Mexico

Since 1992, the legal professionals in Gardere’s Mexico office have assisted domestic and multinational clients with a wide array of business and legal needs – from mergers and acquisitions, to real estate transactions, to energy and infrastructure projects, to tax advice and controversies, to antitrust and competition matters, to civil and commercial disputes. Today, with several of our practices and lawyers recognized as leaders in Mexico and throughout Latin America, our Mexico office serves clients not just with their domestic needs, but also serves as the gateway to Central and South America. Below, we invite you to learn more about how our Mexico office can serve you.

Antitrust

Gardere’s internationally recognized antitrust practice assists both Mexican and foreign corporate entities in various matters concerning the Mexican Federal Law of Economic Competition, including merger control and concentrations; transactional and compliance antitrust advice; cartels; abuse of dominance; notifications, investigations, public bids, consultations and any other procedures before the Mexican antitrust authority (Comisión Federal de Competencia); and antitrust litigation.

General Corporate

Gardere’s Mexico office attorneys are often engaged to assist domestic and foreign clients in various types of international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and the formation of joint ventures. We stay up-to-date and knowledgeable on the administrative procedures undertaken by the National Commission of Foreign Investment, frequently offering interpretation and compliance advice, and we are especially experienced in the incorporation and corporate governance of Mexican companies with foreign capital, including financing, securities offerings and bankruptcies.

Energy

Gardere is one of few law firms with a substantial presence in both Houston, the energy capital of the world, and Mexico, giving the Firm an advantage with its energy clients in Mexico and Latin America. Gardere’s clients include many of the top 10 energy companies in the world engaged in oil and gas exploration, development and operations. The Firm regularly interacts with PEMEX, CFE and the Mexican Regulatory Commission on behalf of its clients, giving the Firm invaluable experience.

Government Procurement Law

Gardere is active in representing both private clients and governmental agencies involved in public sector purchases of goods and services.

We guide our clients through every stage of the bidding process, from designing labor and corporate structures that fit the specific project, to implementing and negotiating appropriate contractual schemes, through to developing bid strategies that maximize the probability of a successful bid. If and when winning bids are challenged, our team is experienced in defending the award.

Hospitality

The Firm’s award-winning Hospitality Team is experienced in representing hospitality industry clients worldwide, providing top-rated legal services to some of the most recognized global names in the hospitality industry.

Our hospitality attorneys have handled multiple billion-dollar acquisitions, dispositions and financings for hotels and resorts for multiple international clients, and have particularly deep and invaluable experience with hospitality projects in Mexico and throughout Latin America.

Insurance

Gardere’s award-winning insurance practice in Mexico assists foreign and domestic insurance companies, brokers, reinsurers, representative offices and other entities including financial institutions, dealers and service providers offering insurance-related services. Our services in this arena include representation before Mexican insurance regulators such as the SHCP, CNSF and CONDUSEF, as well as regulatory counsel relating to corporate, tax, antitrust, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and data protection matters specific to the insurance market. Our attorneys are experts in sophisticated insurance transactions including mergers, acquisitions and restructuring procedures of insurance companies and brokers, transfer of insurance portfolio, re-insurance agreements, promotion, marketing, brokerage, policy administration and collection, distribution of insurance profits, services to and from insurance companies, and location fees (UDIS), public bids, and other types of government insurance contracts.

Domestic Litigation and Arbitration

Our Dispute Resolution Team in Mexico has significant experience representing both Mexican and foreign clients before state and federal courts, administrative bodies and arbitration institutions, as well as in mediation and negotiation processes. We represent clients from different industries (e.g., insurance, energy) involved in civil and commercial disputes, tax controversies, bankruptcy proceedings, family disagreements, constitutional rights trials (“amparos”), and preventive, interim and temporary hearings. Our team also has extensive experience representing clients in commercial and investment arbitration. Several of our team members are active participants in the most important arbitration bodies such as Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM) and CANACO.

Gardere is one of the few law firms that can handle any cross-border dispute entirely with its own lawyers, without having to draw expertise from outside.

Real Estate

Gardere has significant experience in all aspects and types of real estate transactions. Gardere has represented a substantial number of leading developers, landowners, architectural, engineering, design and construction management firms in Mexico and Latin America.

Securities, Banking and Financial Services

Our Mexico Team provides services to foreign and local financial institutions or financing vehicles having activities or collateral located in Mexico, including to and in connection with financial groups, banks, investment funds and SAPIS, pension funds and AFORES, multiple-purpose financial entities (SOFOMES), representative offices and affiliates of foreign financial institutions, and traders. Our representation includes a wide range of financing, credit, funding, private equity, lease and secured transactions through vehicles recognized by Mexican law including trust, mortgage and pledge in different industries including banking, real estate and construction, consumer and personal finance, vehicle financing, energy and infrastructure. We also assist financial institutions in their incorporation and licensing process, acquisitions, mergers, corporate reorganizations and corporate governance.

Tax

According to Chambers’ 2014 publication, Gardere’s Mexico office is the “leading cross-border tax firm with some of the most recognized tax experts.” From the first stages of planning and structuring to the resolution of tax disputes with the authorities, Gardere is the go-to law firm. The Firm regularly deals with international tax planning; transfer pricing (including negotiation with competent authority); tax mediation and litigation; procurement of tax incentives; and customs regulations.

Gardere also provides its clients with advice in connection with reporting and disclosing requirements abroad resulting from tax contingencies in Mexico such as FIN48.
 

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