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

Banking and finance Tier 3

Garrigues offers a solid and ever-growing banking and finance practice, which has considerable expertise in project and structured financing, commercial bank lending and regulatory matters as well as ongoing operational advice to banks and multilaterals. The department is led by established market player Mario Juárez, who stands out for his skills on infrastructure projects, as well as on secured and unsecured loans. Other noted names from the 15-strong team include Gabriela Pérez Sierra, who has vast expertise in energy and infrastructure finance; PPP-finance expert David Jimenez; and principal associates Daniel González and Miguel Ángel de la Fuente.

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Testimonials

Cohesive team, always available and offering solutions and not marking the problems

Clarity, availability, skills, knowledge and experience

Key clients

Avenger Flight Group

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Banco Monex

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (BANCOMEXT)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Wärtsilä Corporation

Goldman Sachs International

Taylor Wessing Partnerschaftsgesellschaft

IKB Deutsche Industriebank

Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)

23 Capital

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Garrigues continues to steadily strengthen its standing and participation in the Mexican market, and benefits from its established brand, particularly with Spanish and US companies engaged in cross-border transactions. The well-regarded, 12-strong team is led by Gerardo Lemus, who has over 25 years' experience in M&A and other corporate matters including governance, commercial contracts, cross-border financings and real estate, along with merger-control matters. Strong backing comes from a trio of principal associates: Miguel Ángel Rocha (M&A, corporate restructuring, commercial contracts and real estate); Daniel González (corporate, finance and M&A) and Miguel Ángel de la Fuente (M&A and financial transactions). The team was further strengthened with the 2019-hire of senior Carlos Eduardo Gómez from Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C.. Recent mandates saw Gabriela Pérez Sierra , who made partner back in 2017, lead on the Mexican leg of CH Robinson's €42m global purchase of US-based freight-forwarder, Space Cargo Group.

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Key clients

TALMA

American Tower

CIRSA

World One Group

Proskauer Rose (as legal advisers to One Peak Partners)

TALESUN

CH Robinson

Ammeraal Beltech

Corporación Asturamericana

Dual Risks

Environment Tier 3

Recognized environmental, regulatory and public law specialist Roberto Torres, heads the practice at Garrigues, which is primarily active across the  renewable energy and hospitality sectors. The wind and solar segments, in particular, are a steady source of environmental due diligence instructions; other ongoing mandates includes permanent advice to Fibra Prologis on all environmental issues related to its real estate portfolio in Mexico. Associate Paulina Beck is noted.

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Key clients

ENEL Green Power México

Talesun Solar Switzerland

Fibra PROLOGIS

Grupo El Fuerte

DRG Solar

Veolia México

Aldesa Energía Renovable México

AMC Fresh Group

Insurance Tier 3

In just three years, the insurance practice at Garrigues has made important inroads into the Mexican legal market, notably thanks to the team´s main specialist Miguel Ángel de la Fuente, who joined in 2016 from Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC, and is considered by some clients as ‘one of the greatest young talents in insurance law in Mexico’. Working alongside of de la Fuente, finance expert Mario Júarez, co-heads the 12-strong practice group which handles corporate, transactional and regulatory matters, insurance claims and the development of new insurance products.

Testimonials

Miguel de la Fuente is undoubtedly its greatest asset. He is one of the greatest young talents in insurance law in Mexico

A complete, multidisciplinary team, with the capacity to provide services in projects of any size and complexity

Key clients

Global Benefits Group

Asurion

AXA Seguros

BUPA México

Hyperion Broking Group

AXA Salud

Grupo Ordás Howden

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

The energy practice at the Mexican office of international Spanish giant Garrigues is co-led by senior partners David Jimenez, who has over 25 years' project development and finance experience in the infrastructure and energy sector; and Roberto Torres, a regulatory specialist with 17 years' experience of the power sector and environmental law. The team handles transactional, financing and regulatory matters for both sponsors and lenders. Recent matters include the acquisition of photovoltaic projects, the development and delivery of a geothermal power plant, co-generation plant project development, EPC contracts and wind-power project divestitures. Other key practitioners include Gabriela Pérez Sierra, who has extensive projects experience including roads, energy, telecoms, mining and healthcare. Senior associate Daniel González handles finance, transactional and regulatory matters; and energy and infrastructure-focused associate Paulina Beck -an August-2019 hire from leading energy firm MCM Abogados- undertakes M&A and project finance as well as administrative, regulatory and constitutional litigation.

Key clients

Mota Engil

ProdeMex

TSK Group

AES de México

Trina Solar

Aldesa

Talesun

Tax Tier 4

After notably reinforcing its team in 2019, the tax practice at Garrigues endured the February 2020 departure of department head Santiago Chacón, who led on the tax advisory front. Departmental leadership has been taken over by Manual Llaca, who joined the firm in May 2019, and heads the team handling litigious tax matters; he specializes in transfer pricing matters, litigation regarding federal taxes and dispute resolutions. The eight-strong team, which can also rely on the firm's international network, includes highlighted senior associates: Ricardo Fernández de Arellano, who focuses on international tax, litigation and tax planning as applied to Spain, Mexico and the United States; tax controversy expert Francisco Barajas; and Diego López, who specializes on tax advice for foreign companies expanding into Mexico, tax planning for corporate restructurings and M&A, and in value supply-chain transformation projects.

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Testimonials

They have a good knowledge of the law, pay attention to detail and are proactive. They are highly-experienced, structured and well-organized professionals. They have a lot of experience advising business people and understand their problems and are therefore used to seeking efficient solutions

They are always available to answer questions, they know how to listen to different concerns and opinions

Key clients

Talma Servicios Aeroportuarios

Sony Music México

El Corte Inglés

SM Resinas

Cerealto CIRO Foods

CIRSA

Ammeral Beltech

Accenture

Telefónica

CIE Automotive

SACYR

Nestlé Mexico

Veolia

Baxter

Aeroméxico

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