W hat we do

We are a full service corporate law firm, specializing in the following practice areas and industries (listed in alphabetical order)

A ntitrust and Competition

The Firm has an established Antitrust and Competition Practice that advises on all matters involving Mexican competition laws, including:

  • merger control
  • investigations for abuse of dominance, cartels, barriers to entry and essential inputs
  • pricing and distribution policies, and non-competition agreements
  • proceedings before the competition authorities and Mexican courts involving competition laws, including “amparo”
  • Public bids and other special proceedings

Our Antitrust and Competition Practice is ranked by Chambers and Partners, GCR 100 and Legal 500, among others. Our partners, Luis Gerardo Garcia, head of our Antitrust practice, and Mauricio Serralde are recognized as leaders in this practice by Chambers & Partners Latin America, GCR (Global Competition Review), Who´s Who Legal, and Best Lawyers.

Chambers and Partners (ww.chambersandpartners.com) describes our practice in the following terms:

“Acclaimed antitrust powerhouse maintaining its position as a market leader in the field. Widely recognised for its outstanding presence in cross-border merger control, bolstered by the firm’s pre-eminent M&A practice. Additional capabilities offered across a breadth of competition work include cartel investigations, constitutional proceedings and regulatory compliance. Impressive client list comprising significant multinationals from a wide variety of industries.”

“This firm is fantastic in antitrust matters: the lawyers are incredibly responsive to their clients’ needs, and are able to balance the state of the law with the practical realities of the transaction.”

“They have a great deal of expertise in the complexities of the field, as well as maintaining consistently high standards and excellent results.”

“…Creel impresses antitrust clients with its ethos of professionalism, efficiency and flexibility…”

“This full-service firm continues to carry out a high volume of merger control filings on behalf of an impressive portfolio of international clients. The firm has also been busy advising clients from the manufacturing and technology industries in cartel investigations and has a growing presence in antitrust cases.”

Legal 500 (www.legal500) writes:

“The full-service firm is an important player in the sector, predominantly handling pre-merger clearance for a wide range of high-profile clients.”

LatinLawyer 250 (www.latinlawyer.com), describes our Antitrust and Competition Practice as follows:

“Creel is one of only two full-service firms able to compete with the antitrust boutiques in Mexico.”

Contacts

Luis G. García Santos Coy Mauricio Serralde R. Carlos Mena Labarthe

Rankings

chambers & partners

band 1

legal 500

tier 1

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

GCR

Elite

Contacts

Luis G. García Santos Coy Mauricio Serralde R. Carlos Mena Labarthe

Rankings

chambers & partners

band 1

legal 500

tier 1

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

GCR

Elite

A rbitration & Dispute Resolution

Our Firm’s Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice is fast becoming a strategic practice within our Firm’s full service offering, particularly in the context of cross-border transactions and projects.

Our practice is built not only around the experience of recognized and seasoned practitioners, but also on our Firm’s broad experience and expertise across various fields of law and industries, such as energy, infrastructure, natural resources and telecommunications, among others.

Within the field of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution we provide clients with comprehensive advice, including advocacy, in the following areas:

  • Domestic and international mediation, conciliation and negotiation.
  • Domestic and international commercial arbitration under multiple arbitration rules, including ICC and UNCITRAL.
  • Investment arbitration and investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS).
  • Advisory in connection with investment protection and government and State disputes, including expert advice with respect to Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and the investment protection chapters within the multiple Free Trade Agreements signed and ratified by Mexico.

At the forefront of our Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice is Judge Bernardo Sepulveda Amor, who joined our ranks as Of Counsel after retiring as Justice at the International Court of Justice, in The Hague.  Ambassador Sepulveda, is widely recognized as a preeminent figure in the area of international investment arbitration, and regularly serves as arbitrator in various investment dispute cases.

B anking and Finance

The Firm is recognized as one of the leading banking and finance law firms in Mexico.

We represent international and domestic lenders, borrowers and financing entities in general, in connection with a wide array of transactions, including:

  • single bank and syndicated loan facilities
  • acquisition financings
  • secured and unsecured financings
  • structured financings
  • project financings
  • asset based financings
  • derivatives

As part of our Banking and Finance Practice, we advise clients on all aspects of their formation and operation, including various regulatory matters.

Chambers and Partners and IFLR 1000 have rated our Firm as a Leading and Tier 1 firm in the fields of Banking and Finance and Capital Markets, respectively, and have singled-out several of our partners as leaders in such fields.

Recognizing our long-established reputation as a market leader in Banking and Finance, Chambers Global (www.chambersandpartners.com) rates our financial services practice as:

 “Creel García is at the top of the market. The lawyers always respond to our needs quickly and in great detail. They have both the technical expertise and the sector experience to offer complete coverage of our legal and commercial matters.”

“…the first port of call in Mexico for clients requiring advice on the lending side of transactions”, and “a popular choice among leading banks and financial institutions, as well as international banks…”

“This is one of the best firms in Mexico and it has a leading banking and finance practice group. The group consistently participates in highly significant developments in this field and enjoys an outstanding reputation in the market. It represents lenders, borrowers and various financial entities, and has extensive experience of handling a broad range of transactions.”

With respect to our Banking and Finance Practice, IFLR 1000 (www.iflr.com) writes:

“…a firm that was again at the forefront of innovative banking and financial deals…”

Legal 500 (www.legal500.com) writes:

A ‘stellar proposition for financing matters’ – has participated in virtually every major transaction of the last few years.

“The partners of Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.’s ‘market-leading team’ are highlighted for ‘their knowledge, responsiveness, and fantastic work quality’. Giovanni Ramírez and Pedro Velasco have come to the forefront of the firm’s finance practice.”

 

B ankruptcy and Restructuring

The Firm advises on all non-litigation aspects of corporate recovery, insolvency, restructurings and workouts, including:

  • advising distressed companies
  • restructuring of existing credit facilities and debt instruments
  • advising banks and other creditors in connection with workouts and liquidation of distressed companies
  • acquiring distressed loans, companies and assets
  • advising mediators, receivers and liquidators

Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) writes:

“The team is an active presence in restructuring matters and particularly excels in finance work.”

Contacts

Carlos Aiza H. Pedro Velasco P. Rodrigo Castelazo D.

Rankings

chambers & partners

band 3

legal 500

tier 3

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

Contacts

Carlos Aiza H. Pedro Velasco P. Rodrigo Castelazo D.

Rankings

chambers & partners

band 3

legal 500

tier 3

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

C apital Markets

The Firm provides comprehensive advice in the capital markets area. We have ample experience representing issuers, underwriters and other participants in capital markets, in connection with domestic and cross-border transactions:

  • initial public offerings
  • debt offerings, including offerings of high-yield securities
  • offerings of structured securities
  • offerings of derivatives
  • securitizations and offerings of secured and asset backed securities

As part of our Capital Markets Practice, we also advise clients on the corporate governance aspects applicable to Mexican issuers.

Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) and IFLR 1000 (www.iflr.com)  have rated the Firm as a Leading and Tier 1 Firm in Capital Markets, respectively, and have singled-out several of our partners as leaders in the field of Capital Markets.

In regards to our experience in Capital Markets, Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) notes:

Market sources consistently highlight department head Carlos Aiza as a standout figure…, saying: “When he represents you, you know you have one of the best negotiators on your team.” Sources go on to describe him as “phenomenal in terms of knowledge, experience and accessibility.”

“They provide a seamless coverage of your matter, and are able to offer true depth across the spectrum: in my opinion, this is one of the best firms in Mexico.”

“This long-established Mexican firm comfortably maintains its leading position due to its formidable reputation.”

IFLR 1000 writes:

“Creel is widely recognized for its expertise in banking, capital markets and project finance. The firm has participated in some of Mexico´s most innovative transactions over the years. It was involved in developing the new certificados de capital de desarrollo”, or CKDs, which were introduced to the market in 2009.”

“…Lawyers at the firm are very dedicated, knowledgeable, and business-savvy…”

Legal 500 (www.legal500.com) writes the following:

‘An undoubted powerhouse’ in capital markets matters… providing ‘advice that is always accurate and spot on’; ‘I’d trust them with my eyes closed’.

“One client noted that ‘I love to work with this firm since they always know what the client is looking for and they have the business sense required for these type of transactions’. The team is ‘one of the most specialised’ in capital markets work.”

C orporate and Commercial

The Firm offers expert legal services on corporate and commercial law matters to a range of Mexican and international clients.We provide support for day-to-day business needs, as well as for the largest and most complex corporate transactions in our country.

As in the case of the rest of our practice areas, we offer our clients specialized knowledge of most industry sectors and our commitment that our clients are always served by the right partners and associates from our different specialty groups.

The renowned publication, Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) describes our practice as:

“This firm is incredible across the board: the lawyers go above and beyond in order to fully involve themselves in the transaction and apply a creative business approach to legal issues. They are always on top of everything and work to a very high standard – I believe they are the best M&A lawyers in Mexico.”

Legal 500 (www.legal500.com) notes:

“Corporate powerhouse Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has continued to build its already impressive standing in the corporate sector.”

E mployment and Labor

The Firm has ample experience in representing and advising large multinational groups across the spectrum of employment and labor matters, including the following:

  • hire and termination of employees
  • negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with local and national unions
  • establishment of incentive compensation schemes, including stock option plans
  • bonus plans and benefits
  • creation and operation of personnel companies
  • design and implementation of internal work regulations, employee training manuals, and health and safety regulations
  • advice on the employment law implications of commercial transactions
  • litigation before State and Federal Courts

Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) has described our Labor and Employment Practice as:

“The team offers an outstanding level of client service, expertise and experience. The lawyers are flexible, available and highly knowledgeable of international matters.”

Contact

Francisco Peniche Beguerisse

Rankings

Chambers & Partners

Band 4

latin lawyer 250

Recommended Firm

Legal 500

Tier 3

Contact

Francisco Peniche Beguerisse

Rankings

Chambers & Partners

Band 4

latin lawyer 250

Recommended Firm

Legal 500

Tier 3

E nergy & Natural Resources

With experience dating back to the opening of the Mexican energy sector to private investment over 20 years ago, our Energy and Natural Resources Practice provides clients with a full array of services, both transactional and regulatory in nature, within the oil and gas, petrochemical, traditional and alternative power (including solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, waste-to-energy), mining, water and waste management sectors in Mexico.

We are recognized for designing and implementing bespoke and innovative solutions responsive to our clients’ needs, working closely with them to anticipate and resolve issues, effectively allocate risk and ensure the successful structuring, procurement, acquisition, development, financing and operation of energy projects and energy infrastructure. Coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the industry, our market expertise allows us to offer substantive expert advice and clear strategies required to bid for, acquire, develop and finance projects within the energy and natural resources sectors.

Our clients include a diverse constituency of global and domestic sponsors, developers, investors and financiers, comprising major energy and infrastructure sponsors, engineering and construction companies, banks, private equity funds, consortia of investors, insurers, governments and multi-lateral institutions.  We have advised this client base in M&A ,financial and other transactions relating to upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities, power generation plants, clean and renewable energy assets, and hydrocarbon processing facilities.

Chamber and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) describes our practice as:

“Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez is particularly visible in both power and natural gas. The firm is also very strong on finance.”

Contacts

Santiago Sepúlveda Y. José Ignacio Segura Alonso

Rankings

Chambers & Partners

Band 3

Legal 500

Tier 3

Latin Lawyer

Recommended Firm

Contacts

Santiago Sepúlveda Y. José Ignacio Segura Alonso

Rankings

Chambers & Partners

Band 3

Legal 500

Tier 3

Latin Lawyer

Recommended Firm

E nvironmental

Our Environmental Practice represents clients on a variety of environmental regulatory and transactional issues throughout Mexico, arising under Federal, State and Municipal environmental laws, regulations and standards. The work of our environmental lawyers includes:

  • assessment and management of environmental liabilities in the context of specific transactions
  • regulatory compliance with environmental legislation and environmental programs
  • the application for and obtainment of environmental permits, including among various others, concessions to occupy and use beaches (Federal Maritime Zones), and Environmental Impact Authorizations
  • legal aspects of soil contamination and site remediation
  • legal aspects of the generation and handling of hazardous wastes, materials, and high-risk activities
  • air quality and emissions
  • national waters, water quality and wastewater discharges
  • natural protected areas and habitat restrictions in real estate and tourism developments
  • administrative proceedings before competent environmental  authorities at the federal and local levels
  • environmental zoning and ecological ordinance programs
  • clean development mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol
  • certified and voluntary emission reductions trading under the Kyoto Protocol
  • legal design and implementation of alternative energy projects, including: solar, wind and hydro
  • other related sustainable projects including: green real estate developments and real estate projects undergoing LEED certification in Mexico

Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) describes our Environmental Practice as follows:

“This is a standout full-service firm with a solid environmental team doing high-quality work within the area.”

“The compact environmental practice at this corporate and finance powerhouse has maintained an impressive level of activity and receives positive praise from clients. It advises on licenses and permits, a wide range of regulatory matters and also represents clients in litigation.”

Legal 500 (www.legal500.com) writes:

“Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.’s environmental team covers all aspects of the practice area and its lawyers demonstrate particular expertise on environmental matters in relation to the real estate sector, clean and sustainable development, and – in the case of ‘impressive’ practice head Carlos de Icaza – climate change matters.”

Contact

Carlos De Icaza A.

Rankings

Chambers & Partners

Band 1

legal 500

Tier 2

latin lawyer 250

Recommended Firm

Contact

Carlos De Icaza A.

Rankings

Chambers & Partners

Band 1

legal 500

Tier 2

latin lawyer 250

Recommended Firm

I nfrastructure

Our Firm has been actively advising clients in the infrastructure sector for decades, working on behalf of local and global infrastructure operators, investors and financial sponsors of various types in a full array of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, project and asset finance and PPP projects.

Our expertise encompasses airports, toll roads, railways and ports.  We also advise our clients on procurement and regulatory matters, as well as the environmental aspects of building, operating and owning infrastructure assets.

I nsurance and Reinsurance

Our Insurance and Reinsurance Practice brings together the talent of professionals with substantial experience in the regulatory, corporate, contractual and contentious aspects of the insurance and reinsurance industries.

The work of our Insurance Practice includes:

  • incorporation, licensing and operation of insurance businesses
  • obtaining authorizations for insuring Mexican cross border risk
  • structuring of new insurance products and lines of business
  • mergers and acquisitions of insurance companies and insurance brokerage firms
  • regulatory compliance advice
  • administrative disciplinary procedures

Our insight into the reinsurance industry has helped position our Reinsurance Practice among the few and most experienced in Mexico. We represent reinsurers and reinsurance intermediaries in connection with the negotiation and drafting of reinsurance and retrocession agreements, the legal review and design of reinsurance structures, captives, regulation and market conduct, and the registration of foreign reinsurers.

Chambers and Partners Latin America (www.chambersandpartners.com) describes our Insurance Practice in the following terms:

“These lawyers offer an efficient and responsive service, as well as having a wealth of experience in insurance matters.”

“The largely international clientele of this long-standing firm demonstrates the caliber of its growing insurance practice.”

Legal 500 (www.legal500.com) describes our practice as:

“Burgeoning corporate powerhouse Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is one of the few full-service firms to seek to develop an insurance practice and the practice has achieved a healthy market share.”

Contact

Leonel Pereznieto D.

Rankings

Chambers & Partners

Band 2

Legal 500

Tier 2

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

Contact

Leonel Pereznieto D.

Rankings

Chambers & Partners

Band 2

Legal 500

Tier 2

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

I ntellectual Property

The Firm represents clients in trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret matters arising under Mexican law. Our practice covers:

  • creation, registration, protection and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property rights
  • negotiation of technology transfer, technical assistance and licensing agreements
  • negotiation of franchise agreements
  • trademark, copyright, patent infringement and trade secret litigation, including amparo proceedings
  • intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions, including acquisitions and joint ventures

The Firm has ample experience in representing major motion picture studios, distributors and exhibitors, sports organizations, television and music companies; publishers, financial institutions, strategic investors and individuals on all legal matters pertaining to the entertainment and media industries.

Contact

Begoña Cancino G.

Rankings

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

Contact

Begoña Cancino G.

Rankings

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

I nvestigations and Compliance

In an environment of ever-increasing regulatory oversight and scrutiny, where legal compliance has become a priority item for companies across all industries and sectors, our clients turn to us for advise in dealing with their legal and regulatory compliance needs arising in the context of antitrust, securities fraud, anticorruption, employee misconduct and white collar investigations.  Accordingly, our Firm has handled the Mexican law aspects of many of the most notable and high-stake’s multinational investigations over the last decade, working collaboratively with leading global and international law firms and consultants.

Our practice focuses on providing our clients with risk prevention, risk management and protection.  More specifically, our work in this area includes the following:

  • Advising on the design and implementation of compliance and training programs and policies, including policies designed to give effect to FCPA and the UK Bribery Act in Mexico.
  • Conducting compliance due diligence and investigations in the context of M&A and other transactions, and in respect to specific incidents and investigations.
  • Handling all local legal needs of clients in the context of legal and compliance investigations, including, as required, the representation of clients before the corresponding enforcement agencies.
  • Advising Boards and its members, as well as audit committees  and other governance bodies in the context of compliance related matters.

M ergers and Acquisitions

One of our core practice areas has traditionally been Mergers and Acquisitions, where we advise foreign and domestic clients on all aspects of buying, selling or combining companies and businesses across regulated and unregulated industries.

Over the years we have represented foreign and domestic clients in a wide array of M&A transactions, including:

  • negotiated acquisitions
  • mergers and spin-offs
  • tender offers
  • leveraged buy-outs
  • management buy-outs
  • joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • corporate restructurings
  • privatizations

Our main strength and competitive advantage in the field of M&A is our combination of transactional expertise, our specialized knowledge of most industry sectors and multi-disciplinary teams with lawyers from our different specialist groups, such as antitrust and competition, employment and labor, tax, real estate, environmental and intellectual property.  Such transaction expertise, business acumen and multi-disciplinary breadth has proven time and time again to be an indispensable asset when structuring and executing on complex, innovative and time-sensitive M&A transactions.

Chambers and Partners  and IFLR 1000 have rated our Firm as a Leading and Tier 1 firm in M&A, respectively, and have singled-out several of our partners as leaders in the field of M&A.

Every year, Chambers Global (www.chambersandpartners.com) reaffirms our ranking as the top M&A law firm in Mexico, describing our practice through the years as:

“This firm is incredible across the board: the lawyers go above and beyond in order to fully involve themselves in the transaction and apply a creative business approach to legal issues. They are always on top of everything and work to a very high standard – I believe they are the best M&A lawyers in Mexico.”

“…A major player in Mexico that handles a regular flow of M&A deals…and recently topped the Mexican league tables based on deal value…It is invariably found on the largest transactions, whether M&A privatizations or IPOs and is recognized for its thorough professionalism and team of young high-quality practitioners…”

Chambers and Partners Latin America describes our M&A Practice as follows:

“We consider this to be one of the top firms in the country for M&A matters. The lawyers have experience in the Mexican market as well as an impressive understanding of how to structure deals for US clients-they are our first port of call for transactions of this kind.”

“This prestigious firm is consistently involved in the most complex and innovative deals taking place in the market.”

Similarly, over the years IFLR 1000 (www.iflr.com) has written about our M&A Practice:

“…Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez has consistently been one of Mexico’s strongest M&A firms in recent years, and continues to merit accolades through its involvement in many of Mexico’s largest transactions…”

“…Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez is an excellent firm, highly respected for its M&A work, and interviewees regarded its position in tier one as an accurate reflection of its standing in the market. Its prowess has brought it some of Mexico’s biggest M&A transactions…”

“Creel reports an impressive volume of complex M&A transactions over the past year.”

Legal 500 (www.legal500) writes the following regarding our M&A Practice:

“Corporate powerhouse Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has continued to build its already impressive standing in the corporate sector.”

P rivate Equity

Our Firm has a long-standing reputation for having the leading private equity practice in the country.  We advise our private equity clients on all aspects of their activities and operations, starting from fund formation, to structuring and making investments, to successfully exiting through the capital markets or strategic sales.

Over the last decade we have worked on substantially all of the CKD and FIBRA offerings in Mexico, and thereby taken a preeminent role in the emergence and development of the Mexican private equity fund community. Our unique value proposition and competitive advantage in private equity is built on the breadth of our M&A, capital markets, lending and tax practices.

Our clients include the full-specter of local and global funds, fund managers and limited partners, as well as local companies seeking to raise private equity financing.

P ro Bono

The Firm is committed to being an active participant and supporter of the community. To consolidate our commitment to current and future pro bono and public service projects undertaken by the Firm throughout Mexico, we signed the Vance Centre’s Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas, a collaborative project developed by legal professionals throughout the Americas that seeks to advance the legal profession’s response to unmet legal needs of members of our communities. The Firm is actively engaged in enhancing the institutionalization of our Pro bono Program. Our institutional framework reinforces the pro bono commitment among our members. Our Firm maintains a continued interaction with leading organizations promoting pro bono work in the region, such as the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar and with Appleseed Mexico, A.C. which supports our Firm in gaining access to pro bono matters that can have profound effects in our community.

We are firmly committed to achieving systemic reform across Mexico. Several of our pro bono projects are major initiatives designed to create access to justice and equal opportunity for the most vulnerable and underprivileged segments of the Mexican population.

P roject Development and Finance

Our leading Project Development and Finance practice is distinguished for designing and implementing bespoke and innovative solutions to address our clients’ needs, working closely with them to anticipate and resolve issues, effectively allocate risk and ensure the successful structuring, development and financing of large infrastructure projects in a wide array of industry sectors. Coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the industry, our market expertise allows us to offer substantive expert advice and clear strategies required to implement and finance projects in the oil and gas, power, petrochemical, telecommunication, transport (including airports, railroads and toll-roads) and water and waste management sectors in Mexico.

We are highly experienced advisers to international and domestic sponsors, developers, investors and financiers in the development and financing of infrastructure projects in Mexico, as well as M&A transactions relating to electricity generation plants, natural gas facilities, toll roads, railroads, airports and ports, where we have represented major energy and infrastructure companies, engineering and construction companies, banks, private equity funds, consortia of investors, insurers, governments and multi-lateral institutions. In addition to advising on traditional project finance structures, our lawyers have developed increasingly innovative financing solutions for the projects market.

Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) notes:

“The lawyers are proactive, very business-focused and capable of helping us in difficult negotiations.”

And, Legal 500 (www.legal500.com), describes our practice as:

“Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is considered ‘very competitive from all perspectives’; some would even rate it as ‘one of the best firms in the projects sector’. The practice has considerable expertise in all aspects of project finance and infrastructure, acting for domestic and international sponsors, developers, investors and financiers on infrastructure projects in the transport, telecommunications, petrochemical, oil and gas, power, and water and waste-management sectors.”

Contacts

Santiago Sepúlveda Y. Rodrigo Castelazo D. José Ignacio Segura Alonso

Rankings

chambers & partners

band 2

legal 500

tier 2

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

IFLR 1000

TIER 2

Contacts

Santiago Sepúlveda Y. Rodrigo Castelazo D. José Ignacio Segura Alonso

Rankings

chambers & partners

band 2

legal 500

tier 2

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

IFLR 1000

TIER 2

R eal Estate

Our Real Estate Practice focuses on advising clients, including multinational and domestic developers, hospitality companies and investors, on the legal and regulatory aspects of real estate investments and strategic transactions in the commercial (including retail), residential, hospitality and industrial sectors. Our services include advising on the following matters:

  • acquisition and disposition of real estate assets located in Mexico
  • granting of use, including leasing of all forms of real estate assets
  • development, management and operation of real estate projects
  • ownership and operation of hospitality assets
  • creation of condominium regimes and other forms of communal ownership
  • creation of fractional ownership and time-share schemes
  • permitting and zoning

Chambers and Partners  and Practical Law Company have rated our Firm as a highly recommended firm in Real Estate, and have singled-out several of our partners as leaders in the field of Real Estate.

With regard to the Firm’s expertise in Real Estate, Chambers and Partners (www.chambersandpartners.com) writes:

“This is a truly fantastic firm – the lawyers are highly capable of handling complex structuring and they view deals very naturally. They apply a business approach to legal issues and work with flexibility, reliability and sophistication.”

“…This highly polished team of professionals has a staggering knowledge of the  sector…”

“The lawyers are neat, careful and sophisticated, and the firm’s quality equals that of  any leading Manhattan office…”

Chambers and Partners Latin America describes our Real Estate Practice in the following terms:

“Creel is widely recognized as a leader in the Mexican real estate market. The lawyers regularly appear on projects related to the industrial, commercial, hospitality and residential sectors, and advise on the full spectrum of real estate law. And attracts a number of international real estate funds and big-name local developers.”

Legal 500 (www.legal500.com) describes our practice as:

“Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.’s practice undertakes all aspects of real estate work, from zoning and planning to agrarian matters but is best known for its transactional activity, particularly portfolio work.”

Contacts

Carlos De Icaza A. Carlos Del Río S. Francisco Montalvo G. Badir Treviño-Mohamed

Rankings

chambers & partners

band 1

legal 500

tier 1

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

Contacts

Carlos De Icaza A. Carlos Del Río S. Francisco Montalvo G. Badir Treviño-Mohamed

Rankings

chambers & partners

band 1

legal 500

tier 1

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

S ocial Security

The result of our extensive corporate, employment and labor and tax practices, over time our Firm has developed a specialized practice focused on handling social security matters for employers.  Our practice includes advising on due diligence and other transactional matters arising in the context of corporate transactions and acquisitions, as well as advising on compliance and litigation involving social security contributions, liabilities and benefits.

More specifically our Social Security team focuses on the following:

  • Conducting due diligence regarding social security matters in the context of M&A, spin-offs, employee transfers and employee hiring.
  • Handling social security and tax assessments and resolutions issued by the corresponding authorities.
  • Handling annual risk social security inspections, and annual determinations of risk insurance premiums.
  • Advising clients on all aspects of social security compliance
  • Handling all kinds of administrative processes, including registrations before the Mexican Social Security Institute, employer’s substitution with respect to the workmen’s compensation insurance and cancellation of tax assessments.
  • Challenging tax assessments and final resolutions issued by the Mexican Social Security Institute and the National Fund for Employees’ Housing Institute, which includes handling administrative appeals, annulment suits before the Federal Administrative and Tax Court and Amparo suits before the Federal Court.

T ax

Our Firm provides tax advisory services in connection with the full range of activities of our clientele, including the design and implementation of tax efficient structures for the full-array of domestic and cross-border transactions, including, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets and lending.

Our tax team has ample experience in advising large multinational groups, as well as providing consultancy and estate-planning services to individuals. Our tax group has profound expertise across multiple industries and sectors, including oil and gas, and infrastructure.

In addition to tax advisory services, we handle tax controversy and tax litigation, and have been successfully involved in several high profile “bet the house” cases.

Our tax team includes leading prominent lawyers and accountants, thereby allowing our Firm to truly offer a full-service, ”one-stop-shop” solution when it comes to taxation.

Our Firm was recognized by International Tax Review (ITR) (www.internationaltaxreview) and TP Week as “Best Newcomer in the Americas” as part of its Americas Tax Awards 2015.

Chambers and Partners Latin America 2016 (www.chambersandpartners.com) describes our tax practice as:

“Corporate powerhouse with a growing presence in the tax field. Advising market-leading clients from both domestic and international backgrounds on a variety of tax matters including customs, estate planning and litigation.”

“The lawyers are incredible across the board. They work to a very high standard, with both strong technical abilities and a commercial understanding of the client’s point of view. Working with them has been a wonderful experience.”

Legal 500 (www.legal500.com) mentions:

“Arguably the most notable new trend [in the Mexican tax sector] is the decision of full service firms to invest in significant transactional tax practices… Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. [is] at the forefront of this curve…”

“Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.’s development of a substantial transactional tax practice in little more than a year is a notable development in the sector.”

 

Contacts

Alejandro Santoyo R. Omar Zúñiga Arroyo Jorge Correa Cervera Luis Vázquez R.

Rankings

Chamber & Partners

Band 3

legal 500

tier 1

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

ITR

Tier 2

Contacts

Alejandro Santoyo R. Omar Zúñiga Arroyo Jorge Correa Cervera Luis Vázquez R.

Rankings

Chamber & Partners

Band 3

legal 500

tier 1

latin lawyer 250

recommended firm

ITR

Tier 2

T elecommunications

Dating back to the landmark privatization of Telmex in 1990, where we advised France Cables et Radio (France Telecomm) as member of the winning consortium, our Firm has been at the forefront of the telecommunications industry, working on some of Mexico´s most complex and high-profile transactions and cases during that period.

Our activity in the sector includes transactional work, most notably mergers and acquisitions, lending and capital markets transactions, as well as advising prominent local and international telecommunications companies on competition and regulatory matters.

T ransportation

Our Transportation Practice is the result of our close involvement with major participants in the domestic and international transportation industry. We have served as counsel to clients active in every mode of transportation:

  • Maritime and ports industry: port and terminal concessions; port facility and infrastructure development, EPC contracting and specialty equipment procurement; Pemex off-shore contracting; charter parties and contracts of affreightment, marine pollution, and ship finance
  • Aviation industry: aircraft acquisition, finance and leasing, aviation regulation, airport facility and infrastructure development, air carrier concessions and permits
  • Railroad industry: railroad equipment acquisition and financing, railroad infrastructure and services, right of way, trackage and concessions and permits
  • Surface transportation industry: logistics and freight forwarding agreements, transportation agreements with carriers, and development, financing and construction of tolled and non-tolled roads