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

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
PASEO DE LOS TAMARINDOS NO. 400 A
PISO 31, BOSQUES DE LAS LOMAS
MÉXICO, DF, CP, 05120
Mexico

Mexico > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Clients appreciate the fact that DLA Piper Mexico ‘can offer local and international support in practically all areas of law’, and also praise its international arbitration practice, which boasts particular strength in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and -more recently- has seen an uptick in matters from both the pharma and tech sectors. The local group comprises ‘professionals with extensive global experience’ such as senior partner Gerardo Lozano Alarcón, ‘one of the best lawyers in Mexico in international arbitration’, who has a proven track record particularly as an ICC arbitrator, and before ICDR, UNICITRAL, ICC and LCIA tribunals. Kate Brown de Vejar, who ‘consistently demonstrates exceptional professionalism and outstanding knowledge’, serves as the firm’s global co-chair of international arbitration, and has experience representing corporations, sovereign states and state-owned entities in connection with international arbitrations. The practice was further strengthened in July 2021 with the arrival of investor-State arbitration specialist, and former senior counsel at ICSID, Gabriela Álvarez Ávila, who joined from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C.. Former general director of legal affairs at Mexico’s Regulatory Energy Commission, Marcelo Paramo has over 30 years’ experience and brings considerable expertise to contentious matters particularly as regards power generation and the oil-and-gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Kate Brown de Vejar; Gerardo Lozano Alarcón

Testimonials

‘One of the firm’s biggest differentiators is its global structure. There are few law firms in Mexico that can offer clients local and international support in practically all areas of law.’

‘Gerardo Lozano is without a doubt one of the best lawyers in Mexico in international arbitration. Kate Brown likewise consistently demonstrates exceptional professionalism and outstanding knowledge of the issues with which she is involved.’

‘The DLA Piper Arbitration team are professionals with extensive global experience. They are professional, formal and with great availability and understanding of the client’s needs.’

‘In particular, I have had experience working with Gabriela Álvarez Ávila and in addition to her expertise and professionalism, I know that she is someone who works hard for diversity and the professional development of women lawyers. For me, that strengthens my relationship and commitment to the firm.’

‘They have a good combination of commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. They are good lawyers, clear in their presentations and with ethical and professional prestige like the best.’

‘They are willing to negotiate reasonable fees when the matter demands it. They understand legal cultures from diverse places and with great capacity and professional and commercial knowledge.’

Key clients

Government of the Republic of Lithuania

Work highlights

  • Acting for GE and its subsidiaries on a range of high value disputes across Latin America.
  • Secured a victory for Alpargatas in a multi-jurisdictional dispute in LatAm.

Mexico > TMT Tier 3

Eduardo Gallastegui steers the practice at DLA Piper Mexico, which was notably reinforced in July 2021 with the arrival of counsel Gabriel Contreras Saldívar, who joined from the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, the industry’s regulatory body; and then again in January 2022, when Antonio Cárdenas joined from White & Case S.C., bringing his expertise in TMT regulatory matters to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gallastegui

Mexico > Banking and finance Tier 4

DLA Piper Mexico's relatively young practice continues with its developmental roadmap to establish itself as a major force to be reckoned with in the local Mexican market, with a sizeable January-2022 influx from White & Case S.C. attesting to its progress. The banking and finance practice, in particular, has strengthened its capabilities in project finance and public-private partnerships with the arrival of Roberto Ríos. He joins a team co-led by Edgar Romo, who represents financial institutions and debtor companies regarding local and international credit facilities, structured finance, project finance, securities offerings, and restructurings; and Diego Martinez, who has extensive experience in banking and securities' financings. Senior associate Adolfo Obregón, and associate Javier Pichardini provide key support to the group. Counsel Manuel Hallivis left in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team has a sound practice in banking and finance and are decent competitors of ours.’

Friendly to work with and very pro business.’

Key clients

Crédito Real

Banco Latinoamericano de comercio Exterior (Bladex)

Alsea

Transtelco Holdings, Incand its Mexican subsidiary, Transtelco Acquisition III

Gentera

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Banco Mercantil del Norte (Grupo Financiero Banorte)

Work highlights

  • Advised Crédito Real on its international issuance of $500m senior notes (due 2028), under its $1.5bn medium-term Note Program.
  • Advised Bladex on its issuance of MX$3bn pesos in debt securities in the form of Certificados Bursátiles.
  • Advised Alsea on its agreement with Alia Capital Partners and Bain Capital Credit to jointly invest in a 21.1 % minority stake in Alsea Europe.  

Mexico > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

For some time now, DLA Piper Mexico has been developing its credentials and establishing itself as a relevant player in the competition and antitrust field, and its latest reinforcements attest to this commitment. Of counsel Gabriel Contreras Saldívar, who is particularly experienced in in IT and competition, and has served as chairman of the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), joined in 2021, while Antonio Cárdenas joined from White & Case S.C. in January 2022, bringing with him considerable expertise in contentious matters relating to antitrust resolutions issued and remedies imposed by COFECE. They join a the practice fronted by seasoned partners Eduardo Gallastegui and Jorge Benejam, and which boasts particular knowledge of the telecommunications and pharma industries. Associate Isabel Gallastegui provides additional support to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gallastegui; Jorge Benejam; Antonio Cardenas

Testimonials

They are clearly an experienced antitrust team, who have a good working relationship with the national competition authority. They also clearly also understand the dynamics of a major global transaction and are able to offer pragmatic solutions.’

Jorge Benejam is excellent, very responsive and able to navigate the local requirements while understanding where the local law differs from the approach in other jurisdictions and how to manage those issues so as to quickly resolves those issues.’

The very competitive environment and restrictive legislation precises full knowledge and a wide spectrum of solution proposals. The challenges are great and this law firm meets more than expectations. Billings are transparent, honest and competitive.’

Lawyers know the relevant law, rules and relevant cases by heart. The treatment is personalised and friendly. They make you feel safe on top decisions or procedures. In special, Eduardo Gallastegui and Jorge Benejam are great lawyers and understand perfectly the business. You always feel accompanied along the way.’

Mexico > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

DLA Piper Mexico reinforced its corporate and M&A practice in January 2022 with the arrival of former practice co-head Álvaro Garza-Galván and fellow corporate practitioner Mauricio Valdespino, who were part of a six-strong influx of partners from White & Case S.C. Garza-Galván specialises in corporate/M&A, banking, finance and securities transactions; while Valdespino’s practice is centred on M&A, private equity, and corporate and commercial law; he is particular active on transactional matters, representing buyers, sellers, boards of directors and financial advisors with mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures, strategic alliances, minority investments and asset sales. Garza Galván is also office co-managing partner alongside Diego Martinez, who focuses on general corporate practice with an emphasis on corporate finance and debt restructuring transactions. Martínez led the multijurisdictional deal team that advised Vorwerk & Co on its $255m sale of cosmetics company Jafra’s US and Mexican operations to Betterware. More recently, the team also advised GAP on it’s sale of Old Navy’s local operations to Mexican retailer Grupo Axo. Other key names in the team include María Eugenia Ríos Espinosa (corporate matters, joint venture transactions, M&A – particularly as regards the real estate sector); Jorge Benejam – who led on the Old Navy mandate (M&A, antitrust and regulated markets including life-science, telecommunications and technology); and senior associate Jaime Ancer Fortea (complex corporate transactions; corporate and commercial advisory).

Mexico > Energy and natural resources Tier 4

DLA Piper Mexico‘s status as the local office of a full-service law firm with global presence allows it to ‘offer clients local and international support in practically all areas of law‘. The energy practice brings to bear experience in the development of power generation projects, corporate matters, and contract negotiation and drafting regarding all aspects of the oil and natural gas industries, as well as representing power companies from across the renewable and conventional energy segments. The team is led by Marcelo Paramo, who is recognised for his ‘unparalleled experience in the energy sector’ representing multinational companies in the oil and gas sector, across the power generation and transmission areas, and in the mining industry. He is flanked by fellow partners Edgar Romo (corporate and finance work – particularly in relation to the energy sector); and Raul Farias whose practice is centred on the infrastructure and energy sector – including power generation, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, energy storage, oil and gas and LNF – as well as the financial sector. The team was further boosted in January 2022 with the hire of project finance, infrastructure and PPP-focused Roberto Ríos from White & Case S.C..

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Páramo

Testimonials

‘The leader of the energy practice, Marcelo Páramo, is someone with extensive experience in the sector who gives confidence because he has known the authorities and the ups and downs of this industry for more than 25 years.

‘Marcelo Páramo provides a very personalized service, assists and resolves issues in a practical way.

‘One of the firm’s biggest differentiators is its global structure. There are few law firms in Mexico that can offer clients local and international support in practically all areas of law.

‘I recommend Marcelo Páramo for his unparalleled experience in the energy sector. Gerardo Lozano and Kate Brown also have in-depth knowledge of the industry from the arbitration arena.

Key clients

Acciona Energía

Grupo Alego

RWE Renewables

Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior

Mexico > Projects and infrastructure

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

DLA Piper LLP (US) has expanded is Latin America international arbitration department footprint in recent years with the 2019 hire of Kate Brown de Vejar in Mexico City as global co-chair of the international arbitration practice (alongside Paris-based Michael Ostrove), setting the ball rolling and playing its part in the firm’s growing profile in the region; subsequently appointed deputy managing partner of the Mexico City team too, de Vejar is a current vice chair of the IBA’s Arbitration Committee. The practice handles investment-treaty and commercial arbitration matters and has been particularly active in the infrastructure space. Experienced local and international arbitration practitioner Gerardo Lozano Alarcón is another notable name in the Mexico office, which was further strengthened with the lateral hire of Gabriela Álvarez Ávila from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C. in July 2021. The addition of Ricardo Alarcón (from Shearman & Sterling LLP ) as associate director of the practice in Colombia -also in 2021- was an additional boost. Specialist senior associate Sabrina Ramos in Buenos Aires is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Kate Brown de Vejar; Michael Ostrove

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a large team of projects and energy specialists based in a large number of its US and Latin America offices. The group operates in multiple market-segments from conventional power and renewables, to gas pipelines and PPP projects. Much of the practice centres on project sponsors and developers. Bringing together teams from Miami, San Juan (Puerto Rico), New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Baltimore, Chicago, Northern Virginia, Austin and San Diego, the firm continued to advise LUMA Energy, as winning bidder on the $1.6bn PPP transaction to operate and maintain the transmission and distribution assets of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The firm’s Santiago office has also landed a series of important engagements, as have the Mexico City and Buenos Aires offices. New York partner Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja is especially active in Latin America project finance, Felipe Bahamondez and newly promoted partner Diego Peña impress in Santiago, and Edgar Romo is a senior figure in Mexico City. San Diego and New York-based Raul Farias has an extensive record in energy transactions. Dino Barajas left for  Baker Botts L.L.P. in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja; Sergio Barboza

Testimonials

Projects and energy is a highly-regulated market that requires specialist advisors to ensure that projects can be carried out. Legal advisors must be constantly updated on all modifications made in this area and provide prompt responses. These are factors which should be considered by potential clients.

‘The law firm has adapted very well to the new times, especially taking technology into consideration. Covid-19 has not been a pretext to decrease the quality and delivery time of the work.

Balance between experience and youth, specialists, excellent availability, clear answers, good legal advice, commitment to the company and its protection.

Commercial and strategic advice beyond the pure legal field favouring fluidity in the negotiation of contracts in favour of the client.

Key clients

Luma Energy (a joint venture of Quanta Services and ATCO)

CarbonFree Technology

Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority

SUSI Partners

Blue Elephant Energy

Onergy

Work highlights

  • Advised Luma Energy, as winning bidder on the $1.6bn PPP transaction to operate and maintain the transmission and distribution assets of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).
  • Advised Swiss energy transition fund, SUSI Partners, on the execution of an agreement with Biwo Renovables for the purchase, development, construction, operation and maintenance of a 244MW portfolio of power plants, including PV solar and wind power plants in Chile.
  • Advised the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority on the long-term concession of the San Juan Bay cruise ship terminals.

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.

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Latin America chair Roger Meltzer
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Maria Gabriela Alana Castro photo Maria Gabriela Alana CastroPartner
Jaime Ancer Fortea photo Jaime Ancer ForteaSenior Associate
Gabriela Álvarez Ávila photo Gabriela Álvarez ÁvilaPartner
Jorge Benejam photo Jorge BenejamPartner
Kate Brown de Vejar photo Kate Brown de VejarGlobal Co-Chair of International Arbitration Kate Brown de Vejar focuses her practice…
Antonio Cardenas Arriola photo Antonio Cardenas ArriolaPartner
Eduardo Gallastegui photo Eduardo GallasteguiPartner
Álvaro Garza- Galván photo Álvaro Garza- GalvánPartner; Co-Managing Partner, Mexico City Office
Álvaro Garza- Galván photo Álvaro Garza- GalvánPartner; Co-Managing Partner, Mexico City Office
Gerardo Lozano Alarcón photo Gerardo Lozano AlarcónSenior Partner
Xavier Mangino photo Xavier ManginoXavier Mangino’s major areas of practice include corporate and commercial law, banking…
Diego Martinez photo Diego MartinezPartner
Marcelo Paramo photo Marcelo ParamoPartner
Javier Pichardini Gonzalez photo Javier Pichardini GonzalezAssociate
Roberto Rios Artigas photo Roberto Rios ArtigasPartner
María Eugenia Ríos Espinosa photo María Eugenia Ríos EspinosaPartner
Edgar Romo photo Edgar RomoPartner
Mauricio Valdespino photo Mauricio ValdespinoPartner
Other fee-earners : 2,953
Total staff : 4,921
Partners : 1,404