Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC > Mexico City, Mexico > Firm Profile

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC
PASEO DE LOS TAMARINDOS 60, 4TH FLOOR
COL. BOSQUES DE LAS LOMAS DEL. CUAJIMALPA, 05120
Mexico

Mexico > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

For some clients, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is ‘the best competition law firm in Mexico’. Its 17-strong practice advises companies from across the business spectrum on the full range of competition and antitrust matters, and garners additional praise for being ‘present in all relevant investigations in Mexico’, as well as for having solid knowledge of ‘the way the IFT and COFECE work’. The team led by the deeply experienced Fernando Carreño maintains an excellent reputation for its work in both antitrust investigations and premerger filings, while it is also regarded as one of the go-to firms regarding competition clearance for entities with constant M&A activity, such as KKR and Blackstone. Work highlights include advising AerCap on obtaining merger clearance in Mexico for the acquisition of 100% of GE Capital Aviation Services (GE’s aircraft leasing services division). César Martínez, who was promoted to counsel in December 2021 and associate Michel Llorens are additional key contacts of the team, which was further reinforced at associate level with the arrival of Diego Hernández from SAI Derecho & Economía S.C, and Monica Cabeza de Vaca from COFECE, in March and April 2021 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Carreño

Testimonials

In my opinion the best competition law firm in Mexico. They have a great team with expertise in all types of competition matters. They are present in all relevant investigations in Mexico. They know the way the IFT and COFECE work perfectly.’

They have a team that responds immediately, is 100% involved in the matter of study and has many elements that combine experience and youth. Their attention is excellent. The strategic knowledge of Fernando Carreño stands out.’

Fernando Carreño is an excellent, highly responsive and commercially aware. My first choice for all Mexico-related projects.’

Key clients

Anheuser Busch InBev / Grupo Modelo

JP Morgan Chase

Sugar Industry

AerCap Holdings

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Traton

Delphi Technologies

Hal Investment

Blackstone

Bain Capital

American Securities

Mexican Banking Association

Grupo Infra

Grupo TOMZA

Grupo SIMSA

ICA Ingenieros Civiles Asociados

Work highlights

  • Advised AerCap on obtaining merger clearance in Mexico for the acquisition of 100% of GE Capital Aviation Services (GE’s aircraft leasing services division).
  • Advised Blackstone, The Carlyle Group, Hellman & Friedman, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Private Limited on obtaining merger clearance in Mexico related to their acquisition of approximately 80% of the interest in Medline Industries.
  • Advised HAL in obtaining merger clearance in Mexico in relation to EssilorLuxottica acquisition of HAL’s 76.72% interest in GrandVision and launch of a mandatory public offer for the remaining shares upon completion of the transaction.

Mexico > Compliance Tier 1

One of the first firms to push development of this practice in Mexico, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC not only has a lengthy track record of experience in anti-corruption and compliance, but also, according to clients, is ‘among the best at it’ – the team garnering  particular praise for its ‘excellent knowledge of anti-corruption matters’. The group covers a variety of matters, including anti-corruption due diligence, national and cross-border investigations, preventive advice, as well as criminal and civil litigation arising from said investigations. Diego Sierra, whose ability to ‘understand complex problems and solve them in the simplest of ways is remarkable’, steers the department, currently chairs the anti-corruption commission of ICC Mexico, and is part of the firm’s recently launched ESG practice group. Fellow partner Raymundo Soberanis‘ expertise encompasses international investigations -at times working with US counsel- in various industries including the oil & gas, automotive, pharmaceutical and leisure sectors. Pablo Fautsch, who was promoted to the partnership in December 2021, rounds out the senior team.

Practice head(s):

Diego Sierra

Testimonials

Responsive, dedicated, and 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.

We worked with Diego Sierra, who was very responsive.

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

Diego Sierra is a very complete and outstanding lawyer. Well respected among our colleagues and highly regarded by clients. Raymundo Soberanis is a very good lawyer. He will be very prominent in a few more years.’

They were among the first to establish a compliance practice in Mexico and are among the best at it. Several U.S. firms use this firm to assist us with internal investigations related to Mexico, as well as other aspects of Mexican law. Diego Sierra’s leadership and unmatched ideal of 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.’

It is a firm that is accustomed to working with foreign clients and firms, primarily in the United States. So they know and adopt the same level of excellence and service.’

Excellent knowledge of anti-corruption matters.’

Key clients

Anheuser Bush InBev/Grupo Modelo

Grupo Coppel

Cinépolis

Franklin Electric

Veolia Mexico

Freudenberg Group

Egon Zhender

Seadrill

Fresenius Medical Care

Stryker Corporation

Tishman Speyer

Nuvocargo

Cushman & Wakefield

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

BHP Biliton

Work highlights

  • Advising BHP Billiton on matters regarding the Mexican anticorruption regulations related to BHP Billiton’s business in Mexico.
  • Advising Nuvocargo (a logistics startup) on drafting and implementing Nuvocargo’s Code of Business Ethics Code and its anticorruption policy.
  • Conducted a third-party due diligence of all of Eagle Burgmann’s distributors for the Central and Caribbean region (Panama, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua) in order to identify anticorruption red flags and measures to mitigate anticorruption risks.  

Mexico > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is undoubtedly one of the most respected names in the disputes domain, both in Mexico and Latin America, primarily for its ‘leading international arbitration practice’, which combines an excellent mix of experience and youth. Claus Von Wobeser, a market authority with over 40 years’ experience and who is recognised as ‘one of the best and most appointed arbitrators in the world’, heads the team together with Adrián Magallanes, an ‘emerging star in the region’, who garners praise for his dexterity ‘in international arbitration cases and complex construction and energy sector disputes’. Von Wobeser is the current president of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB) and also of the Mexican chapter of the ICC; while Magallanes, in addition to his work as an arbitrator, has an excellent track record in arbitrations, particularly in the commercial, construction, infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, and investor-state sectors. The practice was further reinforced in January 2022 with two partner promotions: Pablo Fautsch, who is part of the automotive & manufacturing and pharmaceutical & life sciences industry groups; and Jessika Rocha, an integral member of the firm’s energy disputes practice group, who has experience in arbitrations against public sector counterparties, including Mexican state companies and organisations. The ‘very well prepared and intelligentMontserrat Manzano provides additional partner-level expertise and capacity; while Rodrigo Macín, a ‘strong associate with a lot of legal knowledge’, is an additional name to note.

Practice head(s):

Claus von Wobeser; Adrián Magallanes

Testimonials

Market leader in Mexico and Latin America in complex disputes and international arbitration.’

Montserrat Manzano did a good job organizing and coordinating with Claus Von Wobeser during key times. Rodrigo Mancin is a strong associate with a lot of legal knowledge.’

Despite his young age, Adrián Magallanes is emerging as a star in the region, particularly in international arbitration cases and complex construction and energy sector disputes. Magallanes has an excellent command of the English language and is well versed in the rules and procedures of international arbitration. He has a brilliant reputation in the region and I have no doubt that, in a few years, he will be the benchmark for international arbitration in Mexico.’

Claus von Wobeser is an excellent leader, recognised as a reference in Latin America. Adrian Magallanes and Montserrat Manzano are outstanding partners, very well prepared and intelligent. They form a leading international arbitration practice team.’

An arbitration firm that is at the level of any firm in the world, but based in Mexico. Their standards of quality and diligence are those of any firm in the United States, Europe or Asia. In terms of diversity, it seems to me that of the last four partners they have appointed to the practice group, two of them have been women. I think this figure is relevant and speaks for itself.’

Claus Von Wobeser has distinguished himself as one of the best and most appointed arbitrators in the world, recognised for his brilliant and very extensive career.’

Adrian Magallanes is an extraordinarily talented lawyer and a great strategist, and has been noted for many successes as counsel in very large and complex arbitration cases.’

Probably the best arbitration team in Mexico. Without a doubt Claus and Adrián are two great arbitration leaders in Mexico and Latin America.’

Key clients

IENova

Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA)

Anheuser Busch InBev – Cervecería Modelo

GE Renewables

Mitsui

Dal-Tile

Saavi Energía

Invenergy

Siemens Energy

ContourGlobal

Vitol Marketing Mexico

Work highlights

  • Acted for IENova (as both claimant and respondent) in various arbitrations seated in Mexico City (both ICC and LCIA), against the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) deriving from a dispute valued at more than $842m.
  • Representing Dal-Tile Incorporated and Dal-Tale International in an investment arbitration against Mexico, as well as in local judicial proceedings pertaining to the enforcement of an arbitration agreement concerning a commercial dispute.
  • Representing ICA in an ICC arbitration case seated in New York, regarding a dispute in the port and maritime industry, involving cross claims between ICA and APMT.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Lauded for its ‘great service and quality of work’, as well as for remaining ‘at the forefront’ of corporate and M&A activity, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is the go-to firm for renowned clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Mars, BMW and Uber, who seek out the team's expertise in transactional and corporate mandates. The practice co-led by the experienced Luis Burgueño and Houston-based Pablo Jiménez is particularly effective when it comes to the structuring of joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and cross-border M&A, mainly related to the consumer goods, mobility and manufacturing sectors. Additional notable practitioners in the well-rounder department include: Fernando Carreño, who also heads the antitrust practice; Pablo Saez, who is particularly adept at transactional matters with a real estate component; and Alejandro Orellana, who plays a key role in the firm's consumer goods and financial services' industry groups. Counsels Gloria Martínez and Javier Betancourt, who were promoted to counsels in 2021 and 2022 respectively, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Luis Burgueño; Pablo Jiménez

Testimonials

Von Wobeser y Sierra’s corporate M&A practice is always at the forefront. They will always be superior in their personal attention, their treatment, their fair charging, their highly trained legal team.’

Always available and attentive to support the client’s needs. They offer a great service and quality of work.’

Their lawyers are very knowledgeable and have the ability to advise clients on new regulations, so that we in-house lawyers can anticipate any necessary measures.’

They know their clients and advise us in a timely manner without the need for excessive charges.’

Key clients

Adtran

BMW

Bocar Group or Grupo Industrial Bocar

Borr Drilling

Cervecería Modelo de México

Coppel Capital

Effem México Inc, y Compañía

Elring Klinger

Evo Payments México

Karl Schmidt Trading Company, Kolbenschmidt de México, Pierburg Pump Tehcnology México and KS Gleitlager de México

Krispy Kreme

National Instruments Corporation

Revlon

Rheinmetall

Samwardhana Motherson Group / PKC Group

The Coca Cola Company

TIA GB

Uber

Velocity Vehicle Group

Veritas

Ingenieros Civiles Asociados

Magna International

Work highlights

  • Advised Coppel Capital and its holding, Grupo Coppel and affiliate BanCoppel, in connection with the acquisition of Appriza Pay.
  • Advised Uber on the drafting, negotiation, and execution of a long-term master fleet agreement with Mobility DAE.
  • Advised Grupo Modelo in the formation of a joint-venture with VSBLTY and Retailigent to create an international digital in-store media network.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Although widely known in the dispute resolution space for  its finesse and skills in the arbitral segment, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC also houses a renowned litigation practice which has a very fine track record across civil, commercial, and administrative litigation. The group, which is praised for its ‘professionalism, responsiveness and good communication skills’, is jointly led by Adrián Magallanes, who has particular experience litigating energy and construction disputes, as well as handling arbitration mandates; and Diego Sierra, an anticorruption expert with ‘exceptional communication and interpersonal skills’. Constitutional amparos and class-action litigation also account for a significant proportion of the caseload. Recent work highlights include advising Syngenta Agro in a class action case related to the commercialisation of genetically modified seeds. Raymundo Soberanis, Jessika Rocha, and Pablo Fautsch (the latter two where appointed partners in December 2021) are additional key names on the team.

Practice head(s):

Adrián Magallanes; Diego Sierra

Testimonials

Experience and technical knowledge.’

Professionalism, responsiveness and good communication skills with the client.’

The Von Wobeser litigation team has a wealth of experience which allows them to advise clients in complex and often novel matters.’

One key attribute of the team that stands out is their ability to communicate complex concepts of Mexican law for a US audience.’

The compliance team is extremely well-known within the anticorruption space, with clear expertise and top notch communication skills for both co-counsel and clients.’

Diego Sierra has a very high profile both domestically and internationally as a subject matter expert and thought leader within the compliance and anticorruption space. In addition to being a thought leader, he has exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that make working with him a pleasure.’

Key clients

Invex Infraestructura

Mitsui & Co Power Development

Syngenta Agro

Takata (today trustee Farnan)

Fianzas Atlas

Cervecería Modelo de México (Anheuser Busch InBev)

Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación (Volaris)

BMW

Invenergy

Magna

Siemens Energy

Franklin Electric

New Fairsel

Marinsa de México

Sea Dragon de México

Ienova Infraestructura Energética

Punto Propulsora / Chapter Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Syngenta Agro on a class action case the results of which will determine the possibility of commercialising genetically modified seeds.
  • Advising management officers and a group of shareholders in a dispute over the control of a pharmaceutical company.
  • Representing BWM in a class action case involving the alleged defective installation of a device in the airbags of the vehicles.

Mexico > Environment Tier 2

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC ‘s ‘impressive‘ environmental practice has the capability to undertake complex regulatory environmental mandates, with expertise in dispute resolution, compliance issues (particularly regarding water supply and wastewater discharges), environmental impact assessments, and the obtaining of environmental and social permits for the successful development of projects. ‘Its advice is personalised to the specific needs of the industry and sector, their opinions and recommendations are tailor-made’, sources note. The team is led by Edmond Frederic Grieger who has expertise in environmental and administrative litigation and arbitration, as well as compliance, M&A, and project and infrastructure development-related matters. Key support is provided by counsel Ariel Garfio who has over 15 years’ experience advising on environmental matters, energy and natural resources and project development; and Rebeca Márquez, whose practice is centred on the regulatory, environmental and real estate aspect of energy project audits and inspections.

Practice head(s):

Edmond Grieger

Testimonials

The area has extensive experience in regulations, procedures and authorities involved, thus facilitating the understanding and implementation of processes. Likewise, its advice is personalised to the specific needs of the industry and sector, their opinions and recommendations are tailor-made.

Extensive knowledge of the issues, high availability of the team and tailored opinions.’

In environmental practice in energy the lawyers have extensive experience, Edmond Grieger and Ariel Garfio advise us on these matters.

They have the ability to propose new ways solving matters always respecting the integrity of the law.

Key clients

Amgen México

Benteler de México

BHP Billiton

BMW / BMW de México

Borr Drilling

Burger King

Campari

The Coca Cola Company

Anheuser Bush InBev (Grupo Modelo)

Daimler Group

Effem México

Enersys de México

Faurecia Sistemas Automotrices

Nestle Waters (Manantial La Asunción)

Hella Automotive

IEnova

Invenergy

Krispy Kreme México

Mitsui

Blanmin

Nissan

Bombardier

Uber

Fresenius Medical Care

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Modelo (Anheuser Busch InBev) on several M&A transactions and projects, including thedevelopment, construction and operation of two new facilities in Yucatan and Hidalgo, and executed successful administrative and environmental litigation to evidence full compliance with its water and environmental obligations.
  • Advised Invenergy on all critical matters related to environmental, social and regulatory issues for the successful development, construction, and operation of all its (20-plus) energy generation projects in Mexico, including green and brown field project development; project portfolio value: more than $4bn.
  • Advised Uber and Corner Shop on all their environmental and regulatory matters to update and obtain all the information and documents that carriers of Uber need to operate correctly, safely and in full compliance with environmental obligations.

Mexico > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC‘s great balance between transactional and litigation allows this full-service Mexican firm to offer strong restructuring strategies for clients. The practice is a constant presence representing debtors and creditors in domestic and cross-border bankruptcy litigation and out-of-court restructuring, and garners praise for its ‘detailed knowledge of insolvency proceedings’. Heading the department is well known disputes specialist Diego Sierra, who of late has been focused on representing creditors securing their collection rights against insolvent companies. He is closely supported by fellow partners Raymundo Soberanis; and Jessika Rocha, who was promoted in January 2022 and is experienced in cases related to the aviation, automotive and manufacturing industries and the credit companies’ segment. Associate Alejandro Gonzalez, who is developing his expertise in bankruptcy and restructuring as well as in litigation, is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Diego Sierra

Testimonials

They have a detailed knowledge of insolvency proceedings and advise their clients correctly on the existing alternatives within the judicial process.’

The added value of this firm is related to the openness of the team to attend frequent calls and meetings at a certain point in the process.’

I would like to highlight the commitment of Diego Sierra, Alejandro Gonzalez, and Jessika Rocha to follow up and analyse the case.’

Key clients

Marinsa de México

NTT Data Services Mexico Operations

Navistar Financial

TK Holding, Takata de México, Industrias Irvin

DF Deutsche Forfait AG

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

Bayerische Landesbank

Burger King Corporation

BMW Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Marinsa in an insolvency claim filed by two alleged creditors of the company before a District Court in the state of Campeche, Mexico.
  • Representing Navistar (as a creditor) in the insolvency proceedings of  Grupo Senda Autotransporte.
  • Represented NTT Data, as a creditor, in the Aeromexico Chapter 11 proceeding and regarding the negotiations for the renewal and payment of its executory agreement with Aeroméxico.

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has a broad energy and natural resources offering, that reflects the firm’s full-service capabilities, and advises clients on all stages of project development – from financing and acquisitions, to the construction, operation and sale of energy infrastructure, including the negotiation of EPC agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, and PPAs. The practice is jointly led by Edmond Frederic Grieger whose experience takes in infrastructure project development (especially in the energy and natural resources sector); public tender and auction processes; and the negotiation of contracts related to the energy industry; and Luis Burgueño, an M&A, corporate and commercial transactions specialist (both domestic and cross-border), whose practice has a strong emphasis on energy and natural resources. Additional figures of note in the practice include: Alberto Córdoba, who has experience in mergers, asset transfers, strategic alliances and joint ventures (again, both national and cross-border); Ariel Garfio who undertakes matters related to the development, construction, operation and maintenance of thermal and renewable energy, oil, gas, mining, water and infrastructure projects; and disputes specialist Adrián Magallanes who represents clients in commercial, energy, infrastructure and investor-state arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Edmond Grieger; Luis Burgueño

Key clients

Anheuser Busch InBev (Grupo Modelo)

Invenergy Llave en Mano

Robert Bosch

Mitsubishi Power Aero

Ammper Energía

Energy Development Partners

North Pole Star

Elsewedy Electric

Opex Perforadora

GE Energias Renovaveis

Work highlights

  • Advised Anheuser Busch InBev on the structuring of a legal scheme for the purchase of +600 GWh/year of renewable power to multiple brewing facilities located in the Mexican territory.
  • Advised Invenergy on the development of multiple, renewable, thermal and clean energy projects throughout Mexico.  
  • Advised Compañia de Electricidad Los Ramones on the commercial operation of its 605MW thermal power project.

Mexico > Intellectual property Tier 3

With its ‘solid and well-structured team' comprising 'expert lawyers in the matter' who provide 'impeccable advice in intellectual property', Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC remains a steady presence in the Mexican IP market. The group's innovative strategies and approaches, allows it to advise clients on transactional matters, trade mark and patent applications and prosecution, copyright and litigation. The team is led by Patricia Kaim who is known for her expertise in IP litigation and prosecution, infringements and transactional matters. Also a key figure in the practice group, associate Nallely Van Pratt has experience advising international and national corporations on a range of IP matters including distinctive and domain names prosecution, and who is garnering a reputation for ‘providing a novel aspect to trade mark procedures' and 'precise and straight-forward legal advice'.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Kaim

Testimonials

‘Von Wobeser y Sierra provides very immediate and effective advice. Working with them is a real pleasure, since their recommendations are always the best and most suitable.

‘They are a solid and well-structured team, expert lawyers in the matter and achieve impeccable advice in intellectual property. They demonstrated that they could coordinate with our office in New York. They are flexible to work with other teams.

‘The team consists of variety of talented lawyers. They are able to handle wide range of legal services.

‘Nallely Van Pratt provides a novel aspect to trademark procedures, she is always willing to add benefits for clients, strategically adapting responses to their needs. Great professional, with a very global vision of the practice. A pleasure to work with.

‘Ms. Nallely van Pratt always provide me with precise and straight-forward legal advice.

Key clients

AB InBev / Grupo Modelo

Mayacert

The Procter & Gamble Company

Talent Resources Values

Jenny´s Rose

Effem México

Procesar

Comercializadora Yeap

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Modelo on a joint venture with the Canadian software company VSBLTY and the Mexican marketing company Retailigent to develop and install a network of digital media in stores.
  • Advised The Procter & Gamble Company on the protection of the trade dress of its “METAMUCIL” trade mark.
  • Assisted Effem México obtain the trade mark application “TURIN MAITRE CHOCOLATIER DEPUSI 1928” and defend its rights from Lindt’s abuse of industrial property rights.

Mexico > International trade and customs Tier 3

Luis Miguel Jiménez heads the seven-strong practice at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC, which has a particularly strong focus on the automotive sector, and is known for its experience in the IMMEX and maquiladora segment. Jimenez brings to bear additional expertise in customs operations, NAFTA and other FTAs, and associated tax and regulatory matters; while also representing clients in tax audits and verification processes and litigation before the tax and administrative courts. The team was reinforced with the promotion to counsel of Lourdes Salazar in January 2022 and the hire of associate Miguel Concha in 2021. Salazar, who ‘stands out for her good attitude’, handles a variety of matters related to IMMEX and Prosec programmes, as well as handling VAT certifications.

Practice head(s):

Luis Miguel Jiménez

Testimonials

They always offer a prompt response.’

Maria de Lourdes Salazar stands out for her good attitude.’

Key clients

Anastacio Overseas

Benteler de México

BPI Brake Manufacturing Juárez

BPI Breaking Systems México

BMW de México

Carcoustics

Cintas Corporation

Ensambles de Coahuila

Erika de Reynosa

First Brands Group

Franklin Electric

Freudenberg North America

Huawei México

IMI USA Inc.

Limex Formado y Decorado

Polaris Industries Inc.

TK Global

Wiegand

Yokohama Industries Américas de México

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Franklin Electric and its Mexican subsidiary (Mesmex) on successfully extending its IMMEX program to register a new productive facility.
  • Advised Takata de Mexico on the reconstruction of the company’s IMMEX Management Inventory Control System (Annex 24) and its VAT Certification (Annex 31) as a prior step for winding down.
  • Advised Limex Formado y Decorado on an antidumping investigation in connection with the importing into Mexico of specially designed stainless-steel merchandise originating from China and Taiwan.  

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 4

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC's banking and finance department ‘excels in performance and experience’, and undertakes a range of matters including regulatory work, financial transactions, project finance, and credit and debt restructurings. Clients engaged in the payment cards and merchant acquiring industry in Mexico also seek out the group for its particular expertise in this area. A well-balanced duo comprised of seasoned partner Luis Burgueño, who earns praise for his ‘excellent financial expertise’; and energy expert Alberto Córdoba, who regularly represents borrowers and issuers in loan transactions and debt issuances, are in charge of steering the practice. Alejandro Orellana, counsel Gloria Martínez, and senior associate Jaime Ostos, who joined in 2021 from Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C., are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Luis Burgueño; Alberto Córdoba

Testimonials

The team gives very good follow up to each of the issues and always seeks to suggest improvements for the company, to give better compliance or beneficial strategies for the company.’

We were very pleased with Jaime Ostos’ punctual follow up and the commitment he showed in every part of the process, he was very supportive in making it happen as soon as possible.’

Luis Burgueño has excellent financial expertise, in meetings with our lenders, he showed great experience in proposing improvements and protecting our interests.’

Overall the firm excels in performance and experience, as well as friendliness in the process.’

Key clients

Z-Tech SiHay

Freedom to Scale

Atrato Technologies

Seadrill New Finance

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

BanCoppel

Smart Fintech 4U

JP Morgan

ADN Capital Mezzanine

WEX Inc

Marinsa

Anheuser Busch InBev

Soluciones Modelo

Bank of America

US Bank

Evo Payments International

Revlon

Clayton Dubilier & Rice

Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group

Banco Internacional de Costa Rica

Work highlights

  • Advised Fairplay on the design and implementation of an upfront payment scheme based on future cash flows, including guidance on complying with applicable financial and regulatory requirements and the drafting of credit/service agreements.
  • Advised SeaMex and its Mexican subsidiaries on the negotiation and implementation of the corporate and finance restructuring of SeaMex Group.
  • Advised Clayton Dubilier & Rice during the negotiation and execution of a credit agreement in order to finance the acquisition and merger of Fort Dearborn and Multi-Color Corporation.

Mexico > Labour and employment Tier 4

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC  is an established presence in the labour and employment sector, its practice group advising clients on the full spectrum of associated services, from labour due diligence in relation to M&As, joint ventures and spinoffs, or collective bargaining agreements and union negotiations, to anti-corruption and compliance advice, outsourcing reform, social security matters and litigation; reflecting the firm’s broader clientele, it also has a strong specialisation in the automotive and consumer goods industries. The team is  co-led by Rodolfo Trampe, who is experienced in labour law, executive compensation and benefits, and social security matters; and Javier Lizardi who principally advises on labour matters that have a strong corporate or transactional component. Since research concluded the practice has been significantly strengthened with the hire of Rafael Vallejo, formerly practice head at Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa, and much of his team – effective as of Setpember 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rodolfo Trampe; Rafael Vallejo

Key clients

Turner & Townsend

Trico Componentes

Freudenberg Group

NU Ba

BMW Group (BMW de México, BMW SLP)

Perforaciones Estratégicas Integrales Mexicana – Borr Drilling

Anheuser Busch InBev / Grupo Modelo

Busch Dienste

Subensambles Internacionales

BPI Brake Manufacturing Juárez

Work highlights

  • Advised BMW on a comprehensive annual updated process according to new regulations, as well with the legitimation process of the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Advised Grupo Modelo on its corporate restructuring in order to comply with Mexico’s labour outsourcing reform.
  • Advised Krispy Kreme México and Krispy Kreme Group on a complex corporate restructuring in order to comply with Mexico’s labour outsourcing reform.

Mexico > Real estate Tier 4

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC has particular expertise as regards matters involving ejidos and the real estate team has been involved in multiple transactions involving social property and the conversion of public land in to private real estate for project development. The practice also has considerable experience in land acquisitions, lease agreements, financing and litigation. The team is co-led by Pablo Saez, who advises on real estate matters that have a strong corporate and/or M&A component; and Alejandro Orellana, who generally advises domestic and foreign developers, lenders and private equity investors on regulatory issues related to real estate matters. Promoted to the partnership in 2021, Raymundo Soberanis has extensive real estate disputes experience (both litigation and arbitration), as well as solid knowledge of construction matters; while Ariel Garfio and Javier Betancourt, promoted to partner and counsel, respectively, in January 2022, also participate in the practice on the project finance/development side. Specialist senior associate Rocío Vega has over 10 years’ experience of real estate and project development investment, construction, and lease agreements; restructuring, contracts and trusts; administrative issues (including land use and obtaining permits and licenses); and agrarian matters.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Saez; Alejandro Orellana

Key clients

Club de Fútbol Rojinegros

Institución Confe a Favor de la Persona con Discapacidad Intelectual

Vertical Trives

Ingenieros Civiles Asociados

Manantiales la Asunción

Grupo Modelo

Krispy Kreme México

Uber

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Enel Rinnovabile

Energy Development Partners

FV de Zacatecas

Invenergy

Mars, Inc

Parque Eólico de Fenicias

Work highlights

  • Advised Club de Futbol Rojinegros on the leasing of a property to be developed for the construction, establishment and conditioning of a high-performance training center for sports activities located in Zapopan, Jalisco.
  • Advised MG HR on the acquisition of 100 hectares of land parcels for the development and construction of a hybrid 35MW state-of-the-art photovoltaic facility located in Baja California Sur.

Mexico > Tax Tier 5

The ‘very practical and agile’ tax department at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC, which garners additional praise for its lawyers ‘deep business understanding’, is headed by Fernando Moreno, a seasoned practitioner with proven experience advising global corporations on their foreign investment activities, business matters and transactions in Mexico. He is particularly sought out for his services regarding treaties to avoid double taxation, and has solid expertise in both international trade and customs as well as M&A, while the practice also counts the automotive, consumer goods, energy, financial services, and telecommunications sectors among its mainstays. Appointed counsel in December 2021, Jorge Díaz subsequently moved to Escalante & Asociados in June 2022. Since publication, the firm has absorbed the former Alejandro Torres & Asociados, the move adding founding partner Alejandro Torres (consultancy, tax controversy and strategic litigation) as a partner; Luis Enrique Torres (tax and administrative litigation, tax consultancy) as counsel; and two associates to the practice group – effectice as of January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Moreno

Testimonials

They have a deep business understanding that combined with their technical expertise makes them a great partner.’

They are very practical and agile.’

‘What I like most about Von Wobeser y Sierra is their professionalism and human warmth, which in these times is very difficult to find. The clarity with which the lawyers speak to you, and they always look for how to solve legal problems.’

They are always available and have a good treatment.’

Key clients

Twitter

Procter & Gamble Company

Takata Corporation

Fresenius Medical Care de México

Anheuser Busch Inbev

PrimeiroPay

Marinsa de México

Nu Skin Mexico

Invenesa Servicios Administrativos

Work highlights

  • Advised Twitter regarding the fulfillment of its tax obligations with respect to the retention period of certain documentation that the tax authorities could review to verify compliance with the tax provisions.
  • Advised Anheuser Busch regarding the tax aspects of diverse transactions in which it has been involved.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. was founded in 1986, with the principles of excellence and integrity as its cornerstones. Composed of seventeen different practices, six industry groups and one desk, the firm is full-service, offering a wide spectrum of legal services. The business and legal community recognizes the firm’s team of lawyers for their experience, expertise and ability to counsel leading companies and contribute to their growth. They provide comprehensive advice from the planning and setup stages to the day-to-day operations, facilitating their development and expansion in Mexico and the rest of the world. Our firm has earned international recognition from the most prestigious legal researchers: The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, Global Arbitration Review (GAR 100), Global Competition Review (GCR 100), Global Investigations Review (GIR 100), Global Restructuring Review (GRR 100), Who’s Who Legal, Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA), IFLR1000, and Benchmark Litigation among others.

Von Wobeser y Sierra is known for offering preventive and problem-solving advice so its clients can reach their business goals. To do this we concentrate on developing a deep understanding of each company’s core business. Our firm operates as a strategic partner that undertakes the most relevant legal issues and transactions of the companies we assist. Our clients are leaders in their industries. Many of them make the most important investments in Mexico and Latin America, and are in the rankings of Fortune 50 and Fortune 500, and listed on the Dow Jones, S&P 500, DAX, the Nikkei index and the Mexican Stock Market.

The Von Wobeser y Sierra team includes twenty four partners, five of counsel, seven counsel and more than eighty associates, all with notable skills and a deep knowledge of the current law and the most relevant legal developments in the national and international scene.

Strong international network: Our lawyers are leaders and active participants in various leading professional organizations, including: the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Mexican Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Fiscal Association, the International Trademark Association, the German Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce, among others.

We have established close international networks with law firms in top cities in the United States, Canada, Germany, other European countries as well as Latin America and Asia.

Pro Bono: Von Wobeser y Sierra is proud to be a pro bono leader. Since its founding, our firm sowed and developed a culture focused on the importance of pro bono work and we have acted accordingly. Our firm signed an agreement for the promotion of pro bono work with the Fundación Barra Mexicana, A.C., with the objective of filing a quarterly report stating the number of pro bono hours worked during that period, as well as a detailed description of the work done and the clients to whom it was provided. We have been fulfilling this obligation since January 1, 2007.

In addition, our firm participated on the committee that prepared the preliminary draft of the Declaration of Pro Bono Work for the American Continent, the purpose of which is precisely the promotion and development of this important work throughout Latin America.

Since 2013, Von Wobeser y Sierra has received the recognition “Leading Lights” from the Vance Center and Latin Lawyer, as one of the most committed law firms in Latin America in pro bono work, which gives us great satisfaction and energizes us to redouble our efforts.

Diversity and inclusion: Recently our firm has strengthened its commitment through the diversity committee which is promoting equal opportunity on the job regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic level, and different capacities.

Regarding sexual diversity, in December 2019 and December 2020 the firm obtained the recognition of LGBT Best Place to Work, a certification of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation of Mexico. As one of its symbolic acts, our firm has signed the promise of Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA), which was launched on May 18, 2016 in London to help women in arbitration. We have actively supported women lawyers through Abogadas MX, a recently formed Mexican non-profit organization that focuses on the preparation of women lawyers in the business world.

In 2016, the firm strengthened this commitment through the creation of its Diversity Committee. The goal of this committee has been to ensure respect and promote an inclusive work environment that does not make any distinctions based on gender, age, ethnic origin, social or economic condition, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, physical condition or health, religion, nationality, political affiliation or any other different condition.

Practices

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

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Partner contacts Claus von Wobesercvonwobeser@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1011
Partner contacts Javier Lizardijlizardi@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1021
Partner contacts Luís Burgueñolburgueno@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1003
Partner contacts Luís Miguel Jiménezlmjimenez@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1058
Partner contacts Rupert Hüttlerrhuettler@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1038
Partner contacts Fernando Carreñofcarreno@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1042
Partner contacts Edmond Griegeregrieger@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1048
Partner contacts Adrián Magallanesamagallanes@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1077
Partner contacts Diego Sierradsierra@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1039
Partner contacts Rodolfo Trampertrampe@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1054
Partner contacts Montserrat Manzanommanzano@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1018
Partner contacts Pablo Saezpsaez@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1085
Partner contacts Patricia Kaimpkaim@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1038
Partner contacts Alberto Córdobaacordoba@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1016
Partner contacts Raymundo Soberanisrsoberanis@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1034
Partner contacts Alejandro Orellanaaorellana@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1085
Partner contacts Pablo Jiménezpjimenez@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1016
Partner contacts Pablo Fautschpfautsch@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1072
Partner contacts Jessika Rochajrocha@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1077
Partner contacts Ariel Garfioagarfio@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1008
Partner contacts Rafael Vallejorvallejo@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1000
Partner contacts Katharina Roehrkroehr@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1023
Partner contacts Sergio Lópezslopez@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1042
Partner contacts Alejandro Torresajtorres@vwys.com.mx+52 (55) 5258-1000
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Luis Burgueño photoMr Luis BurgueñoPartner Luis Burgueño is engaged in the following practice areas: Banking &…
Fernando Carreño photoMr Fernando CarreñoPartner Fernando Carreño is engaged in the following practice areas: Anti-Corruption &…
Alberto Córdoba photoMr Alberto CórdobaAlberto is a Partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. with more…
Pablo  Fautsch photoMr Pablo FautschPablo is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra and has more…
Ariel  Garfio  photoMr Ariel Garfio Ariel Garfio is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra. He has…
Edmond Frederic Grieger photoMr Edmond Frederic GriegerPartner Edmond Frederic Grieger is engaged in the following practice areas: Constitutional…
Rupert Hüttler photoMr Rupert HüttlerPartner Rupert Hüttler is engaged in the following practice areas: Commercial Contracts,…
Pablo Jiménez photoMr Pablo JiménezPablo is a partner at Von Wobeser y Sierra. He has nearly…
Luis Miguel Jiménez photoMr Luis Miguel JiménezPartner Luis Miguel Jiménez is engaged in the following practice areas: Bankruptcy…
Patricia Kaim photoMs Patricia KaimPatricia is a Partner at Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. with more…
Javier Lizardi photoMr Javier LizardiPartner. Javier Lizardi is engaged in the following practice areas: Commercial Contracts,Corporate,…
Sergio  López  photoMr Sergio López Sergio is partner at Von Wobeser y Sierra. With more than twenty…
Adrián Magallanes photoMr Adrián MagallanesPartner Adrián Magallanes is engaged in the following practice areas: Anti-Corruption &Compliance,…
Montserrat Manzano photoMs Montserrat ManzanoMontserrat is Partner of the Arbitration Practice of Von Wobeser y Sierra.…
Alejandro Orellana photoMr Alejandro OrellanaAlejandro is part of the corporate, M&A and real estate practices, and…
Jessika  Rocha  photoMs Jessika Rocha Jessika Rocha is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra. She is…
Katharina  Roehr  photoMs Katharina Roehr Katharina is partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra. She has approximately thirty…
Pablo Saez photoMr Pablo SaezPablo is the Head Partner of the Real Estate Practice and is…
Diego Sierra photoMr Diego SierraPartner Diego Sierra is engaged in the following practice areas: Anti-Corruption &…
Raymundo Soberanis photoMr Raymundo SoberanisRaymundo is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra with more than…
Rodolfo Trampe photoMr Rodolfo TrampeLabor & Employment, Executive Compensation & Benefits and Social Security
Rafael  Vallejo  photoMr Rafael Vallejo Rafael is a partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra with more than…
Claus Von Wobeser photoMr Claus Von WobeserFounding Claus von Wobeser is engaged in the following practice areas: Civil…
Of counsel : 5
Counsel : 7
Associates : More than 80
Total staff : 200
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