Firm Profile > DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano > Mexico City, Mexico

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
MÉXICO, DF, CP, 05120

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Among the international firms, DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano has one of the most well-established corporate practices in the market, thanks in part to the expertise of office managing partner Eduardo Gallastegui and Gerardo Lozano Alarcón. Added to this is the firm's impressive international network, which ensures a constant flow of mandates from foreign companies investing in the country. The firm has handled a lot of deals in the financial services sector, including advising QBE on the US$40m sale of its Mexican insurance business to Zurich. In the manufacturing sector the team advised polypropylene film manufacturer Taghleef Industries on its multimilion-dollar acquisition of Biofilm, which has plants in Mexico and Colombia. Other key partners include Jorge Benejam, Maria Rios, Edgar Romo, Diego Martinez, and Xavier Mangino Dueñas.

Real estate Tier 3

Respected by the market, DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano represents national and multinational parties in the full spectrum of business real estate transactions, including financing, fund formation, acquisitions and disposals; tax, land use environmental law; planning and development and construction and leasing; the practice can also turn to the firm’s international network on multijurisdictional matters. In recent highlights, the team assisted Four Seasons implement the Costa Palmas hotel and residential project in Los Cabos, including a management agreement with the developer Desarrolladora La Ribera; and Kimpton Hotels with opening two hotels in Mexico City. Marriott International is another hospitality sector client. The practice is jointly led by Roger Meltzer in New York and Mexico City managing partner Eduardo Gallastegui; key local specialists include María Eugenia Ríos Espinosa and Maria Gabriela Alana Castro, both of whom have a good reputation in the market.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano has good expertise in industry-related corporate advice, contract negotiations, joint ventures, financings, and procuring upstream exploration licenses. In the renewables sphere, the practice recently advised Acciona Energía and Grupo BioFields on the $264m financing for a major photovoltaic project. The team has also been representing Murphy Oil on its deepwater exploration and production contract. Marcelo Paramo is highly specialised in this area, having previously served as General Director of Legal Affairs at the Regulatory Energy Commission. Edgar Romo and Eduardo Gallastegui are also active on the corporate finance side.

Banking and finance Tier 5

Boosted by its growing its international network, DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano acts for lenders, underwriters, issuers and investors on inbound, outbound and domestic matters involving Latin America, including syndicated lending facilities and Rule 144A/ Reg S bond offerings, complex structured financing and securitisation transactions; as well as for companies, creditors (including banks, other institutional creditors and bondholder committees) and financial advisors in debt restructuring and liability management transactions, including consent solicitations, exit consents, project bond offerings, recapitalisation financings, bond repurchase programs and exchange offers. Highlight work included acting for Alsea (in conjunction with the firm’s New York City office) on a €635m senior secured dual currency syndicated term loan facility granted by lenders including Bank of America, BBVA Bancomer and Banco Santander; and Acciona Energía and Grupo BioFields on the $264m financing granted by North American Development Bank, Banobras, Instituto de Crédito Oficial de España and Banco SABADELL for the development of a large  photovoltaic project. Edgar Romo led both mandates; other notable lawyers include María Eugenia Ríos Espinosa, Gerardo Lozano Alarcón, Jorge Benejam, and practice head Eduardo Gallastegui. Diego Martinez joined the firm from Cervantes Sainz, S.C. in March 2018, and Xavier Mangino Dueñas from Diaz de Rivera & Mangino in August 2018. Other clients include Mantenimiento Express Marítimo and Arrendadora Aeronautica.

DLA Piper has established a substantial footprint in Latin America with varied offerings that cater to the specific needs of its global client base. The firm’s pan-hemispheric approach to delivering comprehensive services to its multinational clients underscores its view that Latin America is of utmost importance to the global business community.

The firm: DLA Piper assists clients with business transactions and cross-border disputes throughout Latin America. It handles matters in every country in the region and across every industry sector in which its clients operate. As the level of sophisticated, cross-border activity continues to grow throughout the entire region, DLA Piper continues to expand its services to clients with a Latin America presence through its cooperation with Campos Mello Advogados in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil and with its DLA Piper multi-disciplinary practice with offices in:

  • Bogota, Colombia DLA Piper Martinez Beltran
  • Lima, Peru DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar
  • Mexico City, Mexico DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
  • Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil Campos Mello Advogados
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santiago, Chile DLA Piper BAZ|NLD.

DLA Piper’s experience in Latin America includes assisting clients from inside and outside the region with the full range of business, legal and commercial services that DLA Piper provides worldwide:

  • Capital markets;
  • Compliance and investigations;
  • Energy, mining and natural resources;
  • Family groups;
  • Franchise and distribution matters;
  • Inbound and outbound capital investments;
  • Insurance;
  • International arbitration and disputes;
  • Labor and employment, immigration;
  • Litigation;
  • M&A;
  • Private equity and debt financing;
  • Project finance and public-private partnerships;
  • Tax structuring, transfer pricing, imports and market access issues;
  • Technology, telecommunications and intellectual property, privacy and data security, e-commerce;
  • Real estate and hospitality.

A number of DLA Piper’s lawyers were born or raised and educated in the region and are fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese. Many have also practiced law in both the US and Latin America and are intimately familiar with civil law systems and with the cultural and legal nuances required to successfully do business in the region.

DLA Piper’s strategic relationships on the ground throughout Latin America enhance its understanding of the region and enable it to provide its clients with practical, meaningful legal advice. DLA Piper’s global platform in more than 40 countries enables it to serve all of its clients’ legal needs, whether they are based in Latin America or wish to do business there.

Department Name Email Telephone
Latin America chair Roger Meltzer
Photo Name Position Profile
 Maria Gabriela Alana Castro  photo Maria Gabriela Alana Castro Partner
 Jorge Benejam  photo Jorge Benejam Partner
 Kate Brown de Vejar  photo Kate Brown de Vejar Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration Kate Brown de Vejar focuses her practice…
 Eduardo Gallastegui  photo Eduardo Gallastegui Partner
 Gerardo Lozano Alarcón  photo Gerardo Lozano Alarcón Partner
 Xavier Mangino  photo Xavier Mangino Xavier Mangino’s major areas of practice include corporate and commercial law, banking…
 Diego Martinez  photo Diego Martinez Partner
 Marcelo Paramo  photo Marcelo Paramo Partner
 María Eugenia Ríos Espinosa  photo María Eugenia Ríos Espinosa Partner
 Edgar Romo  photo Edgar Romo Partner
Other fee-earners : 2,953
Total staff : 4,921
Partners : 1,404