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SMPS Legal

International trade and customs Tier 2

Alexis Michel leads the four-strong practice at SMPS Legal which covers tax obligation compliance, tariff classifications, customs valuation, free trade agreement matters, verification of origin procedures, criteria confirmation before tax and customs authorities; foreign trade programmes (such as IMMEX), drawback and sector promotion programmes; internal audits and compliance; and antidumping, countervailing and safeguards investigations.  The lawyers, clients note, are ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ and ‘their assistance is always on time and on point’, qualities that also apply specifically to Michel, who is a standout name at the firm and in the market. Key support comes from senior associate Ana Karen Navarrete. Uniquely, the firm has offices in Mexico City, Dallas, Bogotá and Calgary.

Leading individuals

Real estate Tier 3

The eight-lawyer team at SMPS Legal represent clients in all types of real estate and asset transactions, including sales and purchases, leasing, financing, development and construction, and liens on real estate assets, as well as handling audits, and regulatory, tax and environmental matters. Uniquely, the firm has offices in Mexico City, Dallas, Calgary, and Bogotá. Recent matters include assisting T69 with a corporate restructuring which involved establishing a condominium regime, the development and commercialisation of a landmark 58-story building located on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City; ATCO-Ranman Energia, a co-investment, on the acquisition of land and rights of way from an industrial park property owner  for the construction and development of a $2.6m power cogeneration plant;  Vidarq on the legal tax structure, development and sale of a $40m commercial and residential development in Insurgentes-San Angel, Mexico City; and the Rincon Gallardo Family on the structuring and pre-development of a 120 hectare solar power generation park in the state of Hidalgo. Dividing his time between Mexico City and Dallas, Eduardo Pizarro co-heads the practice in conjunction with Alejandro Ortiz; other team members include Andres Pizarro Suarez, who made partner in January 2019. Clients include O’Donnell Group, Cimbra Capital, Centauro Capital, Museum of Abstract Art Manuel Felguerez and Pesorama.

Tax Tier 3

SMPS Legal houses 'top performing professionals with years of experience, seeking the best approach for clients' needs. The lawyers also possess cross-cultural nous and the ability to communicate and build long-term relationships’. Jorge San Martín and Ana Paula Pardo head the nine-strong practice group, which also includes tax and administrative litigation specialist Christian Solis, with key support coming from associate Mariam Bojalil. The practice also works in conjunction with independent international tax expert and leadng lawyer Manuel Tron when required. Working closely with the firm’s other departments, the team handles a broad array of tax consulting and litigation work including estate planning; acquisitions, mergers, spin-offs and corporate reorganisations; corporate restructuring;and corporate and international taxation in connection with the real estate, private equity and oil-and-gas industries. Other matters include efficient corporate funding structures, repatriation of resources, acquisition and sale of corporate assets; tax refunds and tax incentives; and the representation of clients before Federal Tax Authorities. Recent work highlights included assisting key client Grupo Axo (through its company Aloxom Marketing), with the acquisition of Tennix, which operates brands in the Mexican market; and advising Trade Finance Solution on tax matters relating to structuring and negotiating the terms and conditions for financing Mexican clients. It also advises Gerdau / Sidertul on a regular basis, including -most recently- on a litigation procedure in relation to a wrongfully assessed tax credit; and acted for Lufthansa Systems on the establishment of a representation office in Mexico. Uniquely, the firm has offices in Mexico City, Bogotá, Dallas and Calgary. Other clients include Danone / Bonafonte, Ecom Trading, Phenolaeis, and Gentera.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

SMPS Legal advises clients at every level, including major corporates and start-ups, and has expertise across a range of areas, from the transactional to the regulatory. It recently advised Canadian logistics and gas distribution company, Atco Group on the $20m acquisition of a Mexican manufacturer of modular and mobile units. Other clients include General Electric, Nexxus Capital, and AC Nielsen. Eduardo PizarroAlejandro Ortiz and Iván Pérez jointly lead the well-respected team.


SMPS Legal is a boutique law firm with regional expertise formed by a merger involving San Martan y Pizarro Suarez, S.C., O&G Energy and Natural Resources Attorneys S.A.S. and Solorzano Corporation to form a team of experienced and specialized lawyers committed to offering integrated multi-disciplinary legal counsel in Latin America from strategically located offices.

For over 20 years, the partners and lawyers of SMPS Legal have successfully assisted domestic and foreign investors in their activities in Latin America.

SMPS Legal provides cutting-edge legal services to address the needs of today’s leading corporations in the Latin American region.

Main areas of practice

Banking and finance: the firm counsels private equity companies, creditors, debtors and other participants in national and foreign markets in granting and restructuring of financing and in the establishment of guaranties by providing prompt and cutting-edge advice in a sector that is time-sensitive in its transactions.

Foreign trade and customs: the foreign trade practice focuses on advising clients regarding tax obligation compliance and specifically assisting clients to identify and develop expansion opportunities.

Corporate/M&A: SMPS Legal assists clients in the negotiation and execution of corporate restructures, co-investments, shareholders’ agreements, transformations, spin-offs and mergers, including national and international private capital funds.

Energy: SMPS Legal has a sophisticated energy practice, with emphasis in the development and funding of energy projects. The energy team provides comprehensive advice to clients specialized in the generation of conventional and alternate energy in a wide range of matters. It has extensive experience in the processing of electricity permits and structuring and funding of electricity generation projects. SMPS also specializes in negotiation of agreements for the industry with PEMEX and other suppliers; advising on public contracting procedures (direct awards, public biddings and restricted invitations); the implementation of strategies to surmount challenges with public contracting procedures; bids from PEMEX concerning mature fields; construction of natural gas pipelines; processing gas permits before the Energy Regulatory Commission; and natural gas distribution agreements with Pemex Gas y Petroquimica Basica and other distributors.

Tax: SMPS Legal is a leader in the optimization of tax structures and M&A tax-related issues. The tax practice is unique in that it is a fully integrated consulting and litigation tax practice whereby all members provide both consulting and litigation services, with a clear vision of the financial and legal aspects of every issue.

Real estate: the attorneys of SMPS Legal have extensive experience representing developers, creditors and investors in every type of real estate and asset transaction.

Labor: SMPS Legal provides legal advice on all matters related to labor law and social security, including recruitment strategies, establishment and modification of benefits, plans and employment conditions.

Global projects: the projects practice team of SMPS Legal has successfully represented clients in projects throughout the Latin American region in various industries and sectors.

Audit services: SMPS Legal offers an array of audit services, specific and specialized as needed to fulfil its clients’ needs. The members of SMPS Legal are experts in identifying risk areas.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax Jorge San Martín
Tax Ana Paula Pardo Lelo de Larrea
Tax Christian Solís
Corporate Eduardo Pizarro Suárez
Corporate Alejandro Ortiz
Corporate Claire Guglielmi
Corporate Iván Pérez Correa
Real Estate Alejandro Ortiz
Real Estate Moisés Shehoah
Banking and Finance Iván Pérez Correa
Energy Eduardo Pizarro Suárez
Energy Carlos Solórzano
Energy Pablo Mauricio Alvarado
Energy Jorge Miranda
Global projects Jorge Miranda
Foreign Trade and Customs Alexis Michel
Labor Eduardo Pizarro Suárez
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alexis Michel  photo Alexis Michel
 Alejandro Ortiz  photo Alejandro Ortiz
 Iván Pérez  photo Iván Pérez
 Ana Paula Pardo  photo Ana Paula Pardo
 Eduardo Pizarro  photo Eduardo Pizarro
 Jorge San Martín  photo Jorge San Martín
 Moisés Shehoah  photo Moisés Shehoah
 Carlos Solórzano  photo Carlos Solórzano
Other fee-earners : 25
Total staff : 53
Partners : 12