Dispute resolution: litigation in Mexico

Malpica, Iturbe, Buj y Paredes, S.C.

'One of the few law firms in Mexico specialized in litigation with an international focus and a bilingual team that is highly trained in technical aspects', Malpica, Iturbe, Buj y Paredes, S.C. is increasingly 'the go-to firm' for complex, high-stakes disputes, be it civil, commercial, or constitutional litigation, or arbitration. Thirty-strong, including six partners with expertise in all litigious segments - including IP, competition and white-collar - it stands out for its ‘innovative approach to defence strategies’, and is also the founding member of the Association of Correspondents in Litigation and Arbitration (ACLA), a regional alliance of dispute firms. Headline matters, include ongoing representation of Odebrecht -following the clients' plea bargains with US, Brazilian and Swiss justice departments- in an extensive and multifaceted case against the Mexican state. The practice successfully combines ‘youth with experience’ and is praised for its selection of ‘talented attorneys’. Moreover, it boasts some of the country's leading litigators, including senior partner and 'sector heavyweight' Carlos Malpica (constitutional and administrative litigation); the well-seasoned Juan Jose Iturbe (commercial litigation and bankruptcy); Rodrigo Buj (administrative and anti-trust litigation; arbitration); and administrative and constitutional litigation specialist Horacio Paredes. Other notable members of the team include Alvaro Huerta (administrative IP litigation); and Rolando Zarate and counsel Fernando de Ovando Gómez Morin, who both focus on arbitration and civil and commercial litigation. The firm also handles contentious matters for many local and international firms that do not have such capacity.

Testimonials

A law firm with very talented attorneys who combine youth with experience. They have been able to find the right specialists for each of the practices they offer. Despite the firm’s young age, they have positioned themselves as a front-line firm capable of successfully handling sensitive issues for global clients.’

They have a real plan both professionally and commercially. The cohesion between its members is evident and this is reflected in front of the clients and in the results they obtain.’

An innovative approach to defense strategies.

‘They stand out for the deadlines agreed with the clients, it is undoubtedly one of the differences with the other law firms, the timeliness of the reports and the clarity of the approach of options or alternative solutions. The speed and quality of the documents they prepare is also a plus.’

The Malpica team stands out as a different type of litigant in our country. They have an international and multidisciplinary way of treating the cases that are presented to them, offering in turn, effective and successful solutions, therefore, it makes it much more effective. It’s easy to include them as part of a broad framework in multinational companies like Continental. This is a fresh and new way of looking at litigants in Mexico, who were generally lone practitioners, or very traditional local businesses. with this team is to have a combination of a company with international reach, together with the capabilities of a national champion in Mexico.

Another characteristic that distinguishes Malpica from the rest of the litigation firms consists in the absolute participation of the partners in all cases. At all times during our work together, we have been able to directly approach two partners of the firm, who have always been aware of what was at issue, and likewise, dealt with our demands directly. This, once again, is barely seen at firms with the size and type of cases of Malpica. Finally, another strength I find is that they can provide many collection arrangements to suit customer requirements and strategies.

We have worked closely with partners Juan José Iturbe and Rodrigo Buj for over three years, . Both Rodrigo and Juan José are very capable and very committed to all aspects of our cases. They have very different personalities and capabilities, working together makes them a powerful team for cases involving the Mexican jurisdiction and its complexities, while maintaining an approach that meets all international standards. About Juan José, I can say that he is a very experienced civil litigator in Mexico, who is always aware of the details of each case. As for Rodrigo, I believe that his multidisciplinary practice allows him to see a broad picture of very complex cases, which, coupled with a thorough knowledge of the law, makes him a very reliable litigator.

They are one of the few law firms in Mexico specialized in litigation with an international focus and a bilingual team that is highly trained in technical aspects.

Its strengths lie in administrative and commercial litigation, and in appeals.

They are lawyers who have experience working with corporate lawyers, they know how to team up with other specialists and they have an international, corporate profile; moreover, they’re bilingual, which is not usual in litigants in Mexico.

Key clients

Odebrecht

The AES Corporation / Grupo Bal / Industrias Peñoles

TC Energy (Transcanada)

Citibanamex

Mexican Federal Government

Grupo Televisa

Citizens of Nuevo León, México

Work highlights

  • Represented Odebrecht before the Mexican administrative authorities in six different proceedings initiated by the Mexican Government, as well as in civil and commercial litigations against Pemex and insurance (and related bonding companies), totalling some nine constitutional proceedings, 27 appeals and seven administrative proceedings; the team also filed a MXN$1.8bn commercial claim, with others expected to follow.
  • Appointed Mexcian law expert on behalf of the Federal Government in a $155m investment arbitration case brought by Tele Facil et al.
  • Counsel to a major financial institution in formal Mexican Antitrust Commission proeedings  brought against various entities for alleged colllusion in the Mexican Government Bonds market.
  • Acting on behalf of citizens of Nuevo León, México in opposing the opening of several casinos in the state despite their express prohibition in the local constitution.

Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel

Long-standing market player, Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel, garners praise for its ‘great knowledge and personalized attention’. The practice is made up of 'highly specialized lawyers’, has a solid track-record handling civil and commercial disputes, and also specializes in complex government and regulatory issues, providing ‘anticipation’ to its impressive client portfolio. The firm enjoys an unequalled client roster in the financial sector, where the team has 'tremendous expertise'; it has otherwise been busy in relation to significant projects and with administrative, civil, and commercial litigation in relation to the aviation sector; and is recognised as 'a force to be reckoned with' in government and regulatory legislation, construction and real estate matters, and re/insurance. Name partners Jorge De Haro (civil and commercial litigation; bankruptcy), and Javier Curiel (litigation, arbitration and insolvency) are both major players, and 'reference-point litigators' in the market; while Daniel Ortega González and Javier Altamirano Hernández, who both have over 20 years at the firm, handle civil, commercial and administrative litigation, along with bankruptcy and banking-related disputes. Younger partners Ernesto Palacios Juárez (administrative litigation, particulary as regards the regulated sectors); Diego Gutiérrez Martínez (civil and commercial litigation; commercial arbitration); Ricardo García Cordero (civil, commercial and administrative litigation; arbitration and award enforcement), Alejandro Legaspi Lanz (civil, commercial and administrative litigation; bankruptcy), and Mauricio Mendoza (high-stakes litigation; commercial arbitration) are also key members of the highly-experienced team. The deep partner level-bench is in turn supported by a well-trained associate group, foremost among them Bernardo Basaldua, Vicente Cuairán and Fernando Jesús Gutiérrez.

Testimonials

Knowledge, experience, professionalism Jorge de Haro, Javier Curiel & Luis Miguel Garza: knowledge – professionalism – strategy design – collection of fees.

They are distinguished by obtaining favorable results in strategic litigation. They have a well-trained team of lawyers that allows them to excel in practiceIt is an excellent office, with vast knowledge and dedication to the matters discussed.’

They are very responsible and do things with time, not at the end like many of their competitors. They always offer timely advice and exceptional quality, always taking care of the interests of their clients. They have highly specialized lawyers with extensive experience to offer timely and grounded solutions to reality.

Litigation is a highly specialized and sensitive impact area for any bank and / or institution. Martínez, Algaba De Haro y Curiel, is a work team committed to clients, which is demonstrated in the quality of consultations and attention they provide us. They have the technical and resource capacity to attend to the services requested.

1. The plus of the lawyers of Martínez, Algaba De Haro y Curiel is the personalized attention and the quality of the service. 2. The differentiator is the anticipation and strategy in the service. 3. Its best qualities are: anticipation of problems with possible solutions, sensitivity to the request and customer service.

Clarity of information to the client in non-legal terms. One hundred percent available and involved team. Great knowledge of the subject and personalized attention from all lawyers. They differ by being close and being the best in their field.

Key clients

JP Morgan

Grupo Aeroméxico

Altán Redes

Banco Sabadell

BBVA Bancomer

HSBC Mexico

Walmart de México

Banco Santander México

Metlife México

Sura Asset Management México

Google / Google México

Scotiabank Inverlat

PricewaterhouseCoopers México

Seguros Monterrey New York Life

Prologis-SGP México

Laureate México – Universidad del Valle de México

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Best known in dispute circles for its top-flight arbitral capability, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC also houses considerable litigation fire-power, its 25-strong team including being deeply experienced across commercial, civil and administrative litigation. Adrián Magallanes and Diego Sierra co-lead the group; commercial litigation specialist Sierra also heads the firm's anti-corruption practice. The department, which is regularly mandated in disputes against the government, as well as state-linked agencies and companies such as Pemex, was further reinforced in January 2020 with the incorporation of former Chief of The Supreme Court of Justice Guillermo Ortiz Mayagoitia, a specialist in administrative, agrarian, civil, commercial, constitutional and tax procedural law, as of counsel. The practice also handles mediation, constitutional amparos and class-action litigation. Indeed, the team has been particularly active in this last segment where it is currently advising BMW (as a co-defendant) in a case regarding airbags; Syngenta Agro as a co-defendant in a case concerning genetically modified maize; and Volaris in a case brought by the Federal Consumer Agency. Other matters include multimillion-dollar litigation concerning the interpretation and termination of a supply agreement, the interpretation and performance of joint venture; the potential lack of validity of a trust agreement, and the existence of a real estate easement in northern Mexico allowing the development of a gas pipeline. Since publication, senior associate Raymundo Soberanis has been appointed partner, while fellow former-seniors Jessika Rocha  (in Monterrey) and Pablo Fautsch have been raised to counsel (all promotions effective as of January 2021).

Key clients

Takata (today trustee Farnan)

Syngenta

Siemens

Volaris – Concesionaria Vuela

Alpízar and Misael Alpízar Hernández

Fianzas Atlas

Grupo Modelo

AXA

Freudenber

BMW

Work highlights

  • Advising TK Holding, Takata de Mexico and Industrias Irvin de México in a class action brought by Acciones Colectivas de Sinaloa; dismissed in the first instance, ACS appealed successfully in December 2019, opening the way for the case to continue.
  • Advising Syngenta Agro, as co-defendent, in a highly publicised class action involving both administrative and commercial law aspects and regarding the bio-safety of genetically modified maize.
  • Advising Siemens Healthcare in complex litigation concering the interpretation and termination of a  maintenance and services agreement covering sophisticated clinical studies’ machinery; value, $5m.
  • Successfully advised airline Volaris in a class action brought by the Federal Consumer Agency; having reached an ‘amicable settlement agreement’, the later has subsequently been challenged and is now being litigated.
  • Representing the minority shareholders of  Brudifarma in a MXN$500m bet-the-company shareholder dispute and commercial litigation which currently has ten related trials in process.
  • Advising Cervecería Modelo on the filing of an amparo seeking constitutional review of the second instance court’s reversal of a damages decisionby reframing a negligence issue as one of product liability.

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C. has provideded litigation services in Mexico for over 30 years, a ‘unique’ practice according to clients, in terms of its combination of the experience and know-how of lawyers trained in both the public and private sectors. Its ‘quick responses to the most complex issues’ has made the firm a popular choice for significant domestic and international disputes, ranging from commercial cases to bankruptcy, administrative and constitutional litigation, as well a major international arbitrations. A specialist in regulatory, administrative and constitutional litigation, Ismael Reyes Retana Tello is particularly known for TMT-sector disputes; while Enrique Espejel focuses on 'high-stakes' commercial disputes and financial services-related arbitration. Antonio Cárdenasstands out for his argumentation abilities in court’, and Daniel González, primarily a civil and commercial litigator, also handles contentious bankruptcy, amparo and white-collar cases. Headline mandates saw the team obtain a Supreme Court confirmation of the constitutionality of joint venture Altán Redes' successful public bid to build the MXN$7bn shared-telecoms network known as Red Compartida; and represent Televisa's cable companies before the Federal Telecommunications Institute and Federal courts,  against several infringements allegedly committed by dominant market player, America Móvil. A strong second line includes senior associate, Fernando García Gómez, who primarily focuses on constitutional and administrative disputes; and associate Yuriria Galicia (administrative, constitutional and commercial litigation); both are noted.

Testimonials

Excellent coordination and teamwork. Discussion and scenario analysis to define the best strategy. Outstanding attitude and service. Ismael Reyes Retana and Fernando Garcia.

They are experienced attorneys who have the knowledge and skills necessary to litigate matters in the Mexican jurisdiction. Ismael Reyes and Antonio Cardenas stand out for their argumentation abilities in court. They are bold in transmitting their knowledge orally and in writing to judges and clients. They know in depth the characteristics of the Mexican jurisdiction. Invite the client to make reasonable decisions at trial.

Strengths and skills: efficient teamwork, in-depth case analysis, broad subject knowledge. Pros: lawyer quality, very high profile. Plus: knowledge of the subject, ability to respond ad hoc to customer needs.

White & Case’s administrative litigation area is unique, because it combines the experience of practicing lawyers trained in the public sector and in the private sector with more than 30 years of experience. In my experience with them I have seen that the practice of strategic litigation is outstanding in the way in which matters have been raised, such as, for example, in the case against the order to suspend teacher evaluations in some States of the Republic and more recently the matter that ordered the Mexico City Congress to appoint the InfoCDMX commissioners. Both cases were, in addition to high-quality strategic litigation, had national significance due to the repercussion of the judicial decisions involved. An advantage over other law firms is that at W&C teams with the firm’s varied practice areas (even with international experience) can be very structured.’

The experience of the partners in this practice, Ismael Reyes Retana and Antonio Cardenas in matters of strategic litigation, is very relevant. I think they make a great pairing when addressing the issues, they always look for different and ingenious solutions. associates of the pyramid, specifically Pablo Vinageras, Yuriria Galicia and Fernando García, who are always willing and highly knowledgeable about the issues. One difference that I have found in all the members of this practice is the commitment and quick response to the most complex issues, which always contains a great knowledge of the issues, in my opinion that sets them apart from the competition.’

Key clients

Altán Redes

Aeroméxico

Cablemás

Cablevisión

CFEnergía

Conpapa

Grupo Lala

Impala Terminals

Intercam

Kansas City Southern de México

Mexicanos Primero (Aprender Primero)

SAE

Sonoco (Tegrant de México)

Telefónica

Televisa

AXA Seguros

Banamex

Banco Santander

Banorte

Barclays

Crédit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

Bancomext

HSBC

Morgan Stanley

SAE

Satmex

Société Générale

Baxter

Hyundai

DSI

Work highlights

  • Currently representing Aeroméxico on a daily basis in a wide range of legal and regulatory matters, including several constitutional cases against antitrust commission COFECE’s resolutions regarding landing / take-off slots of Mexico City’s Airport (deemed an essential facility); as well as the determination of a penalty for allegedly not filing requested information on time in a horizontal merger authorization proceeding, in a timely fashion.
  • Currently advising Televisa’s Cable Companies in several regulatory and contentious proceedings before the Federal Telecommunications Institute and Federal Courts; to date, the team has represented the group in more than 160 trials.
  • Lead counsel to Conpapa, national potato producers confederation Conpapa in its attempt to block the implementation of a new ruling that seeks to allow the importation of fresh potatoes without the proper sanitary requirements.
  • Successfully achieved the annulment of a resolution issued by a federal district court ordering SAE to revoke the first of a series of bidding process on behalf of the Federal Government; as a result, SAE retained the team to assist with several transparency matters and to advise the Federal Government in the procedure filed by Grupo Caze before the Supreme Court of Justice; value $200m.
  • Represented Grupo Lala in 10 different amparo trials against the traffic and road regulations of various municipalities in metropolitan Monterrey, and which required the operators of freight transport and loading/unloading service providers to renew their permit by jurisdiction every 30 days, compromising the companies logistics activities in the entire state.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.'s 33-strong litigation group has robust experience across a range of civil, commercial, and bankruptcy-related disputes and criminal litigation, and regularly represents its international clients in significant contentious cross-border matters. The active team is co-led out of the firm's Monterrey office by principal partners Javier Navarro-Velasco, a veteran disputes counsel with over 35 years' experience and who 'knows the legislation perfectly'; and Alfonso Cortez-Fernandez a member of the firm's North America litigation and government investigations practice, who focuses on domestic and international commercial litigation and insolvency proceedings. Other key practice members include David Marquez (in Guadalajara), who handles civil, commercial, and administrative litigation (including amparo actions), particularly in relation to the real estate sector; and Fernando Treviño-Martinez, whose practice also focuses on civil and commercial disputes, but additionally takes in constitutional law, liability matters and arbitration. Senior associates Juan Francisco Vázquez (civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, arbitration and ADR) in Mexico City, and Javier Navarro Treviño (complex domestic and international disputes - both arbitral and litigious), in Monterrey, are also noted.

Testimonials

They are responsible and up-to-date lawyers in their matters.

Javier Navarro Velasco: he is a lawyer who knows the legislation perfectly and is always up to date. He knows each client so that he can give an individualized consultation and not only pays special attention to the procedures but also to creative solutions for them. An expert negotiator, he is always available for calls and meetings, despite his busy schedule.’

Great knowledge of the area.

Key clients

Wynn Resorts

Lutron Electronics

Epicor Software

British American Tobacco

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Tesco Corporation

JC Decaux

Mercedes Benz USA

Castellón Mexico

ATCO Pipelines

Emerson

Daimler

Cydsa

Work highlights

  • Advised Bebidas Purificadas on the presention of constitutional claims to invalidate legal provisions enacted by the State of Oaxaca (impacting the packaging, distributing and sales of beverages), and the State of Jalisco (impacting the, distribution of products through transport trailers in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara).  
  • Representing international oil company Tesco Corporation on the execution of bonds issued by a Surety Company to recover debts owed as as a result of a heavy machinery lease agreement .
  • Representing Spanish companies of JC Decaux claiming the execution of a stock purchase agreement not honored by the defendant.

Guerra González y Asociados, S.C.

Operating from offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, Matamoros, Monclova (Coahuila), and San Diego (California), dedicated litigation boutique Guerra González y Asociados, S.C. is a powerful proposition: a 40-lawyer firm (including 13 partners) with a 30-year track record dedicated almost exclusively to litigation, be it civil, commercial administrative or family-focused, along with constitutional proceedings, contentious bankruptcy and alternative dispute resolution. The team includes prestigious senior figures such as top-notch litigator and founding partner Jaime R Guerra González, who is also recommended for regarding bankruptcy-related matters; head of the Monterrey office, Jesús Treviño Moyeda, and Alfonso Peniche García; along with two subsequent rounds of partner promotions: Román Salazar Castillo, Ricardo Siverbauer (in the Monclova office); Ernesto L Rodríguez and Jesús Ángel Guerra in 2004; and Patricio Hidalgo, Raúl García Herrera, Sergio Cabañas Mier and Octavio Ochoa, in 2009. Elias Mendoza Murguía, who made partner in 2019, is also noted. Recent mandates include advising AXA, as claimant, in a $16m, cross-border, breach of loan agreement case with parallel proceedings in Mexico and Texas; other matters include representing a pension fund manager in a series of disputes with a major insurance group; and acting for the defendants in a $24m joint venture dispute. The firm also frequently works with leading US disputes firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jaime R Guerra González

Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados

Acknowledged as 'a litigation powerhouse' by peers Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados is a nine strong boutique dedicated to civil, commercial and constitutional litigation, bankruptcy matters, and IP and regulated industries litigation, along with amparo procedures. Enormously experienced name partners Xavier Cortina and Alan de la Torre are at the peak of their careers and are flanked by Javier Quijano Decanini and Enrique Ballester I, who also has a specialisation in international arbitration. A strong second line includes 20-year litigator Miranda Carrrillo Q and Pablo González de Cossio, who has 15 years' disputes experience in both arbitration and litigation. Particularly recommended for bankruptcy cases, recent contentious matters include representing the proprietors, as co-defendants in real estate-related commercial litigation brought by a retailer.

Santamarina y Steta

Full-service firm Santamarina y Steta has an ‘exceptional’ litigation practice that regularly represents international clients on domestic and cross-border disputes, and is praised by clients for ‘always looking to be innovative’. Jointly led by ‘expert negotiator’ Carlos Olvera and the ‘practical’ Roberto Fernández del Valle, the team handles a diverse array of dispute resolution cases across a wide variety of sectors and specialisations including complex civil, commercial and administrative cases, and has recently shown muscle in alternative dispute resolution. On the administrative litigation side, key contact Mariano Calderón has strong expertise in environmental and tax-related matters. The team also has a good grounding in insolvency disputes and the enforcement of arbitration awards. The team also has considerable experience in civil liability and damages cases on behalf of individuals and families, a number of them particularly high profile, such as the representation of the parents of a young woman murdered by a Cabify driver in Puebla in 2017. Carlos Brehm -complex civil and commercial litigation, ADR, arbitration, reorganisations, internal investigations and anticorruption matters- who made partner in January 2020, is also noted. The firm also hired associate Cynthia Osio from COMAD, S.C. in 2019.

Testimonials

‘The Santamarina litigation team is exceptional. They have experience and vast knowledge. Always looking to be innovative. Roberto Fernandez del Valle – customer service, he is practical, with a vast knowledge in the matter.’

‘The involvement of each lawyer according to the role and position they play when the specific situation warrants it. The S&S attorney understands the importance of representing your clients at the right time and in the right way. Partner Roberto Fernandez and Carlos Olvera: both represent the principles of the firm. Excellent lawyers, best negotiators and an essential feature for  “important” litigation.’

‘An excellent law firm with professional lawyers who provide a timely service, being proactive and preventive. They make their clients feel like part of the team.’

‘The lawyers have extensive legal knowledge as well as an excellent sense for dispute resolution. Carlos Brehm and Carlos Olvera are always available to receive our calls and support us Nimbly. Both are excellent lawyers and negotiators.’

Key clients

Jafra Cosmetics International

Best Buy Stores

Abbott Laboratories de México

Inter-American Investment Corporation

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

El Palacio de Hierro

Dell Leasing México

Stewart Title Guaranty de México

Home Depot México

General Motors de México

Kimberly-Clark de México

Daimler Financial Services México

M+W High Tec Proyects México

Haver & Boecker Mexicana

NSC Agua

Merkafon de México (Teleperformance Mexico)

Tesla Automobiles Sales and Service México

Huawei Technologies de México

Nueva Wal Mart de México

Work highlights

  • Currently representing Gabriela Miranda López and José Alejandro Castilla, whose daughter was murdered by a Cabify driver in Puebla in 2017, in a civil lawsuit against Cabify, since their daughter had requested the service through Cabify’s app.
  • Currently representing Merkafon in a complex. $4m-plus commercial claim against Zurich Compañía de Seguros and its broker, Lorant Martínez Salas y Compañía.
  • Represented the Inter-American Investment Corporation in a $3.5m mortgage foreclosure claim filed against Nixte and others in Mexico City’s civil courts.
  • Currently representing a family in a civil lawsuit against Aeromexico, claiming payment of civil liability, pain and suffering and punitive damages, as a result of an accident involving Aeromexico Flight 2341, which departed from Durango on July 31, 2018.

Sainz Abogados

Approaching 20 years as a significant market presence, contentious work is one of the central pillars at Sainz Abogados, where some 30 lawyers (including seven partners) engage in disputes work and have established an impressive track record, particularly in civil, commercial and administrative litigation. Founding partner Luis Cervantes Muñíz has four decades' experience across a truly broad array of contentious matters, from antitrust, aviation and maritime law, to foreign investment, civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and shareholders' disputes. Significant headline matters include representing Mexican construction company Gutsa Infraestructura in a $600m damages and loss-of-earnings case against the Mexican Federal Government; the case is currently under review by the Supreme Court of Justice. Daniel Díaz Álvarez, Luis A Cervantes Castillo, Alejandro Campillo TalaveraHildebrando Garcia, Manuel Ruiz de Chávez and Juan Carlos Cajigas handle a broad array of litigious matters including civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation; domestic and cross-border insolvency litigation; family, shareholders and/or partners litigation, and international commercial arbitration. Associates Adrián Villagómez and Estefanía Sierra Ulibarri are also noted. Since publication the firm has split into Cervantes Abogados and Sainz Abogados, S.C., effective as of November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Luis Cervantes Muñiz

Key clients

Gutsa Infraestructura

CFEnergía

Gas Industrial de Monterrey

Tata Consultancy Services de México

Asociación Mexicana de Administradoras de Fondos para el retiro (AMAFORE)

Work highlights

  • Gutsa Infraestructura filed a complaint against Mexico’s Public Comptroller for damages and loss of earnings following the latter’s disquaification of the company from participating in public works contracts; several years of litigation concluded  that Gutsa was unduly disqualified and it is now claiming damages and loss of earnings exceeding $600m – the case is under Supreme Court review.
  • Represented Tata Consultancy Services in a multimillion-dollar fraud and labour claims action filed by former employees; the matter was subsequently dismissed and the company was cleared from any lability.
  • Advised fuel-supply company Gas Industrial de Monterrey (GIMSA), in a complaint against Pemex Transformación Industrial (“PTI”) seeking reimbursement of $3m in undue charges made by PTI to GIMSA.
  • The team also has a significan caseload of personal injury and civil liability cases against both corporate clients and state agencies.

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

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is one of a number of full-service firms that has moved to establish high-end dispute resolution capability -primarily focused on administrative litigation and arbitration- in recent years. In Creel García-Cuellar's case, the firm has established a 10-strong arbitration and dispute resolution practice led by of counsel Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor, a former judge and vice president of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. On the litigation side the team focuses on complex, high-end administrative cases. Key senior practitioners include counsel Héctor Anaya Mondragón, who handles international litigation, administrative litigation and protection of foreign investment; and former head of the international litigation section of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign affairs (2013-16), senior associate Luis Jardón - a prominent international law practitioner, he is also active in post-M&A and financial disputes, and damages litigation. Recent and ongoing mandates include complex administrative litigation cases -predominantly in relation to infrastructure projects- involving the national comptroller's office (Secretaría de la Función Pública), National Commission of Appraisals (INDAABIN) and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), as well as litigation against the Government of the State of Mexico.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor

Testimonials

Highly efficient. There is no rotation with the main people on the important issues. They’re assertive on the issues under review.’

Availability. Equanimity. Quality in topics and reports.

Outstanding Partners.

The team they have is very capable and qualified, they are experts on the subject and they provide unbeatable attention. I consider that they compare favourably with other firms, satisfactorily exceeding all expectations.

The attention, the follow-up, the knowledge of the practice. They are simply excellent professionals. Héctor Anaya Mondragón is an outstanding lawyer, with extensive experience and a great sense of responsibility, always committed to the clients and very dedicated in each of the matters assigned to him; as a client it is always very satisfying to work with him and his team.

The team has a deep understanding of the law and thinks strategically, anticipating events and thinking of scenarios. There is strong teamwork and true multidisciplinary involvement that helps with complex litigation.

Strategic thinking, multidisciplinary experience, teamwork.

Galicia Abogados S.C.

The ‘extraordinary’ disputes practice Galicia Abogados S.C. ‘exceeds expectations’ and increasingly handles a good mix of arbitration and litigation work. Department-head Daniel Amézquita focuses on administrative and constitutional litigation (as well as international trade and commerce); while fellow partner Rodrigo Zamora leads on commercial litigation alongside his arbitration practice. Offering ‘complete availability’, the team has been especially active in constitutional amparo actions, as well as in telecoms and antitrust matters. It advised Soriana, for instance, in successfully overturning a COFECE resolution prohibiting the retailer from a divestiture by means of long-term leasing; and is also counselling a telecoms player on its lodging of an amparo against a MXN$620m fine levied by the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (ITF) as a result of the company's broadcast practices. A strong second line of dedicated senior associates comprises: Iván Valdespino on administrative, constitutional, financial, environmental and energy disputes, along with legal consultancy; while Gilda Velazquez Mason has a sharp focus on administrative and constitutional litigation, as does Diego Manzano Barragan. However, former senior Javier Bravo Soler left the firm in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Amézquita

Testimonials

‘It is an extraordinary team. Professional and committed, they have the highest technical quality.

They took a real interest in solving the matter, that is, they appropriated it not as advisers but as a real extension of the company. There is a lot of determination and alternatives were sought to achieve a favorable solution. The team exceeds expectations and at a comparative level it seems to me that they exceeded market standards. Hand in hand with the previous answer, the firm’s lawyers really took ownership of the matter and joined the company as a team. The difference lies in the complete availability of the lawyers to go and seek solutions before the judges in charge of the issue without there being a problem of determination in exposing our point of view, achieving the sustained conviction of the judges.

Daniel Amezquita and Gilda Velazquez – discussion and technical argumentation regarding Amparos.

Their best quality was to look for alternative arguments that would allow the achievement of the objective, and to accept and listen to proposals from our perspective. Daniel Amezquita is outstanding.’

Key clients

Organización Soriana

Cementos Apasco

Cámara Nacional de la Industria de la Cerveza y de la Malta

Termo WTE

Igasamex Bajio

Eólica de Coahuila

Iberdrola Energía (Monterrey, Altamira and La Laguna)

Coppel

Equipos para Redes Eléctricas del Centro

Scotiabank Inverlat

Nueva Wal-Mart de México

Work highlights

  • Represented Soriana in a successful amparo procedure against a resolution issued by the competition authority COFECE which prohibited the retailer from divesting six grocery stores by means of long term leases pursuant to anti-concentration obligations.
  • Advised a telecoms client on the filing of an amparto action actionbefore the Specialized Telecommunication District Court, against the fine issued by the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) as a result of the broadcasting practices of the company.
  • Represented one of the winners of a tender involving projects to explore and extract gas and other offshore natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico in a constitutional appeal (amparo) challenge brought by a number of fishing communities.

González Calvillo, SC

The dispute resolution practice at the increasingly competitive González Calvillo, SC plays to its strengths in civil and commercial, and administrative and constitutional litigation. Edgar Grajeda Muñóz undertakes civil, commercial and administrative litigation before state and federal courts, arbitral panels and administrative instances, focusing on complex business litigation, bankruptcy, fiduciary litigation and other types of contested actions. Fellow practice co-head Luis Felipe Mancera de Arrigunaga specializes in administrative litigation, constitutional relief proceedings (amparo), telecom disputes and constitutional controversy procedures. The practice has been active, recently, in class action cases, defence against collection procedures, agrarian common-land (ejido) matters, and amparo proceedings before the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice, as well as more typical inter-company and commercial litigation, civil-proceedings defence, liability and legal-strategy design. Other key practitioners include Carlos Castilla (appointed counsel in July 2020, he is responsible for the management of litigation in administrative and criminal cases); disputes all-rounder Pablo Daniel Morán (appointed counsel in January 2021), senior associate Ana Rosa Bobadilla (civil, commercial, family, criminal and administrative law), and associate Jesús Manuel Gálvez.

Key clients

Google

3M Mexico

Amazon

Redbull

Fundación para la Protección de la Niñez (Non-for-profit organization)

British Petroleum (BP)

Megacable

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones

Tesoro México (Andeavor Company)

Phillip Morris

Work highlights

  • Advised BP exploration Mexico on four amparo proceedings brought by differing groups of fishermen against the environmental and social impact authorizations granted by corresponding authorities on behalf of BP, for the activities derived from two National Hydrocarbon Commission (CNH) offshore exploration and extraction contracts.
  • Advised Google on the legal strategy and defence in a nullity trial filed by an individual against a resolution issued by the National Institute for Transparency, Information Access and Data Protection (INAH)’s deriving from a data protection procedure.

Hogan Lovells

The 20-strong disputes department at Hogan Lovells has a robust track record handling a comprehensive array of litigation work, and routinely undertakes civil, commercial, administrative (including constitutional) matters. It is co-led by the well-known Omar Guerrero (who also heads up the competition and antitrust practice) and Jorge Francisco Valdés King (whose practice also takes in bankruptcy litigation) in Mexico City, in conjunction with Alejandro García González in Monterrey, who has particular knowledge of real estate and construction disputes. Indeed, the practice is increasingly active in a number of niche market segments including in relation to the environmental, financial services, insurance, mining and IP sectors. Recent mandates include partnership disputes related to compensation benefits; contentious matters concerning 'amparos', judicial cases, and real estate-related disputes involving community and 'ejido' issues; recovery actions, damages claims, product liability, class actions and commercial litigation. Further experienced input comes from veteran disputes specialist Luis Enrique Graham, who has over 35 years' contentious experience and also handles compliance, anticorruption and investigations' matters; and Luis Ernesto Peón - promoted to partner in January 2020, he focuses on civil, commercial and administrative litigation (including constitutional issues) and contentious bankruptcy. Commercial litigation-focused senior associate Juan Arturo Dueñas is also noted.

Testimonials

Definitely the firm’s commitment to provide comprehensive and expert advice and solutions to its clients through the knowledge not only of their needs but also of the client’s own knowledge, and the lawyers professional honour, the training and professionalism of their work teams, and the transversality between them.

Omar Guerrero Rodríguez / Jorge Valdes King: their closeness to the client and their honour. Their attitude, availability and disposition, as well as their prompt responses and real expectations as regards handling matters, provide certainty and exceptional service to their clients. Their service vocation  and passion for the law and for their work. Their extensive legal vision, strategic vision, technical knowledge (they are always up-to-date) and their professional experience.

Jones Day

Jones Day has established itself as a solid competitor in the Mexican litigation arena, the eight-strong local team handling a broad range of domestic and cross-border civil and commercial disputes for its clients, who also benefit from the firm's impressive international network. The practice is co-led by Antonio González, who handles civil and commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration (including contractual disputes, corporate and shareholders litigation, bankruptcy, and financial matters); and of counsel José Antonio Vázques Cobo, who in addition to general commercial and banking, financial and real estate litigation, undertakes contractual disputes, extra-contractual liability, shareholders and managers conflicts, the enforcement of guarantees and insurance claims. Recent mandates include conflicts between joint venture partners, damages and contentious insurance claims, collection matters and commercial litigation.  Key associate level support comes from civil and commercial disputes-focused María Elena Huerta (who has an emphasis on corporate and shareholder litigation), and Rodrigo Ramírez (contract disputes, shareholder challenges to corporate resolutions).

Key clients

Avanos Medical

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

Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS) has a solid track-record handling primarily civil, administrative and commercial disputes and litigation across a wide range of sectors and disciplines, including energy, infrastructure, environment, tax, TMT and intellectual property. It also undertakes arbitration and is experienced in constitutional amparos, competition litigation and compliance and investigations. The team is led by managing partner Esteban C Gorches (civil, commercial and administrative litigation; amparos), in conjunction with junior partner Juan Luis Blanco M and corporate and finance-focused Luis Gerardo Ramírez, who made partner in mid-2020). Of late the team has been particularly busy with significant amparo proceedings (primarily for clients in the pharmaceuticals and consumer goods sectors), and in administrative procedures and nullity claims related to rulings by consumer protection agency PROFECO. It has also been active handing matters including settlement agreements, mercantile and commercial cases, shareholder representation in bankruptcy proceedings, and commercial and construction contract breaches.

Martens Abogados, S.C.

Well known for its expertise across various industry sectors, including energy, telecoms, transportation, manufacturing and real estate, 12-strong litigation boutique Martens Abogados, S.C. focuses on commercial and administrative litigation and is praised for its ‘great knowledge of the laws of Mexico’. Moreover, its 'objective vision', 'strategic perspective' and 'meticulous study' have increasingly made it a leading option for contentious referral work in the jurisdiction. The ‘outstanding’ Federico Martens, firm founder and practice head, is specialised in administrative and constitutional litigation; clients note his ‘quality care and professionalism’. Fellow partner Luis Gerardo González Meyer boasts a a strong track-record in commercial litigation and also handles administrative disputes. Much of the firm's caseload is made up of complex commercial disputes, but the team has been particularly active in the litigation sparked by the Government's amendment to rules regarding renewable credits (in the energy sector); other matters include administrative litigation against the government of Mexico City, water rights litigation, constitutional claims and strategic litigation before the Supreme Court. Senior associate Erick Rodríguez Meneses is noted.

Practice head(s):

Federico Martens Alva

Testimonials

I deal directly with Federico Martens who is an outstanding lawyer, has a strategic vision of litigation, analyzes not only the case but even the counterparts very well and always with an objective vision of the risks. He is a person who always provides quality care and professionalism, attends us personally and is always aware of the needs we have as a company in relation to our contentious procedures.

The team has a great knowledge of the laws of Mexico and has a strategic perspective to deal with the lawsuits. Before starting any type of judicial instance, they carry out a meticulous study of the matter, anticipating any contingency that may arise in its development. They punctually follow up on the entrusted trials, promoting the process in all its stages. Recommended for:  1.- Availability of time. 2.- Ease of communication. 3.- Adaptation to customer needs.

Great service, fast attention and excellent preparation. They are a very proactive team and they know their subject very well. They deliver reports in a very executive and timely manner on the progress of all the procedures. They are highly proactive and provide many options with legal support. They try to know in detail the operation of the company and sector, which is important.

Personalized, direct, timely and clear service. Competitive prices and a great imagination to propose suitable legal strategies.They build a lot of confidence. They communicate the development of the issues in a timely manner, as well as the possible paths that a dispute may take. They are very dedicated, and take clients’ cases as their own.’

It is an office that fully understands the client’s concern in litigation matters and provides security when defending the company’s rights in court. It is an outstanding firm in terms of response time and clarity to present the legal strategy to follow in court.’

Key clients

Motorola

Diageo

SAAVI

Cubico

Grupo Idesa

Grin Scooters

AlphaCredit

Pérez Correa González

The ‘experienced’ top-notch dispute resolution practice at what was formerly SOLCARGO attracts clients thanks to its ability to understand their needs and for its ‘excellent communication skills’. The versatile team has a good track record in commercial and administrative litigation, as well as international arbitration, and is jointly led by 25-year veteran Fernando Pérez Correa and 'smart and strategic thinker', José Covarrubias. Recent matters saw the team represent Japan Tobacco International in various proceedings against a former distributor, as well as in an alleged infringement of intellectual property rights, over the use of the client’s trademarks. Key associate support comes from returnees Salvador Vivanco (civil, commercial and constitutional litigation; ADR), back after an internship in O'Melveney and Myers; and Zulima González (litigation, arbitration, insolvency, contractual disputes and damages), who returned upon completion of her LLM. Since publication the firm has split in three with the dispute resolution team remaining at successor multiservice firm Pérez Correa González, which opened its doors in December 2020.

Testimonials

I consider the Solcargo team to be solid, as it has very experienced partners, as well as young partners and associates who are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The people who make up the Solcargo law firm consider building relationships as a key differentiator and they are very eager to build the relationship between our company and the law firm; They understand our needs and have very good communication skills.

Their service is tailored to international clients. All attorneys are bi-lingual. They’re smart and competent. José Covarrubias Azuela is a very smart and strategic thinker. He thinks out of box, is thorough, and has an encyclopedic memory of all details of cases. Excellent work quality; responsive, diligent and efficient.’

Compared to other firms, I consider that Solcargo combines experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and a lot of passion for its clients.

Key clients

Japan Tobacco International

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Export Development Canada

Exportadora de Sal

Getman Corporation

Investigación Farmacéutica (IFA Celtics)

Aceros Camesa

Zigor México

Daimler Financial Services Mexico

Banco Santander México

Grupo Financiero Banorte

Work highlights

  • Advised Japan Tobacco International on a series of commercial disputes brought by and against its former distributor in México, British American Tobacco (BAT), related to the default of the latter’s obligations.
  • The firm counselled Exportadora de Sal in a cross-border lawsuit brought by a salt brine distributor in California, USA; claiming multimillion-dollar damages on the grounds of an alleged breach of a long-term sales agreement.
  • The firm represents the client in a dispute brought by a former distributor in Mexico, alleging the breach of an exclusivity agreement.

Ramirez Ornelas Abogados

Ramirez Ornelas Abogados is a litigation boutique with a strong orientation towards bankruptcy and insolvency work, and noted expertise acting for finance-sector clients in contentious matters. It has a ‘vast and excellent track record in complex and difficult litigation’ according to clients who highlight its ‘experience, professionalism, knowledge and skills’. Founding partner Gerardo Ramírez Ornelas is a 40-year litigation veteran and a reference point for bankruptcy matters. Fellow partners and practice-leads Jordi Oropeza Solórzano (who focuses on real estate and corporate disputes); Luis Robles Santamarina (commercial and administrative litigation, particularly in relation to telecoms and stock market matters); and Alonso Rivero (judicial procedures and arbitration, particularly in relation to the construction and infrastructure sectors), are all experienced litigators. Up-and-coming associates Julián San Martín Díaz and Jaime Granados De Ita are both noted, as is experienced commercial litigator Fabricio Escalante.

Testimonials

‘What we liked most about this office in the first place is the availability of the partners to directly attend to the issues; ask important questions in a timely manner; they coordinate and participate very well with the internal team. They have a specialized team of lawyers with excellent knowledge of banking issues, keep the team highly informed, know how to communicate complex issues in a timely manner, show leadership.

Their knowledge of banking issues and vast and excellent track record in complex and difficult litigation; it is especially worth highlighting the knowledge of Gerardo Ramirez Ornelas who has been able to explain, transmit and conduct very complicated litigation and has brought them to a ‘safe port’. His partner Luis Robles has shown great ability to make decisions, and is an excellent link between the teams from Mexico and Toronto.

They are prepared, up-to-date lawyers, who work as a team and with natural leaders; that’s one of its great strengths. They compared favourably with other firms, and I have not doubt in saying that they’re one of the best teams with which I have collaborated.’

The immediate attention they always provide, combined with the leadership and proactivity to attend to the client and legal matters. They are distinguished by that attention, but above all, by how well prepared they are, as well as the results obtained in the entrusted matters.

All the partners and lawyers that attend us have a wide technical solvency and experience in commercial, procedural and bankruptcy matters. It does not matter the partner or lawyer that treats you, since they are all extremely competent. Experience, professionalism, knowledge and skills: Gerardo Ramírez Ornelas, Fabricio Escalante, Luis Robles and Julián San Martín.’

Key clients

Banco Mercantil del Norte

PGIM

NADRO

Blackrock Mexico

Grupo Modelo

Grupo México

Radiomovil Dipsa (Telcel)

Grupo Salinas

Grupo Financiero Scotiabank

Grupo Bursatil Mexicano

Work highlights

  • Represented Grupo México and Infraestructura y Transportes México in a commercial proceeding claiming the nullity of a statutory clause contained in Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico’s bylaws limiting shareholder participation in the capital of the company to 10%; currently at the Supreme Court, the case will set a precedent regarding the constitutionality of the use of ‘poison pills’ in corporate by-laws to render the gaining of corporate control more difficult.
  • Represents Accendo Bank in a corporate dispute with diverse court proceedings, primarily defending various Board level decisions from reversal by shareholders; value, MXN$400m.
  • Representing Grupo Bursatil Mexicano, as a major shareholder in Desarrollos Hidraúlicos de Cancún isn a MXN$253m royalties suit against the State of Qunitana Roo.

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

Newcomer to the ranking, Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. fields a ‘team of highly qualified professionals who master the timing and development of the case very well’ and who have a particular focus on civil, commercial and constitutional litigation. The ‘brilliantJuan Bonequi heads the 11-strong department; he has over 20 years' complex-litigation experience -primarily civil, commercial, financial, constitutional (and amparo) law, as well as bankruptcy proceedings. The firm's expertise in areas such as financial regulations, compliance and telecommunications ensure it has a flow of complex matters along with more typical commercial disputes; a recent case in point saw the team represent Deutsche Bank Trustee in judicial proceedings in connection to its right to resign as trustee on the grounds of the parties (settlors and beneficiaries) failure to provide it with the information required to comply with Mexican legal anti-money-laundering requirements. Elia Sosa (civil and commercial litigation), Héctor Yañez (civil liability cases, punitive damages and administrative matters), and 2018-arrival Cinthya González (constitutional litigation and amparos), constitute a strong, specialised second tier of senior associates. Since publication the firm has promoted Sosa to the partnership, effective as of February 2021.

Testimonials

They are a team of highly qualified professionals who master the timing and development of the case very well. I like their ability to be accessible at any time, clearly explaining what their strategy and risks are going to be. Juan Bonequi is a brilliant professional, with a great command of the litigation area. In addition to being a great expert, he communicates the strategy to follow very well and foresees the strategies of his counterpart. His partner Carlos Bello is an expert in telecommunications. They know how to build a climate of trust and proximity that I have not found in other offices.

The firm Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi and Garcia has a great litigation team, with a lot of experience.The most prominent lawyer in the litigation practice is Juan Bonequi.

The lawyers Omar Canuto and Iván Eleazar, communication with them is efficient, in addition to that they attend in time and form everything that is asked of them.’

Key clients

Becton Dickinson de Mexico

Banco Mercantil del Norte

American International Group (AIG)

Autogermanica

Deutsche Bank Mexico

Scotia Bank Mexico

Evo Payments Mexico

Nissan Mexicana

Hisense Mexico

thyssenkrupp

Sandvik Mexicana

Seguros Banorte

Hispasat

Echostar Corporation

Fundacion Teleton

A-SAFE

Industrias Gaffel

Daimler

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Mexico)

Nielsen Mexico

Work highlights

  • Represented Becton Dickinson in a $5m commercial dispute against Mexican national wholesale distributor Grupo Casa Saba.
  • Represented Starsatel in obtaining the revocation of an IFT fine on grounds of the unconstitutionality of aspects of the  Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law.

Bufete Cuetara Canale

Specialized litigation boutique Bufete Cuetara Canale stands out for its ‘honesty, professional ethics and values’, with some clients rating their services as of ‘the highest quality’. Founding partner and ‘brilliant’ lawyer Roberto Cuetara heads the department, which has a solid presence in the commercial litigation field. It has been active, recently, in commercial, constitutional and amparo litigation, notably in the automotive sector, along with distribution agreement disputes. It also has notable clients across the food and beverages, construction, and  banking sectors, among others. Key support comes from experienced associate Roberto Islas Vásquez.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Cuetara Canale

Testimonials

We have been working with Bufete Cuetara Canale for years and I consider that their services provided are with the highest quality, giving complete and specific opinions. I would like to remark the exceptional dedication and commitment that the firm has to its clients and how well prepared their members are to deal with their client´s needs. I would like to highlight the partners. As longtime colleagues, they are always available and committed to seek the best interest of their clients.

‘It takes excellent care with the litigation in its charge and is a firm that proposes novel arguments and more appropriate case management. Roberto Cuetara is careful to know the interests of the business and the risks that his clients face in order to propose the best possible strategy.

The Cuetara Canale Law Firm is an office made of super serious professionals, very well prepared, and with a lot of competition in the civil, commercial, and international sectors. Roberto Cuetara Canale is the head of the firm. He is a professionally prepared lawyer, very honest and with an optimal attitude towards his clients.

I have worked in two cases with Roberto Cuetara. One as an opposite and the other as a co-litigator. He seems to me to be a brilliant and practical lawyer.

The qualities that make them stand out are their honesty, the professional ethics with which they manage, their values ​​and above all that they are up-to-date and have a continuous education, which makes them certified lawyers. In this case we can mention founding partner Lic. Roberto Cuetara.’

High-level litigators with a great spirit of collaboration. High ethical standards and fast response capacity.

Del Castillo y Castro Abogados

The eight-strong contentious practice at Del Castillo y Castro Abogados undertakes both civil and commercial litigation, and commercial arbitration. On the judicial disputes side, the practice advises local and international clients on -primarily- commercial conflicts involving real estate, corporate and contractual matters, indebtedness, insolvency, insurance and bonds, among other areas. The team also offer preventive advisory services regarding litigation issues. Perhaps best known as a bankruptcy specialist, Fernando Del Castillo's litigation practice extends into civil and commercial litigation (as well as arbitration). Fellow practice co-head, Camilo Vázquez López -who was made partner in December 2019- has a simliar skillset across commercial litigation and arbitration, and bankruptcy; he leads the Monterrey-based disputes team. Hugely experienced associates Gabriela Meza Díaz de León and Ana Laura Elizalde are also both noted for their contentious know-how. (All lawyers are in Mexico City unless otherwise noted).

Testimonials

‘Technical solvency, experience in commercial, procedural and bankruptcy matters. It compares favorably with the main firms that serve us.

The technical and operational capacity, as well as the availability and personalized attention that they always provide us; Fernando del Castillo and Alfonso Castro.

Key clients

Banco Mercantil del Norte

M+W High Tech Projects México

Grupo Kuo

Abengoa México

Banco Invex

Grupo Lamosa

Deutsche Bank México

Tesla

Grupo Vasconia

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Banco Mercantil del Norte in the enforcement proceedings concerning the repayment of MXN$1bn.
  • Representing M+W High Tech Projects México and Beiersdorf Manufacturing México in a $7m commercial claim related to guarantee funds retained by a subcontractor.
  • Representing Grupo Kuo in a $7m ordinary commercial proceeding filed against Inmobiliaria Bacanmexicana; currently in the judgment enforcement phase.

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

The ongoing growth and development of the Mexican office of Greenberg Traurig, S.C. continues with its arrival in the litigation rankings this year. The small, four-strong team demonstrates ‘outstanding aptitude and attitude’ as well as the ‘capacity to tackle different fronts with broad legislative frameworks’. Designated the "amparo trial and tax & administrative litigation" practice (and reflecting the firm's wider caseload), the team is predominantly engaged in disputes in the infrastructure, construction and real estate sectors, and in regulated markets such as telecoms and energy, along with public works and government procurement-related matters; it also has profile for competition and anti-trust litigation and handles contentious IP. Practice head Joselino Morales Lopez has over twenty years' high-end litigation expertise, and most recently led the representation of O'Donnell in four amparo proceedings brought by groups of neighbours from the Axotlan community in opposition to construction licenses granted to develop a real estate project. Support comes from mid-level associates Hugo E Hernández (administrative litigation and regulatory law); and Perla I Salgado (administrative and tax litigation).

Practice head(s):

Joselino Morales 

Testimonials

‘The experience we have had with Greenberg shows an outstanding aptitude and attitude of its lawyers. Aptitude regarding its legal capacity to tackle different fronts with broad legislative frameworks; it gives an indication that they have a culture of teamwork that allows them to complement each other in different specialties; there is a very adequate coordination and rapport at the different levels of the organization, even when due to circumstances they have had to take over, the continuity of the processes has not been lost. It is one of the best law firms I have worked with, always ready to support and resolve complex situations.

‘The team is segmented by specialties. In my company we have labour and administrative litigation, and each partner handles cases in their area of ​​expertise. We have a good response rate and availability to emergencies, as well as a good follow-up in established processes, always complying with any deadline that exists, as well as new strategies as cases progress.

Repsonse capability: my company unfortunately faced two complicated cases that ended in legal dispute, for which an immediate response was required, as well as a strategy so as to be able to take the case forward in the best way for our interests.’

Key clients

O’Donnell / CiBanco

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ecogas México

Uber

Grupo Avanzia

Grupo Bio Pappel

Aeropuwerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México

Golfo Transportación

Asociación de Productores y Empacadores y Exportadres de Aguacate de México

E Entertainment Servicios

Elbit Systems

Presentation Services

NADRO

Work highlights

  • Represented O’Donnell in a constitutional agrarian rights amparo claim filed by a group of inhabitants from the Axotlan neighbourhood against the dispossession of a section of the land in the north of Mexico City, challenging municipal permits and the construction license granted to O’Donnell develop a real estate project for major storage service providers.
  • Represented Uber in various successful litigation proceedings that allowed it to resume operations in Cancun and elsewhere in the ‘Riviera Maya’ after over a year of inactivity by challenging local regulations via amparo trials and securing a binding jurisprudential precedent that acknowledges its service as private, rather than a public service bound to a concession.
  • Representing Mexico City International Airport in landmark antitrust litigation cases regarding the slots allocation process at the Airport as “barriers to competition”; the team also obtained the annulment of a fine of more than MXN$ 1bn for alleged abuse of dominant position in regard to the provision of taxi operators at the airport.
  • Represented NADRO in an investigation into the pharma distribution industry performed by Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission (COFECE); the investigation was resolved by the settlement of third-party entities that agreed to certain conditions to confirm that competition will not be affected due to a purchase of securities.

López Melih y Estrada S.C.

Best known for administrative and civil litigation 'highly respected boutique' López Melih y Estrada S.C. has also developed a particularly strong reputation for antitrust and insolvency litigation (where it frequently represents the debtors). It also has solid experience in shareholder claims and energy-sector disputes. Highly active name partners Alfonso López Melih and Juan Pablo Estrada Michel between them cover civil, commercial and administrative litigation before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. Other areas in which the firm is frequently active include domestic and international commercial arbitration, antitrust litigation, class action cases, contractual disputes, regulated-sector (particularly telecoms) matters and constitutional amparos. The team is currently advising an oil-and-gas client on a $4m case brought by bonding company Fianzas Atlas; the commercial case is now before the Supreme Court and is accompanied by both injunction relief petitions and criminal proceedings. However, former partners Pablo Cervantes Trejo and Javier Palacios left the firm in February 2020 to establish Palacios Cervantes Abogados.

Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego

Offering a ‘very professional practice, with excellent response times’, the six-strong team at Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego is developing a solid track record for administrative, civil, commercial and amparo lawsuits. With approaching 20 years' experience, practice head Juan Miguel Martínez-Mendieta is an ‘excellent lawyer, and very knowledgeable in the litigation field’, and also undertakes arbitration and ADR. The team has been particularly active in recovery actions, of late. Associate support comes from Diego Sándor Maurer Hernández.

Testimonials

It is a very professional office with excellent response times. The quality with which they attend to affairs shows. It is a very “lean” office that saves time for the in-house lawyer. Juan Miguel Martínez is an excellent lawyer, knowledgeable of the litigation process and very professional.

Detail-focused and diligent. The team is better and more efficient than others, with well-trained young lawyers.

 

Key clients

Atco Group

Corteva Agriscience

Siemens

FOVISSSTE

GNK Logística

Mexichem/Orbia

Work highlights

  • Advising Atco Group on the legal and regulatory aspects for the granting of rights of way of a natural gas pipeline.
  • Advising and representing Siemens in commercial litigation matters; value, MXN$30m.
  • Currently representing public housing fund FOVISSSTE in different lawsuits concerning the credit contracts executed with governmental employees (as debtors) for housing acquisitions.