Firm profile submitted by Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.
Managing Partner: Hugo G Cuesta
Partners: Azucena Marin, Fernando Cuesta, Elena Robles
Number of other lawyers: 42
Corporate: Azucena Marín, Elena Robles
Corporate M&A: Hugo Cuesta
Real Estate: Berenice Soto
Labour & Employment: Gerardo Valencia, Carlos Ferrán M
Banking & Finance: Miguel Irurita
Intellectual Property: Mauricio Chozas
Cuesta Campos y Asociados (CCA) is a full service Mexican law firm, founded in 1978. As a leading business law firm, CCA is recognised for providing a personalised service under the highest ethical and quality standards. Client satisfaction and long term professional relationships with their clients have been used as a measure of success.
The firm has offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara and in the Bajio region, as well as a presence in Monterrey, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez and Cancun, through long standing professional affiliations. Cuesta Campos is the exclusive member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide in Mexico, having the best of both worlds: a local firm with international standards.
The firm has a strong track record representing sophisticated needs for leading North American, European and Asian multinationals and foreign banks operating in various Mexican jurisdictions, as well as for top Mexican entities. The team is known for being flexible, business-oriented and committed to represent its clients’ interests. All attorneys and staff are fully bilingual and many hold postgraduate studies and LLM’s in leading universities in Mexico, the United States and Europe. CCA operates under Project Management methodologies to increase efficiency and focus on value added.
CCA is a top ranked and recommended firm in Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, International Finance Law Review (IFLR) and Latin Lawyer in corporate/ M&A, banking and finance, labour and employment, real estate, IP. The firm is a national sponsor of Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), and regularly publishes articles and presents webinars and conferences on various legal topics in different forums.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Corporate: The firm has acted as the main Mexican counsel for several international business transactions of Fortune 500 companies and their Mexican subsidiaries. CCA represents more than 200 Mexican subsidiaries of foreign companies on their legal needs in Mexico.
Corporate M&A: The corporate and M&A practice offers a wide range of services across different industries, with input from the firm’s banking and finance, capital markets and real estate experts. Cuesta Campos has participated on many large and complex M&A transactions, including private and public investments, joint ventures in an array of industries, as well as ongoing businesses, private acquisitions or sales of Mexican subsidiaries of international companies, and designed efficient corporate and tax structures used as corporate vehicles. Foreign clients applaud the team’s ability to introduce them to the Mexican market and guiding them through the alternatives to do business in Mexico with a soft landing approach.
Banking & Finance: The firm has advised a variety of local and foreign banks and lenders in all sorts of banking and finance matters. Cuesta Campos represents leading US and foreign banks and institutional lenders documenting commercial finance transactions by preparing and negotiating security agreements, using Mexican based assets. Clients say: ‘It is an excellent law firm. They are very thorough, perfectly bilingual, and exceptionally fast in responding to all of our legal needs and questions.’ Managing partner Hugo Cuesta is an ‘extremely knowledgeable and responsive practitioner, with great expertise in structuring deals.’ He has more than 22 years of experience and has been advising multinational companies wishing to expand their business in Mexico.
Real Estate: Cuesta Campos has worked on a range of key transactions including: major real estate developments, industrial parks and manufacturing plants, critical environmental issues, representing top industrial, commercial and resort developers including multi-million acquisitions of real estate developments and industrial facilities, significant real estate projects in Mexico and foreign investments by real estate investors. ‘They are very responsive and resourceful, with excellent quality standards and great knowledge of the local regulations’, clients comment. Azucena Marin has counselled big companies in the sale and acquisition of industrial plants, and also advises on federal and local tax implications in such transactions. She is appreciated for her ‘great expertise and efficient way of handling work.’
Labour & Employment: The L&E practice at Cuesta Campos is known for having a solid background representing Mexican and multinational companies in all kinds of labour and employment matters, including advising on the employment aspects of major transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, plus labor law work such as collective bargaining, and employee benefits-related engagements. The firm has strong experience in advising and defending major corporations in employment litigation, and designs employment structures and strategies in accordance with recently amended labour laws.
Intellectual Property: The intellectual property practice provides expert counsel to clients in Mexico and abroad to protect and enforce some of their most valuable assets in Mexico: their IP rights. The team has strong experience in trademark, patent and copyright prosecution, consulting, licensing and litigation, including cancellation, annulment, and infringement actions before the administrative authorities and federal courts. Cuesta Campos constantly designs tailor-made IP protection strategies for key clients in different industries, such as pharmaceutical, food, personal care and automotive.
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, French, German, Japanese
Almidones Mexicanos, Audi, Bank of America, Bank of Montreal, Canon, Crocs, Daimler, Electronic Arts, Flextronics, Jabil, JP Morgan Chase, Laboratorios Pisa, Nike, PepsiCo, Royal Bank of Canada, Sanmina, Subway, Wells Fargo, ZF Sachs, among others.
For further clients’ references please visit: www.cuestacampos.com/testimonials.