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Hogan Lovells

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Hogan Lovells BSTL has a top quality team that offers a strong balance of contentious and non-contentious advice, thanks to the expertise of its team leaders Ricardo Pons, who handles merger clearance work, and Omar Guerrero, who is recommended for litigation and investigations. On the transactional front, the team recently advised 21st Century Fox on the merger-control process regarding Disney's takeover of its assets. On the contentious side, the group acted for Eli Lilly in the first civil damages procedure in Mexico, filed by the Mexican Institute for Social Health, resulting from a cartel investigation. Other recent clients include General Electric, Grupo Bachoco and Philip Morris.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Hogan Lovells is one of the leading international firms in the market, serving as a great entry point into Mexico for its international clients, as well as a stepping stone towards the exterior for domestic entities. The firm has invested heavily in its practice, not just in the capital, but also in Monterrey, where  Guillermo González and Jorge Yáñez  are both active. In Mexico City, key partners include the highly rated Juan Francisco Torres Landa , Ricardo PonsFederico de Noriega and Carlos Ramos. Recently the team advised Invermat on the US$80m sale of the specialty container manufacturer, Envases y Laminados. Another highlight was advising Repsol Downstream Internacional on the $65m acquisition of a 40% stake in Bardahl de Mexico.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Hogan Lovells has successfully leveraged off its impressive international network to offer clients one of the top international arbitration practices in Mexico. The Mexico City office fields some excellent practitioners, notably Omar Guerrero and Luis Enrique Graham. Clients will miss the exceptionally well regarded Eduardo Siqueiros, who retired at the start of 2019, but the firm has several other key individuals coming through, including Alejandro García González and Jorge Francisco Valdés. In the past year the department's caseload has involved significant disputes in the agricultural, maritime, insurance and construction sectors, among others; and its lawyers are also highly experienced in domestic arbitration and significant commercial litigation, notably in the energy sector.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Hogan Lovells has established an excellent reputation for upstream, midstream and downstream oil-and-gas projects, where it represents a broad mix of major international and domestic clients. The firm has also seen plenty of activity in the new electricity market for energy providers and consumers. In the power sector, the team advised Sterlite Power Transmission on its bid, as part of a consortium with RTE International, for the concession of a transmission line project to connect Baja California's electricity network with the National Interconnected System. The team also advised Equinor Upstream on a deep water bidding round organised by the National Hydrocarbons Commission. The highly-rated team includes Carlos Ramos Miranda, Miguel Simón and Juan Francisco Torres Landa .

Intellectual property Tier 2

Hogan Lovells has a strong team that is recommended for its 'availability, knowledge of law, talent and communication'. The practice group, which is led by Bernardo Herrerías, has good experience in litigation and enforcement, including criminal, civil and customs actions. The firm also handles a broad range of non-contentious matters, such as advising Mars on the consolidation of its Mexican trade mark portfolio. The firm's international strengths were reflected in its advice to Merck on a global trade mark litigation, while on the anti-counterfeting front, it represented Duracell on the enforcement of border and precautionary measures over the importation of batteries into Mexico.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Hogan Lovells's well-stocked team offers a comprehensive service to clients from across a broad spectrum of industries. This includes corporate support, as well as representation on individual and collective disputes before both federal and local conciliation and arbitration. boards. The team recently advised Iberia on the annual review of its collective bargaining agreement to avoid strike contingencies. The group also successfully represented Roche on a MXP$70m social security litigation. Other major clients include Ford, BT, Spotify and Coca-Cola. Hugo Hernández-Ojeda  and Luis Ruiz are the firm's two main partners in this area.

Real estate Tier 2

Twelve lawyers handle real estate at Hogan Lovells, focusing on the hospitality, industrial, commercial, leisure, retail and residential segments, as well as infrastructure and automotive development projects, and covering the full range of real estate matters for developers, investors, investment funds, and other companies. In recent highlight work the team assisted Parks Desarrolladora with the expansion of the number of apartments to be built for the $230m Stampa housing project in Mexico City and with additional leasing matters in the capital; advised AstraZeneca on the $7.25m sale of a section of one of its industrial plants; and Energía Nueva Energía Limpia and EDF Renewables Desarrollo México on drafting sale and purchase agreements and rights of way for the implementation of energy projects, as well as on legal due diligence for the acquisition of other projects. The team is co-lead by Ángel Domínguez De Pedro and Juan Francisco Torres Landa in Mexico City, and Guillermo González Frankenberger in Monterrey; counsel Fernando Medina Luna provides support. Other clients include Abanca and Federal Mogul Group.

TMT Tier 2

At Hogan Lovells the lawyers ‘listen very carefully and help us define our needs, enabling us and them to focus our time in the most productive way’ says one client. The small team of three practitioners focuses on regulatory telecommunications matters, while also providing advice on media, technology and data privacy issues, drawing on the firm’s international network. From July 2017 to September 2018 the firm was selected by the Federal Telecommunications Institute (FTI) to act as an external auditor (jointly with two other consultants) with the purpose of verifying compliance with the obligations governing the market’s dominant agent in accordance with the Constitutional telecommunications reforms and the Federal Law on Telecommunications and Broadcasting (2014). In other notable work, the team assisted Columbus Networks obtain a telecoms concession permitting expansion of the client’s network in Mexico; successfully represented nonprofit association Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias (TIC), (which provides telecommunications services to marginalised indigenous communities), in an amparo proceeding before the FTI requesting an exemption on payment of fees for the use and exploitation of the radio-electric spectrum; and assisted Omnispace Mexico with a proposal presented to the FTI bidding for 40 MHz of the 2000-2020/2180-2200 MHz frequency bands. Federico Hernández Arroyo heads the practice; he is ‘immensely knowledgeable in telecommunications; able to marshal resources; clear in communications; a pleasure to work with; and a good negotiator’. Support comes from associate David Amado Monroy. Former senior associate Rodrigo Méndez Solis left the firm in October 2018 to become corporate counsel at Amazon. Other clients include American Tower Corporation and RedConcero.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

The 14-strong team at Hogan Lovells BSTL combines finance and litigation expertise to advise creditors and debtors on restructuring transactions, voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy proceedings, and on judicial and out-of-court reorganisation plans and separation of assets claims. In highlight work the team represented: Banco Bradesco in Desarrolladora Homex's bankruptcy proceeding, successfully overturning the initial refusal to grant the client creditor status; Banco Votorantim, also as a creditor in the Desarrolladora Homex matter and again involving an appeal against the judgment on recognition of credits, and obtaining recognition of the full $12.9m amount; and Banco de Chile in Corporación Geo's bankruptcy proceeding, involving a successful $12.5m credit recognition request and the liquidation of the bondholders' shares. Transactional lawyers Federico de Noriega Olea and René Arce Lozano co-head the practice in conjunction with with litigator Omar Guerrero Rodríguez; Jorge Francisco Valdés King and counsel Luis Ernesto Peón, who also handle the disputes side of matters, are other names to note. Additional clients include Sony Corporation of America. Since publication, Peón has been appointed partner, effective January 2020.

Environment Tier 3

Hogan Lovells's environmental team is recommended for its expertise across a range of matters, including water-related litigation, soil contamination, air emissions, facilities expansion and transactional support. The practice is led by Brenda Rogel and includes recently-promoted counsel Jeanett Trad . The practice advises clients from across a broad range of industries, including retail, energy, water, and mining. It recently advised a client on the significant environmental implications of the acquisition of several alcohol distilleries. Major clients include BASF, Repsol, Ford, and Smurfit Kappa.

Insurance Tier 3

Hogan Lovells 's clients appreciate the ‘skilled expertise in representing insurers and reinsurers in Mexico’; the lawyers ‘show responsibility and effectiveness when providing information and documentation’, and ‘the service is akin to that provided by a boutique firm: senior partners are always available and attentive to all matter details’. A small practice of four, it has expertise in the formation and acquisition of insurance, reinsurance, surety, and brokerage companies and agents, as well as on day-to-day compliance and regulatory issues, including the development of insurance products, policies, and contracts, and the representation of clients in audit reviews by the authorities. The team assisted Chubb Group regarding a large bank assurance contract with Citi, for the distribution of insurance and surety products in Mexico, valued at  $110m; and it continued to advise Marsh Brockman & Schuh in the $42m acquisition of a Mexican broker. Other headline mandates include advising Chubb Group on its $943m corporate restructure and merger of the various regulated entities of the group. Practice head Carlos Ramos Miranda’s ‘closeness and creativity’is the subject of praise; however, fellow practitioner Eduardo Siqueiros T left the firm in January 2019. Other clients include Swiss Re Group, Lloyds, Insignia Life, Mapfre México, Solunion México Seguros de Crédito, Primero Fianzas, Pioneer México, Star Insurance.

International trade and customs Tier 3

The four-lawyer team at Hogan Lovells divides its practice into international trade/WTO procedures and customs. It handles consultancy, litigation and administrative procedures, more specifically focusing on antidumping matters, tariff classification, customs compliance and regulations, rules of origin, tax audits related with customs compliance and import regulations established in tax legislation, customs/tax strategies, IMMEX/maquiladora activities, PROSEC matters, bonded and strategic tax warehousing and temporary importation regimes. Recent mandates saw the team continue its assistance to Nissin Food Products in a case concerning machinery seizure by the tax-and-customs authorities for alleged lack of legal importation and permanence documentation; as well as ongoing representation of Mccord Payen de México before the tax authorities in a case relating to VAT triggered by a bonded-warehouse import. The practice also successfully represented Pilgrim’s Pride in a NAFTA Chapter XIX review opposing a Ministry of Economy determination imposing anti-dumping duties on chicken leg imports from the US; and assisted Products Rich in securing confirmation from tax authority SAT of the exemption of the importation of certain products from the payment of VAT. The very active Mario Jorge Yañez co-heads the practice with the similarly visible Arturo Tiburcio and Juan Francisco Torres Landa; key support comes from senior associate Mario Lara. Other clients include Química Foliar and AdvanceSix.

Banking and finance Tier 4

The ‘professional and conciseHogan Lovells impresses with ‘the care the lawyers show the case they have been entrusted with, following each step closely and delivering results in a timely manner’. Split between Monterrey and Mexico City offices, the 14-lawyer team represent borrowers and lenders on all manner of transactional and regulatory work, with a particular emphasis on sub-sovereign finance, Monterrey-based René Arce Lozano (‘speedy, honest and frank’) being one on the national specialists in this area. The practice  also has strong bankruptcy and restructuring expertise, including litigious aspects; and has the additional resource of being able to call on the firm’s international network. Arce Lozano represented construction group Aldesa in a $135m project finance deal with Natixis, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BBVA Bancomer, Intesa Sanpaolo, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Société Générale for the construction of a 130MW solar plant; and Banorte in the MXN$2.7bn financing granted to Fibra Uno for the acquisition of a real estate portfolio from Mexico Retail Properties. Arce Lozano co-leads the team with Federico de Noriega Olea who has ‘very good communications skills' and the ability to 'explain in a clear and straightforward way the paths to follow’. De Noriega worked with firm’s New York and Washington DC offices to advise the MexCAT ad hoc Bondholder Group (that held in excess of $1bn of the $6bn of aggregate principal of the bond issued by MexCAT) on an initial -and subsequently amended- tender offer to repurchase 30% of MexCAT's bonds across four bond series. Carlos Ramos Miranda and Miguel Ángel Mateo Simón are the two other practice co-heads; senior associate Aldonza Sakar and Monterrey-based associate Luis Dávalos are other names to note. Counsel Mayuca Salazar Canales left the firm in December 2018. Clients include Banco Santander, Alloy Merchant Finance, and Bayern LB.

Tax Tier 4

According to one peer Hogan Lovells ‘entered the market well’. The 12-strong practice has expertise in income tax and double tax conventions (transactional and cross border operations), VAT in exportation of services, and indirect taxes, as well as disputes, social security and wealth management; it advises clients on transactions and before the authorities, and has particular strength in the transportation, food, and services industries. Recent mandates saw the team assist Cardone Industries with its operations in Mexico, including in several audit procedures before the tax authority;  represent NYK de México regarding a tax assessment issued by the tax authority; advise Harman Kardon on its corporate structure, income tax matters and various transactions; and counsel Brazilian company SmartFit Escola de Ginástica e Dança on its $73m acquisition of a strategic 51% capital stock holding owned by Grupo Marti. Arturo Tiburcio co-heads the practice with Jaime Espinosa, who divides his time between the capital and Monterrey. The two are supported by senior associates Francisco Palmero and María Teresa Garza in Mexico City and Monterrey, respectively. Other clients include Acciona, Cushman & Wakefield, Conservas La Costeña, Philips Mexico Comercial, Alloys Merchants and Marsh McLennan Companies.

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Main areas of practice: Banking and finance; capital markets and structured
finance; corporate/M&A; infrastructure, energy, resources and projects; investigations, white collar and fraud; insurance; international arbitration; international trade and investment.

Main industry sectors: Automotive; consumer; energy and natural resources; financial institutions; infrastructure and transportation; insurance; life sciences; real estate; technology, media and telecoms.