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Latin-America Guide

General Business Law: Guadalajara — Mexico

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Prominent firm at the forefront of the Guadalajara market, with additional offices in Bajío and Mexico City. Widely recognised expertise across a broad range of practice areas, including corporate, labour and IP matters. Team is instructed by major names from the local and international markets, with particular strength in the automotive and electronics industries.

Strengths 

"Cuesta Campos y Asociados is a top-tier firm which provides some of the best client service around. We are extremely satisfied across the board."

"This is a very professional firm - its lawyers are highly qualified and responsible, and they always deliver on time. We are very happy with the service."

Work highlights Advised Daimler in connection with its USD1 billion joint venture with Nissan for the construction of an industrial plant in Aguascalientes.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Hugo Cuesta Leaño earns recognition for his international work in corporate, M&A and banking matters. Sources describe him as "very business-oriented and well recognised," going on to add: "He understands different jurisdictions and handles transactions very easily."

Key partner Azucena Marin is highlighted for her transactional practice, and also receives praise for her work in real estate, M&A and foreign investment matters. She has over 17 years of experience advising major multinational companies on a range of corporate issues.

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

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic player maintaining a stellar reputation in the local market for its wide-ranging practice. Full-service capabilities with expertise spanning corporate, finance, real estate, labour and IP work. Regularly advises major clients from a range of industries, with particularly strong activity in advising foreign investors. Additional offices in Mexico City, Veracruz and Houston.

Strengths 

"We have had a very positive experience working with this firm. The lawyers are extremely responsive; they take the time to explain the intricacies of Mexican law and how its processes work, and they are practical and proactive in their approach. They represent us very well and go out of their way to resolve our issues."

"The firm offers an excellent service: its lawyers are highly capable in their respective practice areas and they are very responsive."

Work highlights Advised China Communications Construction Company in the planning of the Science City project, which consists of the development of a technology park containing power generation and water treatment plants.

Notable practitioners  

Sources describe leading practitioner Alejandro Ripoll as "a studious, intelligent lawyer and a visionary in corporate matters." They add: "He is a brilliant practitioner who is highly dynamic and business-oriented." He offers substantial expertise in a wide variety of corporate issues, as well as in work involving the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Key partner Diego Ramos Castillo focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration for domestic and foreign companies. He attracts praise from sources, who describe him as "a very intelligent lawyer with a clear business vision." They add: "He is highly capable and studious, and he offers very good alternative solutions to our issues."

Associate Emmanuel Ibarra Castillo is specialised in labour and social security matters. Clients appreciate his service, calling him "a solid and pragmatic lawyer," and adding: "He is an expert in labour matters and is very clear in his answers."

Significant clients Grupo Financiero Banorte, Egis Group, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, El Informador Diario Independiente, Bosch.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International full-service firm with a strong presence in Guadalajara. Routinely called upon to assist foreign clients with their investments in Mexico, and well versed in matters spanning corporate, labour, real estate, tax and IP. Team has expertise in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries, and is adept at advising on the construction of hospitals and solar plants.

Strengths 

"The lawyers at Baker & McKenzie are serious negotiators. They are straightforward and upfront, which is a quality we really appreciate."

Notable practitioners  

Key partner Fabián Monsalve-Agraz is a highly regarded practitioner in real estate and corporate matters. Sources describe him as "knowledgeable, practical and easy to deal with," and state: "He is diligent, smart and open to dialogue. He is a deal maker who knows how to listen, understands the business and is very reasonable."

Significant clients Grupo Mayan, St. Jude Medical, Emerson, Grupo Barceló, Chicago Bridge.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded local practice with a particularly strong focus on corporate and M&A transactions. Further expertise is offered in investment projects in real estate matters. Team is also very active in the public sector and in competition disputes.

Strengths 

"González Luna has an excellent reputation in the market. The level of quality of its lawyers is very consistent, and their responsiveness is very good."

Notable practitioners  

Partner Santiago González Luna Marseiye is a highly esteemed practitioner with a wealth of experience in M&A, real estate and competition matters. He receives widespread praise from peers, who say: "He is an important player in the market and is very sharp in negotiations." They add: "He has been involved in the most significant transactions of the last ten years; the work he has done in building legal structures and strategies has been remarkable."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Distinguished local firm adept at providing advice on a wide variety of corporate matters. Regularly works with local real estate developers and international companies in M&A transactions, litigation and arbitration, and has additional capabilities spanning IP, insurance and foreign trade.

Strengths 

"Robles, Sánchez, Lazo Gallardo y Valdez is a very good player in this field which stands out for its work in M&A deals and business law."

Notable practitioners  

Respected partner Diego Robles Farías is highly experienced in real estate matters and corporate law. He is endorsed by sources, who describe him as "very intelligent and business-oriented" and add: "He is among the most brilliant lawyers in Guadalajara and has very important clients."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Respected local firm with a strong focus on assisting foreign clients investing in Mexico. Regularly instructed to advise on administrative law, real estate development and construction matters, and disputes arising from these transactions. Offers further expertise in IP and tax issues.

Strengths

"This firm is a very good option. Its lawyers have brilliant capabilities and are very well prepared."

Notable practitioners 

Key partner Jorge Robles is highlighted by sources as a strong practitioner in real estate and construction matters. Peers say: "He is a very good and well-recognised lawyer. I would definitely recommend him."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Respected disputes boutique with particular expertise in litigation and commercial arbitration. Fields an experienced team of lawyers highly sought after to advise on risk avoidance, as well as offering solid capabilities in handling complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Strengths 

"We would definitely recommend Torres Morante for litigation work."

Notable practitioners  

Partner Jorge Torres González is described by peers as "a very smart lawyer" and "a good and well-recognised litigator." He is a litigation specialist and is highly experienced in civil and commercial disputes.

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Santiago González Luna Marseiye

González Luna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Santiago González Luna Marseiye is a highly esteemed practitioner with a wealth of experience in M&A, real estate and competition matters. He receives widespread praise from peers, who say: "He is an important player in the market and is very sharp in negotiations." They add: "He has been involved in the most significant transactions of the last ten years; the work he has done in building legal structures and strategies has been remarkable."

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Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe leading practitioner Alejandro Ripoll as "a studious, intelligent lawyer and a visionary in corporate matters." They add: "He is a brilliant practitioner who is highly dynamic and business-oriented." He offers substantial expertise in a wide variety of corporate issues, as well as in work involving the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Band 2

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Hugo Cuesta Leaño earns recognition for his international work in corporate, M&A and banking matters. Sources describe him as "very business-oriented and well recognised," going on to add: "He understands different jurisdictions and handles transactions very easily."

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Band 2

Estrada & Estrada, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers hold Elias Estrada López of Estrada & Estrada, S.C. in high regard. Interviewees describe him as "a brilliant lawyer who is sharp and very technical," and add: "Whenever you have a deal with him, you know you will be focusing on the right things." 

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Band 2

Cuesta Campos y Asociados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Azucena Marin is highlighted for her transactional practice, and also receives praise for her work in real estate, M&A and foreign investment matters. She has over 17 years of experience advising major multinational companies on a range of corporate issues.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Fabián Monsalve-Agraz is a highly regarded practitioner in real estate and corporate matters. Sources describe him as "knowledgeable, practical and easy to deal with," and state: "He is diligent, smart and open to dialogue. He is a deal maker who knows how to listen, understands the business and is very reasonable."

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Band 2

Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Diego Ramos Castillo focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration for domestic and foreign companies. He attracts praise from sources, who describe him as "a very intelligent lawyer with a clear business vision." They add: "He is highly capable and studious, and he offers very good alternative solutions to our issues."

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Band 2

Robles, Sánchez, Lazo Gallardo y Valdez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Diego Robles Farías is highly experienced in real estate matters and corporate law. He is endorsed by sources, who describe him as "very intelligent and business-oriented" and add: "He is among the most brilliant lawyers in Guadalajara and has very important clients."

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Band 3

Aguilar y Padilla Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gabriel Aguilar Maytorena of Aguilar y Padilla Abogados is highly regarded for his corporate practice, with peers referring to him as "a very experienced lawyer who has been involved in huge transactions here."

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Band 3

Possumus Lex Luis Estrada Attorneys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Estrada López of Possumus Lex Luis Estrada Attorneys frequently advises clients on corporate matters and real estate transactions. Clients say: "He is always attentive, has great legal skills and is easy to work with."

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Band 3

Gatt Abogados & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Guillermo Gatt Corona of Gatt Abogados & Asociados is a well-regarded practitioner for corporate work on behalf of international companies. Peers are full of praise, saying: "We would highly recommend him - he has an impressive insight into how to do business in Mexico as a foreign client, and he really understands how different legal systems work."

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Band 3

Robles, Tostado, Corona & Sánchez Gil

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Jorge Robles is highlighted by sources as a strong practitioner in real estate and construction matters. Peers say: "He is a very good and well-recognised lawyer. I would definitely recommend him."

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Band 3

Torres Morante Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Jorge Torres González is described by peers as "a very smart lawyer" and "a good and well-recognised litigator." He is a litigation specialist and is highly experienced in civil and commercial disputes.

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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

Sources highlight Rodrigo Igareda Diez de Sollano of Gallardo, Igareda, Servín y Rodríguez, S.C. Abogados for his litigation expertise in employment and tax matters. Peers state: "I have a great impression of him; he is very hard-working and takes care of the details. He is very organised, and focuses on the transaction rather than on finding obstacles." 

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Associates to watch

Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Emmanuel Ibarra Castillo is specialised in labour and social security matters. Clients appreciate his service, calling him "a solid and pragmatic lawyer," and adding: "He is an expert in labour matters and is very clear in his answers."

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