Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: litigation

Founded in 2012 and boasting a team of around 20 lawyers, litigation boutique Bufete Asali is focused on covering civil, commercial, administrative and commercial arbitration mandates. Founding partners Luis Asali and Jorge Asali head the practice.

Founded in 2012 and boasting a team of around 20 lawyers, litigation boutique Bufete Asali is focused on covering civil, commercial, administrative and commercial arbitration mandates; founding partners Luis Asali and Jorge Asali head the practice.

Operating under the Clyde & Co. and Garza Tello brands since 2017, the promising practice at Garza Tello-Clyde & Co Mexico, headed by partner Vicente Bañuelos, has had a particular focus on litigation proceedings related to the insurance, energy and maritime sectors, which aligns with the expertise of both merged firms within such sectors.
This promising practice six-strong practice, which has been operating under the Garza Tello-Clyde & Co Mexico brand since 2017, is headed by partner Vicente Bañuelos. The robust team has a particular focus on litigation and arbitration a proceedings related to the insurance, energy, and maritime sectors, a particularity that comes naturally through the expertise both merged firms within such sectors.

Dispute resolution: litigation in Mexico

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

Undoubtedly one of the largest and most solid litigation boutiques in the country, Malpica, Iturbe, Buj y Paredes, S.C. garners praise for its ‘extraordinary technical capacity to manage complex disputes’, be it civil, commercial, or constitutional litigation, or arbitration. The 30-strong practice, which is fronted by eight partners, fields some of the top litigators in the country with proven expertise in a wide gamut of litigious segments: the experienced and ‘ethically impeccableCarlos Malpica and Rolando Zarate, who have increasingly been  broadening the firm's commercial arbitration practice, of late; energy litigation specialist Horacio Paredes; Rodrigo Buj Garcia, who is highly experienced in antitrust litigation; Juan Jose Iturbe Lopez, who focuses on commercial litigation and bankruptcy; and IP litigation expert Alvaro Huerta. Fernando de Ovando, who focuses on commercial and civil litigation, and María José Jimenez, a former Supreme Court Officer under Chief Justice Zaldivar, are the latest additions to the partnership. The team, which also handles contentious matters for several local and international firms that do not have such capacity, acts for an impressive client roster, including some of the leading banks in Mexico. The team was further strengthened with the hire of senior associate Santiago Hernaiz Bravo, from Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C., in January 2021.

Testimonials

‘The best administrative litigation team in Mexico with an extraordinary technical capacity to manage complex disputes. Cross-cutting vision for the resolution of conflicts.’

‘Rodrigo Buj and Carlos Malpica and Rolando Zárate are excellent lawyers, very intelligent, responsible, solid, with the ability to resolve very complex issues. Extraordinary service. They are extremely hands-on and engaged, which is rare for a Mexican litigation firm.’

‘Horacio Paredes is a lawyer with excellent energy knowledge and regulatory understanding of natural gas. Great strategic thinking and an excellent litigator, one of the best lawyers we have had the opportunity to work with.’

‘The approach is sophisticated and their years of experience in the judiciary and in private practice make them highly competent to deal successfully with authorities, counterparts or co-litigants in national and international law firms and representatives of the banking sector. Carlos Malpica’s leadership of the firm is noteworthy. He is a brilliant, analytical lawyer with clear and forceful ideas and solutions.’

‘Total openness for the discussion of ideas, joint design of the strategy with the client which allows the design of a “tailor-made suit” fitted to the client’s needs. Horacio Paredes’ treatment is impeccable.’

‘Rolando Zárate and Rodrigo Buj have transactional knowledge and sensibility and always make sure they understand underlying commercial matters before devising litigation strategies and giving us advice. Rolando Zárate is brilliant at providing summaries and presentations for our senior management located in different countries.’

‘Technical solvency, multidisciplinary, client-focused, work ethic and results-oriented. Carlos Maplica: versatility in terms of practice areas, solvency in knowledge of the legal market, ethically impeccable and results-oriented. Juan José Iturbe: technical and legally sound, in civil and commercial matters. Horacio Paredes: expert in the area of administrative law, with relevant experience in the energy sector. Rolando Zárate: insolvency, financial litigation and arbitration. Recent addition of partner Maria José Jiménez, transition to gender diversity is an excellent indication.’

Key clients

Citibank

Santander

BBVA

Banorte

Hermes

Macquarie

IZZI Televisa

Artha

Engie

AES

Peñoles

Cargill

British Petroleum

Arroyo Energy Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Macquarie, AES, ENGIE, Peñoles, Mitsubishi, Artha, BALAM, Huinala, Arroyo Energy Group (in all, more than 40 energy projects) on some 80 filings comprising amparo lawsuits and constitutional reviews.
  • Representing BBVA in two different antitrust proceedings (investigation and sanction) initiated by the Mexican Antitrust Commission in connection with monopolistic cartel practices in the Mexican Public Bond Market, and the operation of commission and compensation of credit card charges.  
  • Represented Cargill in a $450m credit foreclosure against Altos Hornos de Mexico.

Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel

A 50-year' presence in the market combined with its practitioners' expertise and know-how in the field, make Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel ‘an outstanding choice’ for highly complex civil and commercial disputes. Particularly well-known for its expertise and unique track record advising clients from the financial-services sector, the ‘highly capable and multi-skilled team’ of nearly 20 lawyers and eight partners, includes renowned litigators Jorge De Haro, who handles commercial litigation and has extensive experience in bankruptcy; and Javier Curiel Obscura, the ‘person you want representing you in the most complicated contentious matters’. Fellow experienced partners 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; together with younger partners Ernesto Palacios Juárez, who shows prowess in amparo proceedings, and Mauricio Mendoza, who also handles commercial arbitration, are other noted members of the practice, which is supported by a well-trained associate group, foremost among them Bernardo Basaldua. Partner Ricardo García Cordero left to join Márquez, Castelazo & García Cárdenas in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jorge de Haro González; Javier Curiel Obscura; Daniel Ortega González; Javier Altamirano Hernández

Testimonials

‘They are highly specialised lawyers in litigation matters. Their experience and knowledge are the perfect combination that makes them an outstanding choice. They stand out for the availability, agility and punctuality with which they attend to their clients.’

‘They offer a first class service, both in terms of time and quality of delivery. They maintain close communication with their clients’ legal teams, which allows them to make processes more efficient. They have good standards with regard to information security. As an outstanding partner I can mention Diego Gutierrez Martinez, who has an outstanding career in the field of commercial litigation.’

‘With them you feel accompanied by a highly capable and multi-skilled team, among which an extraordinary business vision and extensive experience stand out. This team clearly identifies the most important and sensitive issues for their clients and attends to matters in a way that makes them feel particularly well looked after.’

‘Javier Curiel has an exceptional executive vision, which, combined with his great capacity and extensive experience, make him the person you want representing you in the most complicated contentious matters. For his part, Mauricio Mendoza’s extraordinary ability, which allows him to have a clear vision of even the most complex matters, will help you make the best decisions for your company. Their teamwork is invaluable. Both, without a doubt, are highly qualified lawyers.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

Grupo Financiero Banorte

Banco Nacional de México

Banco Sabadell

Banco Santander (México)

BBVA Bancomer

Google

Grupo Aeroméxico

HSBC Mexico

MetLife México

PricewaterhouseCoopers México

Scotiabank Inverlat

Seguros Monterrey New York Life

Sura Asset Management and affiliate companies

Wal-Mart de México

Work highlights

  • Representing a leading retail company in litigation regarding disputes arising from the lease of over 200 business locations across Mexico; the amount in dispute is some $15m and increases by $1.5m each month.
  • Representing a Mexican bank on several in-court and out-of-court foreclosure and collection proceedings related to non-performing secured and unsecured loans exceeding $40m, granted to a company based in northern Mexico and dedicated to the storage and commercialisation of cereal grains.
  • Representing a Mexican bank in several commercial proceedings against multiple entities and indivdiuals participating in a fraudulent scheme involving receivables factoring or invoice discounting for services provided to a state-owned production company.

White & Case S.C.

With a revered practice group occupying a leading position in the Mexican dispute resolution arena, White & Case S.C. fields a deep bench of highly experienced litigators who skilfully handle important administrative, antitrust, bankruptcy and commercial litigation proceedings from a wide variety of sectors -many of them regulated- including energy, automotive, aeronautics and telecommunications. Four experienced partners front the 20-strong practice, which consists of a ‘wide variety of specialists’ who are ‘always up to date on regulatory reforms’. Enrique Espejel heads the commercial, civil and bankruptcy litigation practice, closely supported by Daniel González, who also handles amparo and white-collar cases. Meanwhile, Ismael Reyes Retana -who garners praise for his ‘great ability to see the business perspective and needs of clients’- focuses on administrative litigation and regulated industries; and along with Antonio Cárdenas, antitrust litigation. The team, which demonstrates impressive cross-border capabilities thanks to the firm’s global network, has a solid second-line of professionals, including senior associate Fernando García Gómez, who has a focus on constitutional and administrative disputes; and associate Yuriria Galicia.

Practice head(s):

Ismael Reyes Retana; Enrique Espejel

Testimonials

‘Very professional team, always ready to pay attention to matters and with immediate response to their clients. They have experience in the Mexican financial sector linked to public institutions.’

‘My only comments on the team are positive and very appreciative. They took on our project pro bono and have helped to free up and greatly strengthen the organisation I represent.’

‘Great team with a wide variety of specialists, which means that with one office you can deal with all the issues that need to be dealt with. They are always up to date on regulatory reforms and constantly inform their clients if there are any relevant ones. Alvaro Garza Galvan, Carlos Mainero and María Teresa Fernández Labardini are outstanding lawyers in their fields and have extensive knowledge, experience and prestige.’

‘The litigation team is rightly led by Enrique Espejel and they have the virtue of excellent communication between the team and the client. They have a high intellectual level combined with excellent lobbying and court-relations’ skills.’

‘Their lawyers are highly qualified in what they do, they are bilingual, they are prepared and have a strong capacity to react to any litigation situation. In addition, they are straightforward and easy going. Team leader Enrique Espejel and Diego Mora stand out.’

‘The content of the defences they have submitted on behalf of the company has been of very good quality and thoroughly researched. The reports, memos and follow-up derived from the lawsuits have also been delicately taken care of. The expertise of Ismael Reyes Retana, Fernando García Gomez and Yuriria Galicia Arizmendi has left us extremely satisfied.’

‘Antonio Cardenas’ personal attention, the involvement of his entire team, the punctual follow-up of the cases and their openness and availability to see the issues all stand out.’

‘Great disposition and with excellent strategy and legal arguments. Ismael Reyes Retana is an experienced lawyer with excellent knowledge, refined legal technique, detail-oriented and great ability to see the business perspective and needs of clients. Fernando García, is a lawyer with solid knowledge, excellent communication and customer service, great willingness, openness and an excellent writer and generator of legal strategies.’

Key clients

Altán Redes

Aeroméxico

Mexicanos contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad

Kansas City Southern de México

Cablemás

Grupo Lala

Intercam

Conpapa

Telefónica

Televisa

AXA Seguros

Banamex

Banorte

Bancomext

HSBC

IPAB

Morgan Stanley

SAE

Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal

Coconal

Sonigas

Sumitomo

Kubo Financiera

Nestlé

Laboratorios Pisa

Itron

Fondo Nacional de Pensiones de los Trabajadores al Servicio del Estado

Wells Fargo Bank

Nafta Rail

Citigroup

Continental Automotive Mexicana

Couer Mining

Credit Agricole

Pfizer

Afirme Grupo Financiero

Marco Industries

Work highlights

  • Represented Altán in an amparo trial initiated by Rivada Networks and Spectrum Frontier against the bid award of the Red Compartida project.
  • Represented Facebook in complaints related to the liability of internet service provider’s regarding the content posted by their users and human rights.
  • Represented Aeroméxico in an amparo trial against a resolution issued by the Federal Antitrust Commission.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

The 25-strong practice at Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. stands out for its expertise across a range of civil, commercial, bankruptcy-related disputes and criminal litigation, and -backed by the firm's notable ‘international presence’- frequently acts for renowned international clients in significant contentious cross-border mandates. Monterrey-based partners Javier Navarro-Velasco, a market veteran with over 35 years of experience, and managing partner Alfonso Cortez-Fernandez, who handles domestic and international commercial litigation and insolvency proceedings, and is praised for his ‘willingness to work and establish very good collaboration with the in-house lawyer’, co-lead the department. Operating from Guadalajara, David Marquez has a particular focus on amparo proceedings, mainly related to the real estate sector. A solid second line of senior associates who bring key support to the practice includes: Juan Francisco Vázquez in Mexico City, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, arbitration and ADR; and Monterrey-based Javier Navarro Treviño, who handles complex domestic and international disputes - both arbitral and litigious.

Practice head(s):

Javier Navarro-Velasco; Alfonso Cortez

Testimonials

‘They have an international presence. Javier Navarro is an excellent lawyer, he shows knowledge and confidence when explaining things, you don’t have to be a lawyer to understand him.’

‘They have experience in international arbitration and knowledge of the sector, they are always available to support and follow-up on issues and they make a very good team with the in-house counsel. Very good information management system, quick handling of the issues and ability to understand the technical and legal issues of the matters.’

‘Alfonso Cortez Fernandez has experience and proactivity to provide solutions to problems, willingness to work and establish very good collaboration with the in-house lawyer, good management of the different actors within the company and good recognition of the counterparts.’

Key clients

Wynn Resorts

Epicor Software

British American Tobacco

Shell Mexico

Vestas Wind Systems

ATCO Pipelines

Gazprom

Eaton Truck Components

CHU de Québec– Université Laval

Hamilton Beach Brands

Work highlights

  • Represented of a Canadian Government Hospital in a dispute against a Mexican company, which sold thousands of medical supplies, but failed to deliver the products or return the amounts paid.

Hogan Lovells

One of the big names when it comes to disputes, and ‘undoubtedly among the best litigators in Mexico’, Hogan Lovells fields a 20-strong practice with solid expertise handling a wide array of litigation work and routinely undertaking civil, commercial, and administrative (including constitutional) mandates. Partners Omar Guerrero (who also excels handling arbitration proceedings), Jorge Francisco Valdés King and Luis Enrique Graham, co-head the department, which earns praise for being ‘committed, dynamic and passionate about client service’. Recent mandates include partnership disputes related to compensation benefits, contentious matters involving 'amparos', real estate-related disputes; recovery actions, damages claims, product liability, and significant class actions. Luis Ernesto Peón, who made the partnership in January 2020, and senior associate Juan Arturo Dueñas are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Omar Guerrero Rodríguez; Luis Enrique Graham; Alejandro Garcia Gonzalez

Testimonials

‘They are undoubtedly among the best litigators in Mexico. They seek to know the business in depth to be able to provide the best possible representation and obtain extraordinary results. They are very committed, dynamic and passionate about client service.’

‘The team’s personalised attention and follow-up, as well as their extensive knowledge and experience in international litigation matters, make the firm unique in its class. Their approach to people is friendly and highly professional, and the working documents generated are clear and timely. The use of technology is a key part of their services’

‘I would highlight the personalised attention and kindness of their managing partner Omar Guerrero, as well as his extensive legal training and knowledge. Likewise, the cordiality, monitoring and preparation of the entire team that supports him, including Juan Arturo Dueñas, who has specific knowledge of the subject and a great performance in complex situations.’

‘They have a great technical knowledge of the Mexican legal environment. They provide a complete and excellent accompaniment on matters. They are a great global law firm at the forefront of case management. They offer great reliability and quality. Juan Arturo Dueñas is an excellent lawyer who offers great reliability and actively and personally follows up on matters. The team is excellent.’

Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados

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. Among its ranks are renowned and seasoned practitioners Xavier Cortina and Alan de la Torre, who are flanked by market veteran Javier Quijano Decanini and Enrique Ballester, who shows notable skills in international arbitration. A second line of noteworthy litigators includes Miranda Carrrillo and Pablo González de Cossio, who has over 15 years' experience in both arbitration and litigation. The team's recent matters include representing the proprietors, as co-defendants in real estate-related commercial litigation brought by a retailer; the practice is also particularly recommended for bankruptcy work.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Cortina

Ramirez Ornelas Abogados

Longstanding litigation boutique, Ramirez Ornelas Abogados, is a renowned name in the civil and commercial litigation circles, excelling particularly when handling bankruptcy and insolvency work, and showing a solid orientation towards finance-sector clients in contentious matters. Garnering praise for always delivering ‘positive results in high-impact litigation’, the practice is fronted by founding partner Gerardo Ramírez Ornelas, who remains a reference point for bankruptcy matters, as well as for financial litigation, mainly on the banks' side. He is closely supported by other noted practitioners Jordi Oropeza Solórzano (who focuses on real estate and shareholder disputes); and Luis Robles, an ‘excellent litigator' who is highly experienced in telecoms-related disputes and stock market-related contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Ramírez Ornelas

Testimonials

‘A high quality firm that always delivers positive results in high-impact litigation. Gerardo Ramirez and Luis Robles have shown a great ability to explain very complex issues in a simple and logical manner and have been able to convey in a clear and timely manner the risks inherent in the matters assigned to them.’

‘Luis Robles is an excellent litigator who has shown how to present diverse alternatives and strategies in complex and delicate scenarios with favourable results for our institution. His command of the English language, his synthesis and communication skills have been a plus in the relationship.’

‘Luis Robles’ availability, clarity and precision make him an exceptional professional.’

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

Stenn Assets UK

Sacyr Construcción México

Work highlights

  • Represented Grupo México and ITM, in a commercial proceeding in which both companies claimed the nullity of a statutory clause contained in GAP bylaws that set forth a 10% limit for shareholder participation in the capital of this company.
  • Representing Cervecería Model in an amparo proceeding derived from the development of a beer production plant in Apan, Hidalgo.  
  • Representing Banobras in a claim against Invex for an alleged breach of fiduciary duty.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

In addition to the firm's predominant arbitration capabilities, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC also possesses a significant punch across commercial, civil and administrative litigation, regularly acting in disputes against the government, as well as state-linked agencies and companies such as Pemex. The department, which also handles mediation, constitutional amparos and class-action litigation, is co-led by partners Adrián Magallanes and Diego Sierra - who also lead the firm's anti-corruption practice and garners praise for his ‘excellent quality of services, mainly in highly complex litigation’. Fellow partner Raymundo Soberanis and counsels Jessika Rocha (in Monterrey) and Pablo Fautsch offer key support to the practice. Ongoing highlight mandates include advising Syngenta Agro (as a co-defendant) in a case concerning genetically modified maize; BMW (as a co-defendant) in a case regarding airbags; and Volaris in a case brought by the Federal Consumer Agency.

Practice head(s):

Adrián Magallanes; Diego Sierra

Testimonials

‘Excellent service and availability. Diego Sierra, excellent quality of services, mainly in highly complex litigation’

‘The team is competent and understands the dynamics of the business. It has the ability to seek practical solutions, always looking out for the client’s interests. The firm also makes good use of online litigation, which saves a great deal of time in the processing of lawsuits. In-depth knowledge of the client derived from a long-standing relationship’

‘They have a lot of knowledge. A lot of participation in forums’

Key clients

Volaris

Marinsa de México

Syngenta Agro

Hella Automotive México

Eduardo Alpízar, Misael Alpízar, Reinvex Integra

TK Holding, Takata de México

Cervecería Modelo de México

New Fairsel Limited

AXA Seguros

BMW de México

Work highlights

  • Representing Syngenta in a class action case regarding a claim from NGO’s, farmers, politicians and companies involved in the agriculture business related to genetically modified maize.
  • Representing Hella in a claim over the potential lack of validity of a trust agreement, regarding the management and purchase of certain real estate properties sold to Be Grand. The total value of the dispute exceeds $35m.
  • Advising TAKATA Mexican entities in class action filed by Acciones Colectivas de Sinaloa in Mazatlán, Sinaloa.

Cervantes Abogados

Following the dissolution of legacy firm Cervantes Sainz Abogados, November 2020 saw Cervantes Abogados open its doors with dispute resolution firmly established as one of its two central pillars, along with corporate work. Lauded for its ability to offer ‘unique and indefatigable’ strategies, the five-partner practice led by Luis Cervantes has an impressive track-record handling a broad array of litigious matters including civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation; domestic and cross-border insolvency litigation; family matters, shareholders litigation, and international commercial arbitration. Partners Alejandro Campillo, whose level of ‘knowledge’ gives clients confidence and peace of mind; the ‘always attentive’ Manuel Ruiz de Chávez and Juan Carlos Cajigas, praised by a client for his ‘excellent attention’, are other key member of the well-rounded practice.

Practice head(s):

Luis Cervantes

Testimonials

‘The service is excellent and so are the results. They deal with problems in a creative way. Luis Cervantes and Alejandro Campillo have always given me confidence and peace of mind because of their level of knowledge.’

‘Cervantes always find the way. Cervantes’ strategies are unique and indefatigable. Luis Cervantes and his partners are always on top of every matter.’

‘They always have an accurate and prompt response, are up to date on all issues and always willing to discuss next steps. Most significant is the punctual attention and constant communication by different means. Manuel Ruiz de Chávez is always attentive and knows the details of the lawsuits, not only provides solutions, but also gives timely follow-up and attention.’

‘They carry out a detailed analysis of the cases presented to them, offering comprehensive solutions from a business perspective. They are dynamic and innovative in the search for complex and multidisciplinary solutions. They adapt to the client’s needs and seek to present comprehensive approaches to the conflicts that are presented to them.’

‘Cervantes’ team surprised us with the various innovative strategies they proposed for our case. Personally, I was very surprised by the partners’ thinking outside-the-box attitude.’

‘Juan Carlos Cajigas has given me excellent attention.’

Key clients

Interprotección Agente de Seguros y de Fianzas

Buen Hogar

Grupo Dexel

Equipos para Gas

Princess Hotels

Constructora Chufani

Grupo Financiero Banorte

Inmuebles Dunia

El Colegio Nacional

Asociación Mexicana de Afores (AMAFORE)

Operadora OMX

Evangelina López Guzmán

SalTec International

ECI Exploration and Mining

Aislinn Derbez

Karla Beatriz Castro Delgado

Work highlights

  • Represented Interprotección in a multi-million lawsuit claiming joint and several liability with the issuer of an insurance policy which premium was not paid on time.
  • Representation of Banorte against a fraudulent claim by a former shareholder of Casa de Bolsa Banorte, seeking recognition as holder of 4.5% of Grupo Financiero Banorte.
  • Represented Operadora OMX on the liquidation of overdue rent payments and interest in a default judgment.

Galicia Abogados S.C.

Galicia Abogados S.C. houses ‘the most complete practice in the market’. Praised for its ‘extensive knowledge in administrative, civil and commercial matters’, the team co-headed by partners Daniel Amézquita and Rodrigo Zamora handles a good mix of arbitration and litigation work, and has been particularly active lately in amparo actions. Amézquita, who is ‘always on-the-ball and knows each and every matter inside out’, focuses on administrative and constitutional litigation, while Zamora is active in both commercial litigation and arbitration. The practice is also characterised by its interdisciplinary team formation with other practice areas of the firm, notably energy and infrastructure. Senior associate Iván Valdespino is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Zamora; Daniel Amézquita

Testimonials

‘It is the most complete practice in the market. Their lawyers have extensive knowledge of the various legal processes and procedures to address and resolve disputes and have extensive background knowledge in administrative, civil and commercial matters.’

‘Daniel Amézquita is always on the ball and knows each and every matter inside out. The team is very solid and has a thorough knowledge of procedural law.’

‘The attention to detail and the way they work to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of companies in litigation make Galicia the best choice.’

‘When dealing with an issue that involves several specialities, Galicia’s various specialists attend meetings and resolve the issue.’

‘I have received excellent service from Francisco Fernández and associate Gabriel Jiménez.’

‘Administrative litigation. I consider this to be a practice which, until now, was not very common, but which is increasingly required. It seems to me that Galicia’s administrative litigation specialists handle the subject perfectly well and resolve it successfully, always innovating in their solutions.’

Key clients

KfW IPEX-Bank

Organización Soriana

Cementos Apasco

Grupo Iberdrola

Grupo México

Wal-Mart de México

Siemens México

Dowell Schlumberger de México

Planigrupo

Aeromexico

Afore Invercap

Daimler Mexico

Sabadell Capital

Grupo Bimbo

Grupo Peñafiel

Palacio de Hierro

Banco Nacional de México

JC  IpexDecaux Mexico

Banco Santander

Televisa

Scotiabank Inverlat

Fimpe Fideicomiso F/00185

Banobras

Truper

Schneider Electrics

Consorcio Industrial

Sunpower Corporation Systems

Wintershall Dea

Grupo KUO

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

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of banks led by KfW IPEX on the scope, risks and consequences of legal actions brought before Federal Courts against the state-of-the-art Topolobampo ammonia plant project (in Sinaloa) by inhabitants and indigenous communities in the area, so that the banks can make investment decisions and accurately and objectively measure the litigation risks of the $860m project.
  • Challenged, through an amparo the resolution issued by COFECE by means of which it prohibited Soriana to divest of any grocery stores by means of long term leases (to Tiendas Chedraui in several locations in Mexico).  
  • Represented Cementos Apasco in an amparo action challenging a $50m fine issued by the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT).  

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC's combination of ‘litigation and corporate skills make them an ideal firm to represent the interests of companies in litigation’, be it constitutional, administrative, civil, commercial or bankruptcy litigation, as well as arbitration. At the helm of the practice, Edgar Grajeda Muñóz, who has experience representing clients before State and Federal courts, arbitration panels and governmental authorities; and Luis Felipe Mancera de Arrigunaga, an ‘expert in his field’ who has particular expertise in amparo proceedings. A strong second line includes counsel Carlos Castilla, whose practice includes the management of litigation and controversies in administrative and criminal proceedings; recently appointed counsel Pablo Daniel Morán; and senior associate Ana Rosa Bobadilla, who all provide experienced support.

Practice head(s):

Edgar Grajeda; Luis Mancera De Arrigunaga

Testimonials

‘A team with solid technical knowledge and a strong sense of ethics. The combination of their litigation and corporate skills make them an ideal firm to represent the interests of companies in litigation.’

‘Great knowledge and commitment to the client. Edgar Grajeda, Ana Bobadilla, Rafael Fuentes and Juan Carlos Peraza all have a profile of excellence in the provision of legal services and total empathy with the client.’

‘Luis Mancera is an expert in his field and an invaluable addition to our suite of advisors.’

‘The team has extraordinary response times, great legal knowledge and judgement, very good relationships and great dealings in the different instances of the judiciary.’

‘The firm invests heavily in technology in order to provide better service and improve its response times and litigation results. Edgar Grajeda and Ana Bobadilla have a great rapport with clients and are always available, they are pro business, they know the judicial system in Mexico perfectly, they have a very good relationship with judges, magistrates and ministers.’

‘They are extremely friendly.’

‘In-depth knowledge and ability to meet the requirements of legal proceedings. Great capacity to react to unforeseen events.’

Key clients

Google

3M Mexico

Amazon

Redbull

Fundación para la Protección de la Niñez

British Petroleum (BP)

Megacable

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones

Tesoro México (Andeavor Company)

Philip Morris

Benetton Group

Grupo Expansión

Work highlights

  • Advised BP Exploration Mexico with the design and implementation of the defence strategy in relation to four amparos.
  • Represented Google in a nullity trial filed before the FAC by an individual, opposing a resolution issued by the National Institute for Transparency, derived from a data protection procedure requesting the removal of the claimant’s information from Google search engine.
  • Representing 3M in a judicial controversy filed by a service provider of the client, claiming the payment of certain fees and expenses.

Guerra González y Asociados, S.C.

Renowned litigation boutique Guerra González y Asociados, S.C. boasts a 30-year track-record focused on litigation - be it civil, commercial, administrative or family-focused, along with constitutional proceedings, contentious bankruptcy and alternative dispute resolution. Operating from the firm´s offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, Matamoros, Monclova (Coahuila), and San Diego (California), the firm fields a standout bench of litigators, including founding partner and seasoned litigator Jaime R Guerra González, who also excels when handling bankruptcy-related matters; the head of the Monterrey office, Jesús Treviño Moyeda, and Alfonso Peniche García. In 2020, partners Jesús Ángel Guerra, Patricio Hidalgo and Elias Mendoza Murguía left to establish their own boutique firm Guerra, Hidalgo y Mendoza (GHM), taking senior associate Patricia Cervantes, with them.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Guerra

Jones Day

‘An obligatory reference in Mexico’, international powerhouse Jones Day boasts a solid track-record handling domestic and cross-border civil and commercial disputes. 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 Jose Antonio Vazquez co-head the eight-strong practice, which has recently been involved in real estate litigation, class actions, shareholder disputes, breaches of contract, damages and insurance claims. At associate level, María Elena Huerta is an active member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Antonio González; José Vázquez Cobo

Testimonials

‘The team’s speciality in litigation matters is more than verifiable, they are an obligatory reference in Mexico. I highlight the quality of their partners and the approach they have with their clients.’

Key clients

Vitro

Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental

Work highlights

  • Representing Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental in an amparo proceeding filed against a general resolution issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission that significantly increases the fees paid to the CFE for the service related to the transmission of renewable or clean energy.

Pérez Correa González

The full strength and expertise of the former SOLCARGO disputes team (with the exception of senior associate Arturo Rivera Méndez) moved to successor firm Pérez Correa González, which opened its doors in December 2020, maintaining its position as ‘one of the best teams in the market’. The 13-strong practice group is co-led by experienced practitioners Fernando Pérez-Correa Camarena and José Covarrubias (both of whom garner praise for their outstanding level of attention’), and boasts proven experience in commercial and administrative litigation, as well as international arbitration, and specialises in disputes involving real estate, corporate litigation, debt collection, guarantee enforcement, public and private construction contracts, financial services, torts, and termination of distribution agreements. Another key asset of the team, Zulima González, who has a particular focus in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, was promoted to the partnership in January 2021; but bankruptcy litigation-oriented senior associate Patricia Cervantes moved to Guerra, Hidalgo y Mendoza (GHM) in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Pérez Correa; José Covarrubias

Testimonials

‘They are very professional, enthusiastic, have excellent leadership and their communication is very good.’

‘Fernando Perez Correa’s participation is outstanding, we are very grateful for his experience and flexibility. The communication is close and punctual.’

‘Pérez Correa González is undoubtedly one of the best teams in the market.  Jose Covarrubias is very experienced with the industry.’

‘I would highlight the knowledge and analysis they carry out on each particular case, and the personal treatment and direct attention to the matter by the partners. In particular José Covarrubias and Fernando Pérez Correa, who offer an outstanding level of attention.’

Key clients

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (now known as “DFC”)

Export Development Canada

SSA México

Exportadora de Sal

Getman Corporation

IFA Celtics

Aceros Camesa

Zigor México

Getman Corporation

Banco Santander Mexico

Grupo Financiero Banorte

MTI Transport

Work highlights

  • Counselled and represented Exportadora de Sal on a cross-border trial brought by a salt brine distributor in California, USA.
  • Representing Getman Corporation in a dispute brought by a former distributor in Mexico, alleging the breach of an exclusivity agreement.
  • Representing the client, who owns and operates a port terminal in Tuxpan, in a land dispute against a neighbouring port-facilities operator.

Santamarina y Steta

Boasting a nine-strong litigation team, full-service Mexican firm and market stalwart Santamarina y Steta is well-known for handling conflicts and lawsuits involving national and foreign corporations arising from civil and commercial disputes. The team, which boasts ‘extensive knowledge’, is co-led by partners Carlos Olvera and Carlos Brehm, the pair praised for their ‘excellent business vision’, together with Roberto Fernández del Valle. The practice, which in recent years has evidenced an increase in work requiring mediated and other alternative resolution methods, also has a good track-record handling insolvency disputes, as well as experience acting for individuals and families in sensitive and/or high-profile civil liability and damages cases.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Olvera; Roberto Fernández del Valle; Carlos Brehm

Testimonials

‘I would highlight the experience of partners Carlos Olvera and Carlos Brehm and their excellent business vision.’

‘Extensive knowledge of the matters they deal with. Carlos Olvera and Carlos Brehm, both personally and efficiently attend to the matters entrusted to them.’

‘The team is very professional and has provided us with the necessary advice when required.’

Key clients

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

Jafra Cosmetics International

Best Buy Stores

Abbott Laboratories de México

Inter-American Investment Corporation

Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

Haver & Boecker Mexicana

NSC Agua

Merkafon de México

Tesla Automobiles Sales and Service México

Huawei Technologies de México

Nueva Wal Mart de México

Martinrea Honsel México

Master Drilling México

Ellwood Specialty Metals México

Topaz Holding

Villaserre

Work highlights

  • Advised Merkafon in a commercial claim against Zurich and its broker, Lorant Martínez Salas y Compañía Agente de Seguros y Fianzas.    
  • Representing the Inter-American Investment Corporation in a mortgage foreclosure claim filed against Nixte.
  • Representing Gabriela Miranda López and José Alejandro Castilla in a tort liability lawsuit against Cabify, derived from the murder of their daughter.

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

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. offers an 11-strong specialised litigation practice, primarily focused on administrative, commercial and civil litigation, but also featuring a smaller sub-area dedicated to amparos and constitutional matters. The team, an increasingly popular choice among clients in the telecoms and financial sectors, especially banks, due to its high levels of expertise in financial regulations and compliance, is led by Juan Bonequi, whose recent caseload has seen hm focused on amparo cases. Elia Sosa, who predominantly handles financial litigation, was promoted to the partnership in February 2021; senior associate Alejandro Escamilla, who is also deeply involved in arbitral matters, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Juan Bonequi

Testimonials

‘They maintain close communication on the progress of trials. They stand out for their diversity, inclusiveness and pro bono work. Juan Bonequi maintains very close communication.’

‘The lawyers of the firm are very complete, they are excellent professionals, with great knowledge and experience.’

‘They are all-round people, they are excellent professionals, with great knowledge and experience in law and the issues they deal with, and at the same time excellent people.’

‘They care about knowing the specific needs of the client, which is why their advice is excellent.’

Key clients

Accell Innovation

Citi Banamex

Productos Verde Valle

Productos Medix

A-Safe Mexico

Astrum Comunicaciones

Becton Dickinson de Mexico

Banco Mercantil del Norte

American International Group (AIG)

Deutsche Bank Mexico

Grupo Pochteca

Scotia Bank Mexico

Seguros Banorte

Evo Payments Mexico

Nissan Mexicana

Hisense Mexico

Daimler Financial Services

Thyssenkrupp

Grupo Lucaya

Work highlights

  • Represented of Banco Mercantil del Norte in a dispute related to phishing.  
  • Advising Astrum on a claim against PEMEX arisng due to an alleged breach of contract.Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. offers an 11-strong specialised litigation practice, primarily focused on administrative, commercial and civil litigation, but also featuring a smaller sub-area dedicated to amparos and constitutional matters. The team, an increasingly popular choice among clients in the telecoms and financial sectors, especially banks, due to its high levels of expertise in financial regulations and compliance, is led by Juan Bonequi, whose recent caseload has seen hm focused on amparo cases. Elia Sosa, who predominantly handles financial litigation, was promoted to the partnership in February 2021; senior associate Alejandro Escamilla, who is also deeply involved in arbiitral matters, is another name to note.
  • Represented AIG in a civil liability and punitive damages case.

Bufete Cuetara Canale

Founding partner Roberto Cuetara, an ‘excellent leader’ who garners praise from a client for his ‘very high win-rate’, steers the practice at litigation boutique, Bufete Cuetara Canale. Established as the firm of choice for some leading companies from the food and automotive industries, the team, which includes key senior associate Roberto Islas Vásquez, remains active handling commercial, constitutional and amparo litigation, and has recently experienced considerable development of its class action capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Cuétara Canale

Testimonials

‘It is a professional team that seeks creative solutions. They are highly professional and Roberto Cuetara ensures that all of the firm’s clients receive a personalised, timely and clear service.’

‘Roberto Cuetara takes responsibility for the case from start to finish, there is no need to send reminders or follow-ups to attend to matters. He has a very high win-rate.’

‘Their services are of the highest quality. All members are accessible and provide a great strategy.’

‘It is a unique team that is always ready to solve with excellence the matters that are presented to them. It is an innovative firm that is always at the forefront of excellence for its clients. Roberto Cuetara is an excellent leader.’

‘Roberto Cuetara has demonstrated extensive knowledge of insurance regulatory issues.’

‘Roberto Cuetara is a very talented litigator. He is an excellent strategist and a very practical attorney.’

‘Cuetara Canale is a boutique litigation firm, however, they are involved in many large cases and the services they provide are very good. They are a solid firm.’

Work highlights

  • Represented an automobile company in obtaining a favorable judgment decertifying a class-action lawsuit directed solely at the company and not the other codefendants.
  • Represented a global food and beverage producer and supplier regarding the suspension of a land-restitution order which was issued by the Special Prosecutor’s Office of the state of Chiapas.

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

With a growing market presence and profile, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.'s dispute resolution practice stands out for its prowess primarily in high-end administrative litigation and arbitration. Drawing on the firm´s leading transactional department, the practice group led by partner Luis Vázquez and of counsel Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor represents clients from a wide range of sectors, including energy and natural resources, private equity, financial institutions and real estate. In addition, as a multidisciplinary firm, the practice can call on the support of specialists in the specific areas to which the litigation relates. The practice houses experienced litigators including the ‘highly efficient and very attentive’ Héctor Anaya Mondragón, who has notable capability handling cross-border litigation as well as amparo trials; and Luis Jardón, recently appointed counsel.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Sepulveda Amor; Luis Vázquez

Testimonials

‘In dispute resolution they combine their expertise in antitrust, international and constitutional (amparo) law.’

‘A firm with great knowledge of many issues and their team as well, they generate confidence for the in-house team.’

‘Hector Anaya is highly efficient and very attentive. The level of knowledge of procedures, jurisprudence, remedies and strategies he offered was exceptional.’

‘The level of service is what makes this practice unique.’

‘What makes the litigation practice unique is the excellent teamwork between. Sara Gutiérrez Ruiz de Chávez and Luis Jardón and Andoni Garza. They get along very well, and complement each other perfectly.’

Key clients

Legacy Vulcan (a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials)

Work highlights

  • Representing a publically-traded fund which the National Banking Commission ruled had allegedly incurred in conduct contrary to its provisions on financial matters, determining two fines with an aggregate total amount of MX$1,517,104.
  • Represented CALICA, the subsidiary of  Legacy Vulcan, in a serial of complex administrative litigations involving various Federal authorities that damaged its investment in a limestone quarry in the State of Quintana Roo.

Del Castillo y Castro Abogados

Operating both from Monterrey and Mexico City, the seven-strong practice at Del Castillo y Castro Abogados advises local and international clients on -primarily- commercial conflicts involving real estate, corporate and contractual matters, indebtedness, insolvency, insurance and bonds, among other areas, while also boasting some notable capabilities in commercial arbitration. Founding partner Fernando Del Castillo -an undeniable market heavyweight when it comes to contentious bankruptcy mandates- heads the department, where he also displays his solid expertise in civil and commercial litigation (as well as arbitration). Key support comes from Monterrey-based partner Camilo Vázquez López, who holds a similar skillset to Del Castillo; and senior associate Ana Laura Elizalde, a ‘true rising star’, according to clients.

Practice head(s):

Fernando del Castillo

Testimonials

‘Fernando Del Castillo is one of our expert lawyers in highly complex insurance litigation and reinsurance matters. In addition to his legal expertise, he also has an extraordinary ability to negotiate.’

‘Fernando del Castillo has an in-depth knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of insurance, reinsurance and insolvency matters. Ana Laura Elizalde is a true rising star.’

Key clients

Abengoa México

Acciona Ingeniería

Banco Credit Suisse (México)

Grupo Financiero Credit Suisse (México)

Banco Invex

Banco Mercantil del Norte

Deutsche Bank México

Grupo Lamosa

M+W High Tech Projects México

Seguros Banorte

Grupo Financiero Banorte

Tesla

Work highlights

  • Acting for Concesionaria del Acueducto El Zapotillo (a subsidiary of Abengoa) in a proceeding seeking the annulment of the acceleration notice given by its creditor.
  • Representing Credit Suisse in several judicial proceedings seeking payment of a debt related to a credit agreement entered by and between one of its financial subsidiaries and TT Blues Store.
  • Representing Banco Mercantil del Norte in the enforcement proceeding related to the payment of financial returns in the amount of MX$1bn.

Guerra, Hidalgo y Mendoza (GHM)

A spin-off from Guerra González y Asociados, S.C., boutique firm Guerra, Hidalgo y Mendoza (GHM) specialises in mandates involving restructurings (both, out-of-court and concurso mercantil), litigation, arbitration, and other dispute resolution methods. The team of 20 professionals is led by skilled litigator Jesús Guerra Méndez, who has considerable prowess handling civil and commercial disputes; and fellow founding partners Elías Mendoza and Patricio Hidalgo, highly experienced in insurance and bonds litigation. The team was further strengthened with the March-2021 arrival of senior associate Patricia Cervantes from Pérez Correa González.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Ángel Guerra; Elias Mendoza and Patricio Hidalgo

Testimonials

‘This is talented and highly motivated team. They just left Guerra Gonzalez, another very relevant player in litigation. They are hands-on and fully committed to their clients.’

‘I have been co-counsel with them in some cases. They are easy to work with and very collaborative.’

‘They are very creative attorneys.’

López Melih y Estrada S.C.

Best known for administrative and civil litigation, specialist 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). Furthermore, it also has solid experience in shareholder claims and energy-sector disputes. Well-known partners Alfonso López Melih and Juan Pablo Estrada Michel handle civil, commercial and administrative litigation before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso López Melih

Martens Abogados, S.C.

Within just six years of opening its doors, litigation boutique Martens Abogados, S.C. has earned the confidence of clients thanks to it robust commercial and administrative litigation capabilities. Founding partner Federico Martens, hailed for his ‘vast knowledge in the field’, sits at the helm of the team, which of late has been particularly active on contentious matters in the energy sector, as well as with insurance matters, on behalf of the insured, or the borrower in financial mandates. Fellow partner Luis Gerardo Gonzalez boasts a a strong track-record in commercial litigation and also handles administrative and corporate disputes. Senior associate Erick Rodríguez Meneses is another key asset of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Federico Martens Alva

Testimonials

‘Federico Martens is a professional, always ready to collaborate and provide the best legal strategies to achieve the objectives of the company. In addition to his vast knowledge in the field, he complies on time with the projects entrusted to him and is always aware of what is happening in the matters in which he is sponsoring us.’

‘They are able to provide a real sensitivity to the different strategies and approaches to successful litigation, and complement the claims with studies that effectively help the courts to understand the case and its impact.’

‘They are always able to explain things in a simple way which reinforces the confidence and decision making of companies.’

‘They have had a quick adaptation and learning process in the electricity sector, which has a great technical complexity, and they have been able to focus their efforts to maximize the probability of success in cases.’

‘They are specialists in litigation, understand their clients’ needs perfectly and approach the problem with innovative techniques.’

‘We have worked successfully with Federico Martens and Luis González Meyer.’

Key clients

Motorola

Diageo

SAAVI

Cubico

Grupo Idesa

Alphacredit

GEMEX

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

Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS) houses a five-strong practice focused on civil, administrative and commercial disputes, as well as litigation across a wide range of sectors and disciplines. Recently, the team has been particularly busy with significant amparo proceedings, particularly for pharmaceuticals and consumer goods' clients, as well as in administrative procedures and nullity claims related to rulings by consumer protection agency PROFECO. Managing partner Esteban Gorches, who garners praise for being an ‘excellent lawyer, passionate and extremely knowledgeable’, co-heads the department with younger colleague Juan Luis Blanco M.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Gorches; Juan Luis Blanco

Testimonials

‘Esteban Gorches is an excellent lawyer, passionate, extremely knowledgeable and with fresh ideas, which undoubtedly makes him one of the best in the field.’

‘The personal attention and technical rigour with which they support us in high impact litigation matters is exceptional. The leadership and generosity of Esteban Gorches, who participates with us in all working meetings, is priceless.’

‘Esteban Gorches and Juan Luis Blanco stand out for their technical expertise in complex administrative and constitutional litigation matters.’

‘I felt that I was accompanied at all times and that a genuine interest was shown in my case. Even when acting pro bono, this was not an obstacle to providing me with a careful attention.’

‘Esteban Gorches is one of the best lawyers I know, he is always available and open to understand and give legal advice on the various issues that the company faces and can differentiate when the decision is more business than legal.’

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s Mexican litigation practice offers solid expertise in administrative, tax and amparo trials and is backed by the firm's global office network. The ‘well trained and knowledgeable’ four-strong team led by Joselino Morales Lopez is predominantly engaged in disputes related to the infrastructure, construction and real estate sectors, as well as 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 matters.  Mid-level associate Hugo E Hernández is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Joselino Morales

Testimonials

‘The team is always active, quick under the circumstances and very clear in its objectives, Joselino Morales shows a lot of calm, knowledge and experience. He is a very experienced partner and his team is very well trained and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

O’donnel

Bank of America, Merrill Lynch

Ecogas México

Uber

Grupo Avanzia

Grupo Bio Pappel

Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México

Golfo Transportación

Asociación de Productores y Empacadores y Exportadores de Aguacate de México

E Entertainment

Elbit Systems

Presentation Services

Nadro

Work highlights

  • Represented O’Donnell regarding an amparo claim filed by a group of inhabitants from the Axotlan Neighborhood against the dispossession of a section of the land in Cuautitlan Izcalli.
  • Represented Uber in various successful litigation proceedings that allowed it to resume operations in Cancun and elsewhere on the ‘Riviera Maya’ after over a year of inactivity
  • Represented NADRO in an investigation into the pharma distribution industry undertaken by Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission (COFECE)

Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego

Partner Juan Miguel Martínez-Mendieta ‘an extraordinary litigator’ who garners praise for ‘caring about providing a great service and knowing the client's needs’, heads the six-strong practice at Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego, which also undertakes arbitration and ADR. The department, which houses other key practitioners such as associate Diego Sándor Maurer Hernández, has proven expertise in administrative, civil, commercial and amparo lawsuits. It also remains active with regard to recovery actions.

Practice head(s):

Juan Miguel Martínez Mendieta

Testimonials

‘Juan Miguel Martinez is an extraordinary litigator. He cares about providing a great service and knowing the client’s needs.’

‘It is a serious and very professional firm that has given excellent results in the matter thanks to their deep knowledge. They know the processes well and are very professional.’

‘They have a good support team and the preparation is excellent.’

Key clients

Atco Group

Corteva Agriscience

Siemens

FOVISSSTE

GNK Logística

Mexichem/Orbia

DuPont

Banorte

IGS

Veolia

Cultura Colectiva

C&A

Inca Concretos

McCormick

Work highlights

  • Representing Veolia in an amparo procedure filed against the new regulation issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission and published by the Electricity Federal Commission for the calculation of the electric cogeneration fees; value, MX$10m.
  • Representing ATCO regarding the supervision and sign-off of the legal aspects for the granting of rights of way with federal, state and municipal authorities, as well as on the verification and analysis of land occupation; value: MX$50m.
  • Advising Corteva Agriscience since 2012 on the recovery process of millions of pesos, derived from credits granted in agricultural commodities to producers throughout the country; value: MX$90m.

Mañón Quintana Abogados

Founding partners Antonio Mañón and Gerardo Quintana head the dispute resolution department at young litigation boutique Mañón Quintana Abogados, which earns praise for the lawyers' ‘unique level of attention and dedication to the client’. Operating form the firm´s offices in Mexico City and Tijuana, the team has a profound expertise in bankruptcy litigation, commercial litigation, contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, banking and finance-related litigation, and ADR & arbitration; this last area was notably reinforced with the October-2020 arrival of counsel Antonio Barrera from the former Cervantes Sainz. Additionally, in a novel 2021 development, the firm has launched a Latin American practice, which will be headed by counsel Julio Copo Terrés, accompanied by a team of four.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Mañón; Gerardo Quintana

Testimonials

‘They have a unique level of attention and dedication to the client, assertive communication and flexibility in negotiating fees. Antonio Mañón and Gerardo Martinez take personal care of the issues and contact us in a personalised and efficient manner. They are very creative when it comes to solutions for medium and highly complex credit recovery and litigation cases.’

‘Antonio Mañón and Antonio Barrera are always available.’

‘They are great strategists and successfully conduct the matters entrusted to them. The team has great knowledge, expertise, client care, and follow-up of matters. The client does not have to be asking for the status of the matters.’

‘Antonio Mañón is a skilled, responsible lawyer who offers a high quality service.’

Key clients

Aqualia Mexico

Scotiabank

HSBC México

Axa Seguros

Seguros Argos

BPI France Assurance Export

NR Finance Mexico

Nissan Mexicana

FCA México (Stellantis)

KIA Motors México

Johnson Controls

Clarios Mexico

BAS Corporation

Hive Energy Mexico

Vetra Energy Group

American Iron and Metal Company

Aggreko Energy

Hewlett-Packard Enterprises

Grupo Peñafiel

A Keurig

Liverpool

Transbel (Belcorp)

Vitro Canceles

Xerox Mexicana

Work highlights

  • Representing Scotiabank on the implementation of a legal strategy against claims (totalling over $75m) deriving from phishing frauds during the Covid-19 lockdown.
  • Representing the state-owned entity, Banjercito, on the administrative rescission of a public procurement contract for the implementation of a central banking system, as well as in the contentious-administrative and judicial proceedings derived from such an administrative rescission.
  • Representing Aqualia on the preparation of a rescission of contract notice, the filing of a precautionary measures’ petition and in a commercial arbitration procedure.

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C. fields a ‘very robust and specialised’ litigation department and is frequently engaged in complex civil and commercial litigation, as well as in administrative proceedings against Federal and State authorities and Constitutional lawsuits before Federal Courts. Partner Everardo Espino heads the 13-strong practice group which has built a strong reputation in the restructuring and bankruptcy arena, while also collaborating closely with the transactional areas of the firm to mitigate risk; and in administrative proceedings involving antitrust, securities and environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Everardo Espino

Testimonials

‘Their level of attention is very good, they have a very quick response capacity with good results. They are always up to date on regulatory reforms and constantly inform their clients if there are any relevant ones.’

‘Everardo Joaquin Espino and Santiago Costal have an excellent client relationship, are constantly up to date, have a great ability to explain matters clearly, as well as negotiation skills.’

‘It is a very robust and specialised team. Everardo Espino Guerrero provides direct, timely and accurate attention, adapting to the specific needs of each circumstance.’

‘They have a very competent team that handles multidisciplinary litigation.’

‘Excellent service, attention and dedication to matters. Availability to have meetings in person and remotely by excellent digital platforms, is the best of many firms in litigation, timely follow-up to matters. The attention, friendliness and quality of services makes it an excellent firm.’

Key clients

ICATEN (and various subsidiaries)

Concesionaria AT-AT

Pemez

Bansi

Fibrashop

Atlas

Bancrea

Promocasa

Banco Santander

Aleatica

Grupo OMA

Televisa

Elekta

Sago Electronics

Grupo Famsa

Roca Investments

Banorte

Riverstone

Eurus/Coromuel

EXI

Areas/Aerocomidas

Broxel

Deutsche Bank

Grup Eco

Intertug

Vinte

Grupo Financiero Banorte

Work highlights

  • Represented Pemex in a commercial lawsuit initiated by Perforadora Oro Negro for the alleged wrongful termination of four jack up rig lease-agreements entered into by PPS and Perforadora Oro Negro.
  • Represented Bansí in several administrative and amparo proceedings before the Regulatory and Administrative Federal Courts, regarding fines imposed by the CNBV, CONDUSEF and Banxico.
  • Represented ICA Constructora, as plaintiff, in the proceeding to execute a pledge agreement; the plaintiffs obtained an injunction that allowed them to exercise the corporate rights of the pledged shares.

Sainz Abogados

Following the dissolution of Cervantes Sainz, partner Daniel Díaz Álvarez -who is hailed for ‘his experience in complex litigation’, as well as for being ‘extremely accessible’- heads the 11-strong department at successor firm Sainz Abogados. The practice handles commercial litigation and arbitration, restructuring, bankruptcy, shareholders’ conflicts, public works’ disputes with and against local and federal governments, as well as lawsuits related to accidents, civil liability, and cases related to liability of the State. Associate Estefanía Sierra Ulibarri, who specialises in contractual disputes, tort law, administrative disputes, and bankruptcy matters, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Díaz Alvarez

Testimonials

‘The team led by Daniel Díaz has extensive experience in complex issues. They are true strategists and able to design a strategy that includes different types of actions, in order to safeguard their client’s interests.’

‘They are very specialised. Daniel Díaz stands out for his experience in complex litigation and for being very on top of the work being done. He leads a very compact team and is extremely accessible.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders of Oro Negro

Paul Henri Gimenez

CFEnergía

Consultores Falcon Managment Partners de Mexico

Gas Industrial de Monterrey

Tata Consultancy Services de México

Sistemas Energéticos SISA

Alsea

K’IIN

McCain México

Rock Port Partners

Mario Fernando Villalpando Ávila

Grupo Fila-Dixon

Minera y Metalúrgia del Boleo

CK Pearl Holding / Medley Capital Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing the bondholders in the Oro Negro bankruptcy procedure, coordinating multiple disputes in New York, Singapore, Norway and Mexico.
  • Representing the government owned power company CFEnergía in various constitutional lawsuits and arbitrations related to the construction, suspension of activities, and operation of various Mexican gas pipelines.
  • Represented Carso, ICA and Alstom in a dispute against the Mexico City Government concrning the construction of Line 12 of Mexico City’s metro system.