Firm Profile > Sánchez Devanny > Monterrey, Mexico

Sánchez Devanny

Wealth management Tier 1

Ten-strong, Sánchez Devanny's ‘sophisticated team’ has ‘deep knowledge and experience in the field’ of wealth management. Prominent practice members include: Queretaro-based Abel Mejía, who advises high-net-worth individuals on tax planning, including pre-immigration planning and family estate structuring, as part of a broader practice that also takes in advising multinationals on their operations in Mexico and associated inter-company cross-border transactions; Ernesto Silvas, who has broad experience advising Mexican family companies and family-offices on the design and implementation of their corporate ownership and governance structures, and succession planning; and managing partner Ricardo León, an expert in cross-border tax planning and transfer pricing matters, who focuses on estate planning mandates. The latter pair operate from the firm's Monterrey office.


They always have the right answer for complicated situations or cases. Abel Mejia and Ricardo León are excellent people, with very special human qualities, very empathetic and close to the clients. They are very well connected in Mexico and have a very recognized international experience.

Excellent sophisticated team, highly integrated and very dedicated to the private client sector.

Deep knowledge and experience in the field.

‘Outstanding service.’

‘They have a high technical level but always with a practical view, taking into account the real needs of the customer.’

Key clients



Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Lombard Odier


International trade and customs Tier 2

Sánchez Devanny continues to shine in the international trade and customs market, thanks to its well-rounded team comprised of expert practitioners. Turenna Ramirez handles strategic planning of trade and customs matters along with litigation, and specializes in international treaties (including NAFTA), customs audits, export promotion programs (including IMMEX) and verification-of-origin processes. José Alberto Campos has a broad expertise in tax and regulatory aspects including tariff and non-tariff requirements and export controls, as well as significant experience in Free Trade Agreements executed by Mexico.  Eduardo Sotelo, who made partner in January 2020, is a very competent litigator. All three co-lead the practice. Also recently raised to the partnership, María Luisa Mendoza (IT&C matters particularly in relation to the energy, health and life science sectors) is another name to note among the eight-strong team, which has experience across the chemicals, automotive, food & beverages, cosmetics, medical and pharmaceutical, and alcohol and tobacco sectors, among others.

Key clients

Embotelladora Niagara de Mexico

American Eagle Outfitters

Clopay Building Products

Bredero Shaw Mexico

Flex Films USA

Sharp Corporation Mexico


Marubeni de Mexico

Nippon Seiki de Mexico

Essity Higiene y Salud

Labour and employment Tier 2

Clients appreciate the ‘excellent personalized service’ and ‘full understanding of both the needs of the company and the Mexican market’ provided by Sánchez Devanny's labour and employment department. The 18-strong team, regularly advises clients -particularly from the energy and automotive sectors- on labour, immigration and social security matters. It is co-led by Alfredo Kupfer-Dominguez in Mexico City, a recognized market expert and ‘opinion leader on the subject’; and Monterrey-based David Puente-Tostado. Recent matters include undertaking an analysis of the labour (and tax) legal effects of Enel's buisness structure, including over 40 legal entities in Mexico, in order to comply with new labour subcontracting requirements. Key support comes from senior associate Fermin Lecumberri-Cano (labour advisory and litigation), and associate María Fernanda Castellanos, who also has labour litigation experience.


Excellent personalized service with full understanding of both the needs of the company and the Mexican market. Personalised service approach, openness to work under different fee schemes, specialized knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry / medical devices.

Their knowledge of legal / labour matters is excellent and they are always up to date with updates on the law and labour practices. In addition to the extensive and timely knowledge; the network of contacts and connections they have helps a lot in handling matters. Especially speaking of Alfredo Kupfer who I consider to be an opinion leader on the subject and he is with whom I work directly. The other team members are excellent too, but I work directly with Alfredo.

Availability, they are not shown to be mercantilist even when fees are important. Special mention in order:- Alfredo Kupfer; Guillermo Villaseñor; Jimena Robles; Maria Castellanos. It is a consolidated team and the firm has within it different areas in which to provide support and legal advice. They are always open to our concerns and show empathy with our doubts, queries or legal demands.

Key clients


Enel Energy



Bayer – Monsanto


EDP Renewables

Hyundai Mobis

Ingersoll Rand


Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Operating from its offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro, the practice at Sánchez Devanny is over 30-strong and handles a broad range of work, including advice on joint ventures, M&A, corporate governance and compliance. Key partners include Francisco Andres Gamez-Garza (corporate, M&A financings, joint ventures and compliance due diligence), Cristina Sanchez-Vebber (corporate M&A and competition law), Ernesto Silvas, who is very experienced in cross-border transactional matters; and Jose Antonio Postigo-Uribe (head of the corporate and M&A practice in Mexico City, where he is also office managing partner); while in Monterrey Gerardo Prado-Hernandez (M&A, commercial transactions, day-to-day advisory and contracts) and office managing partner Humberto Morales-Barron, who is also head of the corporate governance and regulatory compliance practice. Ongoing matters include advising Medtronic on its MXN$173m acquisition of certain business lines (concerned with coronary health) from Artimédica; the team also remains particularly active in the automotive sector, long a strength of the firm.

Key clients

Linamar Corporation


Tempel Steel

Dematic Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation

Littler Mendelson

Kongsberg Automotive

Repsol Downstream Internacional

Manufacturas Solco

John Varvatos Mexico

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Sánchez Devanny 's 'strong' inter-office energy industry group is 'consolidated' 'and can provide full service for all related matters including regulatory, compliance, labour, litigation and corporate,' according to clients. The 12-lawyer team is co-led by transaction-specialised senior partners Jose Antonio Postigo-Uribe and Gerardo Prado-Hernandez, in Mexico City and Monterrey, respectively; both have extensive energy-sector experience, notably with regard to solar projects, wind farms and cogeneration plants. Postigo also handles oil and gas matters including E&P bid processes, transportation, commercialization, investment structuring and dispute resolution advisory. The team's recent caseload has been dominated by the preparation of PPAs, which it has negotiated on behalf of Essity, Embotelladora Niágara, Pipe México, Bendix and Bioenergía de Nuevo León, among others. Net Code regulations and compliance with the technical requirements for generators' interconnection to the national electricity system is another source of mandates. On the oil and gas side, the team is assisting Repsol Downstream Mexico with its participation in the fuel and lubricants retail market. Key associate support comes from energy focused semi-senior, Max Ernesto Hernández-Ernult.


‘Sanchéz Devanny has a strong practice within the energy sector in Mexico. The firm has a consolidated and strong team for energy matters and can provide full service for all the related matters including regulatory, compliance, labour, litigation and corporate. They are very good for day-to-day matters as well as dealing with complex deals or projects. José Antonio Postigo, Guillermo Villasenor Tadeo and Max Ernesto Hernandez Ernult are the main contacts for the energy matters. They are able to act as a true team and they have all deep knowledge in local regulatory matters. They are client oriented in the approach to the matters and can add strong value with the advice provided.’

The firm has a good team of specialized professionals, dedicated to the field of energy and the environment or natural resources, with extensive knowledge, skills and strategy management, in order to solve the different situations that may represent risks or responsibilities for the company. José Antonio Postigo Uribe: very confident and correct in his comments, suggestions and strategies, he has great legal knowledge, both of the previous regulatory system of the electricity sector in Mexico, and of the new regulatory regime. He has experience in the energy branch that generates trust, security and certainty.’

Associate Tania Elizabeth Trejo: excellent professional attention, her investigations, reviews and analysis of the queries that are made are accurate and generate great confidence, and legal certainty for the company.

Key clients


Dana de México Corporación

Bendix CVS de México

US Pipe México

Embotelladora Niágara de México


Repsol Exploración México

Bioenergía de Nuevo León

Servicios Administrativos Suma (GEPP)

Life sciences Tier 3

Partners José Alberto Campos (tax and international trade) and Juan Luis Serrano-Leets (the IP, regulatory and privacy aspects of life sciences), co-head the practice at Sánchez Devanny, which has a ‘strong experience in the sector’, and handles matters pertaining to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, beverages and dietary supplements, cosmetics, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, hazardous substances, cannabis products, and medical and health related services, among others. Moreover, the team, has a good ‘knowledge of customer needs’ and ‘understanding of political norms'; Campos has extensive experience, while Serrano's past experience includes three years' as head of legal at AstraZeneca Mexico. The team collaborates with the firm's corporate governance and regulatory practice group as regards compliance matters led by Humberto Morales-Barron. The primarily international trade-focused María Luisa Mendoza, who was appointed non-equity partner in January 2020, also participates extensively in life-sciences matters.


We have used Sanchez and Devanny not only for their well respected practice in the life sciences field, but they have been able to assist us whenever corporate and/or employment law issues have come up. We specifically work mainly with Jose Alberto Campos Vargas and Maria Luiza Mendoza Lopez.  Jose Alberto is our first call for any legal issues with Mexican law, as well as import/export issues.  Jose Alberto provides solid advice and when he does not have the answer, he knows the right people to ask.  Maria Luiza principally handles our regulatory issues in relation to our product labeling.  She has always been responsive and accurate in her advice.

‘Very professional team with strong experience in the sector, with high-level relationships that allows us to have information that helps make decisions. An adequate level of treatment when presenting cases to the local authorities, high authorities and international executives, that positively impact the understanding of situations. Knowledge of customer needs, understanding of political norms and way of working in transnational pharmaceutical companies with a clear level of compliance.’

‘The pharmaceutical sector is a highly specialized sector and, in this sense, it requires specific knowledge of the sector and of the legal and regulatory matter related to it. They are competent lawyers who know the matter.’

‘Thanks to the partner Juan Luis Serrano, progress and achievements have reached an important level very quickly. The empathy and knowledge of the work of lawyers in house, make the service provided very punctual and according to the needs.’

Key clients


Schwan Stabilo

Arca Continental


UCB Pharmaceuticals

British American Tobacco


Mary Kay Cosmetics



Real estate Tier 3

The incorporation of Diego Gómez Haro, formerly head of legal for Mexico real estate at Blackstone Group back in July 2018, has clearly boosted Sánchez Devanny's practice, allowing the firm to strengthen its presence in Mexico City, from where he operates. Very prominent in, among other areas, syndication, restructures, portfolio acquisitions, financing, equity investments, joint venture incorporation or asset divestiture, he co-heads the department with Monterrey-based managing partner Rafael Villamar-Ramos, a reputed market player with substantial experience in industrial, commercial and housing real estate acquisition and leasing transactions. The eight-strong team also includes key practitioner Alfredo Villareal, who is appreciated for being ‘flexible to the customers' demands, receptive to feedback, and very empathetic at the time of negotiation’.


‘Their interdisciplinary practice has improved in a very noticeable way. They are flexible to the customers’ demands, receptive to feedback, they are very empathetic at the time of negotiation’

‘I think one of their greatest strengths is that they adapt to the speed of the business and always show commitment especially in the moment of closures and completion of the project’

‘Knowledge of the market, of the main players in the market, very good handling of written communication, flexibility and availability with the client. Excellent handling and of complex negotiations and good management of process’

Key clients



H&M Hennes & Mauritz

Ikano Industries

Giorgio Armani


Under Armour

Sally Beauty Supply

IMPRO Industries


Tax Tier 3

Sánchez Devanny's international experience has given the practice substantial hands-on expertise in cross border tax matters. The 20-strong team is co-led by five partners: the experienced Ricardo Leon-Santacruz, who specializes in tax planning and transfer pricing; Guillermo Villaseñor-Tadeo, who leads on the litigation front; Luis Antonio González Flores, who has broad experience in national and international tax audits, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance strategies, with a special focus on multinational enterprises; Mariana Eguiarte-Morett, who has ‘impressive technical knowledge on international tax matters’; and Abel Mejia-Cosenza, who specializes in international tax planning for both individuals and corporations.


The firm shows strength in foreign tax knowledge with national implications. In general they are very accessible, I can contact them by phone, mail or whatsapp and they are always willing to answer the doubts that arise in a process unknown to us.

Sanchez Devanny’s team works collaboratively to find solutions and to deeply understand the business and the issues that come up with specific solutions. Also, they work fast without losing the quality of their work by involving senior and high capable professionals to deal with every matter.’

‘Mariana Eguiarte Morett has an impressive technical knowledge on international tax matters and an extensive international network to help dealing with impacts in multiple jurisdictions. Pedro Jose Miranda Sadurni has great experience on tax controversy matters and brings a lot of practical insights to assist on tax audits and litigation.

Key clients

Schwan Stabilo

Arca Continental

Johnson Controls

Eaton Corporation

Investar Capital Partners

H&M Hennes & Mauritz

AES Corporation

Almadex Minerals



Compliance Tier 4

Sánchez Devanny offers a solid compliance practice with extensive expertise in corporate internal investigations, anti-corruption regulations and anti-money laundering investigations. The 12-strong practice, led by Humberto Morales-Barron, José Alberto Campos and Daniel Maldonado-Alcantara (in Monterrey, Mexico City and Queretaro, respectively), also counsels clients on FCPA, UK Bribery Act and Mexican anti-corruption regulations; on compliance and/or regulatory audits and their legal implications in connection with M&A and commercial agreements; and on internal vetting procedures for distributors, agents and service providers. Additionally, the regulatory/compliance group represents clients during administrative proceedings, inspections and litigation, including sanctions, closures and product seizures.

Banking and finance Tier 5

Three partners lead the practice at Sánchez Devanny; Monterrey-based Ernesto Silvas-Medina, who focuses on mergers and acquisition financing and restructuring; Francisco Andres Gamez-Garza, who primarily handles commercial lending for the industrial sector; and real estate financing expert Diego Gómez-Haro Katznelson, who operates from Mexico City. Key support comes from senior associates Jaime Moreno-Treviño and Debby McKey, both from the Monterrey office. The eight-strong team, which also acts for private equity clients on debt financing acquisitions, remains a popular choice for banks, borrowers and investors due to its experience in cross-border loans, securities, syndicated multi-jurisdictional loans, bonds issues and fund formation.

Key clients

Constantia Flexibles Holding (Wendel)

Barclays Bank

JP Morgan Chase Bank

KeyBank National Bank


Akbank TAS

Banque Pictet


Intellectual property Tier 5

The IP practice at Sánchez Devanny is differentiated by its strong focus on the pharmaceutical industry, advising key clients including Stendhal, Servier, Merck, Alexion, Serral, Lakeside, Biotoscana, Stendhal and Exeltis on a broad range of issues including prosecution, litigation, interactions with regulatory law for both patents and trade marks, as well as general policy advisory. IP practice head Juan Luis Serrano-Leets has 20 years' experience and is a 'a very complete lawyer'; formerly in house at Astra Zeneca, he also leads the life sciences and data privacy areas.

Practice head(s):


The firm has a great partner, Juan Luis Serrano Leets. He knows very well both the practice of intellectual property and regulatory issues in Mexico. This gives him an additional advantage. He has a great knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. Having worked as an in-house lawyer and in a law firm makes him a very complete lawyer

They are very professional and clear in their recommendations, they even make us see many points that we had not considered. Juan Luis Serrano is the lawyer with the greatest sense of urgency on issues that impact the pharmaceutical industry and helps us make decisions with clear information from different sources and to anticipate. He is always empathetic, proactive, ethical, and solution-focused

‘They solve problems from a practical point of view’

‘Juan Luis Serrano brings knowledge, experience and peace of mind’

‘Maria Jose Ayala Garcia has a pleasant attitude and follows up closely on the issues she handles’

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceuticals

UCB Pharmaceuticals

H&M Hennes and Mauritz


The Pokemon Company

Exeltis Pharma

Engie / GDF Suez

Sumitomo Corporation

Tarrant Capital IP

Sea Bridge

Sanchez Devanny is a leading Mexican law firm that provides full-service legal advice to both Mexican and international clients.

The firm: With distinct practice areas that regularly collaborate with one another, the firm provides comprehensive counsel to help clients make better decisions for their businesses as a whole, especially in the energy, automotive, retail, real estate, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing industries.

It builds enduring client relationships that go beyond individual service contracts because the firm makes every effort to understand clients’ businesses and expectations, to serve as an ally, and to provide complete, accessible and personalized advice. As a testament to these efforts, it continues to advise clients today who have trusted us with their legal matters since Jorge Sanchez Devanny founded the firm in 1996.

Throughout the firm, its staff takes pride in serving clients with a combined approach of experience and creativity because its recognizes that when you know how things are done it is easier to think outside the box. Its partners offer a wealth of experience, including in prior roles as in-house counsels at global companies and government agencies, and key roles within international law firms.

With offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Queretaro, as well as several strategic alliances worldwide, the firm is well-positioned to quickly and efficiently represent and respond to clients in the entire Mexican Republic and abroad, shortening the distance between it and clients.

Practice areas: Corporate and M&A: corporate and project finance; financial institutions and services; international trade and customs; real estate, infrastructure and hospitality; tax; private wealth management and estate planning; labor, social security and immigration; corporate governance and regulatory compliance; energy, natural resources and environmental; life sciences; intellectual property, entertainment and sports law; data privacy and information technology; litigation and alternative dispute resolution; and antitrust.

Industry groups: automotive, energy,  life sciences, retail, fintech, business family group.

Other groups: Japanese desk

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman / Managing Partner Ricardo León-Santacruz +52 8181533900
Managing Partner for Monterrey Office Rafael Villamar-Ramos +52 8181533900
Managing Partner for Mexico City Office Turenna Ramírez-Ortiz +52 5550298500
Partner José Ángel Eseverri-Ahuja +52 5550298500
Partner Francisco Andrés Gámez-Garza +52 8181533900
Partner Juan Luis Serrano-Leets +52 5550298500
Partner Luis Antonio González Flores +52 5550298500
Partner Alfredo Kupfer-Domínguez +52 5550298500
Partner Humberto Morales-Barrón +52 8181533900
Partner Alfonso López-Lajud +52 5550298500
Partner Daniel Maldonado-Alcántara +52 4422966400
Partner Abel Mejía-Cosenza +52 4422966400
Partner José Antonio Postigo-Uribe +52 5550298500
Partner Gerardo Prado-Hernández +52 8181533900
Partner David Puente-Tostado +52 8181533900
Partner José Alberto Campos-Vargas +52 5550298500
Partner Cristina Sánchez-Vebber +52 5550298500
Partner Ernesto Silvas Medina +52 8181533900
Partner Guillermo Villaseñor-Tadeo +52 5550298500
Partner Yutaka Kimura +52 4422966400
Partner Mariana Eguiarte-Morett +52 5550298500
Partner Diego Gómez-Haro K. +52 5550298500
Partner Eduardo Sotelo-Cauduro +52 5550298500
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Francisco Andres Gamez-Garza  photo Mr Francisco Andres Gamez-Garza Partner
Mr Ricardo Leon-Santacruz  photo Mr Ricardo Leon-Santacruz Partner
Mr Humberto Morales-Barron  photo Mr Humberto Morales-Barron Partner
Mr Gerardo Prado-Hernandez  photo Mr Gerardo Prado-Hernandez Partner
Mr David Puente-Tostado  photo Mr David Puente-Tostado Partner
Mr Ernesto Silvas-Medina  photo Mr Ernesto Silvas-Medina Partner
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