Mexico Teams 2017 – GC Powerlist

Mexico Teams 2017

Abilia

| Abilia

As one of the largest real estate developers in Mexico, Abilia’s legal team has been at the forefront of facilitating 15 large-scale projects totalling more than 3 million square meters...

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Accenture

| Accenture

Led by associate managing director Juan Luis Rodriguez Rivero, a talented team of 13 lawyers oversees the Mexico and Hispanic South America division of Accenture, a global management consulting, technology...

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AES México

| AES México

Fortune 200 global power company AES Corporation has operated facilities in Mexico since 2000 under its subsidiary, AES México. Héctor Torres, general counsel and compliance officer for AES Mexico, leads...

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Alfa

| Alfa

Led by Carlos Jimenez Barrera, senior vice president, legal and corporate affairs who joined Alfa in 1976, the team has continued to add to the company’s sterling reputation as an...

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AlphaCredit

| AlphaCredit

AlphaCredit is a finance company that provides specialty loans to the large, unbanked consumer market in Mexico and holds a credit portfolio of $87.5m. According to general counsel and compliance...

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Editor Message

With an economy worth over $1 trillion, Mexico is the 15th largest economy in the world according to the latest IMF and World Bank statistics. A long established mining industry, a dynamic manufacturing sector and a strong banking system are all hallmarks of the country’s current economic status. Recent reforms, such as trade liberalisation, have attracted major multinational companies, particularly in the financial, energy, telecoms and automobile sectors, and is another major contributor to Mexico’s success.

As companies benefit from these reforms, the legal teams are continually working harder in assessing the operational impact of the latest regulations, especially those in the energy sector and telecoms and broadcasting industries where measures to increase competition have resulted in new entrants to the their respective markets. But this is not the only reason why legal functions are developing business acumen and further integrating into business operations.

Mexico’s achievement in establishing itself as an export economy through its extensive and dynamic trade agreements could be hampered in the future by recent international developments. The downturn of the international oil and gas market and the effects of potential border taxes on automobile companies in the country are already forcing legal functions to assist their companies in re-thinking business strategy and exploring and developing new revenue streams. The impact of the new US Presidential regime is still a lingering unknown that may pose significant problems for Mexican companies in the future.

Considering the developing market and shifting nature of the in-house legal function, The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Mexico Teams seeks to highlight the legal departments that are playing a significant part during this time of change. In particular, the GC Powerlist includes those teams that are able to successfully combine technical legal ability with excellent business acumen to make a truly indispensable contribution to the success of their respective companies.

Our experienced researchers consulted both law firm partners and in-house counsel, who nominated corporate counsel they believe provided the most outstanding support and innovative methods of working in the market. We then chose those nominees who were most worthy of inclusion based on the above criteria.

I would like to express my personal thanks to our sponsors for supporting this publication, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez. A special mention must also be made for in-house lawyers that took time to speak to us throughout the process, and for the research team that worked on this GC Powerlist publication, Mudasser Ahmedi, Sara Mageit and Joe Boswell.

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Sponsor Message

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez

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For a second consecutive year Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez is honored to sponsor the GC Powerlist. The 2016 edition of the GC Powerlist was successful not only in assembling the leading and most innovative general counsel in Mexico, but served as a useful platform to network and exchange experiences among peers, colleagues and other attendees.

We meet again at a time of great challenges and changes globally. Like no other chapter in the last 20 years, the political and economic World Order seems to be at a point of inflection. Globalization and the neo-liberal economic model is being questioned, and the rhetoric of protectionism and isolationism seems to be making strides once again.

The jury is out on whether the prevailing economic conditions have resulted in the current political climate, or whether the current polarization in the political arena is the result of the economic conditions, which has been marked by anemic growth and mounting wealth disparity internationally and within individual countries. Are politics dragging the economy, or is the economy the victim of politics? Regardless of the answer, the result is great uncertainty. For a variety of reasons, including its preeminent position as a great supplier of the global supply chain, Mexico is very much front and center of the debate.

At this time of great uncertainty for our country, the legal profession in Mexico must play a critical and active role. A role centered on providing the business community with poised, sage and thorough advice, to help to mitigate the uncertainty affecting the market. In doing so, as lawyers we must again acknowledge that one of the greatest challenges confronting Mexico is the rule of law, and that no other profession has a bigger role to play in curing the problem.

With this backdrop, once again we invite all of the participants in the GC Powerlist Mexico Teams 2017, to use this venue as a forum to discuss how we can all work together to eradicate corruption, and foster a more predictable and transparent justice system. Unquestionably Mexico’s future will be even brighter if we succeed in this endeavor.