Firm Profile > Jones Day > Mexico City, Mexico

Jones Day
PASEO DE LA REFORMA 342
PISO 30, COLONIA JUÁREZ
06600 MEXICO, D.F.
Mexico

Mexico > Compliance Tier 1

Garnering praise for being ‘an extraordinary lawyer’, as well as a renowned AML expert, Guillermo Larrea is at the helm of Jones Day 's eight-strong compliance practice, which handles anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, fraud prevention, digital compliance (including cyber-security, privacy and data protection), compliance programs, conflicts of interest, third-party relations, business conduct with public officials, implementation, enforcement and investigations. Delivering ‘very precise’ advice which generates ‘full confidence’ in the team among clients, the practice has recently handled anti-corruption and personal data protection mandates, as well as cases involving internal investigations, personal data protection compliance, and fraud and mismanagement matters. Associate Juan Carlos Hernández Q, who focuses on cyber-security and data compliance matters, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo E. Larrea

Testimonials

‘Personalised attention and always on time.’

‘Their advice is always very precise. They have a solid knowledge of compliance from different perspectives, from anti-corruption to digital compliance. I have full confidence in their advice.’

‘I highlight Guillermo Larrea’s empathy with the client, willingness to help, immediate response and attention to detail. He is an extraordinary lawyer.’

‘They work very well in their approach with the client and are aware of all regulatory developments in the sector.’

‘Juan Carlos Quinzaños and Guillermo Larrea stand out’.

Key clients

Toyota Financial Services México

Grupo Proeza

Corporación Moctezuma

Bunge Servicios

ExxonMobil México

Casa de Bolsa Finamex

Altán Redes

BioHorizons (Henry Schein)

Daikin Airconditioning Mexico

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 2

According clients, ‘the attention of Jones Day's lawyers is outstanding;' and 'they always offer a quick response, with the right advice, depth and counsel’. This local office of this global player houses a 14-strong Mexican practice led by managing partner Manuel Romano, who primarily specializes in project finance, both in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Other key members of the team include Alberto de la Parra, who has a focus on structuring infrastructure and energy generation projects in Mexico; the head of energy, José Estandía, who specializes in project finance transactions for clients focused on power, renewable energy, natural gas, and hydrocarbons infrastructure; Javier Martínez del Campo, who has a broad securities and finance practice; and of counsel Antonio Franck, who actively represents development and private banks in retail financing and restructuring financing. 'Outstanding’ senior associate Arturo de la Parra garners praise, particularly for his ‘remarkable ability to negotiate and find the best agreements to solve problems’. The practice is supported by the firm's international network, and regularly works with other offices, particularly Madrid, New York and Miami.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Romano

Testimonials

‘The attention of Jones Day’s lawyers is outstanding. They always offer a quick response, with the right advice, depth and counsel. They properly assess and allocate the right team with the right expertise to each and every matter. They have demonstrated extensive knowledge in complex financing structures, and in resolving difficult situations’

‘Excellent team integration, everyone is aware of the status of any operation regardless of their rank’

‘All the lawyers of the firm show great professionalism, always looking for the most efficient way to work, they have a continuous approach with the Bank to provide support in different areas and are always willing to support looking for the best legal security in the transactions’

‘Arturo de la Parra is outstanding. He stands out for his experience, analysis, proposal of appropriate solutions, service and a remarkable ability to negotiate and find the best agreements to solve problems’

‘Arturo de la Parra and Salvador Gallo are always looking for the most efficient way to deal with any request and have excellent communication skills’

‘In the collaborative aspect it has helped us a lot that they are an international firm, as in several transactions we require support on issues in other jurisdictions (NY, Spain, Netherlands, etc.) and Jones Day supports us with immediate response’

‘They are ahead in the analysis to foresee contingencies and propose strategies. They ensure that experienced lawyers deal with matters first hand. They take care to answer and respond on time, which is a time-critical differentiator in closings’

Key clients

Invex Infraestructura

Grupo Gigante

Otras Producciones de Energía

Photovoltaica

Banco Santander Mexico

Band Banco Inbursa

Iberdrola Generación México

Vitol Electricidad de Mexico

Mexico > Capital markets Tier 2

Lauded for offering ‘a first-class service’, the Mexican capital markets practice at international powerhouse Jones Day comprises a seven-strong team focused on advising local issuers and underwriters on debt and equity offerings, as well as in the establishment of mutual funds, pension funds and brokerage firms. Fronting the department we find the ‘highly competent, extremely collaborative and pro-business’ Silvia Malagón, who specialises in fund-related transactions, while of counsel Antonio Franck and practice co-head Carlos Sámano focus mostly on securities offerings. Backed by the firm's international network, the team garners praise for being ‘very dedicated’ and for making matters ‘flow in an agile and appropriate manner’.

Practice head(s):

Silvia Malagón; Carlos Sámano

Testimonials

‘They have a lot of experience in this practice and are always at the forefront’

‘Silvia Malagón is not only highly competent, but also extremely collaborative and pro-business’

‘A first-class service. Silvia Malagón is in charge of a good team of lawyers in the field’

‘Silvia Malagón is always available when we need her no matter the time’

‘They have extensive knowledge of the provisions and processes applicable to the securities market which makes the issues we deal with flow in an agile and appropriate manner’

‘Silvia Malagón and Carlos Samano are very professional, attentive and helpful in finding solutions together. The treatment is very good’

‘They are very dedicated to their clients and are always attentive to any requirement or doubt and when it arises they attend to it in an outstanding way’

Key clients

Operadora de Fondos Banorte

Operadora Valmex de Fondos de Inversión

SAM Asset Management

Fondos de Inversión Multiva

Afore Invercap

Scotia Fondos

Crédito Real

Comisión Federal de Electricidad

Prodemex

Total Play

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Jones Day's Mexican energy practice fields a nine-strong team that combines solid transactional know-how with outstanding expertise in the full array of infrastructure development matters, as well as regulatory and environmental law, while also offering proven experience in the oil, gas, power (and renewables) segments. With over 25 years' experience in M&A and energy project finance, partner José Estandía heads the department, closely backed by infrastructure specialist Alberto de la Parra and corporate and transactional of counsel Antonio Franck. Key associate support is provided by experienced associates Arturo de la Parra (project and infrastructure finance, with a particular focus on renewables) and Fernando Verdín, a former director of electricity regulation at the CRE (energy, administrative law and public regulation; AML). Moreover, the practice was further strengthened in January 2021 with the hire of Alejandro Fleming Kauffman, previously the General Counsel of Iberdrola, as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

José Estandía; Alberto de la Parra

Key clients

Iberdrola

Cemex Energía

Elecnor

Marathon Petroleum (Formerly Andeavor)

Grupo Simsa

OPDE Participaciones Industriales

Itzoil (Invex Infraestructura 4

Jinko Solar

Grupo Gigante

Orca Energy/China Energy

Petrofac

Renovalia

Sinia Energy

Toyota

Vitol Electricidad de Mexico

Mexico > Environment Tier 2

According to one client, Jones Day's environmental law experts are ‘total superheroes’ who are able ‘to solve the work that others can't’. The five-strong department has proven experience across the gamut of environmental and health and safety legislation, with an emphasis on compliance, environmental damage liability, climate change, and energy projects. At the helm is Mauricio Llamas, an expert in environment-related administrative and regulatory law, who garners praise for being an ‘impeccable professional’. Key associate support comes from the very active Mauricio Villegas, who has a focus on environment and health and safety. In recent work highlights, the group continues to advise construction group Elementia in relation to remediation procedures and ongoing environmental litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Llamas

Testimonials

‘In addition to their knowledge of legal and regulatory material, they have solid technical expertise’

‘Very assertive in communication, friendly and sensitive to the client’s needs in terms of response time and understanding of the requirement’

‘They are amazing to work with. They know the legislation and are always looking for easy to implement solutions. They are able to solve the work that others can’t. Total superheroes.’

‘Their assessments are always quite optimistic, they don’t try to scare you into hiring them’

‘Mauricio Llamas is an impeccable professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. Together with Mauricio Villegas, they are friendly and know the environmental legislation perfectly’

‘They never give problems, their work is impeccable’ 

‘Mauricio Llamas and Mauricio Villegas offer excellent treatment and disposition, solid legal knowledge and extraordinary availability’

Key clients

Elementia

Newmont Goldcorp

Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental

Bio Pappel Scribe

Iberdrola

Revlon

Newell Brands

Sensata Technologies Holding plc

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

International full-service firm, Jones Day, houses an 11-strong Mexican practice with an established track record advising on the development of energy and infrastructure projects, including those related to airports, gas pipelines, toll roads, and water treatment plants. The team, which is particularly well-known for its expertise for the financing of renewable energy projects, is comprised of noted ‘experts in the field’, including Alberto de la Parra (project structuring, corporate and project finance, corporate counselling, restructuring, and M&A); José Estandía (whose M&A and project finance practice is centred on power, renewable energy, natural gas, and oil terminals); Manuel Romano and of counsel Antonio Franck. Primary support comes from finance associate Arturo de la Parra and the team was further reinforced with the January-2021 arrival of Alejandro Fleming, who joined as of counsel from Iberdrola. However, associate Salvador Gallo subsequently left in March 2021 to move in house at Merama.

Practice head(s):

Alberto de la Parra; José Estandía; Manuel Romano; Antonio Franck

Testimonials

‘Experts in the field with great legal knowledge, customer service and quick response.’

Key clients

JinkoSolar Holding

Banco Santander

Banco Santander México

Banobras

Banco Inbursa

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior

Otras Producciones de Energía Photovoltaica

Parque Industrial Renovalble

Iberdrola Generación Mexico

Vitol Electricidad de Mexico

Sinohydro Mexico

Itzoil

Grupo Simsa

Sinia Renovables

Cemex

Mexico > Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Working as an integral part of the firm's global antitrust and competition area, Jones Day 's Mexican practice is renowned for handling high-profile antitrust investigations and merger control mandates, and for its support on cross-border and domestic transactions. Three partners co-head the team: Gabriel Altamirano, an expert in merger control and investigations who also handles compliance issues; Bertha Ordaz, who boasts a notable expertise across regulated sectors – notably energy, infrastructure, aviation and telecoms; and skilled litigator Antonio González, who engages in competition-related contentious work as necessary. Recent work highlights include advising the buyers, P&G, on the acquisition of Merck’s health care business; and the acquisition of AK Steel by Cleveland-Cliffs.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Altamirano; Bertha Alicia Ordaz Avilés; Antonio González

Testimonials

‘They are highly trained and make themselves available as often as required for clarification.’

‘They make good use of technology and rely on it to operate quickly and clearly with clients.’

‘Gabriel Altamirano makes himself available, is informed and trained to attend to our needs, and works as a team to establish the strategy to be followed. Antonio Gonzalez has shown management skills in litigating and setting strategies and executing them.’

‘The antitrust team is involved in merger analysis, antitrust defence and general compliance activities. It also provides litigation defence services before the judiciary.’

‘Notably, it has a broad base of partners who offer services in a variety of areas that are complementary to competition issues.’

‘They are dedicated professionals. They are very careful in their argumentation and are quite responsive about the economic arguments that are presented to them.’

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Working seamlessly with the firm's other offices as necessary, full-service giant, Jones Day 's Mexican practice is a respected presence in the corporate sphere. Particularly active in the energy and infrastructure sectors, the 14-strong department is co-led by experienced partners Manuel Romano, Mauricio Castilla and Javier Martínez del Campo, who excel, especially, when handling cross-border M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances; corporate governance too, is a particular niche strength. Of counsel Antonio Franck is also a genuine corporate specialist whose loyal clientele note his ‘excellence in the provision of legal services'. Recent departmental highlights include acting for Invex Infraestructura 4 on its development of a petroleum products pipeline in Mexico (from Tuxpan to Tula).

Practice head(s):

Manuel Romano; Javier Martínez del Campo; Mauricio Castilla

Testimonials

‘They have a great knowledge and commitment to the client, as well as the most advanced technological tools.’

‘Antonio Franck: excellence in the provision of legal services, expert, empathetic, loyal.’

Key clients

Invex Infraestructura 4

Grupo Gigante

Otras Producciones de Energía Photovoltaica

JinkoSolar Holding

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

‘An obligatory reference in Mexico’, international powerhouse Jones Day boasts a solid track-record handling domestic and cross-border civil and commercial disputes. Antonio González, who handles civil and commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration (including contractual disputes, corporate and shareholders litigation, bankruptcy, and financial matters); and Jose Antonio Vazquez co-head the eight-strong practice, which has recently been involved in real estate litigation, class actions, shareholder disputes, breaches of contract, damages and insurance claims. At associate level, María Elena Huerta is an active member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Antonio González; José Vázquez Cobo

Testimonials

‘The team’s speciality in litigation matters is more than verifiable, they are an obligatory reference in Mexico. I highlight the quality of their partners and the approach they have with their clients.’

Key clients

Vitro

Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental

Mexico > International trade and customs Tier 4

Of counsel Mauricio Llamas and counsel Javier Cortés, who boasts over 25 years’ experience in custom duties and maquila-related work, including their tax implications, along with consumer protection, litigation and life-science regulatory issues, head the five-strong international trade and customs practice at Jones Day. The department, which can draw on the resources and expertise of the firm’s global network, is a regular advisor to domestic and international clients from across the manufacturing, maquila, retail, automotive, pharmaceuticals, mining and energy sectors on a wide range of trade matters, with a special focus on the maquiladora segment, regulatory matters, FTA mandates and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Llamas; Javier Cortés

Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

Alta Growth Capital (Mexico)

Rivulis Irrigation

Reebok de México

Husqvarna Professional Products

Lanxess

Andeavor (formerly Tesoro Corporation)

Rassini

JinkoSolar Holding

Alstyle Internacional de Mexico

Mexico > Real estate Tier 4

Partner Manuel Romano heads the five-strong real estate department at Jones Day's Mexico City office, which covers transactions ranging from simple due diligence processes for the purchase or development of land, houses, buildings, plants, hotels and factories, to more complex real estate operations with a significant financing and tax planning component, or assisting with all aspects of environmental considerations. Partner Mauricio Llamas, who has a focus on administrative and regulatory matters, with particular expertise in environmental, health and safety laws and standardisation, is another key figure in the practice, which can also draw on the resources of the firm’s global real estate team of over 100 lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Romano

Key clients

Lanxess Corporation

Solvay

Grupo Cinemex

Banco Santander

Mexico > Tax Tier 4

Partner Rodrigo Gómez who, according to a client, is one of the few lawyers in México who can simultaneously ‘offer tax services in transactional, consulting and litigation matters’, heads the boutique-like department at international firm Jones Day. The practice boasts a solid skill set in both contentious and transactional matters, advising on a wide range of matters from complex transactions (particularly cross-border) and restructurings, to audits, planning and litigation. The team is particularly renowned for its long-established experience advising regulated industries -mainly oil and gas, telecoms and transportation- on tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Gomez

Testimonials

‘They are unique in their level of specialisation in cross-border transactions, as they have tremendous coordination between their offices around the world and Mexico, and offer comprehensive tax solutions in several jurisdictions at the same time.’

‘Rodrigo Gómez is the only (or one of the few) lawyers who can offer tax services in transactional, consulting and litigation matters at the same time.’

Key clients

Lixil Group / American Standard

The Haskell Company

Grupo Gigante

Methode Electronics

Crédito Real

Grupo Kuo

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Jones Day has an established presence in renewable energy and infrastructure projects across the region. It also stands out for its leading Mexico office, which lands many of the major engagements in the jurisdiction. The firm has advised on a range of headline projects across Latin America, from airport developments in Mexico, to toll roads in Colombia and telecoms infrastructure in Paraguay. It also represents a large number of European and Asian sponsors in Latin America renewable energy projects. Richard Puttre leads the Latin America projects practice and has an impressive record in renewable energy projects across the region; he also led the team that advised Sacyr Concesiones, as sponsor, and the concessionaire and borrower, on a $451m long-term project financing, consisting of US dollar and Colombia peso tranches to repay a bridge loan facility and fund the design, construction, operation and maintenance costs for the $525m Pamplona-Cucuta Highway. Fradyn Suárez is another experienced Latin America project finance specialist, while Alberto de la Parra has a giant reputation in Mexico for both transport infrastructure and energy projects. New York’s Robert da Silva Ashley and Sao Paulo partner Marcello Hallake are also key team members. Named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise. Since publication, however, Puttré has left the firm – effective January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alberto de la Parra

Key clients

JinkoSolar

Chevron Corporation

Banco Santander México

Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos (Banobras)

Banco Inbursa

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior

Otras Producciones de Energía Photovoltaica

Parque Industrial Renovable

Iberdrola Generación Mexico

Iberdrola Renovables México

Vitol Electricidad de Mexico

Sinohydro Mexico (subsidiary of Powerchina International)

Itzoil (Invex Infraestructura 4)‎

Grupo Simsa

Sinia Renovables

CEMEX

Sacyr Concesiones

Grupo Omega

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Jones Day's sizeable Latin America practice, which includes a large presence in Mexico City, Sao Paulo, New York and Miami, has leveraged its extensive expertise in a growing number of refinancings and restructurings. Much of the practice has centred on real estate, energy and infrastructure, while the firm has developed its standing in ESG and sustainability-linked loans. It advised Millicom International Cellular on a $600m senior unsecured sustainability-linked revolving credit facility in 2020. It remains at the forefront of oil and gas financings, representing some of the biggest international oil majors and a number of lenders in midstream oil and gas financings. Miami partners Fradyn Suárez and Richard Puttré are key names in energy and infrastructure financings and refinancings. Mexico City's Alberto de la Parra has an outstanding reputation in infrastructure and renewable energy finance, as is fellow Mexico City partner Manuel Romano. Sao Paulo's Marcello Hallake covers both corporate and finance transactions, including numerous big-ticket deals. Miami of counsel Marie Elena Angulo is another prominent individual.

Practice head(s):

Brett Barragate

Key clients

Engie

Wells Fargo

Bank of America

Citibank

Banco Santander

BBVA/ Bancomer

Millicom International Cellular

Grupo Kuo

Banco Sabadell

Firm overview: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by US corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,600 lawyers across its 18 US offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Europe and Middle East: Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the firm’s 250+ lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

Managing partner: Stephen J Brogan
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo
US offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington
Europe and Middle East offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Business & Tort Litigation
  • Business Restructuring & Reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial Markets
  • Global Disputes
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Care & Life Sciences
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • Issues & Appeals
  • Labor & Employment
  • M&A
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
  • State Attorney General Enforcement, Investigations & Litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Managing Partner Stephen J Brogan