Firm Profile > Holland & Knight > Mexico City, Mexico
Holland & Knight Offices
PASEO DE LA REFORMA NO. 342
PISO 28, COL.JUÁREZ, DEL. CUAUHTÉMOC
C.P. 06600 MEXICO, DF
Holland & Knight > The Legal 500 Rankings
Following the two firms' merger, completed in August 2021, Holland & Knight now combines the strength of its own, capable, Mexico City group with that of the former Thompson & Knight LLP, where energy was very much a hallmark practice. The resulting offering has impressive strength across the full range of oil, gas, energy and renewables' matters. Power (particularly renewables) expert Claudio Rodriguez, and the Monterrey-based Gabriel Ruiz (who primarily focuses on oil-and-gas industry clients), advise on matters ranging from tender processes, transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, to project structuring, development and finance, and regulatory matters; while former CFE deputy general counsel, Carlos Ochoa, brings to bear his substantial expertise in the power and renewables sector, to advise investors, lenders, sponsors and public sector entities on regulatory, transactional and infrastructure issues. Other key figures include Alejandro Landa, who regularly represents Mexican and foreign companies and financial institutions on all finance-related matters, including in relation to energy projects; a former head of legal and compliance at Iberdrola Mexico Rodolfo Rueda Ballesteros (who made partner in February 2021), has a ‘broad knowledge of the regulation of the sector’ and splits his time between the firm's Mexico City and Houston offices; and senior counsel Regina Legorreta maintains a practice centred on structuring all types of energy and natural resource-related infrastructure projects. Key support comes from senior associate Aldo González Melo and associate Alberto Esenaro. However, former head of the energy practice José Antonio Prado left the firm in May 2020 to establish his own energy, infrastructure and litigation boutique, EnerSaPra; and Héctor Velasco Perroni, former head of the office's administrative and regulatory practice departed the following month to open specialist boutique Perroni & Associates.
Claudio Rodríguez Galán; Gabriel Ruiz
‘Partner Claudio Rodriguez is an absolutely exceptional lawyer.’
‘A robust firm with a solid international presence, but with an important and recognised practice in the energy sector, particularly the electricity sector in Mexico. The team has extensive knowledge of the regulation of the sector in the country.’
‘They offer certainty in their legal advice, a high level of creativity and a very thorough analysis and study of the circumstances surrounding each case.’
‘They are able to mimic and integrate with the client company’s internal teams, behaving like an in-house lawyer who communicates with all the members or departments involved.’
‘They never give up and write off a case, its not in their DNA.’
‘Rodolfo Rueda is a very good lawyer and advisor, and has a broad knowledge of the regulation of the sector, but with a broad approach and incidence on public events in the industry. Personalised, assertive and reliable.’
‘I believe that H&K outperforms other firms in the same sector. Their practice is not limited to contractual matters; in other words, they are constantly researching various sectors that could have an impact on the energy practice’
‘Carlos Ochoa and Alejandro Landa are very trustworthy. They are able to warn of project consequences before they can negatively impact the client.’
‘Their payment tracking system is one of the best and most accurate. Kindness, cordiality, willingness and above all mastery of the subject.’
‘Definitely one of the most prepared and specialised teams in energy. Carlos Ochoa, is distinguished by his level of professionalism, closeness and empathy with his clients. His treatment has always been exquisite.’
Artha Capital – Proteus Sola
Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 3
Holland & Knight´s robust Mexican banking and finance practice, which is lauded for its ‘experience, permanent updating and direct involvement of the partners’, stands out for its proven track record representing banks in public finance matters, specialised cross-border commercial lending and energy and infrastructure finance. Steering the nine-strong department, which also boasts expertise in sub-sovereign and real estate finance, we find partner Alejandro Landa, who has a wide range of experience representing lenders on all matters related to financial transactions, including project finance, and securitisations. Fellow partners Adrián Gay; Guillermo Uribe, who is well-known for his expertise in real estate and FIBRA transactions; and senior counsel José Luis Villareal, who focuses on structured finance, securitisations and project finance; are other key members of the well-rounded department.
‘Alejandro Landa Thierry is highly specialised in financial (banking) and securities law, he understands the legal structure as well as the financial models since within his technical background he is also an engineer, which allows him to understand all aspects of each transaction. Finally, it is clear from Alejandro’s credentials that he is always up to date on financial, securities and any other topics that are trending and contribute to his practice’
‘Holland & Knight sincerely offers the best cost service / benefit ratio in the market’
‘Alejandro Landa & Rosa Maria Cuevas have gone above and beyond in their mindful support of our work. Their attention to detail and commitment is impressive and moving. Could not be happier with the help their legal team provides’
‘The lawyers at Holland & Knight are distinguished by their experience, permanent updating and direct involvement of the partners’
‘The team is absolutely at the forefront of the clients’ needs, so the continuity in the pandemic was good, the firm continues without any delay given its sophisticated technological platforms in all areas’
‘Partners have extensive experience in complex and sensitive matters. Their understanding of transactions to identify their inherent risks and the proposal to mitigate them is exceptional. It is undoubtedly a firm that ranks in the select niche of the best in Mexico for the technical quality of its partners’
‘They handle well the relationship with counterparties when dealing with sensitive issues that may be blocking a transaction. The lawyer’s ability to convince the counterpart with good arguments is essential’
‘The willingness of the partners to sit down and understand the transaction, as well as the presentation of alternative or “think-out-of-the-box” proposals, is an outstanding plus that is found in few law firms. The best qualities are the skills to listen, to understand, and to go the extra mile and to propose’
Banco Santander México
HSBC Bank USA
Wells Fargo Bank USA
World Impact Foundation
Mexico > Capital markets Tier 3
Holland & Knight showcases particular prowess in Mexican real estate investment trusts (FIBRAs), where it advises on both equity and debt matters, including CKDs. Guillermo Uribe Lara, who has significant experience working in the public sector, has a strong reputation in the capital markets sphere, especially in FIBRA-related mandates. He co-heads the department together with Alejandro Landa. REIT specialist Adrián Gay Lasa is another noted member of the team.
Luis Rubio Barnetche; Carlos Véjar
Alejandro Landa; Claudio Rodríguez Galán; Gabriel Ruiz
‘The team has extensive knowledge of public finance, projects, as well as specific legislation such as the EIL.’
‘They are true partners in the projects, both in the good times and in the not so good times.’
‘Alejandro Landa and Aldo Gonzalez always attend to requests with great efficiency and good response times.’
‘Punctual and constant follow-up of each issue.’
‘It has an excellent project finance team that knows the sector well in all legal, environmental and financial aspects (among others). The plus is their experience and excellent treatment. Notable members: Alejandro Landa and Aldo González.’
‘It is a professional and innovative team that offers a great service. The availability of the partners is palpable.’
‘They are very well prepared lawyers. Rodolfo Rueda and Alejandro Sanchez Mujica, have shown an excellent resolution capacity, as well as innovative solutions and great customer service.’
‘The collaboration has been very close, integrating the necessary teams, which has allowed them to reduce the costs of their services, without neglecting quality and professionalism.’
Banco Santander México
Artha Capital – Prana Power
Mexico > Real estate Tier 3Holland & Knight's Mexico office -recently notably expanded following the firm's combination with the form Thompson & Knight- houses a 11-strong real estate team, which stands out for its impressive cross-border capabilities as well as for its particular expertise in placing Mexican real estate investment trusts ("FIBRAS") and capital development certificates ("CKDs"). This has allowed the practice to secure notable clients such as Fibra Uno, the first and largest Mexican Reit, which has relied on the firm since its initial public offering in 2011. The team is led by recognised practitioners Guillermo Uribe, who has a focus on real estate finance matters related to banking and securities law, international capital markets, structured finance and syndicated loans. Additional partner-level expertise is provided by Adrián Gay Lasa, who is particularly known for his work on REIT-related work. Key support comes from experience senior Jorge González Carlini, who primarily handles real estate finance matters. The energy, finance and transaction-focused Alejandro Landa also participates in real estate matters on an ongoing basis.
Bricks Acquisition Company (Special Purpose Acquisition Company)
Mexico > TMT Tier 3
The four-strong practice at Holland & Knight offers comprehensive advice in all areas of TMT, and is particularly skilled on the financial and regulatory aspects of telecommunications projects, as well as cross-border transactions, restructuring processes, and mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms sector. Managing partner Luis Rubio, and partner Octavio Lecona (who can draw on the expertise accrued as an in-house at Telefonica and as a former official at the Mexican telecommunications regulator), co-head the practice, which recently advised Telefonica on a long-term, wholesale deal struck with AT&T in Mexico, which will allow Telefonica to use AT&T’s wireless radio access network (RAN).
Luis Rubio; Octavio Lecona
‘Total availability, knowledge of local law and notions of foreign law add value to H&K’s services.’
‘Their understanding and attention to detail are admirable.’
McAllen Data Center
Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 4
Strengthened by the firm's August 2021 merger with the former Thompson & Knight LLP, and benefiting form the firm’s solid international network, Holland & Knight's Mexican office is an outstanding choice, primarily for foreign -predominantly US- clients, arriving and operating nationally, or requiring assistance with joint venture contracts, reorganisations, corporate restructurings, spin-offs, mergers and dissolutions. Managing partner Luis Rubio, who is particularly well-known for his expertise handling transactional TMT mandates, heads the practice, closely supported by TMT-specialist Octavio Lecona, and Alejandro Landa, whose broad corporate practice takes in a range of energy, finance, transactional and real estate matters. Senior counsel Selene Espinosa is another key asset of the department, which also assists with the management and processing of all types of permits or governmental authorisations.
Holland & Knight 's Mexico office houses a seven-strong practice that is highlighted by clients for having a ‘great deal of knowledge in arbitration’; its expertise is frequently sought out in relation to investment disputes and matters that have public international law or multijurisdictional components that require the application and interpretation of the laws of different countries. With skilled partner Carlos Vejar at the helm, the team handles primarily commercial arbitration, with an additional mix of construction, investment treaty and NAFTA-related disputes. In addition to being backed by the firm´s international network, at a local level Vejar works closely with partner Luis Rubio; associate Juan Pablo Moyano and international semi-senior Laura Yvonne Zielinski, who is France and New York qualified. The practice is still in the midst of a process of rearming after the departure of former department-head Salvador Fonseca in June 2020 but has been boosted - particularly on the energy side - by the August 2021 merger with Thompson and Knight.
Carlos Véjar; Luis Rubio
‘It is a team with a great deal of knowledge in arbitration. The team is made up of lawyers from various countries, who are very knowledgeable about arbitration both in terms of knowledge and experience in many arbitrations.’
‘The collaboration within the team is admirable, because they take advantage of their lawyers for interaction.’
‘Alberto Zuleta [in Bogotá] and Laura Zielinski bring their knowledge, skills and personalities to complement each other excellently. They demonstrate absolute mastery of arbitration both in terms of knowledge and experience’
‘Carlos Vejar is skilled in investor state cases and for trade related matters. Juan Pablo Moyano is a rising star in commercial disputes’
‘Carlos Vejar has extensive experience from the government and private-sector perspectives on investor-state arbitration’
Mexico > Tax Tier 5
The tie-up of Texan firms Thompson & Knight (TK) and Holland & Knight, completed in August 2021, was definitely a win-win scenario for the firms' Mexican operations, where the merger's synergies have resulted in a broader overall offering. The firm's ‘unbeatable’ tax practice attracts praise for its unfailing proposal of innovative solutions and for its ability to ‘foresee future actions of the tax authorities’. The practice has a strong focus on the energy sector, although it also frequently handles matters related to the mining, real estate and pharmaceutical industries, among others. The small team is led by Mario Barrera (formerly of TK), who regularly represents clients before the tax authorities in audits, settlements, rulings, and mutual agreement procedures. He is also experienced handling transfer pricing, tax litigation, and corporate reorganisations. Concurrent with the firms' merger, former senior counsel Eugenio Grageda was promoted, giving the merged practice two partners; he focuses on international tax and estate and patrimonial tax planning for major businesses. Associates Catalina Mandujano and Maria Teresa Quintero are noted.
Mario Barrera Vázquez
‘Their tax team is unbeatable. They complement each other perfectly and their communication is constant. Mario Barrera has a great ability to resolve conflicts. Their knowledge and handling of the issues makes them better than any other firm.’
‘Catalina Mandujano offers excellent service, and is very committed to helping us solve our problems.’
‘Mario Barrera, always looking for the best and fastest solution to our problems.’
‘The solutions they propose are always innovative and foresee future actions of the tax authorities.’
‘Very efficient lawyers with a lot of international knowledge. They provide excellent advice with fast and comprehensive solutions.‘
‘Eugenio Grageda is an attorney of excellent qualities with the ability to solve problems in an ingenious way.‘
‘Good availability and better ideas and solutions. They understand our problems and are creative in approaching the alternatives.‘
‘Eugenio Grajeda is a thoughtful, thorough and very well organised attorney.’
‘They have good technological tools to allow the client to monitor the progress of a project with various people involved in the case.‘
AIG Seguros Mexico
Japan Tobacco International
FMC Technologies de Mexico
Parques Logísticos del Centro
Ford Motor Company Mexico
Exeter (Global Asset Manager)
Holland & Knight LLP’s Latin America international arbitration team is ‘very knowledgeable’ and supports clients with ‘professionalism, intelligence and high ethical standards’. The practice advises on commercial and investment treaty disputes under all major arbitration rules and is particularly strong regarding infrastructure, energy, mining and construction matters. Miami-based Adolfo Jiménez leads the firm’s international arbitration practice and has acted on complex arbitrations for clients in the hospitality, energy, mining and transportation sectors, as well as acting as arbitrator on matters coming before the ICC and ICDR. The team benefits from presence on the ground in two Latin American jurisdictions: in Mexico, Carlos Vejar is ‘very good for investor-state cases and for trade-related matters’, and Juan Pablo Moyano, who was appointed senior counsel in July 2021, is also a name to note. The Colombian office, in turn, houses the talents of disputes specialist Alberto Zuleta, with highly experienced arbitrator Enrique Gomez-Pinzon splitting his time between Bogota and Washington DC. At associate level Arantxa Cuadrado in New York and Laura Yvonne Zielinski, currently at the firm's Mexico office, are also both noted.
Adolfo E. Jiménez
‘They are great at trade and investment related matters.’
‘It is a team with a lot of knowledge and intelligently and professionally involved in understanding arbitration matters in telecommunications and energy. The team is enriched by having lawyers from various countries.’
‘Very knowledgeable about arbitration due to knowledge and experience in many arbitrations.’
‘Carlos Vejar has extensive experience from the government and private-sector perspectives on investor-state arbiration.’
‘Carlos Vejar is very good for investor-state cases and for trade-related matters. Juan Pablo Moyano is a rising star in commercial disputes.’
‘Alberto Zuleta exercises first-rate leadership to make the most of the talent and knowledge of his team.’
‘Laura Zielinski has the ability to understand complex issues and by identify the relevant aspects for the arbitral tribunal.’
‘A team that works in harmony, with professionalism, intelligence and high ethical standards.’
Medical University Hospital
Republic of Guatemala
Eco Oro Minerals
Royal Industries International
King Baby Marine
Holland & Knight > Firm Profile
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.
|Corporate, M&A and Telecommunications||Luis Rubio||Luis.Rubio@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Capital markets, Real Estate||Guillermo Uribe||Guillermo.Uribe@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Banking and finance, Project finance and infrastructure, Bankruptcy and Restructuring||Alejandro Landa||Alejandro.Landa@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Energy and Project finance and infrastructure||Carlos Ochoa||Carlos.Ochoa@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Telecommunications and M&A||Octavio Lecona||Octavio.Lecona@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Capital Markets, Real Estate||Adrian Gay Lasa||Adrian.GayLasa@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|International trade and international arbitration||Carlos Véjar||Carlos.Vejar@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Labor and employment||Leslie Palma||Leslie.Palma@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|M&A, Banking & Finance, Mining and Project Finance||Selene Espinosa||Selene.Espinosa@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Civil, Commercial & Administrative Litigation||Daniel Jimenez||Daniel.Jimenez@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Taxation, Wealth Management||Eugenio Grageda||Eugenio.Grageda@hklaw.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Intellectual Property, Banking & Finance||José Luis Villareal||Jose.Luis.email@example.com||+52.55.3602.8000|
|Ms Selene Espinosa||Senior Counsel||View Profile|
|Adrián Gay Lasa||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Eugenio Grageda||Senior Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Daniel Jimenez||Senior Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Alejandro Landa||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Octavio Lecona||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Carlos Ochoa||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Leslie Palma||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Luis Rubio Barnetche||Executive Partner – Mexico||View Profile|
|Mr Guillermo Uribe Lara||Equity Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Carlos Vejar||Partner||View Profile|
|José Luis Villareal||Senior Counsel||View Profile|
Staff FiguresOther fee-earners : 20+ Total staff : 40+
LanguagesSpanish English (fluent) Dutch French
MembershipsAmCham American Chamber of Commerce International Chamber of Commerce ABA (American Bar Association)
OtherPartners : 7 Senior Counsels : 5
- Energy and natural resources
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- Projects and infrastructure
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