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Holland & Knight
Av. Paseo de las Palmas 405, Suite 504
Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo
C.P.11000 Ciudad de México
Mexico

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Holland & Knight excels across the full spectrum of services in relation to energy and natural resources, with its ‘extensive knowledge and experience, excellent customer service‘, and ‘professionals and innovators with a pro-business vision’ makes the firm an undoubted leader in the field, according to sources. Flush form its merger with Thompson and Knight in 2021, the firm’s energy practice is particularly robust and represents both local and international clients in project finance, M&A, public procurement, regulatory and environmental, and contractual and corporate matter, among others. The ten-strong team demonstrates significant depth in both the power and oil-and-gas segments, from the establishment and development of energy businesses through to the execution and management of projects; it also works hand-in-hand with the firm’s disputes practice as required when contentious matters arise, as well as being accustomed to working with the firm’s other international offices on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters. The core group of senior advisors comprises four partners. Carlos Ochoa, who is highly regarded for his advice on local and cross-border energy and infrastructure project development and financings and associated real estate matters. The ‘proactive, effective and highly reliableClaudio Rodriguez who has ‘vast experience in energy law‘ – specifically, in the power segment; and who was additionally appointed head of the firm’s construction practice in August 2022. Head of the Monterrey office, Gabriel Ruiz, whose broad advisory practice includes company planning and formation, specialised contracts, M&A, financial operations and international tax planning, as well as a niche specialisation in representing clients before relevant governmental and regulatory entities such as the SENER, CNH, CRE, ASEA, CFE, PEMEX, CNBV, and BMV; and finally, Rodolfo Rueda, who focuses on regulatory and government affairs, as well as cross-border natural resources and energy transactions, and divides his time between the firm's Mexico City and Houston offices. Key support comes from senior counsels Regina Legorreta (‘highly knowledgeable and highly reliable’) who focuses on energy and infrastructure project structuring, PPAs and EPC contracts, among other matters; and the dual-qualified (Mexico/New York) Alejandro A Sánchez Mújica, who advises on both the financing of energy projects and transactional activity in the sector. Associate Alberto Esenaro moved to Dentons López Velarde in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Ochoa; Claudio Rodriguez; Gabriel Ruiz; Rodolfo Rueda

Testimonials

‘Extensive knowledge and experience, excellent customer service, professionals and innovators, with a pro-business vision, they easily adapt to the company’s procedures, as well as to the demand and specification of the required services.

‘Our point of contact is Rodolfo Rueda, who is always attentive to the needs of the company, with an innovative, pro-business and very professional approach.’

‘High-level professional practice, always with correct and immediate answers, they are proactive and take matters as their own.’

´Claudio Rodríguez, vast experience in energy law, proactive, effective and highly reliable. Regina Legorreta, highly knowledgeable and highly reliable.’

Key clients

Technip Energies

Talos Energy/Wintershall DEA/Harbour Energy (Premier Oil)

BHP Group Limited

Quarternorth Energy (formerly Fieldwood Energy)

Grupo México-Invenergy (Parque Eolico de Fenicias)

Grupo ALFA

Dragados Offshore Mexico

Artha Capital

Acciona (San Carlos Project)

Generadora Fenix

Engie (Sol de Insurgentes)

Greenergy

EDF Renewables

Iberdrola

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Technip Energies and its Mexican affiliate in its participation as the master contractor in the largest liquid natural gas EPC project in Mexico, a liquefaction-export facility in Baja California, that will add natural gas liquefaction capabilities to ECA’s existing LNG receipt storage and regasification terminal.
  • Advised the Block 7 operating consortium formed by Talos Energy, Wintersahll Dea and Harbour Energy (formerly Premier Oil); the block includes the Zama field in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the largest oil fields discovered in Mexico’s recent history.
  • Advised BHP Billiton on the award and execution of the Trion Block deepwater license agreement (valued at $1bn) in association with PEMEX; BHP secured operatorship and a 60 percent interest in the license agreement covering the areas constituting the Trion Block, located south of Mexico’s maritime border with the United States.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP has long-standing expertise handling all aspects of project finance, from greenfield project analysis to regulatory development and the closing of financing facilities, and has helped clients secure financing in the corporate, club deal and syndicated forms of lending. Focused on electricity, natural gas, urban infrastructure and hospitality borrowers and experienced in structuring equity and debt capital, the team also handles risk mitigation. It is led by Alejandro Landa, a qualified engineer as well as a lawyer, who specialises in project finance, capital markets and M&A with regard to infrastructure, enregy and real estate matters. Carlos Ochoa focuses on the energy, infrastructure, real estate transactions, independent power producers (IPPs), self-supply and cogeneration projects, and corporate services. Rodolfo Rueda splits his time between Mexico City and Houston (where he is a certified foreign practitioner) as part of the regulatory and government affairs practice group; he focuses on cross-border natural resources and energy transactions and has been a key advisor to Engie and Acciona in Mexico. One of the arrivals with the Spetember 2021 merger with Thompson & Knight, Claudio Rodríguez Galán is a former GC of Iberdrola and legal manager at EDF and has a wealth of expertise in the power-side of the energy sector, was appointed head of the firm’s construction practice in August 2022 (he is currently working from Lisbon, Portugal). A sturdy second line of professionals providing key support includes senior counsel Selene Espinosa, who specialises in corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on infrastructure projects (including mining, aviation and airport sectors); senior associate Aldo Gonzalez Melo, who undertakes banking and finance work in relation to the renewables, infrastructure and technology sectors; and Alberto Esenaro, who has considerable experience of competition matters in relation to the power sector, in particular.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Landa

Testimonials

‘By having a presence in the United States, they support operations with double jurisdictions.

Key clients

Banco Afirme / Banco Multiva

Banco Santander México

Artha Capital – Prana Power

Government of the State of Aguascalientes

Estrategia Financiera

Banco Sabadell México

Cemex-Pattern Energy “Helios”

Grenergy

Valero – Grupo Mexico

GPO Fertilizer

Acciona – Grupo México

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Afirme, as arranger and lender, Banco Multiva and potential syndicate lenders on the structuring of a public-private project for the construction and operation of a $750m solar plant for the electricity supply of the Government of the State of Baja California and its entities; the solar power plant will have a capacity of 300.5MW and storage system of 106MW, with 4 hours of discharge for a total installed capacity of 406.5MW.
  • Advised Banco Santander México and Grupo Financiero Santander México in two simultaneous credit transactions in favour of Windstar Group, a club deal with Banco Sabadell for the renovation of Windstar’s network of gas stations and a term loan for the construction of a natural gas storage terminal facility located in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
  • Advised Artha Capital on the execution of diverse long term PPA agreements to allocate the total capacity of two solar projects, the negotiation of the EPC agreements for the construction of projects, and the regulatory matters of the projects to secure financing.

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 3

Holland & Knight's banking and finance practice, which appeals to clients for making ‘things happen successfully’, is led by the ‘passionate and knowledgeableAlejandro Landa, who has experience representing Mexican and foreign companies, as well as financial institutions, in a range of financial transactions - including domestic and cross-border financings, project finance, asset-backed and future-flow securitisations, and leveraged leasing. The firm's August-2021 merger with Thompson & Knight has enhanced the group's capabilities in industries such as energy, financial services, real estate and hospitality, and nurtured the team with new talent such as Monterrey-based senior counsel Alejandro A. Sánchez Mújica. Guillermo Uribe, who is particularly well-versed in capital markets mandates, and heads said practice in Mexico; and senior associate Aldo González, who earns plaudit for being ‘detail oriented’, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

H&K Mexico is passionate and committed to impact. They have gone above and beyond to support our work. Regardless of urgent deadlines, incomplete info or other challenges, they continue to make things happen successfully.’

Alejandro Landa is committed, passionate and knowledgeable. Aldo González is detail oriented, passionate and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

BHP

Technip Energies

UMB Bank

Talos Energy/Wintershall Dea/Harbour Energy (Premier Oil)

BHP Group

Quarternorth Energy (formerly Fieldwood Energy)

Fibra Uno

Community Investment Management

Banco Multiva

Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos, Sociedad Nacional de Crédito, Institución de banca de Desarrollo

Banco Santander México

Wilmington Savings Fund Society

Wells Fargo Capital Finance / Wells Fargo Bank – Supplier Financing Program

Banca Mifel – institución de Banca Múltiple (Grupo Financiero Mifel)

Work highlights

  • Assisted BHP with corporate governance and secretarial matters related to the sale of its interests in the Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Permian Onshore US oil-and-gas assets to BP America Production Company for $10.5bn.
  • Advised Technip Energies (and its Mexican affiliate) on its participation as master contractor in the engineering, procurement, and construction project of the largest LNG project in Mexico, in Ensenada, Baja California.
  • Advised UMB Bank, as administrative agent and collateral agent, on a debtor-in-possession (DIP), multi-tranche, delayed draw term loan facility valued at $1bn.

Mexico > Capital markets Tier 3

Holland & Knight's capital markets practice was notably reinforced in March 2022 with the arrival of former DLA Piper Mexico practice-head, Xavier Mangino Dueñas, who joined alongside senior counsel Elena Ibarrola and two associates. They join the ‘very experienced and competent’ Mexico City team, which has a solid track record in the real estate investment trust segment, advising on both equity and debt matters, including capital development certificates (CKDs), mainly drawing on the renowned expertise of practice-head Guillermo Uribe, a well know figure in this area. Distinguished REIT specialist Adrián Gay Lasa, and associates Jorge González Carlini and Santiago Soldevilla are also key contacts of the group. Work highlights include representing Fibra Uno in connection with a $650m senior notes issuance.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Uribe

Testimonials

‘Great experience in the creation of Real Estate Investment Trusts FIBRAs.’

‘Guillermo Uribe, Adrián Gay Lasa lead a very experienced and competent team.’

Key clients

Fibra Uno

Community Investment Management

Agrofibra

Work highlights

  • Represented Fibra Uno in connection with a $300m senior notes issuance that included the reopening of up to $300m in 5.250% notes (due 2026), issued in accordance with Rule 144A / Reg. S of the United States’ Securities Act of 1933.
  • Represented Fibra Uno in connection with its fourth and fifth long-term sustainable bonds issuances (FUNO 21X and FUNO 21-2X, respectively) under its preauthorized program for a total amount of $400m.
  • Advised Agrofibra on its $300m IPO process, thereby becoming the first Mexican REIT in the agro-food industry.

Mexico > International trade and customs Tier 3

Holland & Knight's international trade and customs practice merits praise for its ‘specialised knowledge in foreign trade and exceptional service’. With over 30 years' experience behind him, Luis Rubio heads the department. He represents domestic and international corporations, trade associations, and the Mexican Government in complex regulatory matters and international trade proceedings. Carlos Vejar, whose professional experience includes over two decades at the Mexican Ministry of Economy, advises on trade strategies, regulatory compliance, unfair trade practices, customs procedures, and commercial, private and international trade arbitration matters. Associates Josafat Paredes and Maria Teresa Quintero are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Luis Rubio; Carlos Véjar

Testimonials

‘The specialised knowledge in foreign trade and exceptional service. In terms of strengths, it seems to me that they have an appropriate risk calibration. I think what makes H&K really exceptional is its relationship with its customers.’

‘Good risk calibration and good availability/participation of its partners.’

Key clients

Amazon

Dufry

Ashcroft

Work highlights

  • Advised Amazon on customs and regulatory issues derived from the importation of goods.
  • Advised Dufry on trade and corporate matters before customs and airport authorities.
  • Advised Ashcroft on the process of incorporating a new company and obtaining IMMEX authorisation and VAT certification valued at $1.45m in 2020 and $3.24m in 2021.

Mexico > Real estate Tier 3

Holland & Knight has long been a relevant participant in the real estate sector; well versed in the industry - including industrial, commercial, retail, residential and leisure facilities, as well as FIBRAS and CKDs - it has profound expertise in cross-border real estate transactions and also offers real estate-related capital markets expertise, and advice on the planning , development, financing and construction of real estate projects, as well as tax structuring and planning. The practice is co-led by Guillermo Uribe, whose track record includes major real estate acquisitions, rights offers, follow-on offers and debt deals, and is also widely recognised (and respected) for his expertise in FIBRA-related matters; and Adrián Gay Lasa, who also focuses on matters related to Mexican REITS - particularly their IPOs - along with transactions related to the hospitality/hotels and construction segments, funding, and investment vehicles designed to fund development and/or the acquisition of portfolios. Key support comes from experienced senior Jorge González Carlini, who primarily handles real estate finance matters. Additionally, Alejandro Landa (who focuses on the energy, finance and transactional matters) also participates in real estate work on an ongoing basis. Former associate Santiago Soldevilla moved in house as legal manager at RLH Properties in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Uribe; Adrian Gay Lasa

Key clients

Agrofibra

Chag Construcciones

Fibra Uno

Fibra Haus / Casa de Bolsa Santander, Grupo Financiero Santander México

Parks Desarrolladora

Work highlights

  • Advised Agrofibra on its IPO process to become a Mexican REIT and the acquisition of numerous different real estate properties; the vehicle will be constituted and specialised to maximize distributions to the CBFIs holders.
  • Advised Parks Desarrolladora on the purchase of Gurpo Posadas’ equity in the project, and the financing for said purchase.
  • Advised Fibra Uno in connection with its fourth and fifth issuances of long-term sustainable bonds under its pre-authorised program for a total amount of $400m; the proceeds were used to finance or refinance, eligible -new or existing- sustainable projects.

Mexico > TMT Tier 3

Counting prestigious names such as Telefonica and Eutelsat among its clients, Holland & Knight houses a ‘very prepared, efficient and knowledgeable team in the telecommunications industry that provides accurate and professional advice’. A talented partner-duo made up of managing partner Luis Rubio, who excels in both contentious and regulatory mandates; and Octavio Lecona, a former official at the Mexican telecommunications regulator, co-head the department, which advises on transactions, disputes, antitrust and regulatory matters; and covers the full range of the TMT sector – including telecommunications, satellites, media, wireless services, quadruple play, e-commerce, and cloud services and communications. The firm's merger with Thompson & Knight LLP, completed in August 2021, has expanded it's foothold in the Mexican market, including in the TMT area.

Practice head(s):

Luis Rubio; Octavio Lecona

Testimonials

‘It is a very prepared, efficient and knowledgeable team within the telecommunications industry that provides accurate and professional advice for the success of the businesses in which we have requested its intervention.’

‘They can communicate clearly and kindly. Octavio Lecona has worked with us for many years.’

‘What I appreciate about H&K and what makes it positively different is its empathy to understand the problems that one as a client shares. The answers and recommendations always come in a complete context and therefore provide great value. This is specially noticeable with Octavio Lecona.’

‘The firm has very high-level professionals who know the client’s business and provide comprehensive advice.’

‘I would highlight the experience of its lawyers and the quality of its deliverables. Always correct.’

Key clients

Telefonica

Eutelsat

Work highlights

  • Represented Telefonica Mexico in a deal with AT&T Mexico in connection with the leasing of radio spectrum holdings in the 800 MHz frequency band.
  • Represented Eutelsat in an ICSID investment arbitration proceeding against the Mexican government related to the disproportionate satellite capacity lien imposed on Eutelsat’s satellite constellation occupying geostationary orbits assigned by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to Mexico.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Holland & Knight was one of the firms that started 2022 with important news. Following its merger with Thompson & Knight, the firm not only strengthened various practice areas  –including corporate and M&A– with talented lawyers that expanded its capabilities in key industries, but also reinforced its presence in Monterrey. Luis Rubio, a renowned market figure –particularly in the TMT segment– heads the practice, which features a ‘multidisciplinary group of high-profile corporate lawyers with excellent service attitude, commitment, and technical knowledge’. Bringing additional expertise in the telecoms space is Octavio Lecona, whose practice encompasses M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and contractual matters. Senior counsel Selene Espinosa is another name to note in the Mexico City office. Operating from Monterrey are of counsel Alejandro F Sánchez Mújica, and senior counsel Alejandro A Sánchez Mújica.

Practice head(s):

Luis Rubio

Testimonials

They are a multidisciplinary group of high-profile corporate lawyers with excellent service attitude, commitment, and technical knowledge.

They deliver results in a timely, clear and effective manner.’

The effectiveness of the H&K corporate team in Mexico is unique. Their ability to resolve complex situations in record time and additionally the organisation of our corporate records.’

They are friendly, attentive and responsible. They attend to our needs in record time!’

Key clients

BHP

Inmobiliaria Delta Alamar

Generadora Fenix

Eddyfi NDT

Work highlights

  • Assisted BHP with corporate governance and secretarial matters on the sale of certain oil and gas assets to BP America Production Company for an agregated amount of approximately $11bn.
  • AdvisedEddyfi NDT with the implementation of guarantees in Mexico related to a $300m credit agreement entered into by the company and National Bank of Canada.
  • Advised Generadora Fenix regarding an increase of power generation capacity at several hydroelectric plants in Mexico, and with the corporate structure of a joint venture for a $100m LNG gas project in the counntry.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

Holland & Knight ‘unique’ practice is primarily known for its experience in the telecommunications and energy sectors, demonstrating excellent cooperation between its arbitration team and the firm's experts in TMT and energy transactions. Carlos Véjar, who specialises in international trade, investment and commercial arbitration, heads the practice and brings his ample experience in a broad range of significant proceedings to the table. Key support comes from managing partner Luis Rubio, lawyer of choice for a number of industrial, mobile, and satellite operators in Mexico; and senior counsel Juan Pablo Moyano, who focuses on commercial arbitration and cross-border disputes, and garners praise from clients for ensuring ‘work of the highest quality’. Associates Josafat Paredes, ‘one of the most creative minds in the firm’, according to one client; and Laura Yvonne Zielinski, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Véjar

Testimonials

‘Holland & Knight’s practice is unique. They are very focused on matters of a substantive nature in the telecommunications, foreign trade and, of course, investment advisory practices. This involvement gives them a competitive advantage in that they have in-depth knowledge of the substantive matters that they eventually deal with at the litigation stage.’

‘Carlos Véjar has a very particular leadership ability, this being that he is able to adapt to the style of the people he works with, and not the other way around.

‘Juan Pablo Moyano has an unparalleled capacity for organization and meticulousness, which means that he is the one who usually ensures work of the highest quality in all categories.

‘Josafat Paredes is one of the most creative minds in the firm. His multi-disciplinary background allows him to consistently approach problems with unconventional, yet exceptionally creative and effective solutions.

Key clients

Eutelsat

Work highlights

  • Represented Eutelsat in ICSID investment arbitration against the Mexican government related to the satellite capacity lien (valued at $120m) imposed on Eutelsat’s satellite constellation.

Mexico > Intellectual property Tier 5

Full-service international firm Holland & Knight's merger with Thompson & Knight in August 2021 has strengthened its Mexico IP team (among other practices). The team has experience in trade marks, patents, and copyright; the acquisition, transfer, and licensing of intellectual property rights; administrative procedures and litigation; and trade secrets. The team is led by José Luis Villareal, who advises Mexican and international clients from a wide variety of sectors on complex transactions and litigation proceedings related to intellectual property rights, including trade marks, patents and copyright. On the media side, Octavio Lecona's focus on telecommunications, media and technology, also involves IP matters - particularly copyright issues.

Practice head(s):

José Luis Villareal

Testimonials

‘Extensive knowledge, attention and speed.

‘Excellent service and attention.

Key clients

Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey

Work highlights

  • Advised Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey on the planning, design, licensing, negotiation, and contentious proceedings regarding intellectual property assets for the University.

Mexico > Tax Tier 5

Holland & Knight continues to see the benefits of its August 2021 merger with Thomson & Knight, particularly in its tax department, which is gaining momentum thanks to the good work of its two partners Eugenio Grajeda , ‘one of the best problem solvers’, and Mario Barrera, whose mastery of ‘tax matters is outstanding’. Grajeda has a focus on international tax and estate and patrimonial tax planning, while Barrera regularly acts for clients before tax authorities in tax examinations, administrative appeals, settlements, and mutual agreement procedures. Key support comes from associate Catalina Mandujano.

Practice head(s):

Eugenio Grageda; Mario Barrera

Testimonials

‘Mario Barrera’s mastery of tax matters is outstanding. His experience allows him to see issues that others cannot see or anticipate. Other offices do not provide a service like Mario’s, timely and precise.’

‘Mario differs from his competitors due to his experience and management, his explanation of the issues and their consequences is very clear. The alternatives he proposes are always viable.’

‘Compared to other firms, its advantage derives from its ability to create practical solutions and its anticipation of problems.’

‘I have worked with Eugenio Grajeda for the last two years. He is one of the best problem solvers I have ever dealt with. He is a very knowledgeable lawyer of international and financial rules. He has great ability to explain the laws in play.’

‘Highly grateful for his abilities to streamline the operations of a company at an international level. His fiscal analysis of the group’s operation has allowed us to be more competitive.’

‘His ability to understand the business and generate solutions for me. It promotes practicality in transactions with other offices without creating unnecessary problems. Great conciliator. Delivery on time and without errors. I have worked with Eugenio Grajeda.’

Key clients

LNG Limited

Japan Tobacco International

Automotive Company

Energy Company

ENC Energy

Eiffage

Foreign University

JLL

Exeter Property Group

Work highlights

  • Advised an automotive company on setting up a centralised treasury system that will consider issues such as exchange gains or losses and income tax withholdings; deal value: over $1bn.
  • Advised an energy company on the definition and structuring of a joint development agreement with Siemens for the construction of a 1000MW combined cycle project in Mexico City; deal value: over $1bn.
  • Advised Japan Tobacco International on lobbying against an increase in certain excise tax (IEPS) on tobacco for 2020; value $20m.

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,400 lawyers practicing in over 200 areas of law in 27 offices throughout the world, including Mexico City, Bogotá and London. Among the largest US-based law firms, Holland & Knight provides representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

Holland & Knight is one of the few US-based firms with a full-service office located in Mexico. Our Mexico City office is a key component of our Latin America Practice, helping provide broad representation for clients across the region. Members of our Mexico practice have extensive experience assisting various public and private sector interests, including advising the Mexican government; state, local and other municipal governments; foreign and domestic investors; and small companies to large multinational corporations. In particular, our team was instrumental in the development of the real estate capital, structured finance and securitization markets, including the formation of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in Mexico.

Holland & Knight Mexico City was established in 2013. The firm currently has eight partners and more than 40 attorneys and legal professionals. Our hands-on experience is enhanced by working relationships established with leaders in Mexico’s business and government sectors.

Main areas of practice: Our Mexico City office offers our clients a one-stop shop with full-service practice capabilities. We have assisted the Mexican government in the analysis, design and drafting of key current legislation and regulations, and have been a leading participant in the establishment of the Mexican securitization industry. We also have significant experience in the energy sector, including oil and gas, electricity, liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewables, biofuels, and government procurement. The firm also has participated in several of the nation’s most significant and pioneering transactions, as well as has designed structures for several large-scale deals that are currently considered to be a standard in the financial markets.

Our energy team collaborates with our corporate and financial services practices, allowing the firm to participate in important energy and finance projects. This multi-practice teamwork allows for a comprehensive in-house approach to better serve our clients and provide innovative solutions, including on several government-sponsored energy projects.

We offer a multidisciplinary mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice that includes corporate lawyers well-versed in antitrust, taxation, labor and employment. Our in-depth experience allows us to provide comprehensive services throughout the entire transaction process. Our attorneys frequently advise clients in connection with joint ventures, strategic alliances, divestitures and liquidations, and corporate governance. Our capabilities in this area include due diligence of target companies, negotiation of sale and purchase agreements, design and implementation of purchase or sale structures, and procurement of regulatory approvals.

Our technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) attorneys have deep knowledge of the industry and combine their private practice, public sector and executive-level experience to provide innovative representation. We have served as lead counsel in major transactions that have shaped the telecommunications market in Mexico, particularly the mobile and satellite industries. Our efforts have helped develop a public policy concerning infrastructure deployment, government procurement in the industry, efficient use of radio frequency bands and competition issues.

Our dispute resolution attorneys have successfully represented clients in some of Mexico’s largest and most complex litigation and arbitration cases involving commercial and investment matters.

The international trade attorneys provide specialized consultancy of the scope and application of different matters contained in international trade agreements signed by Mexico, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Our team is well-versed in international trade strategies, customs procedures, regulatory compliance, unfair trade practices, investments, government procurement and disputed resolutions mechanisms under all free trade agreements, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and bilateral investment treaties.

The firm’s understanding of cultural differences and its multilingual capabilities (fluency in English, Spanish and more than 20 other languages) enables our office to play a key role in transitioning a case through multiple jurisdictions. Our attorneys are go-to references on corporate, finance and energy-related topics. They are committed to providing superior client service and employing a practical real-world approach to all matters in order to achieve clients’ short- and long-term goals.

Holland & Knight has extensive experience in the following areas: corporate finance; structured finance; bank finance; IPOs; project finance and infrastructure; public finance; corporate, and mergers and acquisitions; antitrust; energy; real estate; telecommunications; tax; litigation and dispute resolution; labor and employment; regulatory and technical barriers to trade; international trade competition; immigration; intellectual property; and international arbitration.

Pro-Bono: As active members of welfare and charitable giving initiatives in the Latin American community, Holland and Knight supports different non-profit associations and NGOs located in Mexico, Colombia and the USA that execute various projects in a diverse range of sectors. The firm provided legal assistance to the victims of the Mexican earthquake of September 2017. The Pro Bono group advised victims with regard to lease contracts, insurance (property, health vehicular, etc.), inheritances and government economic support.

Diversity and inclusion: The firm’s Mexico City office actively supports gender equality and inclusion projects. As part of a global and firm wide initiative, during the Mexico City 2019 Pride Parade, the firm’s office worked together with the Mexico City Government and the Mexican Ministry of Tourism to hold the first edition of a “Pride Night” event at the Interactive Museum of Economics (MIDE) in Mexico City, an effort that reaffirms the firm’s commitment to support initiatives that promote LGBTQ community inclusion and equality in the country.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate, M&A and Telecommunications Luis RubioLuis.Rubio@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
Capital markets, Real Estate Guillermo UribeGuillermo.Uribe@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
Banking and finance, Project finance and infrastructure, Bankruptcy and Restructuring Alejandro LandaAlejandro.Landa@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
Energy and Project finance and infrastructure Carlos OchoaCarlos.Ochoa@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
Telecommunications and M&A Octavio LeconaOctavio.Lecona@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
Capital Markets, Real Estate Adrian Gay LasaAdrian.GayLasa@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
International trade and international arbitration Carlos VéjarCarlos.Vejar@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
Labor and employment Leslie PalmaLeslie.Palma@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
M&A, Banking & Finance, Mining and Project Finance Selene EspinosaSelene.Espinosa@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
Civil, Commercial & Administrative Litigation Daniel JimenezDaniel.Jimenez@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
Taxation, Wealth Management Eugenio GragedaEugenio.Grageda@hklaw.com+52.55.3602.8000
Intellectual Property, Banking & Finance José Luis VillarealJose.Luis.villareal@hkla.com+52.55.3602.8000
Other fee-earners : 20+
Total staff : 40+
Spanish
English (fluent)
Dutch
French
AmCham American Chamber of Commerce
International Chamber of Commerce
ABA (American Bar Association)
Partners : 7
Senior Counsels : 5

A pioneer as a foreign firm with offices in Mexico, Thompson & Knight, S.C attorneys have represented clients in business transactions in this country for more than 25 years. We offer the legal experience and local presence necessary to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of services to our clients. Through the Firm’s offices in Mexico City and Monterrey, we counsel global US, European and international clients currently doing business, or considering doing business, in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.

With a parallel coordination with other Thompson & Knight, LLP offices, our distinguished group of Mexican attorneys advises national and international clients on a broad range of industries and projects, with a strong focus in the Mexican oil and gas and electricity sectors, addressing any regulatory, financing, corporate environmental, tax, or labor matters that might arise throughout the project. In addition to our strong energy practice, our attorneys in Mexico regularly assist clients from all industries with tax matters, general corporate advice, financing transactions (including workouts), M&A and capital market transactions, litigation and dispute resolution management, and implementation of maquiladora (IMEX) structures.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Energy Claudio RodríguezClaudio.Rodriguez@tklaw.com+52.55.3602.0610
Energy Gabriel RuizGabriel.Ruiz@tklaw.com+52.81.8215.7724
Tax Mario BarreraMario.Barrera@tklaw.com+52.55.3602.0615
Energy Rodolfo Rueda BallesterosRodolfo.Rueda@tklaw.com+52.55.3602.0634
Corporate & Finance Alejandro F. Sánchez MújicaAlejandroF.SanchezM@tklaw.com+52.81.8215.7755
Corporate & Finance Alejandro A. Sánchez Mújica AlmadaAlejandro.SanchezMujica@tklaw.com+52.81.8215.7729
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