- Anti-corruption & Anti-money Laundering
- Antitrust and Competition
- Arbitration and Mediation
- Banking and Finance
- Capital Markets
- Data Protection
- Energy, Oil, Gas and Power Generation
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Franchising, Licensing and Distribution
- Government Procurement
- Intellectual Property
- Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
- Labor and Employment
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Project Finance and Infrastructure
- Real Estate
- Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Anti-corruption & Anti-money Laundering
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.
Antitrust and Competition
Arbitration and Mediation
Banking and Finance
- 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.
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.view lawyers Download PDF
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.
Franchising, Licensing and Distribution
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.
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.view lawyers
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.view lawyers
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.view lawyers
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.
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.view lawyers Download PDF
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.view lawyers
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.
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.view lawyers Download PDF
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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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.view lawyers