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Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel
05120 MEXICO D.F.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

A 50-year’ presence in the market combined with its practitioners’ expertise and know-how in the field, make Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel ‘an outstanding choice’ for highly complex civil and commercial disputes. Particularly well-known for its expertise and unique track record advising clients from the financial-services sector, the ‘highly capable and multi-skilled team’ of nearly 20 lawyers and eight partners, includes renowned litigators Jorge De Haro, who handles commercial litigation and has extensive experience in bankruptcy; and Javier Curiel Obscura, the ‘person you want representing you in the most complicated contentious matters’. Fellow experienced partners Daniel Ortega González and Javier Altamirano Hernández, who both have over 20 years at the firm, handle civil, commercial and administrative litigation, along with bankruptcy and banking-related disputes; together with younger partners Ernesto Palacios Juárez, who shows prowess in amparo proceedings, and Mauricio Mendoza, who also handles commercial arbitration, are other noted members of the practice, which is supported by a well-trained associate group, foremost among them Bernardo Basaldua. Partner Ricardo García Cordero left to join Márquez, Castelazo & García Cárdenas in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jorge de Haro González; Javier Curiel Obscura; Daniel Ortega González; Javier Altamirano Hernández


‘They are highly specialised lawyers in litigation matters. Their experience and knowledge are the perfect combination that makes them an outstanding choice. They stand out for the availability, agility and punctuality with which they attend to their clients.’

‘They offer a first class service, both in terms of time and quality of delivery. They maintain close communication with their clients’ legal teams, which allows them to make processes more efficient. They have good standards with regard to information security. As an outstanding partner I can mention Diego Gutierrez Martinez, who has an outstanding career in the field of commercial litigation.’

‘With them you feel accompanied by a highly capable and multi-skilled team, among which an extraordinary business vision and extensive experience stand out. This team clearly identifies the most important and sensitive issues for their clients and attends to matters in a way that makes them feel particularly well looked after.’

‘Javier Curiel has an exceptional executive vision, which, combined with his great capacity and extensive experience, make him the person you want representing you in the most complicated contentious matters. For his part, Mauricio Mendoza’s extraordinary ability, which allows him to have a clear vision of even the most complex matters, will help you make the best decisions for your company. Their teamwork is invaluable. Both, without a doubt, are highly qualified lawyers.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

Grupo Financiero Banorte

Banco Nacional de México

Banco Sabadell

Banco Santander (México)

BBVA Bancomer


Grupo Aeroméxico

HSBC Mexico

MetLife México

PricewaterhouseCoopers México

Scotiabank Inverlat

Seguros Monterrey New York Life

Sura Asset Management and affiliate companies

Wal-Mart de México

Work highlights

  • Representing a leading retail company in litigation regarding disputes arising from the lease of over 200 business locations across Mexico; the amount in dispute is some $15m and increases by $1.5m each month.
  • Representing a Mexican bank on several in-court and out-of-court foreclosure and collection proceedings related to non-performing secured and unsecured loans exceeding $40m, granted to a company based in northern Mexico and dedicated to the storage and commercialisation of cereal grains.
  • Representing a Mexican bank in several commercial proceedings against multiple entities and individuals participating in a fraudulent scheme involving receivables factoring or invoice discounting for services provided to a state-owned production company.

Mexico > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 2

Bankruptcy and restructuring has been one of Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel's core practices since its foundation over 50 years ago. Recognised for its expertise and track record in bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings, where it primarily represents creditors, the nine-strong department acts as a one-stop-shop, offering an impressive balance between litigation and corporate skills. The department fields a solid mix of experienced and younger partners, including seasoned litigator Jorge De Haro; Javier Curiel Obscura, who has a strong background in corporate law; and Alejandro Legaspi, who focuses on bankruptcy, finance, insurance and banking regulation-related disputes. Senior associate Sergio Grande is another noted and active member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jorge de Haro; Javier Curiel Obscura; Diego Gutiérrez Martínez; Alejandro Legaspi Lanz; Mauricio Mendoza Cuenca

Key clients

Afore Sura

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior

Banco Nacional de México

Banco Sabadell

Banco Santander México

Banco Santander

BBVA Bancomer

Citibanamex Afore


Grupo Aeroméxico

HSBC México


Nacional Financiera

Scotiabank Inverlat

Mexico > Insurance Tier 4

Garnering praise from clients for bringing a ‘high level of attention and knowledge to matters’, specialised insurance litigation firm Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel is known for advising on a wide range of mandates, with particular knowledge of the life insurance segment, among other areas. Experienced partners Javier Curiel Obscura, Daniel Ortega and Javier Altamirano head the team, which combines commercial and regulatory knowledge, and is also a popular choice for advice on insurance products. Key support comes from senior associate Bernardo Basaldua.

Practice head(s):

Javier Curiel Obscura; Daniel Ortega; Javier Altamirano


‘They bring a high level of attention and knowledge to matters. The MAHC team knows the insurance sector very well’

Key clients

ING Group

AXA Seguros

MetLife México

New York Life México

HSBC Seguros

For over 50 years Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel has successfully represented corporations and institutions in complex local and cross border cases where its renowned corporate experience has paired superbly with unique litigation skills.

The firm’s highly specialized team offers clients a competitive advantage that is hard to match. The firm is consistently referred to by clients and market commentators as a top tier law firm, capable of offering both first-class dispute resolution services and top-notch dispute-oriented consulting services.

Our key areas of practice include:


  • Civil: Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel represents clients across Mexico in high complexity disputes pertaining to all sorts of agreements and contractual relationships, and extra contractual liability, including torts and moral damages.
  • Commercial: The firm represents clients before federal and local courts in all kind of disputes arising from business relationships, with an emphasis in controversies concerning financial services. This includes disputes involving banks, insurance companies, investment funds, pension funds, and asset managers.
  • Finance: For over 50 years the Firm has established as leader in the attention of controversies and conflicts of high complexity, representing the most important financial institutions in the country. We have a strong experience in litigation related to bank transactions, stock market products, as well as disputes between investment and bond companies.
  • Real estate: We have a deep knowledge of the construction and real estate industry, as we have participated in complex litigation involving different perspectives of the industry, regarding large real estate developments throughout the country.
  • Insurance: The firm represents major insurance and reinsurance companies in litigation cases across Mexico and advises on a wide range of insurance matters. In fact, Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel recently argued on behalf of the Asociación Mexicana de Instituciones Seguros (AMIS) a relevant case before the Supreme Court of Justice that was ruled favorably for the insurance sector.

Administrative and constitutional

  • Administrative: The firm takes pride in being a leader in government and regulatory litigation in Mexico, facing both federal and local authorities whenever its clients are under investigation or whenever their rights are being overlooked. Litigation often involves contesting government fines, sanctions, expropriations, and revocations of concessions, licenses, and authorizations.
  • Constitutional: The firm often appears before Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice to argue cases of the utmost importance for the country’s political, social, and economic life.
  • Data protection: Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel has represented various institutions and search engines in administrative proceedings and court cases regarding the protection of information and personal data.


  • Commercial arbitration: The firm has broad experience in international and domestic commercial arbitration, as well as in the enforcement of arbitral awards in Mexico. Some members of the firm also serve as arbitrators and legal experts within relevant arbitration proceedings.

Bankruptcy and restructuring

  • Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel has an outstanding track record representing creditors in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, as well as advising clients in out-of-court corporate restructurings and reorganizations. The firm has been a key contributor to the case law established in respect of the bankruptcy law.


  • Risk prevention: The firm advises clients on practices to prevent risks based on its knowledge of corporate matters and its extensive court experience.
  • Risk management: Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel often designs and implements strategies to promptly and efficiently address, mitigate and neutralize risks and crisis threatening its clients’ businesses.
  • Business technology implementation: Corporations frequently resort to Martínez, Algaba, de Haro y Curiel in search of expert advice on the validity and enforceability of agreements reached and transactions executed while using new business technologies.
Roberto Martínez 55 5258 0202
Ernesto F. Algaba 55 5258 0202
Jorge de Haro Gonzá 55 5258 0202
Javier Curiel 55 5258 0202
Daniel Ortega Gonzá 55 5258 0202
Javier Altamirano Herná 55 5258 0202
Ernesto Palacios Juá 55 5258 0202
Diego Gutiérrez Martí 55 5258 0202
Alejandro Legaspi 55 5258 0202
Mauricio Mendoza 55 5258 0202