Kuri Breña, Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar has a solid reputation for transactional work, attracting large Mexican clients off the back of its banking and finance, capital markets and M&A experience. The firm is particularly noted for its knowledge of Mexico’s financial sector, especially microfinance while it also attracts clients for its project finance offering. A financial sector client is full of praise for the firm, stating: “They are available at any time and they have experience in banking and real estate.”
Kuri Breña favours a fluid structure, enabling it to appoint the most appropriate lawyers to the matter at hand. The firm’s size allows this nimbleness and fosters a collaborative culture. It is keen to improve partner participation in law firm management and is transitioning from an eat-what-you-kill compensation system to a modified lockstep model tied to performance and other factors. Guillermo Garay and Álvaro Sarmiento are co-managing partners.
This is a transactional firm at its core, but recent years have seen the addition of compliance and anti-money laundering services. The firm has continued to strengthen its compliance practice and built data protection, fintech and venture capital know-how into its arsenal, adding tax litigation capabilities in recent years, which was strengthened in 2020 with the hire of a partner from EY.
Mexico endured a tumultuous 2020, with both a public health crisis and a deep economic recession, so it is just as well that Kuri Breña’s leaders approach growth conservatively.
Alliances & networks
Kuri Breña is a member of TAGLaw a respected global law firm alliance that gives the firm a presence on the world stage.