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González Calvillo, SC

Banking and finance Tier 2

González Calvillo, SC’s 27-strong team represents a varied client roster that includes national and foreign banking and finance institutions, Mexican development banks, investment banks, underwriters, private investment funds, foreign asset management companies, and the agencies and rep-offices of foreign banks, in securities work, secured and asset financing, restructuring, syndicated and commercial lending and regulatory matters. In highlight work the team advised: Citigroup, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, BNP Paribas, JPMorgan Chase, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Citibank and Banamex, as joint lead arrangers of a $1.256bn credit agreement to finance the acquisition of InterGen’s projects in Mexico (totalling 2,200 MWs) by private equity fund Actis;  major mining player Grupo Mexico on an HSBC-led $147m refinancing of existing loan facilities for several of the client’s subsidiaries; and regular client Bancomext on a $53m financing granted to Inmobiliaria Insurgentes 421 for the development of a new 415-room hotel in Mexico City. The large team is co-led by José Victor Torres, Juan Manuel Sancho Rodrigo, Jaime Cortés, and José Ignacio Rivero Andere; other names to note include Hernando Becerra, Enrique Gonzalez Calvillo, Rodrigo Rojas Robleda and of counsel Antonio De Lisi; key support comes from senior associates Jacinto Avalos and Alberto Bustamante. Other clients include Unicredit Bank, Microsoft, Banco General, and BanCoppel.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

González Calvillo, SC has a high-quality standalone practice with a strong pedigree in advising clients on merger-control proceedings, as well as investigations into cartel behaviour and abuse of dominance. Key partners include the 'very goodCristina Massa, a former commissioner at the Mexican Antitrust Commission, and Luis Mancera de Arrigunaga, who is especially experienced in representing telecoms and broadcasting clients before the Federal Telecommunications Institute.  On the transactional side the team advised Prysmian in obtaining clearance for its acquisition of General Cable Corporation. The team also advised clients on major investigations and abuse-of-dominance claims in the port services, healthcare and telecoms sectors.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

González Calvillo, SC fields an experienced team of lawyers with strong expertise in corporate and private equity acquisitions, restructurings, and compliance work. With a bench of nine partners the practice has capacity to act on a large volume of deals and is regularly referred work by foreign firms. Recently the team advised KIO Networks on the  US$500m sale of its telecoms subsidiary to American Tower Corporation. Another highlight was advising United Plastics Group, a subsidiary of Viant, on the acquisition of the Mexican assets of Integer Holdings Corporation, as part of Viant's global takeover of Integer. Key partners include José Victor Torres , Jaime Cortés and José Ignacio Rivero Andere. Miguel Valle exited to Chévez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cía SC in September 2019; the same month, the firm was also appointed as the sole Mexican law-firm founding member of the Brazil-Mexico Business Council.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

González Calvillo, SC's clients benefit from a strong four-partner team that advises on major infrastructure projects, corporate transactions, and joint ventures, in the oil, gas and power sectors. Notable highlights include representing Jaguar Exploración y Producción de Hidrocarburos on agreeing contracts with Pemex Exploración y Producción for six onshore exploration-and-production blocks. The firm also advised Dhamma Energy  on the sale of a 37.4MW solar power project in San Luis Potosi. Founding partner Enrique González Calvillo and Jorge Cervantes are both highly recommended, as are Oscar Moreno Silva and Rodrigo Rojas Robleda on the project finance side. Other figures of note in the growing practice group include former Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C. partner, Antonio De Lisi (who joined the firm as of counsel in 2017); and regulatory specialist Diana Pineda, who was raised to the partnership in January 2020.

Environment Tier 2

The team at González Calvillo, SC is recommended for its strong strategic advice, and guiding clients through the environmental and social challenges that can arise with major acquisitions and development projects. Practice head Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek is particularly experienced in energy, water management and hazardous waste control. The team recently helped Gas y Petroquímica de Occidente obtain Federal Environmental Impact Authorization for the construction and operation of a port terminal in Sinaloa. On the contentious front, it successfully represented CSL Paradise in a case concerning a Federal Maritime Land Zone concession.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

González Calvillo, SC is 'excellent' for advising sponsors and lenders on major projects and has been especially active on infrastructure deals in the energy sector. Notable highlights include advising the banks, including Citigroup and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, on the financing of Actis's $1.1bn acquisition of InterGen's Mexican business interests, including six power generation projects, a 155MW wind farm, and a 65km natural gas pipeline. Clients benefit from a strong bench of partners, including Enrique González Calvillo, Jorge Cervantes and Oscar Moreno Silva.

Real estate Tier 2

The ten-strong practice group at González Calvillo, SC gain clients’ trust because ‘they are very honest and results-driven; know that the clients need both quick and great results; and  at the same time they are very technical and aware of all applicable laws’. The group advises on real estate project development and related corporate and financing matters, as well as on transactions in which the underlying asset is real estate, pre-construction and construction projects, Fibras, leasing, management agreements, tax-efficient structuring, planning, land use and related disputes. Recent highlight mandates saw the team assist Regus with its business expansion and development plans, consisting of the opening of new business centre locations throughout Mexico; advise Reichmann International on the management and operation of its diverse portfolio of properties in Mexico City, including Torre Mayor and Torre Diana; and represent US-based cattle-hide processing company, Twin City Hide, in the MXN$24m purchase of industrial real estate in León from Cimsa Industrial Park. Other matters included advising Baker Hughes on the leasing agreements for the installation of operating plants in Tuxpan, Veracruz; Bancomext on a $53m financing granted to Inmobiliaria Insurgentes 421 for the development of a new 415-room hotel in Mexico City; and BanCoppel on the MXN$600m financing (in conjunction with Banco Actinver) to S/K Cabo San Lucas Holdings for the ongoing development of a residential and tourism real estate development at Cabo San Lucas. The very active Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche co-heads the practice with the 'busy, visible' Gonzalo Vargas Ateca and Miguel Valle, who also handles M&A and governance work; key support comes from of counsel Erika Olguín Valencia and senior associate Paulina Sellerier. Other clients include Marriot International, McDonald’s, Avviare Inmobiliaria, InterContinental Hotels Group, Canamex International, and UST Global.

Capital markets Tier 3

González Calvillo, SC assists domestic and foreign companies, including private equity firms and their portfolio companies, issuers and underwriters, with local and cross-border securities transactions, with a notable focus on the financial, telecommunications, hospitality and automotive sectors; it also handles the regulatory aspects of capital markets. In recent highlight work, the firm acted as counsel to the initial purchasers, joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, and onshore and offshore collateral agents -some 11 financial institutions- on the $1.256bn acquisition financing granted to private equity fund Actis for the purchase of InterGen’s projects in Mexico (totalling 2,200 MWs); it also assisted HIR Casa with the launch of its programme to securitise mortgage collection rights derived from its housing financing system for a total amount of MXN$2.5bn, and the first issuance of trust certificates under said programme for MXN$700m. In other work it assisted Fosun and its subsidiary Club Med with the review of the title, standing and overall legal status of its Mexican subsidiaries and assets as part of its spin-off from Fosun International, and its initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The department’s four partners co-head the practice: José Victor Torres, Juan Manuel Sancho Rodrigo, Jaime Cortés Alvarez, and José Ignacio Rivero Andere are active market figures. Support comes from senior associates Daniel Guaida Azar, Bernardo Reyes Retana, Jacinto Avalos, and associate Francisco Javier Alvarez. Other clients include IFM Global Infrastructure Fund (IFM Investors), KIO Networks, Nissan Renault Finance, Grupo Proeza, Barclays Bank, Grupo México / Americas Mining Corporation / Southern Copper Corporation.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

González Calvillo, SC is well versed in civil, commercial and administrative disputes. Edgar Grajeda leads the two-partner team, which also includes administrative litigation specialist Luis Mancera.  The group has been very active on the telecoms front, representing Megacable in several significant disputes concerning interconnection charges and signal broadcast distribution agreements. The team also defended Google against a civil case from an individual claiming damages as a result of the information about him available online. Other clients include 3M, Adecco, DuPont, and Mitsubishi.

Labour and employment Tier 3

González Calvillo, SC's domestic and international clients benefit from its 'immaculate' employment team. The 'very innovative' group undertakes employment issues linked to major corporate transactions and restructurings, as well as day-to-day advice and training on the full range of employmemt issues, including collective labour negotiations and anti-corruption measures. Following the September 2019 departure of Rafael Vallejo, the team is led by Jorge Mondragón and has been further strengthened by the November 2019 hire of Luis Enrique Cervantes -formerly at De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C.- as Of Counsel. Practice group clients include Google, Andeavor, and Deutsche Bank, which the team advised on labour issues linked to the sale of its Mexican operations.  

TMT Tier 3

González Calvillo, SC has a ‘wide practice in many areas’ and ‘courteous’ lawyers with ‘solid academic and professional backgrounds’ advising clients on ‘complex situations’. The firm boasts some major telecommunications clients, such as Telefónica, which is instructing the team in a Supreme Court constitutional relief proceeding (amparo) filed against a federal law provision differentiating between tariffs for the 800Mhz and 700Mhz radio frequencies, respectively. The team also represented Telefónica and Maxcom in constitutional procedures before the Supreme Court challenging the fines imposed by the FTI for alleged infringements to the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law, reducing the fine from 1% of income to 0.01%. Beyond its sweet spot in contentious administrative telecoms matters, it handles regulatory, antitrust, corporate, transactional, and tax matters, as well as public procurement and PPPs, concessions and authorisations relevant to telecommunication services, and data and consumer protection. An expert in administrative litigation, amparos, telecommunication disputes and constitutional controversy procedures, Luis Mancera co-leads the team with counsel Juan Carlos Peraza, who also focuses on these market segments; Peraza was previously director of regulation and litigation at Televisa, while Mancera was general chief tax prosecutor and deputy general counsel at the Ministry of Finance, as well as vice-president of legal and regulatory affairs at Televisa. Key support comes from associate Rafael Fuentes. Metro Net is another of the firm’s clients.


Founded in 1987, Gonzalez Calvillo stands as a leading solution-centered Mexican firm that has rewritten the full-service firm model by blending it with its transactional deal-making core and international reach.

Throughout the past 30 years, the firm has focused on being client-oriented and thus has grown steadily while very selectively succeeding at creating the best teams to fulfill clients’ needs.

By considering client development at the core of the firm’s legal practice, it is regarded as one of a handful law firms in Mexico having the sophistication of practice to process the demands of the current business environment. In addition to the legal thinking and knowledge expected from any lawyer, the firm’s professionals encourage and incentivize a business vision to create benefit for their clients, with in-depth experience to proactively detect opportunities for them and assist in their development and implementation.

The firm’s professionals, state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure allow it to provide the highest level of legal services. Most of the firm’s lawyers have international legal studies in the United States and Europe and many of them have experience working as international associates in highly prestigious global law firms.

The firm is known for its ability to build cross-disciplinary teams in the most challenging and sophisticated transactions, we have experience providing legal, business and regulatory advice to multinational and domestic companies in a broad range of areas of practice.

Areas of practice

Anticorruption and compliance; antitrust and competition; arbitration and mediation; banking and finance; capital markets; corporate; data protection; e-business; energy, oil, gas and power generation; environment and natural resources; franchising, licensing and distribution; government procurement; intellectual property; investment protection and management; joint ventures and strategic alliances; labor and employment; civil, commercial and administrative litigation; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; project finance and infrastructure; real estate; regulatory reporting and compliance; restructuring and bankruptcy; securities; and telecommunications.

All practice areas have accredited performance for constancy and novelty and are headed by professionals of the highest caliber.

International work

Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. is consistently recommended as a leading full-service law firm in the Mexican legal marketplace. Moreover, the firm’s business and legal practice is well diversified, by representing a blend of local and multinational corporations across regulated and non-regulated industries, including a substantial number of Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of practice areas.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Cristina Massa
Banking and finance José Víctor Torres
Banking and finance José Ignacio Rivero Andere
Capital markets Jaime Cortés Alvarez
Energy Enrique González Calvillo
Environmental and natural resources Leopoldo Burguete Stanek
Intellectual property Pablo Hooper
Licensing, distribution and franchising Jorge Mondragón
Litigation and arbitration Edgar Grajeda Muñoz
Mergers and acquisitions Jorge Cervantes
Project finance and infrastructure Rodrigo Rojas Robleda
Real estate Gonzalo Vargas Ateca
Real estate Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche
Securities Juan Manuel Sancho Rodrigo
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Enrique A. Ávila  photo Mr Enrique A. Ávila Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Hernando Becerra de Cima  photo Mr Hernando Becerra de Cima Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek  photo Mr Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek Partner at Gonzalez Calivllo
 Luis Enrique Cervantes Estevez  photo Luis Enrique Cervantes Estevez Counsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Jorge Cervantes Trejo  photo Mr Jorge Cervantes Trejo Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche  photo Mr Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Jaime Cortés Alvarez  photo Mr Jaime Cortés Alvarez Partner at González Calvillo
Mr Antonio De Lisi  photo Mr Antonio De Lisi Counsel at Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.
Mr Enrique González Calvillo  photo Mr Enrique González Calvillo Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Edgar Grajeda Muñóz  photo Mr Edgar Grajeda Muñóz Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Pablo Hopper  photo Mr Pablo Hopper Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Luis Felipe Mancera de Arrigunaga  photo Mr Luis Felipe Mancera de Arrigunaga Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.
Ms Cristina Massa  photo Ms Cristina Massa Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Jorge Mondragón  photo Mr Jorge Mondragón Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Oscar Moreno Silva  photo Mr Oscar Moreno Silva Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mrs Erika Olguín Valencia  photo Mrs Erika Olguín Valencia Counsel at Gonzalez Calvillo,S.C.
Mr Luis Ortiz de la Concha  photo Mr Luis Ortiz de la Concha Counsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
 Juan Carlos Peraza photo Juan Carlos Peraza Counsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mrs Diana Pineda Esteban  photo Mrs Diana Pineda Esteban Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
 Alberto Pliego  photo Alberto Pliego Counsel at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr José Ignacio Rivero Andere  photo Mr José Ignacio Rivero Andere Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo,S.C.
Mr Rodrigo Rojas Robleda  photo Mr Rodrigo Rojas Robleda Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr Juan Manuel Sancho Rodrigo  photo Mr Juan Manuel Sancho Rodrigo Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Mr José Victor Torres Gómez  photo Mr José Victor Torres Gómez Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. since 2000.
Mr Gonzalo Vargas Ateca  photo Mr Gonzalo Vargas Ateca Partner at Gonzalez Calvillo
Other fee-earners : 90
Partners : 19