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Holland & Knight

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Managing Partner: Steven Sonberg
Executive Partner: Luis Rubio Barnetche
Number of local partners: 8
Number of other local lawyers: 33

Firm Overview:
Holland & Knight has grown into one of the largest US-based law firms with more than 1,300 lawyers and other professionals in 28 offices. Interdisciplinary practices and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys in the firm, regardless of location. The team comprises over 120 lawyers working for clients across all practice areas. In Mexico the firm has over 41 attorneys who provide legal advice to national and international clients doing business in Mexico and abroad. The Mexico practice has substantial experience in a wide variety of Mexican business areas which is enhanced by established working relationships with leaders in Mexico’s major business and government sectors. The combined experience and knowledge of the members of the practice in both public and private practices has enabled the firm to become innovators in financing structures that today are considered market role models. The team offers solutions to Mexican and foreign companies with local and international legal needs as well as companies that wish to enter the Mexican market. Lawyers also work together with the US offices, providing guidance and legal assistance in every situation that includes cross-border transactions.

Main Areas of Practice:

Capital Markets:
Represent issuers and banks in initial public offerings, Mexican Certificados de Capital de Desarrollo and securitisations. The team represents both local and international companies in securities. It works on behalf of a wide range of clients, including the first and biggest Fibra in Mexico.

Banking & Finance:
The Mexico team has highly experienced attorneys in all types of financings with extensive knowledge of complex structured finance. It is focused on local and cross-border financing, including corporate financing, real estate financing and all other types of asset financing. The firm has significant experience including equity release financing, subordinated debt, highly visible financings and debt restructurings of public companies and local governments in Mexico as well as numerous representations of local and foreign banks in all types of financings.

Labour:
The multi-disciplinary team focuses on planning and prevention, and in individual and collective litigation. It is prepared to guide clients in a range of areas, including employee benefit plan designs, implementation and compliance, collective negotiations with unions, labour litigation (both ordinary and complex constitutional cases), executive compensation and employee benefits, labour management relations, noncompete agreements and workforce reductions in virtually all major industry sectors in the US and abroad.

Arbitration:
The team has arbitrated multiple international disputes in seats with numerous applicable laws. It has experience arbitrating commercial and investment disputes under different administrative bodies.

Litigation:
Attorneys handle complex commercial, civil, administrative and constitutional amparo litigation both local and international cross-border matters dealing with construction, oil and gas, energy, infrastructure, government contracts, telecommunications, software, distribution, franchises, M&A, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, banking, tax, white collar, and anti-corruption.

Corporate/M&A:
The practice advises international companies operating in Mexico, either directly or through subsidiaries or special purpose vehicles incorporated in Mexico, in designing and implementing joint ventures, trusts, M&A, corporate reorganisations, divestitures, spinoffs and dissolutions, and advising clients on day-to-day general corporate matters and foreign investment obligations.

Energy:
The practice has market expertise, representing companies in the oil and gas, mining, electric, renewable and alternative energy, power generation, antitrust proceedings, ducts, biofuels, and government procurement sectors. Clients include local industry participants and state-owned entities. It has worked on over 500 energy cases, providing first-hand knowledge of the Mexican energy sector.

Environmental:
The firm provides a range of integral services regarding environmental matters, including consulting and due diligence, environmental responsibility, impact and risk, handling of hazardous waste, liability remediation and environmental emergencies, impact authorisation, authorisation to modify the use of forest land and concessions to occupy the federal maritime zone.

International Trade:
Attorneys have substantial experience in the procedures for the determination of antidumping and countervailing duties. The seasoned team is experienced in investigations performed by the Mexican investigating authority and challenging the outcome before international bodies.  

Real Estate: 
The team has in-depth experience handling the acquisition and development of major hotel projects in many of Mexico's most renowned beach resorts, preparation and negotiation of hotel operation agreements, and structuring and planning of fractional programs for various hotel developers and operators. The firm is well-versed in financing industrial real estate portfolios and mortgage securitisation programs, in the handling, development, construction and financing of golf courses and high-end residential projects in major Mexican beach resorts, and restructuring and workouts of major hotel developments. 

Taxation:

The practice advises clients in corporate reorganisations, investment vehicles, start-ups, financing structures, at a domestic and international level, and in designing tax efficient strategies on different types of client transactions and dispositions. The practice significantly comprises estate and succession planning for HNW individuals. 

Telecommunications:
Attorneys have substantial experience in the telecommunications industry assisting clients with regulatory, transactional and litigation matters. It represents fixed and mobile carriers, satellite operators, e-commerce retailers, cloud services providers, equipment and service providers, financial advisors, and enterprise users on communications services.

Pro-Bono:
The firm provides legal assistance to the victims of the Mexican earthquake of September 2017. The team has advised the victims in aspects regarding lease contracts, insurance (property, health, vehicular, etc), inheritances and government economic support.

Diversity & Inclusion:
The firm focuses on women’s initiatives and the inclusion of disabled people in the workforce. We are active members of Abogadas MX and we are also working together with organisations such as the Women Presidents’ Organization and Best Buddies.

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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