The Mexican legal market demands reliable and knowledgeable lawyers who understand the constantly evolving landscape. Our lawyers offer to our clients this vital of knowledge, providing pragmatic insight gained from almost three decades of experience.
Since 1991, when the Mexican government authorized White & Case as the first global law firm to practice in the country under its own name, our Mexico City team has been offering clients insight on local, regional and global matters, particularly in the areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, banking and financial services, financial restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, dispute resolution, arbitration, administrative, civil and commercial litigation, projects and infrastructure, energy and natural resources, tax and real estate.
More and more transactions are multijurisdictional—requiring counsel across multiple areas of law and geography. Our clients look to us for solid local insight combined with the global reach to help them achieve their most ambitious goals and overcome their most pressing challenges. We advise and support our clients through transactions that are among the largest and most complex in Latin America.
Our lawyers pay special attention to understanding the commercial objectives of our clients, and we help them reach those objectives in the most efficient and effective manner. We have advised international companies making acquisitions or developing projects in Mexico, as well as Mexican companies pursuing business abroad. To serve the best interests of our clients, our lawyers act in close cooperation with our other offices throughout the world, combining the Firm's global cross-practice and industry-specific experience with deep knowledge of local law.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Top Tier in Capital Markets
The Legal 500 2019
Band 2 for Capital Markets, Corporate M&A, Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Chambers Latin America 2019—Mexico
Standout recognition, the highest ranking, for creating BIVA, Mexico's second stock exchange
Financial Times Innovative Lawyers North America 2018
Number 1 in Latin American Arbitration
"This is an excellent team with highly specialized experts in a range of areas working very closely with the client to provide a very impressive standard of service."
Chambers Global 2018—Disputes
"The firm is amazing, not only in terms of results but throughout the whole process. The lawyers are very well structured and well positioned, with great connections and highly engaged partners."
Chambers Latin America 2018—Capital Markets
"I would highlight White & Case as a really strong market participant here. They are creative, clever and involved throughout the process. I really like working with them."
Chambers Latin America 2019—Bankruptcy
"White & Case has proactive and knowledgeable lawyers who offer a very impressive service. They are responsive, diligent and creative in their solutions. I feel they are an extremely constructive force beyond the legal dynamics of the transaction."
Chambers Global 2018—Corporate / M&A
"White & Case S.C. comes highly recommended for its ‘excellent level of service’ and is considered a strong partner for hydrocarbons and renewables projects".
The Legal 500 2019 — Energy
Principal Afore Acquisition of MetLife Afore Capital
Representation of Principal Afore, a Mexican retirement funds manager and an affiliate of the Principal Financial Group, in its acquisition of 100% of the stated capital of MetLife Afore.
BlackRock Acquisition of Citibanamex Asset Management Business
Representation of BlackRock, Inc., an entity with approximately US$6 trillion in assets under management, on BlackRock's acquisition of the asset management business of Citibanamex, a subsidiary of Citigroup Inc. We also advised on the execution of a distribution agreement under which Citibanamex will distribute certain investment products offered by BlackRock. This transaction involved approximately US$35 billion in assets under management.
Comisión Federal de Electricidad Energy and Infrastructure Investment Trust
Representation of the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the national electric company of Mexico (100% owned by the Mexican government), as Mexican and New York counsel in the first publicly traded Fibra E (energy and infrastructure investment trust) focused on Mexico's electric transmission sector and the first publicly traded company sponsored by CFE. CFE Transmisión is the subsidiary of CFE, which owns the entire National Transmission Network (Red Nacional de Transmisión) and is currently the sole provider of public transmission services in Mexico.
New Stock Exchange in Mexico, BIVA
We advised Central de Corretajes in filing a request for the incorporation and operation of a new stock exchange in Mexico (Bolsa Institucional de Valores). This is an important milestone for the Mexican financial markets.
SAE MXN 3.5 billion sale of sugar mills
We advised the Mexican Asset Administration & Sale Agency (Servicio de Administración y Enajenación de Bienes, or SAE) in the design and implementation of the sale procurement process for the sale of nine sugar mills, which represent 22.2% of the Mexican sugar production market.After two procurement processes, in the third (and last) public auction process, SAE awarded a contract for a total amount of MXN 3.4 billion (approximately US$190 million) for the sale of the two remaining sugar mills, and received a 144% higher price than the initial reference price.The sale is one of the most important commercial transactions in SAE's history, and White & Case played a leading role in the vast range of corporate/M&A, procurement, regulatory and litigation issues raised in the process.