Enrique Espejel > White & Case S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile
White & Case S.C. Offices
Torre del Bosque - PH
Blvd. Manuel Avila Camacho #24
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White & Case LLP has a highly developed Latin America practice, featuring a sizeable cohort of white-collar crime and investigations specialists. This central team includes a number of native Spanish speakers. The group frequently represents clients in connection with FCPA violation and accounting fraud allegations, among other big-ticket matters, and has deep experience in engaging with the DOJ and SEC. It has handled some of the biggest corruption cases ever seen in the Latin America region. Michael Garcia is unique in having an accounting degree, making him especially well-equipped in accounting fraud investigations, while he also has a fine record in FCPA violation allegations, particularly in Brazil and Mexico. Maria Beguiristain is another experienced Latin America specialist with a particular focus on Ecuador and Central America. New York partner Virginia Chavez Romano and Mexico City’s Enrique Espejel are also key names. Named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise.
White & Case S.C. houses a well-regarded compliance and investigations practice in Mexico, comprised of a ‘solid team of professionals with extensive experience in the sector’. Some of them have experience working in key regulatory bodies like practice co-head María Teresa Fernández Labardini, who has a specific focus on the financial sector, as well as on regulatory, anti-corruption, fintech and corporate matters. Leading the group alongside Fernández are Enrique Espejel, who specialises in white-collar matters, including internal investigations and representing relevant parties in civil matters involving fraud, accounting and regulatory issues; and Juan Antonio Martín, who garners praise for being ‘able to anticipate the needs of the client’, and is renowned for his expertise in financial services sector compliance, including fintech and payment systems experience. Other key contacts include Andrés Mosqueira and Carlos Mainero, who bring additional expertise in financial regulatory matters. Vicente Corta, who collaborated closely with the practice, passed away in May 2022.
White & Case S.C.‘s well-reputed dispute resolution department continues to participate in large and challenging disputes in Mexico, offering strong capabilities in both domestic and cross-border litigation. The practice comprises experts in civil and commercial litigation led by Enrique Espejel , who also shows prowess in bankruptcy litigation; and a group focused on administrative litigation, led by Ismael Reyes Retana Tello, who is hailed as a ‘reference in the Mexican forum’ and whose ‘experience and knowledge place him in a category that few lawyers in Mexico have’. Both teams are complemented by the firm’s solid arbitration practice. Drawing on its ‘deep knowledge of the current political situation in Mexico and regulatory changes’, the department has also positioned itself as a well-regarded player for litigation involving regulated industries – particularly financial services, and increasingly, energy. Fernando García, who has a focus on constitutional and administrative disputes, was appointed partner in January 2022, however, the group endured the departure of Antonio Cárdenas and Daniel González, who joined DLA Piper. Associates Yuriria Galicia and José Joaquín Pacheco Mendoza are additional names to note.
Described by one client as ‘a team that never rests’, White & Case S.C.‘s Mexican practice is ‘always on top of matters and willing to defend the interests of its clients’. Enrique Espejel, who is frequently sought out by lenders and financial institutions, and offers his litigation skills for creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, is sole head of the practice following the untimely passing of Vicente Corta in May 2022. Work highlights include advising Altán Redes on the negotiations with its existing senior financial lenders in the context of the company’s potential concurso mercantil in Mexico.