Roberto Arena Reyes Retana

Partner, Tax
Mexico City
Torre Esmeralda II
Blvd. Manuel A. Camacho No. 36-1802
Lomas de Chapultepec
Ciudad de Mexico 11000
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Roberto Arena is a trusted advisor for businesses in the energy, insurance, electricity, financial, and oil and gas sectors, including many public companies with an interest in international tax planning and inbound and outbound international business transactions. He often handles sophisticated interpretation of treaties to avoid double taxation, large-scale mergers and acquisitions, real estate litigation, corporate organizations and reorganizations, and multi-jurisdictional litigation-related matters.

Roberto is the founding partner of the Latin American Network, a group of leading independent law firms representing global businesses concerned with privatization and the emerging free economies in the region. As a recognized international tax attorney, clients seek Roberto's wide-ranging insights and experience with general business needs, and the structuring and planning of tax-efficient structures. Particular strengths include:

  • Procurement law
  • Efficient tax treatment of shares and asset purchases
  • Federal and state tax and commercial litigation
  • Tax consequences of transactions and business operations

Most of Roberto's clients are foreign companies doing business in Mexico or Mexican entities operating with foreign participation, including the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Many of his energy clients rely on Roberto's strategic, 360-degree perspective for guidance on the major foreign investment reforms currently under way as a result of Mexico's 2013 initiatives and 2014 secondary legislation.

Roberto has assisted the following public and private corporations with their tax, corporate, transactional, commercial and business legal needs in Mexico and Latin America:

  • AIG Life Insurance (now Alico)
  • Aker Marine Contractors U.S. Inc.
  • Akzo Nobel Comex
  • Clear Channel Entertainment
  • Ford Credit
  • Gencom
  • GE Capital Bank (now GE Money)
  • Goldman Sachs
  • GTECH Corp.
  • Hercules Offshore
  • Johnson Matthey
  • KSL Capital Partners
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Nokia
  • Pride International
  • Teijin Twaron
  • Universal Compression

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