Mexico Rising Stars 2023 – GC Powerlist
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Mexico Rising Stars 2023

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Alberto Ulises Román Peña

Deputy legal director | KCSM Kansas City Southern de México

Transport and infrastructure

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Alejandra Valencia

Legal manager | Whirlpool Mexico

Consumer products

Alessandra Marcarian

Assistant general counsel, Latina America | IPG Mediabrands and Kinesso

Commercial and professional services

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Alma Hawk Ibarra

Legal director | AT&T Mexico

Telecommunication services

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America Ivonne Palacios González

Senior legal counsel | Engie Mexico

Energy and utilities

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Ana Paula Rendón  

Legal and compliance manager | Navistar Mexico

Financials

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Andrea Cecilia Garcia Suarez

Legal manager | The Home Depot México

Industrials and real estate

Andrea Quiroz Espinosa

Senior legal manager | Whirlpool Mexico

Consumer products

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Angélica Huacuja

Legal director, labour and employment Latam | Uber

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Ann Mariel Aguilar Zamora 

Corporate legal counsel | Air Liquide México

Materials and mining

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Arturo Marín R

Corporate attorney | Ecolab

Commercial and professional services

Bibiana Isabel Rangel Osorno

Corporate, labour and litigation legal affairs director | General Motors de México

Consumer products

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Blanca Nora García Leal

Corporate governance manager | Volaris

Transport and infrastructure

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Brenda Hernández Velázquez

Deputy corporate legal director | Financiera Independencia

Insurance

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Carlos Cárdenas

Legal manager | Daimler Truck México

Transport and infrastructure

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Carlos Eugenio Guzmán Flores

Capital markets senior legal manager | BBVA Mexico

Financials

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Carlos López Bochm

Legal manager and DPO Latam | L'Oreal

Consumer products

César Javier Gómez Treviño 

Senior legal counsel – Mexican manufacturing operations, Andean and Caribbean entities | Emerson Electric  

Industrials and real estate

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Daniel Navarrete Luis

Legal manager | Mercedes-Benz México

Consumer products

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Daniela Cervantes Escamilla 

Senior legal associate | Mattel de México

Consumer products

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Daniela García Montes

Associate corporate counsel | Google

Information technology

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Daniela Lomelí Hudlet

Legal senior manager for Hispanic Latam | Paypal

Information technology

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David Lavalle Arroyo

Deputy general counsel, head of wholesale legal and markets legal for Mexico and Latam | HSBC

Financials

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Erik Córdova V

Legal manager | Kimberly-Clark

Materials and mining

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Erika María Rodríguez Cortés

Regional corporate counsel Latin America | Epson 

Consumer products

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Ernesto Villar

Legal adviser | Innovasport

Consumer products

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Fabiola Pagaza

Legal director NORTAM cluster | CEVA Logistics

Transport and infrastructure

Fernanda Díaz Aquino

Global IP counsel | América Móvil

Telecommunication services

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Fernanda Morales de la Torre

Deputy general counsel Mexico and Northern Latam | Continental

Industrials and real estate

Francisco J. Quesada Soto 

Deputy general counsel | MRP

Information technology

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Gabriela Ezbeide Silva

Senior legal counsel - Americas region | HERE Technologies

Information technology

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Gabriela López Romero

Senior legal and compliance counsel | Element Fleet Management Corporation México

Commercial and professional services

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Gabriela Vazquez Arreola

Tax litigation manager | ArcelorMittal México

Materials and mining

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Gloriana Salinas

Legal director Mexico and CACR | Abbott Laboratories

Healthcare

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Héctor Salomón Galindo Alvarado

Group legal counsel region Americas | DNV

Commercial and professional services

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Jaime Alberto García Ancer

Senior corporate legal manager | Servicios Corporativos Javer

Industrials and real estate

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Jaime Cervantes Hernández

Legal director | Constellation Brands

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Jair del Toro

Senior legal counsel | Lear Corporation

Consumer products

Javier Rioja Jaimes

Corporate M&A - legal counsel | Alsea

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Javier Talamás Weigend

Head of legal and corporate affairs | FEMSA Salud

Healthcare

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Jessica Gallegos

Deputy general counsel Latam | Vitesco Technologies 

Consumer products

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Jessica Hurtado

Senior counsel | BayWa r.e. Americas

Energy and utilities

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Jessica Mejía Franco

Deputy director of corporate legal and investments | SURA México

Financials

Jimena Maciel

Latam compliance | Stripe

Financials

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Jorge Alberto Ledesma García

Director and counsel | American Express

Financials

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Jorge Corella

Legal counsel – upstream global commercial and exploration | Shell

Energy and utilities

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Jose Escalante

Litigation and regulatory lead counsel Latam | Meta

Information technology

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José Manuel Peña

Regional head of intellectual property Mexico | Nestlé

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Jose Roberto Borneo Mejia

Senior corporate legal manager | Restaurantes ADMX (McDonald´s México)

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Juan Francisco Martorelli 

Latam senior legal counsel | The Coca-Cola Company

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Karen Vianey Gonzalez Vargas

Counsel, senior manager | Mondelēz Snacking Mexico

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Karina Sol

Associate general counsel | Celanese

Materials and mining

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Karla Julieta Rodríguez Quiroz 

Latam legal counsel  | The Coca-Cola Company  

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Laura Sofía Garza Recio

Legal director | Nexxus

Financials

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Lorena Sánchez Hernández

Legal manager | GAYA sinergia constructiva

Industrials and real estate

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Luca Edelmann Alonso

Tax lead for Mexico and Brazil | Trafigura

Transport and infrastructure

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Luis Aguilar

Legal partner manager | Metlife México

Insurance

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Luis Amador

Gerente jurídico de inversiones e innovación en sistemas de pago y remesas | Grupo Elektra

Financials

Luis E. Olmos

Principal, tax Mexico and CCA | Airbnb

Information technology

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Luis Enrique Arizmendi Gómez 

Senior legal director Latam | Honeywell

Industrials and real estate

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Luis Lauro González Martínez

Legal director - transactional | FINSA

Industrials and real estate

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Luis Miguel Aragón

Deputy corporate and finance legal director | Grupo Televisa

Telecommunication services

Marcelino Muñoz Rico

Financial services legal manager | Walmart de México y Centroamérica

Consumer products

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Maria Delgadillo Coronado

Lawyer | Holcim México Operaciones

Materials and mining

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María Fernanda Hernández Castro

Legal counsel | Colgate Palmolive

Consumer products

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María Isabel Navarro

Legal coordinator Andean | Reckitt

Materials and mining

María Luisa Licón Holguín

Senior counsel for Latam | Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Energy and utilities

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María Pérez Borja Borgio

Legal director | CBRE Global Workplace Solutions

Commercial and professional services

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Maria Villafuerte

Corporate lawyer | Pay Retailers

Information technology

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Mariana A. Conss Michel

Associate director, general lawyer - Latin America compliance focal point | Kyndryl México

Information technology

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Mariana Aguilar Hernández

Manager general attorney Latam | Pearson Education

Sports and media

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Mariel Gutiérrez Garcia 

Legal manager | Mondelēz Mexico

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Marissa Aviña Zapata

Senior counsel | Airbnb

Information technology

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Marlene Castillo

International legal director | FEMSA

Consumer products

Martha Gutierrez

Legal counsel | Becton Dickinson and Company

Healthcare

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Mary Carmen Ovando

Legal manager and data privacy officer | L'Oreal

Consumer products

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Melanie Gilles Herrera

Senior legal manager and data protection officer | Clip

Financials

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Melissa Sánchez

Legal product marketing commercial manager | Clip

Financials

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Miriam Hernández Serratos     

Legal partner manager | MetLife México

Insurance

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Moisés Hernández Godínez

Senior legal counsel and compliance officer | TC Energy

Energy and utilities

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Mónica Ardila Villarreal  

Head of legal | MPA - FIBRA Macquarie Group 

Commercial and professional services

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Noris Calderon

Senior legal manager | Unilever

Industrials and real estate

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Oscar Fernando Ríos Acosta

Litigation and regulatory lawyer | Holcim México

Materials and mining

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Pablo Silva Ibarra

Legal counsel corporate and investment banking | Banco Sabadell México

Financials

Paulina Gabriela Ramírez Peralvillo  

Employee relations generalist | H&M HENNES & MAURITZ

Consumer products

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Pedro Fernando González

Legal counsel | Medtronic

Healthcare

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Ramiro Vega

Legal manager | Owens Illinois

Materials and mining

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Renee Isabella Quevedo Villalobos 

Legal counsel Mexico | Aptiv

Consumer products

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Rodrigo Flores Manzanedo 

Head of legal, IP and compliance | Covestro México

Materials and mining

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Rodrigo Martínez Rosas    

Lead counsel | General Motors de México

Consumer products

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Rodrigo Sanchez-Mujica Serrano

Senior counsel - regulatory matters (MX) | MasterCard

Financials

Rosa Aidé Fabela Valdez

In-house lawyer | Grupo Bimbo

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Ruy Villamil

Senior legal counsel | América Móvil

Telecommunication services

Samuel Rosas del Real

International legal manager | Deacero

Materials and mining

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Sara Laura Garza

Director - legal counsel | Magna

Industrials and real estate

Sara María Rodríguez Gómez

Senior legal manager – corporate and real estate | The Home Depot México

Industrials and real estate

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Tamara Nava

Counsel, LAC IP and innovation | Diageo

Food, beverages and tobacco

Vanessa Morales

Senior legal manager - corporate | American Tower

Telecommunication services

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Verónica Alin Godínez Cuevas

Legal and compliance | Innomotics

Industrials and real estate

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Victor Cancino

Head of legal - credits | Mercado Libre

Financials

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Yanette Gutierrez Zuñiga

Legal counsel | IBM

Information technology

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Yessica Centeno Resendiz

Senior legal counsel | HSBC

Financials

With immense pride, The Legal 500 presents the eagerly awaited second edition of GC Powerlist: Mexico Rising Stars 2023, dedicated to shining a luminous spotlight on the rising stars of in-house counsel based in Mexico. This edition takes you on a journey through the dynamic careers of these in-house lawyers who are steadily ascending the ladder of success in their field. It is an exciting offshoot from our regular research endeavors in Mexico, notably The GC Powerlist Mexico, our publication that celebrates the accomplishments of senior in-house counsel across the country.

This edition’s interviews not only showcase the key support provided by these emerging legal talents within their organisations but we were eager to uncover the remarkable journeys that have brought our rising stars to their current positions – from the moment they decided to embark on a career in law to the daily challenges they encounter in their roles. The counsel featured in this publication generously shared the steps they are taking to ensure their personal and professional growth within their respective companies.

Alessandra Marcarian, Assistant General Counsel, Latin America at IPGMediabrands and Kinesso, summed up her approach: ‘I have always been fortunate to have extraordinary mentors in my professional life. As an in-house counsel, I make sure I surround myself with mentors in different areas ranging from senior counsel, strategists, sales and account managers, top executives, and now publicists. By doing so, I learned to view obstacles and opportunities from various angles and to make recommendations suited to the scenario at hand. Curiosity is another trait that allows me to develop professionally and personally. The goal is to always learn something new. Every. Single. Day’.

Within the pages of this publication, you will find a rich tapestry of the challenges that rising stars have faced and continue to encounter in their daily roles. Ana Paula Rendón, Legal and Compliance Manager at Navistar Mexico, encapsulates the sentiment of our rising stars: ‘Being an in-house counsel for a big company, serving a large variety of internal clients focused on vastly different goals and aspects of the business, can lead to a perception of lack of service, or in hasty decision making. Therefore, having a trustworthy team, prepared and willing to go into battle with the mindset of growing and achieving common goals, is the most practical and efficient way to meet the internal client’s expectations while learning from the experience’.

Bibiana Isabel Rangel Osorno, Corporate, Labour, and Litigation Legal Affairs Director at General Motors de Mexico, shared her insights into facing change and adapting to new industry sectors and scenarios: ‘The main challenge for me has always been change. We, as humans, love to feel comfortable but in the legal corporate world that is just a hint that your growth is stuck. So, change enters as a key support in continued growing. Of course, it is not always easy or pleasant. Having to learn new tasks, new areas, familiarise yourself with the current projects and operations may be challenging and that is mainly due to the time this might take, but it is always a very satisfactory process. In my career I have managed different areas along the company, from purchasing and logistics, to finance, then to labour and criminal, corporate and sales, workplace safety, marketing, and the list goes on and on, and each time is a challenge, but it is definitely worth it’.

I invite you to delve into the fascinating stories and unique perspectives of Mexico’s Rising Stars in the in-house legal community, shared within these pages.

Lastly, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the in-house counsel featured in this publication, as they join the ranks of hundreds of Powerlisters worldwide, achieving remarkable milestones in your legal careers. It was indeed a pleasure to connect with you and learn about your incredible contributions to the legal realm.

Sara Maggi| Deputy Editor The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Series

GC Summit Ankara 2023

The Legal 500 granted the Ankara in-house community exclusive access to the groundbreaking GC Summit, an event dedicated solely to delving into the crucial legal challenges and opportunities faced by in-house legal specialists in the Turkish capital.

Setting the tone for the event, Murat Yazıcı, the founder of Yazıcı Attorney Partnership, delivered a compelling opening keynote address. He passionately explored the active role that general counsel can and should play in today’s dynamic world, addressing the imminent challenges on the horizon.

Throughout the day, we were privileged to glean insights from eminent private practice attorneys at Erciyas, Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı, Gonen Law Office, and Tunca Attorney Partnership. Additionally, the perspectives and ideas of senior in-house attorneys from renowned companies such as LG Electronics, KİBAR Holding A.Ş., Hyundai Assan Otomotiv San. ve Tic. A.Ş., Rönesans Holding, Akfen Holding, Pragma, Gülermak Group, Kalyon Holding, Alacer Gold Madencilik A.Ş., COB Tüprag, and Limak Group of Companies, among others, enriched our understanding. The Istanbul Arbitration Centre also made valuable contributions.

The agenda encompassed a diverse range of topics, including navigating internal challenges with insights from leading in-house counsel; exploring current trends and sectorial insights in M&A transactions with a focus on key elements for a successful deal and legal challenges; mastering the art of crafting effective contracts by navigating drafting, negotiations, and key considerations; and delving into strategic investment dynamics in mining and energy, where discussions centered around navigating legal frameworks, building trust, and managing public perception for in-house success.

Bringing the event to a powerful conclusion, Başak Gürbüz, Visa’s principal regional counsel, delivered an inspiring presentation. She summarized the day’s key insights and explored the pivotal role of in-house counsel in today’s ever-evolving landscape, offering valuable insights on managing organizational expectations effectively.

We are grateful for the excellent response from sponsors, speakers and delegates.

Finally, we’d like to thank the moderators and panellists who helped construct a great program that ensured the summit’s success and enabled all of you to attend.

Until the next time, take care.