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Sainz Abogados

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 1

Sainz Abogados  stands firmly atop the bankruptcy market, fielding a 14-strong team and specializing in handling restructurings (in-court and out-of-court), reorganizations, bankruptcy proceedings and cross-border insolvency procedures. The practice, which is led by recognized debt restructuring expert Alejandro Sainz, also brings to the table a high level of expertise in litigation matters, mainly handled by co-founding partner Luis Cervantes and partner Manuel Ruiz de Chávez. Other noted practitioners include Santiago Alessio, who made partner in January 2019; and associate Gabriela Avendaño. The department regularly represents clients from a wide range of industries, both nationally and internationally, as well as ad hoc committees of international bondholders and notes issued abroad. Since publication the firm has split into Cervantes Abogados and Sainz Abogados, S.C., effective as of November 2020.

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Key clients

Ad hoc group of bondholders of Oro Negro

H/2 Capital Partners

Empresas ICA

Isolux de Medley Capital

Polímeros México

Hipotecaria Su Casita

Corporación Geo

Grupo Almos

Corporation M&G México

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

With offices in el Bajío and Cancún as well as Mexico City, Sainz Abogados is a mid-sized (44-lawyer) firm with a broad service offering across the gamut of contentious and advisory matters. The corporate and M&A practice is led by experienced name-partner Luis A Cervantes Castillo and handles a full array of transactional types across all industries and markets, most notably retail, finance, real estate, media and insurance. Specialising in cross-border corporate and financing transactions, particularly in the private equity segment Octavio Hernández Negretti is also a key practitioner. Santiago Alessio, whose broad practice includes corporate and transactional matters, made partner in January 2020; and associates Daniela Alcázar and Pablo Martínez Arizpe are both also noted. Headline matters saw Cervantes lead advice to PINFRA on its $250m acquisition of a minority interest in Concesionaria de Autopistas de Michoacán. Since publication the firm has split into Cervantes Abogados and Sainz Abogados, S.C., effective as of November 2020.

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Key clients

Promotora y Operadora de Infraestructura (PINFRA)

Agrícola Zarattini

Media Business Generators

Gastronómica Anatole France (La Única)

Grupo Vallas

Grupo Financiero Interacciones

Island Cabo

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Approaching 20 years as a significant market presence, contentious work is one of the central pillars at Sainz Abogados, where some 30 lawyers (including seven partners) engage in disputes work and have established an impressive track record, particularly in civil, commercial and administrative litigation. Founding partner Luis Cervantes Muñíz has four decades' experience across a truly broad array of contentious matters, from antitrust, aviation and maritime law, to foreign investment, civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and shareholders' disputes. Significant headline matters include representing Mexican construction company Gutsa Infraestructura in a $600m damages and loss-of-earnings case against the Mexican Federal Government; the case is currently under review by the Supreme Court of Justice. Daniel Díaz Álvarez, Luis A Cervantes Castillo, Alejandro Campillo TalaveraHildebrando Garcia, Manuel Ruiz de Chávez and Juan Carlos Cajigas handle a broad array of litigious matters including civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation; domestic and cross-border insolvency litigation; family, shareholders and/or partners litigation, and international commercial arbitration. Associates Adrián Villagómez and Estefanía Sierra Ulibarri are also noted. Since publication the firm has split into Cervantes Abogados and Sainz Abogados, S.C., effective as of November 2020.

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Key clients

Gutsa Infraestructura


Gas Industrial de Monterrey

Tata Consultancy Services de México

Asociación Mexicana de Administradoras de Fondos para el retiro (AMAFORE)

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Medium-sized full-service firm Sainz Abogados  handles the full range of energy matters, from the development of natural gas and power plants and the creation of investment vehicles, to regulatory matters with CRE, CENAGAS, CENACE and energy ministry SENER, as well as Pemex and CFE contracting matters. The small practice is led by Francisco J Valdés López, a former executive Secretary of Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), who advises on mandates involving natural gas, LPG, LNG, storage, oil, electricity and petrochemicals. The practice, which advises Cemex on power sector matters (particularly regulation), works in close conjunction with the firm's corporate, real estate and labour teams, and can call on January 2020 partner appointee, Santiago Alessio regarding mining matters. Associates Antonio Barrera and Ricardo Pinto Villazón are also noted.

Key clients

Gas Industrial Monterrey (GIMSA)

Bay Wa Desarrollos Solares

Cemex México

Avant Energy

Fortress Investment Group

Ternium México

Manufacturas Kaltex

Avanzia Instalaciones

Grupo Valoran

Labour and employment Tier 4

The four-strong labour and employment practice at Sainz Abogados houses expertise in a wide range of litigious and regulatory matters, including undertaking complex litigation involving individuals or trade unions, as well as social security and workers’ housing fund matters. Specialist abour litigator Alejandro Nila Rosales heads the department and has almost 20 years' in the sector; he has particular expertise in collective bargaining agreements and union affairs, along with employee benefits and executive separations. Key support comes from experienced labour disputes practitioners, associates Omar Zayas and José Alberto Martínez. Since publication the firm has split into Cervantes Abogados and Sainz Abogados, S.C., effective as of November 2020.

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Key clients

CarVal Investors


Westrock / Victory Packaging


Tata Consultancy Services

Real estate Tier 4

Sainz Abogados 's 'active' and diversified real estate practice advises a broad range of property developers, lenders, investment managers, opportunity funds, FIBRAS and REITs, as well as private owners, on -primarily- transactional work, leasing, developments, regulatory issues, and land use and zoning matters. Daniel Saltzberg, who actively represents real estate funds, investment trusts, developers and lenders, co-heads the practice with Luis A Cervantes Muñiz, who specializes in infrastructure and real estate matters. Other key practitioners include the very active Ximena Hernández. Since publication the firm has split into Cervantes Abogados and Sainz Abogados, S.C., effective as of November 2020.

Key clients

Exeter Property Group

Parques American Industries

Némesis Capital

Spectrum Vision Group

Cervantes Sainz is a recognized law firm with an extensive array of creative problem-solving techniques for optimum, lasting outcomes. The firm specializes in domestic and international business transactions, cross-border restructuring and insolvency procedures, and controversies.

Founded by specialized attorneys with deep legal experience and knowledge, serving the local, national and international interests of businesses, institutions and individuals throughout Mexico, the firm strives to maintain working relationships with law firms across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia to serve the international needs of its clients.

The firm represents clients in a broad spectrum of transactional and complex litigious matters. The firm has developed a ‘one-firm’ culture – a spirit of teamwork, cross-utilization and support throughout the firm.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: the firm is greatly recognized for its extensive practice and sophisticated expertise in antitrust and competition matters.

Aviation and aircraft financing: the firm has one of Mexico’s premier aviation practices. The practice covers the sphere of regulatory, antitrust, corporate and litigation matters involving air carriers, airline alliances and civil aviation authorities.

Banking, securities and finance: the firm represents financial institutions and financial services providers. The main areas of its banking, securities and financial practice include: banking, derivatives and structured finance, private and public offerings, project finance, regulatory, restructuring and workouts, securities, securitization and asset-backed finance.

Corporate and commercial: the firm regularly advises local, national and international clients in virtually all areas of corporate and commercial transactions, including: construction and procurement, corporate governance, exempt securities offerings, government contracts, gaming, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Energy: the firm has broad experience in dealing with energy-related matters and in advising clients in the different stages of their projects linked to oil, natural gas, petrochemicals, and power among others.

Healthcare: the firm provides the complete range of healthcare legal services reflective of the firm’s attorneys’ broad experience combined with their experience in various healthcare matters. The firm’s attorneys have represented hospitals, care providers, pharmaceutical companies, clinical laboratories and medical device manufacturers.

Insolvency and restructuring: as one of Mexico’s premier restructuring practices, the firm represents creditors and companies in all types of insolvencies, reorganizations, work-outs and bankruptcy procedures, both domestic and cross-border.

Intellectual property: the firm has achieved outstanding results in complex disputes and cutting-edge transactions involving intellectual property.

Labor and employment: the firm provides the complete range of labor legal services, including advising multinational and domestic clients on all aspects of labor law, including social security and collective bargaining agreements.

Litigation and arbitration: the firm provides prompt, responsive, creative and expert litigation representation in lawsuits, arbitrations, government investigations and administrative proceedings.

Mergers and acquisitions: the firm provides creative solutions to complex transactions involving the buying and selling of businesses. The M&A practice represents a core competency of the firm.

Real estate: the firm has a premier real estate practice, which provides clients with integrated legal services for all phases and stages of a project.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partners Luis A Cervantes Muñiz E:
Partners Alejandro Sainz E:
Partners Alejandro Nila E:
Photo Name Position Profile
 Manuel Corona Artigas  photo Manuel Corona Artigas Partner
 Daniel Díaz Álvarez  photo Daniel Díaz Álvarez Partner and Chairman of the Litigation Practice
 Octavio L. Hernandez Negretti  photo Octavio L. Hernandez Negretti Partner
 Alejandro Nila Rosales  photo Alejandro Nila Rosales Senior Partner and Chairman of the Labour and Employment Practice
 Alejandro Sainz Orantes  photo Alejandro Sainz Orantes Senior Partner and Chairman of the Insolvency & Restructuring Practice
 Daniel Saltzberg  photo Daniel Saltzberg Partner and Chairman of the Real Estate Practice
 Francisco J. Valdés López  photo Francisco J. Valdés López Senior Partner and Chairman of the Energy & Natural Resources Practices
Total staff : 75
Partners : 13