Over 40 lawyers’ strong, powerhouse Mexican disputes boutiques, Malpica, Iturbe, Buj y Paredes, S.C. occupies a leading position in the litigation segment in Mexico, and garners praise by clients for being ‘an excellent option for all types of disputes’. The deep practice displays ‘versatility in dealing with various contentious matters’, mainly high-stakes disputes, be it civil, commercial, or constitutional litigation, or arbitration. The energy, financial services and telecoms industries are among the group’s main sources of mandates. Its ‘exceptional’ bench of practitioners includes Carlos Malpica, ‘one of the best litigators in Mexico’; Rodrigo Buj, who specialises in administrative and antitrust litigation; María José Jimenez, a former court officer of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice who brings additional expertise in administrative and antitrust disputes; Alvaro Huerta (litigation and IP), Horacio Paredes (administrative and energy-sector litigation), and Rolando Zárate Guzmán, who recently represented the control group of Banorte and Banorte in several commercial disputes; and commercial litigation and bankruptcy expert Juan José Iturbe López . Key associate Fernando De Ovando focuses primarily on commercial litigation. As an independent specialist firm, the team also regularly receives referrals form both local and international firms that don’t have a contentious capability.
Dispute resolution: litigation in Mexico
‘I have nothing but good references of MIBP. Carlos Malpica is not only one of the best litigators in the country but an excellent human being. He has a corporate background so he is business-wise driven.’
‘Carlos Malpica is one of the best litigators in Mexico.’
‘Our interaction with the firm is mainly to litigate amparo proceedings. This is a practice that requires a precise knowledge of the legislation, as well as a deep understanding of the possible alternatives of action, so that the proposed strategies can achieve successful results.’
‘Carlos Malpica has a deep knowledge of the law and an excellent sense of strategy, as well as being always available. Álvaro Huerta is an excellent lawyer, with great knowledge of the sector and a highly developed taste for detail.’
‘Carlos Malpica, Horacio Paredes, Rolando Zarate and Maria Jose Jimenez have the advantage and experience of having worked at Mijares Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, before opening their litigation boutique, so they have experience in corporate, transactional and other matters that give them the basis to strengthen the substance of their litigation and also have access to the most important clients in each sector.’
‘Versatility in dealing with various contentious matters, covering constitutional, administrative, amparo, telecom, civil, commercial, bankruptcy and arbitration law.’
‘Carlos Malpica, Horacio Paredes and Juan José Iturbe, in their different specialties, are exceptional. I also know Rodrigo Buj, who is technical and solvent, as well as Rolando Zárate. Maria José Jiménez, who recently elevated to partnership, is a complete lawyer.’
‘Very remarkable that they are the largest law firm specialized in disputes in Mexico. They are an excellent option for all types of disputes. Simply excellent.’
Inter-American Development Bank
- Represented Citibank in the bankruptcy proceedings of Altán Redes.
- Represented a Mexican subsidiary of Macquarie in an insurance litigation -before Mexican Federal Courts- against RSA and Codan (in two separate proceedings) in order to collect an insurance for a project that failed due to civil unrest.
- Represented Alstom in a class action derived from the accident on Line 12 of the Mexican Subway.
The ‘excellent and trustworthy’ Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel continues to be acclaimed by market onlookers as a first-class dispute resolution firm, one which represents clients across Mexico in highly complex disputes. The team is particularly well known for its expertise and exceptional track-record in financial services, regularly acting for top-tier banks such as Santander, BBVA, or Banamex, but which has also been increasingly prominent of late in litigation related to the aviation and retail sectors, representing major clients such as Aeroméxico and Wal-mart. The sizeable practice houses a group of stellar practitioners including Jorge De Haro, a preferred option for many banks, who specialises in civil and commercial litigation and has extensive experience in bankruptcy & restructuring; Javier Curiel, whose contentious practice is informed by his solid corporate background and who also handles commercial arbitration; Javier Altamirano, who undertakes disputes involving loans, trading, investment, and trust transactions and activities; Ernesto Palacios, who shows prowess in amparo proceedings; and Diego Gutiérrez and Mauricio Mendoza, who both handles civil and commercial disputes, as well as commercial arbitration. At associate level, Bernardo Basaldua is an additional name to note.
Jorge de Haro; Javier Curiel; Daniel Ortega; Javier Altamirano; Ernesto Palacios Juárez; Diego Gutiérrez; Alejandro Legaspi; Mauricio Mendoza
‘The team is excellent and trustworthy.’
‘The main quality of partner Diego Gutierrez is his availability and attention. He was always patient in explaining procedural specificities and the laws of Mexico to his foreign clients.’
Banco Mercantil del Norte
Banco Nacional de México
Banco Santander (México)
Google LLC and Google México
Seguros Monterrey New York Life
Sura Asset Management and affiliate companies
Wal-Mart de México
Galicia Abogados S.C. distinguishes itself with a sturdy litigation capability that continues to extend its reach and profile. Indeed, the interdisciplinary practice undertakes activity in all core litigious areas -administrative, regulatory and constitutional; civil and commercial; in relation to/ or parallel with, arbitration; and tax and labour litigation- thereby allowing it to handle legislative, administrative or judicial actions (or omissions) arising from all levels of government, via administrative law proceedings, judicial (and/or constitutional) review actions, and amparo proceedings. The practice is co-led by Rodrigo Zamora, who stands out for his prowess in commercial litigation and arbitration; and Daniel Amézquita, an accomplished administrative and constitutional litigator, who has remained busy of late with cases arising primarily from the energy sector – although other sectors such as pharmaceuticals, finance and telecoms, have also been generating mandates. The pair are closely supported by an experienced second line of senior associates consisting of Iván Valdespino, whose sector expertise encompasses energy, infrastructure, environmental matters and urban development; José Antonio Casas, a commercial litigation specialist; and Gilda Velázquez, who provides additional expertise in administrative and constitutional litigation.
Rodrigo Zamora; Daniel Amézquita
Wal-Mart de México
Dowell Schlumberger de México
Palacio de Hierro
Banco Nacional de México
Fimpe Fideicomiso F/00185
Sunpower Corporation Systems
Cámara Nacional de la Industria de la Cerveza y de la Malta
- Represented Iberdrola in a challenge before the Federal Courts regarding the constitutionality of article 161 of the Power Industry Law.
International powerhouse Hogan Lovells, has an enviable record when it comes to disputes work -especially that of an international nature- boasting ample experience handling complex civil and commercial litigation proceedings before local and federal courts (including the Supreme Court), and representing clients from a variety of industries including infrastructure, construction, automotive, pharmaceutical, insurance, oil and gas, beverages, and technology. The practice comprises a group of well known names in the Mexican disputes sphere, incuding office managing partner Omar Guerrero, who excels whether practicing civil, commercial or antitrust litigation, or arbitration; Luis Enrique Graham, who is also praised for his established arbitration practice; Alejandro García González (in Monterrey), who is experienced in construction and real estate disputes; Jorge Francisco Valdés King, whose practice additionally encompasses bankruptcy litigation; skilled civil and commercial litigator Luis Ernesto Peón Barriga. Juan Arturo Dueñas, who was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and tax and administrative litigator Giovanni Sosa provide additional key support.
Omar Guerrero; Luis Enrique Graham
‘Reliability. Good practices. Knowledge.’
‘Reliability. Confidence. Good reporter of affairs. Flexibility.’
‘Use of technologies, collaboration, creativity.’
‘Close treatment, security, work under pressure and time management. Warmth. Quality of work, collaboration with teams. Omar Guerrero Rodríguez stands out.’
‘They have staff who are very committed to their clients, they have a very personal relationship with the client. They constantly monitor litigation matters and provide timely information on them. There are specialist lawyers as necessary on the specific litigation matter.‘
‘Specialist lawyers, individualised treatment for each client, high availability to resolve doubts. There is a very good interaction and synergy with the client for fixing the service, strategies, etc. Alejandro Garcia Gonzalez, Giovanni Sosa.‘
‘Close treatment, safety, work under pressure and time management. Warmth. Quality of work, collaboration with teams. Among others, Benjamín Pérez, Rogelio Gama, Sylvia Sámano, Perla Díaz, Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón and Omar Guerrero Rodríguez.’
Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados
Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados is home to a veteran and revered practice group in the Mexico's contentious sphere. Name partners and seasoned disputes practitioners Javier Quijano, Xavier Cortina and Alan De La Torre are the key contacts of the group, which earns praise for its expertise in civil, commercial and constitutional litigation. An experienced second line includes Miranda Carrillo (civil, commercial and family litigation) and Pablo González De Cossio (arbitration and litigation). The team's recent matters include representing a financial institution in a multimillion-dollar commercial dispute concerning fiduciary duty related to certain trusts.
Although widely known in the dispute resolution space for its finesse and skills in the arbitral segment, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC also houses a renowned litigation practice which has a very fine track record across civil, commercial, and administrative litigation. The group, which is praised for its ‘professionalism, responsiveness and good communication skills’, is jointly led by Adrián Magallanes, who has particular experience litigating energy and construction disputes, as well as handling arbitration mandates; and Diego Sierra, an anticorruption expert with ‘exceptional communication and interpersonal skills’. Constitutional amparos and class-action litigation also account for a significant proportion of the caseload. Recent work highlights include advising Syngenta Agro in a class action case related to the commercialisation of genetically modified seeds. Raymundo Soberanis, Jessika Rocha, and Pablo Fautsch (the latter two where appointed partners in December 2021) are additional key names on the team.
Adrián Magallanes; Diego Sierra
‘Experience and technical knowledge.’
‘Professionalism, responsiveness and good communication skills with the client.’
‘The Von Wobeser litigation team has a wealth of experience which allows them to advise clients in complex and often novel matters.’
‘One key attribute of the team that stands out is their ability to communicate complex concepts of Mexican law for a US audience.’
‘The compliance team is extremely well-known within the anticorruption space, with clear expertise and top notch communication skills for both co-counsel and clients.’
‘Diego Sierra has a very high profile both domestically and internationally as a subject matter expert and thought leader within the compliance and anticorruption space. In addition to being a thought leader, he has exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that make working with him a pleasure.’
Mitsui & Co Power Development
Takata (today trustee Farnan)
Cervecería Modelo de México (Anheuser Busch InBev)
Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación (Volaris)
Marinsa de México
Sea Dragon de México
Ienova Infraestructura Energética
Punto Propulsora / Chapter Real Estate
- Advising Syngenta Agro on a class action case the results of which will determine the possibility of commercialising genetically modified seeds.
- Advising management officers and a group of shareholders in a dispute over the control of a pharmaceutical company.
- Representing BWM in a class action case involving the alleged defective installation of a device in the airbags of the vehicles.
White & Case S.C.'s well-reputed dispute resolution department continues to participate in large and challenging disputes in Mexico, offering strong capabilities in both domestic and cross-border litigation. The practice comprises experts in civil and commercial litigation led by Enrique Espejel , who also shows prowess in bankruptcy litigation; and a group focused on administrative litigation, led by Ismael Reyes Retana Tello, who is hailed as a ‘reference in the Mexican forum’ and whose ‘experience and knowledge place him in a category that few lawyers in Mexico have’. Both teams are complemented by the firm's solid arbitration practice. Drawing on its ‘deep knowledge of the current political situation in Mexico and regulatory changes’, the department has also positioned itself as a well-regarded player for litigation involving regulated industries - particularly financial services, and increasingly, energy. Fernando García, who has a focus on constitutional and administrative disputes, was appointed partner in January 2022, however, the group endured the departure of Antonio Cárdenas and Daniel González, who joined DLA Piper. Associates Yuriria Galicia and José Joaquín Pacheco Mendoza are additional names to note.
Enrique Espejel; Ismael Reyes Retana
‘Teamwork with the W&C Mexico office has been an excellent experience. Very good treatment and collaboration with its people, top-level billing and technology.’
‘Human quality, professionalism, ethics and responsiveness. Ismael Reyes Retana.’
‘It is a round advice: It is not based solely on litigation issues (in which Ismael Reyes is an expert), but covers regulatory issues and care and rapprochement with authorities.’
‘Ismael Reyes Retana is a reference in the Mexican forum. He is is recognised as milestones and hi high-degree of experience and knowledge place him in a category that few lawyers in Mexico have.’
‘The White & Case team has extensive experience in creating compelling legal strategies to achieve the objectives that are set. They also have a determination in carrying out the activities of the strategy to achieve the proposed objectives.’
‘The added value of W&C lawyers is provided by their attention and cordial treatment of the client, their extensive knowledge and that they are resolute and look for alternatives to achieve good results. The lawyers who share these qualities are: Fernando Gómez, Diego Mora, Ismael Reyes Retana, Enrique Espejel.’
‘Fernando Garcia Gomez has been a fantastic support working on several local litigations and has a unique ability to process information from our commercial team members and communicate with them so they understand the process.’
‘Deep knowledge of the current political situation in Mexico and regulatory changes.’
Facebook (now Meta)
Confederación Nacional de Productores de Papa (Conpapa)
Kansas City Southern Mexico
Kansas City Southern
TV Cable de Oriente
Cable y Comunicación de Campeche
Aerovías de México
Thermion Energy Services
Afirme Grupo Financiero
- Represented Meta (Facebook) and its Mexican subsidiary in the first civil litigations brought against a social media platform in Mexico.
- Assisting Conpapa in challenging a new ruling issued in 2021 that seeks to allow the importation of fresh potatoes without the proper sanitary requirements.
- Representing Amazon in several inquiries related to the intermediary liability for e-commerce platforms.
Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.
The 25-strong practice at Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. houses s expertise across a range of civil, commercial, bankruptcy-related disputes and criminal litigation, and -backed by the firm’s notable international network- frequently acts for international clients in significant contentious cross-border mandates. Following Monterrey-based Javier L Navarro-Velasco 's retirement in November 2021, Alfonso Cortez-Fernandez is now sole chair of the litigation practice; he primarily handles domestic and international commercial litigation and insolvency proceedings. Operating from Guadalajara, David Márquez has a particular focus on amparo proceedings, mainly related to the real estate sector; while in Mexico City, Juan Francisco Vázquez - who was promoted to the partnership in January 2022 - focuses on civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. Key senior associate support comes from Monterrey-based Javier Navarro Treviño, who handles complex domestic and international disputes – again, both arbitral and litigious.
Praised for his ‘unmatched experience and knowledge’, seasoned civil and commercial litigator Luis Cervantes leads the practice group at Cervantes Abogados, whose lawyers are ‘recognised for their exceptional diligence’; indeed the team earns additional praise for its ‘unparalleled experience in corporate litigation’. Other key team contacts include Alejandro Campillo, a ‘creative lawyer who achieves exceptional results’ and has over 30 years' experience in civil, commercial, administrative, and constitutional litigation - he represents both national and international clients in state and federal courts and arbitration; and Juan Carlos Cajigas, who specialises in civil, commercial and family litigation and brings additional expertise in contractual matters, civil liability and moral damages, and real estate and lease disputes to the practice.
‘Very dedicated team which always gives detailed and timely attention and follow-up.’
‘In the field of litigation they are recognized for their exceptional diligence. The authorities respect and consider the members of the firm.’
‘Knowledge in the different matters for litigation, strategies, monitoring of the process without the need to intervene as a client.’
‘The line with the firm is at all times through the partners responsible for the litigation, so the information flows quickly and transparently. They are always open to seek solutions outside the contentious spectrum, they even get involved to find solutions before going to court.’
‘Luis Cervantes is a total strategist. Alejandro Campillo is a very technical and creative lawyer who achieves exceptional results.’
‘Luis Cervantez Sainz, Juan Carlos Cagijas: They have the best knowledge of the Mexican political and legal system. The gender perspective and empathy makes them the most incredible.’
‘Cervantes Abogados has unparalleled experience in corporate litigation.’
‘Luis Cervantes has unmatched experience and knowledge.’
Interprotección Agente de Seguros y de Fianzas
Equipos para Gas
Grupo Financiero Banorte
Evangelina López Guzmán
ECI Exploration and Mining
Karla Beatriz Castro Delgado
- Represented Interprotección in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit claiming joint and several liability with the issuer of an insurance policy the premium of which was not paid on time.
- Represented Operadora OMX in a case related to the liquidation of overdue rent payments and interest in default judgment (value: more than $400m).
- Representing Constructora Chufani in a lawsuit claiming due payment for the construction of an industrial plant for the owner of the Nivea brand; the owner of the site has refused to pay for the construction.
Del Castillo y Castro Abogados
Approaching its fourth year in the market, Del Castillo y Castro Abogados's litigation practice has established itself as a solvent player in the Mexican market, and is particularly recognised for its know-how in civil and commercial litigation, and arbitration. Department co-heads Fernando Del Castillo, who operates from Mexico City (and also shines as a bankruptcy specialist), and Camilo Vázquez López, who heads the Monterrey-based disputes team, both share a similar skillset across commercial litigation and arbitration, and bankruptcy. Ana Laura Elizalde, who is experienced in the banking, insurance and construction sectors, along with Gabriela Meza Díaz De León, and Karla Gabriela Silva, constiute a solid second line of associates who provide key support.
Fernando del Castillo; Camilo Vázquez López
Acciona Ingeniería Industrial
Banco Credit Suisse (México)
Banco Mercantil del Norte
Deutsche Bank México
Nordex Energy México
- Representing Abengoa in an executive lawsuit filed by Banco Base against Abemex’s collection rights.
- Representing Banco 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.
Praised for being ‘highly specialised and very empathic with the client’, González Calvillo‘s dispute resolution practice has established civil, commercial, administrative and constitutional litigation as its strong points. Shareholders and corporate disputes, real estate controversies, administrative law, and bankruptcy and amparo proceedings account for a healthy portion of the workload of the group led by experienced litigator, Edgar Grajeda Muñóz. Recent work highlights include representing BP’s entities in two different class action processes both derived from the oil spill caused by the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Macondo field. Regulated-sector specialist Luis Mancera has also been active in the energy sector, advising hydrocarbons companies (particularly as regards mid- and downstream licenses and permitting matters) and power generators; as well as acting for telecoms companies in regulatory and litigious matters before IFETEL and PROFECO. The September 2022 promotion of former counsel Daniel Morán Salgado to the partnership has further consolidated the firm’s bench for contentious matters (Morán is well-versed in a variety of disputes); and the pair can also call on senior associate Ana Rosa Bobadilla, who is experienced in insolvency and class action procedures; and associate Jesús Manuel Gálvez, for experienced support as necessary.
Edgar Grajeda Muñóz
‘The team of lawyers is highly specialised, very empathic with the client, they collaborate together to approach the problem and find the best solution route. They give reports in a timely manner and call the meeting in the necessary cases for proper decision-making. They have efficient technology platforms.’
‘Empathy, high specialisation, loyalty, commitment, honesty, strong negotiation skills, and available 24/7. Edgar Grajeda, Jesús Manuel Galvez, and Ana Bobadilla, are the highlights of the team.’
British Petroleum (BP)
Tesoro México (Andeavor Company)
- Representing BP’s entities in two different class action processes both derived from the oil spill caused by the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Macondo Well (Gulf of Mexico).
- Advised 3M in a judicial controversy filed by a service provider of the client, claiming the payment of certain fees and expenses.
- Represented DuPont in relation to a recognition of debt with mortgage guarantee; the relevant debt consists in a debtor’s breach of payment obligations.
Gaining recognition with each passing year, specialist litigation boutique Martens Abogados, S.C. boasts a dedicated practice, led by ‘two outstanding and committed professionals with extensive knowledge’, namely founding partner Federico Martens and Luis Gerardo Gonzalez. Their combined expertise encompasses administrative and constitutional litigation, as well as contentious commercial matters. Although the team covers a variety of sectors -such as telecoms, manufacturing and real estate- it is in energy litigation that the practice fully shows its greatest capability, appealing to clients for its ‘commitment and effectiveness’, and for ‘devoting time and attention to each matter’. Senior associate Erick Rodríguez Meneses provides additional expertise in commercial, civil, administrative and constitutional disputes.
Federico Martens; Luis Gerardo González
‘The strengths of the team are its commitment and effectiveness.’
‘The Martens team is interested in getting to know and thoroughly understand the sector and the company’s business. Federico Martens and Luis Gonzalez are two outstanding and committed professionals, with extensive knowledge in each of their areas of practice.’
‘Highly prepared lawyers who know the subject perfectly.’
‘The Martens team makes them unique since their analysis of each topic is very detailed and that makes them give quite accurate opinions.’
‘It is a first-class office capable of dealing with highly complex matters, with great clarity and speed in dealing with queries. I would consider it one of the best litigation teams in Mexico. Martens is a highly organized team that keeps the client updated on the matter on a regular basis.’
‘All the lawyers with whom I have interacted are clear, with good treatment of the client and efficient in handling matters. They only specialize in litigation, which makes them highly trained. Federico Martens and Erick Antonio Rodríguez Meneses.’
‘They are a firm that has made an effort to maintain the quality personalized advice of a boutique firm and, despite the success they have had, they have not lost their closeness to their clients, devoting time and attention to each matter.’
‘Federico Martens attends to his matters personally, he always has lawyers who have great criteria and attention, but he is always directing and knows every detail no matter how small it may seem.’
The ‘excellent team’ driving the practice at Pérez Correa González -which garners praise for its understanding of the ‘unique nature of cross-border matters’- is co-led by an outstanding duo consisting of Fernando Pérez Correa, who has over 25 years’ experience in dispute resolution and international arbitration regarding a wide array of matters; and the ‘exceptionally talented’ José Covarrubias, who has high-level expertise as regards energy litigation and who complements his dispute resolution expertise with activity in the bankruptcy sector. The team has a good track record in commercial and administrative litigation, as well as international arbitration, and a particular focus on the banking, energy and automotive industries. The practice was further strengthened by the promotion of Ixchel Pedraza to the partnership in January 2022; together with Zulima González, who handles bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, the pair constitute a capable second line of younger partners. Senior associate Marianna Loredo is an additional name to note.
Fernando Pérez Correa; José Covarrubias
‘Excellent team, punctual follow-up to cases that have brought good results. I like that there is diversity in the team, they have presented us with a flexible fee plan, which has made us highly value the firm.’
‘Communication with the team is very easy, they provide excellent follow-up, there is a lot of human quality and knowledge in the partners. I work with Mr. Pérez Correa, as well as with Ixchel Pedraza.’
‘The firm is best equipped to serve international clients on cross-border investment and dispute matters. PCGA understands the unique nature of cross-border matters. PCGA team is very responsive and is available 24/7. It is easy to work with them despite different time zones. They have excellent expertise and knowledge in substantive issues, and think strategically.’
‘Jose Covarrubias has good commands of all details of the case, facts, and case history. Jose provides thoughtful and strategic advice, and efficiently guide clients through complex issues. He is responsive, hard working, and always available. He is an exceptionally talented lawyer.’
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (US government’s development finance institution), currently named as United States International Development Finance Corporation (“DFC”))
Export Development Canada
Exportadora de Sal
Investigación Farmaceutica (IFA Celtics)
Banco Santander Mexico
Grupo Financiero Banorte
Export Import Bank
- Represented Santander in more than 140 cases to recover bank’s debtors’ past due mortgage portfolio.
- Export Development Canada acted as guarantor to a loan agreement between a Canadian bank and a Mexican producer of frozen agricultural products; the team assisted the client with the collection of amounts owed under the loan agreement since the debtor has failed to fulfil its payment obligations.
- Representing Aceros Camesa on a dispute against a subsidiary of Mexico’s largest construction company and its holding company, to collect amounts owed for diverse steel products.
Ramirez Ornelas Abogados
Founding partner Gerardo Ramírez Ornelas (particularly financial litigation and bankruptcy matters), and Luis Robles (particularly telecoms disputes and stock market-related contentious matters) are the key names at specialised litigation boutique Ramirez Ornelas Abogados, a well-know name in the civil and commercial litigation circles. Current matters include representing an automotive company in an ongoing class action case regarding allegedly faulty airbags; and the plaintiff in a matter concerning online banking. However, the practice lost former partner Jordi Oropeza Solórzano who went on to found his own firm at the beginning of 2022.
A ‘recognised team in Mexico’, full-service firm Santamarina y Steta's practice boasts a solid track record representing international clients on domestic and cross-border disputes. Particularly skilled in cases arising from civil and commercial disputes, the group is co-led by Mexico City-based partners Carlos Olvera, who ‘is always one step ahead’, Roberto Fernández Del Valle, and Carlos Brehm, who operates from Monterrey and also handles ADR, arbitration, reorganisations, internal investigations and anticorruption matters. Associate José Antonio Moreno is another name to note. Recent work highlights include representing BID Invest before the Federal Courts in Mexico City in a commercial claim initiated against Alpha Credit and its subsidiaries in order to collect a debt of approximately $21m.
Carlos Olvera; Roberto Fernández del Valle; Carlos Brehm
‘A recognised team in Mexico.’
‘Carlos Olvera is always one step ahead but who also constantly demonstrates ethical conduct, which we highly value in the company.’
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
Merkafon de México (Teleperformance Mexico)
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
Sucden Trading México
Kruger Family Industries
Grupo Industrial Saltillo
- Representing BID Invest before the Federal Courts in Mexico City in a commercial claim initiated against Alpha Credit and its subsidiaries in order to collect a debt of approximately $21m.
- Representing Gabriela Miranda López and José Alejandro Castilla in a tort lawsuit against Cabify, whose daughter, Mara Fernanda Castilla Miranda, was murdered on September 2017 by a Cabify driver in Puebla.
- Representing Mr Salas, Mrs Sierra and their daughter in a civil lawsuit against Aeromexico, claiming payment of civil liability, pain and suffering and punitive damages, as a result of the Aeromexico Flight 2341 accident.
Specialised litigation boutique Bufete Asali earns plaudits for its ‘excellent quality’, as well as for it's lawyers ‘commitment, their integrity, and their great vision to identify the relevant facts of the case’. Founding partners Luis Asali and Jorge Asali co-head the practice, representing clients in a wide array of industries with a particular focus on construction, energy, telecommunications, entertainment, and financial disputes (where the team acts for high profile clients such as BBVA and Santander). The group is best-known for its notable capabilities in commercial litigation, but also offers a sub-area focused on civil liability matters and a growing bankruptcy practice, as well as undertaking commercial arbitration mandates. Work highlights include representing Mexican scientist and Nobel prize nominee, Dr Tessy López, in a commercial dispute arising from a third party’s breach of license/collaboration agreement regarding a nanotechnology patent.
Luis Asali; Jorge Asali
‘Team distinguished by innovative solutions.’
‘Very willing and dedicated people.’
‘The team is characterised by its broad legal skills and professional ethics. It is a team of young people with innovative ideas. Their legal strategies have an integral vision that allows the best protection of their clients’ interests.’
‘The lawyers of Bufete Asali are interested in the political life of the country. The team implements strategic litigation to contribute to social causes.’
‘I highlight their commitment, their integrity, their great vision to identify the relevant facts of the case and above all their broad technical capacity to resolve the issues they are faced with.’
‘Luis Asali, is an exceptional lawyer, with a high technical standard and commitment to the client.’
‘Excellent quality, high commitment. Ability to solve complex problems and cases. Luis Asali is an outstanding lawyer and so is his team.’
‘They have extensive knowledge and understanding of the complex issues.’
Blue Marine Technology Group
Fidelity National Title
- Represented Mexican scientist Dr Tessy López in a commercial dispute arising from a third party’s breach of a license/collaboration agreement concerning a nanotechnology patent.
- Represented Fidelity in a commercial proceeding relating to a 2000 acre property in Sinaloa owned by a party insured by the client.
- Represented a group of private real estate developers, in a dispute concerning a 33-acre beach front property near Tulum, Quintana Roo.
According to a client, Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. 's ‘skills in handling litigation are outstanding’. The ten-strong group, which is ‘made up of excellent professionals who are always at the forefront’ and is led by founding partner Juan Bonequi, undertakes civil, commercial, financial, constitutional litigation and amparo law, as well bankruptcy proceedings. The practice has solid expertise in financial regulation, compliance and telecommunications, which ensures a steady flow of complex matters. Elia Sosa, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation; and senior associates Alejandro Escamilla, who specialises in civil liability cases and punitive damages for malpractice treatment; and Cinthya González, who handles constitutional litigation and amparos, are other key names of the department.
Juan Bonequi; Elia Sosa; Cinthya Gonzalez; Alejandro Escamilla
‘Their skills in handling litigation are outstanding. They take care to keep us up to date with the course of our affairs.’
‘They stand out for their closeness, continuous contact and clear explanations.’
‘The team is made up of excellent professionals, who are always at the forefront, up-to-date and concerned about knowing the real needs of the client, which allows them to provide correct and adequate advice for your clients.’
‘They have extensive knowledge in the areas of law they handle; they are willing to listen to the client, they care about getting to know them and they are easy to reach and contact.’
Cerebro Ad Media
Productos Verde Valle
Becton Dickinson de Mexico
Banco Mercantil del Norte
American International Group (AIG)
Deutsche Bank Mexico
Scotia Bank Mexico
Evo Payments Mexico
Daimler Financial Services
- Represented of Banco Mercantil del Norte in a dispute related to phishing.
- Representing Deutsche Bank Trustee in judicial proceedings in connection to its right to resign to resign as a trustee.
- Representing DFS in several financial operations disputes with its clients.
Endorsed by its ‘prestige and national and international recognition’, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has built up a solid dispute resolution practice, which centers mainly on administrative and cross-border litigation, the protection of foreign investment, and arbitration. The firm's profile as a transactional giant gives the team a leading role in disputes arising from large cross-border and domestic transactions. Key contacts of the group include tax litigation specialist, Luis Vázquez, and senior counsel Héctor Anaya Mondragón who, in addition to his arbitration practice, represents clients in disputes across the electricity, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, real estate, and insurance and reinsurance industries.
‘The professionalism and capacity of its members stands out. In recent times my contact has been with Héctor Anaya for issues of dispute resolution.’
‘Prestige and national and international recognition.’
Asociación Mexicana de FIBRAs Inmobiliarias (AMEFIBRA)
Calizas industriales del Carmen
Columbus McKinnon de México
Reckitt Benckiser (México)
Servicios y Terminales de Tuxpan
Thor Quimicos de México (subsidiary of Thor Chemicals)
Un Techo para mi País
- Representing the local SPV of a North American investor that has been subject of multiple actions and harassment by the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission.
- Represented an international pharmaceutical company in a dispute arising out of a public bid called by the the United Nations Office for Project Services (“UNOPS”).
- Representing Legacy Vulcan in administrative litigations related to a $1.2bn investor-State arbitration under NAFTA’s Chapter 11 against Mexico.
Dedicated litigation boutique Bufete Cuetara Canale offers a ‘personal and highly-specialised service’, and earns praise for its ‘superior level of experience in commercial and civil matters such as collective actions’. The practice is led by ‘excellent litigator’ Roberto Cuétara Canale who is also well-versed in constitutional and amparo litigation, and has a particular focus on the food and automotive industries. All-rounder senior associates Roberto Islas Vásquez and Noe Infante González are other highlighted names of the team.
Roberto Cuétara Canale; Oly Ayala Romero Vargas; Rafael Ayala y Aranda
‘Efficient and personalised attention.’
‘Great attention, technical depth and communication.’
‘Cuetara Canale provides a personal and highly-specialised service. Roberto Cuétara understands the needs of the client and sets himself apart from other litigants due to his sensitivity and clarity in communication, technique and delivery of results.’
‘Bufete Cuetara Canale has a superior level of experience in commercial and civil matters such as collective actions where I dare to say that they are by far the best law firm in the country.’
‘The team is made up of expert litigation lawyers. The most important thing is the constant communication in the team, which permeates all levels and causes each case to be under the strict care of the partner, associates, and lawyers.’
‘It is a team with the highest technical knowledge and admirable responsiveness.’
‘Roberto Cuetara, along with his associates Noe Infante and Roberto Islas, truly endorse the litigation submitted for their consideration (without losing objectivity), consciously assuming the responsibility that corresponds to them. Additionally, they perform an excellent management of expectations that allow the timely adoption of decisions and the precise assessment of risks.’
‘Roberto Cuetara has extensive experience litigating civil and commercial matters, and is an excellent litigator. He is a creative and responsible attorney, and I have seen him achieve significant successes for his clients.’
Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s Mexico City disputes capability took a significant developmental step forward in September 2022 with the arrival of Alejandro Ostos (as a shareholder), along with his team of three associates and a law clerk, who arrived from the centenarian firm, Bufete Ostos. Complementing the practice’s recognised expertise in administrative, tax and amparo litigation under the direction of department-head Joselino Morales (whose practice also encompasses competition and IP litigation, as well as contentious public works and government contracting matters), their arrival equips the practice with significant civil and commercial litigation expertise. Recent mandates saw the team represent Uber in both Supreme Court and local amparo litigation so as to permit the company to resume operations in Cancun and other cities in Quintana Roo. At associate level, senior Hugo Hernández and intermediate Perla Salgado are both specialised in administrative and tax litigation, with Hernández having particular expertise in regulatory matters.
Uber Mexico Technology & Software
Grupo Hidrogenerador de Occidente
Autovía Necaxa Tihuatlán
Compañía Electrónica en Instrumentación Marítima, Industrial y Comercial
Energía Renovable de la Península
Cargill de México
Albany International de Mexico
- Representing Uber in an amparo trial before the District Courts in the state of Quintana Roo against the Regulations of the Mobility Law of such state.
- Representing Grupo Avanzia in challenging the resolution issued by the Secretaría de la Función Pública, which imposed a sanction on Avanzia and prevented the company from participating in public bids and executing agreements with the public administration for a period of fifteen months due to alleged administrative infractions.
- Representing Mars in an amparo trial against resolution RES/893/2020 by which Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) increased the electricity transmission fees for renewable power projects.
Guerra González y Asociados, S.C.
Renowned litigation boutique Guerra González y Asociados, S.C. enjoys a 30-year litigation track-record, handling civil, commercial, administrative and family-focused matters, along with constitutional proceedings, contentious bankruptcy cases 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 Guerra González, who also excels when handling bankruptcy-related matters; the head of the Monterrey office, Jesús A Treviño, and Alfonso Peniche García.
Jaime Guerra González
Mexican boutique firm Guerra, Hidalgo y Mendoza (GHM) - a 2020 spin-off from Guerra González y Asociados, S.C. - continues to consolidate its reputation for providing a top-notch offering in relation to bankruptcy, restructuring, litigation, arbitration, and other dispute resolution methods. The team led by Jesús Ángel Guerra Mendez, Elias Mendoza and Patricio Hidalgo maintains a good pipeline of cases, primarily corporate litigation, shareholder disputes, take overs, credit matters, real estate, and most recently litigation related to the insurance sector. Senior associate Patricia Cervantes brought more depth to both the litigation and restructuring practices with her arrival from Pérez Correa González in March 2021. Work highlights include representing Banco Actinver in the collection of an $11m loan in default against two individuals.
Jesús Ángel Guerra; Elias Mendoza;Patricio Hidalgo
‘They are highly technical lawyers with extraordinary abilities. They usually find solutions that others do not see.‘
‘Jesús Guerra is undoubtedly one of the best litigators in the country. Elías Mendoza is an extraordinary lawyer, dedicated, with high customer service, creative and innovative, who will surely become one of the best trial lawyers in the country.‘
‘Jesus Guerra Mendez and Elias Mendoza Murguía: a very technical and practical sense of approach and strategy.’
‘GHM combines a very high level of technical competence with great expertise in procedural matters, and great flexibility and ability to adapt to change and to the needs of the client in complex lawsuits that are constantly evolving. The team has great and very agile capacities to act on numerous simultaneous procedural fronts, and even in various jurisdictions and international arbitrations. The relationship with the client is fluid, constant and close, with permanent accountability and intense participation in drawing up strategies. Its ability to interact with other firms to complete multidisciplinary advice is truly remarkable. The team complements the procedural performance with a remarkable negotiating capacity. Their contacts in various instances and their good public and private relations at all levels complete the list of a series of essential assets for the success of any lawsuit or controversy.‘
‘Jesús Guerra and Elías Mendoza offer their clients a level of dedication and personal involvement in the matters entrusted to them that is increasingly difficult to find. Their technical solvency, their procedural astuteness and the rigour with which they conduct themselves set them apart from the best law firms with which we have collaborated in the last decade. The relationship of trust with the client that they are able to build with their dedication and transparency, and their ability to respond on multiple fronts are truly unique and stand out above those of other professionals in the market.‘
Gyrodata de Mexico
Nestle de México
Omnibus de Mexico
- Represented Northgate Capital in the collection of a loan in default for $45m where the main debtor is Financiera Realidad.
- Represented Moshi Moshi in an action to obtain ownership of a property in which one of its most important restaurants operates.
- Represented Banco Actinver in the collection of a loan in default for $11m against two individuals.
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 focuses on civil and commercial litigation with an orientation towards contentious corporate and shareholder matters.
Antonio González; José Antonio Vázquez
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). In addition, it also has solid experience in shareholder claims and energy-sector disputes. Well-known partners Alfonso López Melih and Juan Pablo Estrada handle civil, commercial and administrative litigation before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. Key support comes from associate Carlos G Guerrero who returned to the firm in October 2020 and now heads up the firm’s anti-corruption litigation sub-department.
Alfonso López Melih
Litigation boutique Mañón Quintana Abogados is a ‘young firm, with very good lawyers’ according to clients, and one which puts to use its ‘extensive knowledge and experience’ when advising in civil and commercial litigation matters, as well in arbitration cases. Key practitioners include Gerardo Quintana, who specialises in bankruptcy proceedings, civil and commercial litigation and insurance & reinsurance litigation; he regularly represents banks, financial institutions, listed corporates and insurance companies - such as AXA Seguros, Scotiabank, HSBC and Seguros Argos. He works closely with fellow practice-head Antonio Mañón, whose experience encompasses insolvency and commercial litigation, and is regularly sought out by clients from the automotive sector. Mañón is currently representing Stellantis México and Nissan Mexicana in eleven class actions filed by Asesoría Belforo. Senior associate Antonio Barrera is another name to note.
Antonio Mañón; Gerardo Quintana-Pineda; Jorge Rosales-Fernández; Darío Jandette-Fuentes
‘Antonio Barrera and Antonio Mañon are highly qualified lawyers. They know how to work as a team.’
‘Excellent firm that promptly follows up on matters with constant participation by all the members incorporated into the work team that has been assigned. In the particular cases reviewed with them, it has been an enriching work dynamic in consideration of the exchange of knowledge and information to carry out the most convenient specific actions.’
‘The members the team are outstanding since they have extensive knowledge and experience in each of the subjects that are validated with them. Excellent accompaniment that allows certainty in the follow-up of matters. Antonio Mañon, Antonio Barrera.’
‘It is a young firm, with very good lawyers.’
‘Very active. They compete with the best firms without a doubt.’
‘The excellent response and quality of service of Antonio Mañon is outstanding.’
‘A comprehensive firm that provides us with support in different areas of law. They are always available to attend to any urgent consultation, providing an effective and satisfactory response.’
‘Antonio Mañón stands out when dealing with any legal query, both in litigation and administrative matters. He is a meticulous lawyer who gets into the details in each of the matters entrusted to him. Extensive experience in the automotive sector, being a well-known office in the field.’
BPI France Assurance Export
NR Finance México
Vetra Energy Group
Weir Minerals México
Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold)
Aggreko Energy México
- Represented Scotiabank in judicial actions to recover a debt of over $14.3m owed by Posta El Cuatro, as well as in the negotiations for restructuring the debt.
- Represented Seguros Argos in judicial actions to recover a multimillion-dollar debt owed by broker Magistral Agente de Seguros, which led to a restructuring agreement.
- Representation BANJERCITO in 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 administrative rescission.
Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS) houses a ‘well-established’ litigation practice which garners praise for its ‘great knowledge’, and boasts extensive experience in constitutional litigation, particularly in amparo claims, as well as administrative litigation. The consumer, pharmaceutical, technology and financial industries all constitute key sources of mandates for the group, whose client portfolio is mostly made up of American and international players, who value the practice’s ability to make ‘navigating the cultural and legal traditions of Mexico effortless for US clients’. Esteban Gorches, a ‘formidable intellect’, and ‘brilliant attorney’ Juan luis Blanco, co-head the department, closely supported by senior associate Fernando Sánchez Tarasco.
Esteban Gorches; Juan Luis Blanco Montoya
‘The MGPS lawyers have great knowledge in the area, they also have an excellent disposition to carry out activities corresponding to the issues, from meetings for the implementation of legal strategies, as well as for their follow-up.’
‘Esteban Gorches and Juan Luis Blanco have solid knowledge in the matter. They have a great sense of responsibility and good time to follow up on cases. They always provide innovative strategies according to the current situation.’
‘I have never worked with a better team of bilingual experts who seamlessly translate not just linguistic difference but the differences between civil and common law issues. In addition to this, the firm makes navigating the cultural and legal traditions of Mexico effortless for US clients.’
‘Esteban Gorches is a formidable intellect, which is paired with accessibility that makes him both brilliant and a pleasure to work with. I would trust him with any matter and consider his advice to be invaluable.’
‘Juan Luis Blanco is a brilliant attorney, whose work ethic and exceptional intelligence has been an incredible resource to his clients. He is reliable, always available and a joy to work with.’
‘MGPS strongly distinguishes itself with the experience of its team.’
‘Esteban Gorches and Juan Luis Blanco, for example, should highlight their deep knowledge and experience in the various legal issues on which they offer their advisory services and, where appropriate, legal defense.’
‘They have a well-established team that closely monitors clients´ cases. Their writings are structured in an orderly manner, well-founded in the argumentative part, under criteria of progressiveness in human rights matters. It incorporates digital images of articles and journalistic reviews to reinforce the argumentative part.’
Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego's dispute practice appeals to clients for its ‘highly-experienced team’ that consists of ‘trustworthy professionals’. The department has solid credentials in handling administrative, civil, commercial and constitutional 'amparo' lawsuits, mainly related to the energy sector. Given the firm’s profile, it is unsurprising that the practice also has a good volume of real estate-related matters, working closely with its specialist group. A skilled duo composed of Juan Miguel Martínez Mendieta, a civil and commercial litigation expert who also undertakes ADR and arbitration, and associate Diego Sándor Maurer Hernández, constitute the key team contacts.
Juan Miguel Martínez
‘A team of experts in the field, they always answer on time and have excellent service. The look for new strategies to get better results.’
‘Knowing their subject so well makes them trustworthy professionals. The good results they have shown us make support more efficient. The team communicates well and are very effective.’
‘Highly-experienced team, specialised in the real estate sector in Mexico, adapting to the different payment methods, etc.’
‘Always available, personalised attention from partners, extensive knowledge of the sector. Outstanding partners: Juan Miguel Martinez.’
Altos Hornos de México, S.A. (AHMSA)
- Representing Veolia in an amparo procedure filed against the new regulations issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission and published by the Federal Electricity Federal Commission (‘CFE’) for the calculation of electricity cogeneration fees.
- 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 of millions of pesos, derived from credits granted in agricultural commodities to producers throughout the country; value: MX$90m.
Led by Daniel Díaz Álvarez, ‘a very complete litigant’ who garners additional praise for being a ‘great strategist’, the practice at Sainz Abogados boasts ‘extensive experience’ in commercial litigation and arbitration, and also enjoys an imppressive track record in amparo lawsuits against government expropriations and administrative acts in general. Díaz forms a strong duo with associate Estefanía Sierra Ulibarri, whose practice has a particular focus on contractual disputes, tort law, administrative disputes and bankruptcy mandates.
Daniel Díaz Alvarez
‘Extensive experience in complex litigation. Excellent design of complex litigation strategies that require presentation of actions in different forums.’
‘Daniel Díaz is a very complete litigant. He is a great strategist. His preparation to face complex litigation is excellent. The clarity with which it presents the possible scenarios that may occur in a complex trial is appreciated.’
Ad hoc group of Bondholders of Oro Negro
Paul Henri Gimenez
Consultores Falcon Managment Partners de Mexico
Gas Industrial de Monterrey
Tata Consultancy Services de México
Sistemas Energéticos SISA
Rock Port Partners
Mario Fernando Villalpando Ávila
Minera y Metalúrgia del Boleo
CK Pearl Holding and Medley Capital Corporation
- Representing the bondholders in the Oro Negro bankruptcy procedure, coordinating multiple disputes in New York, Singapore, Norway and Mexico.
- Representing 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.