Dispute resolution in Mexico
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C.
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C. enjoys a strong reputation for international arbitration and its Mexico City practice is a key hub for the firm's Latin American investor-state dispute work. The team is jointly led by Gabriela Álvarez Ávila and Eloy Barbará de Parres, who work closely with disputes specialists in the firm's Washington, D.C. and Geneva offices. Notable highlights include representing Venezuela (a major client of the firm) in its high profile ICSID arbitration with Conoco Phillips, which had its original claim reduced from $30bn to $20bn. The firm is also experienced in domestic alternative dispute resolution, including mediations. The January-2019 departure of Kate Brown de Vejar (who joined DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano as Global co-Chair of international arbitration), is a loss.
Holland & Knight is especially well regarded for international arbitration where it handles a mix of commercial and investment treaty disputes. Salvador Fonseca has developed an excellent reputation in this area, while the recently promoted Carlos Vejar is also extremely experienced. Recent highlights include advising Eutelsat on a major ICSID claim against the Mexican government concerning a satellite concession. The firm also has a strong track record in commercial litigation.
Loperena Lerch y Martin Del Campo
Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. is especially recommended for international arbitration where its lawyers are 'truly world class in their knowledge of procedure, substance, and handling the proceedings'. Thomas Heather and Jorge Oria are both highly experienced in this area, while senior associate Adriana Padilla is considered 'an excellent arbitration lawyer' and 'very effective in cross-examination'.
Wöss & Partners is a highly experienced international arbitration boutique with an excellent track record advising on major infrastructure, energy and trade disputes. Name partner Herfried Wöss is regularly instructed as counsel, arbitrator and expert witness; fellow partner Adriana San Román is also highlighted for her deep experience. The firm has been involved in several cases throughout Latin America, and recently represented ThyssenKrupp in arbitration related to a project in Guatemala. Another highlight was successfully representing Techint in a construction-related arbitration with Sempra/Ienova, which ultimately reached a $5m settlement. The firm also stands out as the leading damages specialists as regards international arbitration; it currently has a work portfolio of more than $1bn as arbitrators, damages experts and consultants.
Malpica, Iturbe, Buj y Paredes, S.C. is 'an excellent litigation law firm - creative, persistent and effective'. The six-partner team has an 'international and multidisciplinary way of dealing with the cases' and is praised for its selection of 'young, energetic and very capable lawyers'. The team boasts some of the country's leading litigators, including the 'outstanding' Carlos Malpica (constitutional / administrative litigation), the 'well-seasoned' Juan Jose Iturbe (commercial litigation / bankruptcy), who is 'always on top of the details', the 'very capable and highly engaged' Rodrigo Buj (administrative and anti-trust litigation / arbitration), and the 'great litigation expert' Horacio Paredes (constitutional litigation). The firm recently defended Energía Eólica del Sur in a landmark constitutional case brought by members of Indian communities regarding the development of Latin America's largest wind farm project. Alvaro Huerta is also recommended for his administrative IP litigation expertise, while Rolando Zarate and counsel Fernando de Ovando are experienced in commercial litigation and arbitration.
Martínez, Algaba, de Haro, Curiel y Galván-Duque, S.C.
Martínez, Algaba, de Haro, Curiel y Galván-Duque, S.C. is 'one of the top firms for litigation' in Mexico, and regularly acts for clients on major civil and administrative disputes. As well as broader commercial matters, the firm has built up a strong reputation for banking and insolvency litigation. Name partners Jorge De Haro and Javier Curiel are both major players in the market.
Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is one of the premier disputes firms in the market, distinguished by its 'excellent service' and top-notch commercial, civil and administrative litigators, as well as international arbitration specialists. The firm is regularly mandated in disputes against the government, as well as state-linked agencies and companies such as Pemex. The practice is also recommended for defending class action lawsuits, and is representing TK Holding and Takata de Mexico in a case involving the alleged malfunctioning of car airbags. The team was also involved in several major ICC arbitrations, and continues to represent ICA in a complex dispute with APMT concerning a port terminal construction contract. The team includes 'world class' arbitration expert Claus Von Wobeser, the 'very dedicated' Diego Sierra, who 'makes you feel your problem is his problem', Adrián Magallanes, and arbitral and administrative disputes specialist, Montserrat Manzano, who is 'one of the most recognised professionals in her field'. However, after more than 25 years' at the firm, practice co-founder Marco Tulio Venegas left to establish his own dispute resolution boutique, Litredi, S.C., in June 2019, taking with him international disputes specialist Michelle Carillo.
Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. has strong experience across a range of civil, commercial, and bankruptcy-related disputes, and regularly represents its international clients in major domestic litigations. The active team is jointly led out of the firm's Monterrey office by Javier Navarro-Velasco and Alfonso Cortez-Fernandez. The firm recently advised the advertising company, JC Decaux in a dispute linked to stock purchase agreement that wasn't honoured by the defendant. The practice has been active in energy-related disputes, and represented oil services company, Tesco Corporation, on a disputed lease agreement concerning heavy machinery used for drilling oil fields.
Guerra González y Asociados, S.C. has earned itself an excellent reputation in the market for domestic litigation, including major shareholder disputes and bankruptcy cases. The team is a popular referral choice for domestic and international firms that don't have their own Mexican litigation team. Key individuals include founding partner Jaime R. Guerra González, Patricio Hidalgo Estrada, and Jesús Ángel Guerra Méndez.
Hogan Lovells has successfully leveraged off its impressive international network to offer clients one of the top international arbitration practices in Mexico. The Mexico City office fields some excellent practitioners, notably Omar Guerrero and Luis Enrique Graham. Clients will miss the exceptionally well regarded Eduardo Siqueiros, who retired at the start of 2019, but the firm has several other key individuals coming through, including Alejandro García González and Jorge Francisco Valdés. In the past year the department's caseload has involved significant disputes in the agricultural, maritime, insurance and construction sectors, among others; and its lawyers are also highly experienced in domestic arbitration and significant commercial litigation, notably in the energy sector.
Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa, S.C. (MGPS) has a 'deep knowledge' of disputes and its 'always available' team offers 'great value' and 'very accurate and timely legal advice'. The 'sophisticated' practice handles civil, administrative and commercial disputes from across a wide range of sectors and disciplines, including energy, infrastructure, environment, tax, and intellectual property. The firm has been involved in several significant amparo proceedings for clients in the pharmaceuticals and consumer goods sectors. Managing partner Esteban Gorches is supported by a strong team of lawyers including of counsel Luis Gerardo Ramírez.
Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados
Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre Abogados is a 'very good' disputes boutique with a strong reputation for all forms of litigation, including civil, administrative and commercial disputes. The firm is an especially good choice for insolvency-related disputes where name partners Xavier Cortina and Javier Quijano Baz have longstanding experience and excellent reputations.
White & Case S.C. is a popular choice for high-stakes domestic and international disputes, ranging from commercial, bankruptcy, administrative and constitutional litigations, to major international arbitrations. Recent cases include representing joint venture company Altán Redes in a major challenge against its successful bid to develop and deploy the Red Compartida shared wholesale telecoms services network. Arbitration expert Rafael Llano also led a multi-office team representing Telefonica in a major BIT claim against Colombia concerning the state's alleged expropriation of the company's investment. Other key individuals include commercial litigators Enrique Espejel and Daniel González, and administrative litigators Antonio Cárdenas and Ismael Reyes Retana.
González Calvillo, SC is well versed in civil, commercial and administrative disputes. Edgar Grajeda leads the two-partner team, which also includes administrative litigation specialist Luis Mancera. The group has been very active on the telecoms front, representing Megacable in several significant disputes concerning interconnection charges and signal broadcast distribution agreements. The team also defended Google against a civil case from an individual claiming damages as a result of the information about him available online. Other clients include 3M, Adecco, DuPont, and Mitsubishi.
Jones Day handles a broad range of domestic and cross-border civil and commercial disputes for its clients, who also benefit from the firm's impressive international network. The group is jointly led by Antonio González and José Antonio Vázques Cobo who are both well-versed in commercial litigation and arbitration. Recently the team successfully represented Roku in a high stakes amparo case against Cablevision, concerning the importation, distribution and sale of Roku products in Mexico. The firm has also been advising the Mexico City Airport Group on contentious issues linked to the new government's decision to cancel the project.
López Melih y Estrada S.C.
López Melih y Estrada S.C. is extremely well-respected for administrative and civil litigation. The firm has built up a particularly strong reputation for antitrust and insolvency litigations, where it frequently represents the debtors. The team also has good experience in shareholder claims and energy-sector disputes. Partners Alfonso M. López Melih, Pablo Cervantes Trejo and Juan Pablo Estrada Michel are all very active disputes lawyers.
Santamarina y Steta has a solid litigation practice that regularly represents international clients on domestic and cross-border disputes. On the administrative litigation side, key contact Mariano Calderón has strong expertise in environmental and tax-related matters. Roberto Fernández del Valle M. and Carlos Olvera are the firm's main civil and commercial litigators, and the team also has a good grounding in insolvency disputes and the enforcement of arbitration awards. The departure of Fernando Del Castillo, however -who left to establish Del Castillo y Castro Abogados in November 2018- is a loss.
The versatile three-partner team at SOLCARGO has a good track record in commercial and administrative litigation, as well as international arbitration. In the latter, it has been involved in several significant ICC arbitrations, including representing the Comisión Federal de Electricidad on two multimillion-dollar claims related to power purchase agreements with independent power producers. On the litigation front it represented Japan Tobacco International in various proceedings against a former distributor, including the successful lifting of an injunction. The team is jointly led by Fernando Pérez Correa, José Covarrubias and Abimael Hernández.
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is a popular choice for commercial, civil, and administrative litigation. The firm regularly represents an impressive mix of domestic and international companies, with past clients including BP, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Reckitt Benckiser, and Adidas. As well as broader commercial disputes, the practice is also recommended for white-collar crime issues, with partners such as Francisco Tiburcio and Alejandro Catala particularly experienced in that segment. The firm also fields some highly-rated partners outside of the capital, notably, the Querétaro-based Guillermo Aldana and Gilberto Valle.
Galicia Abogados S.C. has made a strong push into dispute resolution, as demonstrated by the arrival of the 'excellent' disputes all-rounder, Rodrigo Zamora, from his former firm Bufete Zamora Pierce ; and the highly-respected arbitration specialist, Cecilia Azar (vice president of the ICC's Mexico arbitration Commission) from DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano in mid-2018. The firm handles a good mix of arbitration and litigation work, including administrative litigation where Daniel Amezquita Diaz holds sway. On the arbitration side, the firm has recently been involved in several significant infrastructure related disputes.
Martens Abogados, S.C. is a litigation boutique that 'provides you with excellent legal services' and is praised for its 'large knowledge of Mexico law and court procedure'. Clients rate the 'great team of problem solvers' who are 'very familiar with working with international clients'. The 'exceptionally responsive and knowledgeable' Federico Martens heads the team and is noted for his strong expertise in administrative litigation. Luis Gerardo González Meyer also has a strong track-record for commercial litigation. Clients include Motorola, Pepsico, Renaissance Oil, and Grupo Idesa.