In the latest edition of WWL: Mexico, we feature more than 160 firms, from full-service international outfits to specialised boutiques. However, almost half of the total listings come from just 10 standout firms, which we profile here.
International powerhouse Baker McKenzie performs impressively in this year’s rankings with 14 listings across nine practice areas. The firm enjoys a strong presence in the Mexican market and sees lawyers from its offices in Juárez, Mexico City, Monterrey and Tijuana recognised in this edition.
The firm shines for its labour and employment practice, achieving three listings. The team is well versed in the domestic labour and employment laws, advising clients on a range of matters including collective bargaining agreements, spinoffs and reorganisations.
M&A and governance is another area in which the firm excels with two practitioners recognised for their wealth of cross-border experience on all elements of transactions such as due diligence, negotiation and merger clearance.
The firm is home to impressive lawyers including Alfonso García-Lozano, a labour and employment law specialist, and Gaspar Gutiérrez-Centeno, who is recommended for his leading work in the corporate finance, and construction and real estate fields.
Basham Ringe y Correa is a full-service law firm that enjoys a stellar reputation as a pre-eminent firm in Mexico. It illustrates the depth and breadth of its expertise in this year’s research, achieving 28 listings across 13 practice areas.
The firm particularly stands out for its superb M&A and governance practice, with six impressive lawyers achieving nominations this year. The firm is well equipped to handle a whole range of matters including joint ventures, acquisitions, public offerings and foreign investment.
The firm’s strength in corporate finance matters is further showcased with listings across our corporate tax chapter, where five lawyers are distinguished for their work as advisers for individuals and corporates alike.
Standout figures at the firm include Daniel Del Río, a leading light in the M&A and governance arena. Jorge De Presno-Arizpe is esteemed for his outstanding work on labour and employment matters, while Martín Michaus is singled out for his top-tier intellectual property practice. Amilcar Peredo Rivera ranks as one of the foremost competition lawyers in the country.
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez is one of Mexico’s leading full-service corporate law firms, having spent over 80 years delivering services in the market. The firm demonstrates its strong position among competitors, achieving 27 listings across 13 practice areas.
Banking and finance is a key area in which the firm performs well. Five lawyers are singled out for their excellent work advising global and Mexican borrowers and lenders on a variety of transactions including derivatives, acquisition, structured and project financings.
The firm also shines for its M&A and governance practice. In our corresponding chapter we identify five practitioners who impress on the full range of M&A transactions such as on acquisitions, tender offers, and leveraged and management buy-outs.
Competition is a further area in which the firm excels with four practitioners highlighted as well equipped to advise on cartel investigations, pricing and distribution policies, and merger control proceedings.
Standout figures at the firm include Carlos Aiza who is renowned for his first-class banking practice. Carlos de Icaza is a leading light in the environment field, while Jean Michel Enriquez Dahlhaus and Jorge Montaño V are noted for their adept handling of M&A and governance matters. Luis Gerardo Garcia Santos Coy and Mauricio Serralde Rodríguez are highlighted for their profound ability in the competition arena, while Santiago Sepúlveda Y is a go-to name for major project financings.
Domestic powerhouse Galicia Abogados builds on its strong showing last year, and achieves 27 listings in our research in this edition with recognised experts across 13 practice areas.
The firm is a go-to outfit for matters in the banking and financing sectors, expertly acting on issues involving securities and debt trading as well as complex cross-border matters for financial institutions.
Project finance is another key practice area for the firm where it sees five practitioners highlighted for their work on large-scale developments including major infrastructure deals. The competition team is also impressive, and regularly assists clients in merger approvals and high-profile investigations.
Prominent practitioners from the firm include Carlos de Maria y Campos who excels in our energy research and is also highlighted in banking, capital markets and project finance chapters, while Daniel Amézquita is a standout name in administrative litigation.
Full-service firm Gonzalez Calvillo enjoys a prominent presence in the Mexican market, and distinguishes itself in this year’s research by achieving a total of 18 listings across 11 different practice areas.
The firm performs impressively in the franchise space, with three of its practitioners securing a listing for their exceptional work advising franchisors and franchisees on strategic expansions, compliance matters and dispute resolution proceedings.
M&A and corporate governance is another area of strength for the firm, with two of its members selected for their experience and skill in IPO, takeovers and corporate governance issues. The firm also stands out for its strong sector-focused offering with listings for its excellence in energy, data, construction and real estate law.
Key names at the firm include Jorge Mondragón, who emerges as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the franchise field. Jorge Cervantes Trejo is singled out for his first-class expertise in corporate finance and energy law, while Cristina Massa is recommended for her deep knowledge of competition and investigations matters.
International player Hogan Lovells remains a key firm in the Mexican market and receives 24 recognitions across 12 practice areas, illustrating its enviable presence in this competitive market.
The firm has an impressive team in dispute resolution proceedings, offering clients the expertise of its standout practitioners in high-stakes litigation and arbitration matters, often with a cross-border element.
Energy is another focus of the firm’s Mexico team as they regularly assist clients on major energy deals and project development in both renewable and non-renewable energy source operations. The firm is also recognised for its expertise in labour and employment matters, where the team acts on workforce management, disputes and compensation issues.
Impressive members from the team include Luis Enrique Graham, a standout practitioner handling complex arbitrations, while Ricardo Pons Mestre is recognised for his enviable expertise in the mining sector. Juan Francisco Torres-Landa and Omar Guerrero Rodríguez have broad expertise as they are each recognised in four chapters.
The highly distinguished Nader Hayaux y Goebel achieves a notable 18 listings across seven practice areas in this year’s research. The listings highlight the firm’s strengths and position as a market leader in key commercial practice areas and sectors.
The firm demonstrates a market-leading offering in banking law, which sees seven practitioners listed in our corresponding chapter. The firm is a prominent player in the banking and finance industry with unrivalled expertise in a range of matters, including structured finance, capital markets and corporate lending.
Clients also benefit from its expertise in project finance, where three lawyers are singled out for their wealth of experience in projects across an array of sectors including transport, energy, and oil and gas.
Standout figures at the firm include Michell Nader S, hailed as a pre-eminent name in the banking sector and distinguished for his impressive work in project financings, M&A and governance, and construction and real estate. Vanessa Franyutti Johnstone is a top name for banking and project finance matters, and Hans Goebel Caviedes ranks highly for his first-class corporate finance practice.
Leading multi-disciplinary firm Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau is a standout performer in our research into the Mexican market. In this edition it achieves an impressive 27 listings across 10 practice areas.
The project finance group at the firm is recognised for its market-leading offering this year. Seven lawyers have been selected for their impressive expertise in financing matters across a range of different sectors. The firm also performs strongly in the banking sector, where six lawyers have distinguished themselves in a range of financing and regulatory matters.
M&A and corporate governance is a further area in which the firm excels. Four of its members secure a listing for their remarkable facility for advising clients from a variety of industries on public and private takeovers, IPOs and corporate governance issues.
Standout names at the firm include Thomas Heather, a leading light in the M&A and governance space. Luis Nicolau is held in high regard for his impressive work in banking, corporate, and restructuring and insolvency law.
Prominent Mexican firm Santamarina y Steta achieves strongly in this year’s research into the Mexican market, with 14 listings across 11 practice areas.
The firm stands out in the project finance space, with three of its practitioners securing a listing for their profound expertise in financing and refinancing transactions, as well as contractual agreements in project developments.
Practitioners in the M&A and corporate governance space also distinguish themselves in this edition. We recognise two lawyers for their outstanding work on sophisticated IPOs, corporate takeovers and governance matters.
Star names at the firm include Juan Carlos de la Vega G, who is identified as a Global Elite Thought Leader for his expertise in labour and employment law. Juan Carlos Machorro G is recognised for his broad expertise across a range of matters including aviation, M&A and governance, banking, and project finance. Alberto Saavedra O ranks highly among peers for his leading work in the M&A and governance space.
This impressive domestic firm achieves 17 listings across nine practice areas, providing clients with a full-service offering that cements its position as an established outfit in the Mexican market.
The firm stands out for its work in dispute resolution, receiving an impressive nine recognitions across our administrative litigation, commercial litigation and arbitration chapters. Their expertise in the sectors is well documented and the team is regularly involved in major disputes for high-profile domestic and international clients.
Key figures at the firm include Claus von Wobeser, a long-standing figure in the market who expertly acts in complex arbitration and commercial litigation proceedings. Diego Sierra wins praise for his enviable practice in complex investigations and compliance work, in addition to his expertise handling litigation. Adrián Magallanes is another important dispute resolution specialist who manages large-scale litigation and arbitration matters.