Firm Profile > Jones Day > Mexico City, Mexico
Jones Day Offices
PASEO DE LA REFORMA 342
PISO 30, COLONIA JUÁREZ
06600 MEXICO, D.F.
Jones Day > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 2
Jones Day's banking and finance practice in Mexico fields a ‘solid’ 14-strong team, with ‘a rapid response time and great disposition’. A regular advisor to financial groups, banks and mutual fund companies, as well as leasing, factoring and non-traditional banks, the group offers extensive experience and skills across a range of matters including: acquisition, leveraged and structured finance; real estate, project and asset finance; and distressed financing, along with derivatives and securitizations. Mexico City-office managing partner Manuel Romano heads the department. Partner Javier Martínez del Campo, who has a broad securities and finance practice with particular emphasis on advising Mexican borrowers and issuers; partner Alberto de la Parra, who has a focus on structuring infrastructure and energy generation projects in Mexico, particularly those related to the transport sector; of counsel Antonio Franck and senior associate Arturo de la Parra are all other noteworthy members of the practice.
‘Committed team, with a rapid response time and great disposition. Despite being a large office, they have very good customer service.’
‘Solid team with extensive knowledge. Constant participation of the managing partner’
Invex Infraestructura 4
Capital markets Tier 2International firm Jones Day recently integrated its capital markets and banking, finance and securities practices; in the Mexico office this translates into a seven-strong local team which focuses on advising Mexican issuers and underwriters on debt and equity offerings; and the establishment of mutual funds, pension funds and brokerage firms. An example of the former saw the team act as lead counsel to Crédito Real (as issuer) and Creal Nomina (as guarantor) on a €350m senior notes offering (due 2027), and concurrent buy-back tender offer for outstanding senior notes, due 2023, becoming the first non-bank institution in Mexico to issue Euro-denominated debt. On the funds side, the team is advising Invercap on the incorporation and establishment of five pension funds. An established market figure, Silvia Malagón handles an impressive caseload and leads on funds-related transactions; while of counsels Antonio Franck and practice co-head Carlos Sámano are the key advisors on securities offerings. Further senior-level involvement in the sector comes from well-known infrastructure specialist Alberto de la Parra and of counsel Javier Martínez del Campo, who is active in securities and finance as part of a broader corporate and transactional practice. However, experienced associate Eduardo Mendoza left the firm in December 2019.
‘Carlos Sámano is an excellent lawyer who understands not only the legal part but the business side and always looks for creative solutions to structure the operation in the best way.’
‘Specialization and dedication to the client and project differentiates them from their competitors. Excellent service.’
‘Deep analysis with experienced participants according to the needs of the project. It is comparable with teams from Creel García-Cuellar, White & Case, to name a few firms.’
Franklin Templeton Investment Services Mexico
Banco Actinver, / Grupo Financiero Actinver
Fondo Banorte 37
Competition and antitrust Tier 2Clients regard Jones Day's Mexican competition and antitrust team as 'technically powerful' and a 'well-coordinated practice', while peers recognize it as a significant player in the sector. The department, which is well-known for handling high-profile antitrust investigations and merger control and for its support for cross-border and domestic transactions, is co-led by Gabriel Altamirano and Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés; Altamirano is an expert on merger control and investigations, while Ordaz-Avilés has solid expertise across the regulated sectors – notably energy, infrastructure, aviation and telecoms. Formerly América Movil's in-house antitrust counsel, disputes practice partner Antonio González engages in competition-related litigation as necessary.
Other key lawyers:
‘It is a technically-powerful practice; their availability is wonderful.’
‘I’d highlight its ability to execute. The team is well coordinated and they inform each other adequately; customer service, legal strategy and the litigation areas are all strong.’
‘Its knowledge, availability and care; specifically Gabriel Altamirano and Antonio Dominguez.‘
Iberdrola Renovables Mexico
Compliance Tier 2
The eight-strong practice group at Jones Day handles anti-corruption and AML, 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. Regarded as ‘highly professional', and 'with a broad sense of responsibility’, the team is led by AML expert Guillermo E Larrea, currently vice-president of the Compliance Managers Commission at the Mexico chapter of the ICC. Additional partner-level engagement comes from Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés. Recent matters include assisting Lesaffre's Mexican affiliates with anti-corruption and personal data protection matters, and Atento regarding a review of draft legislation that seeks to amend current personal data protection regulations; as well as advising on internal investigations, personal data protection compliance, and fraud and mismanagement matters. Young associate Juan Carlos Hernández Q is dedicated to cyber-security and data compliance matters.
‘I’d highlight their follow-up and commitment. The team is highly professional with a broad sense of responsibility and partnership with its clients.‘
Corporate and M&A Tier 2
Partners Manuel Romano (cross border M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances), and the ‘exceptional’ of counsel Mauricio Castilla (M&A, private equity, corporate governance), co-lead the corporate and M&A practice at Jones Day 's Mexico office, which is particularly specialised in transactional matters and notably active in the energy sector. The office works closely with the firm's wider international network, offering clients high-level expertise, especially when handling cross-border matters, skillsets showcased in the team's advice to UPL Corporation regarding its $4.2bn multijurisdictional acquisition of Arysta Lifescience. Other noteworthy practices include Javier Martínez del Campo (cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, competition and corporate governance) and of counsel Antonio Franck (corporate M&A, banking, restructuring, and securities law). Romano and Franck paired-up to lead advice to Invex Infraestructura 4 regarding its $600m Tuxpan-Tula pipeline project.
‘I have had the chance to interact with different experts in various areas of concern, for instance: human resources, commecial, tax, trade, environmental, which helped me to have a broarder point view / complete support within one legal counseler firm.‘
‘Mauricio Castilla is the main counsellor, he always participates and gives insights within his vast experience in the majority of the topics. He is always available for a quick response or a deeper analysis. Mauricio Llamas: very knowledgest in environmental topics, very straight forward advise.’
‘The plus and differentiator is the in-depth knowledge of our organization. Mauricio Castilla is an exceptional adviser even in matters that transcend the exclusively legal field.’
Invex Infraestructura 4
Energy and natural resources Tier 2
Backed the firm's international reach, Jones Day's Mexico office has an ‘extraordinary’ multidisciplinary team, according to clients who praise its ‘great technical knowledge'. Nine-strong, it combines transactional know-how with excellent expertise in the full range of infrastructure development matters, as well as regulatory and environmental law, and offers solid expertise in the oil, gas, power (and renewables) segments. It is led by the highly-respected José Estandía who has over 25 years' experience in sector M&A and energy project finance; well-known infrastructure specialist Alberto de la Parra and of counsel Antonio Franck. Administrative law expert and head of the environmental practice, Mauricio Llamas is another key member of the department. Recent mandates include advising on the development, financing and construction of new port and storage-terminal facilities; energy project finance; PPA and EPC contracts; and energy-sector acquisitions, among others. Key associate support comes from Arturo de la Parra and Diego Noriega, who are both banking and finance focused; Salvador Gallo (who has expertise in downstream oil and gas projects), and Fernando Verdín, who focuses on energy, administrative law, and AML (as part of a broader public-sector regulations practice).
‘It is an extraordinary team. With great technical knowledge and the rigour to apply it. José Estandía is a great person and a highly qualified lead; he has experience and dedication. Great experience and knowledge in the hydrocarbon sector.’
‘The team’s knowledge of the regulation and set of standards applicable to the renewable sector in Mexico is unique. In addition to this, there is a knowledge of the market, the players, financing and corporate operations, and the negotiation terms of PPA contracts, which are extremely useful. We have worked with several of the best firms in Mexico, and the combination I just described makes this practice unique.’
‘I highlight Jose Estandia for the following virtues: knowledge of the sector; pro-deal oriented; availability; flexibility and innovation in bringing solutions.‘
‘They are a very seassoned and qualified team. Always looking after the clients interests.‘
‘Jose Estandía is a magnificent lawyer, dependable and with an exceptional disposition. So are the associates who work for him, such as Fernando Verdín.‘
‘There are two key distinguishing factors: 1) Experience – their team has been involved in this sector of the business since the reforms were instituted. And as the sector has diversified this depth of knowledge has enhanced our interactions with them. 2) Global Scale – this is related to the first since, the firm’s global reach allows the office to tap into experiences from other parts of the world.‘
‘When I interact with them I have their complete attention. It is clear they are focused on our needs and concerns. Jose Estandia has made himself available whenever, and where ever, needed.’
‘I highlight their dedication and great experience and knowledge in the hydrocarbon sector.‘
Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior
Itzoil (Invex Infraestructura 4)
Liber (Hoteles Presidente)
Marathon Petroleum (formely Andeavor)
Orca Energy / China Energy
Environment Tier 2
Jones Day offers a first-class environmental practice in Mexico, renowned for its comprehensive experience in all areas of environmental and health and safety legislation, and with a particular focus on compliance, environmental damage liability, climate change, and energy projects. Lead partner Mauricio Llamas is an environment-focused administrative and regulatory law specialist; identified as ‘extraordinary, very knowledgeable and efficient’, he heads a ‘committed’ team that recently advised Newmont Goldcorp on local community consultancy matters related to a new mine development, and construction group Elementia in relation to remediation procedures and ongoing environmental litigation. Environment and health and safety focused associate Mauricio Villegas brings key associate support, and tax and administrative litigator Andrés Lieja also acts on contentious environmental cases.
‘It is a great team, committed and qualified. Mauricio Llamas is an extraordinary lawyer. Very knowledgeable and efficient.‘
‘Very capable, skillful staff with sufficient technical knowledge to solve problems efficiently and very quickly. High technical knowledge and very good contacts at a professional level.’
‘Good response capacity, follow-up of issues, approach to various strategies that are tailored to the needs of the company. Mauricio Llamas (partner) and Mauricio Villegas (associate) excellent service.’
Procter & Gamble
The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Toyota Motor Corp
Environmental Resources and Management (ERM)
Projects and infrastructure Tier 2
Jones Day's Mexico office fields an 11-strong projects-and-infrastructure practice that impresses with its ‘level of knowledge and experience in the sector and ... level of commitment to the project’. The core group includes key practitioners Alberto de la Parra (project structuring, corporate and project finance, corporate counselling, restructuring, and M&A), and José Estandía (whose M&A and project finance practice focuses on power, renewable energy, natural gas, and oil terminals), who have some 50 years' experience between them; along with office managing partner Manuel Romano and of counsel Antonio Franck. Recent matters have seen the team active in downstream hydrocarbons matters, and in the aviation infrastructure and renewables segments; mandates in the latter include advising Jinko Solar on a $31m financing for the completion of its San Ignacio solar project; and Sinia Energy on the $45m financing of the San Matías wind project in Baja California. A solid second line includes experienced associates Arturo de la Parra (project finance), the dual-qualified (Mexico and New York) Salvador Gallo (downstream oil and gas), and Diego Noriega (energy and infrastructure finance; M&A).
‘If it compares favourably with other firms, then its performance is due to the level of knowledge and experience in the infrastructure sector, which has been fundamental in negotiating with authorities and clients. The level of commitment to the project by being pending in the negotiations, accompanying the client, advising and looking for the different angles that may result in the negotiation process for the acceptance of the proposal by the counterpart, considering a win-win position with us as clients and with the counterparty.‘
‘Antonio Frank, Salvador Gallo and Diego Noriega: the team has extensive experience, and while i won’t make comparisons, they are unique in the capacity they have shown. As I mentioned, the team has extensive experience. It is their experience and availability (since they have always attended to the client’s needs), that makes them different from competitors. Their qualities are many, but the agile response stands out among others, looking for the best solution for the benefit of the project. I’d mention Antonio Franck, Bertha Ordaz, Salvador Gallo and Diego Noriega.‘
Andeavor (formerly Tesoro Corporation)
Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior
Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México
Iberdrola Renovables Mexico
Itzoil (Invex Infraestructura 4)
Jones Day has established itself as a solid competitor in the Mexican litigation arena, the eight-strong local team handling a broad range of domestic and cross-border civil and commercial disputes for its clients, who also benefit from the firm's impressive international network. The practice is co-led by 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 of counsel José Antonio Vázques Cobo, who in addition to general commercial and banking, financial and real estate litigation, undertakes contractual disputes, extra-contractual liability, shareholders and managers conflicts, the enforcement of guarantees and insurance claims. Recent mandates include conflicts between joint venture partners, damages and contentious insurance claims, collection matters and commercial litigation. Key associate level support comes from civil and commercial disputes-focused María Elena Huerta (who has an emphasis on corporate and shareholder litigation), and Rodrigo Ramírez (contract disputes, shareholder challenges to corporate resolutions).
Backed by the firm's global network, Jones Day's Mexican international trade and customs practice advises domestic and international clients from across the manufacturing, maquila, retail, automotive, pharmaceuticals, mining and energy sectors, on the gamut of trade matters, with a special focus on maquiladora, regulatory, and FTA mandates, as well as litigation. The practice is led by of counsel Mauricio Llamas and counsel Javier A. Cortés, who has over 25 years' experience in custom duties and maquila-related work and their tax implications, along with consumer protection, litigation and life-science regulatory issues.
Procter & Gamble Mexico
Alta Growth Capital (Mexico)
Reebok de México /Adidas de México
Husqvarna Professional Products
Andeavor (formerly: Tesoro Corporation)
Alstyle Internacional de Mexico
Real estate Tier 3
Jones Day's Mexican office fields a five-strong team of dedicated real estate lawyers who have solid experience in matters ranging from simple due diligence processes for the purchase or development of land, houses, buildings, plant, hotels and factories, to more complex operations where financing and tax expertise are needed. Their expertise also includes the analysis and development of different real estate investment vehicles under Mexican law. The practice, which is supported by the firm's global network, includes several environmental experts and is led by Mexico-office managing partner Manuel Romano, who has broad expertise advising developers, buyers, and financing parties on real estate development projects.
TMT Tier 3
Experienced telecoms of counsel Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés handles new technologies, digital economy matters, telecoms (particularly satellite regulation), antitrust and competition (including compliance), M&A, and anti-corruption compliance. She leads the team at international firm Jones Day 's Mexico office, which primarily focuses on infrastructure and associated matters; recent mandates, for example, include e-commerce platforms, service and master service procurement, along with legal and regulatory reviews, contracting matters, data protection, economic competition, and consumer protection issues.
Tax Tier 4
Jones Day fields a small, but robust practice, that handles handles a broad range of tax issues, with strong skill sets in both contentious and transactional matters. Particularly renowned for its long-established experience in advising regulated industries -principally oil and gas, telecommunications and transportation- the department, which is backed by the firm's international network, is led by partner Rodrigo Gómez. An expert on all aspects of federal and international Mexican taxation, including the tax aspects of M&A transactions, restructurings, and financial instruments, Gómez also represents clients in tax disputes, including audits, appeals, and settlement processes.
Jones Day > Firm Profile
Firm overview: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 & Middle East: Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its ten European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, 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.
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, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
Asia-Pacific: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
Main areas of practice:
- Antitrust & Competition
- Business & Tort Litigation
- Business Restructuring & Reorganization
- Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
- Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
- Financial Markets
- Global Disputes
- Government Regulation
- Health Care & Life Sciences
- Insurance Recovery
- Intellectual Property
- Investigations & White Collar Defense
- Issues & Appeals
- Labor & Employment
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Real Estate
- Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
|Managing Partner||Stephen J Brogan|
United States: Corporate Governance
Published: March 2020
Authors: Lizanne Thomas Jennifer C. Lewis The views and opinions set forth herein are the personal views or opinions of the author; they do not necessarily reflect views or opinions of the law firm with which they are associated.
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Corporate Governance laws and regulations that may occur in United States.