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Latin-America Guide

General Business Law: Guadalajara — Mexico


Cuesta Campos y Asociados, S.C. - General Business Law: Guadalajara

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hugo Cuesta, Azucena Marin and Fernando Cuesta
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious firm with a long-standing reputation in the Guadalajara market, offering expertise across a variety of fields spanning corporate, labour and IP law. Represents significant clients from both local and international markets, with particular strength in advising key names within the automotive and electronics industries. Firm has additional offices in Bajío and Mexico City.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team, stating: "The firm offers a great service that provides resolution for the various issues we face on a regular basis; its lawyers have solid abilities in delivering insightful recommendations."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Flextronics on the cross-border expansion of its partnership with Bose.

Significant clients Nike, Daimler, Crocs, Electronic Arts, Kimberly-Clark.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and leading name Hugo Cuesta Leaño co-heads the department, and is recognised for his expertise in international corporate and finance matters. Sources highlight his stellar reputation in Guadalajara, with one interviewee declaring: "I have great appreciation and respect for him; he has a strong sense of the matters he handles." He offers considerable experience in advising major US-based corporations.

Co-head of department Azucena Marin offers extensive experience in advising multinational corporations across the fields of M&A, finance and real estate. Sources praise her ability, saying: "She's a great lawyer; she's reliable, hard-working and highly intelligent. She really studies the deals and delivers."

Associate Miguel Romero specialises in trade and tax law, and is highly praised by clients for his legal knowledge and accessibility. They say: "He displays profound knowledge of our operations, and makes his expertise accessible and easy to understand."

Department profile by Cuesta Campos y Asociados, S.C.

Cuesta Campos was founded in the city of Guadalajara in 1978, and is the oldest and most prestigious international law firm in Guadalajara. Since then, CCA has provided legal advice to multinationals and key players in the region, and has thorough understanding of the main industries in the area.

 

Cuesta Campos has led a number of domestic and international M&A transactions in the area, representing multinationals established in Guadalajara such as Nike, Flex, Daimler, Crocs, ZF Sachs, among others. The firm praises to offer world class services and represent domestic leading companies in landmark transactions for Guadalajara, such as the legal advice provided to DMI in a joint venture with Hyatt for the financing and construction of a high-end hotel in the modern financial district of the city.

The firm has acted on behalf of leading foreign and local entities in the most relevant transactions in the market, and thus has developed a significant expertise in a variety of business law fronts.

The firm has also offices in Mexico City and in Silao, Guanajuato.

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As the exclusive member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide in Mexico, Cuesta Campos has global capability with long-standing professional affiliations in more than 90 countries. 


Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster - General Business Law: Guadalajara

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Diego Ramos Castillo, Alejandro Ripoll and Alejandro Schuster Benitez
- 8 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier firm with an outstanding reputation in the local market. Offers an integrated service drawing on expertise from diverse practice areas, including corporate, finance, real estate and labour, with particular strength in handling contentious cases. Frequently acts as counsel to significant corporations across a range of industries, as well as government entities, with particular experience in advising foreign investors. Firm has additional offices in Mexico City and Veracruz.

Strengths The team receives a wealth of praise from clients, with one reporting: "The lawyers handle highly important matters with complete professionalism, and they are very punctual, as well as demonstrating a great level of talent and diligence; they are always one step ahead."

Another sources adds: "They are very focused and specialised in what they do, they are always thinking of a way to avoid long complicated procedures, and always have an open mind in order to reach a good negotiation."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to the majority shareholder of Grupo Fertinal in the sale of the entirety of its assets, totalling USD255 million, to Pemex.

Significant clients China Communications Construction Company, Grupo Financiero Banorte, Egis Group, Bosch, Grupo Dragon.

Notable practitioners

Leading practitioner Alejandro Ripoll offers substantial expertise in the fields of corporate law and foreign investment, in addition to winning praise for his advice in energy and infrastructure projects. Clients highlight "his professionalism and personalised service," adding: "He has very good legal knowledge and is highly business-oriented." He regularly counsels major foreign investors, with recent work including advising China Communications Construction Company regarding a USD2 billion power project under development in the state of Jalisco.

Key partner Diego Ramos Castillo leads the firm's dispute resolution practice, and is highly experienced representing local and multinational companies in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Clients describe him as "an energetic adviser who is very smart and highly knowledgeable," going on to note: "He is structured and studious in his approach to matters."

Department profile by Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

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Baker McKenzie - General Business Law: Guadalajara

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Javier Navarro-Velasco
- 7 partners
- 37 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned international firm with full-service capabilities. Frequently seen representing foreign clients in their investments in the local market, with expertise spanning a range of areas including corporate, labour, real estate, tax and IP. Offers particular experience in advising on matters within the automotive, pharmaceutical and construction industries.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "excellent service," adding: "The lawyers are very proactive; they see that something needs to be addressed and give it their attention, and they keep us on target."

Work highlights Represented Synthon Mexico in the development of a USD50 million pharmaceutical facility in Jalisco, including advice on the bidding process and credit agreement.

Significant clients Emerson, GPV, Grupo Celanese, Lite-On Technology, BBVA.

Notable practitioners

Key partner Fabián Monsalve-Agraz is widely recognised for his expertise in M&A and real estate transactions. He is frequently seen representing significant developers and purchasers hailing from the manufacturing and construction industries.

Department profile by Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie Guadalajara has become a strategic part in the creation and development of business in Mexico and Latin America, taking part in important matters for several industries such as the automotive, IMMEX/Export, pharmaceutical, tequila, hotels & resorts, construction and others. Our office in Guadalajara is highly recognized for the high level of specialization, knowledge and handling of legal provisions and standards in international trade and customs, corporate, transactional, mergers & acquisitions, tax and transfer pricing, social security and labor, immigration, real state and infrastructure, intellectual property and dispute resolution matters; as well as for the excellent relationships with government and labor agencies and the region’s most important chambers and associations.

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González Luna - General Business Law: Guadalajara

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 8 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Local firm with an impressive reputation in the state of Jalisco and beyond, offering a wide array of relevant services. Areas of expertise span corporate law and M&A transactions, estate planning and foreign investment, as well as offering capabilities in administrative litigation cases. Additional services rendered in the IP and data protection space.

Strengths The lawyers are described as "very impressive and well respected, not only for their technical skills but also for the level of quality in their work."

Notable practitioners

Esteemed partner Santiago González Luna Marseiye is held in high regard by sources for his prominence in this market. One client asserts: "He is one of the best lawyers I have ever met; he is completely reliable, and if I had a large and complex deal, he is the person I would go to." Interviewees recognise his focus on corporate and real estate matters, and he also offers niche expertise in competition law.

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Robles, Sánchez, Lazo Gallardo y Valdez - General Business Law: Guadalajara

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Diego Robles Farías and Gerardo Valdez Santaella
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected local firm recognised for its experience in various areas of corporate law, spanning joint ventures, loan agreements and tax planning. Team's expertise also extends to real estate law, as well as commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. Client list includes key international names from the pharmaceutical, agroindustrial and financial sectors.

Strengths Sources enthuse: "The team's performance is top-notch, and its work is of a high quality."

Work highlights Represented Oracle in a range of matters relating to the development of its new campus opening in Guadalajara. The firm's role included real estate due diligence and negotiations with the Mexican government.

Significant clients Laboratorios Pisa, Casa Cuervo, Tecno Lite, Banorte, Tierra y Armonía.

Notable practitioners

Partner Diego Robles Farías is highly regarded for his expertise in real estate and corporate law. Sources praise his strength as "a very well-positioned business lawyer as well as a great academic," with clients describing him as "an excellent adviser, who is knowledgeable, conciliatory and always available."

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Torres Morante Abogados - General Business Law: Guadalajara

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jorge Torres González and Gustavo Morante
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded boutique offering significant expertise in dispute resolution. Team specialises in litigation and arbitration pertaining to a range of sectors, including real estate, education and healthcare, with particular strength in advising on risk avoidance and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's capabilities, enthusing: "The lawyers are very talented, highly technical, profound in their arguments, and very organised."

Notable practitioners

Partner Jorge Torres González leads the litigation department and specialises in civil and commercial disputes. Clients praise the depth of his knowledge, as well as his "vision and innovation," going on to note: "He is very professional, his knowledge of legal matters in Mexico is great, and he knows the market in Guadalajara well."

Partner Gustavo Morante heads the arbitration department and specialises in dispute resolution across a variety of industry sectors. Clients say: "He is a superb lawyer - he's extremely committed, highly capable of handling our matters, and the amount of time he dedicates to us is impressive."

Department profile by Torres Morante Abogados

Dispute Resolution Department:

The Firm is known for having proven experience in matters of complex litigation and in processes that require international cooperation.

The Department handles work over the following areas:

  • Litigation before State and Federal Courts: The Firm has successfully represented its clients in trials related to commercial businesses, real estate, distribution, manufacturing, foreign investment, pharmaceutics and NGO´s.  Our specialization is related to strategic and complex litigation, as well as cases related to the protection of foreign investors in Mexico.
  • Arbitration: The Firm has represented clients in commercial arbitration before national institutions (CAM-Centro de Arbitraje de México), or international (CAS-Court of Arbitration for Sport). We have also participated in mixed arbitrations (investor-state dispute settlement) in matters regarding foreign investment under the various existing Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT’s).

We have recently or are currently representing:

·         Transnational clients of the health industry against Mexican Governmental Institutions.

·         Groups of clients affected by banking and fiduciary malpractices.

·         NGO dedicated to assist migrants and defend their human rights (Pro Bono case).

·         Transnational company claiming compensation for damages derived from both contractual and extra-contractual liability.

·         Transnational brewing company in a legal dispute related to distribution.


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The Firm has been supporting colleagues from around the world in implementing rogatory letters, as well as in executing sentences and arbitral awards in Mexico. We have prepared a number of expert opinions of Mexican Law to be presented before foreign courts in different jurisdictions.


The Firm is known for representing its clients (both national and foreign) with high technical and ethical standards. On April 21st, 2017 all partners, associates and interns have, individually, signed the IBA Judicial Anti-Corruption Compact, initiative launched by the International Bar Association’s (“IBA”) President David W. Rivkin. By signing it, each signatory assumes the commitment, for example, of not to tolerate corrupt practices, protect the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and to report any type of breach to the Anticorruption Compact principles.



Possumus Lex Luis Estrada Attorneys - General Business Law: Guadalajara

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luis Estrada
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected local firm with extensive expertise in the real estate sector, offering specialisation across a range of areas including land purchases, construction contracts, and commercial and residential leases. Frequently seen representing both local and international clients in real estate closings across the tourism and industrial sectors.

Strengths The team wins praise from sources, who say: "The firm is excellent; its lawyers are always responsive and very conscientious. Client satisfaction is very important to them, and they always ensure that the service provided matches our needs."

Notable practitioners

Key partner Luis Estrada López specialises in corporate matters and real estate transactions. He receives endorsements from clients, who commend him as "a very practical and effective lawyer."

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Robles, Tostado, Corona & Sánchez Gil - General Business Law: Guadalajara

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Established firm with a strong reputation in the local market, experienced in representing international clients in their investments in Mexico. Benefits from a strong corporate practice covering such areas as administrative law, real estate development and construction matters. Offers further expertise in IP and tax issues.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the firm, reporting: "The team is very capable and business-oriented."

Notable practitioners

Key partner Jorge Robles specialises in corporate law, and offers further expertise in real estate and construction matters. He is highly experienced in advising on cross-border transactions between Latin America and the USA.

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Band 1

Hugo Cuesta Leaño

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner and leading name Hugo Cuesta Leaño co-heads the department, and is recognised for his expertise in international corporate and finance matters. Sources highlight his stellar reputation in Guadalajara, with one interviewee declaring: "I have great appreciation and respect for him; he has a strong sense of the matters he handles." He offers considerable experience in advising major US-based corporations.

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Santiago González Luna Marseiye

González Luna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed partner Santiago González Luna Marseiye is held in high regard by sources for his prominence in this market. One client asserts: "He is one of the best lawyers I have ever met; he is completely reliable, and if I had a large and complex deal, he is the person I would go to." Interviewees recognise his focus on corporate and real estate matters, and he also offers niche expertise in competition law.

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Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading practitioner Alejandro Ripoll offers substantial expertise in the fields of corporate law and foreign investment, in addition to winning praise for his advice in energy and infrastructure projects. Clients highlight "his professionalism and personalised service," adding: "He has very good legal knowledge and is highly business-oriented." He regularly counsels major foreign investors, with recent work including advising China Communications Construction Company regarding a USD2 billion power project under development in the state of Jalisco.

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Band 2

Elias Estrada López

Estrada & Estrada, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Elias Estrada López of Estrada & Estrada is described by sources as a "very sharp lawyer." Commentators go on to call him "a great practitioner with a lot of expertise." He routinely advises clients on corporate and tax law.

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Band 2

Cuesta Campos y Asociados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Azucena Marin offers extensive experience in advising multinational corporations across the fields of M&A, finance and real estate. Sources praise her ability, saying: "She's a great lawyer; she's reliable, hard-working and highly intelligent. She really studies the deals and delivers."

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Band 2

Fabián Monsalve-Agraz

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Fabián Monsalve-Agraz is widely recognised for his expertise in M&A and real estate transactions. He is frequently seen representing significant developers and purchasers hailing from the manufacturing and construction industries.

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Band 2

Diego A. Ramos Castillo

Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Diego Ramos Castillo leads the firm's dispute resolution practice, and is highly experienced representing local and multinational companies in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Clients describe him as "an energetic adviser who is very smart and highly knowledgeable," going on to note: "He is structured and studious in his approach to matters."

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Band 2

Diego Robles Farías

Robles, Sánchez, Lazo Gallardo y Valdez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Diego Robles Farías is highly regarded for his expertise in real estate and corporate law. Sources praise his strength as "a very well-positioned business lawyer as well as a great academic," with clients describing him as "an excellent adviser, who is knowledgeable, conciliatory and always available."

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Band 3

Gabriel Aguilar Maytorena

Aguilar y Padilla Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gabriel Aguilar Maytorena of Aguilar y Padilla Abogados focuses his practice on corporate law, with additional specialisation in foreign investment and real estate.

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Band 3

Edmundo Elías-Fernández

Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Edmundo Elías-Fernández of Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton is held in high regard for his expertise in international trade, customs and foreign investment. He is deeply experienced in cross-border matters, and is particularly active advising clients from the automotive and maquila industries.

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Luis Estrada López

Possumus Lex Luis Estrada Attorneys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Luis Estrada López specialises in corporate matters and real estate transactions. He receives endorsements from clients, who commend him as "a very practical and effective lawyer."

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Band 3

Guillermo Gatt Corona

Gatt Abogados & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Guillermo Gatt Corona of Gatt Abogados & Asociados is well regarded for his experience in international corporate law, and frequently acts as counsel to foreign investors in the local market.

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Band 3

Robles, Tostado, Corona & Sánchez Gil

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Jorge Robles specialises in corporate law, and offers further expertise in real estate and construction matters. He is highly experienced in advising on cross-border transactions between Latin America and the USA.

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Band 3

Jorge Torres González

Torres Morante Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Jorge Torres González leads the litigation department and specialises in civil and commercial disputes. Clients praise the depth of his knowledge, as well as his "vision and innovation," going on to note: "He is very professional, his knowledge of legal matters in Mexico is great, and he knows the market in Guadalajara well."

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Band 3

José Zozayacorrea

EY Mexico

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner José Zozayacorrea of EY Mexico is highlighted as "a key player" by market sources. He is a highly experienced practitioner, regularly handling foreign investment matters and M&A deals. His client roster includes names from the pharmaceutical, automotive and agroindustrial sectors.

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Up and Coming

Rodrigo Igareda Diez de Sollano

Gallardo, Igareda, Servín y Rodríguez, S.C. Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rodrigo Igareda Diez de Sollano of Gallardo, Igareda, Servín y Rodríguez is commended by sources for the strength of his corporate and finance practice. He offers further specialisation in real estate matters.

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Up and Coming

Torres Morante Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Gustavo Morante heads the arbitration department and specialises in dispute resolution across a variety of industry sectors. Clients say: "He is a superb lawyer - he's extremely committed, highly capable of handling our matters, and the amount of time he dedicates to us is impressive."

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Associates to watch

Cuesta Campos y Asociados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Miguel Romero specialises in trade and tax law, and is highly praised by clients for his legal knowledge and accessibility. They say: "He displays profound knowledge of our operations, and makes his expertise accessible and easy to understand."

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