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González Calvillo, SC
MONTES URALES 632, 3RD FLOOR
LOMAS DE CHAPULTEPEC
MEXICO CITY 11000
Mexico

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

González Calvillo‘s consolidated practice covers the gamut of energy matters: from up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas, power generation, regulatory matters, public procurement, and project and infrastructure development, to dispute resolution, litigation and enforcement; environmental matters, social impact and regulatory assessment; project, structured and corporate finance; and joint ventures, M&A and private equity. Founding partner Enrique González Calvillo is particularly active on transactional and financing matters in the sector; Jorge Cervantes Trejo provides deep knowledge of project finance and development in relation to power, oil and gas infrastructure, as well as specialist niche ADR knowledge; Rodrigo Rojas Robleda also brings deep infrastructure and projects knowledge, particular in relation to private equity in the sector; while Oscar Moreno Silva has specialist knowledge of infrastructure and energy regulatory matters; and Diana Pineda Esteban is also highly regarded for her broad capabilities in energy matters, oil and gas projects, litigation, and associated dispute resolution. A robust second line includes counsels Antonio De Lisi (advisory to sponsors, investors and financial institutions on energy and infrastructure project development, joint ventures and transactions) and Julia González (strategy design spanning regulatory, dispute resolution and risk prevention matters in relation to infrastructure projects); along with senior associate Paulina Poo Romano (energy, environmental and regulatory matters).

Practice head(s):

Enrique González Calvillo; Jorge Cervantes Trejo; Rodrigo Rojas Robleda; Oscar Moreno; Diana Pineda Esteban

Testimonials

‘The lawyers who assisted me have extensive knowledge in energy and amparo law and are also very up-to-date.’

‘Diana Pineda and Julia González Romero stand out for their solid knowledge and monitoring of regulatory changes.’

 

Key clients

Chevron

Global Infrastructure Partners

Gas & Petroquimica de Occidente (Proman’s Mexican subsidiary)

Macquarie Capital

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Nordex

Shell

Vopak

Thermion Energy

TPG (formerly: Texas Pacific Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised Nordex on three financings which have ESG components based on the sustainable financing structure of the Nordex Group, involving 16 different jurisdictions.
  • Advised Vopak Mexico on legal matters related to their daily activities in the provision of storage services at different terminals.

Mexico > Environment Tier 1

González Calvillo is consistently soughed out by local and international clients to advise on environmental and regulatory matters, including the design and implementation of environmental strategies; mandatory environmental, natural resources, climate change and social impact provisions; representation before authorities in administrative and judicial proceedings – including class actions, administrative sanctions-related claim procedures, and litigation. The September 2022 hire of Paola Hernández from Grupo México’s Americas Mining Corporation (where she had been director of both compliance and corporate environmental affairs), gives the department a new practice head following the sad and untimely loss of Leopoldo Burguete in March. Key support is provided by a strong second line of counsels: Enrique Muñoz Guízar advises companies on the identification and obtaining of the environmental permits, licenses, authorisations, and concessions required for the development of infrastructure projects in the water, energy, tourism and industrial sectors; Julia González handles strategy design in relation to regulatory, dispute resolution and risk prevention matters; and Carlos Fernando Castilla focuses on administrative litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in relation to environmental and regulatory law. Experienced senior associate Georgina Zavala is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paola Hernández

Key clients

Danisco Mexicana

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Development Agency dependant of the German Ministry of Environment)

Dow

Gas y Petroquímica de Occidente (GPO)

Honda

Janesville

KMG Chemicals

M3 Resources Mexico

Megacable

M & M Desarrollos

Operadora Playa Virrey

Pacific Lifestyle Properties

Península Acapulco

Qualtia Alimentos Operaciones

Saavi Energía

Shütz Elsa

Symrise

Selina (Dekel Hotels)

Plain Capital

Viceroy Los Cabos and Riviera Maya

Work highlights

  • Advised M3 Resources on the obtaining of a favourable resolution from the Federal Environmental Protection Prosecutor, stating that “Mate” is considered a non – hazardous waste; which represents savings of approximately $23m for the client.
  • Advised Saavi Energía on obtaining the authorisation from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to increase the electric power generation capacity of the Combined Cycle Thermoelectric Plant “La Rosita” (located in Mexicali, Baja California) by 79.5MW.
  • Advised IBM on the development and approval of the first waste management plan of the electronic/IT industry, in cooperation with the national control entity of this type of waste.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

González Calvillo remains a leader in the market with deep experience representing financial institutions, government entities, Mexican and foreign development banks, multilateral organisms, suppliers, contractors, and sponsors in connection with project development and financing transactions in various sectors, including power, oil and gas, water, roads, airports, ports, railways and telecommunications. The key figures in a practice group almost 40-lawyers strong are: name partner Enrique González Calvillo, who has experience in project finance – particularly representing oil and gas, as well as power companies. Rodrigo Rojas Robleda, who advises on project development and financings in relation to hydrocarbons deals, state-backed PPP schemes and power generation projects. Oscar Moreno Silva regularly represents clients on the regulatory and contractual components required for project development, as well as in public procurement matters; while Jorge Cervantes Trejo specialises in M&A, project finance, private equity, energy and infrastructure. Gonzalo Vargas Ateca‘s broad projects and infrastructure practice encompasses oil and gas, power generation, petrochemicals, joint ventures, government procurement, public bids and regulatory matters. Rounding out the senior team, Hernando Becerra de Cima advises developers and banks on infrastructure financing transactions, and accompanies developers through the development process of energy related projects; Diana Pineda Esteban handles private and public tenders and infrastructure projects, on both the structuring (including regulatory analysis) and development aspects, particularly with regard to storage terminals, pipelines, port, and other maritime facilities; and Antonio de Lisi’s project development experience ranges from power generation and gas projects, to marine terminals, FPSOs, offshore platforms and jack-ups, and refining assets – he also has regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Enrique González Calvillo; Gonzalo Vargas Ateca; Jorge Cervantes Trejo; Rodrigo Rojas Robleda; Oscar Moreno Silva; Hernando Becerra de Cima; Diana Pineda Esteban

Testimonials

‘Professionalism, technical knowledge at a local and international level, infrastructure in various subjects.

‘Availability negotiation capacity.

Key clients

Nacional Financiera (Mexican development bank)

Citibank/Citibanamex

Sempra/Ienova/Tag Norte

Macquarie Capital

Grupo México

Grupo Joya

Nordex SE

Actis/Saavi Energía

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

GPO/Proman

Chevron

Pattern Energy

Thermion Energy

AES México

Work highlights

  • Advised Scotiabank Mexico, as issuing bank, in connection with its $60m revolving letter of credit facility for Electricidad Firme de Mexico Holdings.

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 2

González Calvillo houses a highly regarded banking and finance department with a solid track record in the Mexican market, which spans customary banking and finance matters from commercial lending, acquisition financing and project finance to regulatory banking work. The group has built a reputable client portfolio, as well as a solid presence across multiple sectors, including oil, gas, and electricity, fintech and the automotive industry. Recent work highlights saw the practice representing JA Mitsui Leasing, as lender, on the granting of a $98m financing for the construction, operation and leasing of a Toyota-branded automotive components manufacturing plant which will be operated by Metalsa. Co-managing partner José Ignacio Rivero Andere, who is particularly skilled at handling cross-border transactions; and José Victor Torres Gómez, whose experience encompasses transnational financings, syndicated loans and leasing work, are the main contacts of the team. Fellow partners Jorge Cervantes Trejo, Rodrigo Rojas Robleda and Daniel Guaida Azar are all also active in the sector, particularly on project finance matters; while Bernardo Reyes Retana K., in turn, handles private and public securities offerings, cross border finance and banking regulatory matters. The name to note at associate level is that of senior Jacinto Ávalos (banking and finance, private equity and capital market). Former partner Juan Manuel Sancho Rodrigo left the firm in March 2022.

Key clients

Altum Capital

Banco General

Benteler International

Citibank and UMB Bank

Grupo México

Grupo Resuelve tu Deuda

HIR Casa

JA Mitsui Leasing

Nordex SE and Nordex Energy México

Tarjetas del Futuro

Unicredit Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised JA Mitsui Leasing on a $98m financing for the construction, operation, and lease of a manufacturing plant in Guanajuato, México, to be operated by Metalsa.
  • Counsel to Tarjetas del Futuro, as borrower, on the MX$1bn first tranche of a large-scale financing granted by Banorte.
  • Advised Altum Capital on the structured financing granted to PCH Servicios Financieros for an amount up to MX$75m.

Mexico > Capital markets Tier 2

González Calvillo‘s capital markets practice represents a good blend of domestic and foreign companies, including private equity firms and their portfolio companies, along with issuers and underwriters, on local and cross-border securities transactions. The group maintains a steady workflow representing both issuers and investors of securities such as FIBRAs, FIBRA-Es, and and CKDs, and is focusing on increasing its visibility in project bonds and green bonds-related work. Work highlights include representing FIBRA Prologis on its successful second offering and placement of a CNBV-registered, US$-denominated “Green Bond” on the Mexican Stock Exchange. Key contacts of the group include co-managing partner José Ignacio Rivero Andere, who also serves in the board of directors of companies such as Aleatica; and Bernardo Reyes Retana K., who has solid experience in private and public securities offerings in Mexico and abroad under his belt. Capital markets practitioner Jaime Cortés Alvarez  left the firm in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

José Victor Torres Gómez; José Ignacio Rivero Andere; Bernardo Reyes Retana K.; Daniel Guaida Azar

Key clients

Aleatica

Asociación Mexicana de Instituciones Bursátiles

Atento Luxco 1

FIBRA Macquarie

FIBRA Prologis

Hir Casa

Metalsa

NR Finance Mexico

Profuturo Afore

SIMSA

Work highlights

  • Represented FIBRA Prologis on its green bond issuance and placement on the Mexican Stock Exchange of the first CNBV registered, US$-denominated green/sustainable bond ever made in Mexico.
  • Advised Metalsa on a $300m international offering of senior notes (due 2031) pursuant to Rule 144A/Reg. S of the US Securities Act.
  • Advising NRFM with the fulfillment of its regulatory obligations and capital markets activity, in connection with its local short- and long-term bond (certificados bursátiles) program listed in the BMV (Mexican Stock Exchange) and related issuances.

Mexico > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

González Calvillo‘s antitrust practice is led by Cristina Massa, who is particularly well-versed in concentration cases, administrative litigation and amparo procedures, while also handling investigations and abuse-of-dominance claims – particularly in the regulated sectors. The team advises some of the largest companies operating in Mexico (as well as small and medium-sized entities), and has considerable breadth of expertise including oil & gas and electricity; telecoms and broadcasting; the automotive and aviation sectors; chemicals, pharmaceuticals, technology entertainment, construction, utilities, health and hygiene and investment. Key support is provided by counsel Patricio Martínez Osorio (a late 2020-hire from Creel Abogados, SC, where he was a partner), who handles antitrust, competition, data privacy and advertising law matters; associate Daniel González Contreras is also noted. However, senior associate Diego González Altamirano left for Conesa & Moreno Abogados in January 2022, and counsel Gabriel González Aragón subsequently departed the following May.

Practice head(s):

Cristina Massa

Key clients

Google México

Atlas Holdings

FMC

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

Tecnologías Rappi

Chevron Corporation

Aon

Dow Chemical

Nike Mexico

Philip Morris México

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Google -as a third party- in the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) investigation concerning the production and distribution markets and marketing of content transmitted via online platforms; this also includes the distribution and marketing of electronic devices for reproduction of online content, as well as paid television and audio services in Mexico.
  • Counsel to FMC as regards compliance with remedies stemming from the $130bn multi-jurisdictional merger (in 2017) of Dow Chemical Company and EI DuPont de Nemours in which the firm acted as counsel for the latter; FMC is the COFECE-approved buyer of the divested assets deriving from said merger.
  • Antitrust counsel to Chevron, Rappi and Siemens (among others) for the execution of in-depth evaluations of their business’ lines in Mexico, along with the mapping out of antitrust risks to which said companies could be exposed in the country.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

González Calvillo‘s corporate and M&A practice fields a bench of ‘highly specialised and dynamic lawyers’, who earn plaudits for their ‘excellent service and very good negotiation skills’, as well as for their ‘outstanding industry-specific knowledge’. Recommended for their strong expertise across a variety of sectors, the group advises clients on a wealth of corporate legal matters, from corporate restructuring and shareholders agreements to the structuring and execution of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. In addition, the team is also sought out for its prowess in corporate governance matters. Co-managing partner José Ignacio Rivero Andere, who excels in cross-border transactions; banking and finance specialist José Victor Torres Gómez; Jorge Cervantes Trejo, whose experience encompasses relevant transactions in oil, gas, telecoms, real estate, hospitality and infrastructure projects in general; Hernando Becerra de Cima, and Rodrigo Rojas Robleda are among the department’s key practitioners. Promoted to counsel in September 2022, Rosa Elena Coto‘s corporate practice has a strong orientation towards transactional matters – particularly relating to the private equity segment. Senior Jacinto Ávalos provides key associate support. Former partner Juan Manuel Sancho left the firm in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

José Victor Torres Gómez; Jorge Cervantes Trejo; José Ignacio Rivero Andere; Rodrigo Rojas; Hernando Becerra de Cima; Gonzalo Vargas Ateca; Jorge Mondragón; Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche; Bernardo Reyes Retana K.; Daniel Guaida Azar

Testimonials

Professional, excellent service and very good negotiation skills.’

Confidence and talent. Very committed. José Víctor Torres is a very reliable lawyer.’

The team is composed mostly of young lawyers, with innovative ideas and perspectives, who constantly seek to be updated on all the trending topics of the relevant national and international markets.’

‘Highly specialised and dynamic lawyers. They differentiate themselves by their closeness to the client and by expressing the technical issues of any operation in a simple and easy to understand way, using the most innovative technological means in legal practice, which results in an efficient and innovative service.’

Their level of excellence, preparation and knowledge is outstanding. The quality of the lawyers is unparalleled.’

They possess outstanding industry-specific knowledge.’

Key clients

Aleatica

Arthur J Gallagher

Atlas Holdings

BMW

Cemex

Gentera

Google

Grupo Crédito Maestro

Grupo Niddo-Tziki

Grupo Resuelve tu Deuda

IFM Investors

Insight Partners and Tiger Global

Job and Talent

KIO Networks

Oxyloader

Posseidon Asset Management

Proeza Ventures

Prologis

Rappi

TPG Capital

Webhelp

Work highlights

  • Advised Rappi Mexico on the sale of 100% of its equity participation in Rappipay México to Tarjetas del Futuro.
  • Acted as Mexican counsel to Insight Partners and Tiger Global in the negotiation of a $500m Series E preferred stock investment in Nuvemshop.
  • Advised the minority shareholders of Mexican technology infrastructure company Kio Networks in relation to I Squared Capital’s purchased of all the company’s shares.

Mexico > Real estate Tier 2

González Calvillo houses an nine-strong practice that is primarily focuses on transactional real estate matters but also handles the full spectrum of relevant matters, from land acquisitions and sales, and project development, to franchises, lease agreements, permits and financing – particularly in relation to the industrial, residential and hospitality segments. It regularly represents developers, lenders, investment banks, pension funds, real estate investment funds and corporations in connection with real estate-related transactions, including hotel management companies, golf course developers, shopping centres and business centres.  The practice is co-led by Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche, a well known practitioner who advises on all types of corporate transactions involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, lease agreements, restructurings, contracts, project finance, investments, public bids, and regulatory issues in general; and Gonzalo Vargas Ateca, who is experienced in the implementation of sophisticated purchase and sale agreements, cross-border investments, M&A transactions and finance. Key support comes from senior associates Joaquín Alcalá Cuéllar (corporate, M&A and real estate) and Haydeé Montserrat Gonzalez Tavira (corporate/real estate), the latter an August 2021 hire from Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. prior to the departure of senior associate Paulina Sellerier who moved in house as VP Legal Latam at Habitas in September.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche; Gonzalo Vargas Ateca

Key clients

Avviare Inmobiliaria

Baker Hughes International

Bancoppel

Canamex International

InterContinental Hotels Group

McDonald’s

International Workplace Group

Reichmann International

Twin City Hide

UST Global

DuPont

Mitsui

Camposol

Work highlights

  • Advised Axa on performing a legal due diligence to determine potential risks on the acquisition of a real estate property in Guanajuato that was originally used agrarian for agrarian purposes; as well as carrying out all processes of change of nature, and associated permits and licenses needed for the operation of the facility.
  • Advised Terrablocks on the due diligence of various properties in Mérida, Yucatán to confirm favourable conditions for the granting of loans to various real estate developers for the completion of residential projects.

Mexico > Compliance Tier 3

The practice at full-service Mexican firm González Calvillo is based on two core aspects of compliance: anti-money laundering and anti-bribery. Luis Felipe Mancera de Arrigunaga, a former general counsel and Chief Tax Prosecutor, as well as Chief of the Banking and Savings Unit at the Ministry of Finance, helms the practice, bringing to bear his specialisation in anticorruption, AML and tax-compliance. Counsel Juan Carlos Peraza provides additional expertise in creating and implementing compliance programs, and also advises collaborates on internal investigations; and senior associate María Paula Boustani, who boasts solid experience in corporate ethics and compliance, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Luis Mancera de Arrigunaga

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Praised for being ‘highly specialised and very empathic with the client’, González Calvillo‘s dispute resolution practice has established civil, commercial, administrative and constitutional litigation as its strong points. Shareholders and corporate disputes, real estate controversies, administrative law, and bankruptcy and amparo proceedings account for a healthy portion of the workload of the group led by experienced litigator, Edgar Grajeda Muñóz. Recent work highlights include representing BP’s entities in two different class action processes both derived from the oil spill caused by the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Macondo field. Regulated-sector specialist Luis Mancera has also been active in the energy sector, advising hydrocarbons companies (particularly as regards mid- and downstream licenses and permitting matters) and power generators; as well as acting for telecoms companies in regulatory and litigious matters before IFETEL and PROFECO. The September 2022 promotion of former counsel Daniel Morán Salgado to the partnership has further consolidated the firm’s bench for contentious matters (Morán is well-versed in a variety of disputes); and the pair can also call on senior associate Ana Rosa Bobadilla, who is experienced in insolvency and class action procedures; and associate Jesús Manuel Gálvez, for experienced support as necessary.

Practice head(s):

Edgar Grajeda Muñóz

Testimonials

‘The team of lawyers is highly specialised, very empathic with the client, they collaborate together to approach the problem and find the best solution route. They give reports in a timely manner and call the meeting in the necessary cases for proper decision-making. They have efficient technology platforms.’

‘Empathy, high specialisation, loyalty, commitment, honesty, strong negotiation skills, and available 24/7. Edgar Grajeda, Jesús Manuel Galvez, and Ana Bobadilla, are the highlights of the team.

Key clients

3M Mexico

Amazon

Benetton Group

British Petroleum (BP)

Google

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones

Megacable

Philip Morris

Redbull

Tesoro México (Andeavor Company)

Work highlights

  • Representing BP’s entities in two different class action processes both derived from the oil spill caused by the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Macondo Well (Gulf of Mexico).
  • Advised 3M in a judicial controversy filed by a service provider of the client, claiming the payment of certain fees and expenses.
  • Represented DuPont in relation to a recognition of debt with mortgage guarantee; the relevant debt consists in a debtor’s breach of payment obligations.

Mexico > Intellectual property Tier 3

González Calvillo's intellectual property practice group is sought out by clients for its profound knowledge of trade mark infringement and litigation matters, as well as for its advice on trademark portfolio management and prosecution, and patent litigation. The team is co-led by Pablo Hooper, who has a particularly strong profile for his activity in the franchise segment, as well as for his experience in intellectual property and specialisation in IP transactional work. Alberto Pliego, who was raised to the partnership in January 2022, focuses on advising domestic and foreign companies on trade marks, copyright, litigation, franchising, licensing and distribution. Also noted and an integral member of the practice, experienced senior associate Lirio Salgado directs the department's patents area.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Hooper; Alberto Pliego

Key clients

Accor

Buenbit

Cloud Kitchens

Crumbl Cookies

Flexsteel

Harcourts

Jersey Mike’s

Margaritaville

Mary Browns

Rappi

Sight Diagnostics UK

Thor Urbana

Work highlights

  • Advised Jersey Mike’s on its franchise modelin relation to a possible entrance into the Mexican market, as well as on the review and updating of  all franchise related documents and other IP matters required by the business model.  
  • Advised Crumble Cookies on trade mark prosecution and other IP related matters seeking to protect exclusive rights arising out of its expanding operations.

Mexico > Life sciences Tier 3

González Calvillo fields a team with experience in regulatory compliance for the import, marketing, distribution, storage, advertising, and sale of products such as drugs, medical devices, food supplements, food and beverages, spirits, and tobacco products. Following the sad and premature passing of former environmental head Leopoldo Burguette-Stanek in March 2022, the practice is now co-led by counsels Enrique Muñoz Guízar, who advises companies on identifying and obtaining the permits, licenses, authorisations, and concessions that they may require for their activities and operations; and Carlos Fernando Castilla, who focuses his practice on administrative litigation and dispute resolution, and has experience designing complex defence strategies.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Muñoz Guízar; Carlos Fernando Castilla

Key clients

Amazon

Aquafarms

Axalta

Danone

DuPont

Dosal Tobacco

Eagle Foods

Eucalyptus Medical

Future Health Biobank

Google

Jafra Cosmetics

Kabisa Energy Drink

Little Caesar’s

M3 Resources

Mezcal Cinco 70

Mezcal El Silencio

Omron

Philip Morris

Pioneer

Red Bull

Regal Springs Mexico

Mexico > TMT Tier 3

González Calvillo offers expert advise in the TMT field, boasting deep knowledge and expertise across the telecom spectrum while delivering comprehensive analysis regarding all related regulatory aspects, and is renowned for its solid skills representing clients before administrative and jurisdictional bodies in litigation procedures. The practice, which garners praise for its ‘extensive experience in telecommunications regulation’, is led by Luis Mancera de Arrigunaga, who handles regulatory matters as well as specialising in administrative litigation, constitutional relief proceedings, telecoms disputes and contentious constitutional procedures. He works side-by-side with a strong second line of counsels comprised of Juan Carlos Peraza, a former director of regulation and litigation at Televisa; Lucia Fernández González; and the recently promoted Rafael Fuentes.

Practice head(s):

Luis Mancera de Arrigunaga

Testimonials

‘Gonzalez Calvillo has a large team of attorneys who cover various matters. In this way, the advice can be complemented by considering various perspectives.

‘González Calvillo has lawyers with extensive experience in telecommunications regulation as well as economic competition in telecommunications markets.

Key clients

Telefónica

Google

TC Travel Connected

AcunMedya

Konfianza Films

Yonder Media Mobile México

Work highlights

  • Represented Telefónica in an amparo proceeding filed against articles 244 and 244-A of the Federal Duties Law (Ley Federal de Derechos).
  • Representing TC Travel Connected regarding compliance with the regulatory obligations derived from its authorisation to resell mobile internet services.
  • Advised AcunMedya (a Turkish TV broadcasting company) on its day-to-day transactions from corporate and commercial perspectives.

The firm: For over thirty-five years, Gonzalez Calvillo has challenged the standards and rewritten the full-service firm model with a solution-oriented approach, evolving the practice of law in Mexico. The firm is driven by the commitment of doing things differently, having a deep knowledge of the Mexican legal ecosystem, its behaviour and interaction with today’s globalised business environment. That is how over 200 people, between partners, counsel, associates and administrative staff are responsible for making Gonzalez Calvillo one of Mexico’s leading law firms. The firm’s services are designed to help clients solve the most complex and challenging legal issues, finding the best solution for each case. By understanding clients’ business culture and strategy, establishing a close and strategic alliance to enable them to achieve more.

Diversity is key to the firm. It seeks to promote balance and inclusiveness in its team and always values respect in its dealings with its clients and colleagues. The firm has put together a stellar group of lawyers – most of whom received part of their academic education in the United States and Europe and have experience working abroad as international associates in leading foreign law firms.

The firm has the best minds in every area and encourage its teams to work collaboratively and share their knowledge to provide comprehensive legal solutions. It has been proven that the firm’s multidisciplinary approach reveals great insights and creates productive discussions that lead to smart strategic thinking and bold decision-making. That is why the firm has a broad offer of practice areas that act as one to deliver integrated solutions.

Main areas of practice: Legal solutions are not practice area specific, that is why the firm’s 25 practice areas act as one to deliver comprehensive solutions to its clients. For each case, the firm creates tailored multidisciplinary teams of lawyers who work together to achieve that.

  • AML, Anti-Corruption and Compliance
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Banking and Finance Regulation
  • Capital and Debt Markets – Securities
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional and Administrative Litigation
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance
  • Data Protection
  • Energy, Oil & Gas and Electricity
  • Environment, Agrarian and Social Impact
  • Franchising and Licensing
  • Government Procurement and Public Bids
  • Information Technology
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labour, Social Security and Corporate Compensation
  • Life Sciences & Health Care
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity and Fund Formation
  • Real Estate
  • Telecommunications and Broadcasting

Clients:  The firm’s client roster is well diversified, as we represent a blend of local and multinational corporations across regulated and non-regulated industries, such as domestic and international financial institutions, governmental entities and individuals, including a substantial number of Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of legal matters.

International work: As the world has evolved, the firm’s client needs have evolved too, drifting into a globalised business environment. As a 100% Mexican law firm, Gonzalez Calvillo is proud to be able to fulfil this cross-border needs. The firm’s team has significant experience acting as lead counsel in cross-border transactions and coordinating work on behalf of its clients in other jurisdictions to provide comprehensive solutions.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Antitrust and Competition Cristina Massacmassa@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Banking and Finance, Mergers and acquisitions José Víctor Torres Gómezjtorres@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Mergers and acquisitions, Banking and Finance José Ignacio Riverojrivero@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Energy, Arbitration and Mediation Enrique González Calvilloegonzalez@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Environmental and Natural Resources, Life Sciences & Health Care Carlos Fernando Castillaccastilla@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Intellectual Property Pablo Hooperphooper@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Licensing, distribution and franchising Jorge Mondragónjmondragon@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Litigation and arbitration Edgar Grajedaegrajeda@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Mergers and acquisitions Jorge Cervantesjcervantes@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Project finance and infrastructure Rodrigo Rojasrrojas@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Real estate Gonzalo Vargasgvargas@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Real estate Alfredo Chávezachavez@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Energy Oscar Morenoomoreno@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
TMT, Compliance Luis Manceralmancera@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Energy, Regulatory Diana Pinedadpineda@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Capital Markets Bernardo Reyes Retanabreyes@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Banking and Finance, Project Finance and infrastructure Daniel Guaidadguaida@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance and infrastructure Hernando Becerrahbecerra@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Labor, Employment and Corporate Compensation Luis Enrique Cervantes Estevezlecervantes@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
Intellectual Property, Advertising & Marketing Alberto Pliegoapliego@gcsc.com.mx52 55 5202 7622
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Joaquín Alcalá Cuéllar photo Joaquín Alcalá CuéllarAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
Francisco Javier Álvarez photo Francisco Javier ÁlvarezAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
Constantino Aquique photo Constantino AquiqueAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
Jacinto  Avalos photo Jacinto AvalosAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
Hernando Becerra de Cima photo Hernando Becerra de CimaPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Ana Rosa Bobadilla photo Ana Rosa BobadillaAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
María Paula Boustani photo María Paula BoustaniAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
Alberto Bustamante photo Alberto BustamanteCounsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Carlos Fernando Castilla photo Carlos Fernando CastillaCounsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Luis Enrique Cervantes Estevez photo Luis Enrique Cervantes EstevezPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Jorge Cervantes Trejo photo Jorge Cervantes TrejoPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche photo Alfredo Chávez GoyenechePartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Rosa Elena Coto photo Rosa Elena CotoElected Counsel as of January 2023
Antonio De Lisi photo Antonio De LisiCounsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Lucia Fernández González photo Lucia Fernández GonzálezCounsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Rafael Fuentes photo Rafael FuentesCounsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Jesús Manuel Gálvez photo Jesús Manuel GálvezAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
Julia  González photo Julia GonzálezCounsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Enrique González Calvillo photo Enrique González CalvilloPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Daniel González Contreras photo Daniel González ContrerasAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
Haydeé Montserrat  Gonzalez Tavira photo Haydeé Montserrat Gonzalez TaviraAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
Edgar Grajeda Muñoz photo Edgar Grajeda MuñozPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Daniel Guaida Azar photo Daniel Guaida AzarPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Paola Hernández photo Paola HernándezCounsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Pablo Hooper photo Pablo HooperPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Luis Mancera de Arrigunaga photo Luis Mancera de ArrigunagaPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Patricio Martínez Osorio photo Patricio Martínez OsorioCounsel Gonzalez Calvillo
Cristina Massa photo Cristina MassaPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Jorge Mondragón photo Jorge MondragónPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Daniel Morán Salgado photo Daniel Morán SalgadoElected Partner as of January 2023
Oscar Moreno Silva photo Oscar Moreno SilvaPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Enrique Muñoz Guízar photo Enrique Muñoz GuízarCounsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Juan Carlos Peraza photo Juan Carlos PerazaCounsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Diana Pineda Esteban photo Diana Pineda EstebanPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Alberto Pliego photo Alberto PliegoPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Paulina Poo Romano photo Paulina Poo RomanoAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
Bernardo Reyes Retana K. photo Bernardo Reyes Retana K.Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
José Ignacio Rivero Andere photo José Ignacio Rivero AnderePartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Rodrigo Rojas Robleda photo Rodrigo Rojas RobledaPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Lirio Salgado photo Lirio SalgadoAssociate at Gonzalez Calvillo
José Victor Torres Gómez photo José Victor Torres GómezPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Gonzalo Vargas Ateca photo Gonzalo Vargas AtecaPartner at Gonzalez Calvillo
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Mexico

The last two and a half years have thought us just how resilient the legal services industry truly is, particularly in Mexico. The Mexican government enacted ineffective measures to counter the pandemic’s effect in the economy which created an even challenging landscape for investors.

The pandemic’s initial stage back in 2020 witnessed the entry into force of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) which substituted the North America Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). However, challenges were in order. The manufacturing sector, big factor under this agreement and pillar of Mexico’s economy was deeply impacted just like many others. Similarly, the USMCA was enacted despite the fact trade between the “three amigos” was severely affected by land border restrictions imposed. This new agreement also had notorious consequences across the labor market. Mexico had to enact reforms restricting the ability of companies to implement outsourcing schemes for their employees and work force. Companies had to rapidly adapt to such corporate and operational changes.

During the second year of the pandemic, Mexico had midterm elections shifting some of the power from the governing political party back to the opposition. This in turn resulted in hope for greater political will, negotiation, control, and influence over some of the government’s plans, including projects, infrastructure, and foreign investment. Yet, this change fell short and events following the elections only have continued to exacerbate the lack of certainty for investors driven by federal administration. However, landmark infrastructure projects such as Mexico’s Felipe Angeles Airport, the Dos Bocas Refinery continued and were officially inaugurated despite the fact of many legal hurdles. The Tren Maya project is still ongoing and according to government officials is expected to be opened December 2023.

As these challenges continued to unfold, the energy and electricity sectors became a hotly contested issue for different reasons. The government passed laws and regulations aiming at bringing back the electricity monopoly to Mexico’s state-owned power utility, CFE. The introduction of this new legislation was contested in domestic courts which in turn has made this sector a very litigious one. Given the household energy names, projects and investment at stake, dispute resolution mechanisms – and more specifically international arbitration- is expected to rise prompting a shift for this industry in the long haul.

Undoubtedly, the Financial Technology sector, driven by Mexico’s Fintech legislation factors such as access to traditional financial institutions, continues with promising growth. We have witnessed how more players are coming into Mexico driven by continuous investment rounds and a flourishing and steady market.

Whilst certain trends for the Mexican legal market were expected, the pandemic made us reassess strategies, initiatives, and overall, a better understanding on how to conduct business on challenging environments.