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Mexico: Environment 2017

In this chapter, we identify 17 lawyers that stand out for their expertise in the sector. These lawyers provide environment advice to clients in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters such as compliance, strategic planning, environmental due diligence, liability and deal structuring.

Most Highly Regarded
Luis Vera Morales Vera & Asociados, Mexico City
Sergio Benjamin Bustamante Acuña Counselors International Abogados, Juarez
Carlos de Icaza Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City

Vera & Asociados leads our research this year with two practitioners listed in the following pages. Founding partner Luis Vera Morales enjoys widespread acclaim from peers who describe him as “one of the best environmental practitioners in Mexico”. Gabriel Bustamante Brambila is also selected on account of his experience advising clients on the environmental issues related to construction and infrastructure projects.

Counselors International Abogados’ Sergio Benjamin Bustamante Acuña is praised for his extensive knowledge of environmental laws and regulations and the applicability of these in manufacturing operations. One client considers him to be “one of the best attorneys: attentive, confident in his decisions, with an excellent understanding of environment issues”. He regularly represents domestic and international clients before the Mexican federal, state and municipal environmental, occupational health and safety authorities.

At González Calvillo, environment and natural resources practice head Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek is a seasoned veteran known for his handling of environmental aspects of cross-border transactions and infrastructure projects.  A client remarks, “His advice is accurate and timely.”

Carlos de Icaza of Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez enjoys a fantastic reputation in the local market thanks to his “responsive manner” and “ability to understand the needs of his clients”. He regularly counsels domestic and international clients on the environmental issues relating to real estate developments and transactions.

At Baker McKenzie Abogados, Federico Ruanova Guinea leads the firm’s environment practice and is deemed “a well-established player” in the Mexican market with expertise in environmental and climate change issues.

At Iniciativa para el Desarrollo Ambiental y Sustentable, founding partner Daniel Basurto-González is hailed as “one of the pioneering figures in Mexican environmental law” thanks to his longstanding commitment and service.

Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow’s Gabriela González-Merla comes highly rated as “one of the country’s go-to lawyers for issues relating to climate change”.

Gustavo Carvajal Isunza of Solórzano Carvajal González y Pérez-Correa co-heads the firm’s environment department and is a well-known litigator with a wealth of expertise in Mexican environmental law.

Humberto Celis Aguilar Alvarez at his own firm, Celis Aguilar Alvarez y Asociados, is a key player in the market with a broad practice covering environmental litigation, compliance and project development.

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