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Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.
MEXICO D.F. 05120

Intellectual property Tier 1

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has an extremely well respected IP department that stands out for its ability to match the top boutiques in scale and depth, both for contentious and non-contentious advice. The firm has seven partners specialised in this area: managing partner Eduardo Kleinberg heads the trade mark, franchising and licensing practice and is currently president of the Intellectual Property Commission of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers of Mexico. Martín Michaus and Adolfo Athie are highly active on the litigation side; Claudio Ulloa is highly experienced in patent-related work; while Jose Hinojosa, Jorge Vega and Juan Carlos Hernandez are recommended for their general non-contentious work. The department was further strengthened in July 2019 with the hire of Manuel Guerra Zamorro; formerly the director of Mexico's National Copyright Institute (Indautor), he joins as a senior associate and head of the entertainment law sub-practice. Clients are drawn from a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, fashion, pharmaceuticals, and entertainment.

Labour and employment Tier 1

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has a top notch team with over 30 lawyers spread throughout its four offices, capable of advising on the full range of issues, including litigation, day-to-day matters and strategy. Highly respected senior partner Jorge De Presno leads the team alongside Monterrey-based Alvaro Gonzalez.The team recently defended government-owned financial institution Hito Financiera against a significant unfair dismissal claim brought by a former CEO. The team also advised Mission Hills, a subsidiary of Colgate Palmolive, on an unlawful work stoppage at one of its sites, as well as the subsequent litigation. Other key clients include Mattel, BP, JP Morgan, and Scania.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.'s 'very responsive' two-partner team is praised for its 'great knowledge of merger control'. Practice head Amilcar Peredo has plenty of experience advising on merger clearance and investigations. Fellow partner Rodolfo Barreda is also recommended for his extensive expertise in administrative litigation, including antitrust matters. Recently the team advised BASF on the pre-merger filing for its acquisition of assets from Bayer, as part of Bayer's takeover of Monsanto. The team also advised Coca-Cola on the pre-merger filing for its acquisition of the Ades drinks business from Unilever. The group has also been advising clients on significant investigations in the aviation, telecoms and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has a high quality national practice, with well established offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Queretaro. This footprint was expanded in early 2018 with the opening of a new office in the city of León, in Guanajuato. The practice group carries out a mix of day-to-day and transactional advice for its domestic and international clients. Key mandates over the last year saw it represent Sealed Air Corporation on the Mexican aspects of its takeover of the Fagerdala Group; and ExxonMobil on its recent $300m investment into Mexico, which included the opening of over 50 service stations. The highly rated Daniel Del Rio leads the M&A team, while lawyers such as managing partner Juan Jose Lopez de Silanes, energy head Juan Carlos Serra, Amilcar Garcia, and Monterrey's Carlos Velazquez de Leon are all highly sought after.

International trade and customs Tier 2

The highly-rated Sergio Barajas leads the team at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., which combines its international trade and customs expertise with its strong tax practice. Covering customs procedures, WTO and NAFTA, IMMEX-related matters, audits, verification of origin, administrative procedures and foreign trade strategy for new operations, among other issues, the team's recent work included assisting Turkish Airlines on several matters in relation to Turkish Cargo’s importation and exportation activities; representing Herbalife before the tax authorities in relation to an assessed $120m VAT deficiency based on the argument that the products commercialised by the company (nutritional supplements) do not constitute nourishment and therefore should not qualify for 0% VAT but rather the general 16% rate; and Test Tape in a nullity claim filed with the tax court contesting an SAT assessment increasing the value of imported goods by the price of the IP royalties paid by the company. The firm has offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, Querétaro, and León.

Tax Tier 2

Clients trust Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. because of the ‘size and depth’ of the team, the ‘excellent service’, and the ‘close and personal relationships’ the lawyers build with clients. Moreover, the lawyers ‘always seek solutions without losing a sense of the client's requirements’. With a group of 28 practitioners that includes five partners (who share departmental leadership), the relatively large practice covers the full range of tax matters, with a focus on representing clients before the relevant authorities and in disputes, combining tax with the firm’s strong international trade and customs capabilities. The practice advised Toyota on VAT matters related to the importation of technology and equipment for the development of its assembly plant in Guanajuato; assisted a Mexican tool manufacturing company with a successful request for the return of various tax balances in favour of VAT following a lengthy process involving an audit and a denial of the request by the Mexican tax authorities (SAT); and -also successfully- represented Eli Lilly in a dispute against the SAT following the latter’s rejection of a $10m deduction related to marketing expenses. Alejandro Barrera is ‘exceptional: his advice is always insightful’, and he is also highly rated for his international tax expertise; Victor Barajas has ‘outstanding knowledge and understanding of clients’ needs’; Gerardo Nieto is considered ‘one of the best litigators’; Gil Zenteno is ‘very experienced’; and Sergio Barajas is also recommended, as is ‘very responsive and reliable’ associate Norberto Ruiz. Operating from the firm's offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, Querétaro and León, the practice counts Aeromexico, Herbalife, Volkswagen, IMM Research México (Immunotec), Sandvik , British Columbia Investment Management, Tesa Tape México, Sumitomo Corporation (Serviláminas), and Tresmontes Lucchetti México among its clients.

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.'s well regarded four-partner team is co-led out of Mexico City by the experienced Juan Carlos Serra and Daniel Del Rio. The practice group's expertise includes corporate and finance aspects, infrastructure projects, and regulatory, environmental and contentious matters; and given the firm's full service offering, clients also benefit from strong advice in areas such as employment and tax. The firm recently advised Grupo Crown on agreements with Pemex Industrial Transformation for the supply and handling of natural gas. The team also continues to advise ONGC Videsh and National Oil Company on their shallow and deepwater exploration contracts. Other key lawyers include corporate partner Jesus Colunga and administrative law expert Rodolfo Barreda.

Environment Tier 3

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.'s environmental team is 'very creative, deeply knowledgeable of the law, and incredibly committed towards pro bono work'. Recently the team represented Mondelēz before the Federal Administrative Court  in a dispute with the National Water Commission regarding the extension of a water concession title. Other recent clients include Peugeot, Allnex, World Bank Group and Owens and Minor. The 'extremely responsive and attentive' senior associate Ricardo Evangelista is the main environmental expert, having previously worked in Mexico's Environmental Protection Agency. Partners Juan Carlos Serra and Daniel Del Rio are also experienced in this area.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is recommended for major energy and mining projects, as well as transport, social infrastructure and manufacturing-related developments. The team recently advised AAM Maquiladora Mexico on the interconnection of its 12MW project to the country's National Electric System. It also advised Gran Solar on the acquisition of a solar-power plant that is currently in development. Juan Carlos Serra and Daniel Del Rio co-lead the well-regarded team.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is a popular choice for commercial, civil, and administrative litigation. The firm regularly represents an impressive mix of domestic and international companies, with past clients including BP, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Reckitt Benckiser, and Adidas. As well as broader commercial disputes, the practice is also recommended for white-collar crime issues, with partners such as Francisco Tiburcio and Alejandro Catala particularly experienced in that segment. The firm also fields some highly-rated partners outside of the capital, notably, the Querétaro-based Guillermo Aldana and Gilberto Valle.

Real estate Tier 4

Thirteen lawyers cover real estate at full service firm Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., handling both stand-alone real estate matters and with those that form part of wider corporate mandates. The practice group undertakes negotiations; the buying, selling, leasing and financing of commercial, industrial, hospitality and residential developments; land use and zoning issues; rights-of-way and other easements; ejido matters; constitutional restrictions on the ownership of land by non-Mexicans; investigating and registering property in public property registries, including preparing reports on title; acquiring water supply and wastewater discharge authorisations; expropriations; representation before relevant agencies; and regulatory and compliance. Recent mandates saw the team advise CM Hotel regarding a $157m loan from Banco Santander México to finance the development of a five-star Planet Hollywood hotel in Quintana Roo; and assist PE-group Blue Equity with the sale of a luxury resort located in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, near Tulum, also in Quintana Roo. The team’s five partners -Juan José López de Silanes, Jesús Colunga, Daniel Del Rio, Juan Carlos Serra and Amilcar García- all co-lead; associates Gerson Vaca and environmental specialist Ricardo Evangelista provide key support. Other clients include PPG Industries, Vichisa and Exxon Mobil.


Basham, Ringe y Correa is a full-service law firm with a strong presence in Latin America. Basham was established in Mexico in 1912 and has more than 100 years of experience assisting clients in doing business throughout Mexico and abroad.

The firm’s clients include prominent international corporations, many of them on the Fortune 500 list, medium-sized companies, financial institutions and individuals.

The firm: The firm’s large group of lawyers and support staff is committed to maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards. Constantly exposed to the international legal system, many of Basham’s lawyers and other professionals have completed graduate studies at foreign universities and have worked for companies and law firms abroad.

Basham’s preventive and strategic consulting in all branches of the law allows the firm to offer its clients effective, complete and timely solutions to their concerns. The firm’s in-depth knowledge and insight into the international and domestic market, including economic trends and current affairs, give it a solid base and perspective in order to offer fully integrated and tailored solutions to every client. It is because of these qualities and values that its clients have continued to entrust their legal affairs to Basham for many years.

The firm’s lawyers actively participate in worldwide associations, as well as in international transactions, which promotes the exchange of information and experience. This, in turn, improves the firm’s growing capacity to serve its clients by constantly adjusting to the dynamics of the global business environment. Basham is aware that each client requires objective counseling, experience, professionalism and trustworthy people. Its lawyers are well-known leaders in their respective fields of specialization and are committed to providing legal services of the highest quality.

The firm actively encourages the participation of all of its lawyers in pro bono work for charitable institutions and not-for-profit organizations. For this purpose the firm has created the Basham, Ringe y Correa Foundation.


Areas of practice: The firm has regulatory and practical expertise in all areas of modern practice and advises clients on anti-corruption/compliance investigations, antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, civil commercial litigation and arbitration, commercial insolvency, contracts, corporate, criminal litigation and counseling on crime prevention, environmental law and sustainability, foreign investments, foreign trade customs regulatory, franchising, government bidding and privatizations, government procurement, immigration, intellectual property, employment and social security, mergers and acquisitions, pro bono, tax consulting and litigation and trust.

The firm also has specialized litigation departments for civil, commercial, criminal, tax and administrative law, as well as in commercial arbitration and constitutional proceedings.

Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Daniel Del Rio
Intellectual property Martin Michaus
Tax Gerardo Nieto
Banking and finance Miguel Angel Peralta
Antitrust Amilcar Peredo
Infrastructure, energy and mining Juan Carlos Serra
Labor Jorge De Presno
Foreign trade Sergio Barajas
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Adolfo Athie  photo Mr Adolfo Athie
Mr Sergio Barajas  photo Mr Sergio Barajas
Mr Victor Barajas  photo Mr Victor Barajas
Mr Rodolfo Barreda  photo Mr Rodolfo Barreda
Mr Alejandro Barrera  photo Mr Alejandro Barrera
Mr Alejandro Catala  photo Mr Alejandro Catala
Mr Jesus Colunga  photo Mr Jesus Colunga
Mr Jorge G De Presno  photo Mr Jorge G De Presno
Mr Daniel Del Rio  photo Mr Daniel Del Rio
Mr Amilcar Garcia  photo Mr Amilcar Garcia
Mr Juan Carlos Hernandez  photo Mr Juan Carlos Hernandez
Mr Jose Hinojosa  photo Mr Jose Hinojosa
Mr Eduardo Kleinberg  photo Mr Eduardo Kleinberg
Mr Juan Jose Lopez de Silanes  photo Mr Juan Jose Lopez de Silanes
Mr Martin Michaus  photo Mr Martin Michaus
Mr Gerardo Nieto photo Mr Gerardo Nieto Partner
Mr Miguel Angel Peralta  photo Mr Miguel Angel Peralta
Mr Amilcar Peredo  photo Mr Amilcar Peredo
Mr Juan Carlos Serra  photo Mr Juan Carlos Serra
Mr Francisco Tiburcio  photo Mr Francisco Tiburcio
Mr Claudio Ulloa  photo Mr Claudio Ulloa
Mr Jorge Vega  photo Mr Jorge Vega
Mr Gil Zenteno  photo Mr Gil Zenteno
Other fee-earners : 95
Partners : 29

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