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

Earning plaudits for his ’extensive knowledge of the subject matter’, partner Rafael Llano is a well-known figure in international arbitration circles and known for his extensive ICC and ICSID expertise -particularly in relation to Peru and Paraguay. He heads the 11-strong practice at White & Case S.C.‘s Mexico office, where recent highlights have seen the team acting as counsel to Telefónica in a $450m case against the Republic of Colombia. The local practice group also has particular strength in finance-related arbitration, handled by Enrique Espejel, and in the energy sector, with Francisco De Rosenzweig and Jorge Kim; but also works seamlessly with the firm’s stellar global practice, particularly with regional practice-head Jonathan Hamilton. Currently on secondment at the Mexico City office, international associate Mariele Coulet Díaz is a name to note.

Mexico > Energy and natural resources

International full-service firm White & Case S.C. houses a highly regarded 11-strong practice comprised of ‘specialised energy lawyers’, with broad expertise in a variety of sector mandates, including project financings, amparo trials, legal analysis and project structuring, as well as significant transactional mandates. Partner and regulatory specialist Francisco De Rosenzweig, heads the department, closely supported by key practitioners Roberto Rios, who handles energy & natural resources project finance, infrastructure and public-private partnerships; former Pemex general counsel, Jorge Kim, who specialises on the regulatory, transactional and litigation aspects of the oil and gas sector; and Juan Ruenes, who handles infrastructure development, project finance, asset finance and general corporate matters. Associate Juan Carlos Llorens, who has a focus on energy, infrastructure and project financing, is another name to note.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure

Housing lawyers with ‘extraordinary prestige and knowledge’, White & Case S.C.‘s 11-strong practice has ‘high technical knowledge of the subject’, and is primarily renowned for its work in transactions regarding upstream oil-and-gas assets in Mexico, project financings, and activity in the renewables segment. Steering the department is Francisco De Rosenzweig, one of the foremost electricity regulatory specialists in the market; who works in close conjunction with a group of skilled practitioners, including; Roberto Rios, who specialises in infrastructure and PPPs and financing; Jorge Kim, who specialises in hydrocarbons; former Braskem Idesa general counsel Juan Ruenes (infrastructure development, project finance, asset finance and general corporate matters); and associates Juan Carlos Llorens (project finance, government procurement, banking and energy project development), and Carlos Estrada (oil, gas and electricity matters, and project finance).

Mexico > Tax

The eight-strong tax practice at White & Case S.C.‘s Mexico office regularly handles matters related to M&A, project finance and capital markets transactions – either on a standalone basis or alongside the Mexico-based and global transactional teams. It also evidences plenty of experience regarding negotiations with the authorities to obtain VAT refunds, and has a solid focus on litigation, transfer pricing, complex audits and financial issues. Partner Guillermo Aguayo, whose expertise encompasses corporate transactions (advising mainly banks and financial institutions), heads the department, closely supported by partner Jorge Kim, a former general counsel at PEMEX; skilled litigator Ismael Reyes Retana Tello; and associate Juan Ignacio López.