Rassini

Orbia

Work highlights

  • Representing Constructora Chufani in an ICC arbitration.
  • Representing Comerinter de Moda and Eighteen October 2001 in the homologation and execution of ICC Arbitral Award followed in Spain.

COMAD, S.C.

Roberto Hernandez Garcia, founding chair of the Construction Disputes Committee of ICC México, heads the practice at COMAD, S.C., which has a focus on construction law, public procurement and government contracting. His current arbitral caseload includes a pair of multimillion-dollar international arbitrations against New International Mexico City Airport -in the wake of the cancellation of the project- on behalf of Parsons International.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Hernández Garcia

Del Castillo y Castro Abogados

Operating both from Monterrey and Mexico City, the practice at Del Castillo y Castro Abogados has good experience handling local and international arbitrations before the ICC, CANACO and the ACM, which includes commercial, construction and insurance representations. Work highlights include representing Promotora Hospitalaria Tepic in a case derived from a construction agreement entered into by the client and a Mexican government entity. Seasoned litigator Fernando Del Castillo, who is also well-regarded for his active arbitration practice, heads the department together with Monterrey-based partner Camilo Vázquez. Associate Arantza Vargas left the firm in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fernando del Castillo; Camilo Vázquez López

Key clients

Acciona Ingeniería Industrial

Alpek Polyester

Banco Invex

Nordex Energy México

Tesla, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising Promotora Hospitalaria Tepic on a case related to a dispute arising from a construction agreement entered into by the client and a Mexican government entity.
  • Representing Nordex Energy México in an arbitration related to a dispute arising from certain EPC and O&M Agreements entered into by the client and Ventika II.
  • Co-counsel for Tesla in connection with an arbitration procedure brought by Diaz Arelle against the company.

Garza Tello-Clyde & Co Mexico

Garza Tello-Clyde & Co Mexico has garnered a good reputation among clients, who regard the firm as ‘experts in the arbitration area’. The six-strong practice receives additional praise for ‘the quality of the legal work they deliver but also for the perfect client service they offer’. Vicente Bañuelos heads a team that is particularly effective in arbitration and litigation proceedings in the insurance, energy and maritime sectors, which is aligned with the solid track record of both merged firms within such industries. Senior associate Gabriela Ángel Navarro, whose practice focuses on arbitration and civil, commercial and bankruptcy litigation, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Vicente Bañuelos Rizo

Testimonials

They are definitely stars in the field and deserve high praises for their outstanding work, both in domestic dispute before Mexican courts in international arbitration involving a Mexico angle.’

They stand out not only for the quality of the legal work they deliver but also for the perfect client service they offer.’

Experts in the arbitration area, Vicente Bañuelos is very knowledgeable in the matter, collaborating in arbitrations, demonstrating his skills, commitment and good quality of work. In general, the work demonstrated by the team was quite good.’

Key clients

Absg Consulting

Baker Hughes

Fevisa Industrial

Infraestructura Hospitalaria de la Península

Marfield Ltd

Navarro Offshore (formerly Ranger Offshore)

Perforadora Central

Shanara Maritime International S.A Tecnología Intercontinental

Tecnología Intercontinental

Terence Highlands

Bufete Ignacio Arturo Guajardo

Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM)

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Cámara de Comercio, Servicios y Turismo de la Ciudad de México (CANACO)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Navarro Offshore México with the claiming of the accrued amounts and the losses incurred by the lack of payment from a charterer after the client chartered a vessel to said entity.
  • Representing Fevisa Industrial in an arbitration related to the purchase of equipment for the packaging of glass bottles for the wine industry.
  • Representing Perforadora Central in an arbitration proceeding derived from a breach of the clauses of a Lease Agreement.