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

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

Capital markets Tier 3

The Mexican office of the global leviathan DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano houses a sizeable 17-strong team led locally by Xavier Mangino (in conjunction with Roger Meltzer in New York). A 2018-hire from his own firm, Mangino's broad corporate practice includes corporate and commercial law; banking, finance and private equity; and debt and capital markets, securitizations and structured finance, along with peer-to-peer lending, leveraged finance corporate governance and M&A. Also incorporated in 2018, Diego Martinez is a corporate practitioner with a strong banking, finance and capital markets focus; a former manager of banking projects at the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV), he has considerable expertise in private and public debt and equity offerings, securitization and asset-backed finance, and derivative transactions. Key support comes from name partner Eduardo Gallastegui; experienced associate Elena Ibarrola (who has worked with Mangino for over a decade); and non-lawyer consultant Cristián Gastelum, whose experience includes time at both the CNBV (as Deputy General Director of Issuer Supervision) and the National Insurance and Sureties Commission (CNSF).

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Key clients

Quálitas Controladora Quálitas Compañía de Seguros

Grupo Posadas

Genomma Lab Internacional

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)


Corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano, the international firm's Mexico office, has an established corporate practice led by managing partner Eduardo Gallastegui  (corporate M&A, antitrust, foreign investment), in conjunction with Gerardo Lozano Alarcón (corporate/M&A, foreign investment, commercial advisory, commercial arbitration and real estate), both well-known market figures. Moreover, the 18-strong team -including partners Jorge Benejam, Edgar Romo, Marcelo Paramo, Maria Rios, Diego Martinez and Xavier Mangino- is backed by the firm's international network, exposing the team to a healthy flow of inbound investment mandates: recent highlights include significant inbound cross-border M&A in the pharmaceutical and media sectors. Corporate-focused associates Yesica Garduño and Joaquín Gallastegui are also noted.

Key clients

Grupo Financiero Interacciones

Illinois Tool Works


Qualitas Controladora

Roche Mexicana de Fármacos

Becton Dickinson

Sports World

NTT Data


Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

The global firm's Mexican office, DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano garners praise for its ‘impressive ability to represent clients and cases in various jurisdictions’, and -with the early 2019-hire of the ‘excellent’ Kate Brown de Vejar (now global chair of the firm's international arbitration practice), stands out for its considerable experience representing a wide range of clients from the energy, consumer goods, aviation, and food and beverages sectors, in (primarily) commercial arbitration. Brown de Vejar co-leads the Mexico-based practice group with Gerardo Lozano Alarcón, who also has extensive experience, particularly as an ICC arbitrator, and before ICDR, UNICITRAL, ICC and LCIA tribunals. The practice has a healthy 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.


The team has an impressive ability to represent client and  cases in various jurisdictions which is very important; Kate Brown de Vejar is an excellent practitioner.

Life sciences Tier 3

A corporate partner with a focus on the regulated sectors, Jorge Benejam is the key contact at DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano's nascent life-sciences practice, which is led by name-partner Eduardo Gallastegui; one of the lawyers who participated in the Federal Health Law reform (particularly as regards biotechnological medicines in Mexico), and has amassed considerable experience in the life sciences sector. Fellow corporate and transactional partner Xavier Mangino Dueñas also participates in the practice, which advises clients on obtaining licenses and authorizations, including regulatory approvals, from the relevant authorities; it has been particularly active recently in constitutional amparo appeals against administrative authorisations, as well as clinical trial matters, regulatory advisory on importation and transactional operations.

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Key clients

Genoma Lab International

Proteak Uno

Laboratorios de Control

TMT Tier 3

The ‘extremely proactive’ TMT practice at DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano, attends to a broad swathe to the media and entertainment industry, including IT, broadcasting, advertising, entertainment, censorship, and internet and online services. The practice, praised by clients for its  ‘deep knowledge' of the industry, 'in both legal and regulatory affairs', is led by corporate practitioner Eduardo Gallastegui who has 'participated in dozens of M&A transactions in the sector over the years' and is a well-known figure in the sector. Recent matters include due diligence in the TMT sector, business plan design and implementation, spectrum allocation, M&A, financings and licensing. Key support comes from transactional partner Jorge Benejam, who also 'knows the TMT sector deeply', focuses primarily on regulated industry matters including antitrust, life sciences, telecoms, banking and foreign trade.

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Its a deeply knowledgeable team on the history and current reality of the Mexican TMT industry, in both legal and regulatory affairs.

They are an extremely proactive team. They are very elocuent and always say to the client what they really think about and not want the client wants to hear. Eduardo and Jorge.

Eduardo Gallástegui and his partner Jorge Benejam know the TMT sector deeply. They have been attorneys for some of the largest companies in the industry and also for other small or niche companies. They have participated in dozens of M&A transactions in the sector over the years. They are distinguished by their passion in defending their clients. There is no obstacle to stop them. They work very well with engineers, financiers, economists so that their arguments are always very solid and documented.’

Key clients

Cerberus Capital Management



Inter-American Investment Corporation

Inter-American Development Bank

Nielsen Ibope México

Mobile Wireless and Satellite

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano's energy department regularly works with federal and local administrations, sponsors, and lenders across a range of issues related to the power industry. The four-strong team led by Marcelo Paramo (who previously served as General Director of Legal Affairs at the Regulatory Energy Commission), Edgar Romo and Eduardo Gallastegui, has a focus on regulatory and corporate advisory, as well as financings, contract negotiations, joint ventures and the obtaining of upstream exploration licenses; more recently the team has also been involved in energy-sector arbitration.

Key clients

Acciona Energía / Grupo BioFields


BBVA Bancomer -as structuring bank for Tag Pipelines (contolled by Petróleos Mexicanos)

Real estate Tier 4

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano's 'creative' real estate practice advises on a wide range of services like financing, fund formation, acquisitions and disposals, tax, land use, environmental law, planning, development, construction and leasing. Department head Gabriela Alaña, who has particular expertise in ‘build-to-suit’ developments, is frequently called on to handle industrial, office, retail and multi-family and resorts projects; she heads the small business-oriented team from the Mexico City office which, although not large in number, works seamlessly with the firm's international network. Other key practitioners include fellow partner María Eugenia Rios, whose expertise centres on real estate development.

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Dedication to the issues involved, not just limited to what is requested, but not limiting their advice. Dedicated work and good professional and human service.

‘The team is very complete in all disciplines of law, professional and experienced and above all showing a positive attitude and customer service.’

‘Eduardo Gallastegui and Gabriela Alaña are highly experienced lawyers who know how to listen and attend to the needs of the client.’

Key clients

Hilton Hotels

Controladora de Terminales México

Four Seasons Hotel Limited

Marriott International

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group

Banking and finance Tier 5

Bolstered by the firm's large international network, the team at DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano acts for lenders, underwriters, issuers and investors on inbound, outbound and domestic matters, including syndicated lending facilities and Rule 144A/Reg S bond offerings, complex structured financing and securitization transactions, as well as for companies, creditors and financial advisors in debt restructuring and liability management transactions. Partners Edgar Romo, Diego Martinez and Jorge Benejam and managing partner Eduardo Gallastegui stand out as active members of the practice.


‘Highly specialized team, with great speed in response and anticipation to customer needs’

‘Very experienced lawyers with deep technical knowledge in the area. Edgar Romo is an excellent advisor in the area of financing’

The team led by Edgar Romo stands out for its knowledge of the subject, its negotiating skills and its effectiveness in implementing operations. Without a doubt, it is one of the best teams in this sector

Edgar Romo masters the theoretical and practical part of this type of operation, which provides great peace of mind in the preparation and negotiation of contracts, but without a doubt, his empathy with the client and his exceptional treatment are difficult to achieve by partners of other firms

Key clients

Mantenimiento Express Marítimo

Arrendadora Aeronautica


Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext)

Acciona Energía / Bio Fields

Samsung Electronics Mexico

Crédito Real


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
 Gerardo Lozano Alarcón photo Gerardo Lozano Alarcón 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
 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