Firm profile submitted by Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.
Cuesta Campos y Asociados (CCA) is a full service Mexican law firm, founded in 1978. CCA has become a leading Mexico Business law firm, recognised for its top quality legal services, rendered under the highest ethical standards. Client satisfaction and long term professional relationships with their clients have been used as their measure of success. The firm has offices in México City, Guadalajara and in the Bajío area, in the city of Silao, Guanajuato, as well as a presence in Monterrey, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez and Cancun, through long standing professional affiliations. The firm is recognised for its impressive client list, which is mainly composed of North American, European and Asian multinationals and foreign banks operating in various Mexican jurisdictions, as well as by leading Mexican entities. CCA has developed significant expertise in cross border transactions, and has consistently obtained the highest level of client satisfaction in regular client surveys. 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. Cuesta Campos operates under Project Management methodologies to increase control and efficiency. CCA is a top ranked and recommended firm in Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, International Finance Law Review (IFLR) and Latin Lawyer 250 in the following areas: corporate/M&A, banking and finance, labour and employment, real estate, IP. The firm is national sponsor of Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and, as such, it regularly publishes articles and presents webinars and conferences on various legal topics.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Corporate: CCA has focused its practice in the representation of the interests of leading foreign entities doing business in Mexico and leading Mexican entities. The firm has acted as lead Mexican counsel on several international business transactions of leading US entities and its 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 team offers a wide range of services across various industries, with input from the firm’s banking, finance, capital markets and real estate experts. CCA has participated in several 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 subsidiarises of international companies, and designed efficient corporate and tax structures used as corporate vehicles. Foreign clients applaud the team’s skill in introducing them to the Mexican market and guiding them through the alternatives to do business in Mexico.
Banking & Finance: CCA has advised a variety of local and foreign banks and lenders in all sort of banking and finance matters. CCA represents a number of leading US and foreign banks and institutional lenders documenting commercial finance transactions by preparing and negotiating security agreements, using Mexican based assets. Sources 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 Leaño is an ‘extremely knowledgeable and responsive practitioner, with great expertise in structuring deals,’ clients say. He has more than 22 years’ experience and has been advising multinational companies wishing to expand their business in Mexico.
Real Estate: CCA has worked on a range of 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: This heavyweight has a very solid team in Mexico. Their expertise is focused on the employment side and advising medium to large entities on labour matters. CCA acts as Mexican Counsel for many leading international and Mexican companies and advises them on their day-to-day legal needs including all labour issues. In addition to stand-alone employment work, CCA offers advice concerning employment issues as a support service to its corporate clients, and design employment structures and strategies in accordance with recently amended labour laws.
Intellectual Property: As a leading international/ national firm, it understands the demands of global investors, no matter where they are located. The firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group provides expert IP counsel to clients in Mexico and abroad so they can better protect/enforce their IP rights in Mexico.
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, French, Japanese.
CLIENTS Almidones Mexicanos, Audi, Bank of America, Bank of Montreal, Canon, Crocs Intl., Daimler, Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), Flextronics, Jabil, JP Morgan Chase, Laboratorios Pisa, Nike, Royal Bank of Canada, Sanmina, Subway, Wells Fargo, ZF Sachs, Daimler, EFI among others. For further references of clients please visit: www.cuestacampos.com/site/ about/testimonials.