Firm Profile > Santamarina y Steta > Mexico City, Mexico

Santamarina y Steta
CAMPOS ELISEOS 345, FLOORS 2, 3 AND 11
COL. CHAPULTEPEC POLANCO
11560 MEXICO, D.F.
Mexico

Labour and employment Tier 1

Santamarina y Steta fields a 20-strong labour department that operates form the firm's Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro offices. Juan Carlos de la Vega (Monterrey and Mexico City) and Andrés Rodríguez - considered by some as ‘one of the best labour lawyers in Mexico'- co-head the team, which provides high-level expertise regarding transactional matters, collective bargaining agreements, health and safety, social security and litigation. The firm is currently representing a number of clients (in various sectors), against a series of cases by national unions seeking to obtain recognition as representative of significant employee numbers, and hence party to the respective collective bargaining agreements. Employee / union conflict specialist Pedro Velasco and Francisco Udave (who specialises in representing management in high-profile cases filed by top executives) are also key practice partners. A strong associate group includes Álvaro Álvarez (collective and individual labour matters, both advisory and contentious), who was promoted to counsel in January 2020; senior associates Víctor Hugo Coria (in Querétaro) and Ernesto de la Puente; and associates Raquel Ortiz and Nicolás Acevedo in Monterrey. However, former senior Miguel Ángel Cantú moved to Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia SC as practice director in March 2020.

Testimonials

The Santamarina and Steta labour team is a strong team, very united, with impressive communication between them and with their clients; they’re always true partners of their clients, where any company can feel safe being represented by them and with the tranquility that they will act under the highest standards of integrity.

Their knowledge of the matter and their relationship with the labour authority has been critical in the issues they have faced. They give excellent results both in day-to-day matters and in extremely delicate and complex matters. Partner Andrés Rodríguez is one of the best labour lawyers in Mexico.

In addition to his great capacity as a litigator and consultant on the matter, Andrés has known how to mentor high-level lawyers within his team and lawyers who are now partners in top-level law firms. Andes is an innovative, intelligent, proactive lawyer, but above all reliable. In turn, Ernesto de la Puente, who is an associate in the firm, is a very talented lawyer, always looking for options on how to get the best result in the correct way, his answers being of high quality and efficiency.

Santamarina & Steta advises on labor matters to several of the group’s universities, mainly UVM. In my opinion, a very good office, with experience in the education sector. In my opinion, the labour partner Andrés Rodríguez is one of the best labour professionals the country has, he has excellent labour criteria, he is a good litigator.

Key clients

Endeavour Silver

Teksid Hierro de Mexico

PKC Group

Absormex

Endeavour Mexico

Grupo Mexico

GM Financial

Pfizer Mexico

Laureate International Universities

Universidad del Valle de Mexico

General Motors de México

Home Depot Mexico

Inteva Mexico

Martinrea Internacional

Chevron Mexico

Industrias John Deere

Petronas

Banking and finance Tier 2

The practice at veteran full-service firm Santamarina y Steta receives sterling praise for its ‘vast knowledge’ as well as for its ‘excellent ability to solve unexpected problems’. The 16-strong team, which has broad experience advising on the full gamut of traditional financial matters, fields some outstanding lawyers including practice head Juan Carlos Machorro, who specializes in project finance; former managing partner Alberto Saavedra; Sergio Chagoya; and Ricardo Orea, who made partner in January 2020 and has a strong focus on structured finance. Support comes from senior associate Gustavo Mendoza, who has a focus on fintech.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Juan Carlos Machorro, Ricardo Orea, Margarita Casarin have great responsiveness

They have good knowledge and skills, as well as an excellent ability to solve unexpected problems

Their vast knowledge brings peace of mind when it comes to high value transactions. Their creativity in problem solving brings a lot of comfort and security to the client

Key clients

International Finance Corporation

IDB Invest

Atlantica Yield

Abengoa

Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos (Banobras)

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Abent 3T

Banco Sabadell

Banco Multiva

PROPARCO

Bancomext

White Summit Capital

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Comprising a group of ‘excellent lawyers’, the practice at Santamarina y Steta has extensive experience advising clients on merger authorizations and antitrust investigations, regularly representing clients in confrontations with the regulators, including claims of anti-competitive behavior, cartel investigations and dawn raids (for which the firm provides regular training). The practice group includes the ‘outstandingErnesto Duhne, along with fellow co-heads Vicente Grau and skilled litigator Mariano Calderón; in accordance with the firm's strong transactional practice, the group is particularly active in M&A clearance matters. A strong second line includes senior associate Jair Vaca, along with associates Bárbara Asiain and Yakov Kobets.

Testimonials

They have high expertise in the subject. Excellent communication between partners which facilitates the monitoring of projects. Carlos Arguelles and Barbara Asiain have excellent availability and are very agile in their responses to inquiries.

Excellent lawyers and a good team that complement each other well, very knowledgeable, up-to-date and “user friendly”. Partners are actively involved and client feels well cared for and advised. Focused on details. Cesar Cruz, Carlos Arguelles, Barbara Asiain and Diego Acosta in different transactions and team combinations have always distinguished themselves by their perseverance, excellence and willingness to face all kinds of challenges; they also always maintain a friendly and pleasant relationship with clients and advisers. Very reliable and efficient. Much more involved relative to other competitors.

They are very knowledgeable of Mexican competition law. They think strategically. And they are very responsive and collegial. Ernesto Duhne and Ivan Szymanksi are both outstanding lawyers, very knowledgeable, strategic, responsive, and collegial.

Key clients

Savage Companies

Bartlett Grain

Schlumberger

Marriott International

Cameron International Corporation

General Motors

GM Financial de México

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr

Veolia Environnment

Abbott Laboratories

Lafarge Holcim

Knight Transportation

Glen Raven

Winston & Strawn

Dechert

Grupo Industrial Saltillo

Palacio de Hierro

El Puerto de Liverpool

Grupo Lamosa

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Clients appreciate Santamarina y Steta's ‘in-depth knowledge and unmatched treatment’ when operating within the corporate and M&A sphere. Offering a strong national practice, with 25 corporate lawyers working from offices in Querétaro, Monterrey and Mexico City, the firm represents a broad mix of domestic and international clients on day-to-day matters, including compliance, and also has a good track record in joint ventures and mid-market M&A. The department houses a deep bench of highly experienced partners, including transactional practice head Juan Carlos Machorro, former managing partner Alberto Saavedra, firm chairman Jorge León-Orantes, Carlos Argüelles and Pablo Laresgoiti in Mexico City; along with César Cruz and Jorge Barrero in Monterrey, and José Ramón Ayala in Querétaro. Between them, they handle M&A, banking and finance, securities and capital markets, private equity and venture capital, along with general corporate advisory, due diligence, joint ventures, public tendering, corporate governance and data privacy, among other matters. Ricardo Orea, who focuses on transactional matters and restructurings; and Claudia Rodríguez C (corporate, M&A, project finance and real estate), were made partners in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

In-depth knowledge of the matter and unmatched treatment The treatment of each of Santamarina’s lawyers is incomparable. Expertise, combined with excellent knowledge of the subject, are the perfect combination, they never lose their composure while sweeping with the arguments of the counterpart.

The commitment to comply on time and with quality makes them stand out from their peers. Pablo Laresgoiti is an exemplary lawyer, he has the knowledge, commitment, dedication and professionalism that distinguishes him compared to other law firms.

The partners and associates of this firm are not only attorneys with extensive knowledge and criteria, they are also extremely honest, transparent, high-value people who are very dedicated to satisfying the needs of their clients. In my opinion they are the best lawyers in Mexico.Values, service attitude, legal and business knowledge. Jorge Barrero and Cesar Cruz.

Key clients

Arpa Capital

Casas Krea

DILA Capital III

Aloxom Marketing

Grupo Industrial Saltillo

Talisis Holding

Ganfeng International Trading

Alkhorayef Petroleum

Samsonite Group

Grupo Industrial Monclova

Shiptson Group (via Busche Performance Group)

Bartlett & Company / Savage

Global Medical Investments

Atlantica Yield

Airbus Group

IDEMIA Group

General Motors de México

Mondelez International

Viacom

PPG Industries

John Deere

La Comer

Rassini

General Motors de México

Inteva Products

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Full-service firm Santamarina y Steta has an ‘exceptional’ litigation practice that regularly represents international clients on domestic and cross-border disputes, and is praised by clients for ‘always looking to be innovative’. Jointly led by ‘expert negotiator’ Carlos Olvera and the ‘practical’ Roberto Fernández del Valle, the team handles a diverse array of dispute resolution cases across a wide variety of sectors and specialisations including complex civil, commercial and administrative cases, and has recently shown muscle in alternative dispute resolution. On the administrative litigation side, key contact Mariano Calderón has strong expertise in environmental and tax-related matters. The team also has a good grounding in insolvency disputes and the enforcement of arbitration awards. The team also has considerable experience in civil liability and damages cases on behalf of individuals and families, a number of them particularly high profile, such as the representation of the parents of a young woman murdered by a Cabify driver in Puebla in 2017. Carlos Brehm -complex civil and commercial litigation, ADR, arbitration, reorganisations, internal investigations and anticorruption matters- who made partner in January 2020, is also noted. The firm also hired associate Cynthia Osio from COMAD, S.C. in 2019.

Testimonials

‘The Santamarina litigation team is exceptional. They have experience and vast knowledge. Always looking to be innovative. Roberto Fernandez del Valle – customer service, he is practical, with a vast knowledge in the matter.’

‘The involvement of each lawyer according to the role and position they play when the specific situation warrants it. The S&S attorney understands the importance of representing your clients at the right time and in the right way. Partner Roberto Fernandez and Carlos Olvera: both represent the principles of the firm. Excellent lawyers, best negotiators and an essential feature for  “important” litigation.’

‘An excellent law firm with professional lawyers who provide a timely service, being proactive and preventive. They make their clients feel like part of the team.’

‘The lawyers have extensive legal knowledge as well as an excellent sense for dispute resolution. Carlos Brehm and Carlos Olvera are always available to receive our calls and support us Nimbly. Both are excellent lawyers and negotiators.’

Key clients

Jafra Cosmetics International

Best Buy Stores

Abbott Laboratories de México

Inter-American Investment Corporation

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

El Palacio de Hierro

Dell Leasing México

Stewart Title Guaranty de México

Home Depot México

General Motors de México

Kimberly-Clark de México

Daimler Financial Services México

M+W High Tec Proyects México

Haver & Boecker Mexicana

NSC Agua

Merkafon de México (Teleperformance Mexico)

Tesla Automobiles Sales and Service México

Huawei Technologies de México

Nueva Wal Mart de México

Real estate Tier 2

Santamarina y Steta's 11-strong practice knows ‘the business very well’, and is praised by some clients for providing ‘unparalleled personal attention, as well as an excellent level of expertise’. The team advises on a wide range of matters including the acquisition, leasing, development, construction and sale of real estate properties, as well related financing structures and securitisation, including the contribution of properties to FIBRAS, CKDs, and guarantee trusts. The department is led by three partners. In Mexico City, Aarón Levet has broad experience in M&A, joint ventures and financing in the hospitality and industrial real estate sectors; and Vicente Grau is active in real estate transactions as part of a broader practice that also takes in economic competition, antitrust and estate planning. In Monterrey, César Cruz is as an expert in structuring, negotiating and implementing businesses and real estate operations, including the purchase and sale of assets and national and international co-investments. Support comes from recently appointed partner, Claudia Rodríguez, who focuses  mainly on the industrial, retail and housing sectors; and senior associate Isaac Zatarain.

Testimonials

Santamarina y Steta has a consolidated real estate team that has been working together for many years. They know each other well and know the business very well. They have unparalleled personal attention, as well as an excellent level of expertise.

Key clients

Shimtech de México

Invex Infraestructura

Algonquin

Accor Hotels

Industrias AlEn

Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza

Bartlett

Ganfeng International Trading (Shanghai)

Cosmocel

Novocast

Martinrea International

TMT Tier 2

A longstanding presence in the telecoms sector Santamarina y Steta currently fields a seven-lawyer team that is particularly strong advising on transactional and regulatory TMT-related work, as well as compliance issues and administrative matters and representation. Firm chairman, corporate specialist Jorge León-Orantes, has extensive experience in telecoms, broadcasting, IT, e-commerce, data protection and privacy, and M&A. He co-leads the practice with fellow senior partner César Cruz (in Monterrey), who has particular expertise in all aspects of data privacy and protection matters. Recent matters include advising a number of digital platforms - such as MU Team and Enroll-U on the TMT, e-commerce and regulatory aspects of establishing their business and initiating operations in Mexico. Additional key practice contacts include recently appointed counsel, Paola Morales (in Mexico City), and senior associate Diego Rubén Acosta (in Monterrey); both focus on telecoms, IT, e-commerce, and data protection and privacy, along with corporate, M&A and foreign investment. (Senior associate Rodrigo Orenday has been on secondment at PayPal since June 2020).

Testimonials

Very competent team from a technical legal point of view. It is a team always ready to help. Their opinions were always oriented to practical solutions, taking into account the needs of the business. Always ready to respond to requests, they took the time to correctly understand the business model that was sought in the operation.

The team has proven to be professional, agile and responsible. I would venture to say that they are quite competitive. People are always available to my organization’s needs. Additionally, it does not require a great explanation in order to execute and solve the issues that we present to them.’

The team of collaborators from Santamarina and Steta is extremely capable, each one expert in their subjects and they work impeccably when teams from other areas and various new business lines have to be reviewed. Their structure and business knowledge in the sector seems to me to be unmatched and they allow us to best advise our business. The service of the team in general is first-rate. What stands out and highlights the lawyers / partners first is the mastery of the topics and the preparation of each one. Additionally, their customer service orientation and service attitude is unmatched. The profile is of people with great ease of dealing with people and who are always there to advise, help and guide us as clients. Sergio Chagoya as partner and leader of the area is outstanding, as is Jorge Vazquez in his attention, service and speed in solutions, in addition to helping to coordinate with the different lawyers and partners on the different issues to review given the nature of our business.’

Key clients

Kronos Incorporated

Editorial Animal

EMC Computer Systems México

OnStar de México

Enroll-U

John Deere

Honeywell

Hershey México

Kering Group

Martinrea

Merkafón Group (Teleperformance)

Teltech Systems, Inc.

Alfa Corporativo

The Export and Import Bank Of China

MU Team (Mensajeros Urbanos)

Walmart de México

Capital markets Tier 3

Santamarina y Steta's 14-strong capital markets team represents a full range of relevant clients, from investment funds, brokerage firms and lending institutions to issuers, underwriters, placement agents, dealers and trustees regarding debt and equity offerings, public tender offers, debt exchanges involving public companies, derivatives, and repurchase and securities lending transactions. Former managing partner and practice head Alberto Saavedra is chair of the ethics and normative committees of the Mexican Stock Exchange and derivatives market 'MexDer'; indeed, the firm is external counsel to the stock exchange. Other key figures include client favorite and 20-year veteran Sergio Chagoya, who advises on capital markets, banking and finance and corporate/M&A, as well as securities, derivatives and fintech; Carlos Argüelles, who particularly works on the private placement of debt securities; and Monterrey of counsel Jorge Barrero, who takes on M&A, securities, competition/antitrust, and estate planning. Key support comes from experienced and specialized senior associate Gustavo Mendoza and associate Diego Ostos.

Testimonials

They know our business very well as clients, that facilitates interaction and understanding of needs.

Friendly, and available: Sergio Chagoya, Diego Ostos, Jorge Vazquez, Antonio López.

They are very organized, timely and diligent.

Quick responses based on your knowledge and experience; personalized treatment, diligence and efficiency.

Disposition, quick response and search for solutions; other firms do not help to “close” as much as Santamarina y Steta.

Key clients

Mexican Stock Exchange

Controladora Comercial Mexicana / La Comer

Rassini

Kimberly Clark de México

Grupo Industrial Saltillo

Interjet

Grupo Lamosa

Corporación Geo

Invex Controladora / Invex Grupo Financiero

Corporación Interamericana de Inversiones

Grupo Palacio de Hierro

Euroclear

Alfa

Banco Mercantil del Norte

Intellectual property Tier 3

Full-service firm Santamarina y Steta offers ‘first class intellectual property services’, in the main IP areas of trade marks, patents, and copyright, as well as in trade secrets and domain names, plant varieties and breeder’s rights. As one client notes, the firm ‘understands the problems of the agronomic discipline’. The business-oriented team of six lawyers represents companies from the pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and automotive industries, and is led by Jose Pablo Pérez Zea, an expert in franchising and licensing, who also handles litigation and prosecution regarding intellectual property rights. Support comes from Daniel Legaspi, who was appointed counsel in January 2021 and handles trade marks, franchising and licensing and is also an accredited arbitrator for copyright issues; along with associates Jacqueline Caraza, who focuses on patents, and plant variety specialist Enriqueta Molina. The litigation side of the practice was reinforced by the arrival of Efraín Olmedo from Arochi & Lindner, SC in July 2019.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

They offer first class intellectual property services, they are fast, timely and accurate. Far above the rest of the firms. José Pablo Pérez and Daniel Legaspi are highly knowledgeable in the field, providing good advice and handling contentious processes at administrative and judicial levels very well

Santamarina + Steta has specialized personnel in the area of agricultural production, something that is very useful because communication is more fluid and because this specialized personnel understands the problems of the agronomic discipline. In addition, they have national experience, which makes their advice more efficient. Their lawyers are open enough to consult technical experts as I am, since in order to understand some cases, it is necessary to look for scientific or technological explanations that clarify the difficult points to be evaluated. Among them is Enriqueta Molina

Key clients

Promaiz Nativo

GM Global Technology Operations

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide

Pirelli Tyre

Deere & Company

Johnson Electric International

Grupo Posadas

THR3MEDIA

Hersey Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation

International trade and customs Tier 3

Two experienced partners, Alejandro Luna and Ernesto Duhne, lead the eight-strong trade team at full-service firm Santamarina y Steta, which shows notable skills handling a range of IT&C matters, especially structuring operations in line with customs obligations, FTAs, IMMEX (maquiladora), tariff and non-tariff matters, taxation, anti-dumping, verification of origin, and related disputes. The practice has earned a good standing among multinational companies in the automotive, health, technology, aerospace, marine, pharmaceutical, retail and agro-industrial sectors, and also includes  noteworthy practitioners Mariano Calderón, a tax specialist who handles customs litigation, and associate Michel Zelaya.

Key clients

The Hershey Company

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

General Motors de México

Baic de México

Martinrea Group

Stryker Corporation

Kering Americas

ACCO Brands

Inteva Products

 Crown Equipment

 Aerolineas Argentinas

Alfa Laval

Movado Group

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Wabtec Corporation)

ITW Food Equipment

John Deere Sales Hispanoamerica

Seguidores Solares Soltec

Life sciences Tier 3

Santamarina y Steta advises clients in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetic, seed, fertilizers, plant nutrients and food industries, among others, on compliance with applicable Mexican law, regulations and standards; administrative litigation, corporate transactions and international trade and commerce matters, related to the life-sciences sector. Alejandro Luna has 20 years' experience in the sector, in addition to corporate governance, international trade and antidumping, franchise and licensing, M&A and joint venture; he has also spent time as external counsel to clients in the pharma and confectionary sectors. Recent matters include internal regulatory and sanitary audits, transactional regulatory strategies, administrative procedures and labelling matters, among others. The practice also has a sub-specialisation focused on the nascent cannabis market sector in Mexico. Key associates support comes from mid-level associate Mariana Larrea.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Hershey México

Sterigenics

Holcim México Operaciones

Cales y Morteros

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

Perrigo México

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Traditional full-service firm Santamarina y Steta is a constant presence, primarily on the finance side of project and infrastructure development. Both well-reputed international corporate finance lawyers, transactional practice head Juan Carlos Machorro and Sergio Chagoya co-lead the projects group; the pair have some 50 years' experience -including project finance and infrastructure matters- between them. Past years have seen them particularly active advising state-owned development bank Banobras. More recent mandates include advising Abengoa subsidiary Abent 3T on the execution of a $381m credit facility with Banco Santander, as well acquisitions in the renewables sector, mid-stream hydrocarbons matters, and a particular niche strength in relation to port developments and financings. It is also active in various municipal public-lighting PPPs. Additional key figures in the small group include Ricardo Orea Montaño, who was appointed partner in Janaury 2020 and associate Margarita Casarin, who both have broad experience across both project development and financing; while senior Gustavo Mendoza, and associate Diego Ostos, are more strictly finance focused.

Testimonials

Responsiveness: Juan Carlos Machorro, Ricardo Orea and Margarita Casarin.

Key clients

Abengoa

Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos  (Banobras)

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Abent 3T

Sabcapital (a subsidiary of Banco Sabadell)

Banco Multiva

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 4

Acting for debtors and creditors, Santamarina y Steta's capable bankruptcy practice is well-known for providing integrated advice on an array of insolvency matters, ranging from government relations to corporate, securities and labor matters, and for assisting in litigation associated with the insolvency and bankruptcy process itself. The department is co-led by co-managing partner Roberto Fernández del Valle and partner Carlos Olvera; Olvera is very experienced in commercial litigation and bankruptcy proceedings, particularly regarding the oil and gas industry. Carlos Brehm, who made partner in January 2020, is another key member of the practice group.

Key clients

Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery (Hong Kong)

Grupo Metropolitano de Agua y Saneamiento

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Experienced corporate and finance partner Juan Carlos Machorro leads the practice at Santamarina y Steta, which has a solid track-record representing several international investors in energy and financial projects and agreements across the Mexican territory. The team has broad experience in negotiating with Pemex, electricity commission CFE and local regulators regarding oil, gas and power projects and infrastructure transactions, including energy-related matters with diverse renewable energies (biogas, wind, biodiesel, photovoltaic, advanced ethanol), where the team is frequently active on structuring aspects, project implementation and transactions. Experienced mid-level associate Ramses Franco is noted; however, Iliana Aranda departed to undertake her LLM and Jacobo Wertman left the firm in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Our company only employs S&S as its third party provider of these types of services. My experience with the firm was very positive in the sense that they gave me the correct attention, there were no problems on their part to comply in a timely manner with the services, with the availability or to give priority to the most urgent matters.

Key clients

Albéa Purchasing North America

Martinrea Honsel México

Accuride Corporation

Verdad Exploration Mexico / Magna Operating

Scotiabank Inverlat

Innophos Fosfatados de México

Environment Tier 4

Seasoned partner, Aarón Levet, heads the practice at Santamarina y Steta. With over 35 years' experience and specialisation in environmental, natural resources, and real estate law, he regularly advises domestic and international clients on the environment aspects of transactional matters, particularly in the hospitality and industrial real estate sectors. Recent mandates have involved environmental and regulatory due diligence, hazardous waste management, compliance audits and the regularization of environmental obligations. Key support comes from seniors Isaac Zatarain (environment and natural resources, renewable and clean energy and real estate, along with anti-corruption matters), and October-2019 hire, Juan Carlos Aguirre, who has a significant track record in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Bartlett

Innophos Fosfatados de Mexico (Innophos)

Stryker Corporation

Graftech Mexico (Graftech)

Grupo Alen

Metalsa

Insurance Tier 4

Santamarina y Steta is well-known for its activity with local insurance companies and foreign carriers undertaking insurance activities in Mexico, acting for said clients on contractual, corporate and regulatory matters. The well-respected practice, which also handles insurance issues for industry, such as E&O matters, is led by partner Francisco Torres from the Monterrey office; he is very experienced in M&A transactions involving Mexican insurance carriers. Support comes from Mexico City-based partner Carlos Olvera, who combines his practice with his excellent litigation skills.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

AmTrust Financial Services

XL Catlin

Seguros Afirme

Fianzas Avanza

XL Seguros Mexico

Merkafon de Mexico (Teleperformance)

Renovalia Energy Group

Bruno, Agente de Seguros

Tax Tier 4

The six-strong tax practice at full-service firm Santamarina y Steta, renowned for its litigation capabilities, is led by experienced partner Mariano Calderón, who specializes in tax, constitutional and administrative litigation, taxation, foreign trade and anti-money laundering matters. Other noteworthy practitioners include Karina Robledo, appointed counsel as of January 2021, who focuses on domestic and international tax matters - mainly acquisitions (due diligence), transfers, mergers, spin-offs and all types of corporate reorganisation; and senior associate Jair Vaca, who is very active on the litigation side.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Constant updating with respect to applicable legislation and tax authority criteria. Mariano Calderon: Proposes several strategies with an excellent risk analysis. Jair Vaca: Monitoring and attention to the matter. Naomi Tanaka: Monitoring and attention to the matter

Key clients

General Motors Mexico

Farmacias Guadalajara

PayPal México

Idemia (formerly: Morpho)

Talisis Holding

We are legal experts in Mexico. We know how to develop strategic solutions that produce successful results for our clients, whom we consider our business partners.

We make their challenges our own by understanding their environment and that of the local situation, culture and Mexican laws.  This is our seal of quality and excellence.

We are a one-stop shop with the capacity to offer legal services in more than 20 practice areas, ensuring reliable, multidisciplinary, integrated and comprehensive approaches.

We are the most effective and committed partners with our client’s projects, investments, transactions and dreams.

Department Name Email Telephone
Securities and capital markets Alberto Saavedra +5255 5279.5400
Mergers and acquisitions Jorge León-Orantes +5255 5279.5400
Project finance Sergio Chagoya +5255 5279.5400
Labor and employment Juan Carlos De la Vega +5255 5279.5400
Energy Juan Carlos Machorro +5255 5279.5400
Litigation Carlos Olvera +5255 5279.5400
Director of Business Development and MKT Gaby Finkel +5255 5279.5400
Intellectual Property José Pablo Pérez Zea +5255 5279.5400
Competition/Antitrust Ernesto Duhne +5255 5279.5400
International Trade Alejandro Luna +5255 5279.5400
Privacy and Data Protection César Cruz +5281 8133 6002
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mariano Calderón photo Mariano Calderón Partner
 Sergio Chagoya  photo Sergio Chagoya Partner
 Ernesto Duhne  photo Ernesto Duhne Partner
 Roberto Fernández del Valle M.  photo Roberto Fernández del Valle M. Partner
 Vicente Grau  photo Vicente Grau Partner
 Pablo Laresgoiti  photo Pablo Laresgoiti Partner
 Jorge León-Orantes photo Jorge León-Orantes Partner
 Aarón Levet photo Aarón Levet Partner
 Alejandro Luna  photo Alejandro Luna Partner
 Juan Carlos Machorro  photo Juan Carlos Machorro Partner
 Carlos Olvera  photo Carlos Olvera Partner
 Andrés Rodríguez photo Andrés Rodríguez Partner
 Alberto Saavedra  photo Alberto Saavedra Partner
 Pedro Velasco  photo Pedro Velasco Advisor
 Jose Pablo Pérez Zea photo Jose Pablo Pérez Zea Partner
 Juan Carlos de la Vega  photo Juan Carlos de la Vega Managing Partner
Number of partners : 20
Number of associates : 69
Number of Law Clerk : 40
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