Firm profile submitted by Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodríguez-Rivero y Hurtado S.C.
Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodriguez-Rivero y Hurtado S.C. (“RGRH”) was established in 1997 as Capín, Calderón, Ramírez y Gutiérrez- Azpe, S.C. Since then, its client base has grown and is currently made up of both small and large Mexican and foreign companies, as well as multinationals doing business in Mexico. Regardless of RGRH’s size, since the beginning it has held its place among the leading business firms and ranks among the most recognised corporate, commercial and energy law firms in Mexico.
RGHR’s philosophy is based on personal service, professional excellence, timely response and reasonable rates, which make it a competitive firm. This philosophy has allowed RGRH to not just preserve its clientele, but to steadily grow.
RGHR has always placed an emphasis on excellence, which is why the attorneys are encouraged to study outside of Mexico and work abroad as part of their education. This enables them to become acquainted with other legal systems and allows them to better understand the needs of foreign clients. The attorneys possess an astute awareness of both legal and commercial issues, which makes them easy to do business with. Some are fluent in various languages, including Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Romanian. The partners also have a wide international exposure, and they actively participate in the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. The firm belongs to the Interlaw and Globalaw international networks, in addition to having a close working relationship with firms in the US, Canada and Europe.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Administrative Law: RGRH represents it clients in dealings with government agencies. It represents clients participating in public tenders, agreement negotiations and the obtainment of licenses and permits.
Antitrust & Competition Law: RGRH has represented several clients in investigations carried out regarding absolute and relative monopolistic practices. It also prepares filings on multinational and national mergers with effects in Mexico and renders advice on commercial practices.
Commercial Law: The members of the firm render advice on a wide array of topics related to the commercial activities of their clients. This advice includes insurance, licensing, distribution and franchising.
Corporate Governance: The firm specialises in company dealings regarding the corporate obligations of its clients including but not limited to compliance with foreign investment requirements.
Energy Law: The firm actively participates in rendering advice for the establishment of energy projects in Mexico, including gas, power and both renewable and traditional energies. The firm’s work includes complex regulatory issues negotiation of agreements and carrying out due diligence of ongoing businesses.
Finance Law: RGRH’s partners have ample experience with drafting, negotiating and implementing loan agreements as well as with restructuring deals and establishing the necessary guarantees and collateral. The firm’s members have participated in several syndicated loans. Immigration Law: The firm also assists its clients with immigration matters related to their officers and personnel.
Intellectual Property & Law: RGRH advises on trademark and copyright laws and carries out all the procedures related to the registration of trade names, trademarks and copyrights.
Labour Law: In this area, RGRH oversees the interpretation of labour law, advises on the drafting and negotiation of individual and collective labour agreements and represents companies in claims filed against them by former employees. The firm also deals with labour requirements such as social security, housing funds and others.
Mergers & Acquisitions: One of RGRH’s important areas comprehends mergers and acquisitions and everything related to them: from drafting agreements to conducting the corresponding due diligence and giving the necessary notices to the Competition Commission, as well as structuring financing schemes.
Real Estate: Real estate has become one of the firm’s specialty areas due to the volume of work in this field. RGRH advises its clients involved in the real estate and construction sectors on matters ranging from the purchase of land to carrying out due diligence, including negotiations with title companies and the development of the corresponding real estate. The firm’s work includes drafting promise agreements, sales agreements, condominium regimes, trusts and other related legal documents.
INTERNATIONAL WORK: RGRH helps foreign companies and investors navigate the Mexican market. As companies and investors express interest in entering Mexico, RGRH guides them through the potentially difficult process of learning about a legal system different from that of their home country. The firms help goes from rendering opinions on specifics of the Mexican Legal system to setting up and running a business in Mexico.
LANGUAGES: English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish.
CLIENTS: Costco USA/Costco de México, Rexam PLC, Maderas y Sintéticos de México (MASISA), Universal Music, Royal Caribbean, HSBC, Deutsche Bank México, S.A., Bancolombia, Philip Morris México, Office Depot Inc., Danone Medical, Burlington Industries, Kellogg México, Lennox Industries, Hitachi, Paladin Realty Partners, Iberdrola I&C, Cobra Instalaciones, Fisterra Energy, Dhamma Energy, WCAP Energy, Gaz de France SUEZ, Element Power, Grupo Salinas (Energia), Regent Steam, OPDE, Ecos Fund (Panamá), Abengoa, Gamesa Eolica, Sacgr.