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Sánchez Devanny

PASEO DE LAS PALMAS 525, PISO 6, COL. LOMAS DE CHAPULTEPEC, CIUDAD DE MÉXICO 11000, MEXICO
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Mexico City, Monterrey, Queretaro

Mexico

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Sánchez Devanny

The nine-strong team at Sánchez Devanny operates out of Monterrey and Mexico City offices, advising banks, borrowers, and investors -including international clients- on cross-border loans, securities, syndicated multi-jurisdictional loans and bonds issuance, and fund formation; it also attends private equity clients on financing acquisitions with debt. The practice also handles infrastructure projects and project finance; PPPs; energy sector projects; corporate and acquisition financing; intra-group financing; vendor and supplier financing; commercial banking and credit facilities; bond issue restructuring; capital and debt placements; and work-outs and debt restructuring transactions. Clients include Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and KeyBank National Bank. In Monterrey Ernesto Silvas-Medina and Francisco Andres Gamez-Garza co-head the practice with Mexico City-based Diego Gómez-Haro Katznelson, who joined the firm from the Blackstone Group in June 2018; support comes from senior associates Jaime Moreno-Treviño and Debby McKey, both in Monterrey.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny 's well-regarded corporate team handles a broad range of work, including advice on joint ventures, M&A, corporate governance and compliance. With lawyers in Mexico City, Monterrey and Queretaro, the firm represents a wide selection of manufacturing and automotive clients. Major clients include Nissan, which it recently advised on its negotiations with JV-partner Daimler to increase the production capacity at their jointly operated facility, Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Agascalientes. Key partners include Jose Antonio Postigo-Uribe, Cristina Sanchez-Vebber, along with Monterrey-based Gerardo Prado-Hernandez and managing partner Humberto Morales-Barron.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny has a 'deep knowledge of the energy sector' and its lawyers are 'strongly committed to working within client deadlines'. The team is praised for its 'communication and responsiveness' and for being 'extremely helpful when there is a need to liaise with the local authorities'. It recently advised Gas Natural Ganamex on the implementation of various new business schemes to supply CNG and LNG in Mexico. The group also advised Repsol Downstream Mexico on the expansion of its service station network. The active team is led out of Mexico City and Monterrey by Jose Antonio Postigo-Uribe and Gerardo Prado-Hernandez, respectively. Other significant clients include Essity, Caterpillar, and Bioenergía de Nuevo León.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

Sánchez Devanny

The eight-strong team at Sánchez Devanny assisted Insurance Auto Auctions – KAR Group, a relevant American used car dealership company, in complex litigation against the customs authorities following the SAT’s cancellation of the client’s used vehicles registry, and obtaining a suspension of the registry cancellation while the court case is ongoing. It also advised Marubeni Mexico on responding to an invitation (carta invitación) by the customs authorities to regularise its tax situation in connection with the purchase of aluminium through a bonded warehouse scheme; and an American grilling products manufacturer in a NAFTA international verification-of-origin process initiated by the Mexican Customs Authorities. The practice also acts on general import/export matters, export promotion programmes (including IMMEX), free trade agreements (FTAs), trade facilitation, M&A-customs analysis, risk assessment, tariff and non-tariff restrictions and export controls, anti-counterfeiting customs measures, customs and administrative litigation, customs audits, and tariff, non-tariff and export-control requirements; it has particular experience in the chemicals, automotive, food and beverages, cosmetics, medical devices, pharmaceutical, energy, alcohol and tobacco sectors. Turenna Ramirez and José Alberto Campos- Vargas co-lead the team. Key support comes from associates Eduardo Sotelo-Cauduro and Maria Luisa Mendoza López. Other clients include Niagara Bottling, Kellogg’s, Sharp, Nippon Seiki, Grupo Embotellador Pepsico, and Sempra Energy.

Leading individuals

José Alberto Campos-Vargas - Sánchez Devanny

Turenna Ramirez - Sánchez Devanny

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny receives strong feedback from clients who appreciate its 'depth of expertise in the labour/union fields, and the great relationships they have with the authorities and other firms'. The team is co-led by Alfredo Kupfer-Dominguez in Mexico City; he has 'great knowledge' and is 'recognised as one of the leaders in Mexico for labour and union matters'. The firm also has a strong Monterrey presence where co-head David Puente-Tostado advises on labour, immigration and social security matters, particularly to clients in the energy and automotive sectors. In the retail segment, the team continues to advise Sally Beauty Supply, which has over 230 stores in Mexico, on the employment and collective bargaining issues linked to its rapid expansion.

Leading individuals

Alfredo Kupfer-Dominguez - Sánchez Devanny

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Sánchez Devanny

The eight-lawyer, Sánchez Devanny real estate team punches above its weight servicing an impressive roster of clients. The group deals with private and public investment vehicles, acquisition and sale of assets, leasing, development and construction of projects, due diligence and financing; title searches, surveys, appraisals and environmental studies; insurance; regulatory and compliance matters; land use and zoning matters; permits and licenses; incorporations; joint ventures; timeshare and fractional property facilities; trusts; and ejidos. Recent work includes advisng longstanding client Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) on leases for six new flagship stores and the construction and opening of eight other premises, bringing the client’s total in Mexico to 40. In similar work, it represented Sally Beauty Supply on leases for ten new stores; the client now has 240 nationwide. 'Very active', Monterrey-based Rafael Villamar-Ramos is lauded for his ‘very strong negotiation skills; he is a facilitator of deals’. He co-leads the team with the similarly busy, Mexico City-based Diego Gómez-Haro Katznelson, who joined the firm in June 2018 from Blackstone Group; Monterrey-based Alfredo Villarreal Hansmann, who recently made partner, is also an integral part of the growing practice group. Other clients incude include Airbnb, IKEA, Ikano Industries, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Under Armour, IMPRO Industries and Bendix.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Sánchez Devanny

The 18-strong team at Sánchez Devanny has ‘outstanding knowledge of international tax matters’, and demonstrates both ‘ownership and involvement’ of the cases with which it is entrusted, and ‘strong continuity, allowing long term cooperation with knowledgeable and in-the-know members. This is particularly helpful with procedures that take years to complete'. Bringing 'its own initiative and creativity’, the team provides federal and cross-border tax consulting services for inbound infrastructure projects and a broad array of industries including manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, retail, automotive, aerospace, transportation, mining, power, oil and gas, food, health and life sciences, as well as outbound cross border tax advice to Mexican companies expanding globally. Its capbilities cover both contentious and non-contentious matters, including tax treaty interpretation, transfer pricing and foreign tax credit transactions; tax investigations; information exchange, simultaneous audits and mutual agreement procedures regarding multilateral transactions and transfer pricing; wealth management and estate planning. The team is co-led by four partners: Ricardo Leon-Santacruz in Monterrey, Abel Mejia-Cosenza in Queretaro, and Guillermo Villaseñor-Tadeo and Mariana Eguiarte-Morett in Mexico City. The group was significantly strengthened, recently with the parnter-level hire of Luis Antonio González Flores, a former SAT audit-administrator with over 20 years' public sector experience, in February 2019. Villaseñor assisted key longstanding client Repsol in establishing its operations in Mexico in midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors; while León-Santacruz was instructed by private equity fund Investar Capital Partners regarding its $150m restructuring. In other work, Eguiarte Morett  assisted the AES Corporation with the structuring of a tax-efficient fund to obtain investments to expand its energy operations. Support comes from senior associates Emilio Garcia and Jorge Lopez. Other clients include Grupo Empresarial Angeles, Schwan Stabilo, GMD Eurocast, H&M Hennes & Mauritz, Libbey, and Clariant.

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