Firm Profile

Chávez Vargas Minutti SC

Mexico

Young player with innovative financing skills

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 2010

Partners: 3

Lawyers: 20

Work areas

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

Chávez Vargas Minutti SC arrived on the scene just over a decade ago and, in this brief time, has snapped up a good share of corporate work in Mexico. With specific talent in financial matters, this compact team has a strong track record of structuring sophisticated transactions and has links to local financial institutions and investors.

Corporate finance matters are handled with ease by this firm. This includes working on capital market transactions, financings and loan structuring, as well as credit lines for infrastructure projects. It has experience in novel financial structures: the firm guided state-owned financial credit institution Fonacot through two separate issuances of gender bonds, which will be used to fund productive consumer loans to women.

Chávez Vargas is now looking beyond these key areas to expand its offering, a response to client demand. It has increased its share of real estate clients, created a dedicated team of fintech lawyers, and opened a white-collar crime and compliance practice. This stand-alone department (CHM Compliance) is an important differentiator for Chávez Vargas, handling work associated with Mexico’s National Anti-Corruption System (SNA).

This fledgling firm added its third partner in 2021, promoting an associate to its senior rank. The appointment comes as Chávez Vargas is working to perfect its internal processes. In recent years, it hired a director of operations to oversee its transition from the traditional law firm model to a more institutionalised one. Part of that transition has involved devising clear internal methodologies that set out the exact role each lawyer has on each deal. This includes a strict Chinese wall between the new compliance group and the rest of the firm to avoid conflicts of interest.

Chávez Vargas works with rating agencies, such as Fitch Ratings México and Standard & Poor’s México, issuing legal opinions related to structured securities. Mexican state-owned housing lender FOVISSSTE is a long-standing client, as are Banobras and Santander. Several Mexican state governments have also turned here in the past.

Alliances & networks

In 2021, Chávez Vargas joined forces with Lupicinio International Law Firm, leading the work to expand the Spanish firm’s network across Latin America. The relationship gives Chávez Vargas’ clients a gateway to Europe from Latin America, while Lupicinio’s clients will have a first point of contact in the Mexican market.

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