Jorge Mondragon has been a partner in Gonzalez Calvillo since 1998. Mr. Mondragon heads the firm's franchising/distribution practice group and has served as Senior Vice Chair of the International Franchising Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). He is also an active member of the International Franchise Association (IFA); the American Bar Association's (ABA) Forum on Franchising; and the Mexican Bar Association (MBA). He has given presentations on Mexico's franchise and commercial law at seminars, symposiums and conferences organised by the IBA, the IFA, the ABA and the MBA. Mr. Mondragon has been a professor of the negotiation course at the Universidad Panamericana Law School in Mexico City and has been listed in The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers since 2004 and Who’s Who Legal – Mexico since 2010.
He has published several articles and materials, including Mexico Considers Amendments to the Industrial Property Law on Franchising Matters, Franchise Lawyer (ABA, 2005); the Mexican chapter of International Franchise Sales Laws published by the ABA's Forum on Franchising in 2006; the Mexican chapter of Privilege and Confidentiality: An International Handbook published by the International Bar Association in 2006; Getting the Deal Through - Franchise 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 published by Law Business Research; and Alternative Corporate Re-Engineering (Building businesses through third party relationships and expansion into new markets) published by The European Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2011.
Since 1993 Mr. Mondragon has been providing legal and business advice to multinational and Mexican companies in all types of franchising, distribution and licensing transactions, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, corporate controversies, foreign investments and labour consulting. Mr. Mondragon's expertise includes advice and design of legal, contractual and corporate structures for the implementation of franchise systems and distribution schemes, and the identification, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights locally and internationally, including advice in business structure and commercial related matters.
Representative Legal Matters
• Represented several highly regarded franchise systems (franchisors) in its expansion into Mexico, including in the hospitality, fast food, restaurant, medical, education and technological industries, among others.
• Represented Yum! Restaurants in the sale of all the assets used in its “KFC” and “Pizza Hut” fast food restaurant businesses in Mexico.
• Advised Nissan-Renault in the revision of its distribution and franchise agreements used with their dealers in Mexico.
• Represented Chrysler de Mexico in the reorganization of its dealers in a specific territory in Mexico, as well as in the purchase and sale of other dealerships in Mexico City.
• Continuous advice to Google in its Mexican operations, labor and corporate aspects and other commercial related matters.
• Advised Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento (CIE) in several reorganizations, towards its joint venture with Televisa in Ocesa Entretenimiento.
Education and Experience
Mr. Mondragon received his law degree with honours from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 1993 and a postgraduate degree in corporate law from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico in 1996. He has been working at Gonzalez Calvillo since 1991.
Professional Associations and Memberships
• Mexican Bar Association
• Ilustre y Nacional Colegio de Abogados
• International Bar Association
• International Franchise Association
• American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising