Firm Profile > Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.
TORRE VIRREYES, PEDREGAL 24, 24TH FLOOR
COL. MOLINO DEL REY
MEXICO CITY, 11040
Mexico

Banking and finance Tier 1

One of the market's undisputed leaders in the banking and finance realm, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. houses a 33-strong practice with a ‘unique level of specialization’, always willing to ‘go the extra mile’. With rainmaker Carlos Aiza at the helm, the well-rounded team advises an impressive mix of international and domestic lenders, borrowers and financing entities in connection with a broad array of transactions – frequently involving innovative structures – including: cross-border, local single-bank and syndicated loan facilities; acquisition, structured and maritime financings; secured and unsecured financings; and high-level restructurings, project finance and derivatives. Key practitioners include partners Giovanni Ramirez, Pedro Velasco and Emilio Aarun, who are praised by clients for being ‘very knowledgeable and thoughtful’; Rodrigo Castelazo, who has recently participated in the first four unsecured real estate revolving financings in Mexico; Mercedes Haddad; counsel Victor Gallegos; and ‘outstanding’ senior associate Alejandro Isaac.

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Testimonials

They are undoubtedly the best in the field

Their practice is unique because of the level of specialization’

A great and very thoughtful team with great knowledge of the various market sectors. They have great clients and are extremely commercial. I know if I come to them with a question, I can expect a thoughtful nuanced response

‘They always go the extra mile. I particularly find Giovanni Ramirez Garrido to be very knowledgeable and thoughtful, as well as Emilio Aarún and Pedro Velasco. Their associates are outstanding as well, including Alejandro Isaac’

They have extraordinary coordination and exceptional attention

Unparalleled service, always geared to meet customer needs

Definitely a market leader in this area. They bring an aggressive but reasonable stance and a great deal of experience in the sector

The quality of the work is exceptional. It is difficult in a firm of its size to maintain quality in work, but Giovanni Ramirez, Pedro Velasco and Emilio Aarún have managed not only to maintain that quality in their work, but also to ensure that their teams have it

Key clients

Banco Sabadell

Banco Santander

BBVA Bancomer

Blackstone

Citibanamex

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Grupo Financiero Banorte

HSBC

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and affiliated entities

Morgan Stanley

Scotiabank

UBS

AlphaHolding

BlackRock

Grupo Sordo Madaleno

Merlin Energy

Prudential Real Estate Investors

Capital markets Tier 1

A 'pioneer in Mexico' where it has stood at the forefront of capital markets practice for over 20 years, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. receives particular praise for its 35-lawyer team. Acting for issuers, sponsors, structuring agents, underwriters, pension funds (AFORES), investment funds, rating agencies, arrangers, placement agents and financial guarantors, among others, it has proved an unequalled performer in first-of-its-kind transactions such as CKD listings and the initial operations for mortgage REITs, master limited partnership Fibra-Es, and CERPIs. An 'excellent leader', high-profile group head and senior partner Carlos Aiza remains one of the most sought-after specialists in the capital markets sector; working in conjunction with younger partner Mercedes Haddad, he co-led advice to Terrafina on its $500m Rule 144A/Reg S offering. Haddad also led on the MXN$255.2m reopening of an initial CKD trust issuance on behalf of Casa de Bolsa Santander. Noted for his creativity, Carlos Zamarrón led advice to Vista Oil & Gas on its $100.9m re-IPO on the New York Stock Exchange; while Rodrigo Castelazo led on the $400m Minera y Metalúrgica del Boleo matter (see below). Additional partner-level involvement is provided by name-partner Jean Michel Enríquez and Eduardo Flores (who co-lead advice to Banco Santander Spain on its $1.49bn buy-back offer for outstanding 'B' shares in Banco Santander México), along with Jorge Montaño, who handles M&A, private equity and corporate and commercial matters as well as capital markets work.

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Testimonials

Creel’s capital markets team has an exceptional level and the incorporation of Eduardo Flores and Narciso Campos gives them an enormous advantage by having partners who were also in the public sector, which broadens their vision.

Creel’s capital markets partners have an excellent level and have been pioneers of many operations under the leadership of Carlos Aiza; now they also have a very good view of the regulator’s point of view thanks to Eduardo Flores and Narciso Campos.

Key clients

BlackRock

Vista Oil and Gas

Gran Ciudad

KKR

Actis

Terrafina

Morgan Stanley

HSBC

Santander

Prologis

Partners Group

Citibanamex

Lexington Partners

PGIM

General Atlantic

Blackstone

PINFRA

Credit Suisse Asset Management

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Standing strong at the top of the rankings, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. offers a team of 'true experts with a very broad knowledge of the business and operations', praised for genuinely caring about ‘knowing the needs’ of their clients.  As befits a firm with a top-tier corporate practice, it provides high-quality guidance on pre-merger filings, and clients can also count on excellent support and advice on contentious dealings with the Mexican Federal Competition Commission (COFECE), including investigations, amparo proceedings and dawn raids (both mock and actual). Respected market player Luis Gerardo García leads the 22-strong team which also includes ‘antitrust expert' Mauricio Serralde, the experienced Iker Arriola and Carlos Mena-Labarthe, the latter considered by some as ‘one of the best competition attorneys in Mexico’. A strong second-line includes counsels Sara Gutiérrez (antitrust investigations and litigation; preventive advice), and Jorge Kargl (competition, antitrust, and TMT).

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Testimonials

They are true experts with a very broad knowledge of the business and operations. Each of them genuinely cares about knowing the needs and opportunities of their clients and collaborate as much as if they were internal lawyers, very sensitive and knowledgeable of the day-to-day, needs and opportunities of the company‘.

Great lawyers and great service. Mauricio Serralde is a leader on antitrust matters.

Carlos Mena is one of the best competition attorneys in Mexico. Carlos understands the needs of us as clients, is always available and addresses any type of request in a practical way. Also, he is a very comprehensive lawyer who always looks out for the best interests of his client, both in active matters and in potential issues that may affect or benefit us.’

Key clients

Aeroméxico

AT&T

Connershop

DAIMLER

Delta Airlines

Amazon

Femsa

Nestlé

PayPal

Sotbank (Technology Growth Fund for Latin America)

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Corporate powerhouse Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. remains firmly at the top of the M&A market, universally recognized for its ‘knowledge of the industry’. Domestic and international blue-chip corporates and private equity funds regularly rely on the department for their most business-critical matters, including mergers, joint ventures, restructurings, privatisations, and spin-offs. 'Market-leading figure' Jean Michel Enríquez (M&A, private equity and capital markets) is practice head; while the core group of partners includes Carlos del Río (M&A, private equity and real estate), Eduardo González (M&A and other complex transactions), Jorge Montaño (M&A, PE, VC, corporate and commercial advisory), Humberto Botti (M&A, private equity and capital markets), and Iker Arriola (M&A, corporate law). All are in great demand as Mexican counsel on the most prestigious local and international  deals; the team recently advised Santander España on its $1bn offer to acquire all Banco Santander México's "B" shares (issued and outstanding); as well as their registration with the National Banking and Securities Commission; and a pending issuance by Santander España on the Mexican Stock Exchange.

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Testimonials

Committed; responsible, support from different areas, good attitude despite the pressure of time. Especially Iker Arriola, who led on the project with great disposition, knowledge, and structure.’

Knowledge of the industry and the law, attention to detail, partner availability, efficient document production for the operation in question, talented professionals, good judgment and availability. They are very organized and structured people.’

Key clients

BlackRock

Cerberus Capital Management

General Atlantic

Glisco Partners

Grupo Axo

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

L Catterton

RLH Properties

Santander

Southern Cross Group

Environment Tier 1

National full-service powerhouse, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C., is a regular advisor on major real estate, energy and infrastructure development projects, as well as corporate M&A and administrative litigation. Praised for its ‘expertise and agility’, the practice -led by highly-regarded partner Carlos De Icaza (environment and real estate)- frequently advises clients from sectors including hospitality, retail, manufacturing and energy in the full range of environmental matters, including regulatory matters compliance and administrative litigation. Recent mandates saw the firm advise Macquarie Infrastructure on the acquisition of the Eólica de Arriaga and Eólica Los Altos wind-farms, including all environmental aspects and advising Asterion Industrial Partners on the environmental aspects concerning electricity supply, emergency systems, adequate conditions and server temperatures, related to its acquisition of a data centre. A strong associate group includes highly-experienced senior associates Jessica Villaverde, Alejandro Castelló and Mariana Westendarp.

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Testimonials

Expertize and agility. Carlos Icaza and Mariana Westendarp.

Key clients

Grupo Celanese

Mission Hills

Inmobiliaria Hills

Terminal KMS de GNL

Calizas Industriales del Carmen (CALICA)

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners IV

Pilot Chemical

Metropolitan Life

Live Nation Entertainment

BIP Mercury I  / Blackstone Infrastructure Partners.

Owens-Illinois

White Summit Capital

Korea Electric Power Corporation / Sprott Global Renewable Private Equity Fund III

Asterion Industrial Partners

Legacy Vulcan

Insurance Tier 1

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.'s consolidated insurance practice is a significant force in the market. The firm houses a ‘first class team that solves the most complex issues’, which offers ‘expert’ advice to insurers and reinsurers on M&A, finance, corporate governance, regulatory, and day-to-day matters; it also has growing involvement in contentious insurance issues. Partner Leonel Pereznieto, who shines for his ‘knowledge’ of the sector, and is a regular advisor to global insurance, reinsurance and broker groups in connection with their local set-up and acquisitions, co-heads the team together with counsel María José Pinillos, who is singled out by a client as ‘one of the very few lawyers who really masters insurance’.

Testimonials

‘A first class team that solves the most complex issues’

‘Leonel Pereznieto and Maria Jose Pinillos are undoubtedly its strongest cards. Two young lawyers with great experience and solid technical knowledge of the insurance industry’

‘María José Pinillos is a leading lawyer in the insurance sector’

‘Their partners are insurance experts. Many firms say they are but have no real knowledge of regulation. In their case this knowledge is verifiable and also complements in a very efficient way the other practices’

‘Leonel Pereznieto and María José Pinillos have a great disposition and knowledge of the insurance sector. They are very transparent with the costs of their services and distinguish themselves by charging just enough and always sticking pretty close to their initial estimates. María José Pinillos is one of the very few lawyers who really masters insurance in all its fields and keeps herself permanently updated. Her approach is incredible and it is a pleasure to work with her’

“Good understanding of legal challenges in Mexico that were useful for international investor. Good local network of local/international players’

‘Partners were professional at all times and helpful on structuring transaction’

Key clients

Cardif México

Allianz

Assurant

AXA

Suramericana/Seguros Sura

Odyssey Reinsurance Company

MBIA Insurance Corporation

Great American Insurance/El Aguila Compañía de Seguros

ProAgro Compañía de Seguros

MetLife México

Mango Life

Financiera Independencia

Pan-American México, Compañía de Seguros

Real estate Tier 1

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has a truly outstanding real estate practice, composed of 23 first-class experts in the Mexican legal and regulatory aspects of direct or structured investments in (or strategic acquisitions of) property in the industrial, retail, commercial, hospitality, residential and urban sectors. It remains the go-to firm for many multinational and domestic developers, promoters, tourism and leisure companies and investors; including international real estate funds, Mexican CKDs, CERPIs and FIBRAs. In recent highlight work, the firm advised Equinix on the $175m acquisition of three data centres operated by Axtel and located in Queretaro. This pioneering transaction (the first of its kind carried out domestically) was led by Monterrey-based Francisco Montalvo, who co-heads the area together with Mexico City-based partner Carlos de Icaza, who has a renowned real estate practice strengthened by considerable expertise in environmental law. Working alongside him in Mexico City, partner Carlos del Río, regularly advises a wide range of clients on acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and divestitures in Mexico across multiple industries and sectors. Last but not least, partner Badir Treviño-Mohamed is another prominent name in the team; he operates from the Monterrey office and brings knowledge not only in real estate, but also in sophisticated corporate and M&A.

Key clients

PGIM Real Estate (a branch of Prudential Real Estate Investors)

Inveravante Crecentia

BK Partners

RLH Properties

Black Creek Capital

Walton Street Capital

GIC Real Estate

Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Mexico Retail Properties

FIBRA Prologis

Macquarie

Tax Tier 1

Corporate powerhouse Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. remains at the forefront of the tax sector in Mexico, offering its clients cutting edge expertise on matters related to M&A, financial services, projects, and debt and equity capital markets. It is also the go-to firm for publicly traded and private funds engaged in private equity, real estate, infrastructure and energy, and also handles transfer pricing (focused on transactional and high-value work), social security and wealth planning, as well as representation before the tax authorities. Alejandro Santoyo, who excels when advising on financial matters, heads the 28-strong standalone team that comprises specialists in tax advisory, litigation and controversy, transfer pricing, cross-border transactions, social security and wealth planning. Partners including ‘fin-tech expert Omar Zúñiga; capital market transactions-focused Jorge Correa (whose ‘approach and attention to the client are outstanding'); and skilled litigator Luis Vázquez, who specializes in cross-border matters, particularly in the application of tax treaty benefits, are all at the forefront in their specialisations. Moreover, the practice was further strengthened with the incorporation of the former head of the Taxpayers' Advocate Office (PRODECON) Luis Salinas, who joined as counsel in January 2020 and handles tax controversy issues. Other key practitioners include counsel Laura Frías, whose practice centres on transfer pricing, and senior associates Juan Mina and Eduardo Brandt.

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Testimonials

‘Very strong team led by Jorge. Very responsive and advice is always thoroughly analyzed before sent out. Work product is of excellent quality. Luis Michel is a great associate with very rare excel modelling skills’

Professionalism, reputation and deep knowledge of the subject. Jorge Correa has experience that is difficult to find in other firms and his approach and attention to the client are outstanding.

Eduardo Brandt and Omar Zúñiga are exceptional lawyers. They know the market very well and understand the international tax law that helps our business because we are an international company. They know the fin-tech sector, something few firms do nowadays.

‘Creel’s tax lawyers act as an integrated team with key members of client staff. Regular status updates by phone and email and immediate contact when key developments happen. Strong negotiation skill and comfort with settlement situations. Keen awareness of corporate head office needs to demonstrate appropriate management of the particular client matter: awareness either by having worked in a corporate office setting; or constantly asking the client what additional information is needed from the firm to demonstrate appropriate management of the particular client matter.’

Key clients

Black Creek

The Vanguard Group

Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina (IDEAL)

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)

JP Morgan Chase

Vista Oil & Gas

Newmont Goldcorp Corporation

RLH Properties

BlackRock

CPPIB

Paypal

GIC

Campari

Compliance Tier 2

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.'s team excels in understanding ‘the needs of their clients’, offering a solid practice comprised of 'dynamic and comprehensive professionals who have a deep understanding of regulation’. Working with clients from a diverse range of industries including healthcare, consumer products, automotive and financial services, the firm's compliance and investigation team is led by Leonel Pereznieto (who also heads the insurance practice) and the banking and finance focused Narciso Campos. It handles corruption and white-collar investigations, anti-money laundering compliance, anti-corruption due diligence and compliance; and multi-sectoral compliance investigations and crisis management among other matters. Campos' prior roles include working as assistant secretary for banking, securities and savings at the Ministry of Treasury, a post that included the design and issuance of AML/CFT rules for financial institutions, as well as their interpretation. Additional key team members include banking and finance partner Eduardo Flores (a former CNBV vice president whose experience includes issues related to insider trading, market manipulation and fraud); and AML and compliance focused counsel Eduardo Apáez Dávila, formerly director general at Mexico's Financial Investigations Unit (UIF). Recent mandates have involved internal investigations, allegations of workplace harassment, anti-money laundering compliance and audits, and compliance due diligence.

Testimonials

Dynamic and comprehensive professionals who have a deep understanding of regulation, as well as its practical application in the day-to-day legal and regulatory affairs of the institutions they are acting for. Their service is elite and they are at the forefront of what similar offices handle.

They know how to listen to the needs of their clients, they take time to provide the best legal or regulatory advice and they share in a secure way, and keep the corresponding confidentiality, the best market practices that they have had to implement in the sector. They also help lobby issues with the authorities with whom they have a great relationship. I have worked with Eduardo Flores and Eduardo Apáez on issues of money laundering prevention.

They know the subject very well, serve the customer in a timely manner and are willing to resolve customer issues.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.'s move into dispute resolution in recent years has resulted in  a 10-strong practice group primarily focused on administrative litigation and arbitration. It is led by of counsel Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor, a former vice president of the International Court of Justice in The Hague whose most recent arbitral appointments include as tribunal president in a case before ICSID, co-arbitrator in a PCA case under UNCITRAL rules, and as presiding arbitrator in an ICC case. He brings senior expertise to an arbitral practice focused on commercial and investor-State arbitration. Key senior practitioners include counsels Carlos Martínez Betanzos, who focuses on high-end domestic and international commercial arbitration, investor-State cases, cross-border disputes and international law matters; and Héctor Anaya Mondragón, who in addition to his litigation activity, also undertakes both commercial and investment arbitration. Senior associate and prominent international law specialist Luis Jardón also handles arbitral matters; he and Martínez Betanzos are currently acting as co-counsel alongside Covington & Burling LLP representing Legacy Vulcan in a $500m NAFTA arbitration before ICSID against Mexico. Other recent and ongoing mandates include a multimillion-dollar cross border commercial case, seated in Mexico and under ICC rules; ad hoc arbitration regarding a reinsurance claim; post M&A disputes and damages arbitration.

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Testimonials

It is a firm that has a true teamwork, with a multidisciplinary experience that is strategic in complex arbitrations.’

Extensive experience in various complex subjects. There is one word in English… resourceful.

Héctor Anaya, Luis Jardón and Andrés Ríos of the younger crowd stand out. My criticism would be that the firm has no partners in the arbitration practice. However, counsel-level people are really involved at the partner level.

It is a very good team. I believe they will continue to grow, as together with the talent of Héctor Anaya and Carlos Marténez – both excellent lawyers – a very solid corporate and M&A area is combined, from which they will surely receive jobs.

I think they can provide comprehensive advice to the client, since their M&A area is very strong. Few firms manage to balance their litigious and corporate areas.

Excellent arbitration team for commercial and investment disputes; Carlos Martinez and Luis Jardon.

The quality of their work; the intelligence and timeliness of the advice.

Key clients

Legacy Vulcan

Labour and employment Tier 2

Increasingly operating as a stand-alone practice as well as a key component of the firm's reputed transactional capabilities, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.'s labour and employment practice stands out for having ‘knowledge of both national and international issues, as well as great knowledge in labour matters and general knowledge of other subjects - which gives a broader vision of the matter’. The 13-lawyer team is led by experienced partner Francisco Peniche, who handles a mix of corporate support and standalone labour matters including advice on collective bargaining agreements, compensation schemes, training and litigation. Recent mandates include a number of significant employee transfers for firms including Continental, Teva, Acco Brands and Hanon Systems; as well as the fomalization of WeWork's labour structure, including over 30 collective-bargaining agreements. Senior associates Julio Alvarez, who handles the coordination of transactional labour matters, and Alicia Abúndez in Monterrey are also highlighted.

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Testimonials

They have considerable experience in corporate restructuring and their advice on labour matters is out of the ordinary.

A more financial approach compared to the rest of the labour lawyers. Notable partner Francisco Peniche Beguerisse. Creel’s labour law team is exceptional. Francisco Peniche has extensive experience in labor matters. He is practical but at the same time he pays attention to every detail.

Francisco Peniche is a lawyer who, in addition to labour matters, has experience in M&A matters, which is a plus. Knowledge of how to apply Mexican labour law to policies of foreign companies.

We’d highlight partner: Francisco Peniche, and associates Alicia Abundez and Julio Alvarez.

I like how they work, in the sense that they give practical advice, and not simply explain what the law says. Compared to other more traditional firms, you can see that they are used to working with international clients and attending to their demands and needs. We work mainly with Francisco Peniche, partner, who as I said gives practical advice, on time, in very good English, and in a very professional and understandable way for someone unfamiliar with the Mexican legal system.

We have also worked with Julio Alvarez and Valentina Ahumada. It is a team of lawyers with a business vision, even when the labour issue does not always allow it, they seek to be allies. Knowledge, both in national and international issues, as well as great knowledge in labour matters and general knowledge of other subjects, which give a broader vision in the attention of a matter.

Key clients

Continental AG

Toshiba

Goldman Sachs

Alcon/Novartis

ACCO Brands

IBM

We Work

GE Appliances

Marriott

Willis Towers Watson

Life sciences Tier 2

Powerhouse major, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C., has bolstered its life-sciences practice substantially: the mid-2019 hire of specialised mid-level associate Lizbeth Borquez from Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego; followed by the November arrival of counsel Guillermo Govela, a health regulation and administrative law specialist whose experience includes time at both the Ministry of Health and at pharmaceutical products company Nadro. The pair join a department led by Begoña Cancino (who also heads the IP practice) and which has considerable expertise in data privacy, regulatory matters and administrative litigation. The practice can also draw on the firm's full-service capabilities to offer complete coverage of life-science matters, including from transactional, unfair competition, corporate, regulatory, disputes, IP and trade perspectives. Recent mandates include sanitary due diligence; advisory regarding e-consultations, e-prescriptions, online drug stores, internet hospitals and health data and technology; regulatory compliance and a product recall, among other matters.

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Key clients

Colgate-Palmolive

Amgen

Mead Johnson Nutrition

Laboratorios pisa

Clever Leaves

Cornershop

Riot games

EFM Capital

Celanese

RMA

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. maintains an active presence in the projects and infrastructure sector, its nine-strong team acting for a broad mix of sponsors, developers, construction companies and lenders. The practice is co-led by Santiago Sepúlveda, who undertakes the structuring, development and financing of infrastructure projects along with M&A and PE investments; and José Ignacio Segura, who focuses on the electricity and natural gas industries from both regulatory and transactional perspectives. Recent matters include acting as counsel to White Summit Capital and Riverstone on the $56.5m acquisition of two Mexican solar photovoltaic projects; Macquarie Infrastructure Partners IV on the $92.5m acquisition of two wind-power projects; as well as multiple bank-side representations in project financings and refinancings. Key support comes from counsel, Vanessa Gimenez, who specializes in projects and infrastructure transactions; and senior associate Ana Irma Amado, whose practice centres on energy, project development and government procurement procedures.

Key clients

GE Energy Financial Services

Trafigura PTE / Trafigura México.

Vista Oil and Gas

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board / Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

BlackRock

Monterra Energy

TMT Tier 2

Corporate powerhouse Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.'s powerhouse practice provides ‘quick and easily-digestible advice on complex issues’, primarily undertaking high-end transactions in the TMT sector itself, or having a TMT aspect as well as all the concomitant regulatory and administrative aspects, along with data protection, disputes and representation before the regulators. The 12-strong practice is co-led by Luis Gerardo García (who specialises in TMT, antitrust and competition), and corporate/finance all-rounder, name partner Jean Michel Enríquez; other team members include Begoña Cancino (who specializes in IP, data privacy, and regulatory and administrative litigation), Iker Arriola (corporate and M&A, banking and finance, capital markets and competition), and the very active Jorge Kargl -appointed counsel in mid-2019- who specializes in TMT, competition and antitrust. Ongoing matters include advising regional e-commerce site Mercado Legal on both e-commerce and new projects and business lines.

Testimonials

Creel’s team is top-notch; they are very well informed, always available, and provide quick and esaily-digestible advice on complex issues. Outstanding lawyers: Jorge Kargl and Mauricio Serralde.’

Fast response and professional expertise regarding data protection and telecommunications questions.

Key clients

AT&T

Warner Bros

Turner

Grupo Acir

HBO

CommScope

DAZN

Audi

Avaya

NTT DoCoMo

Asterion

Equinix

Singtel

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is one of a number of full-service firms that has moved to establish high-end dispute resolution capability -primarily focused on administrative litigation and arbitration- in recent years. In Creel García-Cuellar's case, the firm has established a 10-strong arbitration and dispute resolution practice led by of counsel Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor, a former judge and vice president of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. On the litigation side the team focuses on complex, high-end administrative cases. Key senior practitioners include counsel Héctor Anaya Mondragón, who handles international litigation, administrative litigation and protection of foreign investment; and former head of the international litigation section of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign affairs (2013-16), senior associate Luis Jardón - a prominent international law practitioner, he is also active in post-M&A and financial disputes, and damages litigation. Recent and ongoing mandates include complex administrative litigation cases -predominantly in relation to infrastructure projects- involving the national comptroller's office (Secretaría de la Función Pública), National Commission of Appraisals (INDAABIN) and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), as well as litigation against the Government of the State of Mexico.

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Testimonials

Highly efficient. There is no rotation with the main people on the important issues. They’re assertive on the issues under review.’

Availability. Equanimity. Quality in topics and reports.

Outstanding Partners.

The team they have is very capable and qualified, they are experts on the subject and they provide unbeatable attention. I consider that they compare favourably with other firms, satisfactorily exceeding all expectations.

The attention, the follow-up, the knowledge of the practice. They are simply excellent professionals. Héctor Anaya Mondragón is an outstanding lawyer, with extensive experience and a great sense of responsibility, always committed to the clients and very dedicated in each of the matters assigned to him; as a client it is always very satisfying to work with him and his team.

The team has a deep understanding of the law and thinks strategically, anticipating events and thinking of scenarios. There is strong teamwork and true multidisciplinary involvement that helps with complex litigation.

Strategic thinking, multidisciplinary experience, teamwork.

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Leading full-service player Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has a notable track-record advising oil-and-gas, petrochemicals, power and renewables companies, and investment funds, on their structuring, procurement, acquisition, development, financing and operation of energy projects and energy infrastructure. Santiago Sepúlveda and José Ignacio Segura co-lead the nine-strong "Energy and Natural Resources, Project Development and Finance" practice, which is increasingly extending its reach beyond the sophisticated transactional and financing advice for which it has long been known, into regulatory matters and integrated development mandates. Sepúlveda focuses on the structuring, development and financing of large energy, telecom and transport infrastructure projects, along with M&A and private equity investments; while Segura's transactional, regulatory and project finance practice also involves PPAs and interconnection, pipeline, off taking and asset management agreements. The pair recently advised Macquarie on the acquisition of the Eólica de Arriaga and Eólica Los Altos wind-power projects, with a combined output of 93.4MW. Other matters included acting as Mexican counsel to Vista Oil & Gas on its re-IPO and listing on the NYSE. Key support comes from counsel Vanessa Gimenez (energy and infrastructure transactions); and senior associates Ana Irma Amado and Juan Carlos Luna, who both focus on energy, project development and government procurement.

Key clients

GE Energy Financial Services

Trafigura PTE and Trafigura México

Vista Oil and Gas

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Monterra Energy

BlackRock

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 4

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has an active presence in the restructuring area, providing advice – particularly on high-end matters – regarding all non-litigious issues related to corporate restructurings, financial restructurings, and bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, including those involving complex financial situations and banking and finance structures. It also advises creditors and debtors on complex bankruptcy and out-of-bankruptcy restructuring transactions and regulatory issues in non-judicial aspects of restructurings and workouts. The practice is led by the distinguished Carlos Aiza, who is supported by a well-rounded group of finance and capital markets experts, including Pedro Velasco, Rodrigo Castelazo and Emilio Aarun.

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Intellectual property Tier 5

Corporate powerhouse Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has developed a respectable IP area that has increasingly gained prominence in litigation. The team is led by partner Begoña Cancino, who regularly advises clients on trade mark, copyright and trade secret matters, including registration and enforcement of IP rights, negotiation of technology transfer, licensing and franchising agreements, litigation, the IP implications of transactions and on data privacy matters. The eight-strong team was reinforced last November with the arrival of sanitary regulation expert Guillermo Govela, as counsel, from an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

El Águila Compañía de Seguros

MRP

Riot Games

Colgate-Palmolive

Amgen

Servicios Integrales de Mercadotecnia y Producción de Eventos

Premier Paint Roller México

Globo Comunicação e Participações / Felipe Sanctos (GGLOBO)

KSMV Capital

RLH Properties

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez is widely recognized as one of the premier law firms in Mexico. Its leading practices are recognized in the market as dominating the mergers and acquisitions, finance, and capital markets legal fields, and its wide array of other practice areas, with specialized expertise, work closely together in a true partnership to provide clients with a unique team of attorneys with extensive knowledge to anticipate and resolve issues and efficiently achieve clients’ legal and business goals. An award-winning, full-service corporate law firm that has over 80 years of experience in providing international and domestic clients with technical excellence, knowledge of the market and unparalleled client service. The firm is a strategic service provider to clients with the most complex and demanding transactions and projects, affording them certainty and peace of mind. The firm provides innovative solutions to many of the largest, most intricate, first-ever market-leading deals in Mexico. It has been influential in the development of cutting-edge legal products and financial instruments in Mexico. The deep understanding of clients’ business goals and the dynamics of multifaceted cross-border and domestic transactions, by internationally trained, bilingual attorneys, has long established a reputation for client satisfaction and the firm’s responsiveness and expertise. Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez is the firm of choice of prominent multinational and domestic financial institutions, industrial corporations, commercial enterprises, investors, international multilateral institutions, and rating agencies.

The Firm’s practice areas include Administrative Litigation and Claims, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Restructurings, Capital Markets, Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Labor, Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental, Infrastructure, Insurance and Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, Investigations and Compliance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Pro Bono, Project Development and Finance, Real Estate, Social Security, Tax, Telecommunications, Transportation.

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Mexico City
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Monterrey
CORPORATIVO EQUUS, RICARDO MARGAIN ZOZAYA 335 TOWER 2, 22ND FLOOR, COL VALLE DEL CAMPESTRE, SAN PEDRO GARZA GARCÍA NL, 66265, MEXICO +52 81 8363 4221
mail@creel.mx
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 Emilio Aarún photo Emilio Aarún Mr. Aarún practices in the areas of banking and finance, bankruptcy and…
Mr Carlos Aiza  photo Mr Carlos Aiza Carlos Aiza is a senior partner of Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez…
Mr Humberto Botti  photo Mr Humberto Botti Humberto Botti is a partner in the Mexico City office. His practice…
 Narciso Campos  photo Narciso Campos Partner
 Begoña Cancino photo Begoña Cancino Begoña Cancino G. is a partner in the Mexico City office. Her…
Mr Rodrigo Castelazo  photo Mr Rodrigo Castelazo Rodrigo Castelazo is a partner with Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.,…
Mr Jorge Correa  photo Mr Jorge Correa Jorge Correa is a partner in the Mexico City office. His practice…
 Carlos Del Río photo Carlos Del Río Carlos del Río S. is a partner with Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aíza y…
 Jean Michel Enriquez photo Jean Michel Enriquez Jean Michel Enríquez is a partner in the Mexico City office and…
Mr Eduardo Flores  photo Mr Eduardo Flores Eduardo Flores is a partner in Mexico City offices. His practice focuses…
Mr Luis Gerardo García Santos Coy  photo Mr Luis Gerardo García Santos Coy Luis Gerardo García Santos Coy is a partner in the Mexico City…
Mr Eduardo González  photo Mr Eduardo González Eduardo González is a partner in the Mexico City office. His practice…
Ms Mercedes Haddad  photo Ms Mercedes Haddad Mercedes Haddad is a partner in the Mexico City office. Her practice…
Mr Carlos Mena  photo Mr Carlos Mena Carlos Mena is partner in the Mexico City office. His practice focuses…
 Jorge Montaño photo Jorge Montaño Jorge Montaño is a partner in the Mexico City office, focusing on…
Mr Francisco Peniche  photo Mr Francisco Peniche Francisco Peniche Beguerisse is a partner in the Mexico City office head…
Mr Leonel Pereznieto  photo Mr Leonel Pereznieto As head of the Firm’s insurance and reinsurance practice Mr. Pereznieto is…
Mr Giovanni Ramirez  photo Mr Giovanni Ramirez Giovanni Ramírez Garrido is a partner in the Mexico City office and…
Mr Alejandro Santoyo  photo Mr Alejandro Santoyo Alejandro Santoyo is partner in the Mexico City office and his practice…
 Santiago Sepúlveda photo Santiago Sepúlveda Santiago Sepulveda is a partner in the Mexico City office and leads…
Mr Mauricio Serralde  photo Mr Mauricio Serralde Mauricio Serralde Rodríguez is a partner in the Mexico City office. His…
Mr Pedro Velasco  photo Mr Pedro Velasco Pedro Velasco is a partner in the Mexico, City office, where he…
 Luis Vázquez photo Luis Vázquez Luis Vázquez is a partner in the Mexico City office. His practice…
 Carlos Zamarrón photo Carlos Zamarrón Carlos Zamarrón is a partner in the Mexico City office. His practice…
 Omar Zúñiga photo Omar Zúñiga Omar Zúñiga His practice focuses on Tax, where he specializes in tax…
Mr Carlos de Icaza  photo Mr Carlos de Icaza Carlos de Icaza has actively represented major industrial groups, real estate investment…
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