Leading US firm Cooley LLP has opened its first UK arm with a 55-strong team based in London. The group, comprising 20 partners, boasts strong expertise in corporate and commercial transactions, technology, IP and cross-border M&A.
Leading tax practitioner Susan Klein has joined the Chicago office of Akerman. She arrives from the law firm Polsinelli.
This year, we pick out eight firms in this section that have delivered standout performances in our research. Although inroads have been made into the market by global firms, it is the country’s domestic offerings that lead the way. Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau outshines its rivals in the banking sector. Galicia Abogados also performs well in this area, along with a strong showing from its corporate and finance practice groups. Meanwhile, Santamarina y Steta and Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez are noted for their comprehensive legal services, with recognition in 14 distinct practice areas. Hogan Lovells BSTL delivers the best international offering after its merger with Barrera Siqueiros y Torres Landa. To view the full results of our research, please click here.
In our analysis of the Mexican legal market we feature 481 leading lawyers across 27 distinct practice areas. Mergers and acquisitions continues to be the largest practice area chapter in our research by some distance. A surge of corporate deal-making last year has given the sector further impetus. Meanwhile, the banking chapter has made a sizeable gain with five new entrances into the guide, after the country enacted sweeping reforms. Similarly, project finance has become the third largest chapter with seven gains; its lawyers are enthused by the allocation of funds for major projects and the enablement of greater private sector participation. The newly amalgamated technology, media and telecoms chapter also reveals a stronger legal marketplace, driven by government infrastructure spending and private consumption. There are also two new chapters to the edition that recognise the growing importance of the life sciences industry and private equity investment, which both stem from favourable economic development and regulatory changes. We also feature several practice area reviews written by Mexico’s leading specialists. Fernando de Salvidea and Rocío González Alcántara of De Salvidea y González Alcántara take an in-depth look at administrative litigation in the country; Humberto Morales Barrón of Sánchez Devanny Eseverri examines the evolution of corporate governance; Claudio Rodríguez-Galán of Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodríguez-Rivero y Hurtado elucidates the recent ground-breaking legislative changes to the energy sector; while Isabel Davara de Marcos and Alexis Cervantes Padilla of Davara Abogados explore the transformation of the telecoms industry. Click here to view the results of our research.
It is almost two years since Enrique Peña Nieto was sworn in as president. Within this short time frame there have been significant developments in the country, most notably transformative changes to its legal framework. These have certainly helped the country take the crown as one of the emerging MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) nations and resulted in excitement among international investors. The country’s growing economy (which an HSBC report predicts will be the eighth largest in the world by 2050), a rising middle class and the enactment of several key pieces of legislation have translated into an exceptional year for Mexico, and its legal market has correspondingly benefited. To read more please click here.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has landed the services of William Rooklidge, a former intellectual property partner at Jones Day.
Latin American firms Philippi Yrarrazaval Pulido & Brunner Abogados (Chile) and Prietocarrizosa (Colombia) have merged to create one of the region’s largest law firms, with Uría Menéndez acquiring a 30 per cent stake of the new firm.
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