Firm Profile > Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Operating from its offices in Mexico City, Guanajuato and Guadalajara, Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.'s 18-strong corporate team is typically engaged in mid- and upper mid-market transactions and garners praise for offering ‘technical and specialized attention’ to resolve its clients' needs. The practice, is led by experienced name-partner Hugo Cuesta  (cross-border transactions, M&A, finance, commercial law and corporate governance) and Azucena Marín (M&A, competition law, financings, and corporate governance); both are recommended for their ‘expertise and availability’, and regularly advise on transactions and joint ventures in a variety of industries and business sectors. The team has also developed a strong focus on anticorruption and compliance matters. Principal associate (and M&A and international trade practice director) Rafael Sánchez Acosta, and senior Andrés Urquidi (banking and finance, M&A, compliance), are also noted.


The Cuesta Campos team has given me technical and specialized attention to my needs, always with the best disposition and with the correct answers.’

In its total availability, to give me what I need daily in real time. It is what I value the most. Their expertise, as well as the availability they have.

I can highlight that the CCA team always pays special attention to all aspects that may represent a risk to our operation and seek the best and most efficient way to both communicate it and reconcile it.

Key clients








Add Armor

HB Chemical

Bright Machines

Labour and employment Tier 3

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C. fields a 12-strong group of ‘trusted advisors, very responsive and knowledgeable', with practice head Gerardo Valencia, in particular, praised for his ‘impeccable delivery time and follow-up on ongoing matters’. The department, in which corporate practitioners Azucena Marín and Hugo Cuesta  also participate, primarily handles matters for foreign clients and their local subsidiaries; recent mandates have included cross-border transactional support, collective labour strategies and bargaining agreements, merger-related labour due diligence, executive employee terminations, and profit-sharing schemes, among other matters. Key associate support comes from labour litgator, Karla Jiménez.

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Trusted advisors, very responsive and knowledgeable.

Gerardo Valencia, Azucena Marin and Hugo Cuesta have been invaluable in their support and knowledge. They are knowledgeable on the law, the practice and the political realities. In particular, Mr Gerardo Valencia has the qualities of: attention to detail, knowledge of his area and what it entails, and its relationship with other branches of law; impeccable delivery time and follow-up on pending issues.

They advise clearly and resolve doubts with extensive knowledge of the work area. It compares very favourably with other firms’ advisors, very responsive and knowledgeable.

Key clients




Motus Technologies






Toyo Ink

Real estate Tier 3

Full-service Mexican law firm, Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C., has been advising both domestic and foreign entities in real estate transactions for over 40 years. The team of seven lawyers, which has a mid and upper mid-market deal focus, is often the first choice for clients in key industries such as automotive, IT, manufacturing, retail or food & beverages. The team has been involved in a variety of real estate project transactions including industrial and tourism developments. Department head Berenice Soto frequently advises leading developers and transnational corporations on a range of transactional matters. Domestically, the firm has offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara and El Bajío.

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Key clients



Desarrolladora Bauen


Desarrollos Urbanísticos Habitacionales



Grupo AL-CON



Banking and finance Tier 4

Operating from its three offices across the country (Mexico City, Guadalajara and León), Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.'s banking and finance practice has notable expertise advising international banks on asset-based lending transactions. Founding partner Hugo Cuesta and partner Azucena Marín co-head the team, which also provides top-notch legal counsel on corporate finance, restructuring, syndicated loans, project finance, secured credit transactions, industrial mortgages, guarantee trusts, bridge loans, letters of credit, and public and private debt securities offerings. The department was further reinforced in 2019 with the incorporation of senior associate Andrés Urquidi, formerly at White & Case S.C., who has significantly bolstered the team’s fintech expertise.

Key clients




Twin Brook Capital Partners

Goldberg Kohn

Redwood Ventures

JP Morgan

Bank of America

LBC Credit Partners

Compliance Tier 4

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C. has a solid compliance practice, valued for its ‘professionalism and response times’, and which combines knowledge of anti-money laundering, risk management and anti-corruption investigations. Practice director and senior associate Andrés Urquidi is the key contact – his expertise extends into capital markets and government procurement matters in particular. Senior support comes from managing partner Hugo Cuesta, a well-reputed corporate finance practitioner. Recent matters include compliance due diligence, particularly with regard to AML matters; analysis of compliance obligation fulfillment and auditing; the preparation of training programs; and the analysis of electronic-signature usage in relation to compliance issues. The practice also consults on matters such as drafting compliance protocols and anti-corruption and confidentiality policies.

Practice head(s):


I’d highlight their professionalism and response times. Berenice Soto is always friendly and professional, and her comments are invaluable.

Key clients







Quest Integrity Group


Apex North America


Intellectual property Tier 4

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C. ‘has a strong understanding of intellectual property matters’, offering clients a solid practice that specializes mainly in patent and trade mark litigation, as well as trade mark registrations. The team of ‘exceptional’ lawyers has a particular emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry; mostly handling annulment actions, and is led by Mauricio Chozas, who is praised by clients for his litigation capabilities.

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A strong understanding of intellectual property matters, including trade mark strategy, procurement and enforcement in Mexico. The team has exceptional lawyers, with expertise in brand strategy, management and enforcement of large portfolios. We work very closely with Mauricio Chozas and Lorena Pinto who work diligently and are able to provide unique solutions tailored to client’s individual needs

Key clients



Light Enterprises

Global Maritime

Royal Prestige


Cerberus Business Finance




Cuesta Campos (CC) is a full service Mexican law firm, founded in 1978. As a leading business law firm, it is recognized for providing a personalized service under the highest ethical and quality standards. Client satisfaction and long-term professional relationships have been used as a measure of success.

The firm has offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara and in the Bajio region, as well as a presence in Monterrey, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez and Cancun, through long-standing professional affiliations. Cuesta Campos is the exclusive member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide in Mexico, having the best of both worlds: a local firm with international standards.

The firm: CC has a strong track record representing sophisticated needs for leading North American, European and Asian multinationals and foreign banks operating in various Mexican jurisdictions, as well as top Mexican entities. The team is known for being flexible, business-oriented and committed to representing its clients’ interests. All attorneys and staff are fully bilingual and many hold postgraduate studies and LLMs from leading universities in Mexico, the United States and Europe. CC operates under project management methodologies to increase efficiency and focus on value added.

CC is a top-ranked and recommended firm in Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, International Finance Law Review (IFLR) and Latin Lawyer in corporate/M&A, banking and finance, labour and employment, real estate, and intellectual property.

Cuesta Campos is the exclusive Mexico member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, a global affiliation of more than 7,500 lawyers in 185 independent full-service law firms in over 90 countries that share a commitment to providing reliable legal expertise worldwide with the highest standards of client service and technical aptitude. The firm is a national sponsor of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), and regularly publishes articles and presents webinars and conferences on various legal topics in different forums.

What clients say: ‘It has been a pleasure working with Hugo Cuesta Leano and his entire team at CC. The most important characteristic of a professional relationship is trust. Flextronics has worked with Cuesta Campos y Asociados since 1997 on all our legal needs, which are quite diverse ranging from corporate to mergers/acquisition, tax, real estate, immigration, etc, and I can think of nobody Flextronics would trust more in Mexico than Hugo, Azucena and their superb team.’ Tom Mannion, senior vice-president, WorldWide Operations at Flex.

Areas of practice: Administrative; compliance; antitrust; banking and finance; corporate; environmental; estate planning; foreign investment; international trade; immigration; intellectual property; labor and employment; social security; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; tax; energy; telecommunications.

Languages: Spanish, English, French, German and Japanese.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust Azucena Marín
Banking and finance Hugo Cuesta
Corporate M&A Hugo Cuesta
International trade Rafael Sánchez
Intellectual property Mauricio Chozas
Labor and employment Gerardo Valencia
Labor and employment Carlos Ferrán Martínez
Real estate Berenice Soto
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mauricio Chozas photo Mauricio Chozas Partner of the IP practice area
Mr Rafael Sánchez  photo Mr Rafael Sánchez Leader of the Foreign Trade practice area
 Berenice Soto photo Berenice Soto Partner of the Real Estate practice area
Mr Andrés Urquidi  photo Mr Andrés Urquidi Principal
 Gerardo Valencia photo Gerardo Valencia Gerardo Valencia is the leader of the Labor Law practice area in…
Other fee-earners : 40
Total staff : 65
Partners : 5