Garrigues has built a reputation for itself in the fiercely competitive Mexican legal market. After some aggressive growth since its 2014 arrival, which included cherry-picking talent from local rivals, the firm has now consolidated its core practice areas: corporate and M&A, banking and finance and tax.
The Mexico office is part of Garrigues’ footprint across Latin America, which includes offices across the four Pacific Alliance countries, which are primed to take advantage of increasing deal flow between Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru. The office can also rely on Garrigues’ presence elsewhere in the region and the world. These links in Asia and Europe should help the team ride out the economic turbulence that covid-19 has brought. Garrigues can also count on its experience weathering tough times in Spain, which taught it that the best strategy during such periods is staying close to clients.
Garrigues regularly invests in technology and artificial intelligence, which meant that the Mexico office was well-placed to transition to remote working, made necessary by the global pandemic. Garrigues has an information management system that uses artificial intelligence, which enables documentation to be managed more quickly. It launched an in-house ideas lab – called Innovation Think Tank.
According to a study, ‘Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies’, published by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, the firm represents eight of Latin America’s approximately 100 biggest companies. Some of the Mexico City office’s clients are the International Finance Corporation, Italian energy company Enel, Brazilian drinks company Ambev, Mexican restaurant operator Alsea and US telecoms infrastructure corporation American Tower.
Garrigues has offices in all four countries of the Pacific Alliance: Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile, as well as a foreign law consultancy in São Paulo. In Spain (where the firm has 18 offices), Madrid is the main base of the practice, while New York and Lisbon are also key. Garrigues also has offices in the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai.