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Holland & Knight > The Legal 500 RankingsHolland & Knight further bolstered its stellar energy department with the hire of former Sánchez Devanny practice co-head Gerardo Prado Hernández to its Monterrey office in April 2023. The move was part of a wider incorporation of 13 lawyers to the firm’s Monterrey office, which it inherited from a 2021 merger with Thompson & Knight, consolidating itself as a destination office for the automotive, retail, pharmaceutical and maquila industries. Prado Hernández is an experienced advisor to local and international clients on renewable energy matters and general regulatory compliance, as well as corporate and M&A for companies in the energy sector. He joins a department headed by the trio of Carlos Ochoa, who is well-versed in public bids and contracts, regulatory matters, and project financing across the energy sphere;Claudio Rodríguez Galán, an advisor to international energy, construction, and infrastructure companies doing business in Mexico and Latin America; and Monterrey-based Gabriel Ruiz who is especially experienced in the oil and gas sector. Rodolfo Rueda is a key contact for regulatory issues, while Alejandro Sánchez Mújica is frequently involved in teams of counsel on the M&A and financing side of the practice. Senior counsel Regina Legorreta stands out among the department’s pool of non-partner lawyers and has strong experience assisting clients with the energy reforms of the López Obrador administration. Since publication, Rodríguez has left the firm for DWF - effective as of February 2024.
Carlos Ochoa; Gabriel Ruiz
Artha Capital (Prana Power)
Talos Energy/Wintershall Dea/Harbour Energy (Premier Oil)
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)
Pattern Energy “Helios” “Tuli” (Cemex-Exi-Pattern Energy)
Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 3Under the leadership of domestic, cross-border and project financings expert Alejandro Landa, the banking and finance practice at Holland & Knight advises international banks on the negotiation, structuring and restructuring of financing terms, including the design and structuring of collateral packages and source-of-payment structures. A 2021 merger with US firm Thompson and Knight boosted the practice’s strength in cross-border financings, real estate and oil-and-gas; the team demonstrates further growth with the additions of associates Santiago Noriega and Paulina López Velasco in May and September 2022, respectively, along with senior counsel Elena Ibarrola in March 2022. Alejandro F Sánchez Mújica advises on structured, asset-backed, real estate and corporate financing from the Monterrey office; while in Mexico City, Aldo Gonzalez Melo -who was promoted to senior counsel in April 2023- is active on cross-border corporate, structured and project finance transactions.
‘The entire team is very professional and provides quality responses; the flexibility and transparency in the way they present their services allows them to be highly competitive in terms of price compared to other similar firms without detriment to quality.’
‘Extensive knowledge of the market; consistently informing clients of important aspects to consider regarding changes in the regulations applicable to banking operations.’
‘The team is passionate and committed. They have gone above and beyond to support our work.’
‘Alejandro Landa and Aldo González Melo are committed, passionate and knowledgeable.’
UMB Bank, National Association
Banco Santander México (Institución de Banca Múltiple)
Banco Inbursa (Institución de Banca Múltiple)
Tequilas Premium (Clase Azul)
North American Development Bank – Baja California Green Financing
Bladex – CHG MercadoLibre Cross-Border Factoring
Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Banco Multiva (Institución de Banca Múltiple)
- Advised BHP on its merger with Woodside Petroleum; (the transaction was valued at approximately $43bn.)
- Advised Tequilas Premium and Casa Tradición on a $400m revolving credit agreement.
- Advised UMB Bank on the exit financing facility of Grupo Aeroméxico.
Mexico > Capital markets Tier 3Holland & Knight’s capital markets practice advises corporations, funds and trusts, as well as financial institutions, on public and private issuances to obtain financing through the stock market. The team has experience regarding the capital and debt issuances of REITs, FIBRAs and capital development certificates (CKDs), and is led by well-known figure Guillermo Uribe - who focuses on banking and securities law and real estate investment trusts. Adrián Gay’s practice has an emphasis on REITs, SPACs and CKDs; key associate Jorge González Carlini is active on real estate and financial matters. March 2022 saw the arrival of four lawyers from DLA Piper Mexico: ex-practice head Xavier Magnino, who handles securities law matters; senior counsel Elena Ibarrola; and associates Alejandro Briceño and Cristobal Ortiz Monasterio.
‘The team has extensive experience in the creation of real estate investment trust FIBRAs.’
‘Guillermo Uribe and Adrián Gay are very experienced.’
Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)
- Advised AgroFIBRA on its initial public offering of trust certificates, becoming the seventeenth Mexican REIT.
- Assisted Fibra Uno with its filing for the establishment of a long term bonds programme and its recording before the National Securities Registry.
- Advised Fibra Inn on a third party’s tender offer process.
Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 3Following the 2022 tie-up with the former Thompson & Knight, Holland & Knight has further demonstrated its commitment to the Latin America market – and México in particular – with the April-2023 incorporation of a sizeable multidisciplinary group (seven partners, two senior counsels and eight associates) from local firm Sánchez Devanny. As specifically regards the corporate/M&A practice, this included former practice co-head Francisco Andrés Gámez Garza, along with Humberto Morales Barrón, Jaime Israel Moreno Treviño and Oscar Quiróz Chávez, all of whom joined the firm’s Monterrey office. They join a department led by Mexico managing partner Luis Rubio (a well-known market figure who has particular expertise in the TMT segment), which is highlighted for its ‘vast knowledge and experience with respect to Mexican Law but also in complex international transactions’. Octavio Lecona (‘knowledgeable’, ‘a rounded professional’) provides additional expertise in the telecoms and tech areas as part of a broader practice that takes in M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and contractual matters. Corporate partner Xavier Magnino and senior counsel Elena Ibarrola are further names to note in the Mexico City office (both having arrived from DLA Piper Mexico in March 2022), as is Selene Espinosa who was promoted to partner in January 2023; of counsel Alejandro F Sánchez Mújica and partner Alejandro A Sánchez Mújica A are, in turn, additional names to note in the Monterrey office. Recent matters include mandates in the aviation, shipping, financial services, technology & telecoms, industrial & manufacturing, and oil & gas sectors, among others.
‘Their vast knowledge and experience with respect to Mexican Law but also in complex international transactions.’
‘Octavio Lecona has experience in international transactions but also in purely Mexican transactions and processes, making him a very rounded professional, who clearly is in constant study of the laws in Mexico. He is knowledgeable.’
‘Skills to negotiate with the counterparty. Availability of the team to answer questions and calls. Good case tracking.’
‘We worked on a case with Selene Espinosa and she is an excellent lawyer, in addition to always having a very good relationship with everyone, she is organised, attentive and has great knowledge of her area.’
Deutsche Post International
Turenna Ramírez; Luis Rubio
‘The combination of professional experience of the team in both the public and private sectors as well as the good service to its clients.’
‘Luis Rubio Bertnache for his extensive experience in this field.’
- Representing Gerdau Corsa before the Ministry of Economy in an anti-dumping investigation against imports of steel beams originating in Germany, Spain and the UK.
- Advised MTD Products Company in a Nafta verification of origin over tax years 2015 and 2016.
- Assisting Pilgrim’s Pride with a second sunset review on anti-dumping duties against exports of US chicken leg quarters to Mexico.
‘The team is always available and willing to propose innovative and creative strategies.’
‘Alejandor Landa and Aldo Gonzalez are very dedicated and proactive; 24-7 availability.’
North American Development Bank
Grupo Financiero Santander
Johnson Controls Enterprises Mexico
Grupo Mexico – Valero
Grupo Mexico – Acciona
Grupo Mexico – Ferromex
‘Its main strength is the international structure that feeds important issues to the Mexico City office, in addition to the collaboration and coordination between various partners from the US offices and partners and lawyers in Mexico and Monterrey.’
‘I believe that the H&K arbitration team is very complete, both in terms of the experience of its lead partner Luis Rubio, and the talent and potential of the senior associates Juan Pablo Moyano, Laura Zielinski and Antonio Barrera, who have very diverse profiles and backgrounds. which greatly enriches its services, mainly due to the sophistication of its investment arbitration criteria.’
‘Their legal advice is very pragmatic and efficient.’
‘Antonio Barrera’s specialty and efficient dedication in advising and analyzing the case for the presentation of various solutions is something that I consider very important to highlight.’
‘Their team is made up of young people from various regions.’
‘I have had the opportunity to see the work of lawyers Juan Pablo Moyano and Josafat Paredes. They are aware of the matter, they fulfill the commitments agreed during the arbitration. They operate with a good procedural attitude.’
Prize Permanent Holdings
Mexico > Real estate Tier 4The practice group at Holland & Knight LLP specialises in cross-border real estate transactions, advising on the planning, development, financing and construction of real estate projects. It also offers tax structuring and real estate-related capital markets expertise; handles FIBRA and CKD work; and has solid experience of industrial, commercial, retail, residential and hospitality-related real estate projects and issues. Department co-head Guillermo Uribe handles real estate acquisitions, rights and follow-on offers, debt deals and FIBRA-related matters. Alongside him, Adrián Gay Lasa focuses on the IPOs of REITS, as well as construction, funding and investment vehicles designed to fund the development and acquisition of real estate portfolios. Associate Jorge González Carlini is noted for his active participation in real estate financing and corporate matters, and the team was further consolidated in September 2023 with the hire of Glafira Mercado -as senior counsel- from developer Grupo Delta in September 2023.
Guillermo Uribe; Adrian Gay Lasa
Casa de Bolsa Santander
Grupo Financiero Santander México
Cushman & Wakefield Mexico
Mexico > Tax Tier 4As a cog in the firm’s international network of offices, the tax team at Holland & Knight LLP assists multinationals operating in Mexico with both domestic and international tax services. The practice also has tax-controversy capability that is experienced in supporting clients through audits by the Mexican tax authority. Co-leader of the practice Eugenio Grageda receives considerable praise from clients who highlight that ‘his practice is very strong in international issues’. Fellow practice co-head Mario Barrera has experience in both tax advisory and contentious matters. The team was strengthened in April 2023 when - as part of the firm’s hire of a sizeable group to its Monterrey office - tax consultancy and litigation expert Jose Ricardo Ibarra Córdova joined from Sánchez Devanny. Key associate support comes from Catalina Mandujano and Miguel Rosas.
Eugenio Grageda; Mario Barrera
‘I work with Eugenio Grageda. His practice is very strong in international issues. I don’t know of another lawyer with the ease of structuring funds and transactions in other countries like he does. The firm has many contacts.’
‘Eugenio Grageda has a lot of experience in the operation of tax structures abroad and its consequences for Mexicans. He has a great capacity to produce attractive schemes for investors. The best lawyer in international issues with whom I have worked.’
‘Good service and flexible prices. Eugenio Grageda has a lot of practical knowledge.’
‘It is very pleasant to work with Eugenio Grageda. Great expert and friendly as a person. Makes complicated topics easy.’
‘H&K and especially Eugenio, are lawyers of the new generation, who have been disruptive with the old practices of large law firms. They are always available to the client, seeking to have clear communication, without unnecessary formalities and always trying to find practical and efficient solutions for the client, even if this implies lower billing for them.’
‘Eugenio has extensive knowledge of the subject and the sector, both locally and internationally. His experience is of great help and is always a plus that we highly value. He is a person with an extraordinary capacity for synthesis, which makes working with him very easy, especially for people unrelated to legal issues. His priority, above anything else, is always the client. He is available all the time, focused on resolving business doubts and helping us to jump over any obstacle or to avoid encountering one in the future.’
Real Estate Company
Infrastructure Multinational Group
Parques Logísticos del Centro (Global Asset Manager)
FMC Technologies de Mexico
Exeter Property Group
- Advised LNG PTE on establishing a gas plant to process gas in Mexico and distribute it in the United States in a tax-efficient matter.
- Advised a retail company on whether import, storage and delivery services of products by a supplier constitutes a permanent establishment for the supplier for the purposes of the Mexican income tax law.
- Advised a group of supplier companies in the land transportation sector on the tax effect of an international restructure involving Mexico and US companies.
Mexico > TMT Tier 4Holland & Knight LLP’s multinational client base includes a host of blue chip companies across the TMT sectors. The team is regularly sought out for its financial and regulatory assistance with telecommunications projects, including M&A, restructuring processes and high-profile litigation. The practice is jointly led by Luis Rubio, who has a niche speciality in dispute resolution relating to NAFTA; and Octavio Lecona, whose broad practice includes media distribution matters and tech regulatory analysis.
Luis Rubio; Octavio Lecona
‘Comprehensive advice, extremely organised.’
‘Availability and time management, collaboration on large projects with short response times.’
‘Luis Rubio is a lawyer who understands well what the client needs and wants to receive as a professional service from a law firm. His astuteness and sagacity in understanding the problems presented to him distinguish him from other attorneys in the TMT practice. His knowledge of the industry is deep and his anticipation of possible contingencies is unmatched.’
‘Octavio Lecona is a very experienced lawyer in telecommunications issues, he understands the sector like few others and stays up to date. His attention and depth in the analysis of the topics are unmatched.’
AP WIP Towers de Mexico
Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext)
- Represented AP WIP Towers de Mexico (APW) in the concurso mercantil proceeding filed by Altan Redes (Altan).
- Advised a client on its acquisition of wireless (DAS) telecommunications infrastructure, including a fibre optics network deployed in a property known as Parque Fundidora.
- Acted for Bancomext on a due diligence of ENI Networks, a WISP that services metropolitan areas and communities located across Mexico.
José Luis Villareal
‘The team has done a fantastic job addressing our IP issues. They have shown great knowledge of the issues and have applied a high business approach that has allowed them to close the issues in the most efficient way.’
‘In particular, I found José Luis Villareal to be a great team leader, who is very close to the issue, while maintaining efficiency and reasonable costs. José Luis has given us a lot of confidence with the level of understanding of the issues that they have worked for the company.’
Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates
Holland & Knight > Firm Profile
Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers practicing in over 200 areas of law in 34 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.
|Corporate, M&A and Telecommunications
|Capital markets, Real Estate
|Banking and finance, Project finance and infrastructure, Bankruptcy and Restructuring
|Energy and Project finance and infrastructure
|Telecommunications and M&A
|Capital Markets, Real Estate
|Adrian Gay Lasa
|Energy, Projects, Regulatory and Government Affairs
|Taxation, Wealth Management
|M&A, Banking & Finance, Mining and Project Finance
|Civil, Commercial & Administrative Litigation
|Juan Pablo Moyano
|Francisco Andrés Gámez
|Alejandro A. Sánchez Mújica
|Alejandro F. Sánchez Mújica
|Intellectual Property, Banking & Finance
|José Luis Villareal
|Mr Mario Barrera
|Ms Selene Espinosa
|Mr Adrián Gay Lasa
|Mr Aldo González
|Aldo González Melo focuses in the areas of corporate, project, structured and public…
|Mr Eugenio Grageda
|Mr Daniel Jimenez
|Mr Alejandro Landa
|Mr Octavio Lecona
|Mrs Regina Legorreta Palomino
|Mr Carlos Ochoa
|Mr Claudio Rodríguez Galán
|Mr Rodolfo Rueda Ballesteros
|Mr Alejandro A. Sánchez Mújica A.
|Mr Guillermo Uribe Lara
|Mr José Luis Villareal