Mr Humberto Morales-Barron > Sánchez Devanny > Monterrey, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

Sánchez Devanny
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Work Department

Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance, Member of the Life Sciences Industry Practice, Member of the Automotive Industry Practice.




Humberto heads the firm’s Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance practice group. Humberto advises local and multinational companies on all aspects of corporate law, corporate governance and compliance.  He has more than twentythree years of experience practicing law. Before joining Sánchez Devanny, he worked at General Electric for more than a decade, most recently as its General Counsel for Mexico, Central America & Caribbean, reporting to General Electric’s General Counsel and Latin America’s CEO, and leading a team of 55 legal counsels in the industrial, financial and entertainment sectors. During that time, he also led General Electric’s legal strategies in the tax, labor and corporate areas and led the design and implementation of the Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance infrastructure for General Electric in Mexico, also acting as lead ombudsman in major cases. Humberto also has public sector experience, having worked as General Counsel for the Urban Development and Housing Committee at the Senate of the United Mexican States during the LVI Legislature. Humberto was the Managing Partner for Sánchez Devanny from July 2017 to June 2019.


Spanish, English.


  • Member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Monterrey Chapter.
  • Member of legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi since 1990.
  • Member of the National Association of Business Lawyers.
  • Received the Award of Legal Merit for General Electric in 2002.


  • Master of Laws (LL.M.). University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA (1995).
  • Law Degree. Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico (1992).

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Corporate and M&A

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.

Mexico > Compliance

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.

Mexico > Life sciences

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.