Firm Profile

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez SC

Mexico

Eminent dealmakers with strength in breadth

LL 250 Elite

Established: 1936

Partners: 34

Lawyers: 168


Female partners: 8%

Partner to associate ratio: 3.8

Work areas
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This firm is elite for services in the following work areas.

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez SC is a market-leading full-service firm. It combines transactional excellence with a deep bench in multiple practice areas, fielding specialist teams across a broad spectrum of legal disciplines. This meticulous attention to detail wins praise from the firm’s loyal clients, who say that the deep range of expertise on offer is rare in the market.

Creel García-Cuéllar prides itself on applying innovative thinking to its legal counsel. Lawyers’ unflappable ability to clinch deals even in the most heightened periods of volatility in the Mexican market testifies to the success of the firm’s resourcefulness. The firm is capable of weathering ups and swings in the market with poised resilience not only through innovation but also thanks to the countercyclical practices it has spent years investing in.

Creel García-Cuéllar made concerted efforts to broaden its core service offering beyond the transactional fields its name is synonymous with. This has earned it a windfall of work in areas such as regulatory and disputes where major policy changes, put forward by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, have impacted the most, such as the energy sector.

Meanwhile, Creel García-Cuéllar has directed investment towards booming sectors in the market, such as fintech and start-ups, where clients praise the firm’s industry-specific knowledge. It also boasts expert knowledge in its tax, insurance, real estate and competition practices. In transactional terms, restructuring has recently supplied plenty of work for the firm. Companies still reeling from the global health emergency that began in 2020 continue to balance the books years down the line. Aeroméxico and Grupo Posadas are just two high-profile bankruptcy cases it has worked on recently.

Where the trends go, Creel García-Cuéllar follows, and the firm has advised on some highly relevant transactions in past months. As healthcare-related matters boomed – a side effect left over from the pandemic – the firm worked on several vaccine production investments and joint ventures.

Meanwhile, the firm is a familiar adviser on start-up investment rounds and acquisitions, not just in Mexico but in other large markets in the region.

The Mexican government’s widely contested overhaul of its energy and environmental policy has also provided the firm with a slew of arbitration and litigation cases. So much so that Creel García-Cuéllar incorporated a disputes boutique, appointing its two female founders as partners.

The swelling tide around ESG has not gone unnoticed by Creel García-Cuéllar, which is actively deepening its expertise in this area to position itself for the continued buzz around sustainable investment.

Among the significant work the firm has worked on recently, it has been enlisted to help Citi exit its Mexican operations – a mandate that involves selling one of the largest banking portfolios in the country. Notably, Creel García-Cuéllar recently worked on a pioneering France–Mexico aerospace deal; it guided Groupe Latécoère through the acquisition of the Mexican assets of Figeac Aéro. Heineken is also a regular client of the firm, while CDPQ is just one of several Canadian pension funds that rely on the firm’s services.

This is a firm that knows where it excels, and it continues to build on those core practices through promotions and lateral hires. In 2021, it elevated five associates to partner across its successful M&A, tax, arbitration and labour groups. This added further firepower to its arsenal, having added an esteemed partner from a fellow Latin Lawyer 250 firm to its restructuring offering the same year.

Having built an eminent reputation on the market over the past decade, Creel García-Cuellar has responded by more than doubling its size to keep up with unwavering demand. In 2022, the firm dissolved its executive committee of three and replaced it with a board of six partners, ensuring a pragmatic and efficient structure.

Diversity is an area where Creel García-Cuellar is increasing its efforts. Along with the appointment of the first woman to the management team, Mercedes Haddad, it aims to increase female representation within its partnership over the next few years. The firm is clear that these appointments will be based on merit and the hard work of its lawyers, rather than to fill quotas.

Creel García-Cuellar has a dedicated diversity and inclusion task force, and ties with local and international organisations such as UN Women, Inmujeres and Éntrale. It is also a signatory of the UN’s Global Compact for Sustainable Development, which establishes social and environmental goals for the organisation. These initiatives are key when it comes to recruiting young talent that is increasingly interested in organisations that do social good, which is on the firm’s priority list along with onboarding and training. Creel García-Cuéllar’s lawyers are cherry-picked from the world’s finest law schools, and many have worked in top global law firms. This has created a palpable international feel at the office.

The firm grew by 10% in headcount between 2021 and 2022, and investment in soft skills training remains top of the agenda. It has also poured money into office space and equipment to draw lawyers back into the office after widespread lockdowns from the global health emergency. Its Mexico City office reopened in 2022 but remains flexible for those who wish to work remotely. It also boasts top-of-the-range CRM software, and ensures its teams are technically fluent too. The firm is aware that the satisfaction of its partners and associates will determine the quality of work they produce, and it spares no expense when it comes to investing in IT and office resources. Strategy exercises, such as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) exercises, are on offer to all lawyers at the firm.

Its commitment to running a dynamic, efficient and agile operation has given it an edge over its competitors, but it is the quality of legal advice on offer that stands out most to clients. Companies’ feedback to Latin Lawyer highlights this, with clients praising the expert level of knowledge that its lawyers carry, while organisations say they can trust Creel García-Cuéllar’s advisers to be responsive, attentive to individual needs and, most importantly, on time.

Offices

Creel García-Cuéllar is headquartered in Mexico City and counts a second office in Monterrey.

Management

The firm now has a board of six partners after a recent refresh: Carlos Aiza, Jean Michel Enríquez, Luis Gerardo García, Pedro Velasco, Mercedes Haddad and Omar Zúñiga.

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