Carlos Olvera > Santamarina y Steta > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

Santamarina y Steta
11560 MEXICO, D.F.
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Work Department

Commercial Arbitration, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Money Laundering Prevention, Restructuring, Workouts and Insolvency, Insurance.




Carlos has 20+ years of professional experience focusing on commercial arbitration, civil and commercial litigation, money laundering prevention, restructuring, workouts and insolvency, and insurance. He has represented several national and international companies in the real estate, automobile, health, insurance and retail industries, as well as managing boards and senior executives in delicate matters, corporate crises, litigations, and other disputes pertaining to civil and commercial cases.


Spanish, English


Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa, Colegio de Abogados (ANADE)


1991, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Diploma in Top Management Program
2015, IPADE, Mexico

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Carlos OlveraSantamarina y Steta

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.

Mexico > Insurance

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.

Mexico > Bankruptcy and restructuring

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.