Thanks to its historical ties to the country, Holland & Knight (Mexico) has spent the past decade successfully building a name for itself in the local legal market. Following the recent merger with Thompson & Knight LLP, the firm significantly bolstered its Mexican capabilities, adding an office in Monterrey and a sizable team of lawyers.
This firm’s transactional practice areas are its core strengths. Solid banking and finance and capital markets teams feature talented and experienced practitioners, while the firm also shows notable strength in the areas of labour, energy and disputes.
Luis Rubio Barnetche remains at the helm of the firm’s Mexican office, which has continued to expand in recent years. It strengthened its capital markets offering in 2022 by hiring a partner and senior counsel from a rival outfit. However, it lost a labour partner and six associates to another firm in this chapter at the start of 2022.
Partners reported a robust performance in the litigation and arbitration areas during the past 12 months as companies underwent restructurings and divestments to protect their core businesses. The firm launched a government regulation practice in recent months and divided its energy practice group into two, separating renewable transactions from oil and gas matters.
Mexican state-owned Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and Brazilian petrochemicals group Braskem feature on this firm’s client list.
Following Holland & Knight’s merger with Thompson & Knight, the firm now has 32 offices around the world including two in Mexico (Mexico City and Monterrey) and one in Colombia. With the firm’s roots in Florida, its Latin American practice is run out of Miami.
Alliances & networks
Since 2000, the firm has had an alliance with Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez in Venezuela.