Leonel Pereznieto is a well-respected practitioner who adeptly advises broker and insurance groups in relation to reinsurance structures and the structuring of commercial agreements.
Leonel Pereznieto is a partner of Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez and heads the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group.
Leonel’s practice brings together insight into Mexican insurance and reinsurance laws and a global outlook driven by a demanding international clientele. He is a strategic adviser for global insurance and broker groups in connection with their local set-up and acquisitions, the design of innovative commercial arrangements and complex reinsurance structures. He is also active in contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, focusing on the negotiation and settlement of complex reinsurance claims, and in their resolution through arbitration.
Leonel is a member of the insurance committee of the International Bar Association. He recently authored the article "Trembling Tremors: Cat Bond Developments in Mexico and Latin America" in the 2018 edition of ICLG's International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance. The article builds on the experience of having advised the Mexican Government in connection with its latest cat bond issue.
Leonel was admitted to practise in Mexico in 1998 after studying for a law degree at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City. In 2001 he was admitted to the Bar of the state of New York. In 1999 Leonel received an LLM degree from University College London, where he specialised in insurance and maritime law. In 2000 he received an LLM degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Leonel was ranked in the top tier for insurance by Chambers & Partners, with one source stating: "I would recommend him not only for his knowledge, but also for his drive and constant search for solutions, working together with his clients” (Chambers & Partners Latin America).
Leonel Pereznieto is highly sought after for his impressive experience acting in major anti-corruption and money laundering investigations, where he has assisted clients in large-scale multi-jurisdictional actions.
Leonel Pereznieto is a partner in the Mexico City office of Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez and co-heads the firm’s investigations and compliance practice group. He has conducted numerous complex anti-corruption and white-collar investigations. In close collaboration with global and international counsel, Leonel has participated in investigations involving conduct in Mexico with a cross-border impact. He also regularly advises clients on the tailoring and implementation of compliance programmes by leveraging on his thorough understanding of corporate governance and his experience across various industries and cultural environments. His regulatory expertise enhances his investigations and compliance capabilities while affording clients effective advice on government matters, including procurement, concessions, licences, and cooperation agreements.
Leonel is a member of the anti-corruption committee of the International Bar Association. He recently authored the Mexico chapter of Bribery & Corruption 2018 – Global Legal Insights.
A client source reported by Chambers & Partners, referring to Leonel, highlights the following: “When we asked ourselves who we want to represent us before regulators, we spoke to everyone and came up with him. He exudes confidence and capability.”