Dispute Resolution: Mexico
Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.
This global powerhouse has an active dispute resolution practice which oversees an impressive workflow in this area. The firm has coverage across the country given its offices throughout much of Mexico. Its 21-strong practice group advises across the entire disputes spectrum, receiving particular recognition for its cross-border litigation capacities. Clients in this area tend to be notable Mexican players and large multinationals such as Yahoo!, Wells Fargo and HSBC. Market commentators praise the excellent service provided, the firm's worldwide prestige and its expansive international support network.
Head of department Javier Navarro-Velasco has "experience in this area you can't ignore," according to sources. He leads on many of the firm's most notable mandates.
This full-service firm is viewed as a pace-setter in the dispute resolution field with a strong practice on both the arbitration and litigation side. The 14-strong practice group is described as "first-rate" by sources, who also highlight the firm's long background and strong position in the arbitration and dispute resolution market. The team has experience advising on cross-border matters at arbitration institutions such as the ICC, LCIA and CAM (Mexican Centre for Arbitration). Another area of activity is investor-state disputes under ICSID rules. In terms of recent work highlights, the firm has represented credit insurer Euler Hermes and lubricant company Mexicana de Lubricantes in disputes.
Sources regard partner Eduardo Siqueiros as one of the country's leading arbitration figures for both his deep experience and consistent involvement in the area. Beyond his role as counsel, he also acts as sole and co-arbitrator in a wide range of disputes. Sources view him as sitting comfortably within the top bracket of arbitration lawyers, with peers describing him as "among the best lawyers in Mexico."
Luis Omar Guerrero Rodríguez is recognised as "extremely capable and an excellent attorney in this area," say sources.
This well-known and long-standing Mexican player has a compact dispute insolvency practice, frequently providing counsel on commercial, civil and criminal litigation matters. The firm's outstanding client portfolio includes names such as Coca-Cola Export, Tetra Pak and Volkswagen. The practice group has been active in insolvency proceedings in a wide range of aspects, including those abroad in Europe and the USA. Sources cite the firm's multidisciplinary capacities as a plus, saying: "Its broad expertise allows it to satisfy varied requests and the practice group is highly experienced." Ricardo Hernández is the key client contact.
This compact boutique has a strong litigation flavour with over 50 years of experience in the area. Commercial, civil and insurance-related work continues to be a source of important activity for the practice group. Market commentators praise the firm's strength in litigation, describing the practice as "a small group that's high in quality and experience." The firm has represented both domestic and international names from the consumer goods, insurance and manufacturing industries in dispute resolution matters.
Name partner Miguel Ángel Hernández-Romo Valencia is a recognised fixture on the Mexican dispute resolution scene and sources describe him as "a true litigator."
This respected litigation boutique has enjoyed a strong year in the dispute resolution sphere and market commentators praise its "ample experience" across the entire sector. The practice group handles commercial arbitration and white-collar crime, predominantly advising clients from the financial, telecoms and construction fields. Sources value the team's "ability to get results without excessive aggression," adding: "The lawyers understand arbitration protocol and have the dedication and know-how to work well with international clients."
Partner Rodrigo Zamora Etcharren "represents total professionalism and delivers high-quality work," according to interviewees. They also say: "He justifies his great reputation due to his excellent technical and legal capacities." He is lead partner on many of the firm's most significant disputes.
This global firm advises in a wide range of dispute resolution aspects covering commercial and civil litigation, commercial arbitration, ADR and bankruptcy. The practice group is most closely associated with the construction, financial, energy and pharmaceutical industries; and sources highlight the firm's good experience, coupled with its involvement in the country's most significant disputes. By way of example, the team continues to advise PEMEX in a USD1.5 billion international arbitration against a Siemens and SK E&C joint venture in connection with a Mexico-based oil and gas project, one of the continent's most notable disputes in recent years. Boris Otto is the main contact point at the firm for clients.
Since publication, Luis Enrique Graham has joined Hogan Lovells
This compact boutique continues to oversee a range of notable arbitration and litigation matters and maintains its respected position in this field. Interviewees cite the firm's strength in litigation and the intellectual capacity of its personnel as two key advantages.
Sources are full of respect for the work of name partner Emilio González de Castilla Jr in this area, defining his practice as "one of the best in the market." He acts as counsel in arbitration and litigation cases and continues to be one of the market's most in-demand arbitrators.
This respected disputes firm specialises in commercial matters, insolvency and restructures, administrative and civil proceedings, and ADR. The practice group advises notable domestic names and multinational clients, with a particular focus on the banking industry for the likes of Bank of America, Banco do Brasil and California Commerce Bank. Sources note the experience of the firm in this area and its strength on the litigation front.
Founding partner Jaime Guerra González is described by sources as "one of the most talented litigators in Mexico," also noting his "combative style when required."
This firm is a respected and traditional name on the Mexican litigation scene. The practice group maintains its activity in bankruptcy disputes and its client portfolio continues to feature high-profile financial entities. Peers describe the work product provided as "an excellent service" and deem the team to be "deserving of its strong reputation."
Respected name partner Fernando Hegewisch Diaz Infante impresses the market with his litigation practice and sources highlight his "great work in this area."
The compact dispute resolution practice at this respected Mexican firm joins the rankings on the back of an impressive market response. Sources describe the service as "incredibly responsive and thorough," adding: "The support and analysis were invaluable in the face of such complex issues arising from our dispute." Areas of focus cover foreign investment, co-investment, construction, and international and commercial arbitrations. Recent representative clients in this area include International Resorts Baja Marina, real estate group Callimaya and Gas Uribe. Sources also praise the firm's multidisciplinary practice, corporate support and strong client focus.
Seasoned of counsel Leonel Pereznieto Castro leads the firm's arbitration matters and frequently appears in both domestic and international proceedings. Sources cite his excellence and experience in this area.
This disputes firm enjoys an enviable reputation and has a strong standing on both the arbitration and litigation side of the market. Interviewees consider the firm to be deserving of its prestige in this area due to the level of its sophistication and the quality of its personnel.
Sources are unconstrained in their praise for name partner Carlos Loperena Ruiz, describing him as "an arbitration maestro" and "an extraordinary litigator." He has held the position of Mexican Bar Association president and also enjoys strong praise for his work as an arbitrator.
This firm has over 40 years of experience in the corporate, banking and litigation practice areas and sources recognise it as a leading presence in the latter. Its respected litigation practice is split across offices in Mexico City and Monterrey, covering insolvency, commercial, administrative and ADR. Interviewees continue to view the firm's litigation and financial disputes work as areas of particular specialisation, also noting the quality of its personnel.
Name partner Ernesto Algaba Berlanga enjoys a strong reputation in the dispute resolution field, where he focuses on civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency matters.
Name partner Roberto Martínez Guerrero is widely recognised for his dispute resolution practice and sources are quick to praise his capabilities in this area.
Peers describe name partner Jorge De Haro González as a "successful and experienced litigator," also noting his expertise in financial disputes.
The 14-strong arbitration, mediation and litigation practice at this respected Mexican player stands out for its "experience and reputation," according to market commentators. The firm's strong corporate and financial focus is evident in the workflow of its dispute resolution practice, which handles civil, commercial and administrative cases. Clients describe the service provided as "standout in terms of its quality," adding: "The partners demonstrate good strategy, market comprehension and communication skills - I see no way for them to improve."
Sources describe practice head Carlos Malpica as a "very savvy, competent litigator who is dedicated to obtaining the best results for his clients." He is one of two partners that oversee the firm's dispute resolution matters.
This Mexican firm maintains its position on the litigation side of the dispute resolution market, advising its clients out of its offices in Mexico City and Cancún. The firm has broad litigation experience, advising on administrative, civil and commercial proceedings, additional to its work on the public bidding side. Traditionally, the practice group has been active for notable North American multinationals and has enjoyed a steady workflow in the financial and telecoms sector.
Name partner Alfonso Sepúlveda is recognised by sources for his litigation practice; they describe him as "an excellent, young lawyer with an impressive practice in this area."
This respected arbitration boutique continues to be a prominent name on the arbitration and dispute resolution panorama. The compact practice group is comfortable advising in a range of arbitration aspects and has participated in proceedings under ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules, among others. In terms of representative client names, the firm has provided counsel to the likes of Inter-American Development Bank and AMFE (Mexican Association of Specialized Financial Entities). Commentators point to the firm's "ample experience in the arbitration sphere," also noting its strong market standing.
Name partner Elsa Ortega is regarded by sources as "an excellent and sharp arbitration lawyer with a promising future ahead of her."
Since publication, Cecilia Azar Manzur has left he firm. The market is still waiting to assess the impact of this departure.
This leading litigation boutique has over 30 years of experience and continues to impress the market with the strength and depth of its dispute resolution practice. The team advises across the full catalogue of litigation matters, predominantly representing clients in the financial and telecoms sectors. Areas of expertise encompass civil and commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration disputes and matters relating to bankruptcy.
Name partner Javier Quijano Baz earns rousing praise from sources that describe him as "a beacon of experience and talent." They also say: "He is one of the go-to names in this market."
Leading litigator Xavier Cortina commands the respect of the market, which acknowledges his notable standing in the field.
This 16-strong litigation practice maintains its workflow in the civil and commercial arena, and market commentators recognise the firm's good work in the local markets. Additionally, the firm is well positioned given its Monterrey office to provide counsel on cross-border litigations with North American elements or interests. Representative client names from its roster include FEMSA, BAT and the hotels association of Nuevo León. The key client contact is Arturo Juan Quintero Treviño.
This legal, economic and investment banking firm has an active dispute resolution practice group, with a particular focus on matters relating to the energy, construction, joint ventures, manufacturing and franchise agreements areas. The team is also well versed in proceedings under Chapter 11 of NAFTA and other bilateral treaties. The market notes the versatility of this firm's broad practice, particularly with respect to its economic capacities.
Founding partner Luis Alberto Aziz Checa is active in the arbitration sphere and sources note his market position and reputation.
Lucía Ojeda is active in arbitration and dispute resolution matters. She renders advice on matters relating to ICSID and UNCITRAL and is also noted for her competition practice.
This full-service heavyweight maintains its dispute resolution workflow and has enjoyed a particularly strong year on the arbitration side. The compact practice group advises on a wide range of litigation and arbitration aspects but it frequently handles cross-border matters connected to the construction, energy, goods and software sectors. Standout clients in this area include Mitsubishi, Mitsui and Siemens, and sources acknowledge the strength of this firm's practice coupled with the ability to advise on complex mandates on both the arbitration and litigation side. Clients say: "The firm is particularly impressive in this area, allowing direct access to its partners and bringing experience and a proactive approach to disputes."
Department head Fernando del Castillo is noted by sources for his "dispute resolution focus, sector knowledge and experience."
Since publication, Cecilia Flores Rueda has joined Haynes and Boone, LLP
This full-service firm advises across the entire dispute resolution spectrum and sources point to its "client service and ample sector experience" as defining characteristics. Its respected practice group has forged a solid reputation thanks to its involvement in foreign investment arbitrations and has experience in a range of proceedings including local and ICC matters. In terms of representative clients, the firm continues to advise Spanish multinational Abengoa and the federal electricity commission.
Lead partner Fernando Pérez-Correa Camarena is praised for his accomplished work product. Sources note his strong past experience in this area given his time in the arbitration team at Shearman & Sterling.
This firm continues to be one of the market's leading dispute resolution names, advising on the full range of arbitration and litigation matters. The respected practice group covers large commercial and corporate disputes, with notable experience on the investment arbitration side. The firm advises a varied and cross-border portfolio, with standout clients in this area including Burger King, Motorola and Prada. Market commentators label the service provided as "first-class," noting that the practice "stands out for its experience and reputation in dispute resolution, not only locally, but also internationally."
Name partner Claus von Wobeser is one of the market's leading lights and he enjoys effusive praise for his deeply respected role in the dispute resolution sphere. Sources note his profound experience in both arbitration and litigation, coupled with international prestige for his work as an arbitrator.
José María Abascal
of Abascal, Segovia & Asociados, S.C. is regarded as one of the star practitioners in this field and a reference point for future lawyers. His respected practice encompasses work as both counsel and arbitrator.
of Ogarrio Daguerre S.C. is described by sources as "very much sought out for his excellence in this area,"
and they add that "he fully deserves his reputation as a leading arbitrator."
Francisco González de Cossío
of González de Cossío Abogados continues to expand on his market recognition in the dispute resolution area. Sources cite his effective approach and solid experience in the arbitration sphere.
According to market commentators, Fernando Estavillo
of Miranda & Estavillo has "years of experience in this area and gives an excellent impression."
Tijuana-based Alejandro Osuna
of Osuna & Associates is noted for his arbitration experience in joint venture disputes.
Luis Cervantes Muñiz
of Cervantes Sainz SC is described by sources as "an extraordinary litigator"
and noted for his experience on bankruptcy disputes.
Sources describe Gerardo Ramírez Ornelas
Ramírez Ornelas Abogados as "an excellent lawyer"
with notable visibility on civil, commercial and financial disputes.
Eduardo Méndez Vital
of PricewaterhouseCoopers México leads a large practice group at this international accountancy firm and has particular expertise in sophisticated tax litigation matters. He enjoys a solid reputation in this area.
Since publication, Cecilia Flores Rueda
has joined Haynes and Boone as of counsel. She is regarded by sources as "a dispute resolution lawyer with a great future
," and they predict that "her name will almost certainly be up in lights in the arbitration world
Sources do not doubt the capacities of name partner Cecilia Azar Manzur
of Azar Abogados, describing her as "an outstanding talent with a solid mediation practice."
Since publication, Luis Enrique Graham
has joined Hogan Lovells. He will be splitting his time between Mexico and New York, with sources describing him as "a very developed attorney in this field who handles some of the largest cases
." He is visible in both litigation and arbitration cases, also serving as an arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings.