Private Practice Powerlist: US-Mexico 2018 – GC Powerlist

Private Practice Powerlist: US-Mexico 2018

Adam Brenneman

Partner | Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Private Practice

Number of years practice: 11 Principal practice areas: Energy, aviation, bankruptcy and restructuring, capital markets Admissions: New York Languages spoken: English and Spanish One of the most promising up-and-coming US...

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Adrian Talamantes

Partner | Morgan Lewis

Private Practice

Number of years practice: 28 Principal practice areas: Corporate, finance and investment management, energy transactions Bar admissions: Mexico, Texas Languages spoken: English and Spanish Mexican-born, Adrian Talamantes has deep experience...

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Alan Sakar Azuara

Special legal consultant | Clifford Chance

Private Practice

Number of years practice: 7 Principal practice areas: Projects and energy, project finance, M&A Bar admissions: Mexico, New York, District of Columbia (special legal consultant) Languages spoken: English and Spanish...

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Alejandro Gonzalez Lazzeri

Partner | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Private Practice

Number of years practice: 16 Principal practice areas: Banking, corporate finance, project finance Bar admissions: New York, Mexico Languages spoken: English and Spanish ‘Very hardworking, technically very sound and well-connected...

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Alexandro M. Padrés

Partner | Shearman & Sterling

Private Practice

Number of years practice: 22 Principal practice areas: Project development and finance Bar admissions: New York, United Mexican States Languages spoken: English and Spanish Active on projects spanning conventional power,...

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Editor Message

For over 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms around the world. Over the last five, we have expanded our legal analysis to include corporate counsel, again, on a global scale. This has been reflected in our GC Powerlist series, recognising the leading corporate counsel in a number of markets. Most recently, we have begun the development of the Private Practice Powerlist, in which The Legal 500 has sought to focus upon key individual practitioners with outstanding expertise in, and knowledge of, particular jurisdictions. …read more

With this second edition of Private Practice Powerlist: US-Mexico we highlight the leading US-based counsel active in the Mexican market today, consolidating our engagement with a critical market that, given that the broader political context, has only grown in importance over the last 12 months. Frankly, the US-Mexico focus is more relevant than ever and many of the lawyers named here have already played a crucial role in ameliorating what appeared likely – until very recently – to be an abrupt re-calibration of bi-national relations, most notably in the area of trade.

Future editions the Private Practice Powerlist will, in a similar manner, seek to identify key specialists in relation to other significant jurisdictions. Specifically, in relation to the Americas, and given the central role of the US in so much of the hemisphere’s legal and economic activity, we foresee further bi-national editions.

Research of the Private Practice Powerlist has involved the canvassing of opinion from law firm partners and in-house counsel alike, as well as analysis of the career trajectories of the candidates considered for inclusion. Throughout, we have looked to identify practitioners with an engagement that goes beyond occasional involvement. In the undoubtedly complex process of bilateral re-accommodation occurring under the current US administration (and which looks set to face further challenges during the next Presidential sexenio in Mexico), it is to this group of lawyers that we can look for the expertise to ensure the minimisation of the impact of this transformation. As such, they will be crucial in ensuring the continuity of bi-national business integration developed over the 20-plus years since the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, as well as the identification and exploitation of the opportunities this period of change will undoubtedly generate.

Our team of experienced researchers has assessed the candidates, analysing both current practice and historical data to confirm the inclusion of individual practitioners. The Private Practice Powerlist: US-Mexico not only highlights the work of those who made the final list (when such details were publishable), but also includes future-facing commentary, indicating which legal and industrial sectors are likely to remain active or indeed develop further in the new bi-national context.

Tim Girven
Editor, The Legal 500 Latin America

Sponsor Message

González Calvillo, S.C.

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Were we wrong? To varying degrees, admittedly yes. Last year, while writing our business message for the very first Private Practice Powerlist: US-Mexico, we largely anticipated a highly challenging 2017 for the Mexican economy, with potential collateral damage to the legal industry in our country. Our core message back then was the old adage ‘adapt or die’; and adapt it seems has been the overwhelming response by the leading firms in Mexico to an increasingly competitive and uncertain economic landscape. Unexpectedly, I guess, we are delighted to report that 2017 was record-breaking across the board for all major law firms in our country, in terms of headcount growth, revenue and profits. We continue to receive consistently optimistic reports from our colleagues north of our border, which is precisely from where the list of lawyers in this book is selected.

But this is 2018, and new challenges test Mexico’s future. While global political instability continues to play a key role in shaping our economy, this year the foremost element of uncertainty is homegrown: the presidential and accompanying congressional elections. Experts coincide in that the country has never been faced with a more polemic roster of candidates standing for election for the next six-year term. The controversial field includes populism, socialism, right-wingers combined with leftists backing the same candidate, and ultimately a whole plethora of formulas unheard of in the past; perhaps not the optimal platform to persuade the world that Mexico is maintaining the trend of a political project able to afford stability and constancy to business investments. Other elements of financial disruption include the tax reform in the United States – which will inevitably require adjustments in Mexico if we are to remain competitive – and the fact that the renegotiation of NAFTA, at least at the time of this writing, has yet to be concluded.

We thus find ourselves once again, as legal advisors, confronted with continuously changing business and regulatory environments that will significantly affect decision-making demands by clients. It is in this context that those lawyers and their firms who continue to participate directly and indirectly in Mexico will be required to play the same critical role they have for so long, and one that increasingly requires the use of common sense, adaptability, collaboration and even a dose of humanity.

González Calvillo, S.C. has, once again, the honour of working together with The Legal 500 in sponsoring this Private Practice Powerlist: US-Mexico. Congratulations to those individuals that, after very serious research, have been selected as stand-out leaders in their cross-border legal work relating to Mexico. We trust they will understand how much their interventions affect infrastructure, trade and investment that reaches Mexicans of all social levels across its entire territory. We hope these renowned individuals realize how important they are, even if their physical desks might be thousands of miles away from where their decisions actually take effect. We are proud to collaborate with these distinguished attorneys and seek to continue to work hand-in-hand with them.