Mexico 2018 – GC Powerlist

Mexico 2018

Adrian Estrada

General counsel and institutional affairs director | Ternium Mexico

Materials and mining

Described as an ‘ambitious self-starter’, Adrian Estrada is known in the industry for his flexible approach to managing legal processes, as well as his high susceptibility to change. These attributes...

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Agustín Ballina Casares

Chief legal counsel | JLL México


Wholly owned by Jones Lang LaSalle, JLL México has been providing specialised services to the Mexican real estate industry since 1991. Describing the company’s current chief legal counsel, Agustín Ballina...

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Ahiram Sarai Barbosa Celis

Corporate lawyer | Pantos Logistics Mexico

Consumer Products

A corporate lawyer of repute, Ahiram Sarai Barbosa Celis has a track record of providing excellent legal and business advice in a number of roles. She currently ‘reviews all contracts...

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Alberto Paez

General counsel | Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma (HEINEKEN México)

Food, beverage and tobacco

Founded in 1890, major Mexican brewery Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma exists today as a subsidiary of HEINEKEN International after the Dutch brewer acquired the company in 2010 from FEMSA. Alberto Paez had been...

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Alberto Sepúlveda

Executive vice president, general director of legal and institutional affairs | Walmart de México y Centroamérica

Alberto Sepúlveda was a partner with White & Case prior to working with Walmart de México y Centroamérica, which is emblematic of both of his immense technical legal skill and...

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Editor Message

For over 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. In this series, The Legal 500, in collaboration with Legal Business, GC Magazine and The In-house Lawyer, is turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward.

The GC Powerlist is a series of publications, highlighting the most influential in-house lawyers and legal teams in business today. I would like to express my personal thanks to our sponsors Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez for supporting this publication. A special mention must also go to the in-house lawyers that took time to speak to us throughout the process, as well as to the research team that worked on this GC Powerlist publication.

David Burgess,
Publishing director,


Mexico’s economic performance proved strong and resilient over the course of 2017. As Latin America’s second largest economy it outperformed expectations in the first half of the year responding to challenges with sound fiscal and monetary policy. Although consumer spending is expected to regrow over the next 12 months, upcoming national elections and a lengthy renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have provided some uncertainty to internal markets.

With Mexico housing both international domestic businesses and regional operations of large multinationals, corporate counsel in the country are posed with a diverse set of challenges and opportunities. Managing financial transactions, responding to legislative and regulatory changes, delivering innovative solutions or devising strategies that enable their business to remain profitable are just some of the ways they contribute to their organisations. Through these efforts, the Mexican in-house lawyer is considered vital in the most important affairs of companies and reinforces the idea that close alignment to the business is a key part of their utility.

In this year’s GC Powerlist: Mexico we are pleased to highlight some of the region’s leading corporate counsel. To put together the list, we canvassed opinions from both law firm partners and in-house counsel in Mexico. We identified lawyers who are not only technically gifted and highly trained, but have also utilised their legal knowledge strategically alongside keen business insight to make a positive impact towards their organisation’s success.

Mudasser Ahmedi
Senior research analyst

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Sponsor Message

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez

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Once again Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez is honored to sponsor the GC Powerlist Mexico. The past two editions of the GC Powerlist were successful not only in assembling the leading and most innovative general counsel in Mexico but served as a vehicle for networking and exchanging valuable insight among the leading corporate counsel in the country and other attendees.

As appears to be the norm, we meet at a time of great challenges for Mexico. On the one hand, we continue to face uncertainty regarding the future of the North American Trade Agreement and, thus, the economic model our country will follow for the following years and perhaps decades (protectionism vs globalization). Concurrently we are half-way through a heavily contested presidential and congressional election, where the fundamental issue facing the electorate is the rule of law, corruption and impunity, which continue to be the greatest strain on Mexico’s development and aspirations for broader well-being. We are truly at a cross-road that will mark the future for generations to come.

Despite such adversity and uncertainty, Mexico’s economy remains resilient. Albeit only at 2%, GDP continues its steady growth, foreign direct investment is strong, and the overall economic and financial fundamentals of the country are sound. The structural reforms enacted after 2012, including energy and telecommunications are deepening and yielding positive results. Congress just passed a landmark Fin-Tech law and entrepreneurship is at an all-time high in Mexico.

With compliance and rule of law being the cornerstone issues facing any company globally, like never before the role of corporate counsel and GC’s as strategic thinkers within corporates is evident. Companies can ill afford to envision the role of a GC as one of mere support, but rather they must embrace the GC as a core member of the management team, and an active participant not only in allowing for the ordinary course of business to persevere, but most importantly, as a key player in defining the company’s long-term strategy and protecting its goodwill.

To all the corporate counsel included in the GC Powerlist Mexico 2018, we sincerely congratulate and commend you. Your contributions and dedication will not only shape the future of your companies, but also enrich the legal community and profession.