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Marco Tulio Venegas

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Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

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Von Wobeser and Sierra


Partner Marco Tulio Venegas is engaged in the following practice areas: Advertising, Consumer Protection & Product Liability, Civil & Commercial Litigation, Commercial Arbitration, Constitutional Amparo & Administrative Proceedings, Energy & Natural Resources, Government Procurement & Public Works, Industrial & Intellectual Property, Inventions & Patents, Investor-State Arbitration, Oil & Gas, Public-Works Arbitration.


Young Arbitrators Forum of the Mexican Chapter of the ICC (ICC). Vice-Chair of the Controversy Dispute Committee of the Mexican Chapter of the ICC (ICC). Technical reviser of the Spanish version of the book “The New Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce”. In the “Pauta” publication: Main Causes of Disputes arising from Public Works Contracts in Mexico. Disputes related to the Adjustment of Costs in Public Work Contracts. The action of recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards (as counterclaim in a judicial ancillary procedure concerning a nullification of an award) Cases and practical situations in Arbitration related to construction disputes. Professor, Post-graduate course of Arbitration annually organized by the Escuela Libre de Derecho (ELD) and the Mexican Chapter of the ICC (ICC).


Spanish, English and French.


Mexican Bar Association (BMA).
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Mexican Arbitration Institute (IMA).
Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).
International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Young and International.


He obtained his Law Degree (J.D. equivalent), Escuela Libre de Derecho (ELD), Mexico City, 1996.

Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Within: Local practitioners of note (by country)

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s managing partner Claus Von Wobeser is ‘pretty much the father of arbitration in Mexico’. A highly respected practitioner, he and Adrián Magallanes recently represented Anheuser-Busch in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Mexico, as well as handling an ICC arbitration for a client in the port and maritime sector. Marco Tulio Venegas is also held in high regard. Practice head at Solcargo, Fernando Pérez Correa has represented Comisión Federal de Electricidad in a number of ICC arbitrations and also has experience acting as an arbitrator. At Santamarina y Steta, Fernando del Castillo is ‘an able advocate with a first-rate strategic vision’. The solid arbitration practice at González de Cossío Abogados, SC is led by Francisco González de Cossío; a member of the LCIA and president of the Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción, Gónzalez de Cossío is a noted practitioner with experience as counsel and arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitration cases. ‘An increasingly prominent figure’, Galicia Abogados SC’ Rodrigo Zamora Etcharren has particular expertise in handling energy and construction-related disputes as both counsel and arbitrator. Wöss & Partners’ founding partner, Herfried Wöss, has extensive experience of ICC arbitration, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors; he is currently president of a $200m-plus LCIA tribunal.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Leading lawyers: Litigation

Marco Tulio Venegas - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Within: Dispute resolution

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is an excellent choice for both international arbitration and domestic litigation, across administrative and civil disputes. It has developed a particularly strong track record in arbitration disputes against the Mexican government, and governmental agencies and companies such as Pemex. It recently represented Anheuser-Busch in a $1bn investor-state dispute against the Republic of Mexico regarding a tax imposed by the state of Zacatecas. It also successfully represented Mexican company ICA (Ingenieros Civiles Asociados) in a $500m ICC arbitration with APMT over the alleged wrongful termination of a port terminal construction contract. On the litigation side, the firm has been defending Syngenta Agro against a major class action concerning the farming of modified maize. The firm hosts a selection of first-class disputes lawyers, including Claus Von Wobeser for international arbitration, and the versatile Marco Tulio Venegas, who is equally adept at litigation and arbitration. Well-regarded younger partners include litigator Adrián Magallanes and Diego Sierra, who is active in anti-corruption cases.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s clients report a ‘boutique’ quality to the firm’s offering, due to ‘the sense that it prefers to have a few good clients and give them a first-class service’; the ‘very professional team is always on time and great at technical advice’. The practice is jointly led by the ‘outstandingRupert Hüttler and Marco Tulio Venegas, and its associates also attract praise: Silverio Sandate’s ‘professionalism is impeccable’ – he is ‘an expert regarding IP and is always aware of the issues’; and Patricia Kaim is ‘so tenacious: the fact that she works for me allows me to sleep peacefully’. The firm has recently advised Nike on patent applications for its new footwear technology, while other clients include Procter & Gamble, JCDecaux, and Diageo.

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Within: Tax

The tax team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is fully integrated with the firm’s other practice areas. It handles preventive measures, consulting and litigation. The core team is formed by practice head Fernando Moreno and senior associate Jorge Diaz Carvajal, who generally work together on all deals. Recent stand out mandates saw the pair continue to assist BMW with all tax aspects of the company’s $1bn investment in a new luxury car factory in San Luis Potosi; provide tax advice to Italian company Gualapack regarding the ideal structural vehicle for the acquisition of Mexican target entities for its expansion in the country; counsel Mitsui on a resolution issued by a government agency regarding fees that were unpaid by a company acquired by the client; and advise Brazilian start-up PrimeiroPay on its e-business and the best tax structure to adopt considering the clients’ transactions with companies in other countries. The team can also call on support from head of litigation, Marco Tulio Venegas. Clients include Grupo Modelo, Cámara Nacional de las Industrias Azucarera y Alcoholera, Burger King, Horizon Global, Procter & Gamble, Cimentaciones Mexicanas, Bosch, Anheuser Busch InBev, and Mars.

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