Haynes and Boone is one of the largest and most active US law firms operating in Mexico, serving a growing list of both international and Mexican clients. The fully bilingual and bicultural Mexico City office, staffed with approximately 30 lawyers and law clerks, has attorneys licensed in Mexico, the US and Argentina. The Mexico City office, which has been serving clients for more than 20 years, is the largest office in Mexico of any Texas-based law firm and added several new practice specialties this past year, including environmental and tax. The firm’s position in the Mexican market positions it exceptionally well for the opening of the Mexican energy market and the firm has already seen a significant increase in legal work in this area.
Haynes and Boone’s Mexico City office works with clients from the US, Mexico and other foreign countries in a wide variety of sectors, including energy (oil, gas, power and renewables), aviation, automotive, banking and finance, consumer products and retail, real estate and hospitality, construction, food and beverage, healthcare, infrastructure/projects, technology, telecommunications, shipping and transportation, manufacturing, mining and water. The firm’s legal professionals are highly experienced in cross-border and domestic transactions in various legal practice areas, including antitrust, corporate and capital markets, banking and finance, bankruptcy, environmental, M&A, intellectual property, private equity, maritime/shipping finance, real estate, franchise and distribution, energy, tax, and arbitration and litigation.
Attorneys in the Mexico City office have participated in historic projects, including advising the Mexican government in the politically sensitive privatisation of downstream natural gas assets in the 1990s. The firm’s recent notable matters include representing companies that are active in the Mexican oil and gas bid rounds and related activity stemming from the recent Mexican energy reforms, representing Blackstone, the world’s largest real estate private equity fund, in its acquisition of the Mexican real estate assets of General Electric in a deal worth US$3.3 billion, as well as acting as counsel to a group of leading Mexican institutional investors (Afore XXI-Banorte, Afore Sura, Afore Banamex, government pension fund Pensionisste and infrastructure fund Fonadin) in their US$2.1 billion joint venture through a CKD vehicle with Canadian pension fund manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) for investments in Mexican infrastructure. CKD Infraestructura Mexico, which was formed for this transaction, is the largest CKD in history, with more than MXN$17 billion in capital commitments. Additionally, the firm has been active recently in the Mexican oil and gas bid rounds and related activity stemming from the recent Mexican energy reforms.
A list of representative clients in this area includes: AccorHotels, American Airlines, AT&T, Inc, Baker Hughes, Bancomext, Bancomer, Cathay Pacific, Chevron, Cotemar, SA de CV, Credit Suisse, DuPont Mexicana, Glencore International AG, Goldcorp, Inc., Greystar, Grupo Mexico, Haitong Bank, Hyatt Hotels, IEnova, IATA, Maridive Group, McDonough Marine Service, Mexichem, SAB de CV, Mizuho, Noble Energy, Inc, PGIM Real Estate, Solera/Audatex Americas, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Blackstone Group LP and Trinity Industries.
The firm has a strong aviation practice, and has advised American Airlines and other companies in the aviation sector for many years. In particular, the firm has for many years advised American Airlines on its legal matters in Latin America. In 2015, the firm also won a mandate to advise the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on its US and Latin American and Caribbean matters.
The Mexico City office is an integral part of the firm’s Americas Practice Group, which focuses on a variety of legal areas and business sectors throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and consists of lawyers located in Dallas, Houston, New York, Austin, Washington, DC and Shanghai. The Mexico City attorneys regularly participate in projects throughout the region and are called upon to coordinate complex projects in these jurisdictions on behalf of their multinational clients. Mexico City associates regularly work and train in the US offices of the firm, providing an excellent comparative law experience.www.haynesboone.com