Firms To Watch: Environment

Lammoglia Abogados is an up-and-coming environmental boutique, primarily active across the renewable energy, real estate and hospitality sectors on environmental matters (and associated -primarily administrative- litigation); Franco Lammoglia is the primary point of contact and name to note.
Opening its doors in the midst of the pandemic, Perroni & Associates (P&A) is a small environmental boutique that currently advising clients on hazardous and universal waste management regulatory, compliance, carbon trading, ESG and energy infrastructure development, among other matters; Héctor Velasco Perroni  is the key contact.

Environment in Mexico

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. 's lawyers garner praise for their ‘interest in solving client’s problems as if the matter were their own', providng 'advice with technical solidity, clarity and orientation to practical results'. The practice advises clients from multiple industries -such as hydrocarbons, mining, infrastructure, healthcare, food, chemical and manufacturing- and is highly knowledgeable regarding environment and climate change law, regulatory compliance, audits, corporate policies and management systems, and contested administrative proceedings and litigation. Practice head Federico M Ruanova-Guinea specialises in providing advice on compliance with the legal requirements regarding environmental impact, air emissions, water and wastewater, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, and occupational health and safety. Primary support is provided by senior associate Mario Facio, who has experience in transactional operations, environmental audits, compliance with local legislation and international treaties related to the environment, and representation before judicial and administrative courts.

Practice head(s):

Federico Ruanova-Guinea


‘For more than 15 years, Baker McKenzie (BMK) has been the firm that advises and represents us in Mexico on legal issues related to the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS). Federico Ruanova and Mario Facio consistently display great professionalism, good response times, solid subject matter knowledge, awareness of our company’s business needs, and reasonable fees.’

‘The interest in solving the client’s problem as if the matter were their own. Advice with technical solidity, clarity and orientation to practical results.’

‘Always excellence, the expertise and management of the issues is evident. Always giving exceptional support’

‘Professionals, with unbeatable vision and management’

‘Professionalism, excellent service and extensive knowledge of the subject.’


Key clients



Oil Tanking Mexico

Tyco Electronics

Marelli Automotive

Continental Industries


Valero Energy Company

The Williams Company

Smiths Medical


Fortune Fashions


Work highlights

  • Advised Oil Tanking Mexico on the possible construction and operation of an ethane pipeline and processing facility in Mexico.
  • Advised Shell on an administrative dispute with the federal environmental agency of Mexico.

Carvajal Machado Abogados

A market stalwart, Carvajal Machado Abogados is known for its ‘proactivity and multidisciplinary analysis’. The practice group has experience in the full array of Mexico’s environmental law procedures, including on-site inspections, environmental impact assessments, waste management, water use and discharge, air emissions, wildlife regulations and natural protected areas. It advises clients from various industry sectors -including mining, power, oil and gas, and real estate- as well as public entities, and is recognised for ‘far exceeding their responsibilities as lawyers for the work entrusted to them, providing experience and advice in the business environment in which the company operates’. The practice is co-led by Gustavo Carvajal whose practice focuses on administrative and environmental law; and Carlos Del Razo, who specialises in the regulatory aspects of environmental law and project development, environmental litigation, and transactions in regulated industries. Key assistance is provided by dedicated senior associate Jorge Gómez DeSilva, whose environmental practice is focused on environmental impact assessments, regulatory compliance due diligence, forest land use, natural protected areas, ecological and urban programs and water concessions. Name partner and administrative law specialist Juan Pedro Machado also frequently participates in contentious environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Carvajal; Carlos del Razo


‘I highlight their proactivity and multidisciplinary analysis when solving the issues raised. The legal analysis is complete.

‘Carlos del Razo- very knowledgeable and good in solving cases; Juan Machado- creative in legal solutions.

‘A well-integrated team, more than capable and very oriented to the needs of the client. They far exceed their responsibilities as lawyers for the work entrusted to them, providing experience and advice in the business environment in which we operate. They make good use of technology and resources to work and resolve remotely in a practical way while preserving the rigor and professionalism that any legal matter entrusted to them requires.

‘Both partners and associates really know how to listen to clients and know how to work as a team in a professional, practical and expeditious manner. I have had the pleasure of working with: Gustavo Carvajal, Carlos del Razo, Pilar Galván, Jorge Gómez de Silva, Juan Machado, Biuludani Altamirano, and many others over eight years, they have collaborated with the company for much longer, since its first opened in Mexico.

Key clients

Sistemas de Tratamiento Ambiental (JCV Holdings)

Nautilus Explorer México (Icarus Aviation)

ENI México

Citizen Committee of Lomas de Chapultepec Neighbourhood

Grupo Gayosso

Gobierno del Estado de México (Mexico State Government)


Ministry of Economy

Cobre del Mayo

Corporación Moctezuma

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Environment of Mexico State’s Government on drafting the conditions of the Waste Management Program for the handling of non-hazardous wastes.
  • Advised the Committee of Lomas de Chapultepec on legal actions towards illegal uses of a natural area known as Barranca de Barrilaco, an important Natural zone legally protected by federal and local ordinances.
  • Advised Cobre del Mayo, which operates a large copper mining facilityin the state of Sonora, on the procedures required to increase its operations and substitute technologies.

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

With long-standing experience Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has considerable and longstanding experience in the environmental sector, advising clients on the full spectrum of matters -including regulations, compliance, administrative proceedings, litigation and transactional issues- on a nationwide basis. The team handles issues related to forestry and land use, hazardous waste, water concessions, air quality and emissions, and climate change regulations (among other matters), tending to a wide range of industries such as real estate, oil and gas, energy, health care, and food and beverages. The practice is led by Carlos de Icaza, who represents clients on a broad array of regulatory and transactional matters arising under federal, state and municipal environmental laws, regulations and standards. De Icaza is supported by a capable and experienced second line of associates including  Alejandro Castelló (who was promoted to counsel in August 2022) who has deep experience in environmental law, particularly in relation to the energy and natural resources and real estate sectors; and senior associates Mariana Westendarp and Jessica Villaverde who both have over 15 years’ experience dealing with environmental matters. The team is also profoundly involved in the firm’s recently relaunched ESG and Sustainable Finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Carlos de Icaza

Key clients

Landec Corporation


Advent International Corporation

Calizas Industriales del Carmen

Vulcan Materials Company


Inmobiliaria Hills

Mission Hills

Terminal KMS de GNL

Cultivo Land PBC


Shell International

Digital Data Centre Bidco



Work highlights

  • Advised Legacy Vulcan -and its Mexican subsidiary Calizas Industriales del Carmen- on various environmental aspects of its operations in Mexico, including an international investor-state claim arbitration under NAFTA against the Mexican Government in relation to its quarrying operations in Playa del Carmen, Solidaridad and Quintana Roo.
  • Advised Landec Corporation and its Mexican subsidiary, Procesadora Tanok, on various compliance, environmental and regulatory matters, including the legal strategy related to the rectification of environmental legislation and executing a permitting strategy to achieve compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Advised Grupo Celanese on the federal environmental legal requirements applicable to the definitive shutdown of a gas pipeline built and operated by Grupo Celanese, used to transport natural gas from a PEMEX gas station to Grupo Celanese’s industrial manufacturing complex located in the municipality of Poncitlán, Jalisco.

Gonzalez Calvillo

Gonzalez Calvillo is consistently soughed out by local and international clients to advise on environmental and regulatory matters, including the design and implementation of environmental strategies; mandatory environmental, natural resources, climate change and social impact provisions; representation before authorities in administrative and judicial proceedings – including class actions, administrative sanctions-related claim procedures, and litigation. The September 2022 hire of Paola Hernández from Grupo México’s Americas Mining Corporation (where she had been director of both compliance and corporate environmental affairs), gives the department a new practice head following the sad and untimely loss of Leopoldo Burguete in March. Key support is provided by a strong second line of counsels: Enrique Muñoz Guízar advises companies on the identification and obtaining of the environmental permits, licenses, authorisations, and concessions required for the development of infrastructure projects in the water, energy, tourism and industrial sectors; Julia González handles strategy design in relation to regulatory, dispute resolution and risk prevention matters; and Carlos Fernando Castilla focuses on administrative litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in relation to environmental and regulatory law. Experienced senior associate Georgina Zavala is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paola Hernández

Key clients

Danisco Mexicana

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Development Agency dependant of the German Ministry of Environment)


Gas y Petroquímica de Occidente (GPO)



KMG Chemicals

M3 Resources Mexico


M & M Desarrollos

Operadora Playa Virrey

Pacific Lifestyle Properties

Península Acapulco

Qualtia Alimentos Operaciones

Saavi Energía

Shütz Elsa


Selina (Dekel Hotels)

Plain Capital

Viceroy Los Cabos and Riviera Maya

Work highlights

  • Advised M3 Resources on the obtaining of a favourable resolution from the Federal Environmental Protection Prosecutor, stating that “Mate” is considered a non – hazardous waste; which represents savings of approximately $23m for the client.
  • Advised Saavi Energía on obtaining the authorisation from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to increase the electric power generation capacity of the Combined Cycle Thermoelectric Plant “La Rosita” (located in Mexicali, Baja California) by 79.5MW.
  • Advised IBM on the development and approval of the first waste management plan of the electronic/IT industry, in cooperation with the national control entity of this type of waste.

Celis Aguilar Álvarez, Guzmán Sarti y Asociados, SC

Highly regarded environmental law boutique Celis Aguilar Álvarez, Guzmán Sarti y Asociados, SC handles the gamut of environmental matters, both contentious and non-contentious, with regulatory advisory, compliance, audits and concessions, licenses and permitting among its areas of strength in the latter. Well-known partner Humberto Celis leads the overall department, while Roberto Guzmán directs the consulting and litigation areas related to environmental impact, residues, emissions, remediation, citizen participation, indigenous consultations and climate change. At associate level David Salgado López (who is particularly active in relation to the mining sector) is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Humberto Celis

Galicia Abogados S.C.

Galicia Abogados S.C.‘s full-spectrum environmental practice has experience in transactional work and associated due diligence, regulatory matters, compliance, litigation and ESG, and acts particularly for clients drawn from the energy, real estate and regulated industries (including, ports, roads, water projects and pharma), drawing on the support of a strong litigation and arbitration practice group for judicial and/or administrative representation as necessary. The practice is led by Mariana Herrero who has in-depth experience in all aspects of environmental law, from wildlife to waste regulation, and who is accustomed to multidisciplinary approaches to environmental issues, frequently working in collaboration with the firm’s projects, litigation and M&A practice groups. Fellow specialist Carlos Escoto -who was raised to the partnership back in early 2021- brings sophisticated regulatory and sustainability experience to the group, and is a recognised specialist in the development of infrastructure, renewable energies, oil & gas, mining, and manufacturing and tourism industry projects. Key associate support is provided by seniors Lucía Manzo and Lourdes Lozano – who both primarily attend to the regulatory and environmental aspects of infrastructure and energy projects, and associate Verónica Palacios, a former director of hydrocarbons regulation at the Comisión Reguladora de Energía.

Practice head(s):

Mariana Herrero

Key clients


KPS Capital Partners


GE Power

International Finance Corporation (IFC)


Grupo Farmaceutico Somar

Guardian Industries

Lyondell Basell

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, Sociedad Nacional de Crédito, Institución de Banca de Desarrollo (Bancomext)

Equinox Gold

Silver Wheaton

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Credit Suisse Securities (USA)


Citigroup Global Markets

JP Morgan Securities

Banco Santander

Banco Sabadell

New Fortress Energy

Contour Global

Korean Export-Import Bank




Canadian Solar

Nacional Financiera, Sociedad Nacional de Crédito, Institución de Banca de Desarrollo

Balam Fund

Bunge Foods Mexico

Grupo Bimbo

Desarrollos Mira


Pan-American (Hokchi) Energy

Grupo Sordo Madaleno

International Finance Corporation


Vertex Real Estate and Grupo MRP


Consorcio Industrial



El Puerto de Liverpool

EDP Renováveis (EDPR)


Prana Power


Advent International

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Sordo Madaleno on an environmental legal review of all projects that form part of FIBRA Soma.
  • Advised Equinox Gold on environmental and ESG analysis of its acquisition of Premier Gold Mines and subsidiaries around the world – including the Mercedes Mine in Mexico.  
  • Advised Smurfit Kappa on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Empresas Bengon, (and indirectly, 100% of the shares of Carton Box, Inc), company owned by a Mexican family.

Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego

Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego's practice group is highly regarded for its diverse capabilities in administrative procedures and litigation before environmental and regulatory authorities, as well as for its handling of the environmental aspects of corporate and finance transactions, including joint ventures, M&A and general project finance deals. The practice has experience in regulatory matters concerning water, wastewater discharges, change of forestry land use, natural protected areas, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, and air emissions, among other areas. Practice head Adrián Del Paso has long-standing experience including on general transactional and day-to-day advice, permitting, and dispute resolution support on environmental regulations at the federal, state and municipal levels; clients note his ‘personal attention to the matter' and that 'his input has both technical and practical perspectives.’ Also, a key player in the practice, senior associate Mauricio Sandoval, focuses on environmental and urban development, administrative proceedings, and nullity and amparo trials, as well as assisting clients with due diligence for local and cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Adrián del Paso


‘The office was very willing and flexible to meet service requests.’

‘The staff of the office knows the matter well and the authorities that participate in the industry.’

‘The attention to detail is enormous, and they still remain practical and keep delivering results even if there are many adverse situations.’

‘The firm takes the time to know not only the industry but the way the company functions, which at the end save us time.’

‘Adrian del Paso is an expert that provides personal attention to the matter and his input has both technical and practical perspectives so the issues can be resolved promptly.’

‘Mauricio Sandoval is a senior associate who is our point of reference for most of our consultations and his input is always accurate.’

Key clients

The Chemours Company

Hilton Grand Vacations

Work highlights

  • Advised The Chemours Company on an environmental due diligence review of the sale of Chemours’ Mining Solutions Business to Draslovka Holding, including a review of compliance with relevant environmental obligations and related permits.  
  • Advised Hilton Grand Vacations with an environmental due diligence review of the acquisition of timeshare company Diamond Resorts, including a review of the target’s compliance with relevant environmental obligations and related permits.

Jones Day

Jones Day is an undoubted presence in Mexico's environmental legal sphere, its practice demonstrating experience and capability in all areas of environmental, health and safety laws, with specific focus on compliance, environmental damage liability, climate change, and energy projects. The team advises clients on matters involving soil pollution and remediation, greenhouse gas emissions, legislative developments regarding the banning of plastics, hazardous materials and waste management, social impact and civil environmental liability, among others. It also represents clients in litigation before local and federal administrative authorities and courts in Mexico. Practice head Mauricio Llamas is a veteran specialist with over 20 years' partner-level involvement in the sector; he primarily undertakes administrative and regulatory matters, with particular experience in environmental, health, and safety laws and standardization, and is also very active in administrative litigation against federal and local authorities. Senior associate Mauricio Villegas is well regarded for his experience advising domestic and international clients on compliance matters, M&A auditing procedures, the environmental aspects of business restructurings, the obtaining of relevant permits, crisis management, and regulatory and environmental litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Llamas


‘Personalised advice and immediate follow-up.’

‘There are not many competitors, the results are good and immediate.’


Key clients

Grupo Elementia


Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental

Bio Pappel Scribe

Agencia de Proyectos Estratégicos del Estado de Quintana Roo (AGEPRO)

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Elementia on a major site remediation case.
  • Represented Grupo Iberdrola’s companies in a constitutional litigation (amparo) proceeding filed against the Energy Regulatory Commission for its modification of a general resolution prohibiting the inclusion of new partners and associated cogeneration establishments for self-supply and cogeneration power plants.
  • Advised Centro Mexicano in the preparation and filing of a constitutional appeal (amparo) before federal courts against an official communication issued by Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission drastically increasing the transmission rates for clean energy producers.

Ritch, Mueller y Nicolau, S.C.

Ritch, Mueller y Nicolau, S.C., is a ‘firm with exceptional performance in environmental matters’  and that has broad experience in project finance, administrative filings, sociocultural impact assessment, wastes, national waters, environmental zoning and urban development and climate change, along with water, soil and air pollution, and the management of filings to obtain project-related authorisations, permits, and registrations. The practice is also highly regarded for its expertise in social impact assessments, handling and management of negotiations with indigenous peoples and communities so as to obtain the social license required for the approval of projects, and the development of shared benefits mechanisms. Led by partner Hector A. Garza Cervera , who advises local and foreign companies on environmental and social obligations, the design and implementation of ESG programs, and regulatory and governmental affairs; clients consider him ‘one of the lawyers in human rights and indigenous issues with the greatest knowledge and in-depth understanding throughout the country.’ Garza is supported by associates Estuardo Anaya and Christian Rosales who have over 15 and 10 years’ experience advising on (non-contentious) transactional environmental matters, and governmental affairs, climate change and ESG related issues, respectively. Since publication, Garza has left the firm (effective December 2022), with the firm hiring experienced partner Brenda Rogel from Hogan Lovells the following month.

Practice head(s):

Héctor A. Garza Cervera


‘Ritch has been a firm with exceptional performance in environmental matters. The challenges we have faced have been with Federal authorities and in all cases they have turned out very well, respecting the law and ensuring that it is respected.’

‘They know very well the entire area of Cofepris, the regulatory laws and how to achieve win-win agreements with the federal authority.’

‘Ritch Mueller has supported us, through Héctor Garza, in all legal matters related to indigenous consultation issues, and we are currently carrying out with them the first Human Rights Impact Assessment for Mining. Héctor has proven to be a dynamic and sophisticated lawyer, with extensive knowledge of the subject, and extensive experience. Héctor is today one of the trusted lawyers of the Canadian Corporation, always available, and with a diplomatic and professional attitude.’

‘In the last decade, as a company we have gone through several important moments where we have required specialized legal help. And it wasn’t until we met Ritch Mueller, (through Héctor Garza), that we felt comfortable with his expertise. We believe that Héctor is one of the lawyers in Human Rights and Indigenous Issues with the greatest knowledge and in-depth understanding throughout the country. Héctor is a knowledgeable lawyer, but with a community vision, who seeks and recognizes the common good and the benefit of the communities where we operate. It makes human sense, as does the latest knowledge on different topics.’

Key clients

Walton Street Capital

Banco Santander


Zihuatanejo Newco

Zuma Energía – State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC)


Ministry of the Environment of the Dominican Republic

Thor Urbana Capital

MPC Energy Solutions NV

Dual Co.

GTM Chemicals





Work highlights

  • Advised Ministry of the Environment of the Dominican Republic in drafting and socialization of the Regulation of Law No. 225-50, General of Comprehensive Management and Co-processing of Solid Wastes
  • Advised Banco Santander in environmental and permitting matters for the expansion and construction of a roadway on the Circuito Interior Mexiquense.
  • Advised Zuma Energía in social impact, regulatory, and environmental matters for the expansion of a renewable power plant located in the state of Zacatecas.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC ‘s ‘impressive‘ environmental practice has the capability to undertake complex regulatory environmental mandates, with expertise in dispute resolution, compliance issues (particularly regarding water supply and wastewater discharges), environmental impact assessments, and the obtaining of environmental and social permits for the successful development of projects. ‘Its advice is personalised to the specific needs of the industry and sector, their opinions and recommendations are tailor-made’, sources note. The team is led by Edmond Frederic Grieger who has expertise in environmental and administrative litigation and arbitration, as well as compliance, M&A, and project and infrastructure development-related matters. Key support is provided by counsel Ariel Garfio who has over 15 years’ experience advising on environmental matters, energy and natural resources and project development; and Rebeca Márquez, whose practice is centred on the regulatory, environmental and real estate aspect of energy project audits and inspections.

Practice head(s):

Edmond Grieger


The area has extensive experience in regulations, procedures and authorities involved, thus facilitating the understanding and implementation of processes. Likewise, its advice is personalised to the specific needs of the industry and sector, their opinions and recommendations are tailor-made.

Extensive knowledge of the issues, high availability of the team and tailored opinions.’

In environmental practice in energy the lawyers have extensive experience, Edmond Grieger and Ariel Garfio advise us on these matters.

They have the ability to propose new ways solving matters always respecting the integrity of the law.

Key clients

Amgen México

Benteler de México

BHP Billiton

BMW / BMW de México

Borr Drilling

Burger King


The Coca Cola Company

Anheuser Bush InBev (Grupo Modelo)

Daimler Group

Effem México

Enersys de México

Faurecia Sistemas Automotrices

Nestle Waters (Manantial La Asunción)

Hella Automotive



Krispy Kreme México






Fresenius Medical Care

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Modelo (Anheuser Busch InBev) on several M&A transactions and projects, including thedevelopment, construction and operation of two new facilities in Yucatan and Hidalgo, and executed successful administrative and environmental litigation to evidence full compliance with its water and environmental obligations.
  • Advised Invenergy on all critical matters related to environmental, social and regulatory issues for the successful development, construction, and operation of all its (20-plus) energy generation projects in Mexico, including green and brown field project development; project portfolio value: more than $4bn.
  • Advised Uber and Corner Shop on all their environmental and regulatory matters to update and obtain all the information and documents that carriers of Uber need to operate correctly, safely and in full compliance with environmental obligations.


Garrigues is well regarded for its ‘great experience and expertise on environmental issues’, and focuses on the management of potential environmental liabilities and irregularities for projects in the energy sector, social impact evaluations, project development, environmental permits, licenses, notices, and authorisations. The practice is led by partner Roberto Torres Velasco who specialises in environmental, regulatory and public law, and has extensive experience in licensing and environmental due diligence for energy, real estate, infrastructure, industrial and tourism projects; he is ‘excellent at his job, has full command of his field of action and has collaborated impeccably’, note clients.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Torres Velasco


‘Attention to matters is very efficient, punctual and practical answers to very complex matters. The team has excellent preparation, and treatment.

‘Roberto Torres (partner) has a great knowledge of the matter, and the solutions he provides are business-oriented, in addition to providing very efficient personalized attention.

‘The team has great experience and expertise on environmental issues, you can say that I have full confidence in their work. They are totally competitive versus other firms, I can also argue that their client service is incredible and they are very flexible in meeting our requirements. I like the platform they use for us to share information, it is an innovative system that allows information to be obtained with some immediacy, as well as being secure.

‘I have personally had dealt with Roberto Torres, who is excellent at his job, has full command of his field of action and has collaborated  impeccably.

‘I have been fortunate to have worked in the past with Roberto Torres and more recently to share a classroom, teaching environmental law. He seems to me to be a very complete lawyer who is knowledgeable about environmental issues, as well as being very professional and kind in his treatment. I believe that it stands out compared to other of our peers who work in competing firms.

Key clients

Veolia México


Fuerte Group Hotels

Talesun Solar Switzerland

CRM Synergies Mexico

Work highlights

  • Advised Fuerte Group on environmental issues related to the more-than-five-years development of a 470-room luxury hotel in Cancun.
  • Advised Talesun Solar Switzerland on environmental assessment matters related to its 300MW photovoltaic power generation project; specifically, with the reformulation and rescheduling of environmental permits, licenses, notices, and authorisations.
  • Advised CRM Synergies regarding the reallocation of its current industrial facility to a new location, undertaking the environmental review and analysing the regulatory feasibility of each of the intended new sites.

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

Leveraging the combined strength of international offices in over 40 cities, Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s Mexico office is known for its capabilities in environmental matters and is consistently sought out by clients since ‘they innovate to seek alternative solution from different perspectives'. The team's broad experience encompasses contentious and non-contentious matters, environmental and regulatory permits, contaminated sites, waste, air emissions, water, surface occupation of lands, and on the environmental aspects of infrastructure and real estate projects, and transactions in general. Given the foregoing, unsurprisingly, the team advises clients in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, food and beverages, infrastructure, mining, renewables, real estate, telecommunications, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The practice is led by Erick Hernández Gallego who has longstanding experience in the sector and particular expertise regarding regulatory issue, urban development, corporate environmental regularisation, environmental impact and risk matters, and the financing of green projects, among other matters. Key support is provided by associate Luis Jorge Akle.

Practice head(s):

Erick Hernández Gallego


‘It is a very good team, very complete.

‘A complete and comprehensive vision of what is requested, always looking for a way to achieve the desired result. Erik Hernandez is very good.

‘Collaboration is close and dedicated in matters for which legal opinion is requested. They innovate to seek alternative solutions from different perspectives and not only in environmental matters, but in relation to other legal matters.

‘Erik Hernández, Luis Akle are people with a leadership to work as a team with kindness and ease so that others understand each aspect to follow in the recommendations given.

Key clients

Grupo Idesa

Envision Energy International / Vive Energía

Globos Qualatex de Pioneer

Envision Energy Jiangsu

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Idesa on compliance with all environmental obligations for its different companies from the petrochemical and hydrocarbons sectors, as well as on negotiations and challenges to a number of administrative procedures executed by Federal environmental authorities.
  • Advised Envision Energy International/Vive Energía on compliance with all environmental and regulatory obligations related to a pipeline of renewable energy projects, including an offshore wind farm and the production of green hydrogen.
  • Advised Globos Qualatex de Pioneer on negotiation of the round tables regarding the Official Standard for the production and purchase of single-use plastics in Mexico City.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells remains a presence in the Mexican environmental sphere, demonstrating experience regarding the analysis and implementation of business strategies to guarantee water supply for future operations; wastewater matters, site contamination issues determining potential risks, advise to clients on single-use plastics bans issued by various Mexican states (including a wide range of industries including food, beverage, electronic and e-commerce), advice on e-waste management, and climate change issues such as participation in the Pilot Program of the Emission Trading System in México, and analysis of new local regulations establishing the payment of green taxes. The practice is led by Brenda Rogel Salgado, an established environmental practitioner who is experienced in environmental risk, risk management advisory and drafting the environmental provisions of transactional documentation, as well as regulatory compliance at municipal, state and federal levels. Intermediate associate Javier Camacho has specialised in environmental matters since the outset of his career and is one-to-watch. Since publication, Rogel Salgado has left the firm – effective as of January 2023.

Key clients

Ford Motor Company




International Finance Corporation

Smurfit Kappa


Gerdau Corsa

Acero Prime


Pontones & Ledesma

Recognised for its expertise in environmental law and litigation, boutique firm Pontones & Ledesma maintains a broad practice, providing advice on impact assessments, risk and auditing; air, water and noise pollution; and waste and soil remediation issues, among other areas. Leading the practice are the firm’s two founding partners: environmental specialist Luigi Pontones, who focuses on environmental audits, licensing, authorisations and permitting, land use, air emissions and waste management; and Arturo Ledesma, who has particular expertise in constitutional ‘amparo’ cases (as well as criminal law) and focuses his environmental practice on issues related to audits, water, hazardous waste, soil remediation and defence against administrative and/or criminal charges of environmental liability. At the associate level, key figures include seniors Valeria Bustamante, Pablo Martínez Santuario and intermediate Irvin Mallen. Gisela Ramíréz departed for Lammoglia Abogados in August 2021 but the firm moved rapidly, hiring junior Michelle Ocampo the following November.

Practice head(s):

Arturo Ledesma; Luigi Pontones

Vera y Asociados

Veteran law boutique in Mexico, Vera y Asociados (V&A) is well equipped to assist clients operating in relevant industries, from energy and mining to tourism and manufacturing, on the full range of of environmental matters. Firm founder and managing partner Luis Vera Morales has over 25 years’ experience in environmental law – making him one of the practice area’s founding generation. Nevertheless, the firm endured a spin off in early 2021 with former Cancún office-head Gerardo Freyre and Gabriel Bustamante, who directed the environmental consultancy department, left in early 2021 to establish their own firm, Bustamante & Freyre, taking senior associate Daniel Gómez Ramírez with them. The resulting reorganisation saw María Cristina Hernández C, who focuses on the implementation and management of environmental processes, raised to the partnership; where she joins Alejandro Aldana, whose practice centres on water law, environmental impact assessments, and environmental matters connected to energy projects. Associate Guillermo Rafael Garza Santos left for Galicia Abogados S.C. in June 2022.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

In terms of the environmental sector, Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.  has experienced in transactional work, litigation, administrative proceedings, the purchase and sale of real estate (including the transfer of polluted sites), environmental guarantees and the transference of concessions, authorisations, licenses and/or permits. Head of the firm’s energy, mining and infrastructure practice groups, Juan Carlos Serra provides experienced, partner-level oversight to the environmental practice to which he brings know how as regards the natural resources, extractive and projects sectors. He is supported by young associate Carolina Nogal Gómez who arrived from Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC in mid-2021 and handles environmental compliance and impact assessments, and EHS (environment, health and safety) matters, particularly as regards the life science, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. However, both associate Mariana Arrieta Maza, who moved in house at Acerrio as a regulatory compliance specialist in June 2022, and former practice co-head /associate director Ricardo Evangelista, who left the following month to become legal operations counsel at PepsiCo, have left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Serra

Work highlights

  • Advised Givaudan on the legal aspects of compliance with obligations regarding hazardous wastes, accompanying the company through the proceeding before both the Federal Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (“SEMARNAT”) and the National Water Commission (“CONAGUA”).
  • Represented Peugeot México before the Federal Administrative Court to challenge a ruling issued by the Federal Attorney for the Environmental Protection regarding the commercialisation of some of its 2016 models.

Grepe, Lavin & Zavaleta, SC

Pedro Morales, a former counsel and head of the environmental practice group at White & Case S.C., joined Grepe, Lavin & Zavaleta, SC in October 2021, radically upgrading the firm’s environmental offering. He co-leads the team with adminsitrative and regulatory specialist -and environmental litigator- David Perales, their respective practice strengths effectively dovetailing to ensure the department has a full contentious and non-contentious offering. The pair can call on tax partners Diego Cuevas and Isabel Albo with regard to environmental tax matters and for additional administrative-litigation support, plus two associates who are primarily dedicated to environmetal and regulatory matters. The team has been particularly active in the carbon bonds segment, of late.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Morales; David Perales


The team has adequate knowledge of environmental matters.

It is worth higlighting the quality of their attention to client and resolution of both doubts and conflicts.

Key clients


El Toro

Grupo Barramar








LHO has successfully responded to industry trends, gaining a roster of clients interested in innovation in environmental matters since it ‘is at the forefront of cutting-edge issues, especially those that are currently related to Environmental Social Governance‘. The team advises on the environmental aspects of project development, including matters related to permits, authorisations, compliance and litigation. Clients include local and international companies as well as start-ups from diverse industry sectors, such as energy, textiles, food, urban development, fertilizers, logistics, and agriculture. The ‘undoubtedly, exceptional and committed team’ is jointly led by Luis Miguel Ramírez Ruggeberg who focuses on renewable energy and environmental matters related to sustainability programs; and Luis Enrique Rangel De La Peza, whose experience is in project finance, natural resources, acquisitions, joint ventures, and restructuring for local and international clients. Promoted to head of the firm’s office in Morelos in 2021, associate Jimena Arazá has experience on project development matters – particularly the establishment of structures for natural resources ventures.

Practice head(s):

Luis Miguel Ramírez Ruggeberg; Luis Enrique Rangel de la Peza


‘Their approach is innovative. The angle they use to address environmental issues is original and characteristic of this firm. Unlike other firms, LHO is at the forefront of cutting-edge issues, especially those that are currently related to Environmental criteria, Social and Governance (ASG or ESG).

‘The LHO legal team is extremely committed. Regardless of the complexity of the case, the team works until a resolution is reached. Likewise, the approach between clients and members of the firm is at all times cordial, empathetic and professional.

‘The LHO team is exceptional, pragmatic, willing and knows how to deal with any type of situation under an environment of constant pressure. It has become the leading firm for Mexico. It adapts to work in an international environment. Undoubtedly, an exceptional and committed team.

‘The attention of Luis Miguel Ramírez and his team have been key to defending the company’s interests and mitigating contingencies, making them unique for their constant communication and immediate response. There are qualities to highlight, such as trust and honesty, in addition to the precision of the defined legal strategies.

‘LHO is very involved in this subject, from its professional training to its participation in associations, chambers and interest groups.

‘They know about the topic of energy and sustainability, very few lawyers know about it.

‘They want to help generate a positive impact by empowering small and medium-sized companies that are looking to innovate.’

Key clients


Pachamama Solar

Potrero Solar


Power China International


Grupo Avanzia (Grupo Cobra)


Enel Green Power

Goldbeck Solar


Grupo Dragón








Secretaria de Desarrollo Sustentable del Estado de Morelos

Natura Medio Ambiente

Cultivo / The Nature Conservancy

The Color Book

Green Impact Ventures

Be More Sampa



El Vergel / Trigo Verde


Bioteck Agro



Proximity Parks

Chia Mia



Empacadora Silva

Grupo Nacional Corporativo

Arrendadora Tlaxcala

Work highlights

  • Advised Prodiel, with the required legal advice for the EPC of 971MW of generation capacity in Mexico, particularly the Pimienta Project, which was recently recognised in the SEAL awards for its environmental initiative to protect the howler monkeys of Campeche.
  • Advised Ecozona del Centro Histórico de Cuernavaca (Ecological Zone) on the drafting of its new management program, which establishes the route towards net zero in Downtown Cuernavaca, the transition to clean energy in the means of transportation, the implementation of solar rooftops and the sustainable reforestation of the ecozone.
  • Advised Cultivo on the structuring of several nature-based investment projects in Mexico, involving The Nature Conservancy and Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, as well as on disruptive formulas of sustainable grazing, reforestation and carbon capture.

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.‘s environmental practice has notable strength on compliance with environmental regulations, administrative and criminal environmental litigation, environmental risk and damage prevention, environmental damage and liability and due diligences processes with regard to M&A transactions and project finance. The team advise clients drawn from an array of industries, most notably infrastructure, renewable energy, hydrocarbons, petrochemicals, real estate development, forestry, the automotive sector, and food and beverages. The practice is co-led by specialised senior associate Paula Pérez, who focuses on environmental, administrative and regulatory matters  particularly compliance, environmental impact and environmental risk; and of counsel Gabriel Calvillo who focuses on compliance, corporate criminal liability, corporate crime and environmental litigation. Associate Paulina Martínez provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Calvillo Diaz; Paula Pérez Benítez


‘Capable and specialised team.

‘Accessible and good treatment.

Key clients

Atlas Renewable Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Atlas Renewable Energy on the review of, and day to day compliance with, the legal regulations regarding environmental and regulatory matters.

Santamarina y Steta

Santamarina y Steta has substantial experience in environmental project management, including obtaining environmental permits, authorisations and licenses; implementing compliance systems, auditing, and the monitoring and evaluation of environmental legal obligations; and originiating strategies for environmental, social and corporate governance and corpproate social responsibility. The team acts for clients in the tourism, infrastructure, energy, mining, automotive and chemical industries, among others, and is co-led by Claudia Rodríguez who specialises in real estate, environmental and agrarian law, and indigenous consulting; and Monterrey-based Heriberto Garza whose broad practice takes in real estate, environmental matters, estate and wealth planning, family offices, regulatory banking and cyber security, among other areas. Also a key player in the team, Juan Carlos Aguirre‘s practice is centred on environmental and climate change matters, traditional and renewable energy, agrarian law, indigenous consultation/socio-environmental impact assessment, tourism, mining and real estate. The practice was further strengthened in March 2022 with the hire of David González Vega as a senior associate; an experienced environmental practitioner, he arrived from Fonatur, where he was legal director with regards to the Tren Maya project.

Practice head(s):

Heriberto Garza; Claudia Rodríguez


‘The training, competence and experience of the team in environmental legal issues is highlighted.

‘Juan Carlos Aguirre and Regina Martínez, professionals with outstanding training, evidencing their competence in environmental legal consulting and with experience in the field that supports them.

Key clients

Tesla Automobiles Sales and Service Mexico

Aero Transporte de Carga Unión

Work highlights

  • Advised Tesla on environmental matters relating to the company’s showrooms, administrative offices and service centers throughout Mexico, including a review of the feasibility for establishing and operating Tesla Facilities from an environmental standpoint.
  • Advised Aerounión’s operations in Mexico to identify potential environmental risks and establish action plans to mitigate them.