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Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.
AGUSTIN MANUEL CHAVEZ 1 – 001
COL. CENTRO DE CIUDAD SANTA FE
CDMX 01210
Mexico

Mexico > Compliance Tier 1

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. offers a highly specialised and recognised compliance department, composed of ‘detailed, structured and insightful legal advisors’, who are particularly adept at handling AML, privacy, anti-corruption, and general regulatory matters. The practice, which is a recurring choice for financial institutions such as CitiBanamex, Banco Santander, and Deutsche Bank, also ‘covers a wide spectrum of industries’, and is co-led by Miguel Gallardo, a renowned name in the compliance field, particularly as regards anti-money laundering matters; Madrid-based data protection specialist, Hector Guzman; and Javier Pérez Moreno, who was promoted to the partnership in February 2022 and boasts solid experience in highly regulated sectors such as fintech, banking, insurance, and health. Pérez Moreno is also certified as a compliance and AML expert by the NBSC, and has of late been assisting clients in relation to cryptocurrency matters. Senior associate Alejandra Lobato, who is also certified as an AML expert and authorized compliance officer, is another key contact of the group. However, the practice endured the departure of former senior counsel Adolfo Hegewisch, who joined Deutsche Brokerage Firm as general counsel.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gallardo; Javier Pérez Moreno; Héctor Guzmán Rodríguez

Testimonials

‘Domain of relevant topics, attentive, and helpful.

‘They have extensive knowledge of the subject with which they support us, very professional.

‘Very effective firm.’

‘Personal commitment.’

‘A very strong legal advisory team which covers a wide spectrum of industries and topics. They are very collaborative, do their best to learn about your business which turns out in a successful long-term and diverse projects cooperation. Having said all that, you also feel like you’re getting a bang for your buck, great value for money.

‘Detailed, structured and insightful legal advisors. We especially had great pleasure working directly with Javier Perez Moreno.’

‘The firm has specialized lawyers in various areas, which allows you to receive comprehensive advice but at the same time highly specialised.

‘Miguel Gallardo has a great analytical capacity and is also capable of having a very broad vision of matters, he can “see the forest and the trees” at the same time.

Key clients

AirBnB

Alternativa Financiera Prosesa

Amicorp México

Banco Inmobiliario Mexicano

CitiBanamex

Banco Santander

Banco Mercantil del Norte

MUFG

Bloom Emprendedores

Braskem México Proyectos

Capital Vertical Promotora Empresarial

Crecer Solución Inmediata

Credisocial México

Credit Suisse

Crédito Especializado Stándar

Crédito Real

Daimler Financial Services

Deutsche Bank México

Deutsche Securities

Element

Engenium Capital

Finae

Finalux

Fincrece

Grupo Capital Vertical

Impulso Crediticio Empresarial

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Mexico (ICBC)

Mercado Libre

Morgan Stanley México, Casa de Bolsa

Multi-Apoyos de Capital

Mutua Altiplano

Palace Resorts Capital

SAB Capital

Servicios Liquick

Structura Capital Management

UBS Asesores México

Vinta Capital

Vision F México

Evo Payments

Banco Multiva

Volkswagen Leasing

Femsa

Nu Bank

Pagsmile

Exka

HDF Energy

Medius Collection

Merceron Capital

Rianta Capital Zurich

World Quest Holdings

Federación Mexicana de Futbol

Apoyo a tu Economía

Cacao Paycard

Garnet24

Prosa

Banco Azteca

Elektra

Satoshi Portal

Work highlights

  • Appointed a secondment as the compliance officer of Elektra in connection with a cryptocurrency project.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on regulatory matters during its sale process in Mexico, including preparation and implementation of anti-money laundering provisions and compliance with Mexican financial authorities’ requirements.
  • Ongoing legal advice to Mercado Libre in connection with an authorisation to become a fintech entity.

Mexico > TMT Tier 1

The level of ‘commitment, professionalism and above all knowledge and legal technique’ of Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.‘s long-standing TMT practice is ‘worldclass’. Over 20 years of activity in this field attest to the team’s in-depth knowledge of the industry, and make it the firm of choice for clients such as SpaceX/Starlink to advise the company on the legal route-map to become an internet service provider in Mexico. Founding partner Carlos Bello, who earns praise from both clients and peers for his expert knowledge on all areas of telecommunication, media and technology matters, and who -more recently- has been increasingly active in relation to sports and entertainment law, including e-sports, heads-up the group. Other key lawyers dedicated to this practice include Hector Guzman, a recognised data protection specialist; Carlos Diaz, who leads the team’s M&A expertise regarding the TMT sector; along with Rolando Guevara (TMT, sports and entertainment), and the head of IP Jonathan Rangel. However, senior associates Bernardo Martínez and Valery Tapia moved in house at Honeywell and Airbnb in February 2021 and July 2022, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Bello; Hector Guzman; Rolando Guevara; Carlos Diaz; Jonathan Rangel

Testimonials

‘Unquestionably, the performance and attention of the lawyers is on par or better than many internationally renowned firms. The level of commitment, professionalism and above all knowledge and legal technique is world-class.’

‘Not only on a professional level are they excellent with the best disposition and knowledge of their subject and others. The interaction is easy and pleasant. Always empathetic with the needs of their client, but above all with the needs of their client’s client, which is very important.’

‘The BGBG team is excellent, and stands out for its deep knowledge in various and necessary areas of our business, its agility, its excellent communication, and how it has earned our absolute trust.’

‘Carlos Bello leads the relationship with our company. Their qualities are above all the knowledge they have in their areas, not only in the legal area but also in the market and their network. They also count their agility, their cordiality, and the use of our resources.’

‘I would highlight the disposition that Hector Guzmán has shown for the project that we are developing.’

‘Carlos Bello and stands out.’

‘BGBG lawyers should feel proud to belong to a great team of excellent legal professionals. Each of the BGBG lawyers has a high level of specialization in their field. The skills and knowledge of the BGBG team sets them apart from any other firm.’

‘The BGBG team is made up of highly trained professionals; their level of service is excellent, they have a deep knowledge of the industry. Carlos Díaz is an excellent lawyer, in constant training, whose knowledge has served to create the legal framework of our company. We fully trust and value his expertise. Without a doubt, having BGBG and Carlos as partners has been one of the best decisions the company has made.’

Key clients

SpaceX/Starlink

MercadoLibre

Panasonic Avionics

FEMSA

Airbus

Lalamove

Orange Business Services

International Telecommunications Union

Oxxo

Microsoft

Echostar/Hughes

Hispasat

Honor

Biocatch

Cisco

Airbnb

Motorola

Plintron

Ole Distribution

KIA Mexico

Konfio

Bosch

DeepL

Speedcast

Flash Mobile

Porsche

Daimler

VW Mexico

Hisense

Huya

Proeza (Astrum)

Terra Networks Mexico

Thales

Thema TV

T-Systems

Verizon

Zorro Abarrotero

Volkswagen Financial Services

Samsung

Coda Payments

Shopee

Work highlights

  • Advised SpaceX/Starlink in order for them to provide a two-way satellite-based internet service in Mexico.
  • Advising Mercado Libre in relation to its logistic services for the e-commerce platform as well as advice on data protection and privacy matters.
  • Advised Speedcast on the regulatory proceedings in Mexico related to Centerbridge’s $500m equity investment.

Mexico > Intellectual property Tier 3

Hailed for its ‘amazing team of experts with a deep understanding of complex topics in intellectual property’, Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.'s practice is experienced in trade marks, copyrights, patents, litigation and compliance. The practice is hailed for being ‘extremely competent and focused on fully understanding the industry in which their clients operate in order to issue global opinions, taking into consideration all determining factors in the industry'. Moreover, its lawyers 'are very well trained and constantly updated, allowing them to offer highly technical and up-to-date legal opinions'. The practice is led by ‘outstanding lawyer' Jonathan Rangel, who 'knows the field' and provides 'solid advice to tackle IP challenges, from patents, trademarks and other type of protective rights'. Key support is provided by associate practice director Lilia Aguilar, who focuses on advising national and foreign clients on the protection and maintenance of their brands, patents, copyright, and other intellectual property assets. Senior associate Juan Carlos Salazar is also integral to the team, undertaking IP advisory and counselling, trade mark litigation, domain name disputes and copyright.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rangel; Lilia Aguilar

Testimonials

‘It’s an amazing team of experts with deep understanding of complex topics in intellectual property.

‘Jonathan Rangel an outstanding lawyer, who knows the field, with solid advice to tackle IP challenges, from patents, trademarks and other type of protective rights.

‘They have a specialised and technical practice, they always find the best option or options, facilitating decision making. They have incorporated the use of technology to be at the forefront and were able to face the challenges presented by the pandemic. The administrative team adapts to the needs of its clients, especially in the area of billing, always ready to resolve issues no matter how small. They are adaptable and resilient, that is, they are constantly looking for ways to innovate in consulting, attention, dispute resolution, a situation that does not happen with other firms that remain attached to the formula that has always served them well.

‘They are extremely competent and focus on fully understanding the industry in which their clients operate in order to issue global opinions, taking into consideration all determining factors in the industry. They are very well trained and constantly updated, allowing them to offer highly technical and up-to-date legal opinions. They always seek a permanent approach with clients to understand their needs.

‘Jonathan Rangel Lora- Partner stands out, hee is passionate about law and especially Intellectual Property, always providing innovative solutions that challenge his other peers to stay active and updated, always providing the best solutions and on many occasions the most beneficial in terms of costs.

‘Bello, Gallardo has a recent practice in IP. It allowed it to choose professionals who are highly knowledgeable and motivated.

‘I work with Jonathan Rangel whom I’ve followed from his previous firm. Jonathan is knowledgeable and intelligent. He understands the big picture fast and is able to see the pitfalls if any. He is motivated to build longstanding relationships with his clients.

‘BGBG’s PI team is always up-to-date and their inquiries are as comprehensive as possible with all legal actions available. They are always willing to answer your questions.

Key clients

Hisense Group Holdings

Thema America

Alsea

Toyoda Van Moppes

Livelong Pet Nutrition

Jansport Apparel

Promoción Y Operación

Hispasat

Korea United Pharm.

Gea Group Aktiengesellschaft

The North Face Apparel

Kipling Apparel

Icon Health & Fitness

Dufry Ag

The Swatch

Omega

Kaeser Kompressoren

Qualitas Compañia De Seguros

Remarkable

Belvo Technologies

Vf Corporation

Marketing And Media Gopharma

Aon Mexico Business Support

Engencap Holding

Datahome

Universidad Latinoamericana

Ole Distribution

Work highlights

  • Advised Carnet on negotiations to grant a trade mark letter of consent to a major European car manufacturer.
  • Successfully represented Hisense in a domain name dispute with WIPO to stop online infringing activities against one of the top TV manufacturers in the country.
  • Advised Livelong Pet Nutrition on the negotiation of a multi-jurisdiction distribution agreement and trade mark protection camping in Asia and Europe.

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 4

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.‘s banking and finance department is recommended for having a ‘very professional team that knows the particularities of the Mexican financial system’, and known for it’s strong lending institution-side client roster (both local and international) particularly as regards regulatory mandates. Miguel Gallardo Guerra, who is praised for his regulatory expertise and for offering ‘high quality solutions’, co-heads the department together with the recently appointed Javier Pérez Moreno, who is experienced in fintech, banking, insurance, and health (among other sectors), and has of late been advising clients in matters related to cryptocurrencies. The practice endured the departure of former of counsel Adolfo Hegewisch at the end of 2021, but was reinforced -in turn- with the March-2022 arrival of Juan Manuel Sancho from González Calvillo, SC, whose expertise encompasses structured, project and acquisition finance, as well as restructuring.

Testimonials

They have a very professional team that knows the particularities of the Mexican financial system and its relationship with the tax practices of the tax authority. Their recommendations not only comply with the legal requirements, but also help to prevent possible requirements from the tax authority.’

Personal attention and attention to detail.’

Quick and efficient responses to clients’ queries.’

Miguel Gallardo has a great macro and micro understanding that allows him to advise and deliver high quality solutions at a very reasonable cost.’

Key clients

AirBnB

Alternativa Financiera Prosesa

Amicorp México

Banco Inmobiliario Mexicano

CitiBanamex

Banco Santander

Banco Mercantil del Norte

MUFG

Bloom Emprendedores

Braskem México Proyectos

Crecer Solución Inmediata

Credit Suisse

Crédito Especializado Stándar

Crédito Real

Daimler Financial Services

Deutsche Bank México

Deutsche Securities

Elektra

Element

Engenium Capital

Finalux

Fincrece

Impulso Crediticio Empresarial

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Mexico (ICBC)

Mercado Libre

Morgan Stanley México, Casa de Bolsa

Multi-Apoyos de Capital

Mutua Altiplano

Palace Resorts Capital

SAB Capital

Servicios Liquick

UBS Asesores México

Vinta Capital

Vision F México

Evo Payments

Banco Multiva

Volkswagen Leasing

Femsa

Nu Bank

Pagsmile

HDF Energy

Medius Collection

Merceron Capital

Rianta Capital Zurich

World Quest Holdings

Federación Mexicana de Futbol

Pemex

Drip Capital Mexico

Apoyo a tu Economía

Cacao Paycard

Garnet24

Prosa

Banco Azteca

Elektra

Satoshi Portal

Work highlights

  • Assisted Citibanamex with a review and update of internal policies, the preparation of corporate documents of the financial group and charts related to regulatory matters.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank in regulatory matters during its sale process in Mexico, including preparation and implementation of anti-money laundering provisions, and compliance with Mexican financial authorities – such as the National Banking and Securities Commission.
  • Providing corporate and banking legal audit services to Banco Santander on an ongoing basis.  

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

According to a client, Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. 's ‘skills in handling litigation are outstanding’. The ten-strong group, which is ‘made up of excellent professionals who are always at the forefront’ and is led by founding partner Juan Bonequi, undertakes civil, commercial, financial, constitutional litigation and amparo law, as well bankruptcy proceedings. The practice has solid expertise in financial regulation, compliance and telecommunications, which ensures a steady flow of complex matters. Elia Sosa, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation; and senior associates Alejandro Escamilla, who specialises in civil liability cases and punitive damages for malpractice treatment; and Cinthya González, who handles constitutional litigation and amparos, are other key names of the department.

Practice head(s):

Juan Bonequi; Elia Sosa; Cinthya Gonzalez; Alejandro Escamilla

Testimonials

‘Their skills in handling litigation are outstanding. They take care to keep us up to date with the course of our affairs.

‘They stand out for their closeness, continuous contact and clear explanations.

‘The team is made up of excellent professionals, who are always at the forefront, up-to-date and concerned about knowing the real needs of the client, which allows them to provide correct and adequate advice for your clients.

‘They have extensive knowledge in the areas of law they handle; they are willing to listen to the client, they care about getting to know them and they are easy to reach and contact.

Key clients

Accell Innovation

Banco Santander

Citi Banamex

Cerebro Ad Media

AES México

Fundación Teletón

Productos Verde Valle

Productos Medix

A-Safe

Astrum Comunicaciones

Becton Dickinson de Mexico

Banco Mercantil del Norte

American International Group (AIG)

Deutsche Bank Mexico

Grupo Pochteca

Scotia Bank Mexico

Hispasat

Evo Payments Mexico

Nissan Mexicana

Hisense Mexico

Daimler Financial Services

Thyssenkrupp

Grupo Lucaya

Industrias Gaffel

Work highlights

  • Represented of Banco Mercantil del Norte in a dispute related to phishing.
  • Representing Deutsche Bank Trustee in judicial proceedings in connection to its right to resign to resign as a trustee.
  • Representing DFS in several financial operations disputes with its clients.

Mexico > Insurance Tier 4

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. is gaining more and more presence in the insurance and reinsurance domain, with its practice focused on advising insurance institutions and insurance brokers regarding compliance, the structuring of new insurance products, and representation in administrative procedures and litigation, as well as acting for clients in transactions with insurance and surety companies. Key contacts include founding partner Miguel Gallardo Guerra; Juan Bonequi, who leads the litigation-services practice group; and Javier Pérez Moreno, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, and boasts solid experience working with clients from regulated sectors such as fintech, banking, insurance, and health.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gallardo-Guerra; Juan Bonequi; Javier Perez Moreno

Key clients

AON

Seguros Sura

Prudential

Uber

AIG

Hospital Sedna

Seguros Banorte

AirBnB

Mercado Libre

Preminen

Compara en Casa

Work highlights

  • Advising Aon Group on all insurance and reinsurance regulatory requirements.
  • Advising Seguros Banorte regarding several insurance litigation cases, including litigation against CFE (the Federal Electricity Commission) in Mexico.
  • Advising Preminem Mexico on insurance regulatory matters and data protection risks on a daily basis.

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 5

Founded in 2001, Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. has developed a small but capable energy and infrastructure capability over the last four to five years; clients regard it as ‘a solid practice, well positioned and always up to date with the latest legal developments in the industry’. The team is led by senior associate Rodolfo Reyes Ibañez whose practice focuses primarily on energy infrastructure, corporate and contract law, with oversight from experienced corporate and energy partner, Juan Carlos Morales De Teresa. The team advises clients on oil and gas, as well as renewable energy, primarily regarding regulatory advice, compliance and power purchase agreements; moreover, it was significantly boosted in April 2021 with the arrival of Of Counsel Luis Enrique Martínez Vázquez, from Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados. Martínez focuses on energy, infrastructure, contracts and regulatory affairs and he has particular niche expertise representing companies before governmental authorities, as well as in project finance and development.

Practice head(s):

Rodolfo Reyes Ibáñez

Testimonials

‘It is a solid practice, well positioned and always up to date with the latest legal developments in the industry. It seems to me that, compared to other firms in the field, they stand out for their level of customer service, detail and add value to operations of various clients.

‘I believe that their attitude toward customer service, commitment to resolving the most complex issues, availability and business vision are some of the outstanding points of this practice. I would highlight Luis Martínez and Rodolfo Reyes Ibáñez, who lead the practice in an extraordinary way.

 

Key clients

Total México

Equinox Gold Corp

Hisense México

Robert Bosch Mexico

HDF Energy (Hydrogene de France)

ALSEA

Y&V Ingeniería

John Deere

Renaissance Oil

Puma Energy

Jaguar Exploración y Producción de Hidrocarburos

Lumex Operación

Shandong Kerui

Petrolera de Amatitlán

Q Max México

Key Energy Services

Enventure Global Technologies

Scantech

TYSE

Haitong Bank

Canacol / CNE Oil & Gas

Grupo De Acero

Grupo Topaz Energía

Iberdrola

Lynx Solutions

Spectrum Servicios Técnicos

Grupo Pochteca

Business Sweden

Lukoil Overseas Service

Tradeco Group

Grupo Lucalza

Braskem Idesa

Acciona Energía México

Transportes Rapid Marvat

Boussenergy

Quartux México

Work highlights

  • Advised Total México on the negotiation of multiple agreements and regulatory compliance regarding public policy on minimum storage; and on the negotiation of storage and throughput agreements with different fuel storage and distribution vendors.
  • Advised Equinox Gold regarding the acquisition of high sulfur diesel from Pemex in Los Filos mine.

Established in 2001, BGBG has become a significant player in the Mexican legal market, meeting the growing need for specialized legal counseling. The versatility of its members allows BGBG to offer personalised services in each of its areas of practice. Professionalism, quality services and a results-driven culture distinguish BGBG from other major law firms in Mexico. A real global expertise, hands-on experience and an excellent academic background constitute the main assets of its members.

Main areas of practice
Banking, finance and anti-money laundering: provision of services to Mexican and foreign financial entities and institutions, such as financial groups, banks, brokerage houses, securities brokers, insurance companies, investment bankers, mutual funds, non-bank financial entities and representative offices.

Corporate/M&A: provision of services related to incorporation of legal entities, mergers and acquisitions, trust agreements and foreign investment issues.

Privacy and data protection: BGBG has become one of the leading Mexican firms providing advice and solutions to comply with national and international privacy and data protection laws. Services provided in this area include: (i) compliance projects for private parties and public authorities; (ii) GDPR compliance; (iii) self-regulatory policies; (iv) legal advice before investigations and infringement procedures before DPAs; (v) data protection training, and (vi) design and implementation of privacy policies.

Energy and infrastructure: highly specialized team with experience in the natural gas, electricity and hydrocarbons sectors, rendering services to multinational clients both as internal and external advisors. BGBG is actively involved in advising E&P clients on exploration and production projects in Mexico.

Government procurement: legal advice includes revision of the procurement rules, participation at all stages of the procurement, negotiation of government contracts and administrative litigation.

Government relations: analysis of draft laws and regulations, representation at industry associations, and handling all relations with federal, state or local authorities.

Insurance/reinsurance: BGBG services Mexican and foreign clients in the insurance/reinsurance industries, including anti-money laundering, transactional and regulatory, corporate, contractual and business matters.

Intellectual property: registry of trademarks, trade names and other intellectual property rights; specialized advice in connection with copyrights, as well as other legal aspects related to the film making, musical, audiovisual and entertainment business; and administrative disputes related to the nullity, expiration, cancellation and violations of intellectual property rights, and disloyal competition.

Litigation/dispute resolution: BGBG offers litigation services, including: civil or commercial proceedings, including ‘amparo’ constitutional proceedings, financial, corporate and contractual disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings; proceedings brought in connection with civil damages, punitive damages and general liability matters, including actions brought by governmental agencies or offices; cross-border disputes; and mediation/arbitration proceedings.

TMT (telecoms, media and technology): regulatory issues, compliance for concessions and authorizations, representing sovereign states and corporations before international organizations, advising content providers for television, radio and digital media, advice on the outsourcing of technology services in the private sector, as well as for the drafting of IT agreements, advice on the development of IT projects, compliance of regulatory aspects of media, advertising, e-commerce and intellectual property in the cloud.

Other offices: Madrid

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking, finance and anti-money laundering Miguel Gallardo-Guerra
Banking, finance and anti-money laundering David Duran-Molina
Corporate/M&A Federico De Palacio-RuizCabañas
Corporate/M&A Juan Carlos Morales de Teresa
Data protection Hector E Guzman-Rodriguez
Energy and infrastructure Mauricio Cuellar-Gamboa
Government procurement and relations Carlos A Bello-Hernandez
Insurance/reinsurance Miguel Gallardo-Guerra
Insurance/reinsurance Javier Perez-Moreno
Intellectual property Lilia Aguilar-Herrera
Litigation/dispute resolution Juan F Bonequi-Herrera
Litigation/dispute resolution Hector Yañez-Narvaez
TMT Carlos A Bello-Hernandez
TMT Rolando Guevara-Martinez
TMT Carlos J Diaz-Sobrino
Other fee-earners : 55
Total staff : 75
Partners : 9