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Mexico: Aviation 2017

Thirteen lawyers are listed in this year’s chapter for their expertise in aviation finance and leasing, disputes, and protection and indemnity cases among others.

Most Highly Regarded
Carlos Sierra Abogados Sierra y Vázquez, Mexico City
Manuel García Pimentel Caraza García Pimentel y Asociados, Mexico City

Abogados Sierra y Vázquez is the leading firm in our research with three listings. Carlos Sierra is a thought leader in the aviation field peers consider him a “very reliable counsel" when handling significant financing transactions. One source notes, “He is commercial and really moves transactions forward.” Antonio Vázquez is also noted for his counsel on aviation finance matters and is said to “always work hard for his clients”. Viridiana Barquín is a recognised expert in international aviation law and has worked on cross-border transactions involving sale and lease agreements. A source remarks, “She is a good negotiator and an excellent operator.”

Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau sees two practitioners listed. Federico Santacruz González focuses on aircraft finance in both the public and private sphere. He recently represented SMBC Aviation Capital in relation to an aircraft lease agreement and is considered “a key player in the sector”. Octavio Olivo Villa has over two decades of experience representing Mexican airlines in all matters of aviation finance.

Alegre Calderón y Márquez achieves two listings in this chapter. Javier Alegre advises clients on numerous aspects of aviation law, including aviation finance and leasing, and contentious matters. Carlos Campillo is a highly regarded aviation law expert with over two decades of experience covering finance, regulatory and contentious matters.

Manuel García Pimentel Caraza of García Pimentel y Asociados is recognised as one of the top aviation contentious lawyers in Mexico, according to our research. He is particularly well known for representing airlines and insurers in aviation claims.

Basham Ringe y Correa sees Ricardo Lan listed for his corporate expertise in the aviation sector. He advises both domestic and international clients, and is noted for his ability to “tailor solutions to clients’ needs”.

Luis Cervantes M at Cervantes Sainz is recommended for his aviation finance experience, which includes a number of notable cross-border transactional mandates.

Chacón & Rodríguez founding partner Samuel Chacón focuses on aviation finance including investments from foreign jurisdictions into Mexico.

Nader Hayaux y Goebel’s Javier Arreola Espinosa is recognised for aircraft financing and leasing. He has advised guarantors, lessors and lenders and is considered “a go-to aviation lawyer in Mexico”.

The “outstanding” Juan Carlos Machorro G is the key partner at Santamarina y Steta, acting as lead counsel on financing transaction for aircraft manufacturers and lenders. 

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