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White & Case S.C.
Torre del Bosque - PH
Blvd. Manuel Avila Camacho #24
11000 CDMX
Mexico

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 2

As well as representing leading domestic and global financial institutions and corporations as both lenders and borrowers in loan transactions and infrastructure financings, the practice group at White & Case S.C. provides regulatory banking counsel. The team is highlighted as being ‘a step ahead of their counterparts’ and garners praise for its ‘knowledge, skill, teamwork and communicationJuan Antonio Martín singlehandedly leads the practice, and specialises in syndicated loans and asset-backed financings. Maria Teresa Fernández-Labardini provides strategic and legal counsel on a broad range of finance matters, including requests for authorisations and loan restructurings; advising primarily on financial regulatory matters, Andrés Mosqueira has a particular focus on asset management, pension funds and securities regulatory matters; Carlos Mainero also handles financial regulatory matters, along with bank and debt finance. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of partners Eduardo Flores Herrera and Narciso Campos in July and August 2023, respectively; the latter garners praise for his ‘skillful handling and closing of deals. Fernando Vázquez-Chelius and Rebeca García López were promoted to the partnership in January 2023; and former partner Manuel Groenewold left the firm in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan Antonio Martín

Testimonials

Without a doubt, it is our preferred firm for this practice area. The lawyers have a very broad vision of the issues which allows them to understand the business in detail; they offer value for money.

Juan Antonio Martín is undoubtedly one of the best lawyers in this practice, and is widely recognised in the market. His advice is always timely and specific. Rebeca García López and Carlos Mainero are two younger partners who provide exceptional service in terms of quality and delivery times.

Their knowledge, skill, teamwork and communication made working with the firm easy and comfortable.

They are one step ahead of their counterparts. Narciso Campos skillfully handled and closed the deal.

It is a compact but very efficient team.

Carlos Mainero is an efficient lawyer with excellent technical skill.

White and Case has shown that they have an excellent network with the relevant contacts with the regulators.

Juan Antonio Martin is an experienced individual with an excellent network. Carlos Mainero is always available to help and provides excellent support. We built an excellent professional relationship.

Key clients

Braskem Idesa

Citibanamex – GM Financial

Transcanada

Bank of Nova Scotia

Bineo

Nubank

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan Mexico

Sempra – IEnova

Nelo

Kavak

Xepelin

7 Bridges

Pay Joy

Architect Capital – Klar

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised 7 Bridges Capital Partners on the acquisition and acquisition financing of a portfolio of 40 industrial properties located in northern Mexico.
  • Advised TC Energy on a $2.6bn senior term and revolving facility to its Mexican subsidiary TC Energy de México.
  • Assisted US-based oil-and-gas company Infraestructura Marina del Golfo (IMG) with obtaining a $1.56bn senior unsecured term loan financing for its natural gas pipeline Sur de Texas-Tuxpan.

Mexico > Capital markets Tier 2

White & Case S.C. houses a strong capital markets team whose work covers the range of transaction types, with particular expertise in debt and structured finance matters. Its experience includes advising investment funds on subordinated notes issuances, and also counts major international banks, and energy and aviation companies among its clients. Juan Antonio Martín steers the department and has led on the firm’s recent key cases; a figure of note in capital markets in Mexico, his practice is focused on securities, domestic and cross-border financings, securitisations and derivatives. Eduardo Flores Herrera, who joined the practice in July 2022, has garnered praised from clients for having ‘great experience in the equity market’ and offering ‘tried and tested solutions to complex problems. Narciso Campos, who rejoined the firm in September 2022, assists on capital markets and regulatory matters, as does Carlos Mainero. Counsel Eric Quiles brings valuable experience and assists with securities and bond issuances. Manuel Groenewold left the firm, effective December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan Antonio Martín

Testimonials

Juan Antonio Martín is a very experienced lawyer who understands the market perfectly, which allows him to always give clear and timely advice as well as offer viable alternatives from a legal and financial perspective. Eduardo Flores is undoubtedly a fundamental member of the team.

Eduardo Flores has great experience in the equity market, and offers tried and tested solutions to complex problems.

Key clients

BBVA

Actinver

Scotia

BTG

GBM

Sempra Energy

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Citigroup Global Capital Markets

Nu Invest Corretora de Valores

Banco Santander

Scotiabank

Molibdenos y Metales

Banco de Inversión Afirme

Banca Afirme

Montepío Luz Saviñon

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico

Cydsa

Citibanamex

Fibra Shop

Dalton Efectivo Seguro GDL

Banco Mercantil del Norte

Cetelem

Fondo Especial para Financiamientos Agropecuarios (FEFA)

Work highlights

  • Represented BBVA, Actinver, Scotia, BTG and GBM as underwriters in the second multi-offering programme of long-term real estate trust and debt certificates established by Fibra MTY.
  • Advised Sempra on its exchange and cash tender offers to acquire shares representing the capital stock of Infraestructura Energética Nova.
  • Advised Banco Santander on the concurrent cash tender offers in Mexico and the US to acquire all of the issued and outstanding Series B shares of Banco Santander México.

Mexico > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

As the Mexican market saw an increase in M&A activity, White & Case S.C.’s competition and antitrust department has been particularly active in unconditional merger-clearances and related transactional issues, notably in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The practice is also adept at assisting its clients with investigations by the competition authority and with antitrust lawsuits. The team is led by Henri Capin Gally, who has a lengthy track-record and has participated in some of Mexico’s most significant transactions and complex competition investigations. The November 2022 promotion of Román González Melo to the partnership means the firm fields three partners for this practice, with Fernando García Gómez the contact to note for constitutional and administrative disputes. At associate level, Germán Macías and Diego Mendoza provide support across the full range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Henri Capin Gally

Testimonials

Henri Capín Román González Melo: full knowledge of the subject; extensive experience in the sector; good relations with authorities and full availability.

Key clients

Facebook Mexico

Konfío

Macquarie Asset Management

Pimco Investment Management

Grupo Financiero Banorte (Banorte)

Grupo Viva Aerobús

Sempra Energy

Kansas City Southern de México

Quinto Andar

Braskem Idesa

Codere México

Te Creemos

ALD Automotive (Société Générale)

Work highlights

  • Represented Grupo Viva Aerobús and its operating subsidiary, Aeroenlaces Nacionales (Viva), before COFECE to obtain authorisation to close a commercial alliance agreement and joint venture with Allegiant Air.
  • Acted for Sempra Energy in proceedings before COFECE regarding its sale of a 10 per cent stake in Sempra Infrastructure Partners to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
  • Advised Macquarie Asset Management and its consortium partners British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and MEAG, on securing antitrust clearance in Mexico for their circa €2.5bn acquisition of Reden Solar.

Mexico > Compliance Tier 2

White & Case S.C.'s compliance practice is lauded by clients for the ‘exceptional quality’ of its counsel on regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering matters. In addition, it offers litigation and guidance on investigations to an array of major local and international financial institutions, routinely advising on complex cross-border matters. Longstanding clients include Morgan Stanley and domestic FMCG giant, Oxxo. María Teresa Fernández Labardini co-heads the practice and is an authority on regulatory, anti-corruption, fintech and corporate matters; she demonstrates ‘experience, skill and attention to detail’. Co-leading the team alongside her are: Juan Antonio Martín, who provides specialist fintech and payment systems' experience; and Enrique Espejel, who specialises in white-collar investigations and litigation. The expertise of Andrés Mosqueira and Carlos Mainero lies in financial regulatory guidance. Rebeca García López focuses on the financial sector, and was promoted to local partner in January 2023. The practice has also demonstrates strong growth, with the recent hires of ‘team player’ and partner, Eduardo Flores Herrera; and of counsel Eduardo Apáez - in July and September 2022, respectively - from Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C..

Testimonials

The team is a benchmark for the sector; its knowledge, monitoring of projects and final deliveries are always of exceptional quality.

Eduardo Flores and Eduardo Apáez listen to the needs of the client, contributing their extensive knowledge of the Mexican financial sector to find the best solutions for projects.

Deep technical knowledge and experience in understanding issues with an unparalleled holistic approach.

Experience, skill and attention to detail. María Teresa Fernandez Labardini and Narciso Campos have shown talent and complementary and very well coordinated abilities.

Knowledge, willingness, openness, understanding and curiosity about the topics addressed at all times.

Juan Antonio Martín has a solid capacity for financial analysis and an exceptional understanding of the risks faced by businesses. He is able to anticipate the client’s needs and has an excellent network.

Carlos Mainero is very knowledgeable, always available to help and provides excellent input and support. Andrés Mosqueira has a great knowledge of the regulations.

Key clients

Visa

WhatsApp

Citigroup-Banamex

Morgan Stanley

Meta Platforms

Sura Asset Management Mexico

Airbnb

BIVA

Vanguard Group

Crypto.com

CI Banco

BanRegio

Oxxo

Uber

Klar

PayPal

STP

Work highlights

  • Advised Citigroup on the potential sale of its consumer, small and middle-market banking businesses in Mexico.
  • Advised Visa on regulatory compliance issues in connection with payment services, outsourcing and other activities carried out by its Mexico-based operations.
  • Advised PayPal on its regulatory, AML and compliance matters regarding its operations in Mexico.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

White & Case S.C.’s litigation team regularly appears at the Mexican Supreme Court as counsel for major multinationals operating in the country. It has a strong reputation and caseload in administrative litigation, while also maintaining a commercial litigation practice that participates in some of the standout cases in the market. Bankruptcy cases are a further forte, while more broadly, the firm’s international footprint gives it an advantage in cross-border mandates. The department is highlighted by clients for its ‘great internal communication and teamwork’, with practice heads Ismael Reyes Retana and Enrique Espejel providing expertise in regulatory and administrative litigation, and commercial and civil disputes, respectively. Fernando García Gómez is highlighted for his ‘outstanding technical capacity’ and has a broad practice in constitutional and administrative disputes. January 2023 partner appointment Diego Mora-Jensen’s caseload includes bankruptcy disputes, insurance claims, constitutional amparos and white collar crime; at associate level, Yuriria Galicia (administrative, constitutional and commercial litigation) and Joaquín Pacheco (amparos; white collar, compliance, technology, privacy and data protection disputes) are the key figures. Since publication, Reyes Retana has left the firm - effective December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Espejel

Testimonials

Dedication to the various aspects of current affairs and legal complexity.

We recommend Ismael Reyes Retana and Fernando García.

My opinion is that the teamwork in the firm stands out, I have seen very good coordination within and with external actors for the service we receive. The service is excellent.

Ismael Reyes Retana and Fernando Garcia. The service, attention, proposals and in-depth analysis of the case and the environment. A trusting environment.

It is a team with high qualification and rapid response to customer requirements and problem solving. They have great internal communication and teamwork.

Fernando García has outstanding technical capacity.

The firm’s lawyers get involved in the matters entrusted, investigate in depth and propose strategic solutions.

The firm’s lawyers engage in the entrusted matter. Fernando García is involved and committed to each issue, demonstrates extensive knowledge of the area and proposes innovative solutions. Lawyers display extensive communication, analytical, and judgment skills.

Key clients

Iberdrola Group

Kansas City Southern de México (KCSM)

Grupo Aeroméxico

Cofederación Nacional de Productores de Papa (Conpapa)

Comité Nacional Sistema Producto Manzana

Unión Ganadera Regional de Chihuahua

Kubo Financiero

Kuspit Casa de Bolsa

Afore Coppel

Telefónica

Uber Eats

Meta

AWS

Citibanamex

Coeur

Work highlights

  • Advising Iberdrola Group on an amparo trial against a $466m fine imposed by the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE).
  • Advising Aerovías de México on an amparo trial against a resolution issued by the Mexican Transparency and Data Protection Institute (INAI), which determined that the company breached data protection obligations.
  • Representing Meta and its Mexican subsidiary in claims for compensation for alleged defamation, which occurred following purported content hosted on the platform.

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

White & Case S.C. fields ‘a very solid team with extensive knowledge and sensitivity to critical aspects of the market’ in the energy and natural resources space. The department has necessarily adapted to current market circumstances, strengthening its regulatory offering in the face of López Obrador’s policy of opposition to public investment and ownership in the sector. Practice head Francisco de Rosenzweig is highly respected in the market for both energy regulatory matters and energy transactions, and according to one client, is ‘undoubtedly the benchmark in matters of public law and energy’. Juan Ruenes, who was promoted to international partner in January 2023, is the name to note for financings and refinancings in the energy space; while Juan Carlos Llorens -in turn raised to the local partnership in January 2023- has recently been involved in energy sector M&As, financings and refinancing. Associate José Daniel Franco is noted as ‘very reliable in his help, particularly in the technical aspects related to the natural gas industry’. Since publication, Mariana Montemayor has left the firm, effective as of October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Francisco de Rosenzweig

Testimonials

They are a technically solid team. The partners are permanently involved in the affairs, several partners have the vision of public service. They have a great capacity for collaboration with other internal and external work teams and adaptability to the different matters involved in infrastructure financing.

For us as a public entity, it is important that service providers have in-depth knowledge not only of the specialized knowledge areas, but also of the regime of administrative responsibilities to which public servants are subject. In this sense, having partners like Francisco de Rosenzweig makes a notable difference with firms in which the partners have experience only in private practice.

They are people with values, who inspire confidence, open, transparent. They have a spectacular attitude and disposition.

A very solid team with extensive knowledge and sensitivity to critical aspects of the market and the environment. They have the ability to anticipate customer needs and offer tailored solutions.

Francisco de Rosenzweig is undoubtedly the benchmark in matters of public law and energy. Francisco pays great attention to detail but with a vision of 10,000 feet, always keeping the ultimate goal clear.

José Daniel Franco is the associate to watch. Very reliable in his help, particularly in the technical aspects related to the natural gas industry.

Key clients

Iberdrola

Kansas City Southern de Mexico

Braskem Idesa

X-Elio

Howard Energy

Steel Partners Holding

Invenergy

Neoen

Acciona

Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Diamond Generating Corporation Mexico (Energía Eólica del Sur, Electricidad Águila de Tuxpan y Electricidad Sol de Tuxpan)

Morgan Stanley

Work highlights

  • Assisting Iberdrola Group with an amparo trial against a $466m fine imposed by the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE).
  • Advised Braskem on a joint venture with Dutch logistics services provider Advario to build an ethane import terminal in Mexico.
  • Advised Steel Partners Holdings on the $144.5m sale of its subsidiary, SL Power Electronics Corporation, to Advanced Energy Industries.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

The eight-strong practice at international firm White & Case S.C. is known first and foremost for its work advising sponsors and developers on matters that span the full life-cycle of projects, as well as its activity in the renewables and oil-and-gas segments. The group is comfortable handling complex cross-border transactions, as demonstrated by its recent participation in the negotiations for the construction of a new international rail bridge connecting Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Electricity regulatory specialist Francisco De Rosenzweig steers the practice and advises clients on projects in the energy, transactional, infrastructure and transport sectors. January 2023 saw the promotion of both Former Braskem Idesa GC Juan Ruenes and Juan Carlos Llorens to international partner; Ruenes handles project and asset finance, infrastructure development and general corporate matters, while Llorens majors on corporate law, and energy, infrastructure and project financing. Since publication, Mariana Montemayor has left the firm, effective as of October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Francisco de Rosenzweig

Testimonials

What makes White & Case unique is the attention that its partners and associates give to the matters entrusted to them, the ability to make them their own, to establish reasonable strategies and execute them efficiently. Their team is above the rest, not only for their technical capacity of excellence, but also for their support during the processes.

The leadership of Francisco de Rosenzweig was – without a doubt – the “plus” of seniority, capacity and support to achieve our objectives. The role played by Enrique Espejel and Diego Mora is also highlighted, with efficiency, audacity and drive to achieve the closing.’

Key clients

Kansas City Southern

Banobras

Braskem Idesa

X-Elio

Work highlights

  • Advised Kansas City Southern Mexico on the negotiations for the construction of a new international rail bridge that will connect Laredo, Texas, US, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  • Advised Banobras, acting as lender, on a loan granted to Autopista Urbana Siervo de la Nación, for an amount up to MXN$7.7bn, for the financing of a 14.5 kilometre toll road.
  • Advised Braskem Idesa on its joint venture with Advario to build an ethane import terminal in Mexico.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Praised for their ‘extraordinary response times’, ‘experience and knowledge of the market’, and ‘quality work’, the lawyers at White & Case S.C. specialise in cross-border M&A. Multinationals, commercial and investment banks, REITs and private equity funds regularly turn to the group for support, with recent matters including activity in the drinks sector, advising Pernod Ricard subsidiary Austin, Nichols & Co. on the purchase of a 20% interest in Sotol Nocheluna, a producer and marketer of sotol spirits. Henri Capin-Gally steers the 12-strong practice and has focused his practice on M&A and competition matters. Corporate, banking and finance and capital markets all-rounder Sergio Márquez is well-versed in advising sellers and purchasers on the acquisition of assets or shares, in addition to the incorporation of joint ventures. Senior associate Mariel Martínez Zárate (who returned to Mexico in early 2022 after three years as a member of the firm's New York-based corporate team) supports private equity funds and SPACs on matters involving global M&A and equity investments. Fernando Vázquez-Chelius Solís was promoted to local partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Henri Capin-Gally

Testimonials

‘They have extraordinary response times, I can always count on the quality of the work.’

‘Their experience and knowledge of the market makes them special, with in-depth knowledge of trends and what is happening in the country and with the various authorities. They have excellent relations with the regulators, which is a guarantee that the matters entrusted to them will receive the appropriate attention.’

Key clients

Kansas City Southern México

Sempra Energy

Banorte

Meta

Konfio

Merama

VivaAerobús

Braskem Idesa

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico

Te Creemos Holding

7 Bridges Capital Partners

7 Steel Partners Holdings

Levi Strauss de México

Work highlights

  • Advised 7 Bridges Capital Partners on the acquisition and acquisition financing of a portfolio of 40 industrial properties located throughout Mexico.
  • Advised Austin, Nichols & Co., the US-based wholly owned subsidiary of Pernod Ricard on the purchase of a 20% interest in Sotol Nocheluna, a producer and marketer of sotol spirits.
  • Representing Braskem Idesa on the sale of its 50% interest in Terminal Química Puerto México (TQPM) to Advario, a subsidiary of Oiltanking.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

The Mexico office of White & Case S.C. plays a key role in the firm’s North America presence in the field of arbitration. Practice head Rafael Llano Oddone and his team are key advisors for the firm’s international client base, particularly as regards navigating the landscape of regulatory reform under the López Obrador administration. This has involved a considerable volume of energy sector work, as well as challenging the Mexican government on contract terminations within the framework of NAFTA and successor USMCA agreement. Francisco de Rosenzweig is the name to note for clients requiring energy regulatory law counsel, and counsel Marièle Coulet-Diaz bolsters the firm’s commercial and investment arbitration offering in the region. The practice was further strengthened in August 2023 with the hire of Carlos Véjar; while perhaps best known as an international trade specialist, Véjar also has extensive investment arbitration and private commercial arbitration experience. Since publication, Coulet-Diaz has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Llano Oddone

Testimonials

So far all the interactions we have had with Rafael Llano have been excellent, his knowledge on the subject at hand is always outstanding – as is his will to find the required solution.

The work of White & Case is very efficient and commendable. They are always attentive and diligent.

Rafael Llano is an experienced attorney who always adds in-depth detail and always poses pertinent and thought-provoking questions.

The history of White & Case’s investment arbitration practice defines them as a tier 1 firm in that practice. The team in the Mexico office in particular allows us to obtain an unmatched quality-price ratio at an international level. Rafael Llano and Mariele Coulet-Díaz are excellent lawyers for investment arbitrations.’

Exceptional knowledge of the practice and ability to quickly understand a dispute and convert it into a reasonable investment arbitration case (or rule it out). They work openly and cooperatively with the client.

Key clients

Consolidated Water

Iberdrola México

Grupo Energía Bogotá

Transportadora de Energía de Centroamérica

Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

Telefónica

Rutas de Lima

Zurich Insurance Company

Zurich South America Invest

Red Eagle Mining

Jindal Steel Bolivia

Work highlights

  • Advising CWC on an investment dispute against Mexico brought under the NAFTA related to the termination by Mexican authorities of a public partnership agreement (PPA) for the construction and operation of a desalination plant in Mexico.
  • Advising GEB and TRECSA in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala.
  • Advising  Telefónica in an ICSID arbitration under the Spain-Colombia BIT, arising from a dispute in connection with the reversion of its assets in a telecoms concession.

Mexico > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 4

Lauded for its ‘rapid response time, knowledge and honesty’, the team at White & Case S.C. handles both commercial litigation and financial restructuring, assisting major domestic and international financial institutions. Practice head Enrique Espejel is an experienced litigator for creditors in high-profile bankruptcies, and is recognised for his ‘outstanding counsel, in-depth theoretical knowledge and skill at devising practical strategies’; María Teresa Fernández Labardini provides counsel on the full range of matters, including loan restructurings. Diego Mora-Jensen Garza was promoted to local partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Espejel

Testimonials

White & Case’s practice is exceptional because of its rapid response times, knowledge and honesty.

Mr. Enrique Espejel stands out for his outstanding counsel, in-depth theoretical knowledge and skill at devising practical strategies. His answers are extremely prompt and complete and he has extensive knowledge of the subject and is capable of making comparisons between local and international regulations.

Key clients

Altán Redes

Continental

Citibanamex

World Fuel Services

Fiemex

Afirme Grupo Financiero

Morgan Stanley

Work highlights

  • Advised Altán Redes on the negotiations with its existing senior financial lenders in the context of a potential concurso mercantil of the company in Mexico.
  • Advised World Fuel Services on the bankruptcy proceedings of Interjet in order to facilitate credit recovery.
  • Advised Banamex on a bankruptcy proceeding involving several entities that made up the ALTA Group, the debts of which amounted to over MXN$4bn.

Mexico > Tax Tier 4

White & Case S.C. supports its strong corporate offering on international transactions with a tax practice that assists with all related issues in substantial M&A. The team also acts on contentious tax matters against the Mexican authorities. The practice is led by Elizabeth González, whose main expertise is in corporate income tax and international tax treaties. November 2022 saw the firm bolster the team further at partner level with the hire of Carlos Martínez from Creel Abogados, SC: he brings additional experience in international taxation, transfer pricing and tax litigation to the practice The group can also call on Ismael Reyes Retana in relation to public sector matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Martínez; Elizabeth González

Testimonials

White & Case Mexico has lots of tax specialists and is very strong in tax issues.

Elizabeth Gonzalez is an experienced tax lawyer who is very familiar with the Tax Authority’s practice.

Key clients

Kansas City Southern Mexico (KCS)

Work highlights

  • Advising KCS on the tax aspects of its merger with Canadian Pacific Railway.

Mexico > TMT Tier 4

The ‘very professional and responsible’ TMT team at White & Case S.C. is a regular advisor to major names in the Mexican telecoms industry, with recent regulatory laws regarding data privacy being a frequent source of work. Dispute resolution is a further strength in relation to these sectors, and it also assists with some of the telecoms industry's higher-end M&A. Ismael Reyes Retana is well-versed in telecoms regulatory matters, as well as being a noted administrative litigator. He leads the practice and is supported by Fernando García Gómez, who focuses on dispute resolution, and associate Yuriria Galicia, who has experience representing clients before the Supreme Court. Since publication, Reyes Retana has left the firm - effective as of January 2024

Testimonials

The team is very professional and responsible. Regarding technology, they apply adequate measures to protect current risks in terms of communications and information sharing (for example, information in the cloud).

In-depth knowledge of the issues, definition of efficient strategies. Fernando Elias Garcia.

Great relationship with the client and care from the partners, they offer many alternatives, it shows that they know what they are talking about, the billing could improve a little if they send it month by month, but they are very accessible to fee agreements.

Enrique Espejel is always very attentive to all matters and denotes knowledge and expertise in the matter.

Key clients

Pegaso

Operbes

Grupo Televisa

Weex (Comreloaded)

Virgin Mobile

Work highlights

  • Representing Pegaso, a Mexico-based subsidiary of Telefónica, Virgin Mobile and Weex, in proceedings against an amendment to the federal telecommunication and broadcasting act regarding the use of personal data.
  • Advising Operbes on a constitutional appeal against the award granted by Mexico’s Social Security Institute to another telecommunications carrier.
  • Advising Grupo Televisa on an ongoing basis, including TMT law and regulatory issues.

Mexico > International trade and customs

The August 2023 arrival of international trade specialist Carlos Véjar considerably reinforced the local team led by Francisco de Rosenzweig at White & Case S.C.’s Mexico City office; the practice handles a broad range of work – from anti-dumping to USMCA matters – and can call on it’s international capabilities as necessary, most importantly David Bond in Washington DC.

Mexico > Real estate

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Highlighted for its ‘very deep bench and industry knowledgeWhite & Case LLP has a very sizeable Latin America-focused international arbitration team (totalling some 100 professionals) that handes an impressive mix of commercial, construction and investment arbitration engagements. The team is also noted for its expertise in enforcement proceedings, while its catalogue of recent cases includes appointments in the energy, resources, financial services, technology and transportation sectors. Indeed, the energy sector – particularly renewables – has been a notably active area for the practice, while in sovereign matters, it has acted for clients in a series of  investment arbitrations against Colombia, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Peru (among other jurisdictions). ‘Invaluable’ practitioner, Jonathan Hamilton, is head of Latin America international arbitration, which has team members across it Washington DC, New York, Miami, Houston Mexico City, London and Madrid offices. Rafael Llano Oddone leads the international arbitration group in Mexico City, while Ecuadorian Francisco Jijón has impressed in a series of ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations involving Latin American parties. Houston and Miami-based Silvia Marchili is building a name for herself in investor-state arbitrations; and New York’s Jorge Mattamouros has a focus on Portuguese-speaking markets, especially Brazil’s oil and gas sector. Miami’s Estefanía San Juan was elected to the partnership in January 2023, with Ignacio Madalena becoming a local partner in Madrid the same month. Michelle Grando impresses at counsel level, as does Mexico City’s Marièle Coulet-Diaz. All named individuals are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise. Since publication, Alejandro Martinez de Hoz has been promoted to counsel - effective as of December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hamilton; Abby Cohen Smutny

Testimonials

‘Very deep bench and industry knowledge.’

‘We principally work with team leader, Jonathan Hamilton, and Francisco Jijón. Both are invaluable.’

Key clients

Grupo Energía de Bogotá

Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA)

Webuild / Grupo Unidos por el Canal

Red Eagle Mining Corp

WorleyParsons International

Telefónica

Rutas de Lima

Zurich Insurance Company & Zurich South America Invest

MetLife

Orazul International España Holdings

Mitsui & Co

Work highlights

  • Represented Grupo Energía de Bogotá (GEB) and its Guatemalan subsidiary, Transportadora de Energía de Centroamérica (TRECSA) in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala.
  • Represented WorleyParsons in an investment arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador under the US-Ecuador BIT; the case relates to the oil and gas sector.
  • Represented Telefónica in two separate ICSID arbitrations against the Republic of Colombia and the Republic of Peru.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

White & Case LLP has performed admirably in spite of a difficult climate for capital markets issuances, with deal flow from Brazil – the firm’s primary market – remaining strong with a series of bond restructuring engagements. It has a large team of capital markets specialists in São Paulo, along with a significant number of New York partners and associates that have a particular focus on Brazil. Mexico, the Andean region and Argentina are also core markets for the team; 2022 partner-hires Eduardo Flores Herrera and Narciso Campos in Mexico City are both capital markets focused. The firm has also benefitted from its strength in energy and infrastructure, areas where capital markets activity has remained relatively buoyant, and it has leveraged its prominence in liability management to significant effect. The practice group continues to benefit from its exceptional issuer client base that provides a steady pipeline of engagements, while it also maintains strong links to bulge-bracket investment banks and funds – including distressed debt funds – that are increasingly prominent in this space. Further growth in the team has come through the promotion of São Paulo’s Abraham Paul and Miami-based Karen Katri to the partnership. Donald Baker remains the premier international capital markets lawyer in São Paulo, while John Vetterli is global head of capital markets and has a major focus on the Brazil market. São Paulo’s John Guzman is increasingly prominent in Brazil capital markets offerings, and Bibiana Jaimes and the highly-rated Rafael Roberti are also key team members. Sao Paulo associate Beatriz Barros is active team member on many large deals. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Viana; John Vetterli

Testimonials

Team focused on client’s needs and goals.

Partner Rafael Roberti fully available and gives quick feedback on all matters.

W&C has an incredibly strong practice that is particularly active in Brazil. Creative, responsive, smart.

Raf Roberti in particular is fantastic. He is deep, incredibly knowledgeable, commercial…just outstanding!

Key clients

Banco BTG Pactual

Itaú

XP Investimentos

Banco Bradesco

Caixa Econômica Federal

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás

Sendas Distribuidora

Oi

Eneva

Bank of America

Banco Mercantil del Norte

Cydsa

Lumina Capital Management

Goldman Sachs

Equatorial Energia

AEGEA Finance

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

Citigroup

Santander

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio

Safra

Financiera Independencia

Alpha Credit

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco BTG Pactual on the $6.9bn public offering by Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras (Eletrobras) and BNDES of 697,476,856 common shares, including 9,783,100 American Depositary Shares evidenced by American Depositary Receipts.
  • Advised Constellation Oil Services Holding on the restructuring of its $1.8bn indebtedness, including New York-law governed bonds, project financing loans and working capital facilities.
  • Advised AlphaCredit on its $800m financial and operational restructuring, including its Chapter 11 filing and negotiations with various funded debt creditors.

Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations

White & Case LLP has an intense focus on Latin America, which features a well-established white-collar crime and investigations practice led by Michael Garcia and Maria Beguiristain in Miami. The department has built a strong geographic profile, based on headline engagements in Brazil and -more recently- throughout Latin America; it continues to represent some of the biggest names in Brazil, along with other Latin American businesses and an array of multinationals with interests in the region. The team is multi-lingual and has tight cultural connections to Latin America. It has achieved recognition for its expertise in FCPA investigations, internal investigations and M&A due diligence. It is also developing its name in matters related to gaming, crypto and online platforms, and has achieved further growth in US sanctions programmes. Enrique Espejel is another key figure; based in Mexico City where he co-heads the disputes practice, he is frequently engaged in internal investigations for international clients and their Mexican subsidiaries, and also has fine record in enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Scott Hershman

Key clients

Grupo CME

Work highlights

  • Successfully concluded an internal investigation for Grupo CME, which was proactively launched by the company in response to an article publishing alleged improprieties in the awarding of several contracts by a state-owned company.

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