Enrique Espejel | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Enrique Espejel
 Enrique Espejel

Enrique Espejel

Partner, Mexico City

T +52 55 5540 9683

E eespejel@whitecase.com

“He is described by clients as dedicated, diligent and professional”

Chambers Global 2017

Overview

As co-head of the Disputes Practice in Mexico, Enrique focuses in commercial, White Collar, compliance, technology, privacy and data protection disputes before federal and local courts. A significant portion of his work involves multijurisdictional litigation and commercial arbitration.

He is widely recognized as an important figure in the bankruptcy litigation practice, with extensive experience representing both debtors and creditors in complex insolvency cases and in matters related to liquidation and distribution of the estate.

Enrique coordinates the litigation strategies for Internet and technology global corporations doing business or with interests in Mexico. Among important litigation strategies for these international tech companies are representation before Mexico's Consumer Protection Agency, the Data Protection Authority, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (similar to the U.S. FDA), civil and commercial courts, IP agencies and courts, prosecutors and other public regulatory agencies and authorities.

His compliance and White Collar experience includes conducting internal corporate investigations and representing Mexican, US and other foreign multinational companies and their governing boards and committees in matters involving fraud, accounting and regulatory issues, often in the context of investigations and enforcement actions.

Bars and Courts

  • Authorized to practice law in Mexico

Education

  • Attorney at Law (Abogado), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Experience

Leading external counsel and litigator for global and national financial institutions in Mexico.

Since the year 1999, Enrique has acted as one of the leading external counsels and litigators for global financial and insurance institutions (and their Mexican subsidiaries and businesses) such as Citigroup, HSBC, AXA, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Credit Agricole and Société Générale, in compliance, commercial litigation, regulatory, anti-corruption and investigations matters.

Since 2010 Enrique has represented clients in the largest bankruptcies in Mexico (Mexicana Airlines; major homebuilders such as GEO, Homex and Urbi; and leading energy corporation Abengoa).

Enrique successfully represented diverse creditors/aircraft lessors in Mexicana Airlines' bankruptcy. The creditors included global companies such as Boeing, Aviation Capital Group and ELFC, among others, and their claims were above US$500 million dollars. Enrique provides ongoing representation to major national and international financial institutions in the bankruptcies of the 3 major homebuilders in Mexico and in the bankruptcy of Abengoa.

IPAB (the Mexican FDIC)/Banco Bicentenario.

Enrique acts as counsel and represents the IPAB as receiver in the first ever court-supervised liquidation proceedings of a banking institution in Mexico under the 2014 Banking Institutions Law reforms, resulting in a landmark case which will serve as a model for further liquidation proceedings regarding banking institutions.

Multimillion-Dollar Claim against ICA Unit Aeroinvest.

During 2015 and 2016, Enrique represented Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank AG London Branch and CorpBanca New York Branch, as lenders of a syndicated credit agreement, in the recovery of a multimillion-dollar claim against Aeroinvest SA de CV, a subsidiary of ICA, the biggest construction company in Mexico.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) topics at the School of Management of the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Chihuahua Campus.

Speaker at the Ernst & Young conference focusing on the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Mexican Business Reorganization Act.

Publications

  • Commercial Arbitration; its application to the Mexican Financial System
  • The prepackaged business reorganization proceeding; its applicability and admissibility as a method to resolve the insolvency of Controladora Comercial Mexicana (COMERCI)
  • Topics on Commercial Insolvency Law in light of the professional practice that should be reviewed in an amendment of the Mexican Business Reorganization Act
  • Mexicana Airlines Files for Bankruptcy
  • A Bankruptcy Dilemma: Reorganization or Liquidation
  • Of Carts and Horses: Is There Room for Attachment or Enforcement Ahead of Recognition of Arbitral Awards in Mexico?, published by Ejecutivos de Finanzas, Oct. 2010 issue.
  • Minimizing the "Vitro Effect": Mexican Lawmakers Approved the Most Ambitious Bankruptcy Law Reform Since its Enactment In the Year 2000, Aiming to Ensure Creditors' Rights

Awards & Recognition

Highly recommended lawyer, Chambers Global 2017, Dispute Resolution

Highly recommended lawyer, Chambers Latin America 2017, Dispute Resolution

Community service award "Laurel de Oro," for supporting education of underprivileged children and youngsters through Colegiacion Universitaria, A.C., a Charity Association of which Mr. Espejel is a Founding Member

The Legal 500 Latin America 2012—listed as "Highly Recommended Individual in Mexico"

The Legal 500 Latin America 2013—listed as "Highly Recommended Individual in Mexico"