Mexico

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Dispute resolution
Basham Ringe y Correa

Full-service law firm Basham Ringe y Correa operates with more than 100 years of client services under its belt. The active dispute resolution team handles the full gamut of practice areas, including civil, commercial, criminal, antitrust, labor, and intellectual property. The firm boasts several notable partners. Adolfo Athié is an administrative litigator specializing in IP protection, anti-counterfeiting and unfair competition disputes. Alejandro Catala actively represents clients in white collar, criminal and civil disputes. Revered labor and employment litigator, Jose De Presno, assists clients in both collective and individual actions. Gerardo Nieto specializes in tax, administrative and constitutional matters.

Bufete Asali

Bufete Asali is based in Mexico City with two locations – one in the business district of Santa Fe and another in the upscale Polanco district. Recent Benchmark Latin America additions Jorge Asali Harfuch and Luis Asali Harfuch both practice in the areas of civil and commercial litigation. Their respective practices handle a wide range of cases. Jorge Harfuch has recently represented several clients in business-related disputes. Luis Harfuch similarly has handled numerous commercial disputes over the last year. In a case against Oracle, Luis and team represented Grupo Viz and its subsidiary, the largest meat producer in Mexico. The commercial claim against Oracle was valued at $15 million. Luis won in Mexico City’s Court of Appeals, obtaining the client’s claims for damages and the relevant sections of the agreements were annulled in accordance with Mexican law and regulations. In another dispute against a major company, Luis and team prevailed against the insurance giant Grupo Nacional Provincial S.A.B. (“GNP”) in a commercial lawsuit brought on behalf of the Mucharrez family who alleged wrongful termination of the insurance policy. The team achieved a first-of-its-kind interim measure that constrained GNP to cover the family’s medical expenses during trial. The team successfully persuaded the lower court to grant the family over $5 million in punitive and moral damages in addition to enforcing the insurance agreement. The insurer has appealed.

De la Vega y Martinez Rojas

Labor and employment boutique De La Vega & Martinez Rojas specializes in successfully resolving collective bargaining disputes, as well as matters related to benefits and compensation, social security and immigration. The firm often represents major global companies in labor disputes against unions and employees. Ricardo Martinez Rojas assisted Aeromexico in renegotiating collective bargaining agreements with unions in order to obtain the rest of a credit to move forward with their restructuring. Martinez Rojas was tasked with renegotiating with four unions: ASPA (pilots´ union), ASSA (flight-attendants union), STIA and Independencia. Martinez Rojas successfully achieved a resolution and the client is now able to obtain the rest of the credit to move forward with restructuring. Oscar de la Vega recently represented several international automotive companies doing business in Mexico. In addition, de la Vega recently represented Nissan Mexico and Volkswagon Mexico in disputes against unions. On behalf of Volkswagon specifically, de la Vega successfully avoided two potential strikes in two different union disputes over the last year. In addition to labor disputes, the firm is also equipped to handle employment litigation with Luis Rolando Santos Gonzalez leading the practice. His specialty involves individual and collective litigation for national and international companies in the banking and finance, hospitality, mining, and telecommunications industries.

Dumont

Mexico City’s highly specialized intellectual property boutique firm Dumont is a massive presence in the Mexican legal market despite its relatively small size. The firm prides itself on its legal team’s ability to consistently attend to client needs in any aspect of IP, in addition to representing clients in trademark, copyright, patent and unfair competition disputes. The firm’s client portfolio includes a wealth of leading corporations on both the local and global level, large economic players in the US, European, and Asian markets, as well as multiple Fortune 500 companies. Central to the firm’s success since its founding in 1940 is a constant emphasis on specialization at every level. In this vein, the firm’s team of practitioners provide a crucial and thorough understanding of client inventions in order to guarantee the highest possible caliber of counsel during IP dispute proceedings. The legal team has developed particularly potent levels of knowledge in the chemical, pharmaceutical, electronics and electrical, mechanic, biotech, and IT sectors.

With over 30 years of experience in intellectual property, managing partner and expert litigator Laura Collada is among the firm’s most vital of assets, as she regularly leads or co-leads the firm’s most complex of disputes. Partner Israel Escobedo, who serves as the firm’s head of litigation, is also integral to its highly successful framework. The two recently collaborated in defending Mexican electrical company Simón Eléctrica in the challenging-through-invalidation actions of one of its industrial design registrations for novel streetlighting following the winning of an infringement action. In the final decision, Mexico’s Federal Circuit Court issued a favorable ruling for the client.

Martinez Algaba de Haro y Curiel

Litigation boutique Martinez Algaba de Haro specializes in assisting clients with complex civil and commercial cases related to financial services and agreement disputes. Javier Curiel ObscuraJorge De Haro Gonzalez, and Ernesto Palacios Juarez are often engaged in civil and commercial disputes representing both national and international firms and institutions in the banking and financial services sector. In addition, the litigators are also frequently representing major global companies, ranging from retail to transportation industries, in complex commercial disputes. Both Palacios Juarez, Curiel Obscura and litigator Diego Gutierrez Martinez also offer a particular specialty in representing companies and financial institutions in national and international arbitrations.

Müggenburg Gorches y Peñalosa

Müggenburg Gorches y Peñalosa focuses on litigation and dispute resolution involving a wide range of matters, including intellectual property, commercial, and administrative proceedings. The firm is particularly known to assist global companies in the consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and financial industries. Esteban Gorches is frequently assisting companies in resolving civil and commercial litigation and administrative challenges. Gorches’s practice additionally involves handling intellectual property disputes and related criminal issues arising out of administrative proceedings. Juan Luis Blanco Montoya is also adeptly resolving civil and commercial matters in addition to administrative actions. Both Gorches and Blanco Montoya have an active pro bono practice that has recently handled litigation on behalf of national human rights associations.

Von Wobeser & Sierra

Full-service law firm Von Wobeser & Sierra houses a dispute resolution team of 27 practitioners. The lawyers are actively involved in administrative, commercial and contract-based conflicts, cross-border matters, local arbitration proceedings and government procurement disputes. Over the years, the firm has established a niche practice in disputes against government entities.

This year, three of the firm’s lawyers have been awarded the title of Top Arbitrator by Benchmark Latin AmericaAdrián Magallanes is active in litigation and arbitration matters for clients in the oil & gas, electricity, construction, aviation, automotive, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods industries. Magallanes’ litigation practice involves numerous class actions, including one that is regarded as one of the most important trials in Mexican court. He is a lead partner in defending Syngenta against the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Natural Resources, which are acting as named respondents in this complex and highly political commercial case. In addition, Magallanes has also defended a Netherlands-based oil and gas company that is facing complex administrative litigation involving an ICC arbitration for a claim for damages. Montserrat Manzano is also recognized as a Top Arbitrator this year. She has participated in dozens of arbitrations as counsel, arbitrator, or secretary, under the rules of the ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL, and ICSID among others. She was a lead partner representing Fresnius Medical Care in an administrative matter involving the company’s suspension as a provider to the Mexican government after its refusal to sign an agreement. The matter resulted in a favorable final decision for the client.

As a leading expert in commercial litigation matters, Diego Sierra frequently represents clients in negligence, breach of contract and tortious liability claims, and in class action suits. His expertise also covers handling international arbitration cases in the construction, hospitality, oil & gas and consumer product industries. His active casework involves both defending and pursuing civil and commercial claims. Sierra is acting as plaintiff on behalf of several clients, including Siemens in three trials, and Hella Automotive Mexico in a dispute valued at roughly $35 million. Over the course of his 40-year career, founding partner Claus von Wobeser has acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 200 arbitration proceedings. He rounds out the firm's list of Top Arbitrators. He also continues to handle important and strategic administrative proceedings, often involving the Mexican government.

White & Case

Global firm White & Case continues to uphold its strong presence in the Mexican disputes market. Its strength in domestic and international litigation makes the firm well-suited to regularly represent clients in trial, appellate, regulatory and ADR tribunals around the world.

The co-head of the disputes practice in Mexico City, Enrique Espejel specializes in commercial, compliance, bankruptcy, technology, and white-collar disputes in local and federal courts. He is widely regarded as an expert in representing both debtors and creditors in insolvency cases and in matters related to liquidation and estate distribution. Espejel has recently been involved in several multi-million dollar bankruptcy and liquidation disputes. In addition, he is also lead partner defending Facebook in a Mexico-based dispute involving the social media giant and its Mexican subsidiary. The matter is the first civil litigation brought against Facebook in Mexico.

Ismael Reyes-Retana manages a practice dedicated to administrative litigations. Recently, Reyes-Retana concluded a three-year long Amparo trial for Aeromexico, which resulted in a favorable ruling at the Federal Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the resolution issued by the Federal Antitrust Commission infringed Aeromexico’s constitutional rights. He additionally continues to represent Televisa and subsidiaries in numerous proceedings before the Federal Telecommunications Institute as well as federal courts. Antonio Cardenas specializes in bringing Amparo proceedings and ordinary defense procedures in administrative matters. Cardenas is currently handling ten different Amparo trials against the traffic and road regulations of ten municipalities. Cardenas recently led the team to persuade several different district judges and three circuit courts that all 10 lawsuits are with merit. Rafael Llano heads the firm’s arbitration practice in Mexico City. He is widely recognized for his trial acumen and international arbitration experience in many high-profile Latin American disputes. He is active in commercial arbitration and litigation matters and routinely acts as arbitrator under various arbitration rules. Llano is often tapped to handle international arbitrations. He is co-leading a team in representing Telefonica in a high-profile ICSID arbitration under the Spain-Colombia BIT, and additionally, continues to represent and assist the Republic of Peru in high-profile matters following the win in the first case under the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement. His leadership on behalf of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice for victims in a precedent-setting case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights earned an Impact Case award at the 2021 Benchmark Latin America Awards.