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Latin-America Guide

Compliance — Mexico


Greenberg Traurig, S.C. - Compliance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Head of department: Hugo López Coll
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compliance powerhouse specialising in the field of anti-corruption. Advises leading multinationals on US FCPA and UK Bribery Act issues, offering additional expertise in the Mexican anti-corruption legal framework. Active in representing clients in investigations before both Mexican and foreign authorities, and advising on the anti-corruption elements of M&A transactions. Clients include leading players from the pharmaceutical, energy and retail arenas.

Strengths Impressed sources state: "This is one of the most expert firms in compliance issues. Its competitive advantage is the experience that its lawyers have in these kinds of matters."

Work highlights Advised Walmart on its global anti-corruption programme which includes risk assessments, FCPA litigation and internal audits relating to a multitude of jurisdictions.

Significant clients Walmart.

Notable practitioners

Clients enthuse that leading figure Hugo López Coll "provides a tailored service and is personally involved in a lot of the work. He has a perfect command of the law in this area and has enough experience to handle the more specific matters that we have." He advises both Mexican and international companies on issues relating to the anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legal frameworks.

About the Team (content provided by Greenberg Traurig, S.C.)

Greenberg Traurig's Global Anti-Corruption Group is a multi-disciplinary team of global governance, compliance, economic crime, securities, and corporate lawyers with extensive experience in evaluating, designing, enhancing, monitoring and defending global corporations’ anti-corruption compliance programs based on international laws and standards, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Greenberg Traurig Mexico City Compliance Practice Group is comprised of a premier team of lawyers with expertise on local law, including the new enacted body of laws of the so-called “National Anti-corruption System”.

The team’s experience also includes:

- Conducting corruption-related M&A due diligence, internal investigations (frequently multi-jurisdictional), risk assessments, compliance assessments and program implementation efforts (such as training) in Mexico and other jurisdictions. 

- Representing clients before Mexican and foreign enforcement agencies, as well as World Bank, and regional Development Banks in enforcement actions. 

Key features of our practice include:

- Expertise: Unique combination of litigation and compliance professionals who work seamlessly together to achieve meaningful results for clients.

- Proven results in cutting edge cases: We make every effort to assist clients to prevent violations, and when violations do occur, to resolve them with minimal financial or reputation harm.  


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Jones Day - Compliance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Guillermo Larrea and Bertha Ordaz
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout player in the compliance field carrying out a range of relevant investigations and internal anti-corruption reviews, offering expertise in the FCPA, UK Bribery Act and Mexican regulations. Areas of activity also include advising clients on compliance issues relating to outbound investment and public procurement. Represents a distinguished clientele comprising leading names from the local, US and European markets.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "Jones Day not only has a group of experts that provide a high-quality service, but they also anticipate the needs of our business using the knowledge that they have of the area, by way of their constant interaction with the key stakeholders forging the regulatory and legislative developments in Mexico."

Work highlights Assisted STERIS Corporation with an internal compliance and anti-corruption review.

Significant clients NEC de México, Lowe's Companies, The Wendy's Company, Arup, Telefónica.

Notable practitioners

Practice co-head Guillermo Larrea is described by clients as "prudent, dedicated, and attentive to the needs of our company." Sources go on to comment: "He likes to assess things from different perspectives to be able to adapt to any changes, hence he studies cases thoroughly and evaluates all possibilities. He is very meticulous and works very hard." He advises on matters of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and fraud, as well as general corporate governance.

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Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. - Compliance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Miguel Gallardo Guerra and Federico de Palacio
- 2 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Key practice group in the compliance arena advising an array of leading players in the Mexican financial services industry. Principally active in assisting banks with anti-money laundering matters through training sessions and audits. Noted for its role in interpreting financial regulations for major clients, and representing them before the CNBV.

Strengths Clients laud the firm's lawyers as "very good at acting quickly, and very thorough in their analyses. In addition, the assessment that you receive comes directly from the partner."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bank Mexico on the anti-money laundering aspects of the sale of its Mexican operations.

Significant clients Santander, Morgan Stanley, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Itaú BBA, Banamex.

Notable practitioners

Clients are full of praise for department co-head Miguel Gallardo Guerra, stating: "He is a very diligent lawyer with very good legal knowledge. He also consistently delivers within short timeframes." Sources go on to comment: "He constantly keeps himself updated regarding regulatory changes which could affect our sector." He advises a range of banks on making their operations compliant with both anti-money laundering legislation and general financial regulation.

About the Team (content provided by Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.)

​Regulatory Compliance

Our practice in the area of Regulatory Compliance is highly regarded by financial and banking institutions in Mexico, with a focus on regulatory issues in finance, banking and securities matters, as well as in anti-money laundering.


BGBG strives to offer high-quality services with a different approach. The main goal of all the members of the firm is to actually team up with our clients and assist them in accomplishing their goals.

We provide compliance services to several companies in Mexico and abroad, including corporations and financial institutions.

Members of the firm have been certified as compliance officers of financial institutions by the national banking and securities commission and they serve as external compliance officers of financial institution, such as Actinver (financial group) and SIF-ICAP (Subsidiary of the Mexican Stock Exchange).


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Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C. - Compliance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Humberto Morales-Barrón, Daniel Maldonado Alcántara and José Alberto Campos Vargas
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm acting as counsel to a range of international companies in connection with compliance issues. Main areas of focus include M&A-related anti-corruption assessments and internal compliance investigations for Mexican subsidiaries of large multinational corporations. Clientele comprises notable players from the automotive and energy sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its "very good responses to queries and good monitoring of our operations; the lawyers map out their activities in such a way that makes it very easy to begin the process of implementing courses of action."

Notable practitioners

Partner Daniel Maldonado Alcántara is praised by clients for "being very well qualified and knowledgeable about compliance, and having an open attitude when discussing matters." Peers laud him as "very clever when it comes to developing compliance programmes." He focuses his practice on corporate governance issues, offering additional expertise in regulatory compliance specific to anti-corruption and anti-money laundering.

Managing partner Humberto Morales-Barrón is praised by sources for "providing good, business-sensitive advice." Peers highlight his solid experience and professional trajectory, which includes acting as general counsel to GE. Clients enthuse: "He understands the perspective of US clients and that is definitely a plus."

Senior associate Oscar Quiroz receives praise from clients for his knowledge of this area. He advises on corporate governance and compliance audits.

About the Team (content provided by Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.)

This practice advises clients in all matters related to compliance in areas and industries subject to regulation. In particular, our compliance group has a very robust practice in corporate internal investigations triggered for multiple reasons such as potential violations to internal code of conducts, corrupt conduct, fraud, anti-trust proceedings, among others. whistleblower tools with a unique know-how in dealing with group advises on the design, implementation, and evaluation of client-tailored corporate compliance models. This practice also counsels clients on Mexican anti-corruption regulations and on compliance and/or regulatory audits and their legal implications in connection with M&A and commercial agreements, as well as in internal vetting procedures for distributors, agents and service providers. Additionally, the regulatory/compliance group represents clients during administrative proceedings, inspections, litigation, and, including sanctions, closures, and product seizures.

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Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC - Compliance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Head of department: Diego Sierra
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected compliance team principally advising on mandates within the area of anti-corruption. Provides compliance training sessions to large multinationals with Mexican subsidiaries, as well as M&A-related anti-corruption assessments. Offers additional expertise in conducting internal investigations for notable corporations.

Strengths Clients are "very happy with their work because the lawyers are highly professional, knowledgeable and experienced," and they add: "They understand the kinds of issues that most concern us."

Work highlights Provided the executive management of Mitsubishi Power Systems with anti-corruption and compliance training.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Centennial Towers, Saipem, Fitch Ratings.

Notable practitioners

The "very prominent" Diego Sierra is lauded by sources as "an incredibly knowledgeable lawyer with a real understanding of what multinationals want. He is highly responsive, very polished and easy to work with." Market commentators go on to add: "He is extremely personable and very hard-working. He has knowledge of both the FCPA and Mexican corruption laws."

About the Team (content provided by Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC)

Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. has advised leading international and national companies counseling and representing them in anti-corruption and compliance matters. We assure that our customers comply with Mexican anti-corruption policies and laws. We count with a team of experts that have local know-how and solid experience related to due diligence projects including the development of codes of ethics, implementation of anti-corruption programs and investigation of any possible corrupt practices in our clients´ business operations as well as the enforcement of corrective measures. We also have ample experience in collaborating with law firms in the US with respect to FCPA matters regarding companies doing business in Mexico. Our partners and associates in this practice area are qualified to practice law both in Mexico and the US.


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Baker McKenzie - Compliance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Jonathan Adams and Reynaldo Vizcarra-Méndez
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded international firm with a dedicated compliance team. Offers experience in advising clients on cross-border matters including the drafting and implementation of anti-corruption programmes for large multinationals, as well as corporate compliance investigations. Has significant expertise in FCPA and UK Bribery Act frameworks, and provides additional assistance with Mexican anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm, stating: "Baker McKenzie delivers a great service in terms of timings and attention to the client. The lawyers also provide very good technical advice."

Significant clients OHL, Lockheed Martin, Veritas, Cardno, Shire.

Notable practitioners

Practice co-head Jonathan Adams is admitted to practice in Mexico, Illinois and Arizona. He has experience advising notable clients from a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals and engineering. He focuses on advising multinational clients on cross-border anti-corruption investigations and compliance regimes.

Managing partner Reynaldo Vizcarra-Méndez advises on investigations and compliance consultation, offering a wealth of experience in commercial activities most closely related to compliance issues.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Our department has two foundational strengths: we anchor our practice firmly in local knowledge of business culture and practices on the one hand, and on the other hand, base our counsel and advice on knowledge of US and Mexican law from practitioners admitted in the US as well as in Mexico. All of our practitioners are permanently based in Mexico and live in the local business environment. This is vital to evaluating risk, carrying out incisive and effective investigations, and counselling clients on remediation and mitigation of risk. On the other hand, our practitioners include US-admitted attorneys who are licensed to counsel on US laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. We also have deep knowledge of Mexican regulatory issues that often constitute the basis for corrupt propositions by local authorities. We have outstanding capabilities in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, including practitioners with significant big pharma in-house experience. We also have counselled clients in all manufacturing industries, government procurement, real estate transactions, and financial transactions.


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White & Case SC - Compliance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Strong practice group fielding a recognised team with experience in both the public and private sectors. Active in providing a distinguished clientele of international clients with training sessions on the Mexican anti-corruption legal framework. Clients principally include players from the financial services space.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the team, with one source stating: "The lawyers are not just eager to help us, but they also educate us about the law, making recommendations and explaining legal concepts. I wouldn't have a business if it were not for them."

Notable practitioners

Sources highlight María Teresa Fernández Labardini's "experience and dedication," and go on to attest: "She is intelligent and has worked with regulators for years; therefore, she understands not just the laws but their implementation. If the law isn't clear, she is excellent at explaining it." She leads on the firm's most important mandates within the financial services industry.

About the Team (content provided by White & Case SC)

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Band 1

Jones Day

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Guillermo Larrea is described by clients as "prudent, dedicated, and attentive to the needs of our company." Sources go on to comment: "He likes to assess things from different perspectives to be able to adapt to any changes, hence he studies cases thoroughly and evaluates all possibilities. He is very meticulous and works very hard." He advises on matters of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and fraud, as well as general corporate governance.

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Band 1

Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients enthuse that leading figure Hugo López Coll "provides a tailored service and is personally involved in a lot of the work. He has a perfect command of the law in this area and has enough experience to handle the more specific matters that we have." He advises both Mexican and international companies on issues relating to the anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legal frameworks.

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Band 2

Miguel Gallardo Guerra

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are full of praise for department co-head Miguel Gallardo Guerra, stating: "He is a very diligent lawyer with very good legal knowledge. He also consistently delivers within short timeframes." Sources go on to comment: "He constantly keeps himself updated regarding regulatory changes which could affect our sector." He advises a range of banks on making their operations compliant with both anti-money laundering legislation and general financial regulation.

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Band 2

Daniel Maldonado Alcántara

Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Daniel Maldonado Alcántara is praised by clients for "being very well qualified and knowledgeable about compliance, and having an open attitude when discussing matters." Peers laud him as "very clever when it comes to developing compliance programmes." He focuses his practice on corporate governance issues, offering additional expertise in regulatory compliance specific to anti-corruption and anti-money laundering.

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Band 2

Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practitioner Luis Ortiz of Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. is appreciated by one peer who states: "What he is doing is very valuable; I think he is an excellent lawyer and I see that his focus is very clearly compliance." Other sources go on to add: "He is certainly an expert in compliance issues and he has a practical approach to resolving matters." Market commentators continue to recognise him as "a big name in compliance."

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Jonathan Adams is admitted to practice in Mexico, Illinois and Arizona. He has experience advising notable clients from a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals and engineering. He focuses on advising multinational clients on cross-border anti-corruption investigations and compliance regimes.

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Band 3

María Teresa Fernández Labardini

White & Case SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight María Teresa Fernández Labardini's "experience and dedication," and go on to attest: "She is intelligent and has worked with regulators for years; therefore, she understands not just the laws but their implementation. If the law isn't clear, she is excellent at explaining it." She leads on the firm's most important mandates within the financial services industry.

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Band 3

Humberto Morales-Barrón

Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Humberto Morales-Barrón is praised by sources for "providing good, business-sensitive advice." Peers highlight his solid experience and professional trajectory, which includes acting as general counsel to GE. Clients enthuse: "He understands the perspective of US clients and that is definitely a plus."

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Band 3

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "very prominent" Diego Sierra is lauded by sources as "an incredibly knowledgeable lawyer with a real understanding of what multinationals want. He is highly responsive, very polished and easy to work with." Market commentators go on to add: "He is extremely personable and very hard-working. He has knowledge of both the FCPA and Mexican corruption laws."

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Band 3

Juan Francisco Torres Landa

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa of Hogan Lovells BSTL is lauded by clients as "exceptional, attentive, professional and always on top of matters to the full satisfaction of his clients." Peers recognise his standing, saying: "He is a senior lawyer and has a lot of visibility." His recent work includes providing compliance training session for Univision.

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Band 3

Reynaldo Vizcarra-Méndez

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Reynaldo Vizcarra-Méndez advises on investigations and compliance consultation, offering a wealth of experience in commercial activities most closely related to compliance issues.

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Associates to watch

Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Oscar Quiroz receives praise from clients for his knowledge of this area. He advises on corporate governance and compliance audits.

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