Mexico: Leading Firms 2019

The latest edition of WWL: Mexico features over 150 firms, from international outfits and full-service domestic players to specialised boutiques. Almost 40 per cent of the total listings this year are achieved by nine standout firms that we profile here.

 

Total Number of Listings: 26

Basham Ringe y Correa remains a dominant force in the Mexican legal market, coming in the top three firms overall by number of listings. It demonstrates the strength of its legal expertise in our research this year, achieving 26 listings across 13 practice areas, with lawyer highlighted from its offices in Mexico City and Monterrey.

The firm performs strongly in the corporate tax space, leading the field this year with four lawyers recognised for their excellence when it comes to handling transfer pricing, international tax planning and indirect taxation for both domestic and foreign clients.

The corporate tax team is complemented by its first-rate M&A and governance offering, where the firm sees six practitioners highlighted in our corresponding chapter. They are recognised for their excellent work on matters ranging from joint ventures to divestitures and corporate reorganisations.

The firm is home to a number of standout individuals. Thought Leader Jorge De Presno-Arizpe is commended by peers for his leading work in the labour and employment space, while from the corporate tax team, Alejandro Barrera Fernández is rated among Mexico’s top practitioners in the field. Martín Michaus is highlighted for his first-class work across the IP, life sciences and data sectors, and Daniel Del Río wins praise as one of the foremost corporate lawyers in the country.


Total number of listings: 23

Full-service corporate law firm Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez enjoys a prominent position in the Mexican market as a top-class firm for corporate and business law. Its standing the domestic market is reflected in our research this year, where it achieves 23 listings across 13 practice areas.

Corporate finance is an area in which the firm particularly excels, with lawyers recognised across a range of related fields including banking, M&A and governance, corporate tax and capital markets. The banking group sees five lawyers recognised this year for their first-class work advising clients on a range of matters including acquisition financing, loan facilities and derivatives.

The firm also excels across a range of industries and sectors. It achieves listings across our construction and real estate, energy, environment and insurance and reinsurance chapters, demonstrating the depth and breadth of expertise on offer.

Standout individuals at the firm include Carlos Aiza, one of the foremost banking lawyers in the country. Jean Michel Enriquez Dahlhaus is recognised for his top-tier corporate practice while Santiago Sepúlveda Y is highlighted as a leading name in the project finance and energy arenas. Also excelling is Carlos de Icaza, who receives widespread recognition for his first-class environmental law practice.


Total Number of Listings: 26

Full-service firm Galicia Abogados achieves 26 listings across 12 practice areas in our research this year, showcasing its position as a prominent presence in the Mexican market.

Its excellence in the corporate arena is reflected by its strong showing across a range of our related chapters including banking, capital markets, M&A and governance and restructuring and insolvency. Its practitioners frequently act in a wide range of transactional, regulatory and compliance issues.

The firm is also highly regarded in the project finance sector, where five of its lawyers are highlighted for their work expertly advising clients on development and financing of projects across an array of sectors including infrastructure and transport.

Standout individuals at the firm include founding partner Manuel Galicia who is listed across five practice areas. Carlos de Maria y Campos is one of the foremost energy lawyers in the country, while Daniel Amézquita is recognised for his top-notch representation of clients in administrative litigation proceedings.


Total Number of Listings: 17

Leading full-service firm González Calvillo demonstrates its prominent position in the Mexican market in our research this year. With an impressive 17 listings across all 10 chapters, they provide they illustrate the depth and breadth of their expertise.

Franchise is an area in which the firm particularly excels, with four lawyers highlighted for their impressive work on a range of complex licensing, franchising and IP matters. M&A and governance also proves to be a practice area in which the firm is very strong, with three practitioners recognised for their leading expertise in joint ventures, securities and corporate finance.

The firm is also renowned for its broad sector expertise, with further listings in construction and real estate, data and environment.

Standout individuals at the firm include Cristina Massa who is highly respected for her work in the competition and investigations space. Thought Leader Jorge Mondragón is a pre-eminent figure in the international franchise market, while Jorge Cervantes Trejo is highlighted for his work across the corporate, project finance and data fields.


Total Number of Listings: 22

Hogan Lovells is a top-tier global law firm that is one of the only international outfits to boast a leading presence in the Mexican market. Its prominence in the jurisdiction is reflected in our research this year, with the firm achieving 22 listings across 12 different practice areas, demonstrating the impressive breadth and depth of expertise on offer.

The firm is particularly strong when it comes to handling complex commercial and administrative litigation proceedings, achieving two nominations in our respective chapters. It also has a first-rate arbitration offering with four lawyers recognised for their excellence handling pre-arbitration litigation, commercial and investment disputes and appeals.

Labour and employment is another area in which the firm excels, receiving the highest number of listings in this edition. We recognise four individuals for their impressive expertise in labour negotiations, compensation arrangements and disputes.

Prominent names at the firm include Omar Guerrero Rodríguez and Ricardo Pons Mestre, two of the foremost competition lawyers in the country. Ricardo Pons Mestre is also recognised for his first-class mining practice, while Luis Enrique Graham comes highly recommended for his leading work in the investigations and compliance space. Managing partner Juan Francisco Torres-Landa demonstrates the breadth of his practice with listings across our arbitration, energy and construction and real estate chapters.


Total Number of Listings: 16

Nader Hayaux y Goebel’s team of over 40 lawyers distinguishes itself this year as one of the leading firms in Mexico with a total of 16 listings across six different practice areas. With offices in Mexico and London, it is able to offer market leading counsel on an international scale.

The firm is renowned for his world-class corporate finance expertise, which is reflected in our research this year. It achieves listings across a number of related chapters including banking, capital markets and M&A and governance. It leads the banking field in Mexico this year and sees seven lawyers highlighted for their excellence handling corporate lending, workouts, structure finance matters and equity offerings.  

Project finance is another area in which the firm performs well with three listings in this edition. The lawyers recognised are well versed in advising clients on PPPs and infrastructure financings across a range of sector from energy to transport.

Michell Nader S is a pre-eminent figure in the Mexican market where he is recognised for his excellence across the corporate finance space. Hans Goebel Caviedes is highlighted as one of the foremost M&A and governance lawyers in the country while Vanessa Franyutti Johnstone is highly respected for her expertise in banking and construction and real estate matters.


Total number of listings: 27

Leading full-service firm Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau is a long-standing fixture in the Mexican market, with broad specialist expertise in corporate, commercial and financial matters. It enjoys a strong reputation as one of the most prominent firms in the jurisdiction and demonstrates the breadth of its offering this year, with 27 listings across 10 practice areas.

The firm is a clear frontrunner in the project finance space with seven lawyers highlighted in our corresponding chapter for their excellent work acting for lenders and sponsors on projects across a range of sectors from gas to transport and infrastructure.

Banking is another area in which the firm performs well, achieving six listings for its expertise advising national and international banks on a wide array of lending transactions. The scope of its corporate finance offering is illustrated as the firm achieves further listings for its M&A and governance and restructuring and insolvency practices.  

Eminent individuals at the firm include Rodrigo Conesa Labastida, a leading name in the construction and real estate sector. Thomas Mueller-Gastell excels in the project finance space, while Luis Nicolau is recognised as a go-to lawyer for M&A and governance matters.


Total Number of Listings: 16

Santamarina y Steta is a well-established and highly respected firm that has been present in the Mexican market since 1947, distinguishing itself as one of the oldest practices in the country. This year we highlight 16 practitioners across 13 practice areas, a showing indicative of the firm’s strong presence and depth of expertise in the legal market.

The firm is well known for its work in the corporate finance arena. Its lawyers receive widespread recognition from market sources in our research this year for their work expertly representing institutions and individuals in banking, restructuring and contentious matters.

It is also highlighted as a strong player in the project finance space, where it sees three practitioners recommended for their work advising clients on projects across a range of sectors including infrastructure.

Key individuals at the firm include Thought Leader Juan Carlos de la Vega who impresses sources with his leading expertise in the labour and employment space while Juan Carlos Machorro is recognised for his first-rate work across the aviation, banking and project finance fields. Fernando del Castillo draws high praise from respondents this year who consider him a well-known name for litigation and restructuring and insolvency matters.


Total Number of Listings: 16

Full-service firm Von Wobeser y Sierra is a well-established presence in the Mexican market, renowned for its leading expertise in corporate and disputes work. It demonstrates the strength of its offering in our research this year, achieving 16 listings across eight practice areas.

The firm is particularly strong in arbitration, and both commercial and administrative litigation, achieving a total of eight listings across our corresponding chapters. Its team is well versed in advising and representing both domestic and international clients in complex, high-profile commercial and civil disputes.

Corporate law is another area in which the firm excels. It sees lawyers listed for their excellence when it comes to M&A, corporate governance and restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

Thought Leader Claus von Wobeser is a pre-eminent name in the international arbitration space who is also highly respected for his work in commercial litigation. Adrián Magallanes is a top-tier disputes specialist who receives three listings in this edition, while Diego Sierra is recognised as one of the foremost investigations and compliance lawyers in the country.

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