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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C.‚Äôs ‚Äėdedicated‚Äô and ‚Äėwell-prepared‚Äô team ensures its ‚Äėavailability‚Äô, brings to the table a ‚Äėgreat relationship with regulators‚Äô and provides ‚Äėdepth of analysis and focus on each deal‚Äô. Representing national and international clients on inbound and utbound matters, it frequently teams up with sector specialists from across the firm‚Äôs network as required. Recent mandates include advising: Inversionistas en Autotransportes Mexicanos (IAMSA) on a $91.7m refinancing granted by Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior to affiliate Omniair, and involving several other parties as obligors and guarantors; chemical company CYDSA, as borrower, in a $160m term loan credit facility granted by Banco Mercantil del Norte and Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior as lenders, and Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios P√ļblicos as lender and guaranty and administrative agent; and Banorte on the¬† aquisition-by-merger of Grupo Financiero Interacciones, a transaction valued at $1.4bn billion and including all the group‚Äôs banking, broker-dealer, insurance and asset manager subsidiaries. The practice also has a strong FinTech capabbility and advises clients such as PayPal. Highly-regarded practitioner Juan Antonio Martin co-leads the team with Vicente Corta; Francisco Garcia-Naranjo Gonz√°lez, Mar√≠a Teresa Fern√°ndez Labardini, and Manuel Groenewold¬†are also key lawyers, as is NYC-qualified Sean Goldstein -who shuttles between Meixco City and New York. The bench was further strengthened with the arrival of Arcelia Olea Leyva, previously General Counsel of the National Banking & Securities Commission (CNBV). Other clients include EDC, BBVA Bancomer, The Bank of Nova Scotia, PayJoy M√©xico, Afluenta, Credit Agricole, Morgan Stanley, Blackrock, and JP Morgan.

Leading individuals

Juan Antonio Martín - White & Case S.C.

Vicente Corta - White & Case S.C.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C.‚Äôs large team of 20 lawyers acts primarily on the side of banks and other financial institutions, and has a fine track record of participating in many of the largest bankruptcies and restructurings of the last decade in Mexico. For example, the team acted for state development bank, Banobras, in the bankruptcy proceedings for Abengoa M√©xico - one of the first court-assisted restructurings of an energy services company in Mexico; banks and export credit agency, Bancomext, in connection with all matters concernsing the bankruptcy proceeding of Desarrolladora Homex, one of the three largest developmers in Mexico; and it acted as receiver for Mexico‚Äôs Federal Deposit Insurance Agency (IPAB), in the first court-assisted liquidation of a bank ‚ÄďBanco Bicentenario‚Äď in Mexico. Vicente Corta¬†leads the practie group, which also¬† includes bankruptcy litigation specialist Enrique Espejel; √Ālvaro Garza-Galv√°n, who brings expertise in transactional, finance and regulatory work; and Maria Teresa Fern√°ndez-Labardini, who covers compliance; Manuel Groenewold¬†and Juan Antonio Martin¬†are other names to note. Clients include Barclays Bank, BBVA Bancomer, Capital I Reserva, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, SAE, Santander and York Credit Opportunities Fund.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

White & Case S.C.

The 25-strong team at White & Case S.C.¬†handles a broad range of transaction types and regulatory mandates and has particular strength in debt operations; as part of a global firm, it also accesses considerable international work. Clients appreciate its ‚Äėsolidity‚Äô and its ‚Äėremarkable understanding of and networking with the regulatory authorities‚Äô. The practice continues to represent long-standing client, state-owned electricity company Comisi√≥n Federal de Electricidad (CFE), as Mexican and New York counsel with regard to the first publicly traded Fibra E (energy and infrastructure investment trust) focused on Mexico‚Äôs electricity transmission sector (alos the first publicly-traded company sponsored by CFE); advised Grupo Financiero Banorte on its $1.4bn acquisition, by way of a merger, of Grupo Financiero Interacciones, with payment in stock issues by the client combined with a cash component; and Scotiabank; Citibanamex, Santander, and Actinver as underwriters on a securitisation of Engencap Capital's¬†lease portfolios through a $504m issuance programme of trust debt certificates (certificados burs√°tiles fiduciarios). Juan Antonio Martin, Vicente Corta, and Manuel Groenewold¬† co-head the practice; relevant support comes from Carlos Mainero, Sergio M√°rquez, Eric Quiles, and Andr√©s Mosqueira. In a notable incorporation, Arcelia Olea Leyva¬†joined the firm having previously been vice president of regulatory affairs at the Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV - Comisi√≥n Nacional Bancaria y de Valores). Other clients include BlackRock, BNP Paribas Personal Finance, BIVA, Casa de Bolsa BBVA Bancomer, Citigroup, Cydsa, Fin √ötil, Fondo Especial para Financiamientos Agropecuarios, Goldman Sachs, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pac√≠fico, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, SGFP M√©xico, Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale, HSBC, PayPal, and WhatsApp.

Leading individuals

Juan Antonio Martín - White & Case S.C.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C. has a strong track record in contentious and non-contentious antitrust matters. The team is led by the highly versatile Vicente Corta, and also includes Henri Capin Gally, and experienced administrative litigator Antonio Cárdenas. A major highlight was successfully guiding Kansas City Southern de Mexico towards a precedent-setting victory against COFECE concerning a disputed investigation into Mexico's railway industry. On the transactional front it advised Grupo Financiero  Banorte on the clearance for its $1.4bn acquisition of Grupo Financiero Interacciones, making it the second-largest financial services group in Mexico.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C. has 'a great compliance and corporate team that delivers high quality advice', to both major domestic and international corporations. The firm has also invested heavily in its private equity capabilities, a move that has started to pay dividends with major instructions. The practice has been especially active in the financial services sector and recently advised Grupo Financiero Banorte on its US$1.4bn acquisition of Grupo Financiero Interacciones, becoming the second largest financial group in Mexico in the process. The team also¬† represented Blackrock on its acquisition of Citibanamex's asset management business. The seven-partner team includes the highly rated Vicente Corta, √Ālvaro Garza-Galv√°n, Mar√≠a Teresa Fern√°ndez Labardini¬†('one of the best lawyers I have worked with'), Henri Capin Gally, and Francisco Garc√≠a-Naranjo.

Leading individuals

Vicente Corta - White & Case S.C.

Next Generation Partners

Sergio M√°rquez - White & Case S.C.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

White & Case S.C.

Dispute resolution: International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C. is a popular choice for high-stakes domestic and international disputes, ranging from commercial, bankruptcy, administrative and constitutional litigations, to major international arbitrations. Recent cases include representing joint venture company Altán Redes in a major challenge against its successful bid to develop and deploy the Red Compartida shared wholesale telecoms services network. Arbitration expert Rafael Llano also led a multi-office team representing Telefonica in a major BIT claim against Colombia concerning the state's alleged expropriation of the company's investment. Other key individuals include commercial litigators Enrique Espejel and Daniel González, and administrative litigators Antonio Cárdenas and Ismael Reyes Retana.

Leading individuals: Litigation

Enrique Espejel - White & Case S.C.

Rising stars

Fernando García Gómez - White & Case S.C.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C. has invested considerably in its energy practice over the past five years, an effort that is reflected in the ever-increasing status of the matters it is advising on. Moreover, its bench-depth was further extended in early 2019 with the recruitment of former Pemex general counsel Jorge Kim. The team handles a healthy mix of oil-and-gas, power and renewables work, including financings and infrastructure projects. It recently advised Mexico's state power company, Comisión Federal de Electricidad, on the launch of Fibra E, a publicly-traded energy-and-infrastructure investment trust focused on Mexico's electricity transmission sector. Francisco De Rosenzweig leads the team, which includes key contacts Vicente Corta, Roberto Rios, and the newly-promoted Juan Ruenes.

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Environment - ranked: tier 3

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C. handles a broad range of environmental matters for its clients, including major corporations, financial institutions and alternate capital providers. The 'very responsive' counsel Pedro Morales is considered 'a true specialist that understands the law and is capable of offering different solutions'.  The team recently advised Grupo Barramar on issues linked to the construction and operation of the Isla Navidad and and Punta Vela resorts, the former of which includes two hotels, a marina and golf course spread across a 500-hectare complex. Other clients include Nestlé, CFE and Sonoco.

Next Generation Partners

Pedro Morales - White & Case S.C.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C. regularly advises on major infrastructure projects, particularly in the oil-and-gas, power and telecoms industries. The practice recently advised Comisión Federal de Electricidad-subsidiary, CFEnergía, on a joint venture with Andeavor to build and operate a refined products terminal at the CFE's Rosarito storage facility. The team also advised CFE on a project to repower the fuel supply system at its Petacalco thermal-power plant. As well as public sector clients, the team regularly represents investors, including BlackRock, and lenders, such as Morgan Stanley and Citibanamex, as well as oil-and-gas companies. The firm has several experienced and versatile partners, including Vicente Corta and Francisco De Rosenzweig.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C.¬†advised longstanding client Kansas City Southern Mexico on real estate and environmental issues regarding the development of a major oil-products terminal in the state of San Luis Potosi, undertaken as a joint venture with Valoran and Watco. It also provides regular real estate and environmental advice to Grupo Barramar, including with regard to the Isla , comprising a 500-hectare Isla Navidad project and the Punta Vela development, which includes a hotel, residences and a marina; and continued to assist Fibra Shop on multiple acquisitions, notably those of shopping centres "La Perla" in Jalisco ($76m), "Sentura" in Tlanepantla $22m), and "Puerta La Victoria" in Quer√©taro ($145m). Other matters included advising Sonoco regarding the leases for its Mexican operations. The 10-lawyer team is co-lead by √Ālvaro Garza-Galv√°n¬†and counsel Pedro Morales; Vicente Corta, Carlos Mainero and Francisco Garc√≠a-Naranjo¬†are other names to note.

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

White & Case S.C.

Ismael Reyes Retana Tello leads the 9-strong practice at White & Case S.C., which boasts some high-profile clients and expertise in telecommunications litigation, transactional, regulatory, infrastructure, and finance matters, as well as strength in the satellite sector. The team continued to assist key clients Telefónica, in a case challenging resolutions issued by the FTI linked to interconnection tariffs between the client and other telecommunications operators; and Televisa, on several legal and regulatory matters, including in relation to the repercussions of new legislation in the sector, the client’s legal strategy for new business, and disputes. In another highlight mandate the practice is representing Sky in contentious proceedings before the federal courts and the Supreme Court against a ruling issued by the FTI declaring that the broadcaster holds market power in the pay-tv sector, which could potentially lead to the company’s breakup. Alongside Reyes Retana, others names to note are Antonio Cárdenas and associates Yuriria Galicia Arizmendi and Fernando García Gómez. Other clients include Altán Redes, Goldman Sachs, Innova, MXT Towers, and ViaSat.

Next Generation Partners

Antonio C√°rdenas - White & Case S.C.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

White & Case S.C.

White & Case S.C.¬†continues to act as Mexican tax counsel to Kansas City Southern in a private ruling case before the SAT related to VAT charged on global transport services that begin outside Mexico and terminate in-country. In other recent work it represented Newmont Mining Corporation in the $10bn acquisition of Goldcorp; and, working with the New York-office, represented CFE (and wholly-owned subsidiaries, CFE Transmision and CFE Capital), on its $879m public global offering of FIBRA E energy-and-infrastructure trust certificates - the first issuance of this type of securities in Mexico's energy sector. The cited highlights reflect the practice group‚Äôs orientation towards representing clients in the field of financial services taxation, on projects and mergers and acquisitions, and in high-stakes tax litigation cases, calling on the firm‚Äôs international network as necessary. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô young partner Guillermo Aguayo¬†leads an eight-strong team, other members of which include: Ismael Reyes Retana, Antonio C√°rdenas¬†, and associate Andr√©s Gonzalez-Meyer, all of whom are litigators; and the very active Juan Ignacio L√≥pez, also an associate. Afirme Grupo Financiero is another client.

Next Generation Partners

Guillermo Aguayo - White & Case S.C.

Rising stars

Juan Ignacio López - White & Case S.C.

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Legal Developments in Mexico

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  • Notorious Marks

    Notorious marks or the declaration thereof, has always been an issue widely discussed in Mexico by the IP legal community. This is so because provisions of the Paris Convention dealing with this topic have for a long time been uses as an effort to cancel or nullify trademarks registered by Mexican authorities without really making an extensive evaluation of proposed denominations and without examining in depth if such marks may be potentially affecting rights acquired by third parties elsewhere. So, a specific regulation and legal frame that at least tries to resolve this issue is always a good start in the right direction.

    By Ignacio Dominguez Torrado Uhthoff, Gomez Vega & Uhthoff, S.C. Why a new value? Is Mexico avoiding the economic fallout that the world may be facing? In Mexico franchises are worth more? Is Mexico not a country that the global economic standstill is or will affect? The answer is, not really. Are Franchises in Mexico currently experiencing a boom? Perhaps. Are Franchises becoming an important aspect in Mexican economy? Certainly.

    Advertising in Mexico is governed by multiple bodies of law including for at least seven Federal Laws, five Regulations also of Federal application, a number of the so-called Mexican Official Standards (NOM's) and certain other laws and regulations applicable into specific States within the Republic of Mexico. All of them are focusing to establish the form and manners for producing and communicating advertising of products and services in Mexico.

    It has been well publicized in the Mexican media over the last few months that the General Customs Administration (AGA) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) are planning to launch a customs trademark registry, as a short-term solution to increase protection for trademark owners against the import of infringing and counterfeit products.

    The evolution in the protection and enforcement of IP rights has also reached the Mexican practice. The traditional ways of defending a registered trademark on a non use contentious procedure have developed.

    By Jose Luis Ramos-Zurita