Over the past 30 years, White & Case SC has built a reputation in Mexico that is firmly rooted in the local talent on offer. The partners demonstrate excellence in their fields, with particular strength in capital markets and banking regulatory work, projects, antitrust and disputes. The firm’s telecoms offering is also growing steadily.
The firm’s strategy is to grow in profitable areas, predominantly through advising on big-ticket transactions. White & Case positions itself for high-stakes strategic work rather than day-to-day matters and has invested heavily to maintain that focus.
The past 12 months have been far from plain sailing. In May 2022, the firm mourned the sad passing of highly esteemed banking lawyer Vicente Corta Fernández. There have been some partner departures, including an occasion when six members of the firm left to join a rival firm at the start of 2022. Nevertheless, the firm was quick to restock talent and bolster its offering. It appointed a local partner and a counsel by promoting two associates, adding talent to its well-respected arbitration and litigation departments. Meanwhile, White & Case recently made a lateral hire – still relatively uncommon at this firm – to strengthen its tax offering.
Around half of the partnership here is both qualified in Mexico and the United States. The local team is guided by White & Case’s international guidelines and performance expectations, while the local team has adopted the wider firm’s global diversity programme. It also has an active pro bono practice.
Clients appreciate the firm’s professionalism, extensive industry knowledge and transparency. “Partners and associates understand the language and needs of the company,” comments one satisfied customer. Another client highlights the lawyers’ attention to detail and “pragmatic recommendations” as draws.
The Mexico City office works closely with White & Case’s teams elsewhere – especially in Miami, New York, Washington, DC and São Paulo, where the firm has a busy foreign law office.