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Latin Lawyer 250 2017

Hogan Lovells (Mexico)

Mexico

Prestigious full service firm with global platform

  • Established: 1948
  • Partners: 21
  • Total lawyers: 75

The Mexico office of Hogan Lovells is one of this jurisdiction's leading full service firms, and benefits from the larger platform of Hogan Lovells. The Mexican team joined forces with the global heavyweight in 2014, through which they achieved synergies across various practice areas. Since then, the firm has worked hard on consolidating the local offering into the wider firm. The Mexican team has also expanded its Mexico City and Monterrey offices, while preserving the family-like culture and shared values it has cultivated over many years. This has long been a distinguished firm that commands great respect in the marketplace for its strength in breadth and long-standing relationships with clients. It is among a select group in Mexico that insists that clients belong to the firm, not to an individual, thus ensuring the firm’s full range of skills is on offer to each client.

Hogan Lovells' full service approach is designed to cater to clients’ needs whatever stage of their lifecycle they are in. Work is divided into three major areas: corporate, which includes M&A advice and advisory services in antitrust, tax and labour; regulatory, where lawyers provide technical assistance in industries like pharmaceuticals, automotive and life sciences; and litigation. Its strength across the board and a client list that stretches across numerous sectors ensure it remains busy at any stage of the economic cycle.

Offices

In addition to its base in Mexico City, Hogan Lovells has an office in Monterrey with a focus on local litigation, corporate work and finance. Hogan Lovells has lawyers in over 40 offices, with the bulk of its other Latin American talent found in Miami, Madrid, Caracas, Houston, New York, Rio, São Paulo and Washington, DC.

Clients

Hogan Lovells' Mexican branch has a diverse client base, which has afforded it experience in a wide range of industries. Examples of the firm’s long-standing client relationships include those it has with pharmaceutical group Pfizer and IT company HPE. Bacardi, Philips, Procter & Gamble, Sherwin-Williams also use the firm. Walmart keeps various practice groups busy, particularly real estate, and automotive companies like Ford and Daimler turn to the firm for a variety of matters. There is also a strong representation of insurance companies, such as AXA and Liberty Mutual. Pharmaceutical group Bayer uses the firm for antitrust matters, while Mexican states now use the banking team for financing transactions.

Practice Areas

Corporate and M&A

Key partners: Juan Francisco Torres Landa is highly regarded for the quality of his service and high ethical standards. Carlos Ramos is another key name – one client who has used him and his team for years says his work on a variety of projects has always been ‘excellent and practical’ – while Federico de Noriega wins praise for his high level of service and strategic thinking. (Torres Landa and Ramos are recognised in LACCA Approved, client satisfaction research carried out by Latin Lawyer’s sister association, the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association).

Analysis: Hogan Lovells has a strong corporate practice. True to its nature, the firm avoids bidding as aggressively as some of its transactional go-getting rivals for deal work, but pulls in relevant work nonetheless.

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Antitrust & competition

Key partners: Ricardo Pons and Omar Guerrero are both recognised in LACCA Approved. Pons is often seen on transactional work, while Guerrero blends antitrust work with a respected litigation and arbitration practice. Hogan Lovells’ Mexican team can count on Bruno Ciuffetelli, a leading name for antitrust in Caracas, for cross-border work.

Analysis: This is one of Mexico’s top competition teams, which wins praise for its availability and commitment to clients. The team has a robust merger control offering and is experienced in cartel and investigatory work. It is representing companies in the antitrust commission’s investigations into the poultry, maritime transportation and pension funds industries. On the merger side, it acted for chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride on its purchase last year of Tyson de Mexico for US$575 million, and was involved in GE’s sale of its Mexican equipment lending and leasing business to Linzor Capital Partners.

Banking & finance

Key partners: Monterrey-based René Arce (recognised in LACCA Approved) has raised the firm’s visibility in banking and finance work.

Analysis: Hogan Lovells has invested in this area in the US and Mexico in the last couple of years, with noticeable results. Sub-sovereign work is a speciality - Tamaulipas and Nuevo León used the firm to obtain lines of credit in 2016. The team has assisted borrowers and lenders in other financing work.

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Insurance & reinsurance

Key partners: Carlos Ramos and Eduardo Siqueiros.

Analysis: This is one of the more established insurance teams in Mexico. The firm advises several major insurers on day-to-day matters and transactions. The firm also does related litigation work.

Arbitration

Key partners: Luis Enrique Graham is a prominent arbitration lawyer who wins praise from clients. He works closely alongside respected name Oliver Armas in the US. Eduardo Siqueiros (recognised in LACCA Approved) has successfully applied a prestigious corporate practice to the field of arbitration, during which time he has overseen both domestic and international disputes and participated in investor-state disputes. Omar Guerrero is also active here. 

Litigation

Key partners: Omar Guerrero (recognised in LACCA Approved) leads the group, working with Alejandro Garcia in Monterrey.

Analysis: Hogan Lovells has made disputes one of the core practice areas underpinning its service offering. (The others are corporate and regulatory.) The firm has been practising litigation since its inception, and work is often intertwined with the corporate practice, in keeping with the firm’s client profile. 

Administrative law

Key partners: Ernesto Algaba, who is recognised in LACCA Approved.

Analysis: The department is active in the energy sector, advising on Pemex’s procurement procedures and contract negotiations and on bidding processes organised by both Pemex and CFE. The pharmaceutical sector also generates work.

Energy

Key partners: Juan Francisco Torres Landa and Carlos Ramos.

Analysis: This is a well-established group that has been helping clients enter Mexico’s opening energy industry. The firm has experience in advising Pemex, but is careful it doesn’t conflict itself out of advising private sector companies, and is connected to very good energy teams in the US, Brazil and Venezuela. Recently, it has helped a Mexican energy company with a pipeline project.

Intellectual property

Key partners: Bernardo Herrerías 

Analysis: The team does contentious trademark and counterfeiting work as well as conducting litigation for clients challenging resolutions. The firm has handled major global brands’ trademark portfolios in Mexico for many years, and manages their anti-piracy programmes.

Labour

Key partners: Hugo Hernández-Ojeda (recognised in LACCA Approved) and the client-pleasing Luis Ruíz.

Analysis: Hogan Lovells has a recognised labour practice group. It is proficient in large-scale labour, employment and social security restructurings, helping companies reorganise large workforces, and has also assisted clients with mass termination and rehiring of unionised employees and in the termination of collective bargaining agreements.

White collar crime and compliance

Key partners: Juan Francisco Torres Landa was involved in the investigation into the initial allegations of corruption at Walmart in Mexico. Arbitration partner Luis Enrique Graham also has experience in the anti-corruption sphere.

Analysis: The firm offers help in potential administrative violations and related investigations, handles due diligence in government projects, advises on the consequences of violations and can help implement preventative measures. Hogan Lovells has investigations specialists based across offices in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and was hired by Electrobras for its corruption probe in Brazil.

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Real estate & tourism

Key partners: Ángel Domínguez de Pedro is busiest here.

Analysis: Hogan Lovells advises industrial and commercial companies in real estate matters. Clients include Walmart.

Environment

Key partners: Mario Jorge Yáñez and Brenda Rogel.

Analysis: The team has a broad practice that sees it advise on the environmental aspects of projects such as gas pipeline constructions. They also help clients challenge decisions by the relevant authorities.

Telecoms & media

Key partners: Federico Hernández

Analysis: This established team works with authorities to launch new projects in the industry and counts a prominent tower operator and technology companies as clients.

Trade

Key partners: Mario Jorge Yáñez

Analysis: The firm is well-regarded in this field, with experience in high-level anti-dumping investigations. It also assists companies with tax audits and assessments relating to incorrect tariff classifications and VAT from foreign trade operations. Hogan Lovells in the US represents both US and Mexican clients in NAFTA claims.

Tax

Key partners: Arturo Tiburcio and Jaime Espinosa de los Monteros, who joined from a tax boutique with four associates in 2016.

Analysis: Tiburcio’s practice is focused on audit work and tax litigation, while Espinosa provides tax advice to clients pursuing mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and public-private investments.

Pro bono

Key partners: Associate Lila Gasca works on pro bono projects on a full-time basis.

Analysis: The firm is recognised by Latin Lawyer as a Leading Light in pro bono work thanks to the number of pro bono hours its lawyers provide to those in need. Hogan Lovells requires its lawyers around to world to spend at 25 of their work hours on “citizenship activities” every year, with a focus on gender initiatives. Lawyers in Mexico work with Mexican think tank México Evalúa, which measures the impact of public policy in areas such as corruption. The team has also contributed to a United Nations investigation seeking to raise the standard of solitary confinement conditions around the world.


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