José Carlos M. de Uriarte

José Carlos M. de Uriarte has a multidisciplinary legal practice with a strong emphasis in labor and employment matters, where he has over 20 years of experience regarding individual and collective (union) labor matters, administrative labor matters, employee benefits and executive compensation, separation of top tier executives, design of stock, RSU and retirement pension plans, designing strategies to meet outsourcing of employees challenges, individual and collective litigation, administrative inspections, regulations and litigation.

José Carlos also has broad experience in commercial and corporate law, complex international joint venture operations, cross-border transactions and loans, start-up operations, data protection, acquisition of real estate for industrial purposes, and industrial infrastructure development. As counsel to international clients, he has negotiated at the federal and local government levels to obtain a wide variety of operational and investment authorizations. José Carlos regularly participates in business mergers and divestitures of transnational companies, often involving antitrust counseling and lobbying. He also is active in counseling local and international entities in gaming activities in Mexico, both for administrative lobbying and commercial contract negotiations.

Practice Overview:

Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate Practice focuses on the business objectives of our clients. More than 400 corporate and securities lawyers work together to provide clients with the legal and market experience needed to manage and close the most complex transactions, as well as provide practical counsel on clients’ day-to-day operations.

We advise public and privately held companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital, underwritten and syndicated offerings, commercial finance and syndicated lending, cross-border transactions and general corporate matters. Our industry experience includes transactions in a wide range of fields, from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and life sciences fields, to representations involving clients in the aviation, banking, energy, health care, manufacturing, technology, and telecommunications sectors.

We offer corporate clients the combined benefits of local presence and global resources, providing advice and services to companies and entrepreneurs throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Diego A. Ramos Castillo

Diego A. Ramos Castillo obtained his Law Degree (J.D. equivalent) with honors in Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara Campus. In that University, he also obtained with honors, his Master’s Degree in Public Law, with specialization in Constitutional Law and Amparo Trial, and Civil and Commercial Procedural Law.

Founding Partner of the Law Firm, Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster, where he leads the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Fintech & Cryptocurrencies Practice Teams.

Member of the International Chamber of Commerce, where he participates, within the Jalisco Committee of Arbitration.

He’s an active member of the Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana de Abogados), where he has coordinated, the Civil and Commercial Law committee and Arbitration Committee. He currently leads the Fintech, Cryptoassets and New Technologies Committee.

Member of the Employers Confederation of the Mexican Republic (COPARMEX), where he has coordinated the Tax and Fiscal Commission of the Young Entrepreneurs Section of Guadalajara.

He was named in 2014, by the organization Global Law Experts, as the expert lawyer for Mexico, in Civil and Commercial Litigation,

He was named in 2015, by the organization Five Star Law, as the expert lawyer for Mexico, in Commercial Litigation.

In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, he was distinguished by the ranking of Latin America’s Best Lawyers and Law Firms published by Chambers & Partners, as a Band 2 lawyer, in the category: General Business Law: Guadalajara.

Practice Areas:

His practice focuses in the areas of litigation, arbitration, fintech and cryptoassets.

Diego is an experienced litigator in high profile and complex cases. His practice focuses in the areas of commercial, civil and constitutional litigation (amparo trial), where he has represented both national and international companies, both public, and private. His clients include among others banks, insurance companies, and land developers.

On Arbitration, Diego has successfully represented national and international companies, in complex commercial and construction arbitrations in Mexico, United States and China.

On fintech and cryptoassets, Diego has advised Fintech companies on the regulatory aspects of their constitution and operation. Diego also advises projects and companies in all the regulatory risks and legal requirements of adopting blockchain technology and operating and issuing cryptoassets.

Academic & Professional Activities:

Diego, is currently a professor of Law of Obligations I and II (Contractual Principles and Tort Law), at the Universidad Panamericana, where he has also taught courses in international sale of goods and arbitration.

He was vice president of the US-Mexico Bar Association, Chapter Guadalajara.

In 2005, he was recognized by the Anahuac University for being an outstanding graduate.

He was chosen as Mexican delegate for the Global Sales Law Project of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Translator of national and international judgments related to international sales of goods for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Co-founder and President of the Instituto de Enseñanza Práctica del Derecho (IEPRADE), a prestigious academic institute, committed for the continuing legal education of both lawyers and non-lawyers.

David Enríquez

David Enríquez joined the firm in 2000. He specializes in maritime law; energy law; transportation law; seaport regulation; public bids; international commercial contracts; arbitration & competition law. Head of the maritime and off-shore energy law practice group.

Firm Overview:

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados (GRA) is one of the most prestigious, widely respected and innovative law firms in Mexico City.

With more than 75 years of experience, Goodrich has a long tradition of standing alongside its clients when helping them make their business objectives a reality. By means of a cross practice among service areas and industry teams, our carefully trained lawyers achieve an innovative approach towards the rendering of contemporary legal services tailored to the demanding business community worldwide.

From its inception (1934) to the present, the firm has specialized in representing companies doing business in Mexico in all legal aspects at every level. The vast majority of its clients are medium and large companies, some of which are in the “Fortune 500” category.

Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos

Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos is the founder partner and current manager of the law firm and legal consulting. Both specialized in energy and infrastructure projects. With nearly twenty years of experience, RDA is a leading law firm in these matters.

The office also counts with a specialized division “Cutting Edge” for the entertainment and sport industries. This division has consolidated in recent years significantly.

Mr. Rodriguez has extensive experience in the field of public works and related services. His area of expertise comprehends services regulated by the Law of Petroleos Mexicanos, The Law of Acquisitions, Leases, and Services of the Public Sector, the Law of Public Works and Related Services and the administrative provisions of hiring Mexican oil and subsidiary bodies (DACS) and the Federal Law of Administrative Responsibilities of Public Servants.

As advisor of the Mexican Association of Natural Gas, he has contributed with the elaboration of the rules and provisions of the existing “Reglamento de Gas Natural” (Natural Gas regulations), as well as norms and guidelines applicable in the industry.

He has performed advisory services to the Association of Distributors of Liquefied Petroleum Gas for the elaboration of the existing “Reglamento de Gas Licuado de Petróleo” (petroleum liquefied gas regulation), as well as norms and guidelines applicable in the industry.

Firm Overview:

Specialized in the energy and the infrastructure sectors, at RDA we provide professional legal services based on our broad experience and thorough knowledge of these fields. Handling challenging energy matters has allowed us to lead first-of-a-kind strategic projects. The expertise of our team has positioned us as one of the best and fastest growing firms in the energy sector in Mexico.

Our legal and business consulting services not only achieve our clients’ expectations but also consolidate a long-term relationship in which we guide them closely throughout the process. We provide our clients with one-on-one assistance, reassuring every time the best outcome. From the design of the business strategy to the concrete fulfilment of it, we walk hand in hand with them. In such a complex arena, our goal is to choose the strategy that best suits our clients’ project aiming to maximize and enhance their business.

Covering the full scope of legal services of a sophisticated industry, RDA has been helping clients to do business in and from Mexico for the past 20 years. RDA’s prestige and solid presence is based in the fact that it has an extensive knowledge of the key capabilities for dealing with the energy market. RDA has represented both, Mexican state-owned entities and energy related corporations. Undoubtedly, RDA is a clear leader in its field.

Alejandro Santoyo

Alejandro Santoyo’s practice comprises tax advisory for M&A, capital markets, structured finance, estate planning and private equity. Alejandro is a leading advisor for financing transactions and international taxation for cross-border business activities.

Alejandro holds a BS from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a JD from Universidad del Valle de México.

Additionally, he obtained an MBA from The University of Texas.

Alejandro also holds post-graduate diplomas on International Taxation from Harvard University, ITC Leiden University and ITAM.

Prior to joining Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C., Alejandro Santoyo was partner at a tax firm in Mexico over the past nine years.

In 1996 he joined the tax department at Mexico City office of JPMorgan where he became Vice-President with responsibilities in Mexico and other offices within Latin America.

Mr. Santoyo’s native language is Spanish and he is fluent in English and Portuguese

Firm Overview:

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez was founded in 1936 and has since become a full service corporate law firm, with an established reputation for providing profound, sophisticated and responsive legal advice, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Our practice is based on the philosophy that a client is best served by legal advice designed to anticipate and avoid problems, rather than respond to them.

Our goal is to be the law firm of choice for clients with the most demanding transactions and projects, and, in such endeavor, become a strategic service provider to them, by offering the type of legal advice that gives clients certainty and peace of mind.

Fernando Hernández Gómez

Operating in Mexico City and Guadalajara, VAHG consolidates more than 50 years of legal excellence.

VAHG was formed as a result of the prestige, experience, reputation, business approach, high ethical values and professional standards, responsiveness, accountability and trust of its Partners.

VAHG is now recognized as a leading legal firm in M&A, Contract Law, Banking and Securities Law, Real Estate Law as well as corporate transactions in general, including Notary Public and Commercial Notary Public services, within its geographic area in Mexico.

As a result of its non-stop search for high added value, VAHG is proud of having the trust of worldwide known Mexican and multinational companies as a result of the adoption of its professional service model. We have immediate access different local jurisdictions around the world through Consulegis, EEIG, an international network of independent law firms to which we are members.

VAHG represents an invaluable sum of prestige and reputation with strengths and capabilities to conduct international transactions, operating under the highest standards of services and quality, together with a singular personal approach, developing a unique strategic competitive factor and high appreciation of its clients.

In VAHG we value each of our members, the human and professional capabilities of our team allows us to be able to know each and every one of our clients. We develop long term relationships with our clients as a result of our quality and personal treatment.

Our mission is to be the leading firm in providing services in each of its areas of expertise to ensure legal certainty and strategic legal counsel under the highest quality standards in the transactions engaged in by our clients, working professionally in their decision making processes and preventing conflicts and resolving them only when needed, thereby facilitating the conduct of their business.

In VAHG, we know we could not achieve our goals without our client’s’ trust and we think believe that in having partners and associates with extensive experience, ethical values, continuous updating and attitude of service and teamwork skills we can offer unique added value to our customers.