Mexico

Review

Dispute resolution
Basham Ringe y Correa

Basham Ringe y Correa is a full-service law firm that has more than 100 years of client services under its belt. The dispute resolution team is active in numerous practice areas, such as civil, commercial, criminal, antitrust, labor, and intellectual property. Peers rave about the firm's capabilities, stating, "They are a trusted group of lawyers that many big clients, multinational clients like to do business with. We have known many of them for many years and they are one of our most respected competitors."

Notable firm contacts include administrative litigator Adolfo Athié, who specializes in IP protection, anti-counterfeiting and unfair competition disputes, Alejandro Catala who is active in white collar, criminal and civil disputes, Jose De Presno who is revered for his labor and employment practice where he represents clients in both collective and individual actions, and Gerardo Nieto who specializes in tax, administrative and constitutional matters.

Chevez Ruiz y Zamarripa

Known for its stellar tax litigation practice, Chevez Ruiz y Zamarripa provides clients with the necessary strategic tools for defense against tax authorities. “Chevez is the go-to firm for any complex tax issue in the country. Their tax litigation department is very good as well,” declared a competitor. The firm possesses a “deep and very strong group of litigators who all have experience on tax matters in front of municipal and federal agencies.”

Alejandro Torres Rivera and Manuel Sáinz Orantes are “experts on the analysis and interpretation of international trade and tax laws,” says a peer, adding that “with their experience on the rules and regulations in the tax world, they know how to navigate their clients to comply with the laws to avoid unnecessary audits and lawsuits.” Daniel De La Parra Huerta, Guillermo Sanchez Chao, and Ricardo Cervantes Vargas are other notable firm stars.

De la Vega y Martinez Rojas

De La Vega & Martínez Rojas was founded in 2016 as a boutique firm specializing in labor and employment disputes. The firm, recognized for its “excellent customer service and quality of work,” provides general counseling and litigation services on collective union disputes, salary-and-wage issues, and high-risk labor issues, along with social security and immigration services.

Founding partners Oscar De La Vega and Ricardo Martínez have offered litigation and strategic services to national and global companies for more than 30 years. De La Vega also specializes in labor litigation and consulting, while Martínez also concentrates on labor disputes and company restructuring. Luis Rolando Santos Gonzalez heads the litigation area. He specializes in individual and collective litigation for national and international companies in the banking and finance, hospitality, mining, and telecommunications industries. 

Garcia Alcocer

Garcia Alcocer is a litigation and dispute resolution firm that was founded in 1985. Since that time, the firm has participated in some of Mexico’s high-profile, high-stakes disputes in civil, family, probate, commercial and constitutional matters. The team of eight partners and three associates currently handle cases out of two offices in Mexico City and Querétaro.

The firm is home to six litigation stars Alberto Agraz Sanchez, Jose Antonio Garcia Alcocer, Jose Antonio Garcia Luque, Maria Elena Guerrero Alvarez, Mauricio Moran Barrio, and Santiago Garcia Luque.

 

Greenberg Traurig

The Mexico City branch of Greenberg Traurig is an extension of the firm’s global network, with notable strengths in tax, administrative and constitutional disputes at all levels. The Mexican office of the firm offers services unique to the local market as well as across the international spectrum.

Joselino Morales Lopez specializes in civil, commercial, corporate and administrative litigation. He acted as lead Mexican litigation counsel to one of the largest global mobile networks in several Amparo trials, and administrative and regulatory proceedings. Morales also represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an interested third-party in a claim regarding the disclosure of information to private parties for a landmark telecommunications project “Red Compartida”.

Hogan Lovells

The Mexico branches of global firm Hogan Lovells is an extension of the well-known international litigation practice. With more than 90 lawyers across both the Mexico City and Monterrey offices, the disputes team is experienced on a range of matters ranging from corporate and civil disputes, to arbitration proceedings and cross-border matters.

Luis Enrique Grahamis active in ad-hoc and ICC arbitrations, as well as in commercial and financial disputes. He often represents clients in investigations and anti-corruption proceedings, including anti-corruption cases under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A peer describes Graham as a “bold and professional lawyer.” Graham is also recognized by Benchmark Lat-Am as a Top Arbitrator.

Omar Guerrero Rodriguez, who receives high praise for his “outstanding reputation as one of the best,” and for being “all-around exceptional,” heads the antitrust practice and co-heads the arbitration and litigation practice. He represented a major manufacturer in competition and commercial litigation actions that resulted in numerous antitrust precedents. Luis Ernesto Peón Barriga is an active litigator in civil, commercial, administrative, constitutional, and insolvency proceedings. He is also skilled in domestic and international arbitration under ICC, ICDR, and JAMS rules. He often represents clients in the financial sector, such as defending various financial institutions in connection with defaulted derivative instruments in insolvency procedures in Mexico. Alejandro Garcia González is active in commercial, civil, and administrative litigation, including financial services litigation and arbitration. He recently represented a Monterrey hospital in a matter against an insurance company, concluding with a settlement and payment to his client of millions of pesos.

Bernardo Herrerías chairs the firm's Mexican IP practice where he is revered for his talents representing firms in patent, copyright and trademark litigation matters. Herrerías' international practice has included the representation of two major US multinational pharmaceutical companies in patent infringement and annulment actions for an analgesic product. He also represents a Japanese multinational electronics company in litigation related to the annulment of a prior registration.

Malpica Iturbe Buj & Paredes

Malpica Iturbe Buj & Paredes is a Mexico City-based boutique firm dedicated specifically to litigation and dispute resolution. A peer notes that the firm “has been known in the market for taking complex cases, their work was really professional.”

This specialized boutique of 22 litigators has seen a vast number of favorable decisions behind the efforts of litigation stars Alvaro Huerta Gonzalez, Carlos Malpica Hernandez, Horacio Paredes Vasquez, Juan Jose Iturbe Lopez, Rodrigo Buj Garcia, and Rolando Zarate Guzman. “What a powerhouse team over there; my goodness,” expresses a peer. “Administrative, commercial, constitutional, they have an expert for everything,” adding “litigation is their bread and butter, so they do it well. They always over-perform; nothing is too challenging or difficult. They will find a way. They always do.”

Ramirez Ornelas Abogados

Ramirez Ornelas Abogados launched as a boutique litigation firm approximately 20 years ago. Founding partner Gerardo Ramírez Ornelas is equipped with more than 40 years of litigation experience, most notably in the commercial, civil and bankruptcy spaces. The litigation group consists of three additional partners who are recognized as Litigation Stars: Jordi Oropeza Solórzano, Alonso Rivero, andLuis Robles Santana. The team has substantial experience representing corporate disputes between stockholders, and banking and financial institutions with notable long-standing clients that include PGIM in all litigation matters in Mexico.

Gerardo Ramírez Ornelas and Jordi Oropeza Solórzano are both active as lead representatives for Grupo México and Infraestructura y Transportes México in an ongoing commercial matter where both companies claimed the nullity of a statutory clause contained in Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico bylaws that set forth a 10% limit for shareholder participation of the capital of the company. Luis Robles Santamarina is lead counsel representing Investa Bank on a corporate dispute that aims to prevent the bank´s shareholders in nullifying all types of corporate actions taken by the bank such as shareholder´s meetings, the signing of certain agreements and all the decisions adopted by the Board of Directors. Alonso Rivero represents Banobras in claims from against an entity for breach of fiduciary duty allegedly resulting in a loss of over $78 million.

Rico Robles Libenson

Rico Robles Libenson is a boutique law firm that is most active in the banking and financial, antitrust, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, liability, and retail industries. The firm has recently taken the lead in the defense of a worldwide retail store against a resolution issued by the Antitrust Commission objecting a concentration related to e-commerce. This is the first resolution issued by the Antitrust Commission in which one of the agents is an e-commerce platform.

Notable firm contacts include name partner Gustavo Robles, who is active in arbitration proceedings, constitutional disputes and commercial matters, and Andres Bonett, who is lead counsel to private individuals in a pro bono medical malpractice dispute. Bonett is also active in financial, infrastructure and telecommunications disputes.

Von Wobeser & Sierra

Von Wobeser y Sierra is a full-service law firm that houses a dispute resolution team of 27 practitioners. The team is active in administrative, commercial and contract-based conflicts, cross-border matters, local arbitration proceedings and government procurement disputes. The firm has also developed a niche practice in disputes against government entities.

Adrián Magallanes is active in litigation and arbitration matters for clients in the oil & gas, electricity, construction, aviation, automotive, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods industries. He also has significant experience as arbitrator under various rules, including the ICC, ICSID, and UNCITRAL, among others. Magallanes serves as lead counsel to Syngenta Agro in a high-stakes, high-profile commercial class action case involving a group of NGO’s, farmers, political figures and agriculture companies in a claim alleging that genetically modified corn was harmful to health and the environment. The opposition is requesting the Judge to issue a judgment banning the commercialization of the genetically modified seeds.

Diego Sierra is an expert in commercial litigation matters. He frequently represents clients in negligence, breach of contract and tortious liability claims, and in class action suits. Sierra also has experience in handling international arbitration cases in the construction, hospitality, oil & gas and consumer product industries. He is active as lead counsel for Siemens in a litigation about the interpretation and termination of a services agreement regarding sophisticated machinery for clinical studies.

Montserrat Manzano has participated in dozens of arbitrations as counsel, arbitrator, or secretary, under the rules of the ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL, and ICSID among others. She is recognized as a Top Arbitrator by Benchmark Latin America. She is active in an arbitration proceeding on behalf of Ienova in an energy dispute against CFE under ICC rules.

Founding partner Claus von Wobeser has acted as counsel and arbitrator and, over the course of his 40-year career, has participated in more than 200 arbitration proceedings. He is recognized as a Top Arbitrator for the second consecutive year by Benchmark Latin America. He served as co-lead counsel with Magallanes in an investor-state arbitration based on the Mexico-Netherlands bilateral investment treaty against the Republic of Mexico. 

White & Case

Global firm White & Case continues its strong presence in the Mexican disputes market. With strengths in domestic and international litigation, the firm regularly represents clients in trial, appellate, regulatory and ADR tribunals around the world.

Enrique Espejel co-chairs the disputes practice in Mexico City. He specializes in commercial, compliance, bankruptcy, technology, and white-collar disputes in local and federal courts. He is recognized for his notable expertise with both debtors and creditors in insolvency cases and in matters related to liquidation and estate distribution. Espejel has represented clients in the largest bankruptcies in Mexico, such as Mexicana Airlines, GEO, Homex, Urbi and Abengoa.

Ismael Reyes-Retana manages a practice dedicated to administrative litigations. His recent successful representations include the Mexican division of Televisa and Telefónica, in a case heard by the Mexican Supreme Court. The court's ruling set a landmark precedent for the telecommunications industry in Mexico. Antonio Cardenas specializes in bringing Amparo proceedings and ordinary defense procedures in administrative matters. He also plays an active role in antitrust disputes in defense of concessionaries of public communication networks including Grupo Telefónica, Grupo Televisa, and Altán Redes.

Rafael Llano heads the firm’s arbitration practice in Mexico City. A new addition to this year’s list, Llano is 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 has routinely acted as arbitrator under various arbitration rules. He recently represented an Asian company in an ICC arbitration relating to a major Mexican oil-related construction project, and related litigation in the US and Mexico.