Creel Abogados

Mexico City Office

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Senior Partners: Carlos Creel C, Alfonso García-Mingo
Number of Partners: 12
Number of other Lawyers: 38

Firm Overview:
Creel Abogados is a corporate and transactional law firm. Founded in 1972 by Luis J. Creel Luján and his son Luis J. Creel C., the firm has consolidated a strong specialised business law practice advising multinational corporations, financial institutions, private equity funds and Mexican companies on a broad range of matters and projects, such as mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, private equity, capital markets, financing and investment, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. The firm provides close personal services to its clients, through the partners’ direct involvement (always maintaining a reduced partner-associate ratio) and coordination of dedicated teams. The firm’s lawyers are deeply experienced in domestic and international transactions and combine a high level of expertise in the relevant Mexican issues.

Main Areas of Practice:

Creel Abogados’s practice is focused in the areas of business law, including solid teams specialised in mergers and acquisitions, banking and capital markets, tax, labour, real estate, competition, natural resources and projects.

Corporate & Commercial:
Advice in day-to-day corporate needs, as well as in highly sophisticated and complex corporate transactions, including corporate restructurings, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Unparalleled advice to shareholders and boards in connection with sophisticated corporate governance, and corporate governance structures (shareholder control mechanisms and management structures and controls).

Advice in an array of M&A transactions includes purchases and sales of minority or controlling shareholder positions, as well as assets in public and private companies and businesses, negotiated and leveraged acquisitions, and private and public bidding processes. On the private equity front, the firm represents venture capital and private equity investment funds in fund formation, the structuring of investment and management vehicles, investments and acquisitions of target entities, as well as in liquidity events.

Banking & Finance:
Advice in domestic and cross-border financings and in the structuring of security packages, including single bank and syndicated financing, acquisition financing, structured financing and project financing. The firm also provides advice in regulatory matters and in the establishment and operation of representative offices and subsidiaries of financial institutions and incorporation and regulatory advice to Mexican financial institutions, including banks, Sofomes and Sofipos.

Capital Markets:
Advice to issuers, underwriters and global coordinators in all types of capital markets transactions, including private and public offerings for the sale, purchase or subscription of securities, whether initial, secondary or combined CKD’s and real estate investment funds, as well as to companies listed in the Mexican Stock Exchange in compliance and corporate governance aspects.

Advice in tax aspects of local and international M&A and private equity transactions and the incorporation of local and foreign funds, representation before tax authorities in administrative and judicial procedures, whether local or federal, including appeals and constitutionality review proceedings (amparo). The tax practice also provides advice in transfer pricing and foreign trade matters involving trade remedy practices (antidumping and countervailing proceedings), tariff classification and country of origin determination.

Labour & Employment:
Advice in all kinds of labour and social security matters, including negotiation of individual and collective bargaining agreements, and structuring stock option plans, compensation and benefit plans and internal labour regulations; as well as representation before the federal and local labour boards.

Real Estate:
Advice in a range of real estate transactions, including the residential, industrial, commercial and tourism sectors, from purchases, sales and leases of property, the structuring of condominium and time sharing regimes, to the development, construction, management and operation of real estate projects, including complex financing of real estate projects.

Competition & Antitrust:
Advice in local and cross-border merger control, market investigations (relative or absolute monopolistic practices), competition compliance and administrative procedures.

Advice to domestic and foreign clients in the exploration, development and operation of mining projects involving a wide array of resources and minerals, from precious and base metals to industrial minerals and coal, as well as in the acquisition and funding of mining projects.

Advice to investors, financial institutions, sponsors, developers and construction companies of projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors, including tendering, negotiating and drafting of projectrelated contracts, public-private partnerships and public biddings, as well as construction, road, land and infrastructure matters.

Pro Bono:
Advice to several non-profit institutions and foundations, focused on several fields and with different initiatives, including private associations involved in high impact sectors, such as education and health, as well as vulnerable groups and communities distributed across Mexico.