Being part of a prestigious international firm has ensured that Jones Day’s Mexican office has a global reach, but that it has a worldly mindset too. It is this international presence that has allowed it to establish such a sizeable and diversified offering in Mexico in a short time. Some extraordinary deal-makers have been attracted to Jones Day’s local post due to this seamless collaboration between global offices, giving its operations a certain eminence in Mexico.
Jones Day is one of the few international firms whose presence can say it has a truly multi-disciplinary offering at its Mexican operations. This ensured that the firm did not fall short of legal work even amid the economic fallout from thecovid-19 pandemic. Large conglomerates enlisted the firm’s services to navigate choppy waters, working on restructuring deals and the re-emergence of high-powered financial deals that had been put aside amid the worst of the covid-19 crisis. The firm scored a place at Avianca’s high-profile restructuring, advising the beleaguered airline on the Mexican leg of its Chapter 11 process. This operation won Latin Lawyer’s Deal of the Year in 2021, in the restructuring category.
Jones Day’s corporate and finance teams have an excellent reputation in Mexico, while its infrastructure offering is of growing importance. Along with energy and litigation, the firm’s antitrust, environment and white-collar crime groups all do well too.
The firm bends to the wind of change, and when client demand for energy litigation rose amid controversial reforms put forth by the current government in Mexico, the firm stepped up to offer expertise in that group. Covid-19-related supply chain issues in Mexico motivated the firm to increase its knowledge of the medical industry. Covering a broad spectrum of sectors, Jones Day also specialises in privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, fintech, venture capital, labour, climate change and tax matters.
Jones Day is conservative about growth, and only makes promotions or hires where it sees significant reason to do so. As such, headcount and practice groups at the firm have remained stable over the past few years. The firm is future-looking, however, and has designs to grow its labour offering, along with its white-collar crime and privacy areas.
This outfit retains an interest in its relationships with Monterrey’s largest companies and consistently offers clients access to its global platformto assist in their international expansion.
Among the important alliances and groups it is part of, the firm is a recent member of ArbitralWomen, an international non-governmental organisation committed to the promotion of women and diversity in international dispute resolution.
Jones Day’s name is greeted with ample respect in the Mexican market. It gets its hands on some premium deal-making and is backed by a strong regional team. This is represented by the overwhelmingly positive response from clients. One company in the financial industry put it that “the firm has an outstanding ability to establish strategic courses of action and to manage complex regulatory scenarios.” The Mexican, Brazilian and US offices collaborate, particularly on transactional cases. The firm also has connections to Spain and Japan that overlap with its Mexican operations.
Jones Day’s Mexico City office is well-connected to the São Paulo base, which provides the team with access to core Brazilian clients. Miami and Madrid are home to key contributors to the Mexico City office. Other relevant offices for work in the region are located in the US cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, DC and London in the United Kingdom.