Thanks to its historical ties to the country, Holland & Knight (Mexico) has spent the past decade successfully consolidating its Mexican offering. The recent merger with Thompson & Knight LLP, followed by a concerted drive to cherry-pick local talent, has seen the firm grow dramatically both in terms of headcount and revenue.
In a move that shook up the Mexican legal market in 2023, Holland & Knight added seven partners and two senior counsel from Sánchez Devanny, strengthening both transactional and non-transactional practice groups – corporate, trade, compliance, environmental and tax. The majority of these hires joined Holland & Knight’s Monterrey outpost, a timely move considering nearshoring has led to a boom in the manufacturing sector in Monterrey.
Showing organic growth is also important to the practice; it also recently promoted two partners across its corporate and project finance practices.
This firm’s transactional practice areas are its core strengths, but recent efforts show Holland & Knight is working to provide a full-service offering. The firm notes that its energy, disputes, trade and tax groups are also integral. In terms of regulatory matters, Holland & Knight also has a dedicated government affairs practice, comprising lawyers and experts in political affairs. It has been busy steering clients through the uncertainty of the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
According to the latest research conducted by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA), which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, Holland & Knight in Mexico represents 11 of the region’s 100 largest companies. This list includes Pemex, Enel and Cemex.
Luis Rubio Barnetche remains at the helm of the firm’s Mexican office, which has continued to expand in recent years.
Holland & Knight now has 32 offices around the world, including two in Mexico (Mexico City and Monterrey) and one in Colombia. With the group’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.