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Cuesta, Llaca y Esquivel

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Managing Partner: Luis Cuesta Salces
Senior Partners: Luis Cuesta Salces, Bernardo Llaca Martinez, Gaston Esquivel Santos
Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 15
Languages:  English, German, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Cuesta Llaca y Esquivel was formed by the integration of diverse professionals coming from different firms, who share a clear international view in the practice of law and with the philosophy of a personal and efficient service. The firm has a notable focus and practice with multinational enterprises of all kinds of origin, mainly from Europe, Asia, and the United States.

The firm offers to its clients, domestic and international, an integral legal service in order to assure them a high degree of legal coverage, anticipating and preventing legal risks inherent to any enterprise’s activities and proposing practical solutions that effectively serve to accomplish their goals. The firm’s structure in different areas of specialised legal practice integrated by professionals, as well as the personalised services which characterise the relationship with its clients, provides a high quality standard of service in accordance with the legal framework in which its clients develop their activities.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A):

2 partners, 3 fee earners based in Mexico City
The firm advises clients on a broad range of corporate matters related to their commercial activities. Within such matters are the incorporation of all types of companies, pre- and post-incorporation registrations, corporate minutes, powers of attorney, draft and negotiation of all kind of contracts and agreements, mergers and acquisitions, public and private bids, actions to be taken in Mexico as consequence of foreign corporate restructuring and foreign investments. The firm has also been involved in advising and assessing their clients in negotiations of government contracts and public sales, from local to federal sphere.
■ Representation of MOTORPRESS IBERICA, S.A. in restructuring of Joint Venture with TELEVISA
Key Client: MOTORPRESS IBERICA

Intellectual & Industrial Property:
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Mexico City
The firm includes a department focus in this field. The range of its services includes the registration and renewal of brands, trademarks, patents, tradenames, slogans, utility models, and industrial designs in Mexico, and coordination of their registration abroad, the registration of copyrights such as: software, art, books, drawings, music, television shows, architecture, and other applied art, the registration and maintenance of rights reserves for periodically broadcasting and publications, human and fictitious characters, artistic names and band names and advertising promotions, analysis, draft and study of all kinds of agreements related to intellectual property, especially licenses, franchises, assignments of rights and any other transfer of rights, litigation in all its areas, request for administrative declarations of nullity, expiration and cancellation, criminal related to the counterfeiting and not authorised use of intellectual or industrial rights.
■ Representation of FORD MOTOR COMPANY in lawsuit and agreement regarding an import FORD trademark
Key Client: FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Commercial, Civil & Administrative Litigation:
2 partners, 3 fee earners based in Mexico City
With respect to commercial, civil and administrative litigation, our firm’s services include: conduct Amparo claims, collection of receivables of companies, banks, as well as non bank-banks (SOFOMES), conduct civil and commercial ordinary trials, conduct civil and commercial executive trials, special mortgage trials, lease controversy trials, legal opinions on litigation files and pre litigation for the collection of credits and/or declarations of non collectibles, and legal appeals on public bids.
■ Representation of GRAMMER AG in multi-million dollar lawsuit in Mexico
Key Client: GRAMMER AG

Real Estate & Agrarian:
2 partners, 3 fee earners based in Mexico City
The firm represents domestic and foreign investors, construction companies, mortgage lenders and real estate developers in connection with their operations of financing, acquisition, construction, lease and development of different kinds of properties. The firm has actively been involved in: the development of several industrial parks; the acquisition of foreigners and Mexican companies’ properties with and without foreign investment in any place of Mexico, the incorporation of Trusts for the acquisition of properties.
■ Representation of GOTEC GROUP in purchase deal regarding Industrial Park in Querétaro, Mexico
Key Client: GOTEC GROUP

Taxation & Foreign Trade:
2 partners, 3 fee earners based in Mexico City
The firm provides advice on tax and foreign trade matters to its clients, such as treaties to avoid double taxation and free trade agreements, tax planning and implications, tariff classification and rules of origin, advisory in matters of customs regimes, all kind of litigation before the Federal Court of Taxation and Administrative Justice, in both, taxation and customs, Amparo claims in both tax and foreign trade matters.
■ Representation of SCHWAN COSMETICS in restructuring of Mexican joint venture and tax strategy.
Key Client: SCHWAN STABILO

Transportation & Logistics:
2 partners, 3 fee earners based in Mexico City
The firm represents different clients engaged in transportation services, such as: ‘freight forwarders’, ground, air and maritime carriers, maritime enterprises and agents and international multimodal operators. Its services cover: applications for permits before the Communications and Transportation Ministry, draft of contracts and agreements, as well as general terms and conditions and all acts related to ‘freight forwarders’, ground, air, and maritime carriers, maritime enterprises and agents and international multimodal operators.
■ Representation of HAMBURG SÜD in M&A deal in Mexico
Key Clients: HAMBURG SÜD

Energy & Gas:
2 partners, 3 fee earners based in Mexico City
The firm has been involved in gas and energy transportation projects. Its clients in these projects have been foreign companies related to the distribution, storage and transportation of gas and other energy sources (i.e. wind).
■ Representation of OILTANKING in restructuring and corporate matters in Mexico
Key Client: OILTANKING
International Work: Cross-border deals with US, German and Asian corporations.