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Mexico: Arbitration 2017

Seventeen practitioners are highlighted in this chapter for their standout work sitting as arbitrator or acting as counsel, be it on an institutional or ad hoc basis, in commercial and investment treaty disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
Claus von Wobeser Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City
Kate Brown de Vejar Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, Mexico City

Von Wobeser y Sierra is this year’s leading Mexican arbitration group, achieving four listings. Managing partner Claus von Wobeser possesses over 40 years of international experience and is preeminent in the country. A client responds: “He has the capacity to create winning strategy through deep analysis and through the sophistication of his advocacy.” “Future leader” Adrián Magallanes is well versed in both international and domestic proceedings, including ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations. Sources note, “He excels in providing client service and in leading his team in complex and large cases.” Montserrat Manzano is recognised as “a rising star”. Alexandra von Wobeser is a young but highly regarded counsel, who is praised for her “formidable advocacy skills, critical thinking and strong legal knowledge”.

Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle receives two nominations this year, including Kate Brown de Vejar who focuses her practice on international commercial and investment arbitration. A client reports, “She listens carefully, understands quickly, and is responsive and proactive.” Gabriela Alvarez-Avila regularly represents clients from a variety of sectors including oil and gas and telecommunications, and is particularly held up for her investor state practice.   

Luis Enrique Graham is one of two leading names at Hogan Lovells who garner inclusion in this chapter. He ranks as one of the very top arbitrators in Mexico and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of dispute resolution. The “brilliant” Eduardo Siqueiros earns international recognition as a highly in demand arbitrator. “He has a very prestigious name”, note peers. 

Cecilia Flores Rueda at Basham Ringe y Correa is very active as both counsel and arbitrator handling complex international and domestic arbitrations.  

At DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano, Cecilia Azar Manzur has a widely respected practice and is highlighted for her “enormous institutional experience”. According to peers, her strong expertise “really adds a lot to the field”.

Francisco González de Cossío at his own firm is described as “a very smart practitioner” and according to clients, is “an expert on Mexican law”.

Gabriela Alvarez-Avila at Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle is a “top-notch” lawyer. She is internationally recognised for her leading arbitration practice. 

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