Firm Profile > Garrigues > Mexico City, Mexico

Garrigues
CORPORATIVO REFORMA DIANA
PASEO DE LA REFORMA 412, PISO 24, COL. JUAREZ
MEXICO CITY - 06600 MEXICO DF
Mexico

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Earning plaudits for its ‘extremely dedicated’ team, Garrigues' ten-strong projects department is headed by partners David Jiménez Romero, whose practice centres on project government procurement, public works, concessions, public- private partnerships, and project development; and Roberto Torres, a regulatory law expert with a significant experience in renewable resources and clean energy generation projects. The practice group, which includes senior associate Gabriela Cosío, has a particular punch in sectors such as energy (advising clients like AES Mexico, DRG Solar, Talesun, Gamesa); healthcare (where it is currently advising Prodemex on the construction of three hospitals in Mexico); and tourism (with mandates including advice to Camargo Corrêa on new railway infrastructure).

Practice head(s):

David Jiménez Romero; Roberto Torres

Testimonials

‘I participated with Garrigues in a complex hearing in a construction case this year. They are extremely dedicated.’

‘Unbeatable impression of Carlos de los Santos, Margarita Soto, Alvaro Soriano, David Jiménez and Gabriela Cosío.’

‘The professionalism, analysis of complex issues, practical solutions, attention to detail and quality of work. David Jiménez, Roberto Torres, Gabriela Cosío, Daniel González, María Paola Aguilar are an exceptional team, professional, with great quality in their work, very conscientious in invoicing and time, and with a great warmth in their treatment.’

‘The team provides exceptional treatment, has great dedication to the matters, is very conscientious in invoicing use of time and their work is of excellent quality.’

Key clients

P&T Global Renewable Energy

China CAMC Engineering Co

Camargo Correa Infra

Servicios Compresión de Gas (CA-KU-A1)

Enel Green Power Mexico

Talesun

AES México

DRG Solar

Prodemex

Mota Engil

CCLA Group

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 3

Spanish international behemoth, Garrigues, fields a thriving Mexican banking and finance practice, applauded for being ‘very approachable’ and for offering ‘a great service attitude and pro-business mindset’, which covers project and structured financing, commercial bank lending and regulatory matters as well as ongoing operational advice to banks and multilaterals. Heading the 15-strong department, Mario Juárez stands out for his expertise on infrastructure projects, as well as on secured and unsecured loans. Other key members of the team -which boasts notable cross-border capabilities, include Gabriela Pérez Sierra, who brings her ample expertise in energy and infrastructure finance to the table; and principal associate Miguel Ángel Rocha.

Practice head(s):

Mario Juárez

Testimonials

‘The team is very approachable, has a great service attitude and a pro-business mindset’

‘We chose to work with them because of the service of the team’

‘We work with Mario Juarez and Miguel Angel Rocha, both are always available, easy to schedule calls or meetings with, they are great negotiators and are clear in detecting risks and proposing solutions’

Key clients

International Finance Corporation

Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital Fund

Deutsche Investitions (DEG)

UniCredit Bank

Mezzanine Mexico Uno

Servicios Compresión de Gas CA-KU-A1

Beel Infra

Goldman Sachs

Inter-American Investment Corporation

IKB Deutsche Industribank

Industrializadora Integral Del Agave

Mexico > Environment Tier 3

Particularly active in the renewable energy and hospitality sectors, Garrigues maintains a small environmental practice and acts as advisor to renowned companies including Enel and Veolia. The department focuses on helping clients manage potential environmental liabilities and detect irregularities in projects in the abovementioned sectors. Environmental, regulatory and public law specialist Roberto Torres, who has extensive experience in licensing and environmental due diligence for energy, real estate, infrastructure, industrial and tourism projects, heads the practice, which can draw on the resources of its extensive international network, and also shows additional skills in social impact evaluations.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Torres

Testimonials

‘They have great professionalism, good analysis of complex issues, practical solutions, attention to detail and quality of work. The team has an exceptional treatment’

‘Roberto Torres and María Paola Aguilar are an extraordinary team, professional, with great quality in their work, and very conscientious’

Key clients

ENEL Green Power México

Talesun Solar Switzerland

Grupo El Fuerte

Veolia México

DHL Supply Chain Mexico

P&T Global Renewable Energy Limited

CCLA Group

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Spanish full-service firm Garrigues continues to develop its footprint and profile in the Mexican corporate and M&A market, thanks to an ‘excellent team’ -13-strong- which garners praise for its ‘technical knowledge and commitment to the client's needs’. Fronting the team are Gabriela Pérez Sierra, who has a focus on cross-border M&A and financial transactions, real estate, fintech and start-ups; and the ‘outstandingGerardo Lemus, who has over 25 years' experience in M&A and other corporate mandates, and has also developed a niche expertise in telecoms infrastructure, from financing to marketing and operation. The practice, which benefits from its established brand, particularly with Spanish and US companies engaged in cross-border transactions, also houses a capable second line of advisors, most notably senior associates Miguel Ángel Rocha and Eduardo Gómez. However, former senior Miguel Ángel de la Fuente moved to DAC Beachcroft Mexico in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Lemus; Gabriela Pérez

Testimonials

An excellent team. The team’s deep technical knowledge and commitment to the client’s needs, as well as their dedication, make them stand out very favourably when compared to other firms.

Their collaboration is remarkable, even during the most difficult months of the pandemic.

Gabriela Pérez Sierra is a friendly person and an excellent lawyer, always ready to support the client’s queries. Daniel González Delgado is a brilliant lawyer, committed and creative in finding solutions to complex problems. His attention to detail and understanding of the business makes his approach to matters much more comprehensive than that of professionals from other firms.’

They are experts in energy matters.

Gabriela Perez always gives a personalized service and is very knowledgeable about local laws.’

We have full confidence in their work and excellence and the possibility of being able to delegate matters to them without having to be on top of them.

Gerardo Lemus is outstanding.

The team is very conscientious of time, billing and deliver work with great quality.’

Key clients

American Tower

P&T Global Renewable Energy

Redpoint eventures

Howden Broking Group

Surteco Group

Vulcan Capital Overlake Opportunities

Alivio Holdings

Aggity Europe

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 4

The ‘young and dynamic’ energy practice at Garrigues is co-led by partners David Jiménez Romero, who has over 25 years' experience in project development and finance for the infrastructure and energy sectors; and Roberto Torres, a regulatory expert with specialised knowledge of the power sector and environmental law. Together with senior associate Gabriela Cosío, who specialises in contractual law for energy and infrastructure projects and international commercial arbitration, they are regarded as an ‘exceptional team’. In addition, Garrigues' international platform can provide the group with additional support, as well as the possibility of advising an attractive client roster.

Practice head(s):

David Jiménez Romero; Roberto Torres

Testimonials

‘Young and dynamic team. David Jiménez and Gabriela Cosío are highly skilled and have a deep technical knowledge of the energy sector.’

‘They stand out for their professionalism, analysis of complex issues, practical solutions, attention to detail and quality of work. The team has an exceptional treatment, great dedication to the issues, is very conscientious in billing and the use of time, and their work is of excellent quality. David Jiménez, Roberto Torres, Gabriela Cosío are an exceptional team, professional, with great quality in their work, and with great warmth in their treatment.’

Key clients

P&T Global Renewable Energy

China CAMC Engineering

Camargo Correa Infra

Servicios Compresión de Gas (CA-KU-A1)

Enel Green Power Mexico

Capwatt

Talesun

AES México

DRG Solar

Mexico > Tax Tier 4

Spanish full-service firm, Garrigues, houses a solid, nine-strong Mexican tax team led by partner Manual Llaca, which is hailed for offering ‘exceptional legal services at a reasonable cost’. Llaca, who is known for his skilful handling of litigious tax matters, specialises in transfer pricing matters, litigation regarding federal taxes and dispute resolution. At associate level, key support is provided by principal Francisco Barajas, whose practice is centred on domestic taxation (both advisory and contentious); and senior Diego López, who has a focus on tax advice for foreign companies expanding into Mexico, tax planning for corporate restructurings and M&A. The group also has recourse to the firm's broader network in this, its signature practice.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Llaca

Testimonials

‘They respond quickly and accurately to queries made, and are very focused on the business.’

‘Great attention to detail; I feel very protected with them. They are available around the clock, give personal attention and have exceptional legal judgment.’

‘They are very experienced and reputable lawyers. Francisco Barajas and Manuel Llaca provide exceptional legal services at a reasonable cost and with great transparency.’

‘Manuel Llaca, Francisco Barajas, and Carlos Fernandez all understood the needs of the business and the urgency of getting clear and accurate answers.’

Key clients

Cerealto Siro Foods

Nortia (CIRSA)

Sonepar

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

Kids & US English

Talma Servicios Aeroportuarios

Corporación Hijos de Rivera (Cervezas Estrella Galicia)

Informática El Corte Inglés

Grupo Gonvarri

Garrigues Mexico offers expert advice through its top-tier team of lawyers, providing support to both local and international clients on entering and developing their business activities in the Mexican market. Since the opening of the Mexico office in July 2014, Garrigues has positioned itself as one of the leading firms in Mexico, having advised on some of the highest level projects and matters, and acting as legal counsel to top-tier international and domestic clients who are industry leaders in Latin America. Garrigues’ team in Mexico now comprises 25 fee-earners, out of which there are seven partners, all highly respected in the local legal market and with extensive expertise in their respective specialized areas.

The firm has more than 140 fee-earners in the Latin America region, distributed among its five offices: Mexico City, Bogota, Lima, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo. Garrigues has the largest network of own offices in the Latin America region among the major European law firms. It also has its own offices in the principal cities of Spain, Lisbon and Porto (Portugal), London (United Kingdom), New York (United States), Beijing and Shanghai (China) as well as Brussels (Belgium), Warsaw (Poland) and Casablanca (Morocco).

Senior contacts
Gerardo Lemus – corporate M&A partner (gerardo.lemus@garrigues.com): Gerardo is currently a partner in the corporate M&A department. He specializes in M&A, international financing transactions and real estate law. He also has experience in economic competition matters. In recent years, Gerardo has developed niche expertise in telecoms towers, from financing to marketing and operation. Before joining Garrigues, Gerardo was a corporate M&A partner at Kuri Brena Sanchez Ugarte y Aznar, S.C., in Mexico.

David Jiminez – energy and infrastructure partner (david.jimenez@garrigues.com): David has represented several project developers, sponsors, lenders and private equity funds in energy and infrastructure project development and financing, as well as in acquisitions and dispositions of projects. He has broad experience in the structure and development of projects in the electricity industry as well as in the downstream and midstream industries. David was a partner at Chadbourne & Parke, S.C. in the energy and infrastructure practice area before joining Garrigues Mexico.

Mario Juarez – banking and finance partner (mario.juarez@garrigues.com): Mario has experience in international banking and financing transactions, including secured and unsecured loans, project finance and infrastructure projects, M&A and equity investments. Before joining Garrigues he was a partner at Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C., and between 2006 and 2009 was in-house counsel in the International Finance Corporation (World Bank).

Santiago Chacon – tax partner (santiago.chacon@garrigues.com): Santiago’s expertise covers advising foreign investors on how to set up a business in Mexico, mergers and acquisitions of business in Mexico with sell/buy side due diligence and structuring. He has broad experience providing advice to companies on tax compliance and planning in Mexico, structuring of infrastructure projects, with special expertise in energy generation projects, financial structuring and complex corporate restructurings. He also has ample experience in dispute prevention and resolution before the Mexican tax authorities, mainly for foreign international companies investing in Mexico and Mexican companies expanding abroad, from a variety of sectors: energy, oil and gas, consumer products, retail, transportation and mining, among others.

Gabriela Perez – banking and finance, corporate and M&A partner (gabriela.perez@garrigues.com): Gabriela graduated as a lawyer from Escuela Libre de Derecho (Mexico City 2003) and holds a Masters in Law from Duke University School of Law (North Carolina, 2012). She has over 11 years’ experience in advising national and foreign clients on a range of matters both in Mexico and abroad, specializing in financing transactions and in mergers and acquisitions of Mexican companies or foreign companies with subsidaries in Mexico. Before joining Garrigues Mexico, she worked at Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. (Mexico City) for several years and was an international associate at the New York office of international firm Cleary Gottleib Steen & Hamilton LLP between 2012 and 2013.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate M&A Pedro Saavedra
Corporate M&A Gerardo Lemus
Corporate M&A Gabriela Pérez
Banking and finance Mario Júarez
Banking and finance Gabriela Pérez
Energy and infrastructure David Jiménez
Tax Santiago Chacón
Public law and environmental David Jiménez
Public law and environmental Roberto Torres
Competition-Antitrust Gerardo Lemus
Projects David Jiménez
Projects Mario Juárez
Projects Gabriela Pérez
Capital markets Mario Juárez
Capital markets Gerardo Lemus
Capital markets Gabriela Pérez
Real estate Gerardo Lemus
Real estate Roberto Torres
Fee-earners : 25
Partners : 7