Partner & CEO: Hugo G. Cuesta
Partners: Azucena Marín, Berenice Soto, Fernando Cuesta, Mauricio Chozas
Number of other lawyers: 40
Languages: Spanish, English, French, German, Japanese
Cuesta Campos y Asociados (CC) is a leading full-service Mexican law firm, recognised for providing personalised service under the highest ethical and quality standards. Client satisfaction and long-term professional relationships have been used as a measure of success.
The firm has offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara and in the Bajio region, as well as a presence in Monterrey, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez and Cancun, through long standing professional affiliations. Cuesta Campos is the exclusive member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide in Mexico, having the best of both worlds: a truly local firm with international world class standards. CC is in compliance with the Global Cybersecurity Standard of Meritas and operates with guidelines and measures to safeguard the information of clients. The firm has a strong track record representing sophisticated legal needs for leading North American, European and Asian multinationals and foreign banks operating in various Mexican jurisdictions, as well as for top Mexican entities. The team is known for being flexible, business-oriented and committed to represent its clients’ interests. All attorneys and staff are fully bilingual and many hold postgraduate studies and LLM’s in leading universities in Mexico, the United States and Europe. CC operates under project management methodologies to increase efficiency and focus on value added.
CC is a top ranked and recommended firm in Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, International Finance Law Review (IFLR) and Latin Lawyer in corporate/M&A, banking and finance, labour and employment, real estate, IP. CC has been part of the Mexican negotiation team from the USMCA and the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.
Corporate M&A: Hugo Cuesta
Real Estate: Berenice Soto
Labour & Employment: Gerardo Valencia
Banking & Finance: Hugo Cuesta
Intellectual Property: Mauricio Chozas
Antitrust: Azucena Marín
Foreign Trade: Rafael Sánchez
Compliance: Andrés Urquidi
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm has acted as the main Mexican counsel for several international business transactions of Fortune 500 companies and their Mexican subsidiaries. CC represents more than 350 Mexican subsidiaries of foreign companies on their legal needs in Mexico. The corporate and M&A practice offers a wide range of services across different industries, with input from the firm’s banking and finance, capital markets and real estate experts. CC actively participates on large and complex M&A transactions, including private and public investments, joint ventures in an array of industries, as well as ongoing businesses, private acquisitions or sales of Mexican subsidiaries of international companies, and designed efficient corporate and tax structures used as corporate vehicles. Foreign clients applaud the team’s ability to introduce them to the Mexican market and guiding them through the alternatives to do business in Mexico with a soft landing approach.
Banking & Finance:
The firm has advised local and foreign banks and lenders in all sorts of financial matters. CC represents leading US and foreign banks and institutional lenders documenting commercial finance transactions by preparing and negotiating security agreements, using Mexican based assets. Clients say: ‘It is an excellent law firm. They are very thorough, perfectly bilingual, and exceptionally fast in responding to all of our legal needs and questions.’ Partner & CEO, Hugo Cuesta, is an ‘extremely knowledgeable and responsive practitioner, with great expertise in structuring deals.’ He has more than 25 years of experience advising multinational companies wishing to expand their business in Mexico.
CC has worked on a range of transactions including: major real estate developments, industrial parks and manufacturing plants, critical environmental issues, representing top industrial, commercial and resort developers on multimillion acquisitions of real estate projects and industrial facilities. ‘They are very responsive and resourceful, with excellent quality standards and great knowledge of the local regulations’, clients comment. Partner Berenice Soto leads the area of real estate and has advised transnational companies in various transactions of acquisitions, mergers, splits, liquidations and restructurings, with clients praising: 'She is a tenacious and capable lawyer, with excellent leadership skills and presentation'.
Labour & Employment:
The L&E practice at CC is known for having a solid background representing Mexican and multinational companies in all kinds of labour and employment matters, including advising on the employment aspects of major transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, restructurings; plus labour law work such as collective bargaining, and employee benefit-related engagements. The firm has strong experience in advising and defending major corporations in employment litigation, and designs employment structures and strategies in accordance with recently amended labour laws.
The intellectual property practice provides expert counsel to clients in Mexico and abroad to protect and enforce some of their most valuable assets in Mexico: their IP rights. The team has strong experience in trademark, patent and copyright prosecution, consulting, licensing and litigation, including cancellation, annulment, and infringement actions before the administrative authorities and federal courts. CC constantly designs tailormade IP protection strategies for key clients in different industries, such as pharmaceutical, food, personal care and automotive. Partner Mauricio Chozas is praised for his ‘broad knowledge in the field, and efficient and effective advice’.
Asus, Bank of America, BBVA, Cloe, Decathlon, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, Flex, Hella, Jabil, JP Morgan, Kimberly-Clark, Lundbeck, Macallan, Natura, Nike, Nivada, Pacific Star, Pepsico, Rappi, Redwood Ventures, Subway, ZF Zachs, among others.