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Creel Abogados, SC

Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Creel Abogados, SC fields a 'technically strong, responsive, and practical' team with 'deep knowledge of the Mexican agency and case developments', as well as a 'pragmatic approach to complex strategic questions'. The team is jointly led by Jose Ruiz López , who has 'an exceptional knowledge of Mexican competition law' and the 'incredibly bright and hardworking'Patricio Martinez Osorio. Recent highlights include advising Whirlpool on the clearance of the sale of its compressor branch, Embraco, to Nidec Corporation.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Creel Abogados, SC has a good reputation for corporate and private equity work, regularly advising on M&As, joint ventures, and strategic alliances, as well as compliance and other day-to-day issues. It recently advised Shandong Ruyi International Fashion Industry Investment Holding on the Mexican aspects of its US$2.3bn acquisition of Invista's Apparel & Advanced Textiles business. Another highlight was representing Whirlpool on the local aspects of its sale of its compressor business, Embraco, to Nidec Corporation. Carlos Creel is very well respected in the market.

Real estate Tier 4

Creel Abogados, SC provides advice on a wide variety of real estate transactions, including in the residential, industrial, commercial and tourism segments, handling the purchase, sale and lease of real estate assets; the design and structuring of condominium property and time-sharing regimes; the development, construction, management and operation of real estate projects; permits and authorisations; private and public real estate funds; and joint ventures. Clients of the practice have included Edgewell, Exclusive Resorts, Grupo Desarrolla, Kerzner International, Groupe Danone, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and Westmont Hospitality Group. Practice head Jorge Torres is a reference in the market; Gustavo Struck Creel, Alfonso Razú and Patricio Martinez Osorio are also key practitioners.

Tax Tier 5

The tax practice at Creel Abogados, SC is integrated into the firm’s corporate department and therefore focuses primarily on M&A, capital markets, financing, estate planning and corporate reorganisations, along with international trade and litigation. Recent work included advice on joint ventures, real estate acquisitions, finance and corporate restructuring, share sales, fund structuring, issuance of debt backed securities and VAT refunds for clients such as Cummins, Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta, Kerzner Group, Danone, Xylem, and Belcorp International. Carlos Martínez co-heads the practice with Javier Portas; both have over 15 years’ experience in the area. Other clients include Grupo Medios, Vector Partners, Altum and Edgewell Personal Care México.

Creel Abogados is a corporate and transactional law firm. Founded in 1972 by Luis J. Creel Lujan and his son Luis J. Creel C., the firm has consolidated a strong specialized business law practice advising multinational corporations, financial institutions, private equity funds and Mexican companies on a broad range of matters and projects, such as mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, private equity, capital markets, financing and investment, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. The firm provides close personal services to its clients, through the partners’ direct involvement (always maintaining a reduced partner-associate ratio) and coordination of dedicated teams. Their lawyers are deeply experienced in domestic and international transactions and combine a high level of expertise in the relevant Mexican issues.

Main areas of practice
Corporate/M&A: advice on day-to-day corporate needs and complex corporate transactions, including reorganizations, joint ventures and strategic alliances. The array of M&A transactions includes purchases and sales of minority or controlling shareholder positions, as well as assets in public and private companies and businesses, leveraged acquisitions, and private and public bidding processes. The firm also provides comprehensive advice on every aspect relating to the corporate governance (shareholder control mechanisms and management structures and controls) of listed and private companies. On the private equity front, the firm represents venture capital and private equity investment funds in their formation process, their investments and acquisitions, as well as in liquidity events.

Capital markets: advice to issuers, underwriters and global coordinators on all types of transactions, including private and public offerings for the sale, purchase or subscription of securities (initial, secondary or combined); and companies listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange on compliance and corporate governance.

Banking and finance: advice on domestic and cross-border financings and in the structuring of security packages, including single bank and syndicated financing, acquisition financing, structured financing and project financing, as well as in debt restructurings. The firm also provides advice in establishing and operating subsidiaries of international financial institutions.

Tax: advice on tax aspects of local and international transactions, and representation before tax authorities in administrative and judicial procedures, including appeals and constitutionality review proceedings (amparo). The firm also provides advice in connection with the review and legal implementation of transfer pricing policies, as well as in foreign trade matters.

Labor: advice in all kinds of labor and social security matters, including negotiation of individual and collective bargaining agreements, and structuring stock option plans, compensation and benefit plans, and internal labor regulations, as well as representation before the federal and local labor boards.

Real estate: advice on a range of real estate transactions, including the residential, industrial, commercial and tourism sectors, from purchases, sales and leases of property, the structuring of condominium and time sharing regimes to the development, construction, management and operation of real estate projects.

Competition/antitrust: advice on local and cross-border merger control, market investigations (relative or absolute monopolistic practices), competition compliance and administrative procedures.

Mining: advice on obtaining, maintenance and renewal of mining concessions and permits, the design and structuring of supply agreements, and in the acquisition and funding of mining projects.

Projects: advice to investors, financial institutions, sponsors, developers and construction companies involved in energy and infrastructure projects.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Carlos Creel
Corporate/M&A Alfonso García-Mingo
Corporate/M&A Gustavo Struck
Corporate/M&A Alfonso Razú
Banking and finance Carlos Creel
Capital markets Carlos Creel
Capital markets Javier Soni
Tax Carlos Martínez
Tax Javier Portas
Labor and employment Juan Tejedo
Real estate Jorge Torres
Real estate Gustavo Struck
Competition/antitrust José Ruiz
Competition/antitrust Patricio Martinez
Mining/projects Alfonso García-Mingo
Mining/projects Jose Ruiz
Other fee-earners : 38
Total staff : 65
Partners : 12