Antitrust and Competition

The Antitrust and Competition Practice has become a standalone practice in the context of recent Constitutional Reforms, which opened monopolistic markets and created new business opportunities for local and global companies. 
 
Along with such opportunities, companies are facing unprecedented challenges considering the increased competition oversight with the creation of new and stronger regulators, hefty criminal, administrative and civil penalties and numerous statutes and regulations issued in the recent past. 
 
We are at the forefront in antitrust and competition matters, with a dynamic blend of lawyers with private practice and public experience, as former officers from the Mexican Antitrust Commission (COFECE), which enables them to have a comprehensive understanding of the field. 
 
The practice has developed expertise in:
 
- Providing legal counsel in all competition related matters.
 
- Merger control procedures, including requests for pre-merger approval and negotiation of remedies in domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions. 
 
- Identification of risks and preparation of mitigation protocols, including training to executives with high exposure in antitrust matters.
 
- Business practices, regulatory and contract review from a competition perspective, to identify and eliminate hurdles to efficient markets.
 
- Counseling and representation throughout investigation proceedings initiated by the COFECE, including cartel behavior, abuse of dominance and barriers to entry.
 
- Administrative litigation related with antitrust and competition matters before specialized courts.
 
- Compliance with the antitrust and competition legislation.
 
- Institutional approaches with the COFECE, as well as other relevant authorities with powers in competition matters, including the telecom agency and energy upstream and midstream/ downstream regulators.
 
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Arbitration and Mediation

The Arbitration and Mediation Practice Group of the firm is known for its ability to solve controversies outside the traditional litigation process minimizing the effects of time and costs involved thereof, to ensure our clients business development. 
 
Our firm founded the most important mediation organization in the country, Instituto Mexicano de la Mediación, which wrote the rules of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution method and of which more than 30 leading firms are members, evolving into an open forum for dialogue and discussion amongst law firms in Mexico. 
 
The lawyers in our team are seasoned arbitrators, mediators and other qualified Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) neutrals, including several team partners who have been designated as arbitrators in landmark cases.
 
The practice has developed expertise in:
 
- Shareholders’ dispute resolution.
 
- Representation in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.
 
- Negotiations to prevent potential litigation.
 
- Drafting and negotiation of arbitration and mediation clauses in contracts and interpretation thereof.
 
- Analysis and recommendation of ADR methods when disputes arise, depending on the underlying business scenario.
 
- Design and implementation of cost-effective and feasible ADR strategies in pre-litigation stages to avoid unnecessary disputes.
 
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Banking and Finance

The Banking and Finance Practice Group is one of the largest of the firm, with more than 40 professionals. 
 
Our team provides comprehensive legal and regulatory advice to domestic and foreign clients in relation with all aspects of the banking and financial sector, across regulated and unregulated industries. 
 
We represent lenders and borrowers in domestic and cross-border transactions, including several major national and foreign banking and finance institutions, investment banks, underwriters, private investment funds, foreign asset management companies, agencies and representation offices of foreign banks to comply with all Mexican regulatory aspects. 
 
The practice has developed expertise in:
 
- Secured and unsecured commercial lending, securitization, secured financing, syndicated loans, restructuring, asset financing, sales and purchase transactions and trusts.
 
- Structuring and expansion of banking and financial institutions, branches and subsidiaries.
 
- Financing and refinancing, including cross-border financings involving project funding and infrastructure, in diverse sectors and complex transactions, which require the design of financial strategies.
 
- Issuance of debentures, commercial paper, promissory notes and other debt instruments, in both the domestic and international markets.
 
- Structuring, negotiation and implementation of capital markets and securities transactions, including equity deals such as initial public offerings and transactions with depositary receipts.
 
- Creation of investment funds, mortgage backed securities and other similar securities.
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Capital Markets

The Capital Markets Practice Group has a renowned experience assisting private equity firms as well as domestic and foreign issuers and underwriters in local and cross-border securities transactions.
 
Our team has substantial experience in dealing with governmental agencies and self-regulatory organizations, including the Mexican Stock Exchange, which regulates our clients.
 
The practice has developed an expertise in:
 
- Guiding clients into the launching of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).
 
- Representing issuers and underwriters regarding Mexican, US and global offerings of securities and stock exchange listings and placements.
 
- Handling equity, debt and hybrid securities offerings and the full range of domestic registered public offerings, U.S. Rule 144A offerings, U.S. Regulation S offerings and private placements. 
 
- Representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies in acquisition financings, initial public offerings, exit strategies and subsequent financings.
 
- Advice issuers and their boards of directors with respect to reporting and the fulfillment of other obligations foreseen under Mexican laws, corporate governance and regulatory matters.
 
 
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Compliance & Anticorruption

The Firm has a growing ABC and compliance multi-disciplinary practice which has been evolving in line with the national and international regulatory development on the subject. Our practice team is comprised by attorneys with corporate, transactional, regulatory and litigation expertise to offer creative and solid advice to our clients. 

 
Our practice includes the design, drafting, review and implementation of policies regarding compliance, ethics, anticorruption, whistleblowing, anti-bribery, best practices, gifts and hospitality, among others, as well as training of managerial teams and employees regarding those policies. 
 
Moreover, we advise our clients in compliance matters on commercial transactions, including M&A, with a particular emphasis on specific, tailored compliance due-diligence. Our team has experience advising our clients on compliance with FCPA, UKBA, OECD Anti-bribery Convention, as well as other international and local laws and regulations regarding anticorruption. 
 
We provide support and advise to our clients through processes of investigations and reporting, including advice in connection with local implications for international companies which are under multi-jurisdictional investigation procedures.  
 
Our practice also focuses on advising our clients on their relationships with third parties, including commercial partners, distributors, facilitators and suppliers, in order to design customized risk protection structures against potential breaches to anticorruption and anti-bribery laws. 
 
We guide our clients through the drafting and implementation of specific compliance, anticorruption and ethics clauses to which all third parties dealing with our clients shall abide. Implementation of those clauses include monitoring of compliance and design of compliance certificates to be periodically issued by those third parties, as well as Know Your Client (KYC)formats and procedures. 
 
In essence, we provide advice to create and implement robust protections in order to mitigate risks of corporate criminal, civil and administrative liability, which entail diverse sanctions such as fines, disbarment, prohibition to participate in public contracts and even imprisonment. 
 
Our services are focused on providing companies and management with corporate governance tools to prevent compliance risks. We consider ABC as a culture to be adopted by companies and we offer solutions to help management, in-house counsels and Compliance Officers to achieve that goal.
 
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Corporate

The Firm’s Corporate Practice Group, provides comprehensive legal and business advice to domestic and foreign companies, public and private, with operations in Mexico, in relation with all the legal corporate related matters. 
 
Our full-service capabilities through our wide-range of practice areas enable us to provide services encompassing all legal aspects of a corporate nature, from startups and corporate governance matters to restructurings. Several of our partners serve as members in the board of directors of their clients. 
 
We have participated in all types and sizes of local and cross-border transactions involving corporate matters, M&A and private equity, including sales or acquisitions of equity interests, minority stakes and assets, financed purchases, capitalizations, corporate restructurings, spin-offs, split-offs, public tender offers for acquisitions, planning and implementation of partnerships, joint ventures, among others. 
 
The practice has developed expertise in:
 
- Incorporation of companies and compliance of their corporate obligations on a day-today basis.
 
- Advice and representation of foreign companies and investors regarding the start-up and operation of their business in Mexico, identifying the most suitable legal vehicles depending on the type of activity or investment, including the incorporation or registration of subsidiaries, affiliates, branches or representation offices necessary to hold or manage any investments or to conduct commercial activities within Mexico. 
 
- Corporate governance, as to the way a company should be controlled, considering the stakeholders’ interests and business objectives.
 
- Design and implementation of corporate strategies including the incorporation of SPVs, joint ventures and other forms of associations, appropriate for the development of transactions and/or the implementation of projects of any nature.
 
- Resolution of shareholders’ disputes. 
 
- Negotiation, drafting and execution of all types of contracts and agreements, including but not limited to those between shareholders’ or partners’, purchase and sale agreements, merger agreements and of consortiums and joint ventures, as well as such related with venture capital and private equity investments.
 
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Data Protection

The Data Protection Practice Group has developed a sophisticated practice on personal data and information in general. Our experience includes the analysis of Mexican regulation for domestic and international clients who carry out activities such as the collection, treatment, use and transfer of personal data and personal sensitive data, to determine obligations related thereto including the use of tracking technologies such as cookies.  
 
We counsel clients with the review and preparation of data privacy policies and data management guidelines, for full compliance with Mexican law, as well as privacy notices in the activities where they require to do so, such as websites or other kind of service platform that includes data collection. 
 
Our team, has developed expertise representing clients in administrative proceedings before administrative and judicial authorities, including the Mexican Transparency, Data Access and Protection Institute (INAI).
 
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E-Business

Our E-Business Practice Group advices Mexican and foreign companies and individuals, regarding all legal aspects of e-business, namely but not limited to, the commercial aspects thereof, such as terms and conditions, payment processing, service agreements, data transmission, data privacy policies, and personal data protection, among others.  
 
As a full-service law firm, our approach to this practice is comprehensive, as it involves our team’s expertise in general corporate matters and other specific areas of practice that may be required for our client’s specific needs or industry. 
 
A representative number of clients of this practice belong to high-speed evolving sectors such as technology, telecom, IT and Internet services. 
 
The practice has developed an expertise in:

 

- Research and analysis of the regulatory framework applicable to e-commerce and consent through electronic means.

 

- Advice in connection to finance, marketing and consumer rights regulatory aspects of e-commerce, including compliance procedures and obtaining of any necessary authorizations.

 

- Payment processing, through the review and elaboration of service agreements, including the receipt and processing of: (i) third parties’ credit and debit card payments through point of sale terminals, (ii) payments of goods and services through credit and debit cards, and (iii) authorization or rejection of such payments before banking institutions.

 

- Content review of client websites, IVR (Interactive Voice Response) Systems and others, to confirm their full compliance with applicable regulations and legislation. 

 

- Assistance in connection to the structure of data privacy policies, drafting of privacy notices, as well as adapting foreign privacy policies to comply with Mexican law.  

 

- Elaboration of agreements for online services and purchases, including that of mobile applications.

 

- Drafting agreements with users and service providers, including application software development, as well as drafting their services agreements and terms of service for Mexico or adapting their foreign services agreements and terms of services to Mexican law. 

 
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Energy, Oil, Gas and Power Generation

González Calvillo, S.C. is a leading law firm in the oil, gas and power sectors in Mexico. We are considered one of the preeminent firms with significant experience and expertise in the development and financing of the most important energy and infrastructure projects in our country.

 

For the past 30 years our lawyers have developed critical knowledge and made key contacts and relationships by working with national and multinational sponsors, developers, banks, export credit agencies (ECA’s), multilateral development banks, international financial institutions, international oil companies (IOC’s), contractors, service companies, investors, private equity funds and other clients in a broad range of projects and transactions related to Mexico's energy, oil and gas and power sectors.

 

Our experience includes participating in the leading and most complex M&A, joint ventures, project finance and infrastructure projects and in all kinds of international public bids in the areas of pipelines, petrochemicals, natural gas distribution, transportation and storage, LNG facilities, power generation, IPPs, solar, cogeneration, EPC’s and PPP’s.

 

As part of our participation in these sectors, we have worked closely with (and sometimes represented) the principal Mexican regulators and former state-owned companies, including Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the PMI Group of Companies, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (Federal Electricity Commission or CFE), the Secretaría de Energía (Ministry of Energy or SENER), the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (Energy Regulatory Commission or CRE), the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission or CNH), Secretaría del Medio Ambiente  (Ministry of the Environment or SEMARNAT), etc.

 

We have also been closely following the recent Constitutional Energy Reform of 2013, intended to open new investment opportunities both in oil & gas and electricity and revamp the incumbent state-owned companies and regulatory agencies, as well as the subsequent publication of the new secondary legislation and regulations for these sectors.  Our firm also continues to strengthen our institutional relationships with officers of the new PEMEX and CFE and officials from the newly empowered regulatory agencies. Therefore, we are in a privileged position to accompany and advise potential new players in the Mexican market, as well as established companies that wish to expand their operations in the energy sector in Mexico and maximize their opportunities in this exciting new arena.

 

Over the years, members of the Firm have participated in numerous energy and infrastructure projects, to review highlights of our team's experience in this Practice Area, please click here

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Environment and Natural Resources

The environmental team of Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C., is integrated by highly qualified specialists in environmental law. Our services are mainly focused on the design of environmental strategies to facilitate the compliance of our clients with the environmental legal requirements.  Our advice is aimed at helping our clients develop sustainable projects and businesses, and thus, to save costs by preventing fines, closures or suspension of activities caused by the lack of compliance of any environmental obligation. Our services include legal consultancy as well as legal representation in judicial and administrative proceedings.  Our highly specialized lawyers work in coordination and integration with those of the other divisions of our firm, as well as with renowned technical consultancy firms operating in Mexico.  We help our clients process, obtain and renew licenses, permits, authorizations and concessions, at a federal, state and municipal level, and we also work with the cancellation of environmental licenses for companies that have been shut down.  We are renowned for our experience in environmental due diligence procedures, identifying environmental risks and contingencies for our clients in the projects being pursued by them.  Our staff also reviews contracts and structures transactions involving environmental issues, especially in relation to the issuance of carbon credits, providing assistance in projects related to the generation and trading of carbon credits, providing counseling on applicable national and international rules, and evaluating risks and responsibilities in connection with the eligibility and sustainability of different transactions and projects.  Finally, our team excels at the development and structuring of projects within the Clean Development Mechanism established by the Kyoto Protocol.

Our services include, among others: administrative environmental litigation; environmental impact and risk; natural resources; air; environmental legislation and standards; lobbying; arbitration; environmental liabilities; noise; biodiversity; federal maritime zone; oil and gas; biotechnology; fisheries; permitting; climate change and emissions trading; forestry; public consultations; corporate environmental strategies; health and safety; public hearings; ecotourism and conventional tourism; international environmental law; remediation; energy; inspection procedures; solutions to social and environmental conflicts; environmental audits; maritime law; soil; environmental businesses; mediation; water management; environmental criminal defense; mining; waste.

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Franchising, Licensing and Distribution

The firm’s Franchising, Licensing and Distribution Practice Group has a developed expertise at counseling domestic and foreign clients, from the scheme design to the implementation of franchises in Mexico. 
 
We provide comprehensive advice to clients in all legal and business-related aspects, including the corporate, contractual, intellectual property and tax matters to be taken into consideration for the structuring of franchises, licensing, distribution and marketing of their products and services.  
 
Our practice includes experience in legal opinions on the scope and implications of franchising, licensing and distribution schemes in Mexico and its impact on a global scale business standpoint, including the structuring and establishing of franchise networks and master franchises, as well as in area development and unit franchise agreements, with the drafting and negotiation thereof and their registration before relevant Mexican authorities. Also in the analysis of potential breach and/or unfair competition, to undertake applicable legal actions, from cease and desist to representing clients in litigation and dispute resolution proceedings.
 
We advise clients on planning and managing a complete franchise, license business and their intellectual property portfolio, reporting on the laws, regulations, treaties, requirements, processes, renewals and other issues that constitute effective protection. In this regard, our team works closely with clients to efficiently assess their needs and thereafter provide tailored advice. 
 
Moreover, as part of a full-service law firm, our practice group works in numerous corporate transactions, providing expert and accurate advice on franchising, licensing and intellectual property matters involved therein, as part of the corporate assets in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures, in which we assess through due diligence procedures the well standing and potential contingencies thereof.
 
In such regard, our practice group works hand in hand with the Intellectual Property practice to provide our clients the most sophisticated legal services possible.
 
We are actively involved in national and international associations related to franchising and often invited as speakers therein, namely the International Franchise Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Mexican Bar Association. 
 
Our client base is varied and includes several of the most renowned franchises today.
 

 

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Government Procurement

Mexican government agencies, including the State-owned petroleum company, Pemex, acquire more goods and services than any other entity in Mexico, while State and local government agencies spend billions of dollars on products and services each year. This market undoubtedly yields business opportunities for contractors. Commercial engagement with a sovereign, nonetheless, presents ever-changing statutory and regulatory procurement requirements, along with unique processes and consequences. Maneuvering through the intricacies of this complex context requires exceptional skills, knowledge, and experience, and our procurement team is widely recognized for these attributes. Among other related subjects, our lawyers are expertly versed in public policies, governmental teaming arrangements and PPP-type agreements, bid and proposal preparation, bid protests, administrative appeals and objections, outsourcing, privatization, formation of group consortia, national security priority contracting, construction, and natural resources and infrastructure.

 

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Intellectual Property

Our firm provides legal advice to protect industrial and intellectual property rights, including the assistance in the registration of trademarks, patents, industrial designs, software programs, domain names and author’s patrimonial rights, as well as all aspects of prosecution and advisory services in the fields of patent, industrial design, trademark, copyright, trade secret law and registration request presented by third parties, which can conflict to the rights held by our clients. 

 

Additionally, we have vast experience in the analysis, negotiation and drafting or technology transfer agreements, technical assistance agreements, license and assignments, license and assignment of industrial and intellectual property rights agreements and franchise, as well as their annotation and/or registration before the correspondent legal bodies, if applicable.  Our practice also includes the performance of a specific legal due diligence in this area, in order to identify contingencies related to industrial and intellectual property rights, or any limitations in the exercise of such rights by their owners and/or licensees. 

 

The firm's industrial and intellectual property group is also integrated by lawyers specialized in the litigation area in order to provide full assistance and attendance in administrative and civil suits regarding industrial and intellectual property rights.

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Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances

One of the main aspects of our corporate practice is the negotiation and implementation of joint ventures and strategic alliances. As a result of either foreign investment, statutory requirements or business strategies adopted by our clients, we have gained considerable experience in structuring joint ventures and alliances for our clients. Since the formation of González Calvillo, S.C., we have counseled domestic and foreign corporations, private equity firms and investment funds, among others, seeking to do business in Mexico and Latin America through a joint venture or a strategic alliance. Likewise, we have been selected by a large number of joint venture companies to act as their general counsel independent from the shareholders or partners, for their corporate matters, day-to-day legal operations, or specific transactions which require a representation of the joint venture as a whole.

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Labor and Employment

Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. offers legal advice and full representation encompassing every aspect of labor, employment and benefits laws. Our labor team is comprised of attorneys with specialized expertise who work together with the professionals from the various areas of the firm to ensure full quality client service. Such services include the advice and drafting of work contracts for directors or relevant employees including covenants of non-competition, confidentiality and golden parachutes; the structuring and implementation of profit sharing plans, stock options purchase plans and other stock-related benefit agreements for employees; the assistance in negotiating collective bargaining conventions and agreements with the various labor unions, with effective participation in the negotiation process and in the drafting of such collective agreements; the assistance in identifying existing or potential labor contingencIes revealed in due diligence investigations, as well as the evaluation of preventive remedies; and the drafting of legal memoranda and legal opinions to ensure the best solutions analyzed. Our labor practice also encompasses the full representation of clients in single actions or disputes in state and federal labor courts throughout the country, and the filing of defense suits and appeals at the judicial or constitutional instances.

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Litigation

The firm regularly advises clients on how to prevent and resolve complex disputes, giving support during negotiations and full representation in domestic courts or administrative tribunals, as well as in litigations or disputes with international implications.  Some of the partners of the firm commonly act as arbitrators or litigators in several arbitration or dispute resolution proceedings conducted either in Mexico or abroad before widely recognized arbitral institutions and bodies.

Our litigation practice is led by attorneys with a sound knowledge and wide forensic experience who work closely with the specialists of the firm’s other practice areas as well as with renown technical consultants when appropriate, to ensure clients the most efficient service and minimize costs and legal risks. The scope of our litigation practice includes general commercial litigation matters, shareholders and corporate disputes, intellectual, patent and trademarks claims, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings (concurso), as well as restructuring or settlement cases, banking and securities litigation and high-profile collection and recovery cases. Our litigation practice also covers any constitutional litigation involved before highest courts.

 

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Mergers and Acquisitions

We have extensive experience providing legal and business advice and counseling to multinational and Mexican companies in all kinds of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Our work encompasses joint ventures, strategic alliances, negotiated acquisitions, spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, privatizations, corporate restructurings, cross-border financing, divestitures, sales and purchases of all kinds of assets, stock, equities, and equity-type securities.

 

The Firm advises foreign and domestic clients in all corporate, transactional and regulatory aspects of buying, selling or combining companies and businesses across regulated and unregulated industries. Our Firm’s experience includes privatizations of public entities, international public bids and working with entities of the Mexican government in strategic projects.  Our advice also covers antitrust, project financing and general commercial legal issues.

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Private Equity

 

González Calvillo is renowned for having one of the most visible and prominent private equity practices in Mexico. Our team of lawyers in this area has broad knowledge in the design of state-of-the-art approaches for structuring corporate purchases, strategic acquisitions or investments in privately and publicly held companies.

 

We have advised industry clients in hostile offers (both local and with cross-border implications), regulated tender offers to privatize companies, as well as divestments and purchases of minority holdings. Our capability to work on several transactions of distinct natures, simultaneously and soundly, are largely based in the experience and number of lawyers that comprise our firm. We have the ability to put together robust and efficient due diligence teams for analysis of target companies, by bringing team members from other practice groups such as real estate, environmental law, banking and securities, labor laws, and intellectual property law, as may be convenient or necessary.

 

Of note are our abilities and skills in advising clients on the formation and day-to-day activities of private equity funds and the companies organized to sponsor them, including advise to the individuals that actively manage them. We have organized numerous regulated and non-regulated Mexican and foreign private equity funds and frequently act as counsel for the Mexican government’s funds of funds in the areas of infrastructure, energy, and clean-air projects through long-term, mezzanine and venture capital structures.

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Project Finance and Infrastructure

González Calvillo is a leading firm in project financing and with the infrastructure sector in general. The firm represents financial institutions, governments, multilateral agencies, suppliers, contractors and sponsors in connection with transactions related to the infrastructure sector in Mexico, including power, oil and gas, water, roads, airports, ports, railways, telecommunications and agribusiness. Such participation covers a broad range of legal issues related to the project finance field including the conduction of due diligence and legal audit processes, the legal structure of the relevant project, the implementation and negotiation of the relevant transactional documents necessary to implement the project or to secure any financing related thereto. The firm also intervenes in the general and overall legal advice regarding the compliance with specific laws and regulations, including administrative, land acquisition and tenancy, concession and permit rights and environmental requirements.

 

Infrastructure

 

Seen as a key strategy to combat the continuing effects of the global financial crisis, the Mexican government has been spending aggressively and continues to channel funds to infrastructure projects, with significant investments being seen across the energy and resources sectors and government projects in education, roads, transport, water and health. Mexico is experiencing strong infrastructure growth and we have advised on some of the most significant infrastructure projects in the energy & resources sector. From the development and expansion of toll-roads to major ports and airports, to the financing and development of cross-jurisdictional pipelines, clients have praised our experience, efficient and effective project management, and smart commercial judgment to help accomplish their objectives whilst balancing project risks and keeping up with the extremely demanding Mexican regulatory framework. We have also advised different administrative entities within the Mexican government in modernizing the statutory framework and adapting it to prevailing global market standards and expectations.

 

Gonzalez Calvillo’s infrastructure and project finance team is recognized as a national leader in this field in the Mexican law firm rankings of Chambers and Partners, the International Law Office review and Who’s Who Legal.

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Real Estate

González Calvillo, S.C. represents developers, lenders, investment banks, pension funds, real estate investment funds, domestic and foreign investors and large corporations in connection with real estate-related transactions. Our practice involves the purchase, sale construction, financing, development, management and operation of and investment in commercial, industrial and residential projects as well as the acquisition, lease and operation of farmland throughout the Mexican territory. We also advise on public and private offering of various types of real estate related securities, secured lending transactions, leasing and real estate litigation.

 

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Regulatory

The firm’s Regulatory Law Practice Group is focused on the analysis of the framework applicable to the health, safety, pharmaceutical and chemical industry and other commercial aspects of products and services such as consumer protection and advertising; all administrative law-regulated matters. 
 
Our team is recognized for its ability to provide comprehensive advice on regulatory law, tackling the complexities that this type of advice involves, as our client’s operations, research and/or product development often involve innovative technologies which are not regulated and are highly technical as its framework relies on secondary legislation such as official standards, practices of the industry or self-regulatory rules issued by non-governmental organizations. 
 
The practice has developed expertise in:
 
- Due diligence on health, safety, consumer protection and other regulatory matters.
 
- Filing, processing and obtainment of administrative authorizations, licenses and renewals thereof before the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) and other administrative authorities, related with among others, health registries for drugs, medical devices, health inputs, foods, beverages, alcoholic beverages, dietary supplements, pesticides, fertilizers and toxic substances.    
 
- Advising clients with analysis of the requirements for the manufacturing, importation, storage and distribution of products, including those regulated by the General Health Law and its regulations. 
 
- Advising clients on the compliance of commercial information of products and services, including labelling, with applicable regulations and Mexican Official Standards.
 
- Advising clients with the review and assessment of their advertising activities, to verify full compliance of such with applicable framework, such as review of terms and conditions of raffles and promotions, comparative advertisement, unfair competition, mandatory notices and authorizations thereof.
 
- Counseling product and service providers, to comply with applicable consumer protection provisions, including the preparation and registration of standard form contracts and warranties thereof. 
 
- Representation of clients in administrative procedures before the COFEPRIS and other administrative bodies, as well as jurisdictional procedures related with sanctions imposed by such administrative authorities. 
 
- Representation of clients in procedures before the Consumer Protection Prosecutor, including complaints filed by consumers, and conciliatory procedures. 
 
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Restructuring and Bankruptcy

González Calvillo, S.C. is amply recognized for its experience in insolvency and restructuring matters, and is a leading legal adviser in Mexico when it comes to complex scenarios of potential bankruptcies and workouts, including multi-jurisdictional processes. Our client list has included leading financial institutions, hedge funds, creditors, licensed and regulated companies, ad-hoc and steering committees, potential acquirers, fiduciary institutions and receivers in connection with the some of the most notable insolvency processes in Mexico. Our litigation team works seamlessly with our financial and corporate practice groups in devising the most convenient solutions and legal approaches for our clients.

 

Given our past and on-going experience and client assistance on buyouts, equity and debt offerings, securitizations and off-balance financings, as well as our knowledge of Mexican laws, practices and uses, we are unequally prepared to provide advice to clients on the most complicated of insolvency situations. Our full-service approach and capabilities also gives an advantage against our competitors in advising on all aspects of any workout, including in relation to areas such as corporate and mercantile laws, litigation, labor and antitrust laws.

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Telecommunications

Our practice group has over fifteen years of experience in telecommunications, regulatory and related administrative law. We have extensive knowledge and experience in the telecommunications sector and regulation thereof. We represent a wide range of companies that provide services in different regulated markets such as fixed, mobile and satellite telecommunications, Direct-to-Home (DTH), Microwave Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS), cable tv, broadcasting, Internet and other value-added services.

 

 

Our objective is to assist our clients in all kinds of complex scenarios, that involve regulatory and compliance matters, including but not limited to structuring foreign investment projects with Mexican regulated telecommunication entities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and other financing schemes.

 

 

Our administrative regulatory practice includes all types proceedings related to authorizations or concessions before different Mexican authorities, such as the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), the General Bureau of Foreign Investment of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Economic Competition Federal Commission.

 

 

Our practice encompasses strategic litigation on telecommunication matters before the Federal Judiciary, the Federal Court of Justice in Tax and Administrative matters and the Supreme Court.

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