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Latin Lawyer 250 2017

Kuri Breña Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar

Mexico

Mid-sized transactional firm

  • Established: 1990
  • Partners: 9
  • Total lawyers: 31

Kuri Breña, Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar has a good reputation for M&A, banking and finance, and capital markets transactional work, allowing it to attract large Mexican clients. This is thanks to a partnership that wins praise for the quality of its service offer from satisfied clients. The firm takes steps to understand its clients’ business and is notable for its knowledge of Mexico’s banking and finance sector.

Rather than having clearly segmented groups of lawyers, the firm has a fluid structure that enables it to appoint the most appropriate lawyers to the matter at hand. This, the firm says, is made possible by its size, and fosters a collaborative culture.

Kuri Breña has seen a few changes to its partnership in recent years, which led to the closure of its office in Monterrey at the start of 2016. However, the firm maintains that it is far more profitable concentrating on Mexico City, while it has kept hold of important clients in the industrial hub. It’s also notable that some of the partners who left to pursue new opportunities have since returned to the firm, including a banking partner who returned after a year working in-house at Banco Itaú BBA.

Like most firms in Mexico, Kuri Breña is starting 2017 on a cautious note, but is contemplating hires to boost its real estate, antitrust and capital markets offerings.

Clients

Clients include Vinte Viviendas Integrales, Banamex and Vitro in Mexico. Oil company Brown & Root also uses the firm.

Practice Areas

Banking & finance

Key partners: Daniel Kuri Breña is the most recognised name. He is very well-received by clients. Guillermo Garay and Álvaro Sarmiento are also active. In 2016, Rodrigo López Marquez returned to the firm after a year working in-house at Banco Itaú BBA.

Analysis: The firm participates in debt restructurings, capital market transactions, project financings, asset-backed financings and securitisations. 

Top deals

Most recent deals

Capital markets

Key partners: Daniel Kuri BreñaAlejandro Sobarzo and Álvaro Sarmiento are all noted by clients.

Analysis: This is the firm’s busiest team. It is well though of by clients who note lawyers’ problem-solving abilities and sound execution.

Top deals

Most recent deals

Corporate and M&A

Key partners: Luis Núñez, Daniel Kuri Breña and Jesús Sánchez are all noted. (Kuri Breña is recognised in LACCA Approved, client satisfaction research carried out by Latin Lawyer’s sister association, the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association).

Pro bono

Analysis: The firm is committed to pro bono work, taking on various projects each year. Importantly, there is strong partner participation. Partners assist Pro Mujer, a microfinance organisation dedicated to providing women in Latin America with financial help to start businesses, among other organisations. 


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