Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order
by firm name.
Dispute Resolution - Mexico
THE FIRM This global heavyweight has a solid presence in Mexico's dispute resolution market. The sizeable practice group has an emphasis on cross-border litigation, assisting a broad range of clients in this respect. Satisfied clients note the firm's ability to go above and beyond the call of duty.
Sources say: "We are very happy with the firm, including its additional services."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Javier Navarro-Velasco is described as a partner who "always works very hard," impressing clients and peers with his practice.
THE FIRM This leading full-service firm fields an excellent dispute resolution practice, which handles a wealth of cross-border arbitration procedures for notable clients such as Miss Universe, Hewlett-Packard and Ericsson. Alongside the domestic and international arbitration practice, the team is also experienced in commercial and civil litigation, with a particular focus on breach of contracts and action for damages. Sources highlight the partners' central presence in the market.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior figure Eduardo Siqueiros leads the dispute resolution practice and is recognised by sources as "a heavyweight in arbitration." He has a wealth of domestic and international experience, including work at the ICC and CAM (Arbitration Centre of Mexico).
Sources see Luis Omar Guerrero Rodríguez as a key player in both litigation and arbitration, describing him as "very experienced, very active and very talented."
THE FIRM This large firm is one of Mexico's oldest, with more than 100 years of experience. The team handles disputes straddling both civil and criminal issues, and interviewees are quick to praise its success in the area, and its client-focused and results-focused approach.
Sources say: "Basham meets your expectations, obtains good results and always seeks to improve the services. The lawyers offer alternative solutions and are always open to our opinion as clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Ricardo Hernández is the key client contact.
THE FIRM This well-established Mexican firm provides a high level of experience and specialisation in dispute resolution. The practice has a strong presence in matters relating to insolvency litigation, and is widely respected among peers.
Sources say: "Keen and forthright lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Miguel Ángel Hernández-Romo Valencia is experienced in matters of international public and insurance law, and is praised by sources as "a top-notch litigator who is truly respected in the courts."
THE FIRM This medium-sized boutique has a joint litigation and arbitration practice, which handles cases involving both areas. The firm represents a variety of high-profile clients from the financial and telecoms sectors, focusing on mandates ranging from banking litigation to insolvency recovery.
Sources say: "The firm is incredibly consistent and shows itself to be up-to-date with the relevant matters."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner Rodrigo Zamora Etcharren is known for his dual practice among peers, who say: "He knows how to combine the two practices, which sets him apart." Clients refer to him as "an authority in the field and an excellent, dedicated lawyer who works well under pressure."
THE FIRM This respected boutique maintains a strong presence in Mexico's dispute resolution market. The practice group's dual arbitration and litigation practice has earned the firm an excellent reputation with clients in this space.
Sources say: "González de Castilla is a very well-known firm doing fantastic work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Emilio González de Castilla Jr acts as arbitrator on a number of high-profile cases, with sources describing him as "one of the lawyers who knows the law the best." He continues to act as counsel in both arbitration and litigation cases, and peers acknowledge his ability to do an excellent job in this space.
THE FIRM This respected firm provides nationwide litigation services across Mexico and maintains its solid standing within this market. The team is particularly skilled in bankruptcy litigation, where it has been most active of late.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Widely respected litigator and name partner Jaime Guerra González has significant experience in insolvency procedures and continues to be sought out by clients for bankruptcy-related trials. Sources say: "He has a wealth of experience and expert specialisation in bankruptcy."
THE FIRM This nine-strong practice is recognised for assisting clients in both commercial and civil disputes. The areas of corporate, banking and bankruptcy law continue to be an important source of activity for the firm, which has more than 50 years' experience in the market.
Sources say: "A clear point of reference for litigation."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Fernando Hegewisch Diaz Infante is held in high esteem among interviewees, who describe him as a fundamental part of the operation.
THE FIRM This firm merged with Del Valle Torres in the summer of 2013 to form Jáuregui, Navarrete y Del Valle. The firm has a reputation for providing a high standard of service, and for being well established in the market. The team has a particularly strong arbitration practice. Interviewees highlight the firm for its high-quality service, rate of response and attention to detail.
Sources say: "I can't think of ways for the firm to improve – our expectations are met."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Leonel Pereznieto Castro has a long-standing involvement in arbitration matters. Sources describe him as "very analytical in his reasoning and definitive once a decision is made."
THE FIRM This firm is a respected and prestigious name in the Mexican disputes market, centrally involved in both the litigation and arbitration scenes. The compact team is known for its extensive dispute resolution experience and high levels of competence in this space.
Sources say: "Simply put, this is an excellent firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees are particularly keen to highlight Carlos Loperena Ruiz's standing in the market, confirming that "he is ahead of his peers in his understanding of the complexities in this area." Peers note his years of experience in bankruptcy litigation, which inform his arbitration practice and enable him to "fully explain the more complex cases, making him an excellent lawyer."
THE FIRM This prestigious firm is renowned for its broad practice and high-level services, which encompass commercial, civil and administrative litigation. The firm has more than 40 years' experience in the market, with offices in Monterrey as well as Mexico City. Sources identify it as a main player for disputes and widely identify the partners as leaders in the disputes arena.
Sources say: "This is a firm with magnificent lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior partner and practice leader Roberto Martínez Guerrero is described by peers as "one of the best litigators today in Mexico."
Ernesto Algaba Berlanga is recognised as a highly skilled and experienced lawyer with expertise in insolvency litigation.
Name partner Jorge De Haro González is widely respected by peers due to his broad experience within the financial sector.
THE FIRM Sources acknowledge this firm's growing presence in Mexico's dispute resolution market. Its strong background in corporate law informs its commercial litigation practice, which attracts a steady flow of clients.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Luis Ernesto Peón is the key client contact.
Since publication, Carlos Malpica has joined Malpica, Iturbe, Buj & Paredes.
THE FIRM This respected firm impresses interviewees with its versatility in this space. As well as assisting clients with administrative litigation, the team is applauded for its ability to support clients in industry-related matters and transactional work.
Sources say: "We are very impressed by this firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alfonso Sepúlveda is a valued partner at the firm, and leads the dispute resolution practice. Sources say he is "very well respected."
THE FIRM This well-known arbitration boutique assists clients with commercial arbitration and mediation, and is involved in some of the country's key procedures in this area. Clients describe the practice as a team of experts, underpinned by the continued participation of the partners in the national arbitration centre.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Name partner Elsa Ortega is regarded as an "excellent practitioner" and is highlighted by peers as being very active in this space.
THE FIRM This well-established boutique continues to be involved in some of the country's biggest disputes. The firm advises on a range of matters in the dispute resolution space. Additionally, it has a widely recognised bankruptcy and insolvency litigation practice and assists a variety of clients with amparo proceedings.
Sources say: "Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre is certainly a key presence in the market - a very good firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Name partner Xavier Cortina is recognised as one of the market's key players, and described as "a superb litigator."
Javier Quijano Baz is regarded as a "very prestigious" senior practitioner who is a point of reference in the market and, according to sources, "will always be top level."
THE FIRM This Monterrey firm is seen as a key presence in both the commercial and civil disputes domains. Sources based in the capital see the firm's location as an advantage and describe it as an important player in disputes.
Sources say: "This firm has the capacity and experience to deal with complex cases."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The key client contact is Arturo Juan Quintero Treviño.
THE FIRM This respected firm offers clients a niche combination of economic expertise and legal understanding.
Sources say: "Excellent legal and financial knowledge."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Respected practitioner Luis Alberto Aziz Checa is a central presence in arbitration matters and acts as an arbitrator in a variety of cases.
Lucía Ojeda is recommended by clients as a lawyer who "always obtains good results."
THE FIRM This well-established firm is highlighted by sources as a leading choice for complex litigation matters, and acknowledged for its strong arbitration practice. Clients are quick to praise the expertise of the practice group in this space.
Sources say: "The lawyers are firm in their decisions and skilled in suggesting and creating a path for litigation. They have the necessary legal knowledge and they know how to manage different situations, with an excellent understanding of clients' needs."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Dispute resolution partner Fernando del Castillo is noted for his success in commercial disputes. He is a strong competitor in the disputes space and is recognised for possessing "great ability," particularly in cross-border insolvency procedures.
THE FIRM This full-service group has a solid presence in Mexico's dispute resolution market, recently wining an important litigation case in the entertainment industry. The firm is also centrally involved in commercial arbitration, receiving excellent feedback from top clients.
Sources say: "The lawyers demonstrate an ability to generate analysis which is at once profoundly detailed and practical."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Fernando Pérez-Correa Camarena leads many of the firm's dispute cases and is particularly respected among competitors for his litigation work.
THE FIRM Sources do not doubt this firm's front-running position in the Mexican dispute resolution market. The 12-strong practice group is currently handling several large commercial and corporate disputes, and has particular experience in the construction disputes sphere. Notable clients in this space include ICA (Ingenieros y Constructores Asociados), SK Engineering and Grupo Dolphin Discovery.
Sources say: "It is a perfect service and we are fully satisfied."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior partner Claus von Wobeser has a sterling reputation among peers and clients alike. Interviewees highlight his "encyclopaedic knowledge" and identify him as a widely sought-after and internationally recognised arbitrator.
Partner Marco Tulio Venegas leads many of the firm's biggest litigation matters and enters the rankings this year on the back of some outstanding feedback from satisfied clients. Sources say: "He suggests possibilities, points out risks and is able to take a step back and look at the whole picture. We feel taken care of."
José María Abascal of Abascal, Segovia & Asociados, S.C. is identified as "a definite authority" within the arbitration sphere, and peers are thoroughly impressed by his skills as an arbitrator.
Name partner Cecilia Azar Manzur of Azar Abogados is described as a "true leader, doing amazing work." She has experience at both the CAM and ICC, and continues to be an active player in commercial arbitration matters.
Luis Cervantes Muñiz of Cervantes Sainz, S.C. is praised by clients as "an excellent lawyer with encyclopaedic knowledge of law and very good strategies." Sources also remark on his ability to successfully lead a large team in the face of complex litigation.
Gabriela Alvarez-Avila of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is recognised as a visible player in the market, and respected among peers and clients alike. Sources say she is "always abreast of any new investment cases or decisions that come to light which affect a proceeding."
Gerardo Ramírez Ornelas of Ramírez Ornelas Abogados is seen as a very specialised litigator with experience in arbitration. He continues to attract a variety of clients in the Mexican bankruptcy sphere.
Francisco González de Cossío of González de Cossío Abogados is regarded as the "arbitrator de mode" by peers, who note his increased activity in this area. Sources go on to describe him as "very talented and studious - a key player in arbitration."
Cecilia Flores Rueda of Haynes and Boone, LLP is praised as "a very knowledgeable and very important name in arbitration. She stands out for her hard work and patience."
Luis Enrique Graham joined Hogan Lovells in June 2013. He is splitting his time between the Mexico City and New York City offices. Graham is praised by peers for his aggressive litigation style, and described as "an excellent lawyer." Clients note his ability to carry out arbitration procedures methodically and communicatively, describing him as "a fantastic professional who is both analytical and prudent."
Since publication, Carlos Malpica founded Malpica, Iturbe, Buj & Paredes and comes recommended for his commercial litigation expertise.
Fernando Estavillo of Miranda & Estavillo is noted for his aptitude in arbitration matters and his constant flow of activity as an arbitrator. Sources say: "He is a truly excellent arbitrator."
Alejandro Ogarrio of Ogarrio Daguerre S.C. is consistently praised by market commentators as a leading figure in arbitration. Impressed peers note "his ability to understand the commercial logic behind each dispute," as well as his "understanding of the numbers coupled with excellent jurisdictional judgement."
Alejandro Osuna of Osuna & Associates is one of few Tijuana-based lawyers with international arbitration expertise. His practice covers litigation with a focus on corporate, IP and property law.
Eduardo Méndez Vital of PricewaterhouseCoopers México is a highly sought-after tax litigator with experience in particularly complex cases. He leads the disputes team.