Managing Team: Horacio M de Uriarte, Patricio Trad, Manuel Tamez
Number of partners: 15
Number of counsel: 3
Number of professionals: 100+
Established in Mexico City in 1994 by a team of highlyqualified lawyers focused on offering professional, sophisticated and quality legal services to satisfy its clients’ business needs. Today, as a leading firm in the Mexican market, its level of expertise is well-recognised in most of its practice areas and its lawyers have been recognised by the most prestigious publications worldwide. Deeply committed to quality and responsiveness, the firm has consolidated its status as one of the preeminent Mexican full-service law firms. As the firm has gradually grown, it has attracted professionals with significant experience in the public, industrial and financial sectors creating a team with the highest level of professional experience. Most of its lawyers and other professionals have completed graduate studies at foreign universities and have worked at law firms abroad; giving them a better perspective on international legal systems. The firm is part of TAXAND, a global network of more than 400 tax partners, over 2000 professionals and present in nearly 40 countries. It is also a founding member of AFFINITAS, an alliance of Iberoamerican law firms that includes Barros & Errazuriz Abogados in Chile, Gomez-Pinzon Abogados in Colombia and Miranda & Amado in Peru.
Main Areas of Practice:
Focused on merger control and cartel and abuse of market power investigations before the antitrust agencies. The firm has a specialised group of antitrust litigators who focuses on challenging rulings issued by the antitrust agencies with Mexican Federal Courts.
The firm acts as counsel in institutional and ad-hoc arbitration proceedings, as in mediations, as well as sole arbitrators, members of arbitral tribunals, arbitrators designated by governmental authorities and mediators before diverse institutions.
Counseling on domestic and international law, as well as the diverse treaties subscribed by Mexico and applicable in aerospace and in its territory, such as the OACI and the bilateral treaties with the US and other countries.
Banking & Finance:
Representation of Mexican and international banks and other financial entities in the structuring and granting of loans in Mexico and the perfection of security interests on assets located in Mexico. The firm provides advice regarding individual loans, syndicated loans and project finance.
The capital markets practice helps companies sourcing the necessary capital to realise their strategic objectives and growth agenda. The firm is a dominant player in landmark transactions in Mexico’s financial markets. The practice advises issuers on all kinds of securities offerings, compliance matters and administrative proceedings with regulators. It assists clients in connection with debt and equity issuances, public offers and private placements, both in Mexico and international markets. The firm offers advice on asset backed securities and the financing of projects through trusts and other mechanisms. It has been involved in the implementation of landmark Multi-Offering Programmes and the corresponding follow-on offerings, CKDs (Certificates of Capital Development), CERPIs (Investment Project Certificates), and other securitisation programmes. The team also has unmatched experience in public tender offers aimed at obtaining a controlling interest or delisting public companies.
Corporate Criminal Liability & Compliance:
The firm's services are divided into two areas. Its prevention practice specialises in corporate and criminal compliance as well as prevention of corporate criminal liability through programs, business policies, risk identification, administrative standards and compliance with organisational control requirements regulated by the national criminal system in diverse areas. Its second practice provides legal representation services in global investigations, alternative justice, plea bargain and negotiation of remedial agreements and criminal litigation specialised in federal and state investigations and indictments against corporations and its directors.
The practice regularly assists clients with management of board meetings, the establishment and administration of SPVs, maintenance of statutory records and related correspondence with the relevant authorities, and drafting shareholder and board resolutions.
Legal advice to companies and public entities in energy projects including regulatory, corporate, and financial aspects. The firm has advised various Mexican and international companies in the opening of the energy sector to private investment, participating in transportation and distribution of natural gas projects, as well as projects concerning electric energy co-generation and self-supply.
Consultancy services as well as litigation matters. Some of the matters usually handled by the firm, relate to national waters, federal terrestrial maritime zone concessions, environmental and risk impact authorizations, waste management, change of forestry use of land, among others.
The IP practice has experience in litigation, trademarks, patents, contractual matters, unfair competition and copyrights.
Labour & Employment:
Specialised in labour litigation, as well as consultancy services in the different fields of labour law. The labour practice advises in the management of labour relations for the prevention and solution of all kinds of labour disputes, as well as in assessment regarding the most practical and less risky solutions to labour problems.
The practice is designed to advise clients on complex administrative proceedings against federal and state authorities, constitutional reviews before Federal Courts, arbitration, bankruptcy, and highly specialised civil and commercial litigation.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm advises several of the most active private equity funds in Mexico. The firm’s experience includes privatisations of public entities, counsel in all types of biddings or auctions as well as transactions related to exchange listed companies, with an international-style approach to legal services and a reputation for being one of the top tier firms in Mexico.
Advice to financial institutions, public entities, and private companies in infrastructure finance projects (including among others energy, gas, water treatment, toxic waste, port structure, highways, railroads, etc.). The firm has broad experience in structuring financing arrangements on a non-recourse basis.
Advice to real estate investors, developers, and construction companies in commercial, industrial, residential, and tourism developments. The firm participates in real estate financing projects, and in asset and mortgage securitisation structures. Additionally, the firm represents hotel shareholders, owners, lessees and managers.
Sports & Entertainment:
Integral counselling to companies, professional athletes and artists. The firm assists clients in all types of transactions, including contractual advice, labour matters, privacy, data protection and enforcement of IP rights, tax, arbitration, financial and real estate agreements.
The firm’s fiscal practice operates with a group of highly trained professionals including certified accountants, for the design andimplementation of tax advice and also to provide support to other practices of the firm, including cross-border transactions.
Legal advice to open air broadcast television, cable television, satellite television, MMDS, and radio broadcasting companies. The firm’s portfolio includes several technology, media and telecom companies and have worked with some the most prestigious companies of the diverse businesses including traditional and wireless telephone systems, paging, satellite communications and the Internet, among others.