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

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

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

The five-strong team at DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano is fronted by senior partner Gerardo Lozano Alarcón, who according to a client is ‘probably the best arbitrator in Mexico’. The practice enjoys a solid, Mexico-related caseload, particularly in relation to the energy sector where current matters include representing a major retailer in an ICC dispute concerning a long-term power-supply contract, and a major electricity entity concerning a gas-supply dispute. Lozano, who has truly extensive experience as an ICC arbitrator and acting before ICDR, UNICITRAL, ICC and LCIA tribunals, co-heads the practice in conjunction with Kate Brown de Vejar, global chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice. The team was further reinforced with the July-2021 arrival of former ICSID counsel, Gabriela Álvarez Ávila, from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C..

Practice head(s):

Kate Brown de Vejar; Gerardo Lozano Alarcón


‘They are very thorough and sharp at their game. Gerardo Lozano is probably the best arbitrator in Mexico. He is very bright and is always very well prepared.’

Life sciences Tier 3

The life sciences practice at DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano assists clients with obtaining licenses and authorisations, including regulatory approvals, from the relevant authorities. It remains particularly active representing clients in constitutional amparo appeals against administrative authorisations. Other areas keeping the team busy include clinical trial matters, regulatory advisory on imports, and transactional operations. Key contacts in the team include: corporate law expert Jorge Benejam, who has a strong focus on highly regulated sectors; Eduardo Gallastegui, one of the lawyers who participated in the Federal Health Law reform; and corporate and transactional partner Xavier Mangino Dueñas.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gallastegui; Jorge Benejam

TMT Tier 3

A longstanding presence in the TMT sector, DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano's small, but sturdy practice, is a recurring choice for a broad swathe of the media and entertainment clients, including IT, broadcasting, advertising, entertainment, censorship, and internet and online services. Praised for being ’at the forefront of technological matters’, the department, which is currently representing two major companies in satellite-related mandates, is led by partner Eduardo Gallastegui, who has a strong track-record handling corporate transactions; and Jorge Benejam, who specialises primarily on regulated-industry matters including antitrust, life sciences, telecoms, banking and foreign trade. Recent work highlights include due diligence in the TMT sector, business-plan design and implementation, spectrum allocation, M&As, financings and licensing. The department was further strengthened with the July-2021 arrival of Gabriel Contreras Saldívar, as counsel, from the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, the industry's regulatory body.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo J. Gallastegui Armella; Jorge A. Benejam


‘We love their legitimate and sincere interest in delving not only into the business of companies but also in understanding clients’ motivations and anticipating their wishes with the best legal guidance.’

‘They remain at the forefront of technological matters.’

Banking and finance Tier 4

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano has been steadily strengthening its practice over the course of its time in the Mexican market, to the point where it has a 12-strong department focused on a full array of finance transactions, whether local or cross-border. Partners Edgar Romo, who is praised for being ‘well-versed in banking matters and a great lawyer’; and Diego Martinez, who is skilled in regulatory banking mandates, co-head the team. The practice represents both financial institutions, and the debtor/borrower side (frequently with public companies), regarding credit facilities, structured finance, project finance, securities offerings and restructurings. Other key members of the practice include counsel Manuel Hallivis, who is ‘very good at handling hotel financings’; and senior associate Adolfo Obregón.

Practice head(s):

Edgar Romo, Diego Martínez


‘A good, friendly team to deal with. Knowledgeable to negotiate’

‘Partner Edgar Romo is very well-versed in banking matters and is a great lawyer in the sector. Manuel Hallivis is very good at handling hotel financings’

‘DLA Piper’s banking and financing practice in Mexico has become a strategic partner for us. Their willingness, technical knowledge and conciliatory yet firm style are elements that stand out and have allowed us to reach important agreements with our creditors’

‘They have transparent and timely invoicing processes and make good use of technology to work, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic’

‘Xavier Mangino has been our advisor and secretary to the board of directors for many years. As of 2018, Edgar Romo has been our ally in all banking and financial matters. The work required of the firm has undoubtedly been of a high level of complexity, particularly the negotiations with our creditors in a complex context in which the restaurant industry has found itself derived from the Covid-19 pandemic’

‘They are empathetic, have the technical knowledge and a collaborative style that allows them to reach agreements that other colleagues might find difficult’

Key clients


Grupo Sports World

Crédito Real

Giddings Fruit


IDB Invest / Inter-American Development Bank

US International Development Finance Corporation



Oyo Rooms

Capital markets Tier 4

Global full-service giant DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano houses a growing Mexican capital markets practice headed by Xavier Mangino, whose broad expertise spans debt and capital markets, securitisations and structured finance, in addition to corporate and commercial law, banking and finance. Other specialisms include peer-to-peer lending, leveraged finance, corporate governance and M&A. He is closely supported by Diego Martinez, a former manager of banking projects at the CNBV (National Banking and Securities Commission) who specialises in private and public debt and equity offerings, securitisation and asset-backed finance; and counsel Cristián Gastelum, who draws on his previous experience working at the CNBV (as deputy general director of issuer supervision) and the National Insurance and Surety Commission (CNSF).

Practice head(s):

Xavier Mangino


‘They have many knowledgeable partners, some with CNBV experience. They bring fresh ideas to transaction problems. I would highlight Cristian Gastelum’

Key clients

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)

Genomma Lab Internacional

Proteak Uno

Grupo Sports World

Qualitas Controladora


Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Supported by the firm's global office network and M&A practice group, DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano boasts an established corporate practice co-led by managing partner Eduardo Gallastegui and fellow 25-year-veteran Xavier Mangino Dueñas. It receives a healthy flow of inbound investment mandates, and has recently undertaken significant inbound cross-border M&A in the pharmaceutical and media sectors; it is, moreover, a key component in the firm's increasingly busy regional practice. Additional partner level capability is provided by Jorge Benejam (M&A, anti-trust and regulated markets' matters); and Edgar Romo, who covers mergers and acquisitions, finance, banking, real estate, capital markets, and corporate governance. Key associate support comes from seniors Manuel Hallivis and Adolfo Obregón.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Mangino; Eduardo J. Gallastegui


‘Xavier Mangino has a lot of experience in corporate matters. He is very good at handling tax structures and always comes up with solutions’

Key clients


Qualitas Controladora

Grupo Sports World

Proteak Uno


Grupo Cosbaj

Servicios Broxel

Información Integral 24/7


Genomma Lab

Twilio Inc.

Real estate Tier 4

Backed by the firm's global real estate practice capabilities, DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano's local, six-strong practice offers a broad array of services, including financing, fund formation, acquisitions and divestments, planning, development, construction and leasing. Department head Gabriela Alaña is praised by clients for being a ‘formidable lawyer’ and has particular expertise in ‘build-to-suit’ developments, while her broader practice frequently involves mandates concerning industrial, office, retail and multi-family and resorts projects.

Practice head(s):

Gabriela Alaña


‘They offered us a boutique service. They are very committed and immersed in their client’s needs.

‘Gabriela Alaña is a formidable lawyer. She handles matters directly despite having a team. She has a great knowledge of the subject matter.

Key clients

Grupo Sordo Madaleno

Hilton Hotels

Marriott International

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group

Controladora de Terminales México

General Electric

Real Malinalco

Energy and natural resources Tier 5

Hailed as ‘an expert and a reference in the field’, partner Marcelo Paramo - former General Director of Legal Affairs at the Energy Regulatory Commission), heads the energy practice at DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano, which is active across the oil-and-gas and renewables segments, for both local and international clients, primarily regarding regulatory matters and acquisitions. Project finance and corporate partner Edgar Romo offers key support to the practice, which also represents clients in administrative proceedings and contractual disputes with regulated entities, as well as before regulators and authorities.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Páramo


‘Marcelo Páramo is an expert and a reference in the field. The precision of his ideas on the problems facing the energy sector today is very good.’

‘Marcelo Páramo is a very complete lawyer and a true expert in the field. His knowledge in the field is outstanding.’

Key clients

Acciona Energía and Grupo BioFields

Murphy Sur

International Frontier Resources Corp

El Dorado Exploración y Producción

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