Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego > Ciudad de México, Mexico > Firm Profile

Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego
Paseo de los Tamarindos 400-A
Piso 27, Bosques de las Lomas
Zip Code 05120

Mexico > Environment Tier 2

While the six-strong team at mid-sized firm Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego is smaller than some of its competitors, it benefits not just from being a stand alone practice but also one of the founding pillars of the firm, thereby ensuring a degree of autonomy and a breadth of offering not necessarily available at even the largest practices. The group covers the gamut of environmental matters and has built a sturdy reputation for its capabilities in all key segments: advisory and consulting – particularly in relation to transactions (contingencies, risk & due diligence); administrative procedures and litigation (before entities such as SEMARNAT, PROFEPA or CONAGUA); and regulatory matters – concerning environmental impact, water, wastewater discharges, change of forestry land use, natural protected areas, ecological zoning, hazardous and non-hazardous waste (including soil contamination and remediation), and air emissions – in relation to the development of all types of projects. The department is led by transactional and regulatory environmental specialist Adrián Del Paso, with close support from senior associate Mauricio Sandoval, who primarily undertakes administrative litigation. August-2022 associate-hire, Miguel Angel Cancino – who arrived from QV Gestión Ambiental – is also noted. In addition to its direct clients, the practice handles work outsourced by various law firms –particularly those in the mid-market– that do not possess their own environmental capability, picking up a healthy flow and range of mandates that ensure its exposure to the broadest range of environmental issues. Recent matters include permitting regularization in the hospitality sector; the environmental and water law aspects of a potential land acquisition for the purposes of a greenfield industrial development; transactional and internal (preventative) legal environmental due diligence processes; the defence of administrative proceedings brought by state environmental prosecutors on grounds of the alleged lack of relevant environmental licenses; the assessment and investigation of alleged/potential environmental contingencies; and day-to-day advisory and consultations. Since publication, del Paso and Sandoval have left the firm- effective as of March 2024.


Adrian del Paso is a true gentleman and knows his way around the law, with governmental agencies and technical experts. His approach and demeanor permit discussing swiftly both highly technical environmental issues and the law; a clear explanation between both and how these apply to the particular circumstances.

It is a proactive firm. The response time is very quick. It’s fees are very reasonable and the lawyers posssess great experience and knowledge as regards ambiental matters. They are very practical.

Adrián del Paso. Very professional and expert in this practice.

Adrian del Paso and Mauricio Sandoval know the law, communicate the current environment with governmental agencies and convey their analysis and recommendations in simple English but yet considering the technical aspects of each case.

Mexico > Life sciences Tier 2

The medium-sized firm Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego  has ‘has a specialisation in life sciences and it shows in the highly complex level of consulting they provide’, clients suggest, also noting that it ‘has grown considerably in this area in recent years’. The experienced, eight-strong team provides comprehensive legal advisory across the entire array of life science segments, from research and development, agricultural, pharmaceutical, industrial and biotechnology products, through to medical devices, cosmetics and personal care, chemicals, agrochemicals, animal health, tobacco, and food and beverages. Originally more focused on regulatory and sanitary consulting and litigation, the practice has since built-out its IP-side capabilities, giving it additional reach, and today the group handles transactional and regulatory legal advice, life sciences-focused due diligence support, accompaniment in the obtaining of healthcare, biotech and other authorisations; litigation and representation before the Ministry of Health, COFEPRIS and other relevant authorities; and also undertakes risk and contingency assessments in relation to tech transfers, licensing agreements, M&A, joint ventures and export/import matters.  ‘A lawyer who know abouts the life sciences’, name partner and practice co-head Adrián del Paso has approaching two decades focused on environmental, pharmaceutical and health sector matters. He advises both regulated companies and not-for-profit organisations on the full range of regulatory and life science matters and is also an experienced administrative litigator. Fellow co-lead, Juan Manuel Alvarez Del Castillo, who is also head of the intellectual property practice, manages the IP aspects of life science mandates - particularly those related to the pharmaceutical, chemical, technological, and food and beverage industries. Senior associate Mauricio Sandoval is also a key participant as regards administrative litigation; however, the firm will miss the specialist customs and international trade knowledge of dedicated associate Ricardo Koller, who left the firm in late 2022. Since publication, Del Paso and Sandoval have left the firm - effective as of March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Adrián del Paso; Juan Manuel Álvarez del Castillo


Ibarra del Paso is an office with great service and quality. Its team responds with great speed and quality.

Adrian del Paso is a great lawyer who understands his clients’ needs very well and seeks to offer creative and solid solutions. It is always a pleasure to work with Adrian.

The team is made up of competent and experienced people, it is a very specialised practice area and not many law firms in Mexico handle this issue. The members of the team are willing to get involved in meetings and negotiations in which the clients participate and this adds value to their service.

The partners are flexible lawyers, who are willing to put themselves in the client’s shoes and adapt to their needs. Adrian del Paso is a lawyer who know abouts the life sciences subject and, in addition, is studious and in-depth in his analysis, which gives legal certainty to clients.

It is a firm that has grown considerably in this area in recent years. It has a specialisation in life sciences and it shows in the highly complex level of consulting they provide us. The team is made up of very professional specialists who provide services very close to the clients.

Adrián del Paso is a lawyer who does not stay on the plane of what is requested, he always goes for more and likes to understand the needs of his clients. He provides us with unparalleled support, he is part of our extended team and his work has made a difference to the company’s legal strategies. His accompaniment has undoubtedly led us to make better decisions.

Mexico > Real estate Tier 3

Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego’s real estate offering encompasses acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, development, construction, leasing, and the development and operation of hotel facilities (including timeshares), as well as secured financing, the constitution of real estate trusts, and vehicle-structuring for real estate developments. Real estate, tourism and hospitality specialist Carlos Ibarra Fernández co-leads the practice along with Gerardo Gallego, who focuses on multinational and cross-border business and real estate transactions. Of counsel Alejandra Gutiérrez is also noted. Ex-practice co-head Rodrigo de los Ríos left the firm in March 2023. Since publication, the practice group has been strengthened considerably with the hire of former Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. counsel, Alfonso Pulido O, as a partner - with effect from May 2024.

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Providing ‘great business knowledge and market intelligence’, the corporate/M&A practice at Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego continues to grow beyond the real estate practice for which the firm remains best known; in particular, it is increasingly active in the pharmaceuticals sector, and has also made inroads into the banking/finance area. This expansion of the corporate practice's focus is part of a larger process by which the firm is seeking to grow and consolidate its position as a mid-sized firm, to which end it hired Arturo Sánchez García as director general in January 2023; his previous experience includes almost nine years at Sánchez Devanny as Director of Administration and CFO. The corporate and transactional department is led by Gerardo Gallego Diaz De Leon (‘always seeks the best outcomes for the client’), who is praised by clients for his proactivity and clear communication; in addition to corporate, commercial and transactional matters, he also handles governance issues. Raised to the partnership in 2022 and the firm's first "home-grown" partner, Alejandra Gutierrez Pérez Avena divides her time between hospitality and real estate matters, and corporate and commercial work. Of counsel Jennifer Ayluardo also handles corporate and commercial matters as part of a practice that also reaches into capital markets and financial law. At associate level, senior Jorge Cobos and Fernando González Gómez are the names to note; both handle a mix of corporate and financial work, transactions and real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Gallego Díaz de León


Great business knowledge and market intelligence that helps us achieve our main goals.

The lawyers business experience, in addition to their dedication, helps deliver top-level consulting initiatives to our business needs.

Great office, very good price/quality ratio, easy access to direct assistance from partners, etc.

Gerardo Gallego is undoubtedly a partner who is always available, easy to access, has a lot of experience in the sector and is always looking to see how to move the operation forward.

This law firm’s great strength is the personalised attention that each of its partners has for their clients, which results in a better understanding of the client’s needs. Communication with each person in the office is clear and agile, and their way of communicating technical/legal issues is of great help for corporate teams that are not domiciled in Mexico.

Gerardo Gallego is a partner who always seeks the best outcomes for the client, and who undertakes and communicates his practice in a clear and simple way. Gerardo always generates great trust as he quickly understands the needs of our company and his conceptual clarity has been of great help in our corporation’s decision making.

They have a great team in general, their communication is good, their leadership is adequate, of course they have to learn quickly about the industry in which they are participating so that their business sense is more developed, but they do so efficiently so as to ensure it functions.

Trust; and clear, open and secure communication.

Key clients

McCormick Pesa

BioTe Medical

Grupo Constructor Pirámide

Callison RTKL

Blu Cargo & Logistics

Foss México

Census -7 Eventus Energy Corporation

Grupo Alto / Designa Group


Renewable Resources Group


Work highlights

  • Currently advising Grupo Constructor Pirámide with exhaustive due diligence procedure regarding several real estate properties located across Mexico for the development of various real estate projects.
  • Currently advising BioTe Medical on the corporate, contractual, IP and administrative necessities related to the company’s regional expansion, including acting as main legal counsel in the incorporation of several subsidiaries across Mexico and Latin America.
  • Currently advisng McCormick Pesa on matters related to corporate governance, corporate maintenance and internal due diligence procedures; along with the execution of services; retail, leasing, storage, and import and export matters; and purchase and sale agreements.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego’s litigation team excels in the fields of real estate, environmental law and energy, where it primarily handles administrative, civil, commercial and constitutional amparo lawsuits. Experienced in both public and private sector disputes, practice head Juan Miguel Martinez Mendieta is praised by clients for his ‘ability to detect the risks, strengths and weaknesses of a given situation’. Highlighted for his ‘excellent service’, senior associate Diego Sándor Maurer is the other name to note. Since publication, the practice has been further strengthened with the March 2024 hires of deeply experienced disputes specialist Pablo Enrique Reyes; and contentious tax specialist Emilio García V, who also handles social security and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Juan Miguel Martínez Mendieta


The firm has provided excellent service and support in the land and property rights area. The firm was among the first to analyse requirements under the hydrocarbons law in 2014 and were of tremendous assistance to us throughout our project. The firm assisted us through what we believe to be the first filings under the legal easement and judicial validation processes in Mexico.

We have worked extensively with Juan Miguel Martinez and Diego Maurer through the legal easement and judicial validation processes. Both have provided excellent service and have been very supportive of our unique requirements.

The firm manages a good communication structure that allows us to access them when required, despite the circumstances.

The partner we deal with is Juan Miguel Martinez, in charge of the litigation area, he is a lawyer with the ability to detect the risks, strengths and weaknesses of a given situation; he knows where to focus attention on the subject.

Large office, very good price / quality, easy access to direct attention from partners.

Juan Miguel Martinez is a very good litigation lawyer, with extensive experience in litigation related to real estate law.

The litigation team is excellent, they have given us better results than any other. Their knowledge of the subject is extraordinary and it shows with the results obtained.’

Juan Miguel Martínez is an exceptional lawyer, who has managed to obtain excellent results for the company and has made a difference in the legal strategies we follow. I am deeply grateful to them for the close accompaniment that I am sure is the basis of the success that we have achieved as a team. Without a doubt, a reliable law firm with which you always want to work.

Key clients

Atco Group

Corteva Agriscience



GNK Logística






Cultura Colectiva



TMI Abogados

Eosol Energy

Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA)

Propulsora de Homeopatía

Distribuidora Homeopática Nacional


Unidos Somos Iguales

Desarrollo Vivienda MK1 (Ciudad Mayacobá)


Work highlights

  • Advising IGS Industrial Fund III on several civil proceedings connected to real estate and trust disputes.
  • Assisting Atco with the supervision and sign-off for the granting of a hydrocarbons legal easement obtained in Mexico.
  • Advised Siemens on a breach of commercial agreements.

Mexico > Intellectual property Tier 5

The IP team at Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego assists its clients with the design, protection, application and maintenance of trade mark portfolios. The team also regularly handles the registration of copyright, patents and domain names, and also represents clients in administrative proceedings for infringement, nullity, cancellations and foreclosure. Practice head Juan Manuel Álvarez del Castillo is highlighted by one client for his ‘very good service’; he is supported by associates Yvonne Amaya Becerra and Andrea Guttiérez Romero.

Practice head(s):

Juan Manuel Álvarez del Castillo


The team is always available and responds quickly to our external requests.

I get very good service from Juan Manuel Alvarez del Castillo from Ibarra.

Juan Manuel Alvarez del Castillo is my go to lawyer in Mexico. He understands how I want my information presented.

Key clients

Burger King Company

Altos Hornos de Mexico

Building Materials Investment

Tim Hortons USA



Alliance Abroad

Choice Hotels International

Work highlights

  • Assisted Burger King Company with the transfer of a trade mark portfolio in Mexico from Burger King Corporation.
  • Advised Building Materials Investment on the change of name and address of its entire trade mark portfolio in Mexico from Building Materials Investment Corporation to BMIC.
  • Assisted Tim Hortons with the recording of the franchise agreement for its trade mark portfolio in Mexico, the franchisor being Tim Hortons USA. and the franchisee being TMHF Mexico.

Mexico > Labour and employment Tier 5

The labour and employment practice at Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego is appreciated for its ‘very high quality’ service and is the trusted counsel of a number of international companies for day-to-day advice and labour law compliance. Jaime Rodriguez Eguiarte collaborates closely with the firm’s corporate law team and is also a seasoned litigator so can transfers those skills to conflict avoidance in employment law. Rodrigo Diaz Martínez is the associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Rodriguez Eguiarte


‘Great attention from the team and direct attention from the partner. Comparable in quality to larger offices or larger areas.’

Jaime Rodríguez, partner responsible for the labor area, provides direct and immediate attention with extensive knowledge of Mexican labor law, knowing how to transfer that knowledge to his clients.

The collaboration that they take us as if it were their company, relationship with the people, they know the clients perfectly and with that they give their analysis, and personally they are careful.

The closeness we have with Jaime Rodriguez is extraordinary, we have full confidence in him. And in addition to that, he knows the company and remains close to the area, professionally and personally. Their service is of a very high quality.

They are experts in the labor field, they are always informing us of changes in this matter, they help us a lot to mitigate risks.

The level of service they provide us, they are very close, they do not see us as just another client, and they always look out for our interests, they help us a lot to make the best decisions on labor matters and they are available whenever we need them.

Key clients

Universal Pictures Mexico

Mizuho Bank Mexico

Lottus Capital Fund

Agua de México

Fundacion Rafael Donde

Trax Retail

Sistemas Interactivos de Consultoría

Rackspace Mexico

Universidad Latinoamericana

Carrier Enterprise Mexico

Alcon Laboratorios

Beckers Industrial Coatings

Callison RTKL

E Entertainment

Centro Educativo Tres Culturas

Estudios Mexicanos Telemundo

Work highlights

  • Advising Universal Pictures Mexico on its day-to-day labour and employment matters.
  • Advising Mizuho Bank Mexico on day-to-day advice on labour and employment matters, including labour compliance.
  • Advised The Chermours Company on the Mexican aspects of a cross-border M&A transaction entailing the sale of Chemours’ Mining Solutions Business to Draslovka Holding.

Ibarra del Paso Gallego is an innovative law firm with a solid foundation, based on a commitment to excellence, interdisciplinary work and team efforts.

Our professional practice is oriented around fundamental core values, including ethics, client loyalty and adherence to sound principles of law with a practical and business approach. Our legal practice focuses and specializes in real estate, environment, administrative and regulatory law, life sciences, dispute resolution, banking and finance, corporate M&A, intellectual property and labour and employment.

Ibarra del Paso Gallego, has established a reputation for being a reliable and thorough team of young yet experienced and internationally trained attorneys. Efficiently organized, the firm moves on with traditional clichés by working in an open-plan office that results in close team interaction and cost-efficient responsiveness. The firm offers an innovative service delivery model, creative fee structures and state-of-the-art technology infrastructure and facilities.

The firm delivers high-quality legal services with a day-to-day, transaction-oriented approach operating under an innovative open-office model that favours partner-client direct contact, cost-effective teamwork and quick turnaround.

The firm’s clients range from international Fortune 500 companies to domestic entities and high-net-worth individuals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Real Estate Carlos Ibarra cibarra@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Environment Adrián del Paso adelpaso@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Corporate and Commercial Gerardo Gallego ggallego@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Intellectual Property Juan Manuel Álvarez jmalvarez@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Dispute Resolution Juan Miguel Martínez jmmartinez@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Life Sciences Adrián del Paso adelpaso@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Projects Carlos Ibarra cibarra@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Administrative and Regulatory Law Juan Miguel Martínez jmmartinez@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Data Protection Juan Manuel Álvarez jmalvarez@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Labour & Employment Jaime Rodríguez jrodriguez@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Energy and Infrastructure Carlos Ibarra cibarra@ibarrapg.com +52 5552020717
Other fee-earners : 23
IBA (International Bar Association)

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