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González Calvillo

Mexico > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Great team and great leadership’ is the assessment of Gonzalez Calvillo’s competition and antitrust team by clients familiar with the practice, with group head Cristina Massa being singled out as ‘an extremely professional lawyer… with in-depth knowledge of economic competition’ matters; she can draw on relevant professional experience at both the Mexican antitrust commission and various other public sector posts. Massa primarily acts for major companies and investment funds in Mexico, particularly in the highly regulated sectors of telecoms, energy and financial services. More broadly, she and her team handle merger control procedures, the design and implementation of strategy, and the representation of clients in investigation proceedings before competition agencies. The merger-control side of the wider practice is led by counsel Patricio Martínez Osorio; he assists both domestic and multinational companies particularly as regards pre-merger filings in Mexico. Associate Daniel González Contreras is also an active member of the practice group. Since publication, Massa has left the firm - effective as of April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Patricio Martinez Osorio


Great team and great leadership. Cristina Massa is definitely one of the most capable antitrust lawyers I have ever met. your team is very professional and dedicated.

Response times, personalized attention and accompaniment in your affairs.

The team’s knowledge of the subject is unmatched, they are up to date on all antitrust issues and know how and when to communicate it to clients. I feel very supported in these delicate issues and confident that I am in the best hands.

Cristina Massa is an extremely professional lawyer, close to her clients and with in-depth knowledge of economic competition. Your help has made a difference with other outside lawyers.

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Advent International


Elecnor and Enagás


Google México

Lincoln Electric

Nike Mexico


Philip Morris México

Work highlights

  • Representing Advent subsidiary AI Global Investments (Netherlands)  in the concentration notice proceeding before the Mexican antitrust commission.
  • Acting for Ontex Group on obtaining antitrust clearance for the sale of its Mexican diapers and hygiene products business to Softys, a competitor which already has a presence in Mexico.
  • Advised Gentera on the concentration notice proceeding before COFECE for the acquisition of control and increase of its ownership in ConCrédito.

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

The energy practice is a key pillar of Gonzalez Calvillo’s broad service offering and the team places particular emphasis on projects work, from structuring and development, to financing and operation. Clients are supported through the full life-cycle of their projects, from inception, through fundraising and development, to operation, with the team also well equipped to handle potential disputes - it is particularly capable in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Five lawyers share leadership of the broad practice group: founding partner Enrique González Calvillo is a regular lead partner on transactions and financing in the sector; Jorge Cervantes Trejo is a go-to figure for power project finance, but also has a strong practice in ADR in the sector; Rodrigo Rojas Robleda is another seasoned financing expert; Oscar Moreno Silva handles infrastructure projects and regulatory matters; and Diana Pineda Esteban is an expert on the development side of energy projects work. At counsel level, Antonio de Lisi has assisted sponsors, investors, financial institutions and governments with cross-border and domestic financings, as well as project development; while Julia González focuses on infrastructure projects and designs strategies spanning regulatory, dispute resolution and risk prevention matters. Associate Jeronimo Ramos assists with infrastructure and energy project finance, structured finance, real estate transactions and M&A. Since publication, Pineda Esteban has left the firm (effective April 2024), subsequent to which the firm has announced an agreement to merge into Spain's Pérez-Llorca.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Gonzalez Calvillo; Jorge Cervantes; Rodrigo Rojas; Oscar Moreno

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)

Gas & Petroquimica de Occidente (GPO)

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

Grupo Lodemo, Hidrocarburos del Sureste (Hidrosur) and affiliates

JP Morgan Securities

Mizuho Securities USA

Scotia Capital USA

Marathon Petroleum

Mizuho Bank

Nordex SE

Pattern Energy

Total Atlantic Trading México

Thermion Energy

TPG Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised ADIA on its acquisition of a non-controlling 10% interest in Sempra Infrastructure Partners from Sempra Energy for $1.73bn.
  • Assisting JP Morgan Securities, Mizuho Securities USA, and Scotia Capital USA with Electricidad Firme de México Holdings’ $350m 4.9% 144A/Reg S senior secured note issuance for the repayment of the financing for the acquisition by Global Infrastructure Partners of Saavi Energía.
  • Advised GPO on strategy for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a petrochemical complex in Sinaloa.

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

The ‘highly sophisticated’ and ‘extremely responsive’ team at Gonzalez Calvillo is noted by one client for its ‘significant infrastructure expertise’, which encompasses a range of transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution work relating to infrastructure and project finance. The group has a strong track record assisting financial institutions, government entities, local and international development banks, multilateral entities, suppliers, contractors, and sponsors in connection with project development and financing transactions in various segments – including power, oil-and-gas, water, roads, airports, ports, railways and telecoms. The team’s six partners head up the department on an equal partnership basis: name partner Enrique Gonzalez Calvillo specialises in cross-border transactions involving energy and power generation, as well as M&A, joint ventures and project finance; Jorge Cervantes Trejo majors on M&A, project finance, private equity, energy and infrastructure. Rodrigo Rojas Robleda advises on project finance, lending and power generation projects, while Oscar Moreno Silva regularly represents clients on the regulatory and contractual components required for project development. Hernando Becerra de Cima advises developers and banks on infrastructure financing transactions; and Diana Pineda Esteban handles private and public tenders, oil-and-gas and infrastructure projects, and completes the senior team. Of counsel Antonio de Lisi is noted for his participation in financings, energy and infrastructure development transactions, joint ventures and M&A. Julia González, promoted to of counsel in January 2022, is active on the development of infrastructure projects, dispute resolution and risk prevention matters. Since publication, Pineda Esteban has left the firm - effective as of April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Enrique González Calvillo; Jorge Cervantes; Rodrigo Rojas Robleda; Oscar Moreno Silva; Hernando Becerra; Diana Pineda


The GC team is extremely responsive and their work exceeds expectations. They have significant infrastructure expertise.

What really stands out is the client service – the team excels at delivering quality work fast.

The projects and infrastructure team is highly sophisticated. Their attorneys are very collaborative and great at navigating complex issues.

Oscar Moreno Silva – strong market knowledge, efficient, fast, flexible.

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority


Saavi Energía


Global Infrastructure Partners



Grupo Lodemo

J.P. Morgan Securities

Mizuho Securities

Scotia Capital

Marathon Petroleum

Mizuho Bank


Pattern Energy

Thermion Energy

TPG Capital

Vopak Mexico

Work highlights

  • Represented ADIA in its acquisition of a non-controlling 10% interest in Sempra Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advised JP Morgan Securities, Mizuho Securities and Scotia Capital in connection with Electricidad Firme de México Holdings’ $350m senior secured note issuance.
  • Acted as counsel to GPO, outlining strategy for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a petrochemical complex in Sinaloa.

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 2

The banking and finance practice at Gonzalez Calvillo excels at commercial lending, acquisition financing, project finance and regulatory banking work, regularly advising fintechs, domestic and international banks, and investment funds. Recent work highlights include advising Grupo Crédito Maestro on a $65m financing granted by Banorte; and assisting Banco Bradesco with the purchase of shares issued by Ictineo Plataforma, a popular financing entity. The team is led by four partners: José Victor Torres Gómez has vast experience as lead counsel in complex cross-border transactions; Bernardo Reyes Retana K specialises in both private and public offerings of securities, advising issuers, investors, underwriters, and credit agencies; José Ignacio Rivero Andere is experienced at working with non-bank financial institutions; and Daniel Guaida advises on fintech and regulatory technology matters. Senior associate Jacinto Avalos provides key support. Former partners Juan Manuel Sancho Rodrigo and Jaime Cortés left the firm in December 2021 and January 2022 respectively. Since publication, both Torres Gómez and Guaida have left the firm (effective April 2024), subsequent to which the firm has announced an agreement to merge into Spain's Pérez-Llorca.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Rivero Andere; Bernardo Reyes Retana Krieger; Daniel Guaida


Excellent attention and follow-up on matters.

Very close to their customers. José Ignacio Rivero is outstanding.

Partner Jose Igancio Rivero and associate Jacinto Avalos Capin are very knowledgeable about the financial industry in Mexico. They provide prompt and well thought out replies.

Key clients

Administradora de Activos Financieros

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Banco Bradesco

Banco General

Banco Industrial

Citibank and UMB Bank

Fasanara Capital

Grupo Empresarial Maestro (Grupo Crédito Maestro)

KIO Networks

Samsung C&T

Sculptor Capital Management

Tecnologías Rappi

Work highlights

  • Advised Rappi Mexico on the funding of the credit operations of Tarjetas del Futuro.
  • Advised the shareholders of KIO Network on the sale of its assets to global infrastructure fund I-squared Capital.
  • Advised Italian bank Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in a €437m syndicated financing to FILA.

Mexico > Capital markets Tier 2

The team at Gonzalez Calvillo  handles all manner of capital markets' matters, working with government agencies and self-regulating organisations (such as the Mexican Stock Exchange), as well as corporates, to handle Mexican and international securities' offerings, and advise on financings. The practice represents both issuers and holders of securities such as FIBRAs, FIBRAs E and CKDs; recent work highlights include representing Bursamétrica Casa de Bolsa before the Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores, challenging the imposition of administrative fines. Working on an equal partnership basis, the team’s four partners co-lead: José Victor Torres Gómez who is experienced in complex cross-border transactions, financing and securities; co-managing partner José Ignacio Rivero Andere; Bernardo Reyes Retana, who focuses on advising AFORES, FIBRAs and FIBRAs E; and Daniel Guaida who has particular expertise regarding the structuring of publicly traded private equity funds. Since publication, both Torres Gómez and Guaida have left the firm (effective April 2024), subsequent to which the firm has announced an agreement to merge into Spain's Pérez-Llorca.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients

Administradora de Activos Financieros (ACFIN)


Asociación Mexicana de Instituciones Bursátiles (AMIB)

Bursamétrica Casa de Bolsa

FIBRA Macquarie

FIBRA Prologis

Hir Casa


NR Finance Mexico

Profuturo Afore

Work highlights

  • Represented ACFIN in three different matters, acting as administrador maestro on its cancellation and extinction of the issuance of certificados bursátiles fiduciarios.
  • Advised NRFM on its regulatory obligations and capital markets activity regarding its local short and long-term bond offerings.
  • Represented Profuturo AFORE, acting as anchor investor, in the negotiation and sale of its participation in FIBRA HD.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

The ‘unfailingly commercial and collaborative’ team at Gonzalez Calvillo is praised for ‘consistently providing highly sophisticated advice’ in corporate and M&A matters. Corporate restructurings, shareholders’ agreements, domestic and cross-border M&A, and corporate governance are core areas of expertise and the firm fields a deep partner-level bench with profound transactional know-how. While long best known for handling M&A deals in the energy sector, the practice has demonstrated its adaptability during the current downturn in that sector, migrating its focus to pick up a healthy flow of work in the technology, fintech, automotive and science-related sectors over the last few years. A recent case in point saw the team represent the management of leading Mexican tech company, KIO Networks, on the $1bn sale of all its assets to global infrastructure fund Isquared Capital. Co-managing partner José Ignacio Rivero Andere focuses primarily on corporate finance and cross-border M&A; and banking and finance specialist José Victor Torres Gómez is also frequently active in major cross border transactions. Additional key partners include Rodrigo Rojas Robleda, who has particular experience in project finance, infrastructure, foreign investment and energy matters; Jorge Cervantes Trejo, who advises sponsors, developers, investors, and lenders on M&A, dispositions, and joint ventures; and Hernando Becerra de Cima, who routinely advises clients on mergers in the renewables space. Co-manging partner Jorge Mondragón (who was recently appointed the new chair of global law firm alliance Multilaw) heads up the firm's franchising and licensing practice and is hence also frequently active in corporate and commercial matters - such as his advice to Diltex on its joint venture with Etam. Of counsel Rosa Elena Coto is regularly instructed by Mexican and foreign entities, startups, and capital investment funds for her transactional expertise; and senior Jacinto Ávalos is the name to note at associate level. Since publication, both Torres Gómez and Coto have left the firm (effective April 2024), subsequent to which the firm has announced an agreement to merge into Spain's Pérez-Llorca.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Cervantes; Rodrigo Rojas; José Ignacio Rivero Andere; Hernando Becerra; Bernardo Reyes Retana; Daniel Guaida


‘Gonzalez Calvillo consistently provides highly sophisticated advice. It is a real partner firm with skill in ‘bet the company’ issues. Their attorneys are unfailingly commercial and collaborative.’

Key clients


Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance

Atlas Holdings

Balandra Capital







Grupo Crédito Maestro

Grupo Resuelve tu Deuda

IFM Investors

Insight Partners and Tiger Global

KIO Networks



Posseidon Asset Management

Proeza Ventures



Work highlights

  • Represented Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in its acquisition of a non-controlling 10% interest in Sempra Infrastructure Partners, from Sempra Energy for $1.73bn.
  • Represented KIO’s management and the minority shareholders in the sale of all its assets to global infrastructure fund Isquared Capital.
  • Acted as local counsel to Bunzl in the acquisition of Tingley Rubber Corporation, a New Jersey corporation with subsidiaries in Mexico and Canada.

Mexico > Environment Tier 2

The nine-strong environmental practice at Gonzalez Calvillo handles the full array of environmental matters, ranging from contract review and environmental due diligence, through risk mitigation and preventative measures, to project development related matters and administrative litigation. The group also houses expertise regarding clean development mechanisms, climate change policy and ESG. Recent matters include assisting Smurfit Cartón y Papel de México on all issues related to its water usage and associated concession titles; undertaking due diligence of the environmental and urban development matters related to a hotel development in Quintana Roo; and aiding Triumvirate Environmental obtain various environmental permits, including hazardous waste import authorisations, civil protection approvals and various modifications to the company’s waste transportation permits. The practice is led by a trio of deeply experienced counsel: 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; contentious specialist Carlos Fernando Castilla focuses on administrative litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in relation to environmental and regulatory law; while the practice of Paola Hernández Villalvazo (a September 2022 hire from Grupo México’s Americas Mining Corporation) is centred on ESG matters. Further depth is provided by counsel Julia González, who devises strategies as regards regulatory, litigious and risk prevention, as well as handling social impact matters; and senior associate Georgina Zavala, a water law specialist. Former senior Paulina Poo Romero moved in house in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Muñoz; Carlos Castilla; Paola Hernandez


The Gonzalez Calvillo team is very competitive compared with other Mexican firms; in personal terms, their consultancy has allowed us to improve greatly as a company in environmental terms – apart from the great communication, availability and impressive friendliness of the individuals who make up the team, i’d principally note the competency which they bring to bear. I’d particularly note Lic. Enrique Muñoz.

The area is very complete. They have very good technical knowledge and are always willing to solve and explain. The team is highly responsive and reliable in every way.

They maintain a sense of urgency and ensure issues are followed up.

Key clients

Baja Aqua Farms

Danisco Mexicana

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Development Agency

Gas y Petroquímica de Occidente

Grupo Alpura

Grupo Desk

Janesville de México

KMG Chemicals

M3 Resources Mexico


Ontex México

Operadora Playa Virrey

Pacific Lifestyle Properties

Península Acapulco

Qualtia Alimentos Operaciones

Regal Springs Mexico

Shütz Elsa

Smurfit Cartón y Papel de México

Thor Urbana

Zuma Energía

Work highlights

  • Advising Ontex on the regularisation and sale process of its Puebla and Tijuana plants.
  • Advised Zuma throughout the process of preparing an environmental audit report for the acquisition of a 270MW solar plant operated by FVR.
  • Conducted an environmental compliance audit for Magnekon in relation to its facilities located in the state of Nuevo León.

Mexico > Compliance Tier 3

The practice group at Gonzalez Calvillo handles all aspects of labour compliance, AML and antibribery matters, offering support with baseline analysis, prevention and corrective strategies, national and international investigations, and litigation. Its diverse client base operates in the comms, energy, transportation, tech and hospitality sectors. Two partners co-lead the team: Luis Mancera De Arrigunaga, who specialises in anticorruption, AML and tax-compliance; and Luis Enrique Cervantes Estevez, who leads on investigations. Juan Carlos Peraza, who is experienced at implementing compliance programmes provides further partner level input. However, at associate level, Victor Nakakawa Trejo left the firm in May 2023, as did former senior María Paula Boustani who moved in house the following month. In a major development, Since publication, Peraza has also left the firm (February 2024); and, in a major development, the firm has announced an agreement to merge into Spain's Pérez-Llorca, effective as of April 2024.


Prompt responses and regular follow-ups with client.

Mexico > Intellectual property Tier 3

The breadth of the IP practice at Gonzalez Calvillo makes it reliable counsel for companies operating in Mexico, whether they need ongoing advice on rights protection or representation in court on specific issues. A large client base of both domestic and international market-leaders instruct the team, and as the practice has become increasingly recognised, it has acted on more cross-border matters, co-ordinating counsel across Latin America. In a near 30-year career, Pablo Hooper has established himself as one of the market’s leading names across trade mark, copyright, franchising and entertainment matters; he particularly stands out for strategic litigation regarding the protection of intellectual property rights. Co-leading the department alongside Hooper is Alberto Pliego, whose broad slate of work currently encompasses the real estate, energy and technology sectors. In support, associate Lirio Salgado (‘the knowledge she has on the subject is evident’), is the main contact for patents work; and fellow associate Constantino Aquique supports on litigation.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Hooper; Alberto Pliego


Excellent Work!

High knowledge about IP.

The González Calvillo team with whom I have a relationship is highly efficient and the response time is very fast, in addition to being very friendly and experts on the topics they know about.

Pablo Hooper is very friendly, he is always willing to answer any questions and does so in a professional and efficient manner. His disposition and kindness make him stand out. Lirio Salgado is very technical in her responses and the knowledge she has on the subject is evident, her response is always almost immediate and kind. She is a great person and excellent professional.

Key clients


Aldo Group International

Cloud Kitchens



Crumbl Cookies




Mary Browns

Plave Koch (Jack In The Box)


Sight Diagnostics UK


Thor Urbana


Work highlights

  • Advising Thor Urbana on all IP portfolio matters in Mexico.
  • Acting for Wyndham on infringement actions against former franchisees that are still using Wyndham’s intellectual property, or any other use by a third party.
  • Advising Crumbl 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

The team at Gonzalez Calvillo has solid experience across both the advisory (licensing, compliance etc.) and the contentious aspects of the life science and healthcare sectors. The practice regularly handles matters concerning the import, marketing, distribution, storage, advertising, and sale of products such as drugs, medical devices, food supplements, food and beverages, spirits, and tobacco products. It is 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 administrative litigator Carlos Fernando Castilla, who works across the environmental, regulatory and life sciences segments, and has experience designing complex defence strategies. Key associate support is provided by senior Georgina Zavala who also has an administrative law background and works across environmental, agrarian and social impact; and life science, health care and sanitary regulation matters, including consumer protection and labelling.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Muñoz Guizar; Carlos Castilla


The technical qualities of this team make it our reference firm in device regulatory issues.

Enrique Muñoz Guizar and Georgina Zavala González have outstanding technical knowledge in device regulatory law.

Key clients


Amazon Lab

Eucalyptus Medical

Genomma Lab



Hazel Technologies

Jafra Cosmetics

Kabisa Energy Drink

Kelly Deli

Little Caesar’s

M3 Resources

Mezcal Cinco 70

Mezcal El Silencio

Nutrición Ela


Philip Morris International

TransEasy Medical Tech

Work highlights

  • Advised Windmill on determining the applicable regulations that air conditioners must comply with to be commercialised in Mexico, so as to expand the company’s business in the country.
  • Advised Kelly Deli on the launch of promotions and sweepstakes in Mexico.
  • Advised TransEasy Medical Tech on the preparation of a legal opinion explaining the regulatory framework on health matters in Mexico.

Mexico > TMT Tier 3

The TMT offering at Gonzalez Calvillo comprises a number of more specified practice areas, with a core strength in regulatory matters and administrative litigation in the telecommunications space. Luis Felipe Mancera de Arrigunaga has a professional background in telecoms as well as extensive experience advising on regulatory matters. He heads-up the administrative / regulatory side of the practice, while Jorge Mondragón helms the corporate work and is also the key contact for data privacy matters. Daniel Guaida is the lead lawyer for fintech sector work and is especially strong on advising start-ups that are commencing banking and financial activities in Mexico. At counsel level, Lucía FernándezJuan Carlos Peraza and Rafael Fuentes support across the full range of matters. Since publication,  Guaida and Peraza have both left the firm - effective as of April and March 2024, respecitvely.

Practice head(s):

Luis Mancera de Arrigunaga; Jorge Mondragón; Daniel Guaida

Key clients



TC Travel Connected


Work highlights

  • Represented Telefónica in an amparo proceeding filed against articles 244 and 244-A of the Ley Federal de Derechos.
  • Advising Google on a range of Mexican legal issues.
  • Assisting Banco Bradesco with all fintech regulatory issues related to its acquisition of the shares of local private equity investor Ictineo Plataforma.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Gonzalez Calvillo's nine-strong team disputes team assists its clients - most frequently the Mexican subsidiaries of multinationals from a range of sectors - with administrative, civil, commercial and constitutional litigation, along with -when necessary- bankruptcy litigation. Class actions have been a particular recent highlight for the team, most often led by senior practice figure Edgar Grajeda, who, with almost 20 years' experience as a partner, is deeply knowledgeable regarding civil and commercial litigation. Grajeda co-directs the practice with Daniel Morán, whose handles complex civil and commercial litigation, as well as acting energy and real estate controversies, judicial reviews derived from public tenders, administrative sanctioning procedures, nullity trials, and amparo proceedings. Disputes dedicated senior associate Ana Rosa Bobadilla works across a broad range of civil, commercial, family, criminal and administrative matters and also has experience of insolvency and class action procedures.

Practice head(s):

Edgar Grajeda; Daniel Morán


The Gonzalez Calvillo Litigation team is highly competitive and outstanding. They are always duly updated on judicial reforms and are very well connected with judges, magistrates and ministers. Without a doubt they are above the teams of other firms which are also very competitive. The technology the department uses is in accordance with current needs. It is a totally inclusive office and gives the same opportunities to men as to women.

Edgar Grajeda is extremely kind and diplomatic – he keeps me updated on the matter and the matter is well handled; he’s someone who is always available for his clients, regardless of schedules and with very good responses.

What makes the firm’s lawyers stand out is the great availability they have. They understand the client, they have good relationships with judges, magistrates and ministers. The partners are always directly involved in matters. Their response times are correct. They stick to the budget. They always try to find the greatest benefit for the client. The partner in charge of the corresponding matter always keeps you duly updated on its progress. González Calvillo is a highly recognised law firm not only for its litigation practice but also for its corporate practice. Their knowledge is adequate and always updated.

Both Edgar Grajeda & Ana Rosa Bobadilla have a deep knowledge of the case and communicate clearly and punctually any progress in the pending processes.

Key clients

Agrofresh Solutions


Benetton Group



Maxcom Telecomunicaciones


Nike de Mexico

Sony de Mexico

Tesoro México (Andeavor Company)

Work highlights

  • Representing BP’s entities in two different class actions filed by an NGO and a group of fishermen from the Gulf of Mexico, respectively; both derive from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
  • Acting for Sony in a class actions filed by the Federal Consumer Protection Agency.
  • Acting for Nike de México in debt recovery proceedings against by a former distributor of Nike products.

Mexico > Real estate Tier 4

The six-strong practice at Gonzalez Calvillo garners praise for its client focus and is regularly retained by major international corporations in the food and drink, hospitality and retail sectors (among others), seeking assistance with day-to-day real estate negotiations. The group is also well-equipped to handle the management and operation of real estate portfolios, sale and lease transactions and financing, working on behalf of developers, lenders, investment banks, pension funds and real estate investment funds. Practice head Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche focuses on real estate and project development investment and has experience advising Mexican and multinational companies on all types of corporate transactions involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, lease agreements, project financing, investments, public bids, and regulatory issues in general. Key support comes from senior associates Joaquín Alcalá Cuéllar and Haydeé Montserrat Gonzalez Tavira, who major on both corporate and real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Chavez Goyeneche


Alfredo Chávez Goyeneche and the rest of the real estate team are focused on the needs of the client. Their contributions are always timely.

Great customer service and fast response times. The lawyers adapt to the needs of the client.

The service provided is extremely professional and they carry out the negotiation with real estate buyers in an automatic and practical manner. Communication is clear and practical with the lawyers.

Alfredo Chavez Goyeneche and Haydeé Montserrat González Tavira are very professional lawyers, well prepared and with excellent negotiation skills. The documents provided never have errors and their review is quite agile.’

The attention of the Real Estate Law area of GCSC and in particular of its partner, Mr. Alfredo Chavez, is in accordance with the needs of its clients. Their interventions are always done in a timely manner and they make the company’s leadership feel supported when they require it.

Key clients

Baker Hughes International

Canamex International


Inmobilia Management

Inmobiliaria Piso 18

International Workplace Group




Reichmann International

UST Global

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kisá Proptech (known as KIRE), in developing a new real estate model business in Mexico based on digital means (“Proptech”).
  • Acted as counsel to Reichmann International for the management and operation of its building portfolio in Mexico City.
  • Advised McDonald’s on the preparation, negotiation, and coordination of the execution of all of its lease transactions in Mexico.

Mexico > Labour and employment Tier 5

Gonzalez Calvillo’s labour practice has a particular focus on compliance and litigation matters, and regularly supports clients on risk assessments to identify existing or potential labour and employment issues. The firm is retained by a variety of multinational and domestic companies for day-to-day labour law advice, and has recently seen a notable increase in its fintech client base. Luis Enrique Cervantes, who was made partner in January 2022, co-leads the department with corporate law expert and managing partner Jorge Mondragón. At associate level, former seniors Fernando de Buen and María Paula Boustani left the firm in May and June 2023, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Luis Enrique Cervantes; Jorge Mondragón


Knows and understand customer needs.

Very good office.

Key clients



Choice Hotels


David Briggs


Grant Thorton

Nippon Paint Automotive Americas De México

Prince Manufacturing


Red Bull

Thor Urbana

Triunvirate Environmental

Work highlights

  • Advising Prince Manufacturing on its internal labour policies.
  • Assisting Google with day-to-day labour law compliance.
  • Advising Carhartt Mexico on its code of ethics, human resources policies, and training for employees.

For almost four decades, González Calvillo has challenged the standards and rewritten the full-service firm model with a solution-oriented approach, evolving the practice of law in Mexico. Our firm is driven by the commitment to doing things differently, having a deep knowledge of the Mexican legal ecosystem, and our behaviour and interaction with today’s globalised business environment. That is how over 150 people between partners, counsel, associates, and other business professionals are responsible for making González Calvillo one of Mexico’s leading law firms. Our firm’s services are designed to help clients solve their most complex and challenging legal issues, finding the best solution for each case. By understanding clients’ business culture and strategy, González Calvillo establishes a close and strategic alliance that enables them to achieve more.

Diversity is key to the firm. We seek to promote balance and inclusiveness across our team and create a workplace that is filled with insightful and productive discussions whilst respect in our dealings with clients and colleagues. González Calvillo has put together a stellar group of lawyers — most of whom having studied in the United States and Europe and experienced working abroad as international associates for leading foreign law firms.

Our firm has the best minds in every area and encourages teams collaborative working and knowledge sharing to provide comprehensive legal solutions. It has been proven that González Calvillo’s multidisciplinary approach reveals great insights and creates fruitful conversations that lead to smart strategic thinking and bold decision-making. This is why our firm, from both our Mexico City and Monterrey offices, has a broad practice area offering that acts as one to deliver bespoke yet integrated solutions.

Legal solutions are not practice area specific. Our offering covers over 15 practice areas, and over 19 industries, that act as one to create transformational legal changes that enable clients to achieve their objectives. For each matter, González Calvillo creates tailored multidisciplinary teams of lawyers who work together to achieve that.

Main Practice Areas

  • AML, Anti-Corruption and Compliance
  • Antitrust
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital and Debt Markets
  • Corporate
  • Data Protection and Cybersecurity
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Foreign Trade and Customs
  • Intellectual Property and Franchising
  • Labor, Employment and Corporate Compensation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Projects, Energy and Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Sustainability & ESG
  • Tax


  • Agrobusiness
  • Automotive
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Cannabis, Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Construction
  • Crisis and Risk Management
  • Financial Services
  • Fintech
  • Food and Beverages
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Insurance and Bonds
  • Manufacturing, Maquila, and Consumer Goods – Retail
  • Media, Sports, and Entertainment
  • Mining
  • Pharma and Life Sciences
  • Renewable Resources
  • Tech and Startups
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Wealth Management


The firm’s client roster is well diversified, as it represents 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 Capabilities

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, González 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.

Website: https://gcsc.com.mx/

Firm addresses

Mexico City
Montes Urales 632
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
11000 Mexico City

Torre Sofía, Av. Ricardo Margain 440,
Valle Del Campestre,
66265, San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León

Firm phones

Mexico City
+52 (55) 5202-7622 / F: +52 (55) 5520-7671

Tel: +52 (81) 1641-0050

Department Name Email Telephone
Projects, Energy and Infrastructure, Dispute Resolution Enrique González Calvillo egonzalez@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Mergers and Acquisitions, Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Jorge Cervantes jcervantes@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Corporate, Intellectual Property and Franchising Jorge Mondragón jmondragon@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Dispute Resolution Edgar Grajeda egrajeda@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Intellectual Property and Franchising Pablo Hooper phooper@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Capital and Debt Markets José Ignacio Rivero jrivero@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution, AML, Anti-corruption and Compliance, Tax, Foreign Trade and Customs Luis Mancera lmancera@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Mergers and Acquisitions, Projects, Energy and infrastructure Hernando Becerra hbecerra@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Corporate Gonzalo Vargas gvargas@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Corporate, Real estate Alfredo Chávez achavez@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Mergers and Acquisitions, Projects, Energy and infrastructure Rodrigo Rojas rrojas@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Oscar Moreno omoreno@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Merger and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Capital and Debt Markets Bernardo Reyes Retana breyes@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
AML, Anti-corruption and Compliance, Labor, Employment and Corporate Compensation Luis Enrique Cervantes lecervantes@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Intellectual Property and Franchising Alberto Pliego apliego@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Dispute Resolution Daniel Morán pmoran@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Antitrust and Competition Patricio Martínez pmartinezosorio@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Corporate, Projects, Energy and Infrastructure, Banking and Finance Antonio de Lisi adelisi@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance Alberto Bustamante abustamante@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Dispute Resolution, Sustainability & ESG Carlos Fernando Castilla ccastilla@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Sustainability & ESG Enrique Muñoz emunoz@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Antitrust, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Patricio Martínez pmartinezosorio@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution, AML, Anti-corruption and Compliance Rafael Fuentes rfuentes@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Projects, Energy and Infrastructure, Dispute Resolution, Sustainability & ESG Julia González jgromero@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
Sustainability & ESG Paola Hernández Villalvazo phernandez@gcsc.com.mx 52 55 5202 7622
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Mexico’s economy is a vibrant tapestry of industries, from chemicals and manufacturing, to agriculture, tourism, and technology. Despite challenges such as trade tensions and security concerns, Mexico has cemented its position as an appealing destination for foreign investment.

Mexico’s strategic location and abundant workforce make it an attractive option for companies looking to optimize their supply chains. The country’s extensive network of trade agreements around the world, and in particular the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) which entered into force on July 1, 2020, promotes grater market access and regulatory alignment.

Mexico is now more than ever benefiting from the Nearshoring phenomenon. Since the signing back in 1994 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), foreign investment in Mexico has been on the rise. However, various international events, notably the trade war between the US and China, the Russia-Ukraine war and increased regional value-content requirements for products commercialized in the region, have led many companies to view Mexico as an optimal location for manufacturing operations, and leverage on the benefits of North America as a strategic location. Consequently, Mexico is experiencing a resurgence in interest from multinational corporations seeking to optimize their supply chains and mitigate risks associated with global trade tensions. This surge in interest has notably led Mexico to become the largest US commercial partner worldwide.

Mexico offers various export promotion programs, with incentives for companies engaging in manufacturing and distributing products abroad. Still, navigating Mexico’s regulatory landscape may be challenging with bureaucratic hurdles, legal intricacies, and increasingly assertive tax authorities that require fine tuning from local experts with global vision.

While efforts have been made to streamline processes and enhance transparency, it is crucial to understand such export promotion programs, as well as import export schemes that can be implemented to obtain specific tax benefits and circumvent other related obligations. This understanding is vital to ensure that companies setting up operations in Mexico avoid incurring tax liabilities due to non-compliance with tax and foreign trade obligations.

Despite its economic potential, companies attempting to set foot in Mexico confront enduring risks. These challenges encompass various factors such as the upcoming election cycle, legal certainty, among other government inefficiencies.

Moreover, a deficit in public resources essential for fully leveraging the nearshoring trend, persists. Such resources include energy and communication infrastructure, water and natural gas facilities, technological hubs, and enhanced security measures, among others. Addressing these matters and continue promoting a robust rule of law may, without a doubt, significantly enhance productivity and foster long-term growth.

Also, as a go-to country to do business, Mexico has continuously carried out multifaceted efforts to tackle corruption through government strategies promoting transparency, accountability, and integrity scenarios both in public and private sectors. The creation of the National Anti-Corruption System as well as greater scrutiny from the civil society through the work performed by NGO’s is a pivotal step in this direction.

It is worth noting that the Mexican legal framework mandates companies to implement integrity policies when doing business to avoid legal contingencies; this is crucial especially for those working with government agencies such as Pemex, among others. These policies must include a myriad of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering internal procedures tailored to fit Mexican laws. Therefore, it is important to address and set out a plan around these matters prior to the incorporation and operation of a company in Mexico.

In conclusion, notwithstanding well-known challenges to doing business in Mexico, the country’s commitment to attracting foreign investment and promoting better corporate practices is evident. With proper planning and understanding of the legal and regulatory environment, companies can rest assure they will be able to seize the opportunities Mexico offers.


Luis Mancera de Arrigunaga, Partner.
Félix Ponce-Nava Cortés, Senior Associate.