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Latin-America Guide

TMT (Telecoms, Media, Technology) — Mexico

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第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice in the telecommunications arena with widespread recognition for its prestige in this field. Team possesses deep expertise in a range of regulatory matters, including data privacy and compliance issues, alongside capabilities in major cross-border transactions. Notable clientele includes government entities and market-leading multinationals.

Strengths

"Acedo Santamarina has provided a great service. The team offers us a high level of attention, keeps to deadlines and produces excellent work."  

Work highlights Continues to advise the Ministry of Communications and Transport of the Mexican government on all legal and procurement issues relating to the MexSat programme, with a total value of approximately USD1.5 billion.   

Notable practitioners  

Market sources hold leading practitioner Andrés Acedo in high esteem, with clients commending "his excellent knowledge of the telecoms environment and regulations," adding: "He remains one of the foremost communications lawyers in Mexico." Peers are equally full of praise, stating: "He is a key element in the industry and will continue to be so."

Significant clients Haier Group, BBC Worldwide, Level 3 Communications, Bose Corporation, Gogo.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Acclaimed experts in the TMT arena with a high degree of specialisation in telecoms, media, technology and data protection. Sector knowledge encompasses complex regulatory concerns and public bids in the telecoms field. Distinguished activity in representation of satellite operators and MVNOs, alongside a broad range of leading domestic and international players.

Strengths

"We find Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García to be outstanding - the lawyers are fully engaged, knowledgeable of Mexican telecommunications laws, and very accurate."  

"The service this firm provides is excellent. The team is very responsive, always available, and provides us with great guidance."

New developments New client wins for the firm this year include Kio Networks and Level 3. 

Work highlights Advising Grupo Seguritech on a wide variety of legal issues, including the implementation of joint venture alliances with multinational telecoms and technology operators, compliance matters and licence renewals.

Notable practitioners  

Esteemed telecoms expert Carlos Bello Hernández is widely commended by sources, with clients appreciating "his personal approach to our matters, legal acumen and solid practical advice," and stating: "He is very knowledgeable and looks for alternative solutions." They go on to add: "He is an excellent lawyer who is always up to date with trends in the market."

Associate Carlos Díaz is endorsed by market sources for his practice, which encompasses telecoms, data protection, IT and e-commerce. He is currently the vice co-ordinator of the Telecommunications Committee for the National Association of Company Lawyers.

Significant clients Microsoft, LycaMobile, Orange Business Services, Hispasat, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Prominent international player with high-level capabilities in technology matters. Experienced in handling licensing, procurement and cross-border transactions for a diverse multinational clientele. Routinely advises social networks, satellite operators, app developers and start-ups.

Strengths

"What stands out about Baker & McKenzie is the fact that the lawyers are extremely straightforward, responsive and have impressive technical knowledge." 

New developments New client wins for the firm this year include Nintendo and Jive Communications.

Work highlights Provided Virgin Mobile Mexico with regulatory support, including obtaining the relevant permits from the regulator, in order to achieve the changes in law necessary to foster the creation of an MVNO ecosystem in Mexico.  

Notable practitioners  

Clients are full of praise for admired department head Sergio Legorreta, commenting: "He is very accessible and able to synthesise complex problems; he really knows the world of the authorities, and it is easy to work with him because of that." They add: "He is very informed, and it is clear that he is committed to the profession."

Sources commend partner Carlos Valencia, stating: "He is a very good lawyer in the TMT field; I respect him a lot." He offers deep experience of the telecoms industry, with areas of expertise including licensing and distribution agreements. 

Senior associate Carlos Vela Treviño is highlighted by clients, who describe him as "very knowledgeable and experienced in technology matters," adding: "He is a great lawyer, who meets our needs in terms of language abilities, sensitivity to time demands, and proactivity."

Significant clients eBay Classifieds Group, Virgin Mobile, Uber, Airbnb, Warner Bros.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Approximately 2 lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious practice in the TMT arena with a reputation for advising market-leading players in the telecoms industry. Highlighted by peers for its visibility in the transactional and litigation spaces. 

Notable practitioners  

Leading lawyer Rafael Robles Miaja is held in high regard by peers, who describe him as "a very talented lawyer" and add: "He is certainly in the top tier." In addition to his work with prominent telecoms clients, he is also widely recognised for his capabilities in the finance and securities area.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Respected practice advising a prominent clientele encompassing telecoms operators and service providers. Capabilities span legal and regulatory matters, including interconnection services, licence filing, permitting issues, and litigation against federal and local governments.   

Work highlights Advised Fundación Cultural por Zacatecas in achieving a new concession for a TV station in the state of Zacatecas.

Notable practitioners  

Peers highlight key practitioner Joaquín Álvarez del Castillo as an active player in this space. He acted as lead partner in the aforementioned matter advising Fundación Cultural por Zacatecas in achieving a new concession for a TV station.

Experienced practitioner Federico González-Luna provides expertise across the telecoms sphere, and recently acted as lead partner in advising Infonavit on the closing of 12,500 indirect amparo trials. In addition to his legal practice, he also acts as a federal representative and the chair of the Radio & Television Committee.

Significant clients Grupo Televisa, Elara Comunicaciones, Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Seguros, Infonavit, Lógica Industrial.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International player with strength in the TMT arena. Regularly advises key names in the domestic and overseas markets on a wide range of issues, including multi-jurisdictional transactions, regulatory concerns and disputes. Also active in e-commerce and content rights. Growing involvement in the representation of foreign entrants to the Mexican telecoms ambit.

Strengths

"This is a very reliable team with excellent experience in telecoms and regulatory matters."

Work highlights Advised Disney on regulatory issues and proceedings before the regulator, including securing the certification of the Infinity game for Xbox One for a subsequent launch within Mexico.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Federico Hernández Arroyo receives ample praise from sources, who endorse "his excellent knowledge of telecoms regulations" and "his great dedication in matters relating to this industry." He has over 15 years of experience in advising on regulatory, commercial and procurement transactions.

Significant clients American Tower Corporation de México, Vodafone, Dowel Schlumberger de México, Disney, Goldcorp.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent telecoms practice recognised for its consistent activity in major transactional work for market-leading industry players, including cable television companies, satellite operators and radio broadcasters. The TMT team is supported by complementary departments such as antitrust, corporate/M&A and finance.

Strengths

"I hold this firm in the highest regard - the lawyers offer a very professional and diligent service."  

Notable practitioners  

Clients single out key partner Patricio Trad Cepeda, stating: "He has a good business head on top of his legal shoulders." He combines his practice in this area with his work in the capital markets, banking and corporate fields.  

Partner Pilar Mata Fernández has ample experience of advising market-leading telecoms clients on matters including investigations and antitrust filings. She also offers expertise in the project finance and banking sectors.

Significant clients Grupo Televisa, Eutelsat, Satmex, Talktel, Temasek Holdings.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced TMT team with wide-ranging expertise covering telecoms, media and IT, in addition to a high level of involvement in data privacy and protection matters. Also active in drafting and implementation of agreements, regulatory issues and cross-border transactions.

Strengths

"The team is very good at reviewing our requirements and going deeper into what the law says. Santamarina has different areas with specialised teams so we receive very good support from them."

New developments New client wins for the firm this year include BlackBerry and First Data.  

Notable practitioners  

Clients endorse department co-head Jorge León-Orantes for his practice in this area, stating: "He has a high level of expertise, and is very practical in thinking in terms of our business, understanding its needs and finding solutions." They add: "He is always very clear, and gets back to us quickly." 

Significant clients Amazon, MTV Networks, El Palacio de Hierro, Fusion Media Network, Chevron.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong corporate player with a distinctive presence in complex transactions involving the telecoms and broadcasting industries. Team is recognised for its experience in advising leading names in the market, including major media companies, and mobile phone and satellite operators. 

Strengths

"These lawyers are excellent: we feel very comfortable working with them because we know that our matters will be handled very meticulously. The service is great, and the team is made up of very good partners and associates who provide excellent attention at all levels." 

New developments New client wins for the firm this year include Eutelsat.

Work highlights Advised Grupo Salinas on the sale of 100% of Iusacell to AT&T worth approximately USD2.5 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Department co-head Julian Garza Castañeda receives ample praise from clients, who state: "He is punctual and meticulous, handles the lawyer-client relationship very well, and knows a lot about his areas of specialisation." They add: "He is really proficient and personal, as well as being very smart and always providing studied opinions."

Significant clients Telefónica, Grupo Salinas, TV Azteca, Eutelsat, Softlayer Technologies.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Telecoms boutique with broad experience representing major industry names. Team possesses distinctive expertise and involvement in spectrum auctions, alongside capabilities in satellite services and telecoms disputes.  

Strengths

"This is a boutique firm with very good clients and a lot of professionalism among its team members."   

Work highlights Represented IP Matrix in its interconnection negotiations with Telmex, enabling it to become the first carrier with universal access and termination through a single interconnection point. The value of this matter was some USD10 million.

Notable practitioners  

Market sources highlight key practitioner Iván Ruiz Moreno, stating: "He is a very good lawyer in the telecoms field." He is highly active advising major clients in this area, including IP Matrix on the aforementioned interconnection negotiations with Telmex.

Significant clients IP Matrix, TV Azteca, BT, Omnitracs, XC Networks.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded international firm with a solid practice in the Mexican TMT arena. Team maintains a high level of activity in regulatory work and contentious proceedings, as well as participating in major financing transactions in this area.  

Strengths

"We believe that White & Case is a well-recognised firm with extensive experience and knowledge of the telecoms area, which has helped us to achieve favourable results."

Work highlights Representing Telefónica in 18 contentious proceedings, including a number against the new telecoms regulator IFETEL.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Ismael Reyes Retana is commended by sources for "his tremendous experience." Clients go on to add: "He focuses on the real problem directly to propose solutions - he is open and listens to his clients." He is particularly experienced in regulatory work and administrative litigation in the telecoms arena.

Associate Antonio Cárdenas Arriola garners praise from clients, who state: "He really knows the law and all its relevant aspects by heart, and guides us very quickly through the finer differences." They add: "It is very comforting to have a lawyer who really does his homework and understands how your business needs to change with the law."

Significant clients Telefónica, Televisa, Eutelsat Americas.

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Eminent Practitioner

Ríos-Ferrer, Guillén-Llarena, Treviño y Rivera S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed practitioner Ricardo Ríos-Ferrer of Ríos-Ferrer, Guillén-Llarena, Treviño y Rivera S.C. is described by sources as "a great lawyer," as well as winning praise for his activity in satellite issues. He is currently the acting president of the Mexican Bar Association.

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Acedo Santamarina, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources hold leading practitioner Andrés Acedo in high esteem, with clients commending "his excellent knowledge of the telecoms environment and regulations," adding: "He remains one of the foremost communications lawyers in Mexico." Peers are equally full of praise, stating: "He is a key element in the industry and will continue to be so."

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Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed telecoms expert Carlos Bello Hernández is widely commended by sources, with clients appreciating "his personal approach to our matters, legal acumen and solid practical advice," and stating: "He is very knowledgeable and looks for alternative solutions." They go on to add: "He is an excellent lawyer who is always up to date with trends in the market."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are full of praise for admired department head Sergio Legorreta, commenting: "He is very accessible and able to synthesise complex problems; he really knows the world of the authorities, and it is easy to work with him because of that." They add: "He is very informed, and it is clear that he is committed to the profession."

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Bufete Robles Miaja, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading lawyer Rafael Robles Miaja is held in high regard by peers, who describe him as "a very talented lawyer" and add: "He is certainly in the top tier." In addition to his work with prominent telecoms clients, he is also widely recognised for his capabilities in the finance and securities area.

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Soria Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading practitioner Gerardo Soria of Soria Abogados is highlighted by peers as a strong figure in this field, and receives additional endorsements for his knowledge of regulatory affairs. He is deeply experienced in this area, and his professional credentials include acting as commissioner of the Federal Telecommunications Commission.

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Clara-Luz Álvarez González de Castilla

Ibáñez Parkman Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers have ample praise for Clara-Luz Álvarez González de Castilla of Ibáñez Parkman Abogados, commenting: "She is a fantastic lawyer - very smart, easy to deal with in negotiations, and able to make the complex issues look easy." Sources also commend her deep experience in telecommunications matters, and her academic contributions to the field.

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Deschamps & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Jaime Deschamps of Deschamps & Asociados receives widespread praise from peers, who state: "He is one of the top players and a true specialist in telecoms." They go on to add: "He has a lot of experience and knowledge of very technical matters."

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Eduardo Gallástegui Armella

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight managing partner Eduardo Gallástegui Armella of DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano as "very savvy in technology and business." He is experienced acting as counsel to both domestic and international companies on telecommunications issues.

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Hogan Lovells BSTL

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Federico Hernández Arroyo receives ample praise from sources, who endorse "his excellent knowledge of telecoms regulations" and "his great dedication in matters relating to this industry." He has over 15 years of experience in advising on regulatory, commercial and procurement transactions.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are full of praise for partner Luis Rubio Barnetche of Jones Day, describing him as "a great business lawyer who is pragmatic and experienced," adding: "He is just what you want in a solid senior partner." Interviewees also state: "He is clear, practical, and we feel very comfortable working with him."    

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Ruíz Moreno, Palma y Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources highlight key practitioner Iván Ruiz Moreno, stating: "He is a very good lawyer in the telecoms field." He is highly active advising major clients in this area, including IP Matrix on the aforementioned interconnection negotiations with Telmex.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources commend partner Carlos Valencia, stating: "He is a very good lawyer in the TMT field; I respect him a lot." He offers deep experience of the telecoms industry, with areas of expertise including licensing and distribution agreements. 

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Joaquín Álvarez del Castillo

González Luna y Álvarez del Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers highlight key practitioner Joaquín Álvarez del Castillo as an active player in this space. He acted as lead partner in the aforementioned matter advising Fundación Cultural por Zacatecas in achieving a new concession for a TV station.

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Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers commend partner Jorge Cervantes Trejo of Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. as a "pioneer" in this field, and add: "You are always happy to see him on the other side because you know it will be a good deal."

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Band 3

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Julian Garza Castañeda receives ample praise from clients, who state: "He is punctual and meticulous, handles the lawyer-client relationship very well, and knows a lot about his areas of specialisation." They add: "He is really proficient and personal, as well as being very smart and always providing studied opinions."

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González Luna y Álvarez del Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced practitioner Federico González-Luna provides expertise across the telecoms sphere, and recently acted as lead partner in advising Infonavit on the closing of 12,500 indirect amparo trials. In addition to his legal practice, he also acts as a federal representative and the chair of the Radio & Television Committee.

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Santamarina y Steta SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients endorse department co-head Jorge León-Orantes for his practice in this area, stating: "He has a high level of expertise, and is very practical in thinking in terms of our business, understanding its needs and finding solutions." They add: "He is always very clear, and gets back to us quickly." 

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White & Case SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Ismael Reyes Retana is commended by sources for "his tremendous experience." Clients go on to add: "He focuses on the real problem directly to propose solutions - he is open and listens to his clients." He is particularly experienced in regulatory work and administrative litigation in the telecoms arena.

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Sesma, Sesma & McNeese, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources endorse the reputation and consistent activity of Carlos Sesma of Sesma, Sesma & McNeese, S.C. in the telecoms field. His professional experience includes his role as a founding member of the Institute of Telecommunications Law.

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Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients single out key partner Patricio Trad Cepeda, stating: "He has a good business head on top of his legal shoulders." He combines his practice in this area with his work in the capital markets, banking and corporate fields.  

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TMI Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Kiyoshi Tsuru of Tsuru Morales Isla is highlighted by sources for his niche expertise in software issues, with peers calling him "a very technical lawyer." He is also considered a leading practitioner in the IP field.

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Up and Coming

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Pilar Mata Fernández has ample experience of advising market-leading telecoms clients on matters including investigations and antitrust filings. She also offers expertise in the project finance and banking sectors.

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Associates to watch

White & Case SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Antonio Cárdenas Arriola garners praise from clients, who state: "He really knows the law and all its relevant aspects by heart, and guides us very quickly through the finer differences." They add: "It is very comforting to have a lawyer who really does his homework and understands how your business needs to change with the law."

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Associates to watch

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Carlos Díaz is endorsed by market sources for his practice, which encompasses telecoms, data protection, IT and e-commerce. He is currently the vice co-ordinator of the Telecommunications Committee for the National Association of Company Lawyers.

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Associates to watch

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Carlos Vela Treviño is highlighted by clients, who describe him as "very knowledgeable and experienced in technology matters," adding: "He is a great lawyer, who meets our needs in terms of language abilities, sensitivity to time demands, and proactivity."

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