Firm Profile > Greenberg Traurig, S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico
Greenberg Traurig, S.C. Offices
PASEO DE LA REFORMA NO. 265 PH1
MÉXICO CITY, D.F. C.P. 06500
Greenberg Traurig, S.C. > The Legal 500 Rankings
Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 1
International full-service powerhouse, Greenberg Traurig, S.C., houses a robust, 25-strong banking and finance practice in Mexico, which handles the full array of secured and unsecured financing transactions for a wide range of national clients, as well as US and other international players doing business in the country. The team -which is active representing a mix of both lenders and borrowers across the private and public sectors, particularly in corporate, project and real estate finance- is co-led by seasoned practitioner, managing partner José Raz Guzmán; and Juan Manuel González Bernal, who boasts notable expertise handling complex project finance transactions. Additional partner-level input and engagement comes from Rodrigo Orozco Waters, who has proven expertise in large sub-sovereign-debt restructurings and re-financings (working with both banks and states); Miguel Moisés, who is frequently sought out for structured financings, bilateral and syndicated loans, and the financing of industrial, commercial and residential real estate projects; and José Antonio Butrón, whose practice encompasses M&A, banking, project finance, capital markets, structured finance and securitisations. Senior associates David Argueta and Ana Acosta are other names to note.
José Raz Guzmán Castro; Juan Manuel González Bernal
Banco Mercantil del Norte (Banorte)
MXT Capital Partners
Greenberg Traurig, S.C. houses a ‘highly knowledgeable’ 10-strong department, which advises on the competition and antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, including handling complex, multi-jurisdictional merger-control filings, for both national and international clients. It is a regular advisor, in particular, to clients from the transportation industry, including the railways sector, airport-related matters, taxi services, private transportation applications and maritime transportation, and has recently represented Mexico City’s International Airport in a series of landmark antitrust cases, including the first-ever investigation conducted by COFECE under its power to investigate and regulate essential facilities. The team, which can also call on an impressive contentious capability, is co-led by partners Victor Manuel Frías and Miguel Flores Bernés (the latter a former commissioner of the Federal Competition Commission).
Víctor Manuel Frías; Miguel Flores Bernés
‘They are highly knowledgeable about the sector and its issues.’
‘They keep us informed of the changes and risks in communication due to the pandemic through platforms and social networks.’
‘Our contact is Miguel Flores Bernés, from whom we have always received timely and efficient attention.’
‘They are a very experienced and solid team.’
‘They know how to take advantage of technology, which is very valuable in this time of pandemic. Very good with people.’
‘One of the partners, Miguel Flores Bernés, was a Commissioner at COFECO, now COFECE, so he knows the inner workings very well. He is a very solid expert and has a very good rapport with his team.’
Aceros en Barras al Carbono
Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México
Asociación de Desarrolladores Inmobiliarios (ADI)
Asociación de Productores y Empacadores y Exportadores de Aguacate de México (APEAM)
Asociación Mexicana de Instituciones Bursátiles (AMIB)
Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotriz (AMIA)
Cargill de México
Colegios de Corredores Públicos
Softbank Innovation Fund
Mexico > Compliance Tier 1
With ‘unique experience derived from having had to deal with and resolve some of the most relevant issues that have occurred in the country’, Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s Mexico City office fields a nine-strong practice. The group has a comprehensive understanding of anti-money laundering investigations, fraud and anti-corruption compliance programs and particularly white-collar defence. The practice is led by partner Hugo López-Coll, who has recently advised on FCPA and UK Bribery Act matters, and on the OECD and UN conventions against corruption, as well as on Mexico's local National Anti-Corruption System; he also undertakes internal (frequently multi-jurisdictional) investigations, risk and compliance assessments and program implementation. Indeed, López-Coll's international experience ‘allows him to give an advanced approach to a subject that is not fully developed in Mexico so far’, according to one client. Key support comes from experienced mid-level 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.
‘Hugo López Coll is a committed and up-to-date lawyer on compliance issues.’
‘They are a very dynamic team that responds quickly to requests. They resolve doubts quickly and never complicate situations unnecessarily.’
‘They offer an efficient service that also translates into more reasonable fees. They have in-house technologies and tools that give me more confidence in the work they deliver.’
‘Hugo López Coll’s willingness to work and attention to detail is what we like most about the firm’s practice.’
‘Hugo López Coll’s team stands out for its in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and unique experience derived from having had to deal with and resolve some of the most relevant issues that have occurred in the country.’
‘They have developed a unique expertise at first hand from the various issues they have had to deal with.’
‘I believe that their differentiator is that they are compliance lawyers. In other firms, litigators have gone into compliance, but from a more litigious point of view. I think it gives an additional value that the compliance lawyer, in this case Hugo López Coll, is not at the same time the litigator of the potential cases.’
‘Hugo López Coll’s international experience (and in fact, his qualification as a lawyer of the NY Bar) allows him to give an advanced approach to a subject that is not fully developed in Mexico so far.’
Mexico > Real estate Tier 1International firm Greenberg Traurig, S.C., garners praise for its ‘extensive knowledge of everything related to the legal framework of the real estate sector’, thanks to its sturdy 11-strong practice, which has the capacity to serve a healthy range of market-segments in the sector, such as residential, industrial, commercial, mixed-use, and hotels – where the team has gained a particularly strong client roster. Department head Antonio Diez de Bonilla is a fully-fledged real estate specialist, who is particularly active in M&A, joint ventures, real estate financings and development transactions across various industries (including hospitality and retail); while fellow partner Gerardo Carrillo provides wide-ranging knowledge of residential, commercial, industrial, and hospitality projects. Senior associates Roberto Guerrero and Julio Sardina are other highlighted members of the Mexico City office team, which is backed by the firm’s international network. The department’s strong client base also includes property developers, lenders, investment managers, private equity funds, REITs, operators, sovereign wealth funds, international developers, and private owners.
Antonio Diez de Bonilla
‘Great team. Antonio Diez de Bonilla is a great professional, with a lot of experience in the hotel industry. Always available and willing to support us with any questions.’
‘I recommend Antonio Diez 100%, I have no doubt that we will continue to rely on GT and specifically on Antonio for our expansion in Mexico.’
‘Excellent technical knowledge in the field and personal attention to the partners.’
‘The way they get involved in the issues is exceptional, they actively participate in the creation of solutions always with an innovative vision.’
‘Gerardo Carillo and Roberto Guerrero are exceptional. They are without a doubt a key part of all our real estate transactions.’
‘I highlight the diversity in the team, the specific knowledge applied to each case and above all that great human touch without losing professionalism.’
‘Extensive knowledge of everything related to the legal framework of the real estate sector. Gerardo Carrillo has extensive knowledge of the Mexican market and different types of assets.’
Apple Leisure Group
Desarrolladora del Parque
Escuela Bancaria y Comercial
Grupo Hotelero Prisma
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
ICM Asset Management
Industrial Commercial Properties
Industrial Realty Group
Nomad Living (CIM/Compass)
PGIM Real Estate
Playa Hotels & Resorts
Prosperity Industrial Real Estate
Room Mate Hotels/ Be Mate
Seris Retail Holdings (a Washington Pension Fund entity)
Sura Asset Management
Uber Technologies Mexico
Walton Street Capital
Mexico > Capital markets Tier 2
Greenberg Traurig, S.C., highlighted by a client as ‘a fast-paced, result-oriented law firm that will take you from point A to point B until a transaction is closed’, houses a renowned capital markets practice, which regularly advises both issuers and underwriters on the gamut of equity and debt mandates, including CKDs and CERPIs. A securities expert and reference in the market, José Raz Guzmán heads the department together with fellow partner Juan Manuel González Bernal, who is highly experienced in project finance transactions, particularly in the domestic and cross-border securities market. José Antonio Butrón, who garners praise for working ‘around the clock protecting at every step the client's interests’; and senior associate David Argueta, who offers ‘unparalleled personalised attention’, are other noted members of the 19-strong team.
José Raz Guzmán; Juan Manuel González Bernal
‘The team is very business oriented and finds modern solutions to current problems’
‘Cordial treatment, attention to detail and a highly trained team’
‘David Argueta distinguishes himself because he is not only very competent but also very practical and able to reconcile the positions of the parties’
‘José Raz and David Argueta are lawyers with technical capacity, ability to propose innovative solutions but without neglecting the legal side, always seeking to provide multidisciplinary advice.’
‘In the case of David Argueta, his professional and personal quality is reflected at all times; he remains at the forefront, accompanying clients with unparalleled personalised attention, punctual follow-up and always proactive’
‘Proximity and availability at all times to attend to the transaction’
‘A fast-paced, result-oriented law firm that will take you from point A to point B until a transaction is closed. They work 24/7 until they reach the final goal and with a high standard’
‘Jose Antonio Butron is a young yet very talented lawyer who works around the clock protecting at every step the client’s interests. He is always available’
DD3 Acquisition Corp
Red de Carreteras de Occidente (RCO)
Landscape Acquisition Company
Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 2
Led by office managing partner José Raz Guzmán, a finance and corporate expert, Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s experienced Mexican corporate practice sits within a firm with a remarkable international reach; indeed, the sizeable team frequently works in conjunction with colleagues from the firm's Miami and New York offices (in particular), and is regularly sought out by public and privately held companies to handle cross-border mandates, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital investments, as well as joint ventures. Bringing their expertise to the practice group are key figures: Miguel Yturbe Redo (M&A, general corporate and financings); seasoned practitioner Juan Manuel González Bernal; José Antonio Butrón, who is experienced in project finance; Carlos Garduño (M&A, securities, corporate and project finance); and ‘rockstar’ practitioner Luis Cortés (corporate and TMT). Associates Gabriela Palomino (real estate and infrastructure) and Rocío Olea Salgado (corporate and competition), provide key, second-line support.
José Raz Guzmán
‘Luis Cortes is a rockstar.’
Red de Carreteras de Occidente
Mexico Infrastructure Partners (MIP)
Yazaki North America
MXT Fiber Partners
Phoenix Tower International
Housing a 15-strong team with a ‘high degree of expertise’, Greenberg Traurig, S.C. 's energy practice is a constant presence in midstream mandates - having also carved out a niche for itself in the renewables segment - and is more and more involved in major power and oil-and-gas projects and transactions. The practice, which draws expertise from other areas of the firm, includes noted practitioners Fernando Orrantia Dworak, who focuses on real estate, corporate and environmental aspects of infrastructure, energy and petrochemical projects; Erick Hernández Gallego and of counsel Pedro Reséndez, both of whom are highly experienced in hydrocarbons and renewables, with Hernández also boasting expertise in regulatory and transactional matters, public tenders and financing operations. Key support comes from senior associate Rodrigo Vazquez del Mercado-Rivera (who is also qualified in Texas), and has a close-focus on up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas, government procurement and energy M&A; Luis Jorge Akle and Adriana Garcia Cuellar.
Juan Manuel González
‘The team of partners and associates offer a high degree of expertise. In addition, given the recent changes in the reform of the electricity market in Mexico, they have offered us webinars to keep us abreast of these changes and to seek to mitigate risk.’
‘Erick Hernandez and Luis Jorge Akle stand out. Both strive to know our company in depth and have given us a comprehensive service to our needs.’
Envision Energy International
KST Electric Power Company
Alveg Distribución Química
Juan Manuel González Bernal
‘They explain problems and possible solutions in a clear way. They know how to be creative in the search for solutions. They have good contacts in Mexico and abroad. Extensive experience in transactions.’
‘Juan Manuel Gonzalez Bernal is an excellent partner, with extensive experience in cross-border transactions and advice. He also has a wide network of national and international contacts.’
‘Great teamwork of all members of the area, excellent communication, experts in their materials, especially in securities, banking and infrastructure.’
‘The team has a great rapport with people and is made up of several women.’
‘Outstanding firm. Great attention and great experts in the field such as José Antonio Butrón and Gabriela Palomino.’
‘The team is formed by lawyers with good academic background and experience’
Red Carreteras de Occidente
Mexico Infrastructure Partners
KST Electric Power Company
MXT Fiber Partners
Landscape Acquisition Company
Autopistas de Vanguardia
China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC)
Mexico > Environment Tier 4
Ever since the arrival of partner Erick Hernández Gallego, Greenberg Traurig, S.C. has been establishing a solid presence in the Mexican environmental sphere, particularly in relation to the energy sector and associated project development. Gallego, who heads the five-strong department, has a proven track record advising on the environmental aspects of project mandates, in addition to urban development, soil contamination, emissions reductions, climate change, green project finance and the management of hazardous materials, among other areas. Senior associate Luis Jorge Akle is another active member of the practice.
Erick Hernández Gallego
Globos Qualatex de Pioneer
Envision Energy International
Envision Energy Jiangsu
Sum Desarrollo Inmobiliario
Mexico > TMT Tier 4
Greenberg Traurig, S.C. has notably seized on the momentum generated by the 2018 arrival of practice-head Edgar Olvera Jiménez, bolstering its TMT offering, which was already active in transactional matters, to increase its participation on regulatory mandates. Olvera, who garners praise from clients for always being ‘one step ahead of everyone else’, is a former Undersecretary of Communications for the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation. He leads an eight-strong practice group, which of late has handled infrastructure deployment projects, regulatory matters and permits before the IFT, negotiations to obtain contracts with the CFE, cable and satellite television-network regulatory analysis, advice on cable services, pay-per-view and/or OTT platforms, as well as regulatory and corporate advice to operate as Mobile Virtual Operators (MVOs) in Mexico. Fellow partners Miguel Yturbe and Luis Cortés both have a strong telecoms aspect to their practices, while Carmina Mogollón is firmly focused on global data protection and privacy issues.
Edgar Olvera Jiménez
‘Both the team and Edgar Olvera have outstanding experience in the different areas of Telecommunications’
‘Edgar Olvera is always one step ahead of everyone else, has a wonderful manner, knows everyone in the telecommunications world, and is the brightest person with the best ideas for the different support situations we have encountered’
‘Edgar Olvera, is always on the cutting edge with the latest developments, and always communicates them to us’
Yonder Media Mobile
Radio y Televisión Mexiquense
American Tower Mexico
MXT Fiber Partners
Phoenix Tower International (PTI)
Landscape Acquisition Company
MXT Capital Partners
GTAC Grupo de Telecomunicaciones de Alta Capacidad
Greenberg Traurig, S.C.'s Mexican litigation practice offers solid expertise in administrative, tax and amparo trials and is backed by the firm's global office network. The ‘well trained and knowledgeable’ four-strong team led by Joselino Morales Lopez is predominantly engaged in disputes related to the infrastructure, construction and real estate sectors, as well as 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 matters. Mid-level associate Hugo E Hernández is another name to note.
‘The team is always active, quick under the circumstances and very clear in its objectives, Joselino Morales shows a lot of calm, knowledge and experience. He is a very experienced partner and his team is very well trained and knowledgeable.’
Bank of America, Merrill Lynch
Grupo Bio Pappel
Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México
Asociación de Productores y Empacadores y Exportadores de Aguacate de México
Greenberg Traurig LLP's longstanding commitment to Latin America comes in large part through its Miami office, where Robert Downing is constantly engaged in a range of renewables and hydrocarbon projects, FPSO contracts, energy trading matters and petrochemicals developments. The firm's sizeable Mexico City office is also well placed in the market to land big-ticket mandates, including power, renewables and oil and gas projects. It advised BP on the first midstream system in Mexico composed of two storage terminals (Veracruz and Hidalgo) linked by an oil products transportation pipeline. Erick Hernández Gallego and Fernando Orrantia Dworak are key names in Mexico City. Los Angeles' Jeffrey Chester, global co-head of energy project finance, has a lengthy history of advising on renewable energy projects in Mexico.
Iskender Catto; William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger
BP Estaciones y Servicios Energéticos
KST Electric Power Company
CEIBO – Hudson Sustainable Group
Greenberg Traurig, S.C. > Firm Profile
The firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2,300 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the US on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus Certified. Web: www.gtlaw.com
GT’s award-winning Latin America Practice draws on resources from offices in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Washington D.C., and elsewhere around the world, bringing together a multidisciplinary team of more than 120 lawyers to help clients identify and capitalise on business opportunities in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Caribbean. As the only global law firm founded in Miami, Greenberg Traurig is inextricably linked to Latin America. Since its beginning, GT has represented many of the family enterprises that are today among Latin America’s largest companies. By addressing real-world problems for clients on a regular basis, our team has developed a breadth of experience that sets it apart. Additionally, for more than 20 years GT has sponsored a foreign associate program that invites Latin American lawyers to practice with us, which greatly enriches our resources and regional network.
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.
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