Mr Enrique Espejel > White & Case S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

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

Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, Financial Restructuring & Insolvency

Position

Partner

Career

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Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations

White & Case LLP‘s Miami office has a strong focus on Latin America, including conducting internal investigations and securities enforcement defence matters for businesses in the region. It is best known for representing Brazilian and Mexican businesses, in part thanks to the firm’s sizeable presence in both jurisdictions. The firm’s Latin America fraud and corporate investigations practice features four native Spanish speaking partners and a number of team members are proficient in Portuguese. The group advised Brazilian meat and protein giant, JBS, with the implementation of its global compliance programme; this relates to a leniency agreement executed by JBS’s parent company following a corruption investigation involving the former president of Brazil. Michael Garcia has a principal focus on Latin America, notably regarding FCPA, financial reporting, accounting and disclosure matters. Maria Beguiristain is well regarded for anti-corruption compliance in Latin America; while New York’s Virginia Chavez Romano is noted for fraud-related matters, in particular, government investigations and enforcement proceedings. Enrique Espejel is a key name in Mexico City. Named partners are based in Miami unless stated otherwise.

Mexico > Compliance

White & Case S.C. has a ‘strong team with excellent response capacity and service time’, and is ‘highly recognized for its regulatory knowledge and how the regulator thinks‘, according to clients. The practice is co-led by Maria Teresa Fernández-Labardini (‘without a doubt, a benchmark in compliance issues in the financial industry’), Juan Antonio Martín, Enrique Espejel and Vicente Corta and plays to its strengths when acting in the finance and digital areas, with recent matters including regulatory and compliance work in relation to financial and fintech law; financial regulatory work regarding investment advisory services and payment services (both online and traditional), and advice regarding the growing area of internet service provision regulatory matters. Fernández-Labardini is a go-to figure on finance regulatory matters; her past experience includes roles as general technical director, secretary of the board of governors and vice president of regulatory affairs at the National Banking and Securities Commission, and she is also a former executive secretary/managing director of the Institute for the Protection of Bank Savings (IPAB). Martín also focuses on the financial sector (primarily fintech, payment systems/electronic banking, AML/KYC matters and outsourcing), as does Corta; while Espejel handles white-collar matters, including internal investigations and representing relevant parties in civil matters involving fraud, accounting and regulatory issues.

Mexico > Bankruptcy and restructuring

International firm White & Case S.C. has a respected Mexican bankruptcy practice, with proven expertise handling in- and out-of-court matters, primarily on the side of banks and other financial institutions. The department, which works seamlessly with other areas such as banking and finance, litigation and real estate, also stands out for its cross-border capabilities. Partners Vicente Corta and Álvaro Garza-Galván, who focus on out-of-court restructuring proceedings, co-lead the practice together with litigation specialist Enrique Espejel. Support comes from recommended practitioners Manuel Groenewold and Juan Antonio Martin.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation

White & Case S.C. has provideded litigation services in Mexico for over 30 years, a ‘unique’ practice according to clients, in terms of its combination of the experience and know-how of lawyers trained in both the public and private sectors. Its ‘quick responses to the most complex issues’ has made the firm a popular choice for significant domestic and international disputes, ranging from commercial cases to bankruptcy, administrative and constitutional litigation, as well a major international arbitrations. A specialist in regulatory, administrative and constitutional litigation, Ismael Reyes Retana Tello is particularly known for TMT-sector disputes; while Enrique Espejel focuses on ‘high-stakes’ commercial disputes and financial services-related arbitration. Antonio Cárdenasstands out for his argumentation abilities in court’, and Daniel González, primarily a civil and commercial litigator, also handles contentious bankruptcy, amparo and white-collar cases. Headline mandates saw the team obtain a Supreme Court confirmation of the constitutionality of joint venture Altán Redes’ successful public bid to build the MXN$7bn shared-telecoms network known as Red Compartida; and represent Televisa’s cable companies before the Federal Telecommunications Institute and Federal courts,  against several infringements allegedly committed by dominant market player, America Móvil. A strong second line includes senior associate, Fernando García Gómez, who primarily focuses on constitutional and administrative disputes; and associate Yuriria Galicia (administrative, constitutional and commercial litigation); both are noted.