Firm Profile > Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. > Mexico City, Mexico

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

Compliance Tier 1

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. houses a team ‘of the highest quality in compliance matters’. With a particular focus on financial institutions, the sizeable practice handles the spectrum of AML, ATF, privacy, anti-corruption and general regulatory matters. The accomplished group includes highly regarded practitioner Miguel Gallardo, head of the firm's financial services department, who has over 20 years' specialisation in banking, compliance and insurance work, and has also been certified as an anti-money laundering (AML) expert by the NBSC. Other noted figures include Hector Guzman, head of the firm's Madrid office, who specialises in data protection matters and is CIPP/E-certified with regard to GDPR legislation; and banking-and-compliance senior counsel Adolfo Hegewisch, who is currently on secondment as general counsel to Deutsche Bank Mexico. Completing the team are a group of key senior associates, including Javier Pérez, who is also an NBSC-certified AML expert and authorised financial-institution compliance officer (currently also on secondment at Deutsche Bank); Alejandra Lobato, who has a similar qualification and focuses on healthcare and insurance matters; and Querétaro-based senior counsel Samuel Rivero, who can draw on more than ten years' in-house experience in senior compliance roles, most recently at Scotiabank. The firm is also currently advising more than 65 non-banking financial institutions (SOFOMs), including providing representation before authorities such as the NBSC and CONDUSEF.  

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gallardo-Guerra; Héctor Guzmán Rodríguez; Adolfo Hegewisch Carrillo

Testimonials

‘They provide a tailor-made suit, i.e. they adapt to the model and needs of the company to provide advice and training on compliance issues’

‘They adapted quickly and very well to the company’s technological tools. Other firms only work in word’

‘BGBG provides specialised tailor-made advice, they follow a legal fee model looking for a long term relationship and not just a well paid matter’

‘Great coordination and knowledge of national and international compliance practice’

‘Great attention. You always have a one-to-one with the partners. Carlos Bello, Miguel Gallardo and Alejandra Lobato are one of a kind’

‘The service is impeccable’

‘Miguel Gallardo is a very experienced compliance lawyer. He constantly anticipates our needs as clients and provides us with a holistic view’

‘A team of the highest quality in compliance matters and very approachable’

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

Multi-Apoyos de Capital

Mutua Altiplano

Palace Resorts Capital

SABCapital

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

TMT Tier 1

‘A very reliable practice with a lot of experience in the field’, and a true force to be reckoned with when it comes to TMT matters, Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. houses an expert, 12-strong practice group. Principal figure, Carlos Bello is ‘the best telecommunications lawyer in this country’, according to one client; he focuses on all areas of TMT, recently adding a focus on sports and entertainment law (including e-sports) to his curriculum. Other key practitioners include Hector Guzman, a renowned data protection expert; Rolando Guevara, who directs the sports and entertainment practice; and Carlos J Diaz Sobrino, appointed partner in 2021, who also coordinates the team's M&A expertise regarding the TMT sector and works together with Guzman in the data protection and privacy segment. Additional expertise comes from the head of IP, Jonathan Rangel, and senior associate Bernardo Martínez.

Practice head(s):

Carlos A. Bello; Hector E. Guzman; Rolando Guevara; Carlos J. Diaz; Jonathan Rangel

Testimonials

‘They are very involved with the company, both strategically and technically. Rolando Guevara Martinez and Carlos A Bello are great professionals and very empathetic.’

‘The team is very responsive and puts in long hours to ensure a great work product. They are also very determined to provide the optimal end result.’

‘Carlos Diaz Sobrino was outstanding. He not only worked hard to ensure our desired outcome but he also coached us through the process so that we could, in turn, explain to our client exactly what was going on in Mexico.’

‘The services and attention they provide is excellent. They are always up to date on the subject matter and we see them as an extension of our legal team. I would highlight their humility and excellent attitude and quality of service.’

‘The deal we have is excellent not only as an external team but also as a good friend, we trust them with all our telecommunications matters.’

‘A very reliable practice with a lot of experience in the field, they provide simple solutions to complex problems.’

‘Carlos Díaz Sobrino is one of those lawyers we like to work with, his input and simple solutions are very useful to us.’

‘Carlos Bello is the best telecommunications lawyer in the country. No one has the contacts in the industry and the in-depth knowledge of the sector as he does.’

Key clients

Echostar / Hughes

Mercado Libre

Airbus

Femsa

Oxxo

International Telecommunications Union

T-Systems

Orange Business Services

Verizon

Seguritech

Microsoft

Hispasat

Bosch

Oppo

Ring Central

We Are Nations

Continental Towers Corp

Balesia Towers

Volkswagen Financial Services

Coda Payments

DeepL

Remarkable

ngena

Samsung

Ole Distribution

Biocatch

Porsche

Airbnb

Motorola

Playkids

Banking and finance Tier 4

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.'s ‘excellent’ team specialises in providing comprehensive compliance services to banks, receiving most of its mandates from financial institutions (both local and international) for lending, regulatory and compliance work - particularly relted to data matters. The department, which has also developed a significant fintech practice, includes notable practitioners Miguel Gallardo Guerra, who focuses on finance, banking, compliance, anti-money laundering and securities matters; Juan Bonequi, who specialises in litigation in relation to the finance sector; and of counsel Adolfo Hegewisch who is also currently acting as head of legal and compliance at Deutsche Bank México; he and Gallardo garner praise for being ‘outstanding lawyers with a great knowledge of their areas’. Senior associate Javier Pérez specialises in banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, fintech and insur-tech, regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gallardo-Guerra

Testimonials

‘The team at BGBG is excellent. They have been able to advise us on very specific topics related to the financial industry, always with a high level of attention’

‘BGBG is very up to date on new issues such as those related to fintech and trade finance law in Mexico’

‘Miguel Gallardo and Adolfo Hegewisch are two outstanding lawyers with a great knowledge of their areas’

‘Miguel Gallardo’s attention is close and friendly which makes a professional relationship easier and more fluid. He is always willing to answer calls and emails no matter the time and day because he knew the importance of the operation for us. If the regulatory authority made changes, he was ready to address the comments, either directly or through his senior attorney’

‘We have been working with BGBG for more than 14 years, in different areas, mainly financial and corporate. From the partners to the trainees, all of them are characterised by a very personal, friendly and service-oriented approach. They know the companies in detail, they know what we need and our way of thinking’

‘Miguel Gallardo Guerra, is distinguished by his excellent relationship with clients, always prepared and anticipating our needs; he manages a first class team. Federico de Palacio, knows the companies in detail, Alejandra Lobato has an excellent attitude and Monica Barrios, as compliance officer, rigorously ensures that the companies meet all the requirements of the authorities, avoiding problems and fines’

‘The firm’s vocation was mainly financial services and its good results have led it to grow in other areas, but without losing its specialisation and personalised attention’

‘I was surprised by the technology they use in their opinion and document templates. I had not seen it at other firms’

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

Multi-Apoyos de Capital

Mutua Altiplano

Palace Resorts Capital

Sabcapital

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 Limited

Rianta Capital Zurich

World Quest Holdings

Federación Mexicana de Futbol

Pemex

Drip Capital Mexico

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. offers an 11-strong specialised litigation practice, primarily focused on administrative, commercial and civil litigation, but also featuring a smaller sub-area dedicated to amparos and constitutional matters. The team, an increasingly popular choice among clients in the telecoms and financial sectors, especially banks, due to its high levels of expertise in financial regulations and compliance, is led by Juan Bonequi, whose recent caseload has seen hm focused on amparo cases. Elia Sosa, who predominantly handles financial litigation, was promoted to the partnership in February 2021; senior associate Alejandro Escamilla, who is also deeply involved in arbitral matters, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Juan Bonequi

Testimonials

‘They maintain close communication on the progress of trials. They stand out for their diversity, inclusiveness and pro bono work. Juan Bonequi maintains very close communication.’

‘The lawyers of the firm are very complete, they are excellent professionals, with great knowledge and experience.’

‘They are all-round people, they are excellent professionals, with great knowledge and experience in law and the issues they deal with, and at the same time excellent people.’

‘They care about knowing the specific needs of the client, which is why their advice is excellent.’

Key clients

Accell Innovation

Citi Banamex

Productos Verde Valle

Productos Medix

A-Safe Mexico

Astrum Comunicaciones

Becton Dickinson de Mexico

Banco Mercantil del Norte

American International Group (AIG)

Deutsche Bank Mexico

Grupo Pochteca

Scotia Bank Mexico

Seguros Banorte

Evo Payments Mexico

Nissan Mexicana

Hisense Mexico

Daimler Financial Services

Thyssenkrupp

Grupo Lucaya

Insurance Tier 4

Compliance expert and founding partner Miguel Gallardo Guerra co-heads the department at Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. in conjunction with fellow founding partner and seasoned litigator Juan Bonequi and senior associate Javier Pérez, who also leads the healthcare practice. The specialised insurance team, which ‘maintains constant communication and supervision’ with clients, is equipped to provide advice to insurance institutions and insurance brokers on compliance, the structuring of new insurance products, administrative procedures and litigation. The sizeable team also covers day-to-day corporate and regulatory matters, including via placing its lawyers on secondment with clients.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gallardo Guerra; Juan Bonequi; Javier Pérez

Testimonials

‘The team maintains constant communication and supervision’

‘Diversity and inclusion, and their pro bono activities distinguish them’

‘Juan Bonequi and Miguel Gallardo are outstanding members of the team’

Key clients

AON

Seguros Sura

Prudential

Uber

AIG

Hospital Sedna

Seguros Banorte

AirBnB

Mercado Libre

Preminen

Compara en Casa

Intellectual property Tier 4

The February-2019 arrival of Jonathan Rangel (from Dumont) as head of practice has definitely put Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.'s IP practice on track. Praised for ‘his subject-matter expertise and his willingness to go the extra mile for his clients', Rangel -who was elected partner in Febraury 2021- has sought to move the practice beyond traditional IP by seeking synergies with the firm's established TMT and regulatory practices, resulting in a department that approaches IP issues and difficulties from multiple perspectives and that is also strong on data protection. Rangel, who has extensive experience of the enforcement and protection of IP rights. is flanked by name partner Carlos Bello, who focuses on copyrights and related internet issues; and senior associate Juan Carlos Salazar who is focused on IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rangel

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Rangel and his team are responsive and provide thorough legal analysis. Jonathan Rangel is an articulate, responsive attorney and has been excellent to work with.’

‘We are impressed by their team’s efficiency, accuracy and reasonable charges. They are experienced in trade mark filing and prosecution and also good at providing comprehensive legal opinions of trademark protection in their country.’

‘BGBG has helped our clients in Mexico IP and Brazil patent matters, showing their strong and reliable cross-border connections.’

‘Jonathan Rangel  is professional and attends to details. He has provided excellent advice and workaround solutions.’

‘Jonathan Rangel has impressed us with his subject-matter expertise and his willingness to go the extra mile for his clients.’

‘Jonathan Rangel and Juan Salazar Salas are very proactive and understand quickly what needs to be done. they provide a tailored and business-oriented advice.’

‘It is a unique team by virtue of its dynamism and resilience in finding the best legal solutions for its clients. They are at the forefront of the criteria and study in the field.’

‘Jonathan Rangel has provided us with guidance on intellectual property matters, specifically, portfolio maintenance, review of asset licensing agreements, asset management for their proper safeguarding.’

Key clients

Hisense USA Corporation

Thema America

Alsea

Herbalife International de Mexico

Pietra Gallery

The Swatch Group

Omega

Kipling Apparel Corp

The North Face Apparel Corp

Sonora Agropecuaria

Dufry

Hispasat

JanSport Apparel

Livelong Pet Nutrition Corporation

Icon Health & Fitness

Gea Group

Energy and natural resources Tier 5

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. fields ‘some of the best professionals in the industry’, with a ‘deep understanding of the contractual and regulatory aspects in energy’. With a strong corporate background, Juan Carlos Morales heads the department, which regularly assists with all types of sector-related licences and permitting (particularly regarding mid- and downstream oil and gas), along with compliance matters for an interesting client roster which includes the likes of Total and Puma. Senior associate Rodolfo Reyes Ibañez, ‘an extraordinary professional with extensive knowledge of energy law’, is an additional name to note.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Morales de Teresa

Testimonials

‘They are probably some of the best professionals in the industry. The high degree of specialisation that BGBG’s consultants have in hydrocarbons and the electricity industry, as well as in the development, financing and operation of infrastructure projects, makes it possible to provide excellent service.’

‘They have a high degree of specialisation and deep understanding of contractual and regulatory aspects in energy matters and a good interaction with the other areas of the firm.’

‘Rodolfo Reyes is an extraordinary professional with extensive knowledge of energy law.’

Key clients

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
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