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Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The Mexican office of Spanish full-service firm Cuatrecasas has developed a sturdy track record in the Mexican corporate and M&A arena since it first set foot in the market back in 2016. Santiago Ferrer, who also heads-up the competition department, advises both domestic and international companies on commercial transactions, M&A, joint investments and financing. The group’s areas of expertise encompass the consumer, infrastructure, healthcare, real estate, energy and renewables, and gaming sectors. Recent work highlights include advising Fibra Orion regarding the acquisition of Desarrollos Carreteros del Estado de Durango. Additionally, the office has notably broadened its capacity to deal with key elements of transactional matters -particularly tax structuring- with the July-2022 hire of tax specialist Juan David Mina from KPMG in Mexico. The team can also draw resources not only from the firm’s Spanish headquarters but also from it’s increasingly relevant offices in Bogotá, Lima and Santiago de Chile. Since publication, the firm's Mexican office has absorbed the former Rico, Robles, Libenson, S.Cl, incorporating a 12-strong team (including four partners) that counts transactional matters and disputes work among its primary strengths - effective as of January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Ferrer

Key clients

Fibra Orión (Fibra E)

Platinum Equity

Connect Group



Array Technologies


Macmillan Education

Work highlights

  • Advising Fibra Orion E on the acquisition of Desarrollos Carreteros del Estado de Durango, a concession company with 10 toll-free sections of highway, and on the acquisition of the entities that own the Tapachula-Talisman highway in Mexico.
  • Advising Platinum Equity on the acquisition of the entire business of Urbaser.
  • Advising Neenah on the purchase of Itasa from the Magnum Capital fund, on the cancellation of the existing syndicated financing and its guarantees, and on financing for the acquisition; deal value: €205m.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

The Mexican office of Spanish full-service player Cuatrecasas is increasingly recognised among market onlookers for its activity in the arbitration segment in Mexico thanks to a small, but sturdy international arbitration practice that is backed by the firm’s wider presence in the region. The group led by René Irra is especially active in arbitrations related to the energy and infrastructure sectors, representing both domestic and international clients. Senior associate Miguel Ángel Ortiz, whose arbitration experience has been nurtured by his previous positions as director general for contentious matters at the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), and at PEMEX, where he was head of legal for arbitral matters, is also noted. Since publication, Ortiz has been raised to the partnership - effective as of April 2023.

Practice head(s):

René Irra de la Cruz

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 5

León López, co-managing partner of the office, is in charge of steering the Mexican banking and finance practice at Spanish powerhouse Cuatrecasas. The group, which works seamlessly and uses the synergies between offices both in Latin America and/or Europe, boasts extensive experience handling a wide array of financing transactions - project, real estate, infrastructure, corporate and acquisition financing, refinancings and debt restructuring - mainly advising banks, funds, or insurance companies, both domestic and international. Recent work highlights include acting for CaixaBank regarding the financing granted to RLH Properties to build and develop the Rosewood Mandarina Hotel on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit; and the debt refinancing of the Four Seasons Hotel in Mexico. López is closely supported by José Higinio Núñez, who is particularly experienced in the finance, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors.

Practice head(s):

León López

Key clients

Hokchi Energy


Bain Capital

123 Lease

ING Bank & ING Capital

Comsa Corporación de Infraestructuras

BBVA Bancomer

Standard Profil Automotive


H.I.G. Capital

Sindicato bancario (Agente: BBVA)



Work highlights

  • Advising Bain Capital Private Equity on acquiring aero engine manufacturer ITP Aero from Rolls-Royce, including on the financing for the acquisition of approximately €1.7bn.
  • Advising on OHL’s €650m debt restructuring and recapitalisation.
  • Advising Comsa Corporación on closing the refinancing of its bank debt for a global amount of €487m.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation

René Irra heads the practice at Cuatrecasas' Mexican office, which maintains a solid level of litigious activity - particularly in the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

The Cuatrecasas Latin America international arbitration practice has benefitted from the Iberian firm’s investment in its Latin America network, with new office openings in Colombia and Chile in 2020 adding to the firm’s existing presence in Mexico and Peru. The practice handles commercial and investment arbitrations and has focused primarily on disputes in the infrastructure and energy sectors, which account for the bulk of the the portfolio. Peru has been a particularly busy jurisdiction, with the team advising on various Peruvian construction and transport disputes. Santiago-based Cristián Conejero, a specialist in international arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, co-leads the practice with Madrid-based Alfonso Iglesia, a 25-year veteran of both local and international arbitration. Fellow specialist Alberto Fortún (also in Madrid), and Mexican law expert René Irra in Mexico City are additional key names. Lima-based partner Domingo Rivarola, who specialises in commercial dispute resolution; and Madrid-based Manuel Franco, who was raised to the partnership in April 2021, round out the senior team, which was further strengthened with the hire of partner Alberto Zuleta from Holland & Knight in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Iglesia; Cristián Conejero

Key clients

International Consortium Metro De Lima

Sociedad Concesionaria Peruana De Vías

SSK Ingeniería Y Construcción

Perú Masivo

Savia Perú

Comité De Cooperación Económica Del Sistema Interconectado Nacional

Work highlights

  • Representing a consortium commissioned to build and operate a subway line in Peru in ICSID arbitration brought against the Republic of Peru.
  • Successfully represented SSK Ingeniería y Construcción in ICC arbitration against the Peruvian subsidiary of Técnicas Reunidas, related to a construction subcontract to build several parts of an oil refinery.
  • Advising Sociedad Concesionaria Peruana de Víason in ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Peru regarding a dispute related to a highway concession.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Cuatrecasas has a long history in Latin America and is building its presence there with offices in Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile. The firm has a varied practice with a strong record in energy and infrastructure M&A, along with project development and project finance. It has impressive connections to energy corporates, lenders, project sponsors and developers and in one recent headline mandate, advised Spanish power company Naturgy on the sale of Chilean power distributor Compañía General de Electricidad (CGE) to China’s State Grid International Development. Bogota partner Manuel Quinche is experienced in project financings in the infrastructure and power sectors, and advised on the financing of Bogata’s first metro line. Lima’s Aldo Reggiardo is noted for project finance in the renewables, infrastructure and mining segments; Mexico City partner León López is another key figure for project matters.

Practice head(s):

Aldo Reggiardo; Manuel Quinche

Key clients



Itaú Corpbanca Colombia


Vía 40 Express, Vinci Highways and Constructora Conconcreto

Corporación Andina De Fomento – CAF

Metro Línea 1



Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Work highlights

  • Advised on the €2.7bn sale of Chilean power distributor Compañía General de Electricidad (CGE), to Chinese state company State Grid International Development.
  • Advised Bancóldex, Davivienda, FDN, BID, BID Invest y Fondo Chino de Co-financiamiento para América Latina on the financing for the construction, operation and maintenance of a multipurpose terminal in the Antioquia Port project, located in the Gulf of Urabá, Colombia.
  • Advised CAP on a $139m refinancing of its subsidiary Cleanairtech (Aguas CAP), a new $160m credit, and on the refinancing an existing loan and a new syndicated loan to fund a seawater desalination plant.

Cuatrecasas Mexico provides a comprehensive legal service in the Mexican market with a multidisciplinary and specialist approach.

Our Mexico City office opened in 2016. In January 2023, Cuatrecasas integrated Rico, Robles y Libenson (RRL), adding a team of lawyers highly specialized in transactional and regulatory matters, which strengthens our capacity in the region.

Our team in Mexico offers expert advice on the main areas of business law, covering mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances, public law, energy and infrastructure, finance, competition, tax, real estate, labour and employment law, litigation and arbitration, with extensive experience in advising banks, insurance companies, funds and corporations on their transactions in Mexico and abroad.

We combine our local resources in Mexico with our network of offices in Latin America and the rest of the world to offer clients a unique experience that adds value to their businesses.

In Latin America, we have a team made up of over 200 professionals distributed in our four local offices in Lima, Bogotá, Mexico City and Santiago. They work seamlessly and use the synergies between offices to provide our clients with comprehensive domestic and cross-border advice, as well as in matters that require efficient coordination between several jurisdictions.

Our clients include many leading Mexican and other Latin American companies as well as a mix of international players from Spain, Portugal and around the globe.

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