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Federico Ruanova Guinea heads the market-leading team at Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C., which has strong experience across the full spectrum of environmental matters including clean-ups, regulatory compliance, environmental due diligence, health and safety, and administrative litigation. The practice has been involved in several major projects in the upstream and downstream oil and gas sector, including advising on the permits required for fuel storage terminals. The group also advised a client on revised permits related to its wastewater discharge. Clients include Chevron, Unilever, Caterpillar, Michelin, and Gas Natural Fenosa.

Environmental boutique Celis Aguilar Álvarez y Asociados, SC has established a first-class reputation for contentious and non-contentious advice. It represents clients across a range of sectors, including mining, oil and gas, power, maritime, tourism and real estate. The group, which also provides training and lobbying services, regularly advises on environmental impact assessments, water contamination, atmospheric emissions, land use, and waste management. Founding and managing partner Humberto Celis Aguilar Álvarez is a major name in the market, and Roberto Antonio Guzmán Sarti is also highly rated.

Vera y Asociados is another top-quality boutique with expertise across the full spectrum of environmental issues. Senior partner Luis Vera, who is particularly strong on the advisory side, is backed up by some highly experienced partners, including Alejandro Aldana and litigation experts Gabriel Bustamente and Gerardo Freyre. The firm acts for an impressive range of private and public sector clients, and recently advised the Municipal Planning Institute of the City of Guanajuato on research studies and legal analysis for its environmental public policy process and territorial management programs. Other clients include Endeavour Silver, YKK Corporation, Gamesa, GM, Iberostar and Sempra Energy.

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.’s ‘excellent and very knowledgeable’ environmental team is praised as being ‘familiar with regulations and regulatory agencies, as well as US regulations, which facilitates projects and issues management’. Extremely well-regarded practice head Carlos de Icazalistens carefully, gets on board and is directly involved in material matters, offering business-oriented solutions’. The firm recently advised (and lobbied on behalf of) CALICA, a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials Company, in relation to its participation in the amendment procedure of the Ecological Ordinance of the Municipality of Solidaridad. Other clients include Banamex, RLH Properties, Howard Energy Partners, and Celanese.

Galicia Abogados SC has an excellent track record advising on environmental issues linked to major development and infrastructure projects. This experience crosses numerous sectors, including tourism, industry and energy. The team recently advised Bunge North America on the environmental aspects of its development of a wheat and corn mill in Yucatan; and assisted Nacional Financiera with environmental and regulatory matters related to a 66MW wind farm development. Practice head Mariana Herrero is recommended.

González Calvillo, SC’s ‘outstanding’ practice is praised for its ‘excellent service, especially when it comes to response times and business acumen’. The firm covers a range of contentious and non-contentious issues and has recently acted in relation to several water concession titles. It also advised Chemours Mexico on environmental issues linked to its construction and operation of a chemical plant in the state of Durango. Department head Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek is recommended for his ‘extensive experience and knowledge of environmental and administrative law’.

The ‘excellent’ team at Jones Day is commended for its ‘good response times, concrete solutions and extensive experience of the subject’, with group head Mauricio Llamas noted for his ‘excellent command of the issues and relationship with the client’. The firm remains involved in some of the market’s most cutting-edge mandates, providing environmental advice to the Mexico City Airport Group on the construction of the new airport, and also advising the client on a $4bn green bond issue, the largest ever green bond issue globally. Other major clients include Procter & Gamble, Toyota, and Goodyear Tire Company.

Solcargo has an extremely strong practice that is highly rated both on the advisory side and on the litigation front. Gustavo Carvajal is one of the country’s leading environmental lawyers, and administrative litigator Juan Pedro Machado is regularly involved in significant environmental disputes. Among its recent work, the firm advised Icarus Aviation on obtaining permits for its vessels to work in the Isla Guadalupe, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve, and Espiritu Santo Archipelago National Park; and also advised Zuma Energy on the environmental aspects of its wind farm development in Tamaulipas.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has a comprehensive environmental practice. The group is particularly noted for its contentious expertise, but is also strong on the advisory side, regularly assisting in relation to environmental impact authorisations and waste water treatment, waste management and atmospheric emissions issues. The firm advises Grupo Modelo (Anheuser-Busch InBev) on issues such as its water management. Edmond Grieger leads the team, whose other clients include Daimler Group, BMW, Coca-Cola, and EnerSys.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.’s active team is jointly led by Daniel Del Río and up-and-coming senior associate Ricardo Evangelista, who specialises in this area of law and previously worked in Mexico’s Environmental Protection Agency. The group has extensive experience in issues related to national waters, and also acts for several clients in the motor industry, including Kia, Volkswagen, and Converca Del Noreste (which is controlled by Ford). On the litigation front, the firm represented Volkswagen in challenging a fine regarding the alleged commercialisation of some of its 2016 models without the corresponding environmental compliance certificates.

Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. is active in corrective and preventative environmental matters, particularly for clients in the energy, mining and automotive sectors. Its work has included a considerable amount of administrative litigation, as well as advice on social impact and indigenous issues. Counsel Hector Herrera heads the four-lawyer team, whose clients include Cotemar, Grupo México and Minera Peñasquito.

Hogan Lovells BSTL has an extremely experienced team of lawyers providing excellent environmental support to the firm’s clients. Brenda Rogel and senior associate Jeanette Trad are key figures, with dedicated environmental practices, and associate Javier Camacho also has a growing reputation for his work in this area. The firm draws from a deep well of litigators with expertise in administrative disputes. The firm recently advised Jaguar Land Rover on the environmental due diligence for its acquisition of GDB Imports, while other key clients include Sealed Air, Roche, and Dowell Schlumberger.

Ibarra, del Paso, Gallego y Berezowsky, S.C. provides a ‘remarkable’ service; it is ‘always available for any legal consultations or questions’, its advice is ‘very accurate and easy to understand, even for non-lawyers’, and it is also noted for its ‘flexibility in talking about legal fees’. The practice covers the full range of environmental and administrative matters, for clients including Hilton Grand Vacations, Pfizer, The Chemours Company, and Unilever. Practice head Adrián del Paso is ‘always available and ready to help’.

IDEAS Iniciativa para el Desarollo Ambiental y Sustentable, SC is a well-respected boutique that offers legal and technical advice, with a team comprised of both lawyers and environmental technicians. It covers areas such as water law, environmental impact regulations, waste management, air and water pollution, and soil remediation, and acts for numerous clients in the energy and manufacturing sectors. The group is led by founding partner Daniel Basurto.

Well-regarded boutique Pontones & Ledesma has a strong track record in contentious and non-contentious environmental law advice, providing a comprehensive service across environmental impact and risk assessments, audits, and water, air, soil and noise pollution matters. Luigi Pontones is particularly strong on the advisory and consulting side, while fellow founding partner Arturo Ledesma is recommended on the contentious side, particularly for environmental crime prosecutions.

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.’s environmental practice comes highly recommended by clients and has recently been involved in significant mandates on behalf of clients in the energy, logistics and mining sectors. Under practice head Héctor Garza, it has developed a particularly strong practice in relation to social impact assessments.

The ‘great’ team at White & Case S.C. has ‘a very good understanding of the needs of the client’ and handles an impressive mix of work for clients in the energy and manufacturing sectors, including Diageo, the Federal Commission of Electricity, International Textile Group and Group Barramar. Practice head and counsel Pedro Morales is singled out for ‘his very good knowledge of federal regulation, and his availability’.

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