White & Case SC has built an impressive reputation in Mexico over 30 years that is firmly down to local talent. The partners at the head of this firm demonstrate excellence in their fields, the most visible of which are capital markets and banking regulatory work, projects, antitrust and disputes. Telecoms is also an area of growing importance.
The firm’s strategy is to grow in profitable areas where the firm can add value, particularly in high-end transactions. White & Case steadfastly positions itself for high-stakes strategic work rather than day-to-day matters and has invested heavily to maintain that focus.
Clients certainly appreciate the firm’s approach. A client from the financial sector notes that it has built “close trusting relationships” with the firm and praises the lawyers’ availability. Another client in that sector is equally effusive in their praise: “W&C [White & Case SC] doesn´t stop getting innovative and thinking of new ways to help their clients.”
Its banking and finance, capital markets and project finance areas have retained a good offering through regular promotions and lateral hires. Although White & Case made no later hires in 2020, it did promote a capital markets lawyer to partner, with the promotion coming into effect in January 2021.
Roughly half of this partnership is qualified in the US as well as Mexico, and the local team is guided by White & Case’s international guidelines and performance expectations. The Mexican team has adopted the wider firm’s global diversity programme and has an active pro bono practice.
The Mexico City office works closely with White & Case’s teams elsewhere – especially Miami, New York, Washington and São Paulo, where the firm has a busy foreign law office.