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González Calvillo

González Calvillo is one of Mexico’s leading full-service law firms with a core group of 20 partners that count both national and international clients including numerous Fortune 500 companies as clients. The transactional practice at the firm stands out, especially its corporate offering, which leads our M&A and governance research. It also demonstrates a high level of expertise in franchise, construction and real estate, project finance and TMT.


 The firm’s corporate team represents top-tier clients including large corporates, private equity houses and financial institutions. Recent engagements have included advising Mexico Power on a joint venture with private equity fund First Reserve. Founding partner Enrique González Calvillo is particularly visible on cross-border transactions. Jorge Cervantes Trejo is one of the senior figures in the team, regularly leading on top mandates. Cervantes worked with José Victor Torres Gómez to help IFM Global Infrastructure Fund increase its share of construction company OHL. Miguel Valle Salinas is also listed in our M&A chapter for his expertise in national and cross-border transactions, his clients have included DuPont and Ecuador Bottling Company Corp. Carlos M Diez Garcia has particular experience in the auto parts industry and also provides regulatory expertise alongside decades of transactional experience.

González Calvillo’s franchising and distribution group is considered one of the foremost in Mexico. It is headed by the country’s leading franchise practitioner Jorge Mondragón, who is listed for his experience in representing franchisors looking to enter the Mexican market in numerous industries including hospitality and food, health and technology. He is also listed in our M&A chapter for his experience with transactions and joint ventures. IP practice head Pablo Hooper Ramírez is recommended in both franchise and IP chapters for his heralded expertise in licensing matters. Enrique González Calvillo is also recognised as a longstanding exponent of franchise law.

The firm’s real estate group has represented clients on some of Mexico’s largest projects, including advising LaSalle Investment Management in over US$500 million of real estate acquisitions in Mexico, and advising Reichmann International in the construction of Mexico City’s Torre Mayor. The deals were led by the “first-rate” Jorge Cervantes Trejo, who is also listed in our project finance and TMT chapters, for his expertise in handling a wide array of large infrastructure projects. Gonzalo Vargas Ateca is also endorsed for his prominent practice advising Mexican and international entities on high-value infrastructure and real estate projects.

The competition practice at the firm is growing under the leadership of Cristina Massa. A former Commissioner of the Federal Competition Commission, she has an excellent network of contacts and a well-established reputation. She often teams up with the corporate department on merger control mandates, including advising Allergan in connection with the sale of its generics business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries at a value of US$40.5 billion.

In the environmental sector the firm is particularly focused on the development of strategies to advise their clients on matters of compliance and efficiency. Environmental and natural resources practice group head Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek is listed in our environment chapter and is noted for his expertise in water, energy, pollution and waste management. He has over 25 years’ experience in the field.

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