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Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Mexico > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

For antitrust investigations carried out in Mexico, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC makes for reliable and seasoned counsel. Recent scrutiny by COFECE in the banking and beer making industries have both been sources of work for the practice, which is headed by Fernando Carreño, one of the market’s most renowned lawyers for investigations in this area. He is also an experienced transaction lawyer when it comes to merger and pre-merger filings. The practice was significantly bolstered in January 2023 with the hire of Sergio López as a partner after some seven years at COFECE where he had held a number of senior positions including Director General of Contentious Affairs, Head of the Technical Secretariat and Head of the Investigative Authority. Counsel César Martínez supports on litigation cases, mainly regarding investigations into alleged illegal behaviour; while among a strong crop of associates, experienced seniors Mónica Cabeza de Vaca and Michel Llorens are two names to note. Since publication, Llorens has been raised to counsel - effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Carreño

Key clients

Anheuser Busch InBev


KKR & Co


Clayton, Dubilier & Rice



Bain Capital

ICA Ingenieros Civiles Asociados

Grupo Infra

Grupo Tomza

Grupo Simsa

Grupo Lala

Work highlights

  • Advised Edizione and Blackstone on obtaining a merger clearance in Mexico for their acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of Atlantia.
  • Advised Celanese on obtaining the merger clearance before COFECE for the acquisition of the M&M Business from Dupont.
  • Advising KKR on obtaining merger clearance in Mexico for its acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Contour Global.

Mexico > Compliance Tier 1

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC continues to provide tier-leading counsel in the compliance space, with particular skill in anti-corruption matters. In addition, the practice’s expertise encompasses national and cross-border investigations, preventive advice, and criminal and civil litigation. A number of its attorneys are dual-qualified to practice law in both Mexico and New York, affording the bench a strong advantage in cross-border cases involving the United States. Team leader Diego Sierra is a standout leader in anticorruption matters; as well as remaining active on the firm’s most high-profile recent cases (such as TelevisaUnivision), he chairs the Anti-Corruption Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce Mexico. Partners Raymundo Soberanis and Pablo Fautsch undertake internal investigations, arbitration and litigation; while Enrique Riquelme - who was promoted to of counsel in January 2023 - is experienced in white-collar investigations and alternative dispute resolution methods. Since publication, the firm has further strengthened the practice with the hire of Ricardo Cacho - a former director general of procedural control at the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) - as counsel, effective March 2024.

Practice head(s):


They were among the first to establish a compliance practice in Mexico and are among the best at it. Several U.S. companies use this firm to assist with internal investigations related to Mexico, as well as other aspects of Mexican law. Diego Sierra’s leadership and unmatched integrity sets him apart from the rest of the lawyers in Mexico. His ability to understand complex problems and solve them in the simplest of ways is remarkable.

Responsive, dedicated, knowledgeable.

Very responsive; very professional.  This firm works well with lawyers from the United States and does a good job of explaining the Mexican legal system.

Diego Sierra is very responsive; Raymundo Soberanis is a very good lawyer.

They have a very high commitment to developing the practice and have been very consistent in their efforts.

Diego Sierra is an outstanding lawyer. Very respected among our colleagues and highly regarded by clients.

The team is accustomed to working with foreign clients and companies, particularly those based in the United States. Excellent level of service.

Excellent knowledge of anti-corruption issues; benchmark on competition and arbitration issues.

Key clients

Woodside Energy (previously known as BHP Billiton)

Grupo Modelo


Televisa Univision

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing day-to-day guidance to Woodside Energy on its Mexican operations to ensure compliance with anticorruption regulations.
  • Advised Cervecería Modelo on AML matters.
  • Assisted Covestro with the optimisation of its crime prevention programme by detecting and identifying potential risks.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Acting for a client base predominantly made up of foreign companies, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC‘s practice in arbitration has an international focus and a standout selection of Japan-based clients. Alongside the dedicated international arbitration department that has established a leading position in the market, the firm also has arbitration expertise extending to other practice areas, fielding a large pool of associates and senior associates with arbitration training employed on a multi-practice basis. Another strength of the department is in disputes against government entities, in cases with commercial and administrative law components. The name of Claus von Wobeser carries a lot of weight in the Mexican arbitration market, his 40 years of experience proving invaluable to long-term and new clients alike. He co-leads the department with Adrián Magallanes, whose broad practice covers all forms of dispute resolution and a focus on energy and natural resources. Montserrat Manzano is another contact with complementary experience in the energy space, and Raymundo Soberanis is a specialist in public contracting procedures. Pablo Fautsch‘s arbitration practice includes a key role in the firm’s construction and infrastructure group, and Jessika Rocha is another young partner with a burgeoning international arbitration practice, especially in energy. Rodrigo Macín and Rodrigo Barradas are the most prominent associates in the department. Since publication, Barradas has been promoted to counsel - effective as of December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Claus von Wobeser; Adrián Magallanes

Key clients

Sempra Energy

Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA)

Anheuser Busch InBev – Cervecería Modelo

The Mitsui Group

Vitol Marketing Mexico




The Coca Cola Company

Partners Group, Femaca Pipeline de Occidente

Cervecería Hondureña

FCTG Singapore

Huawei Technologies de México

Quino Energy (JV between Villanueva Solar and Parque Solar Villanueva Tres)


Work highlights

  • Acted for IENOVA in various arbitrations (both ICC and LCIA) seated in Mexico City, acting as both claimant and respondent, against the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) deriving from a $842m dispute.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Fielding a team over 35-strong -including eight partners who dedicate the majority of their time in the sector-  Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC demonstrates genuine strength in both transactional and corporate mandates. The group is retained by major international corporates and notable private equity fund managers, among them AB InBev, BMW, Uber and Mitsubishi. Indeed the firm is both full service and oriented towards relationships with its clients (as opposed just a transactional footing), and organised in terms of industry groups: with consumer goods, automotive and manufacturing, energy and natural resources, financial services and real estate all being areas of particular expertise, and the life sciences and pharmaceutical sector being a sector of significant growth. Senior partner Luis Burgueño (‘very knowledgeable regarding the corporate area‘) focuses his practice on cross-border M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance matters; he co-leads the practice in conjunction with Pablo Jiménez, who also offers strong transactional capabilities and corporate governance support, along with stakeholder matters and reputational management with an ESG focus. The healthily deep bench also houses antitrust practice head Fernando Carreño; Pablo Saez, who shines on transactional matters with a real estate component; Alberto Córdoba, who majors on M&A, joint ventures and financing transactions; and Alejandro Orellana, who is active on venture capital and private equity transactions. Counsels Gloria Martínez and Javier Betancourt, and senior associate Manuel Martínez, all provide across-the-board support regarding corporate and transactional matter. In an additional and significant first, the firm has also launched its a tailor-made, large language model (LLM), AI-driven chatbot (“VonBot”), which -while designed for internal use- underlines its commitment to technology and is likely to notably enhance its service offering and delivery. Since publication, Betancourt has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Luis Burgueño; Pablo Jiménez


The team clearly understood our needs and was always present when necessary. They fulfilled the expected role and were very assertive in their recommendations.

Luis Burgueño is very knowledgeable regarding the corporate area and we feel very well supported and advised by him and his team.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Arrendadora Monex

EVO Payments International

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)

Vifor (International)


Orlegi Sports

Velocity Vehicles Group


Enerflex (Canada)

Borr Drilling, Grupo CME

Senator Logistics (Mexico)

Pernod Ricard

Cervecería Modelo de México

Grupak (México)


BIA Foods

Keurig Dr Pepper


COMPAS (JV between Damlier & Nissan)

Seguros Atlas


Work highlights

  • Advised The Coca-Cola Company in the negotiation of Long-Term Relationship Management agreements with key bottlers in Latin America, which incorporate relevant changes to their existing business relationships.
  • Advised ICA, a leading company in the construction and operation of infrastructure in Mexico, in its acquisition of Globalvía’s stake in Autovía Necaxa-Tihuatlán, S.A. de C.V.’s (Auneti).
  • Advised Pernod Ricard in the acquisition of the majority stake of in Código 1530 Tequila and Mezcal, one of the fastest growing ultra-premium and prestige brands in the agave category in the US.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is a well-established name in Mexico when it comes to resolving disputes, and while it is best renowned in arbitration, the firm houses a strong litigation team that can reliably assist clients with the gamut of cases. The practice continues to be engaged in long-running class actions whose conclusions will set precedents in their respective sectors. Other areas of strength include the representation of foreign clients operating in Mexico (especially Japan-based companies), and disputes against government entities where commercial law and administrative law are interlinked. Co-leading the practice: Adrián Magallanes stands out for his expertise in energy sector litigation; while Diego Sierra is noted for ESG and anti-corruption matters, alongside his broad litigation practice. Other key contacts in the team include Raymundo Soberanis, Jessika Rocha and Pablo Fautsch. At the senior associate level, Rodrigo Barradas has a broad dispute resolution practice and his litigation experience extends to all court levels in Mexico.

Practice head(s):

Adrián Magallanes; Diego Sierra


They are a technically very solvent team with a very practical approach to the issues that are presented to them. This solvency allows them to simplify the challenges and design strategies appropriate to the specific case. Additionally, they have a practice that covers different specialty areas, because just as they handle litigation, they also handle arbitration.

The two partners I work with are Diego Sierra and Adrián Magallanes. With the first I have seen more litigation issues, while with the second I have seen more arbitration issues, however, any of them is very solvent in any of the mentioned areas. In addition, Diego Sierra is extremely solvent in matters of insolvency and structures, which is why this practice is currently focused on him as regards the firm. They are two lawyers with experience and great dedication.

Key clients

Sempra Energy

Mitsui & Co Power Development

Syngenta Agro

Reorganized TK Holdings Trust

Fianzas Atlas

Cervecería Modelo de México (Anheuser Busch InBev)



Invex Infraestructura

Siemens Energy

Hoerbiger de México

Mars Mexico

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics


Work highlights

  • Represented Reorganized TK Holdings Trust in a class action related to an alleged malfunction of airbags, which was dismissed at the class certification stage.
  • Acted for a Hong Kong manufacturing company in a multimillion-dollar commercial lawsuit against Walmart and Suburbia.
  • Representing Syngenta Agro in a class action regarding the possibility of importing and planting genetically modified corn in Mexico.

Mexico > Environment Tier 2

Benefitting from the firm’s increasingly defined market position as a full service firm oriented primarily towards long term relations with its clients, the environmental team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC benefits from both a steady stream of transactional matters and the ongoing matters generated by the firm’s strong industrial and manufacturing client base. While this constitutes some 60% of the team’s current activity, the remainder is made up of administrative (environmental) litigation – particularly, of late, concerning water resources, concessions and supply. The 11-strong team is co-led by Edmond Grieger, who has some 20 years’ experience in the sector, including both advisory and compliance concerning complex M&A and major project and infrastructure developments, as well as environmental and administrative litigation; and energy and projects specialist Ariel Garfio, whose expertise takes in contractual, environmental, regulatory, social impact, rights of way and agrarian matters. While the practice has seen some changes at the more junior level, key support comes from mid-level associate Roberto Flores, whose practice is centred on environmental law, energy and natural resources and real estate. Headline mandates include ongoing assistance to Ivenergy regarding all the environmental and social authorisations and licensing concerning its more than 20 renewable and co-generation plants across the country and in particular advice concerning all environmental aspects of the company’s Parque Eólico de Fenicias project, currently at the EPC stage. Other matters include advising Blanmin on the environmental and administrative matters required to regularize two mining concession titles in Campeche; and Nissan on compliance related matters concerning its water concession obligations before CONAGUA for the operation of its facilities in Aguascalientes and Morelos.

Practice head(s):

Edmond Grieger; Ariel Garfio

Key clients

Anheuser Bush InBev (Grupo Modelo)


BMW Group



Uber and Corner Shop

Hella Automotive


COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes)

Nu Skin México

Fresenius Medical Care



Jugos del Valle

First Brands Group (Brake Parts Inc.)

Amigos de Sian Ka’an

Tupy México

Work highlights

  • Sole environmental legal advisors to Grupo Modelo; currently advising the client in several states in Mexico regarding issues related to transmission of water rights and environmental compliance matters.
  • On-going legal advice relating to 3M’s manufacturing plants in Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosí and Baja California, as well as ensuring that its vast network of waste management service providers comply with environmental regulations.
  • Advisors to BMW Group for all legal advice related to environmental compliance matters including administrative verification procedures initiated by the Federal Environmental Agency.

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 3

The team at client-focused full-service Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC advises clients on traditional banking matters and sophisticated credit and financing transactions, and additionally demonstrates particular strength in fintech. Recent work highlights include advising Fairplay (a company providing e-commerce startups with early financing), on negotiating a credit facility for up to $100m. Practice co-head Luis Burgueño specialises in complex cross-border transactions - including private and public M&A, and joint-ventures; while fellow co-lead Alberto Córdoba primarily represents borrowers and issuers in loan transactions and debt issuances. Alejandro Orellana, counsels Gloria Martínez and Javier Betancourt, along with senior associate Jaime Ostos are additional names to note. Since publication, Betancourt has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Luis Burgueño; Alberto Córdoba


Very talented team.

Accessible to the client, available, strong problem solving abilities.

Key clients

Freedom to Scale (Fairplay)

Weltio Wealth Management


Clayton, Dubilier, & Rice (USA)


Banco Internacional de Costa Rica

Servicios RocketPOS México

Cervecería Modelo de México

Banco ITAÚ

Enso Finve

Work highlights

  • Advised Fairplay on negotiating and executing a working capital credit facility for an amount up to $100m.
  • Advised Revlon on a $575m term loan and debtor-in-possession credit facility as part of the company’s Chapter 11 restructuring proceedings.
  • Assisted Enerflex with a financed acquisition of oil-and-gas company Exterran Corporation.

Mexico > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

The bankruptcy and restructuring practice at full-service firm Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC handles domestic and cross-border bankruptcy litigation and out-of-court restructuring for secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, investors and directors. Practice co-head Diego Sierra is experienced in contentious bankruptcy matters and is dual-qualified to practice in both Mexico and the United States; alongside him, Jessika Rocha represents debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and advises clients facing bankruptcy on preventative commercial strategies; and Raymundo Soberanis undertakes litigation in both domestic and international courts. At associate level, Alejandro Gonzalez and Gustavo Vaca are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Diego Sierra; Jessika Rocha


‘Diego Sierra, Alejandro González and Jessika Rocha reguarly follow up on issues with the client.’

Key clients

Marinsa de México

TK Holding, Takata de México, Industrias Irvin

Scania Comercial

Work highlights

  • Represented Scania Comercial, creditor of Transportes Unidos, on the latter’s bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented Marinsa in an insolvency claim filed by two alleged creditors of the company before a District Court in the state of Campeche, Mexico.

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Energy generators, service providers, developers, financial institutions, suppliers and off-takers are all among the companies that look to Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC for advice on transactions, financings and disputes, among other matters. As part a full-service firm, the practice can offer clients support through the life-cycle of a project or business operation in Mexico; indeed, the team has advised on a sizeable share of the renewable energy projects in the country over recent years. Leading the practice, Edmond Frederic Grieger is an experienced name in the Mexican energy market and works across energy and environmental matters, public bidding process, and administrative litigation. Ariel Garfio has a broad focus on the power, mining, and oil and gas sectors; while Luis Burgueño has advised on major transactions as well as guiding multinationals through their compliance with Mexico’s energy sector regulations. Raymundo Soberanis is a key contact for contentious issues in the sector; and from a deep pool of associates, Victor Delgado has been especially active since joining from Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C. in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Edmond Grieger

Key clients

Abeinsa Juárez N-III

Allied Mineral Products de México

Ahumada Solar

Ammper Energía

BayWa R.e.

Beel Infraestructure


BHP Billiton



Borr Drilling

Chester Mining Company

Compañía de Electricidad Los Ramones

Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes

Électricité de France

Elsewedy Electric

Emerald Power

ENEL Green Power



Energía Eléctrica de Chihuahua

Energy Development Partners


ErgoSolar Mexico


Framatome Inc.

Fotovoltaica de Ahumada

FV de Zacatecas

Guadalupe Cogen Center

GE Renewables

GE Power



HWD Holdings


InfraRed Capital Partners

Internovum Solar


Invenergy Clean Power Mexico

Invenergy Llave en Mano

Invenergy Wind Development Mexico


Invex Infraestructura Energía


Metallica Resources

Minería Aurea

Minera Metalúrgica Tapalpa

Minería San Xavier

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

Mitsubishi Power Aero



New Gold, Inc.


North Pole Star

Opex Perforadora

Orca Mining Explorations

Paratus Energy Services

Parque Eolico de Fenicias

Palladium Equity Partners

Perforaciones Estratégicas e Integrales Mexicana

Perforadora Profesional Akal I


Portafolio Jaguar Solar


Rancho Solar El Trece

RED-E Charge

RH Simulations


Saipem (subsidiary of ENI International)

Scatec Solar

Schlumberger Offshore Services (México)



Soluz Energía Solar

Sterling & Wilson

Thyssen Krupp

Trico Componentes

Trigen Altamira


Vitechmex Nonwovens


Yingli Green Energy México


Work highlights

  • Advised Invenergy Llave en Mano on all regulatory, corporate, and land aspects for the construction of a 168MW wind project and a 60km interstate transmission line.
  • Assisting Anheuser Busch InBev with the drafting and negotiation for the migration to multiple new power purchase agreements under the wholesale electricity market structure.
  • Advised GE Renewables on its participation in several public bidding processes called by the CFE to revamp and provide maintenance to 10 strategic hydroelectric power plants in Mexico.

Mexico > Intellectual property Tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s ‘highly attentive team’ for intellectual property matters remains a strong choice for a host of issues, whether as counsel on the IP components of M&A and joint ventures, or regarding portfolio management and the registration of trade marks and patents. Clients include both domestic sector leaders and household multinational names, with Nike Innovation being a recent addition to the client roster; the team is advising the company on patent matters. Practice head Patricia Kaim is an up-and-coming partner in the Mexican IP market; she has experience in constitutional and administrative IP proceedings, along with the IP aspects of transactional matters and IP-related dispute resolution. Kahn is supported by a five-strong associate team from which copyright specialist Silverio Sandate has been particularly active, recently.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Kaim


A dedicated and experienced trade mark practice.

Clear and concise communication (not long winded with lots of legalese). Applies practical advice and approach to solve issues without going to the most extreme and expensive options. Very effective at quickly negotiating resolutions with third-parties to manage costs and still achieve desired outcomes.

It is a highly attentive team, it is involved in the information that it must review and it gives the pertinent follow-up quickly and concretely.

Their extensive knowledge in addition to the personal and close attention with which they generate trust in customers.

Efren Sanchez’s advice is sophisticated and provided in a clear form.

Key clients

AB InBev / Grupo Modelo

Grupo Orlegi

The Procter & Gamble Company

Diageo México Comercializadora

Effem México Inc. y Compañía

Reinvex Integra



Galaxy UK OPCO

Jenny’s Rose

Nike Innovative

Pernord Ricard

Taylor Commercial Foodservice

Work highlights

  • Acted for Grupo Modelo on a joint venture with Canadian software company VSBLTY and Mexican marketing company Retailigent for developing and installing a network of digital media in stores.
  • Advised Pernord Ricard on the intellectual property matters involved in its acquisition of a majority shareholding of Codigo 1530 tequila and mezcal.
  • Acting for Nike Innovate on preparing and filing Mexican patent applications or the Mexican phase of International PCT Patent applications.

Mexico > International trade and customs Tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is recognised as a strong choice for foreign clients, particularly US businesses and their Mexican subsidiaries, needing advice on establishing operations in Mexico and the ongoing administration of production facilities. The international trade and customs practice is also adept in representation before the tax and customs authorities regarding audits and in litigation, when necessary. Luis Miguel Jiménez leads the department and has extensive experience in the international trade and customs space; reflecting an industry strength in the wider firm, he has particular knowledge of the automotive industry - a sector in which the practice is well ingrained. Counsel Lourdes Salazar is the main support and has notable experience assisting clients enrolled in the Immex programme.

Practice head(s):

Luis Miguel Jiménez

Key clients

Bay Valley Foods

Benteler de Mexico

BPI Brake Manufacturing Juarez

BPI Breaking Systems México

Camiones y Autobuses del Noroeste

Debevoise and Plimpton

First Brands Group

Franklin Electric

Freudenberg North America

ILS Supply Technologies

Limex Formado y Decorado

Motores Eléctricos Sumergibles de México

Rad Power Bikes

Reorganized TK Holdings Trust

Subensambles Internacionales

Tiffany & Co

TreeHouse Foods

Trico Componentes

Velocity Vehicle Group

Viam Manufacturing de México


Work highlights

  • Advised Limex Formado y Decorado on establishing a new production facility for export in Guadalupe, Nuevo León.
  • Assisted BPI Breaking Systems with closing a federal tax audit intended to confirm due payment of income tax from 2017 to 2022.
  • Advised Wiegand on establishing a new production line for export within a new production facility located in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

Mexico > Labour and employment Tier 3

In August 2022, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC upgraded its labour and employment law offering with the hire of Rafael Vallejo, formerly practice head at Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa. Counsel Adrián Castillo (from De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C.) was a further addition, along with three associates, thereby increasing the breadth and depth of the ‘agile, efficient team’ considerably. The department stands out for its experience in workforce restructurings as a result of M&A and joint ventures, advising on employee implications and transfers, as well as carrying out due diligence procedures and providing employment advice on commercial expansion. The practice also has capabilities in collective bargaining agreements, social security matters, and labour litigation, among other segments. Vallejo has joined the department as practice co-head, alongside Rodolfo Trampe, who advises a number of Fortune 500 companies. Senior partner Javier Lizardi is a corporate and M&A partner with labour law experience and a focus on the pharmaceuticals sector. Associate Alejandra Arizpe is recommended by clients and supports on a broad swathe of labour and social security law issues.

Practice head(s):

Rodolfo Trampe; Rafael Vallejo


I have worked with the labor area, and I can say that they are unique. Their commitment and knowledge of what is happening with the country and the legislation is unique.

Rodolfo Trampe is always up to date to support us and clarify doubts. He perfectly understands the needs of the company and supports to achieve strategic solutions.

They are characterised by being always updated and up-to-date with changes, and by having timely and adequate availability. Provided in-depth analysis of the issues.

They are up to date on issues, both changes or reforms and internal issues that we have in process with them.

The labour team is an agile, efficient team, with minds that come out of the box and that undoubtedly helps the company’s strategy. They are reliable lawyers, who know the industry and the matter and are always willing to support the company looking for alternatives in each query that is requested. They are very close to the company and knowing us means that they always give us added value.

The support and accompaniment of Rafael Vallejo has been invaluable, he is a lawyer who knows the subject deeply and thanks to this he has made us make the best decisions that have improved the company’s strategy and has even brought us savings.’

Diverse team, very hands-on. Very knowledgeable and sensible to client’s needs.

Rodolfo Trampe and Alejandra Arizpe advised on a very sensible lay-off. Very humane, and professional.

Key clients



Airbnb México

Diageo México

Ghafari Associates

Motherson Group

KHS México

Pernod Ricard



Work highlights

  • Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on the follow-up labour aspects of its $2.2bn acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ global mobility business.
  • Assisted Etsy with all labour aspects of its soft landing in Mexico.
  • Advised Pernod Ricard on the labour aspects of its $100m acquisition of Varo Holdings and its Mexican component Varo Destileria.

Mexico > Real estate Tier 4

The practice group at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC specialises above all in the conversion of ejidos into private property, as well as property acquisition, development, management, leasing, financing and litigation. The 13-strong team is co-directed by Pablo Saez, who has extensive M&A experience and is active on social property and urban development matters; and Alejandro Orellana, who advises domestic and foreign developers, lenders, and investors in connection with real estate-related regulatory issues. Raymundo Soberanis and Ariel Garfio are additional partner-level contacts. The practice was strengthened with the March 2023 hire of Rodrigo de los Ríos, formerly a partner at Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego, as counsel.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Saez; Alejandro Orellana

Key clients

Grupo Modelo

Cervecería Modelo del Centro


Zuffa Deportes Mexico

Orlegi Sports & Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Modelo on the regularisation of industrial real estate in Mexico City.
  • Advised Orlegi Sports & Entertainment on a real estate asset spin-off.
  • Represented Cervecería Modelo del Centro in litigation related to the acquisition of real estate.

Mexico > Tax Tier 5

The tax team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is best known for its strength in double taxation and for assisting clients with beneficial tax structures for foreign and domestic companies. The practice also supports the firm’s corporate team and often advises on the tax aspects of business restructurings and M&A transactions. In January 2023, the firm absorbed Alejandro Torres & Asociados, which added two lawyers who now oversee the tax department in conjunction with of counsel Fernando Moreno: Alejandro Torres, an experienced tax specialist who has acted in numerous complex tax disputes before the Mexican courts; and counsel Luis Enrique Torres whose practice is focused on the resolution of tax and administrative disputes. Associate Juan Manuel Moran was also part of the incorporation and provides strong support, particularly as regards tax audits.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Torres; Luis Enrique Torres; Fernando Moreno


We appreciate the follow-up and alternatives proposed to clients. They are always available to attend to issues that arise from simple to complex questions.

I always manage to contact them and they give an immediate response, creating a long-term relationship of trust.

Work highlights

  • Representing ArcelorMittal against tax assessments for various fiscal years amounting to over MXN$2bn.
  • Assisting Casas Javer with a tax assessment issued by the tax authority amounting to MXN$300m.
  • Acting for a subsidiary of Grupo Aeromexico regarding a tax assessment issued by the tax authority for MXN$180m.

Von Wobeser y Sierra is a Mexican law firm founded in 1986 that offers a wide range of legal services (full-service) through seventeen practice areas, six industry groups and one German desk. Our founders started the firm to challenge the statu quo and serve the needs of clients with a practical, agile and creative mindset, which they thought was missing in the Mexican market. This purpose has inspired us for over 36 years.

We develop long-term relationships with clients, through a collaborative and problem-solving approach. Many of our clients are leaders in their industries and are part of the Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 lists, as well as of the Dow Jones, S&P 500, FTSE, DAX, Nikkei or IPC indices.

We have a strong and diverse team of world-class talent of more than 150 lawyers (including 24 partners, 6 of counsel, and 9 counsel) and legal interns, plus administrative staff. Our lawyers have a strong academic and professional preparation. Many of them have pursued graduate degrees in the most prestigious universities of the United States and Europe, and have visiting lawyer experience in globally renowned law firms.

Our vision is to be the law firm of reference for the most complex and challenging legal matters in Mexico. Our mission is to solve our clients’ legal matters with the highest quality services, prioritizing their interests and the success of their business, through an expert and solution-oriented team.

In recent years, our firm has grown strategically, in a steady and sustainable fashion, at a pace that is hardly matched by any other leading-tier Mexican law firm. We are proud of what we have built, and we are excited about our future.

The firm has earned international recognition from the most prestigious legal directories and rankings: Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latin America, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Global Arbitration Review 100 (GAR 100), Global Competition Review 100 (GCR 100), Global Investigations Review 100 (GIR 100), Global Restructuring Review 100 (GRR 100), Who’s Who Legal (WWL), Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) and IFLR1000, among others.

Diversity and Inclusion: While there is much work to be done in the Mexican legal industry, we are proud of the progress we have as a firm in diversity and inclusion, and our commitment is unwavering.

Von Wobeser y Sierra strengthened its commitment to D&I with the creation of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in 2016, which promotes an inclusive work environment regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic level, disabilities, or any other social identities.

Regarding sexual diversity, since 2019, the firm has obtained the recognition of LGBTQ+ Best Place to Work, a certification of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation of Mexico.

The firm signed the commitment of Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA), which was launched in May 2016, in London, to increase the number of women arbitrators on an equal opportunity basis.

Von Wobeser y Sierra actively supports Abogadas MX, a non-profit organization established in 2015, whose mission is “[to] work so that every female lawyer in Mexico can thrive in an inclusive professional environment and have the necessary tools to enhance her development and be a change agent.”

Since 2022, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee has successfully organized the Von Wobeser y Sierra Diversity Week, in the interest of opening a space for reflection and dialogue on the challenges and opportunities we face in matters of D&I. Several of the activities are open to the participation of clients and friends.

Pro bono: Von Wobeser y Sierra is proud to be a pro bono leader. The firm signed an agreement for the promotion of pro bono work with Fundación Barra Mexicana, A.C., with the objective of filing a quarterly report stating the number of pro bono hours worked, as well as a detailed description of the work done and the clients to whom it was provided during that period. The firm has been fulfilling this obligation since January 1, 2007.

In addition, Von Wobeser y Sierra took part in the committee that prepared the preliminary draft of the Declaration of Pro Bono Work for the American Continent (in effect since 2008), the purpose of which is the promotion and development of this important labor throughout Latin America.

Since 2013, and for eleven consecutive years, Von Wobeser y Sierra has received the Leading Lights recognition, from the Vance Center and Latin Lawyer, as one of the law firms in Latin America most committed to pro bono work.


  • Anti-corruption and compliance
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and finance
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring
  • Competition and antitrust
  • Corporate, mergers and acquisitions
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Environmental
  • ESG (Environment, social and governance)
  • Immigration and global mobility
  • Industrial and intellectual property
  • International trade and customs
  • Labor, executive compensations and benefits
  • Litigation
  • Real estate
  • Tax (consultancy, controversy and litigation)
  • Telecommunications, media and technology

Practice industry groups

  • Automotive and manufacturing
  • Consumer goods
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Financial services
  • Pharmaceutical and life sciences
  • Real estate

Desk: German

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner contacts Claus von Wobeser cvonwobeser@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1011
Partner contacts Luis Burgueño lburgueno@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1003
Partner contacts Luis Miguel Jiménez lmjimenez@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1058
Partner contacts Rupert Hüttler rhuettler@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1038
Partner contacts Fernando Carreño fcarreno@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1042
Partner contacts Edmond Grieger egrieger@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1048
Partner contacts Adrián Magallanes amagallanes@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1077
Partner contacts Diego Sierra dsierra@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1039
Partner contacts Rodolfo Trampe rtrampe@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1054
Partner contacts Montserrat Manzano mmanzano@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1018
Partner contacts Pablo Saez psaez@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1085
Partner contacts Patricia Kaim pkaim@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1038
Partner contacts Alberto Córdoba acordoba@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1016
Partner contacts Raymundo Soberanis rsoberanis@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1034
Partner contacts Alejandro Orellana aorellana@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1085
Partner contacts Pablo Jiménez pjimenez@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1016
Partner contacts Pablo Fautsch pfautsch@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1072
Partner contacts Jessika Rocha jrocha@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1077
Partner contacts Ariel Garfio agarfio@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1008
Partner contacts Rafael Vallejo rvallejo@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1000
Partner contacts Katharina Roehr kroehr@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1023
Partner contacts Sergio López slopez@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1042
Partner contacts Alejandro Torres ajtorres@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1000
Partner contacts Javier Betacourt jbetancourt@vwys.com.mx +52 (55) 5258-1085
Photo Name Position Profile
Javier Betancourt photo Mr Javier Betancourt Javier is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra with more than…
Luis Burgueño photo Mr Luis Burgueño Partner Luis Burgueño is engaged in the following practice areas: Banking &…
Fernando Carreño photo Mr Fernando Carreño Partner Fernando Carreño is engaged in the following practice areas: Anti-Corruption &…
Alberto Córdoba photo Mr Alberto Córdoba Alberto is a Partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. with more…
Pablo  Fautsch photo Mr Pablo Fautsch Pablo is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra and has more…
Ariel  Garfio  photo Mr Ariel Garfio Ariel Garfio is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra. He has…
Edmond Frederic Grieger photo Mr Edmond Frederic Grieger Partner Edmond Frederic Grieger is engaged in the following practice areas: Constitutional…
Rupert Hüttler photo Mr Rupert Hüttler Partner Rupert Hüttler is engaged in the following practice areas: Commercial Contracts,…
Pablo Jiménez photo Mr Pablo Jiménez Pablo is a partner at Von Wobeser y Sierra. He has more…
Luis Miguel Jiménez photo Mr Luis Miguel Jiménez Partner Luis Miguel Jiménez is engaged in the following practice areas: Bankruptcy…
Patricia Kaim photo Ms Patricia Kaim Patricia is a Partner at Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. with more…
Sergio  López  photo Mr Sergio López Sergio is partner at Von Wobeser y Sierra. With more than twenty…
Adrián Magallanes photo Mr Adrián Magallanes Partner Adrián Magallanes is engaged in the following practice areas: Anti-Corruption &Compliance,…
Montserrat Manzano photo Ms Montserrat Manzano Montserrat is Partner of the Arbitration Practice of Von Wobeser y Sierra.…
Alejandro Orellana photo Mr Alejandro Orellana Alejandro is part of the corporate, M&A and real estate practices, and…
Jessika  Rocha  photo Ms Jessika Rocha Jessika Rocha is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra. She is…
Katharina  Roehr  photo Ms Katharina Roehr Katharina is partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra. She has approximately thirty…
Pablo Saez photo Mr Pablo Saez Pablo is the Head Partner of the Real Estate Practice and is…
Diego Sierra photo Mr Diego Sierra Partner Diego Sierra is engaged in the following practice areas: Anti-Corruption &…
Raymundo Soberanis photo Mr Raymundo Soberanis Raymundo is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra with more than…
Alejandro  Torres photo Mr Alejandro Torres Alejandro is the leading partner of the Tax practice at Von Wobeser…
Rodolfo Trampe photo Mr Rodolfo Trampe Labor & Employment, Executive Compensation & Benefits and Social Security
Rafael  Vallejo  photo Mr Rafael Vallejo Rafael is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra with more than…
Claus Von Wobeser photo Mr Claus Von Wobeser Founding Claus von Wobeser is engaged in the following practice areas: Civil…
Of counsel : 6
Counsel : 9
Associates : +100
Total staff : +250
Partners : 24