Firm Profile > Greenberg Traurig, S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.
PASEO DE LA REFORMA NO. 265 PH1
COLONIA CUAUHTÉMOC
MÉXICO CITY, D.F. C.P. 06500
Mexico

Banking and finance Tier 1

International full-service giant Greenberg Traurig, S.C. has a renowned Mexican banking and finance practice, co-led by José Raz Guzmán, who also co-heads the firm's Latin America practice, and Juan Manuel González, who is particularly strong handling complex project finance transactions. The sizeable team was further reinforced in October 2019 with the absorption of Orozco Waters Abogados, bringing aboard Rodrigo Orozco Waters and a team of four associates with experience in large sub-sovereign-debt restructurings and refinancings, working with both banks and states. Other key practitioners include Miguel Moisés, who advises lenders and borrowers on structured financings, bilateral and syndicated loans, and in the financing of industrial, commercial and housing real estate projects; José Antonio Butrón, who is praised by clients for his ‘good attitude’; and Carlos Garduño, who focuses on domestic and cross-border securities offerings, as well as corporate, acquisition and project finance matters in Mexico and Latin America.

Testimonials

High professionalism in all the members of the team, who have a very specialized knowledge. They are a totally reliable firm, always giving an immediate and efficient response to the legal problems raised

The team formed by José Antonio Butrón and Gabriela Palomino has a very good attitude and are always willing to look for solutions

Someone from the team is always available to answer queries

One of the best firms in Mexico

Key clients

Banco Santander

Dexia Crédito Local México

Estado Libre y Soberano de Nayarit

KST Electric Power Company

Mexico Infrastructure Partners

Banco Sabadell

Win Systems

MXT Capital Partners

Bio Pappel

OHP II LP

Plasman Group

Scotiabank Inverlat

BBVA

New York Life Insurance Company

Walton Street Capital / Finsa

Red de Carreteras de Occidente

Autopistas de Vanguardia

HSBC México

Capital markets Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig, S.C. significantly strengthened its practice in October 2019 with the incorporation of Rodrigo Orozco (and four associates) from his former boutique. Formerly at White & Case S.C. for 20 years, Orozco is particularly experienced in advising on sub-sovereign debt issues, and recently advised Mexico City's Ministry of Finance on its annual MXN$1.5bn debt issuance; he also has niche expertise in catastrophe bonds. More broadly, the now 19-strong team (including seven partners) is led by José Raz Guzmán and Juan Manuel González Bernal, both deeply experienced well-known market figures. Market reference Raz Guzman's recent mandates include advising the underwriters and initial purchasers on a series of sizeable offerings by América Móvil, while González has over 20 years’ experience handling complex project finance transactions, many in the domestic and cross-border securities market; he and Carlos Garduño manged the liquidation of GACM's MXN$34bn FIBRA-E trust, originally intended for the development of Mexico City's new international airport. The team is particularly recommended for structured securities work such as CKDs and CERPIs, with a particular focus on the real estate and infrastructure sectors. Other key practice figures include Miguel Moisés and young partner José Antonio Butrón – elected shareholder in 2018, he 'presents work with relentless quality, but also with great speed'. Highly experienced senior associate David Argueta provides key support and associate Gabriela Palomino is noted in relation to real estate and project-side finance matters.

Testimonials

Despite being an international firm and large in size of the team, the treatment with the client is excellent and personalized. Compared to other firms, the advantage is the speed and efficiency with which the issues are addressed.

The quality of the work presented by partner José Antonio Butron, as well as by associate Gabriela Palomino has been of the highest level. They not only present work with relentless quality, but also with great speed.

Key clients

Citigroup

Morgan Stanley

Barclays

Ministry of Finance of Mexico City’s Government

Banco Santander

Merrill Lynch

Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México (GACM)

Mexico Infrastructure Partners II

Fitch México

Red de Carreteras de Occidente (RCO)

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Victor Manuel Frías Garcés and Miguel Flores Bernés (a former commissioner of the Federal Competition Commission) co-head Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s top-notch practice, which offers strong transactional, regulatory and contentious support, along with training to its domestic and international clients. The ten-strong team plays to its strengths when handling merger filings and investigations, and also demonstrates a high level of expertise in administrative litigation. The practice group , which in recent years has represented Mexico City’s International Airport in a series of landmark antitrust cases, also boasts a strong and specialized second line, including associates José Abel Rivera Pedroza, Valery Dayne García Zavala and Rocío Olea Salgado.

Testimonials

The firm has a specialized profile, with experience in the matters they take on, as well as an excellent relationship with related authorities.

Their knowledge of the subject and the advice they provide is first class and is on par with other transnational law firms. Sometimes personal attention is not as prompt as one would expect. Nevertheless, the firm has a specialized profile, with experience in the matters they take on, as well as an excellent relationship with related authorities.

Personalized work, especially by Víctor Manuel Frías Garcés. Excellent, personalized attention and deep knowledge of the subject.

Key clients

Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México

HSBC

Thales

Vitalmex

Grupo Bio Pappel

Hard Rock

YKK

Grupo Gepp

Carrix

BP Products North America

ConMexico

EMX Capital Partners

Todo Gas

Uber

Gas Butano

Compliance Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s Mexico City office fields an eight-strong 'white-collar and special investigations team', encompassing compliance, that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of anti-money laundering investigations, fraud and anti-corruption compliance programs and particularly white-collar defense. Practice head Hugo López-Coll advises on FCPA and UK Bribery Act matters, on the OECD and UN conventions against corruption, as well as Mexico's local National Anti-Corruption System; he also undertakes internal – frequently multi-jurisdictional – investigations, risk and compliance assessments and program implementation. Recent matters have centered primarily on internal investigations, FCPA infringement, white-collar litigation, matters arising from OFAC listings and criminal defense, as well as anti-corruption matters related to market entry and cyber-fraud. Key support comes from experienced associate Héctor Sánchez, who advises on regulatory and compliance matters regarding regulated activities, particularly in relation to energy and gaming, as well as anti-corruption due diligence, corruption risk analysis and training.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team is highly professional with a broad sense of responsibility and partnership with clients; I highlight their follow-up and commitment.’

Key clients

Walmart

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Managing partner of the Mexico City office and co-chair of the firm's Latin America practice, well-known market figure José Raz Guzmán (M&A, capital markets, banking, and real estate transactions) heads the 27-strong corporate and M&A department at the full-service, Miami-headquartered, Greenberg Traurig, S.C. The group has considerable experience and high-level expertise advising a broad range of national and international corporates on transactional matters, particularly in the infrastructure, natural resources, manufacturing and financial services sectors; a recent case in point being its representation of Colombia's Keralty in a $120m joint venture with AXA Seguros. Key members of the practice include Miguel Yturbe Redo (M&A, general corporate advisory), Arturo Pérez Estrada (corporate, financial regulation, privacy and corporate finance), José Antonio Butrón (M&A, banking, structured and project finance, capital markets and securitization), and Carlos Garduño (M&A, securities, corporate and project finance). Elected shareholder (partner) in January 2020, Luis Cortés (corporate, commercial and finance law), is also noted. Additional senior partners who also undertake corporate matters include Juan Manuel González Bernal, Hugo López-Coll, Victor Manuel Frías and Antonio Robles Hüe.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Multipractice, training and professionalism. Involvement. Resolution.

Key clients

Skechers USA

Grupo Renovables Agrícolas

Cargill

Uber

Carrix

Phoenix Tower International

Ignia Partners

EMX Capital

Keralty

Dalus Capital

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Despite having been especially active in midstream matters, and also participating in the renewables segment, the sizeable 15-strong team at Greenberg Traurig, S.C. also has an ever-growing profile in major power and oil-and-gas projects and transactions. The senior team comprises practice head Juan Manuel González Bernal (project finance, energy and capital markets); Fernando Orrantia Dworak (real estate, corporate and environmental aspects of infrastructure, energy and petrochemical projects), and younger shareholder Erick Hernández Gallego (hydrocarbons and renewables, environmental law, regulation, projects and M&A); along with experienced of counsel Pedro Reséndez; he and González paired-up to lead on industry-significant disputes on behalf of IEnova and Fermaca against the CFE. Other recent mandates include purchase, supply, transportation and commercialization agreements; transactions in the wind-power segment, petrochemicals projects, financings and compliance, among other matters. Corporate, finance and transactional partner Hugo López-Coll, along with administrative litigation specialist Joselino Morales Lopez also participate in the sector as required. At senior associate level, Rodrigo Vazquez del Mercado-Rivera, who is also qualified in Texas, has a close focus on up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas, government procurement and energy M&A; Luis Jorge Akle handles environmental compliance and renewable energy projects; and Adriana Garcia Cuellar (corporate, finance, energy and infrastructure).

Key clients

BP Corporation North America / BP Products North America / BP Estaciones y Servicios Energéticos

Fermaca Pipelines

KST Electric Power

Engie Factory

Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova)

Santa Fe Gas

Calpine Corporation

JinkoSolar México

EXI

Grupo Energía México GEMEX/Factor Energía

AES

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores

Sowitec Operation / Sowitec de Mexico Energías Renovables

Grupo Avanzia

Samsung C&T

MM Capital Partners

Enicon Energy & Infrastructure

Mastec

Kiewit Corporation

KST

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

With a unique knowledge of structured products in Mexico, including CKDs and CERPIs’ the 20-strong practice at Greenberg Traurig, S.C. advises lenders and sponsors at every stage of the project cycle, with a special focus on the real estate and infrastructure sectors. The team is led by managing partner José Raz Guzmán and Juan Manuel González Bernal, who has extensive project finance, public procurement and PPP experience across all relevant industry sectors. Increasingly active as lead partner for the likes of MXT and Mexico Infrastructure Partners, José Antonio Butrón's practice encompasses M&A, banking, project finance, capital markets, structured finance and securitizations. Fernando Orrantia Dworak (infrastructure, real estate, commercial and corporate law); Carlos Garduño (domestic and cross-border transactional and regulatory financial matters, including project finance), who frequently teams up with González, and Miguel Yturbe (Mexican and Latin American infrastructure projects, banking and finance, capital markets, and general corporate matters) also participate in the sector. Key associate Gabriela Palomino focuses on real estate law and infrastructure projects, but former associate Diego Robles Cuevas moved in house in November 2019.

Testimonials

Unique knowledge of structured products in Mexico including CKDs, CERPIs and real estate FIBRAs. The level of attention paid by partners to transactions is far above that of rival firms.

The quality of the work presented by partner José Antonio Butron, as well as by associate Gabriela Palomino has been of the highest level. They not only present work with relentless quality, but also with great speed.’

Key clients

Citigroup

Morgan Stanley

Barclays

Ministry of Finance of Mexico City’s Government

Banco Santander

Merrill Lynch

Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México (GACM)

Mexico Infrastructure Partners II

Fitch México

Red de Carreteras de Occidente  (RCO)

Real estate Tier 2

For some clients, Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s real estate practice offers the ‘best service’ in Mexico. Supported by the rest of the firm's international offices, the 11-strong team covers property acquisition and investment, development, management and leasing, financing, restructuring and sale of all real estate segments and asset classes, including commercial, recreational, and residential real estate, structured equity, structured debt and hybrid structures. Their client list includes property developers, lenders, investment managers, private equity funds, REITs, operators, joint ventures, sovereign wealth funds, international developers, and private owners. Department head Antonio Diez de Bonilla Martinez is a fully-fledged real estate specialist, active particularly in M&A, joint ventures and development transactions across various industries (including hospitality and retail); while fellow partner Gerardo Carrillo brings wide-ranging knowledge of residential, commercial, industrial, and hospitality projects. Senior associates Roberto Guerrero and Julio Sardina are other highlighted members of the ‘ethical, responsible and compliant’ team in the Mexico City office.

Testimonials

The personalized attention of its partners. We have received perfect attention from Gerardo Carrillo and Roberto Guerrero. Not only have they designed the best legal and fiscal strategy for the portfolio, but also a solid structure to continue growing. In the other firms you are a number, here you are valued by your persona. Besides the talent that lawyers have in their fields of knowledge, GT’s people are willing to give the extra; they are adaptable and willing to give their best to meet the deadlines’.

Gerardo Carrillo, Roberto Guerrero and their entire team have a deep knowledge of their field. They also possess interpersonal skills to work in teams with other specialties (Tax and Accounting), focus on detail and perfect understanding of all real estate transactions, while being able to provide a tailored-made solution by bringing together all the expertise for a specific portfolio. They are ethical, responsible and compliant’.

Great service and quality of assessment at all times. The firm is constantly updated on changes that may occur in regulations that may affect the business. This is the best service we have received in Mexico after working with several firms’.

The best qualities are the service, commitment and willingness of Gerardo Carrillo and Antonio Diez de Bonilla’.

Key clients

Accor Hotels

Apple Leisure Group

BP (British Petroleum)

Cinuk

Desarrolladora del Parque

Fibra Inn

General Motors Company

Great Wolf Resorts

Greystar

Grupo Hotelero Prisma

Grupo Lar

Hard Rock International

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

ICM Asset Management

Kasa Living

Melia Hotels (The Sol Group Corporation)

Metrobuildings

Mira Companies

Nomad Living (CIM/COMPASS)

One Properties

PGIM Real Estate

RLH Properties

Round Hill Capital

SBE Group

Seris Capital (a Washington Pension Fund entity)

Sonepar

State of Jalisco Pension Fund

Tao Capital Partners

Walton Street Capital

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

The ongoing growth and development of the Mexican office of Greenberg Traurig, S.C. continues with its arrival in the litigation rankings this year. The small, four-strong team demonstrates ‘outstanding aptitude and attitude’ as well as the ‘capacity to tackle different fronts with broad legislative frameworks’. Designated the "amparo trial and tax & administrative litigation" practice (and reflecting the firm's wider caseload), the team is predominantly engaged in disputes in the infrastructure, construction and real estate sectors, and in regulated markets such as telecoms and energy, along with public works and government procurement-related matters; it also has profile for competition and anti-trust litigation and handles contentious IP. Practice head Joselino Morales Lopez has over twenty years' high-end litigation expertise, and most recently led the representation of O'Donnell in four amparo proceedings brought by groups of neighbours from the Axotlan community in opposition to construction licenses granted to develop a real estate project. Support comes from mid-level associates Hugo E Hernández (administrative litigation and regulatory law); and Perla I Salgado (administrative and tax litigation).

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The experience we have had with Greenberg shows an outstanding aptitude and attitude of its lawyers. Aptitude regarding its legal capacity to tackle different fronts with broad legislative frameworks; it gives an indication that they have a culture of teamwork that allows them to complement each other in different specialties; there is a very adequate coordination and rapport at the different levels of the organization, even when due to circumstances they have had to take over, the continuity of the processes has not been lost. It is one of the best law firms I have worked with, always ready to support and resolve complex situations.

‘The team is segmented by specialties. In my company we have labour and administrative litigation, and each partner handles cases in their area of ​​expertise. We have a good response rate and availability to emergencies, as well as a good follow-up in established processes, always complying with any deadline that exists, as well as new strategies as cases progress.

Repsonse capability: my company unfortunately faced two complicated cases that ended in legal dispute, for which an immediate response was required, as well as a strategy so as to be able to take the case forward in the best way for our interests.’

Key clients

O’Donnell / CiBanco

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ecogas México

Uber

Grupo Avanzia

Grupo Bio Pappel

Aeropuwerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México

Golfo Transportación

Asociación de Productores y Empacadores y Exportadres de Aguacate de México

E Entertainment Servicios

Elbit Systems

Presentation Services

NADRO

Environment Tier 4

The five-strong practice at international full-service firm, Greenberg Traurig, S.C., has an ever-growing presence in the environmental arena, particularly in relation to the energy sector and associated project development. The department is led by partner Erick Hernández Gallego, who has over 15 years' experience advising on the environmental aspects of project matters, along with land use, urban development, corporate environmental regularization, environmental impact and risk matters, soil contamination, emissions reductions, climate change, green project finance and the management of hazardous materials. Senior associate Luis Jorge Akle provides key specialist support; and associate Nancy Guillén Espinosa is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Banco Santander (México)

Morgan Rio Capital Management

A Fish-N-Sea

BP México (formerly known as British Petroleum)

Taylor Farms de Mexico

Grupo Idesa

Alignmex Capital USA

Envision Energy International

Vive Energía

Tonalli Energía

Firm Overview:

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,200 attorneys in 40 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers help clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient, effective strategic advice and legal services.

GT in Mexico:

The Greenberg Traurig Mexico City office offers clients innovative, strategic advice and legal services that span both traditional fields and contemporary regulatory sectors. The office leverages the resources and global platform to provide clients with tailored legal services reflective of the specific industry and market conditions in which they operate.

The Mexico City office is an integral part of the firm’s award-winning Latin American Practice. The attorneys in Mexico City work closely with colleagues from across the practice to advise both international and domestic clients with their business interests in Latin America, the United States, and other international markets.

The Mexico City team comprises multilingual, dual-licensed attorneys, many of whom have held senior positions within the Mexican government and its regulatory agencies. They have served as key contributors to national projects and have been involved in landmark transactions in important sectors of the economy.

Areas of Practice

Mergers and acquisitions and corporate: advising clients with respect to mergers, acquisitions, asset sales, co-investments, and joint ventures, election contests, tender and exchange offers, going-private transactions, LBOs, MBOs and spin-offs, corporate governance matters and related transactional and advisory matters.

Banking and finance: advising lenders and borrowers on structuring, documenting and negotiating financing transactions, including bilateral and syndicated loans, debt offerings, mezzanine investments, derivatives, and structured financings, project financings, and restructurings.

Capital markets: advising issuers, underwriters, investment banks and other market participants in connection with public and private debt and equity offerings, including participation in securitizations and offerings of a variety of asset-backed securities, as well as in offerings of listed investment funds or CKDs.

Real estate: advising developers, lenders, investors, opportunity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and private owners on the purchase, sale and financing transactions of real estate property, including housing, industrial, commercial, office and land bank projects.

Competition and antitrust: advising clients on antitrust matters, including competition conduct and M&A matters, pre-merger filings, investigations, defense strategies, private ruling filings or interpretive letters, and declarations.

Energy and infrastructure: providing full-cycle counsel from turn-key project development for redevelopment to financing, implementation, and operation and maintenance, as well as advising private and public sector clients on all aspects of P3 transactions.

International litigation and dispute resolution: helping clients navigate conflicts, whether by conducting high-stakes commercial, civil, tax or administrative litigation or transnational arbitration, enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards, or designing procedures and contract provisions to avoid disputes or resolve them efficiently. Litigators have experience with international arbitration bodies, as well as ad hoc proceedings.

Compliance: designing, implementing, and monitoring an anticorruption compliance program requires a sophisticated analysis of the corruption risks that arise in the company’s business environment. GT works with clients to plan compliance projects, appropriately taking these considerations into account. A meaningful, risk-based anti-corruption compliance program must also be implemented based on both sound legal judgment and common sense, which GT’s lawyers bring to each engagement.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Shareholder Jose Raz Guzman jrazguzman@gtlaw.com +52 55 5029 0091
Administrative Shareholder Juan Manuel González Bernal gonzalezjm@gtlaw.com +52 55 5029 0050
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Argueta photo David Argueta Associate
 Miguel Flores Bernés photo Miguel Flores Bernés Shareholder
 José Antonio Butrón photo José Antonio Butrón Shareholder
 Gerardo Carrillo photo Gerardo Carrillo Shareholder
 Antonio Diez de Bonilla  photo Antonio Diez de Bonilla Shareholder
Mr Victor Manuel Frías Garcés  photo Mr Victor Manuel Frías Garcés Shareholder
 Carlos Garduño photo Carlos Garduño Shareholder
Mr Juan Manuel González  photo Mr Juan Manuel González Shareholder
 Roberto Guerrero photo Roberto Guerrero Associate
 Erick Hernández Gallego  photo Erick Hernández Gallego Shareholder
 Hugo López-Coll photo Hugo López-Coll Shareholder
 Carmina Mogollón González  photo Carmina Mogollón González Shareholder
 Miguel Moisés photo Miguel Moisés Shareholder
Mr Joselino Morales  photo Mr Joselino Morales Shareholder
 Dania Duncan Moreno  photo Dania Duncan Moreno Shareholder
 Edgar Olvera Jiménez  photo Edgar Olvera Jiménez Shareholder
 Rodrigo Orozco Waters  photo Rodrigo Orozco Waters Shareholder
Mr Fernando Orrantia  photo Mr Fernando Orrantia Shareholder
Mr Arturo Pérez-Estrada  photo Mr Arturo Pérez-Estrada Shareholder
Mr José Raz-Guzmán  photo Mr José Raz-Guzmán Managing Shareholder
Mr Pedro Javier Reséndez  photo Mr Pedro Javier Reséndez Of Counsel
Mr Antonio Robles Hüe  photo Mr Antonio Robles Hüe Shareholder
Mr Miguel Yturbe Redo  photo Mr Miguel Yturbe Redo Shareholder
Number of lawyers : 2,200
at this office : 57
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