Firm Profile

Baker McKenzie (Mexico)

Mexico

Far-reaching, full-service firm

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 1961

Partners: 60

Lawyers: 202

Work areas

This firm is highly recommended for services in the following work areas.

Baker McKenzie is deeply entrenched in Mexico. Its sheer size (with almost twice as many partners as the next largest rival) and unparalleled coverage of the local market, with offices in five key Mexican cities, sets the firm apart. In addition, Baker McKenzie’s global platform is an undeniable plus for multinational clients.

As a full-service operation, Baker McKenzie has great capabilities across the board. Strength in breadth means that a busy workload in one area compensates for a quiet period in another, this has proved particularly vital during a year where Mexico’s economy was rocked by covid-19, reducing the volume of deals. The transactional group (which includes banking and finance, capital markets, global reorganisations, M&As, private equity, projects and restructuring and insolvency) has nonetheless picked up a significant amount of work from Baker McKenzie’s global clients, which allows local deal teams to work on the Mexican legs of global transactions.

At the start of 2021, the firm made promotions in the areas of trade, banking & finance and labour, restocking the senior ranks after some departures during the previous year.

Tax, energy and IP remain core areas for the firm while labour law has long been a highlight and the firm expects 2021 to bring new business opportunities from the recently signed United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). At a global level, the firm has implemented a strategy called the 3R Framework (Resilience, Recovery and Renewal). This consists of supporting clients at various stages of the economic recovery, in the aftermath of the covid-19 pandemic.

Baker McKenzie has invested heavily in talent management. It offers two career paths for its lawyers – either towards the partnership or a senior counsel role. Distinguishing itself from much of the Mexican market, Baker McKenzie has a flexible working structure for its lawyers called ‘bAgile’. This is a firm-wide initiative with four different arrangements, including remote working, less than full-time, flexible hours and time off. This emphasis on remote working certainly stood the firm in good stead going into the covid-19 crisis.

Another differentiating factor is this firm’s ambitious diversity strategy. The firm supports the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign (and joined the United Nations Global Compact’s local network in 2020, which has allowed for a sharper focus on corporate social responsibility). It has formalised its partnership with Pride Connection Mexico, a network of companies that promotes inclusive workspaces for sexual diversity.

Lawyers’ knowledge, accurate opinions, fast response times and professionalism are praised by clients.

Offices

Baker McKenzie has five offices across Mexico: Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Juárez and Tijuana. Baker McKenzie’s footprint across Latin America means lawyers in Mexico have the support of offices in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela, as well as its Brazilian association firm Trench Rossi Watanabe. Several offices in the US and Europe are integral to the Latin American practice.

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