Rafael Giménez Camacho

Leaders in Law endorses Rafael Giménez as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Mexico. If you wish to get in touch with Rafael, please use the contact information provided above.

In the year 2000, he founded the firm Giménez & Asociados Abogados, SC in the firm that, since its constitution, has provided legal services to national and foreign companies, as well as private cases, being an advisor and litigating civil and commercial law cases.

As a founding partner, Giménez & Asociados Abogados, SC, has been recognized by several entities such as the Latin American Quality Institute for outstanding legal services in 2012, 2014, and 2016. The firm has also received the Diamond Quality Award from The Best Lawyers organization in their 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 issues.

2004, he graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana with a Law degree.

2008, he specialized in Commercial Law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho.

2009, he instructed courses on Commercial Companies, Titles and Credit Operations, and Procedural Law for four years at Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

2011, Phi Delta Phi honored him with the title of Honorary Professor at their Burgoa Inn Chapter, an accolade given to exceptional educators.

2012, he was designated as a Consulting Professor by the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.

2020, The Best Lawyers of Mexico publication acknowledged his exemplary performance, recognizing him as an outstanding lawyer.

2023, he is undertaking the second semester of a Master’s degree in Public Law at Abat Oliba CEU University in Barcelona, Spain, with an examination scheduled in Barcelona on March 26, 2024.

2023, he is pursuing the second semester of a Ph.D. in Law at the Universidad Panamericana.

2023, he was recognized by The Best Lawyers of Mexico publication as an exceptional lawyer in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, and Intellectual Property.

He has been a presenter at the National Law Congress of Universidad Panamericana in the years 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021, addressing diverse topics including: Industrial Property Rights Licensing Contracts, Abusive Clauses in Bank Credit Contracts, Teleconferencing for Partner and Shareholder Meetings, and Lifting the Corporate Veil.

He has also lectured at other educational institutions such as the Technological Institute of Ciudad Constitución de La Paz, Baja California, Global Lawyers Corporation LATAM, and the University of the Americas Puebla, addressing civil and commercial obligations, and instructing civil law seminars.

He co-authored the book “Commercial Law Studies Tribute to Dr. Salomón Vargas García,” published by Tirant lo Blanch in 2016.

Various media outlets such as Foro TV with Diane Pérez, Detrás de la Noticia with Ricardo Rocha, El Universal, La Jornada, and Vértigo have sought his expertise on issues of national significance.

 

Mario Alfredo Zaldívar Sánchez

Leaders in Law endorses Mario Alfredo Zaldívar Sánchez as our exclusively recommended Audit & Assurance Services expert in Mexico. If you wish to get in touch with Mario Alfredo, please use the contact information provided above.

Areas of Expertise

  • Audit
  • Business consulting
  • Fiscal Opinion
  • Audit
  • Taxes
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Payroll
  • IMSS
  • Infonavit
  • SIROC
  • CdMx Opinion
  • Edo Mex
  • Alienation of Shares
  • Liability Capitalization Report
  • Verification of Tax information against corporate
  • Labor and legal documentation CFDI comparison against tax returns Attention of SAT invitations

Memberships

  • Mexican Institute of Mexican Accountants (IMCP)
  • Charter of Public Accountants in Mexico City (CCPM)
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)
  • Mexican Institute of Executives in Finance (IMEF)
  • Business Service Providers (Helping US companies export – export.gov)

Firm Description:

Zaldivar Consulting, S.C., is a company that has been focused for more than 30 years on providing solutions to our clients in 5 main areas:

  • Auditing
  • Taxes
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  •  Foreign Trade
  • New Business
  •  Development

These comprehensive professional services that are available, are intended to cover all the aspects required within a company, for each of the areas to ensure the proper functioning and enforcement in all its aspects.
One issue that no company should be neglected is the fiscal aspect, area should be adequately meeting its obligations to guarantee the good operations of the business.
Zaldivar Consulting is a firm of professionals that provides services such as taxes auditing, tax, accounting, consulting business, social security, and develops new businesses.

Zaldivar Consulting, S.C., is an accounting firm founded in 2003, with the main objective of providing accounting-taxes solutions.

Subsequently, and according to the needs of our clients were included in the portfolio of services audits tax, fiscal, financial consultancy and advice in the area of foreign trade.

We assist our clients in planning the information needs of their organizations, and determine how best to identify, assemble, analyze and manage the data required to meet those needs. The external environment contains much useful information, but the key information is generated inside a business, as a by-product of its operations. We identify that data and show how it can be used by executives. We can develop and install systems that aid in functions ranging from purchasing and inventory control to human resource development. Management advisory requires an understanding of the dynamics of a business situation, an analytical approach to problems and issues, and the creativity to develop the most effective solutions and recommendations for our clients.

 

Juan Carlos Merodio Lopez

Leaders in Law endorses Juan Carlos Merodio Lopez as our exclusively recommended Shipping Law expert in Mexico. If you wish to get in touch with Juan, please use the contact information provided above.

Juan Carlos Merodio is a lawyer, with a degree in finance from The Euromoney Institute in London, England, and completed his master’s degree in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His professional activity has been closely linked to consulting and legal representation and senior business management, especially in the transportation industry, telecommunications and infrastructure development, topics on which he is recognized nationally and internationally.

In 1991 he was the main partner and founder of the firm Merodio y Alfaro SC, currently called M&L Estudio Legal. For a period of three years, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Grupo Iusacell SA de CV, under the administration of Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone, the two most important multinational telephone and telecommunications companies worldwide, with offices Main in New York and London, respectively. Previously, he held the position of CEO, member of the Executive Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Transportación Marítima Mexicana, SA de CV (GRUPO TMM) and its parent company Grupo Servia, SA

He has extensive experience in the placement of debt and equity instruments in international financial markets, having participated in operations that together represent more than 1.8 billion dollars. He has participated as a consultant to the Mexican Federal Government in the elaboration of different laws and regulations. He has acted as an international arbitrator in proceedings of the International Chamber of Commerce, based in Paris, France. He was legal advisor to the National Fund for Port Developments (FONDEPORT), a federal government trust for the development of ports and fishing industrial parks.

He has participated in the boards of directors of different companies: Cintra, Aeromexico, Mexicana, The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (London), Grupo TMM, Grupo TFM, Mexrail, Inc (USA). Grupo Iusacell SA de CV He has been a member and director of different business associations: Latin American Association of Mobile Telephony Operators-ALACEL (Vice President); National Chamber of the Maritime Transport Industry – CANAINTRAM (Vice President; Mexican Association of Ship Consignment Agents – AMANAC; Association of the Pacific Basin; American Bureau of Shipping; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and the Bar Mexicana-Bar Association, AC American Bureau of Shipping; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and the Mexican Bar-Colegio de Abogados, AC American Bureau of Shipping; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and the Mexican Bar-Colegio de Abogados, In matters of corporate reorganization, he is a category 1 specialist certified by the Federal Institute of Specialists in Commercial Insolvency and has been appointed as conciliator and trustee in important bankruptcy proceedings.

With more than 25 years of experience in the maritime sector, Mr. Merodio continue the representation of national and international clients in several maritime matters including, incorporation of shipping and agency corporations, ship-finance, leasing, registration and flagging, purchase-sale of vessels, maritime contracts and transactional work, insurance & reinsurance, P&I Clubs, arbitration, and litigation on dispute & casualties related with Mexico and Latin America. He is also frequently invited to collaborate in cases handled in other countries of Latin American, and to act as an advisor for many maritime law firms around the world.

Mr. Merodio is constantly invited to present speech and conferences in Mexico and Latin America on topics of his speciality.

Memberships

  • Titular Member of the Comité Maritimé International. (Antwerp, Belgium)

Academia

  • Member Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law.
  • Professor of Maritime Law at the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico (Casa de la Cultura Jurídica)
  • Professor of Maritime Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Appointed at the Executive Committee of American Bureau of Shipping for the preservation of life and property at sea.
  • Member of The Association of Maritime Adjusters of the USA & Canada.
  •  Invited Lecturer at Lloyds of London.
  • Certificate Instructor by Germanischer Lloyd in Seminar of Fundamentals of Ship Financing and Acquisitions. .

National and International Recognitions /Awards

  • National Award “Dr. Raul Cervantes Ahumada” by the Ministry of Education for contribution to Maritime Law development.
  • Award “Dr. Jose Luis Rebollo” by the National Autonomous University for maritime law research.
  • Extraordinary Recognition “Dr. Rafael Preciado Hernandez” by the National Autonomous University for commitment in faculty education.
  • ACQ Global Award “Leading Shipping and Transport Lawyer Meixico-2016”
  • Winner “Advisory Excellence 2021 Shipping & Maritime” (London)

Professional

  • Senior-Partner and General Director of M&L Estudio Legal one of the leading Mexican law firms in transportation, international and commercial law, established in 1991 designated “ The Transportation Law Firm of the Year-Mexico”
  • Former CEO- General Director of Transportacion Marìtima Mexicana (TMM Group), at the time the largest multimodal transportation company in Latin America, with presence in 60 countries and with services in the shipping (liner, tanker, off-shore), rail, port and logistics business.
  • Former General Counsel of the TMM Group.
  • Former Counsel for the Governmental Fund for Port Development (FONDEPORT)
  • He has served as International Arbitration with the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris)

He has served as member of the Board of the following shipping entities

  • Director of The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association-Pandi Club (Great Britain),
  • Director of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of TMM Group Mexico),
  • Director of the Board of Compañia Trasatlantica Española (Spain),
  • Director of the Board of Flota Gran Colombiana (Colombia).
  • He acted as Vice –Chairman of the Mexican Ship-owners Association. (CANAINTRAM)

Books and legal essays

  • Fundamentals of Marine Insurance. Mexico, 2017.
  • Introduction to Maritime Law. Mexico, 2015
  • Legal Nature and Organization f the PANDI Clubs. Venezuela, 2012
  • Fundamentals of Marine Insurance. Mexico,
  • Mexican Law Principles. México.2008

Firm Description:

M&L Estudio Legal is constantly referred by foreign firms to clients with interests and investments in Mexico and, likewise, we have correspondents in the cities of New York, London, Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, ​​Genoa, Tokyo, Bogotá, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires.

Areas of Expertise

  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Energy
  • Communications and Transportation
  • Corporate
  • Financial and Stock Market
  • Real Estate
  • Maritime
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Arbitration

 

Pedro Gloria Ponce De León

Leaders in Law endorses Pedro Gloria Ponce De León as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Mexico. If you wish to get in touch with Pedro, please use the contact information provided above.

Pedro Gloria Ponce De León is a partner at Gloria Ponce de León & Hernández with more than 10 years of experience in legal advice to the real estate and construction sector as well as a deep knowledge of sports law.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Sports
  • Corporate
  • Intellectual Property Law

Languages

Spanish and English

Education

  • Law degree from the UANL with a Master’s degree in Business Law from the UDEM and postgraduate studies at the Universities of Yale
  • Paris II and the Higher Institute of Law and Economics of Madrid.

Firm Description:

Gloria Ponce de León & Hernández is an innovative and avant-garde legal firm with offices in Monterrey and Mexico City.

Starting from a methodology of Legal Project Management and integrating new technologies in our service model, we advise national and foreign clients of real estate, financial, private equity, food, sports, startup and fintech sectors, among others; in projects of a corporate, compliance, intellectual and transactional property nature, including resolution of disputes and litigation when necessary.

We have the experience and business vision necessary to add value to the daily operations and strategic projects of your company.

We offer fully satisfaction to the legal needs of our clients, allowing them to generate the proper value to their preferred groups. Therefore, we focus on developing with our customers a profound and genuine relationship, that allows us to understand their trade and business culture.

Excellence, result-oriented, and complete alignment of the legal strategy with our client’s business objectives, are the key to the Firm in all its process.

Practice Areas

  • Financial
  • Real estate and construction
  • Foreign Investment
  • Litigation, arbitration & administrative regulation
  • Corporate
  • Intellectual Property
  • Sports
  • Venture and Private Capital
  • Regulatory Compliance

 

Miguel Valdés

Leaders in Law endorses Miguel Valdés as our exclusively recommended Real Estate and M&A Law expert in Mexico. If you wish to get in touch with Miguel, please use the contact information provided above.

Corporate Law, Foreign Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions, Contracts, Environmental Law, special in bond regimes, Intellectual Property and Immigration. He was an international partner at Thompson & Knight from 2003 to 2011; a partner at Rojas, González, de la Garza, Maldonado & Valdés from 1995 – 2003; Margáin, Santos, Rojas, González, Vargas, S.C. from 1991 to 1995; and as in house counsel in Dicex, S.A. de C.V. from 1989 to 1990.

Education

  • Law degree from the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, A.C., and LLM degree from the University of Illinois and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
  • Diplomas from Georgetown University in 1990, Harvard Law School in 2002.
  • He has been a professor of International Private Law at the Universidad de Monterrey and Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Languages

Spanish and English.

Firm Description:

AV&M was founded in Monterrey, Mexico on January 2001. Our goal is to provide legal services that exceed the expectations of the business community. We devote our efforts to help our clients achieve their objectives, embracing their challenges as our own. We aim to build long term relationships based on mutual trust and excellence.

The partners of AV&M offer experience and a practical legal approach to the needs of our clients.

AV&M We have been ranked since 2016 is currently ranked under the section Mexico General Business Law: Monterrey, of the Chambers Latin America 2022 Guide.

Our Vision

We aspire to boost the integral development of all of the people we relationship with so we can create value and transcend.

Our Mission

We create fraternal bonds through our chain of values generating certainty, security and long-term relationships.

Our Core Values

  • Respect: Treat people with dignity.
  • Caring: We care about our people, together we will move forward.
  • Accountability: Turn our promises into reality.
  • Integrity: Make the right thing for our clients and associates.
  • Resilience: Take adversity like an opportunity to grow.
  • Innovation: Find new ways to improve and make them work.
  • Excellence: Make things right t once.

Practice Areas:

Corporate

We advise both domestic and foreign companies, individuals and entities on topics relevant to the structure, setting up and day-to-day business affairs of their commercial and/or industrial operations, including assistance with all types of business agreements, transactions and negotiations, to secure both their business objectives and their legal position. On behalf of our clients, we incorporate, organize and structure all types of business entities, including corporations, trusts, limited liability companies and specific purpose legal vehicles.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our mergers and acquisitions practice allows us to assist our clients in determining the most beneficial structure of a transaction from the operational, and tax perspectives; in negotiating and drafting the transaction al documents, as well as solving the contingencies and meeting the closing conditions as efficiently as possible. We closely review all relevant aspects of the transactions from the different legal disciplines in our Firm, including tax, labor, litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, real estate and environmental law, to provide our clients with the most efficient and legally secured advice.

Our firm is a leading advisor to both public and private companies on all types of merger and acquisition transactions, including private equity investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions of subsidiaries and other assets.

Foreign Investment, Manufacturing Incentives, Special Programs and Benefits for Exporters )Immex Prosec and Vat Certification)

We advise our global clients in their process to establish operations in Mexico, from their incorporation, real estate purchase or lease, and assist them in their day-to-day operations. Additionally, we go hand in hand with them during the process to obtain the major benefits provided by the special programs for exporters, such as the IMMEX Program, PROSEC Program and Certification Process for Fast Credit/Reimbursement of Value Added Tax, among others.

Corporate Finance and Securities Law

Through our Firm’s corporate finance and securities practice, we advise and represent issuers, creditors, private equity funds, underwriters and obligors on a wide range of public and private debt and equity transactions, including:

• Commercial Secured and unsecured loans
• Initial and secondary public offerings
• Debt Restructurings
• Commercial Paper Offerings
• Syndicated Loans

Real Estate

We advise our clients on real estate planning on a national scale and we review that the real estate property to be acquired or leased by our clients has a clear historic property chain, assuring a legally secured transaction. Our real estate practice frequently involves our environmental, corporate, finance and tax attorneys, which enables us to handle all aspects of a real estate property transaction.

Probate and Estate Planning

We have broad experience advising our clients on how to arrange their property, money and assets, for distribution among their family and loved ones after they have passed away, including the setting up of preemptive plans in case they are ever unable to care for themselves due to serious injury or illness. We go hand-in-hand with our clients on every step of this process, in order to ensure our clients are satisfied with how their estate will be distributed after their passing away, such as the drafting of all relevant documents, including trusts, wills and powers of attorney.

Furthermore, we also assist our clients in probate proceedings, whether in our out of a court of law, in order to secure the distribution of the deceased’s estate with the least burden and strain for both our clients and their families. This includes the filing of any necessary documentation before the proper authorities, to recognize our clients as beneficiaries to the corresponding estates.

Antitrust

Our Firm handles relevant antitrust matters, including issues involving M&A’s, cartels, unilateral conduct, market investigations and antitrust litigation, as we work with a broad range of industries that are under constant scrutiny from the Mexican Federal Trade Commission.

Additionally, we act as an independent third party for our clients before the Mexican Federal Trade Commission, for certifying compliance of commitments made with such authority and the members of the relevant industrial or commercial sectors. We also assist our clients in designing and implementing antitrust compliance programs.

Environmental

Our Environmental Law regulatory work is robust and includes thorough environmental due diligence, permits and environmental compliance. Our practice is highly experienced and recognized, due to our proactive approach to prevent our clients from environmental contingencies, which includes:

(i) Assessment of environmental compliance and status of both companies and real estate properties, including strategies and remediation actions required to reach full environmental compliance;

(ii) Design and implementation of environmental strategies, compliance management and approval of permits and/or authorizations for our clients’ various activities and operations, or for a specific real estate property; and

(iii) Structure, negotiation and monitoring of remediation proposals for contaminated real estate properties.

Furthermore, we also assist our clients in probate proceedings, whether in our out of a court of law, in order to secure the distribution of the deceased’s estate with the least burden and strain for both our clients and their families. This includes the filing of any necessary documentation before the proper authorities, to recognize our clients as beneficiaries to the corresponding estates.

Tax Strategy and Disputes

Our Firm provides a full range of federal, state, municipal and international tax planning, as well as the representation of our clients before government agencies and courts in tax disputes. Our services include leading-edge, innovative and creative types of transactions, within the framework of applicable laws, that allow for an efficient management of our clients’ tax burden.

Litigation

We have developed a special and successful practice on Civil, Commercial, Administrative, Labor, Environmental and Tax Litigation. Our litigation practice combines thorough analysis, strategy, practical skills and vast experience, to effectively represent our clients before both federal and state courts and arbitration panels, throughout Mexico. If a favorable pre-litigation solution cannot be reached, we litigate our cases vigorously to reach the desired outcome.

Immigation Law

We provide a full range of immigration and legal services to our international clients, which are carefully crafted out by our attorneys to acchieve each client’s goals. Our immigration services practice includes the representation of our clients in work and residence visa applications, as well as in procedures regarding immigration compliance audits.

Oil and Gas Law

Our Firm has been involved in operations pertaining to the oil and gas industry, particularly with clients whose main corporate purpose involves the storage, transportation and marketing of oil and gas.

 

Gastón Esquivel Santos

Leaders in Law endorses Gastón Esquivel Santos as our exclusively recommended Entertainment Law expert in Mexico. If you wish to get in touch with Gastón please use the contact information provided above.

He is one of the most recognized lawyers in the field of Intellectual Property and Entertainment, social networks and digital sphere. The Esquivel graduate has more than thirty-five years of experience in which he has excelled in the entertainment law branch, becoming one of the most reliable media lawyers

He studied law at the Universidad Iberoamericana, from where he obtained special mention for his degree work “The Reparation of Intangible Tort in Mexican Copyright”, and the Diploma in Corporate Law.

He began the practice of law in 1989, oriented to civil, commercial and administrative matters, since then carrying out corporate advisory work, in matters of intellectual property and litigation, he is currently a partner of the firm MACDONEL, URIBE and ESQUIVEL

His specialty is intellectual property, commercial law, international trade, litigation and protection in these matters.

He has carried out other studies both in Mexico and abroad, among which the following stand out:

  1. Diploma in Anglo-American Law from the University of Texas at Austin.
  2. Crimes in matters of copyright, in the National Institute of Criminal Sciences.
  3. Diploma in Electronic Commerce, UNAM.

He has given various conferences both in Mexico and abroad, among which the following stand out:

  1. Intellectual Property and the North American Free Trade Agreement, taught for the American Bar Association and St. Mary’s University School of Law, in San Antonio, Texas.
  2. Intellectual property and prosecution processes, taught in Austria for the Center for Legal Studies

He taught the subject of Intellectual Property for 12 years in the careers of Law, Communication and Management of Entertainment Companies at the Anahuac del Sur University and is currently on the faculty of the master’s degree in Intellectual Property at the Panamerican University.

He has extensive experience in everything related to industrial and intellectual property as well as in contentious-administrative areas and public and private tenders. Within the above, he has excelled in artistic, musical and acting representation, being one of the most reliable media lawyers.

He is a professor in the master’s degree in intellectual property at the Universidad Panamericana.

Recommended by ” Chambers and Partners ” and by ” LEGAL 500 ” in the field of intellectual and industrial property:

“ Gaston Esquivel Santos has noted experience in IP, civil and administrative litigation and has maintained an impressive flow of work in the market. He regularly assists big-name clients with the registration of trademarks and copyrights, as well as representing them in related litigation. “

“Founding partner Gaston Esquivel Santos is singled out for his broad practice and widespread knowledge of local and international IP law.”

Firm Description:

Leaders who share the vocation for the practice of law, becoming with experience and strategic thinking in one of the most recognized multidisciplinary law firms in Mexico and some foreign countries.

Our culture is to provide comprehensive, efficient and personalized support, backed by years of experience and knowledge.

MUE’s clients tap the experience of our team of lawyers in the practices of Civil and Commercial Litigation, Extrajudicial Collection, Criminal, Criminal Compliance, Insurance and Reinsurance, Labor, Intellectual Property and Copyright, Corporate and Protection of Personal Data.

 

José Manuel Velderrain Sáenz

Dr. José Manuel Velderrain Sáenz has a Fiscal Sciences Ph. D. and an International Taxes Master Degree. He is a founder partner and CEO at Velderrain Sáenz & Asociados, S.C. He is also a professor of Tax Strategy and International Taxes in Master Degree courses at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and the Universidad Panamericana, as well as a lecturer on tax matters at the Mexican College of Public Accountants and de Tax Administration Service (SAT, after its acronym in Spanish). He is a member of the Tax Investigation Technical Commission at the above mentioned Mexican College of Public Accountants, a member of the Committee of Elaboration and Validation of Questions for the Uniform Professional Certification Exam and of the Committee of Validation of Structure of the Certification Exam, on Prevention of Money Laundering, at the Mexican Institute of Public Accountants. He is a member of the Mexican Republic Employer’s Confederation (COPARMEX, by its acronym in Spanish) Mexico City tax commission; titular syndic before the SAT, based in Mexico City, and a collaborator on tax matters on various TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and magazines, as well as at various panels and conferences at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Universidad Panamericana, Colegio de Contadores Públicos de México, Secretaria de Economía, Instituto Nacional de Emprendedores and Instituto Politécnico Nacional.

Firm description

Velderrain Sáenz y Asociados S.C. is a Mexican firm specialized in audit, tax consulting, compliance, accounting and appraisal corporate services, which services national and international companies. We distinguish ourselves for the personalized attention, legal certainty, comprehensive advice, continuous updating and high level commitment to our clients.

The capacity to provide comprehensive advice, thanks to our interrelated corporative services, has turned us into providers and undisputed copartners of the success of many of our clients. In order to be up-to-date, we permanently train the firm’s professionals, which has allowed us to help our clients to face the constant changes in legislation and the way to do business, today.

Our practice areas comprise:

1) Accounting
2) Audit
3) Compliance
4) Appraisal

We are specialized in helping the incorporation of subsidiaries of multinational firms, in Mexico, foreign representation offices, large and medium sized national businesses and companies in the incubation or acceleration phase, with scalable projects.

José Manuel Velderrain Sáenz

Dr. José Manuel Velderrain Sáenz has a Fiscal Sciences Ph. D. and an International Taxes Master Degree. He is a founder partner and CEO at Velderrain Sáenz & Asociados, S.C. He is also a professor of Tax Strategy and International Taxes in Master Degree courses at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and the Universidad Panamericana, as well as a lecturer on tax matters at the Mexican College of Public Accountants and de Tax Administration Service (SAT, after its acronym in Spanish). He is a member of the Tax Investigation Technical Commission at the above mentioned Mexican College of Public Accountants, a member of the Committee of Elaboration and Validation of Questions for the Uniform Professional Certification Exam and of the Committee of Validation of Structure of the Certification Exam, on Prevention of Money Laundering, at the Mexican Institute of Public Accountants. He is a member of the Mexican Republic Employer’s Confederation (COPARMEX, by its acronym in Spanish) Mexico City tax commission; titular syndic before the SAT, based in Mexico City, and a collaborator on tax matters on various TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and magazines, as well as at various panels and conferences at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Universidad Panamericana, Colegio de Contadores Públicos de México, Secretaria de Economía, Instituto Nacional de Emprendedores and Instituto Politécnico Nacional.

Firm description

Velderrain Sáenz y Asociados S.C. is a Mexican firm specialized in audit, tax consulting, compliance, accounting and appraisal corporate services, which services national and international companies. We distinguish ourselves for the personalized attention, legal certainty, comprehensive advice, continuous updating and high level commitment to our clients.

The capacity to provide comprehensive advice, thanks to our interrelated corporative services, has turned us into providers and undisputed copartners of the success of many of our clients. In order to be up-to-date, we permanently train the firm’s professionals, which has allowed us to help our clients to face the constant changes in legislation and the way to do business, today.

Our practice areas comprise:

1) Accounting
2) Audit
3) Compliance
4) Appraisal

We are specialized in helping the incorporation of subsidiaries of multinational firms, in Mexico, foreign representation offices, large and medium sized national businesses and companies in the incubation or acceleration phase, with scalable projects.

Pedro Mota-Velasco

He actively advises the main subjects involved in estate planning structure analysis and implementation: (i) private clients, (ii) financial institutions and (iii) foreign legal advisors.
Our estate planning practice has developed substantial expertise in the representation of ultra high net worth individuals. We are involved in the material transactions performed within our client’s domestic and foreign structures. Therefore, we have gained valuable experience in implementing transactions related with trusts and other vehicles, including asset contributions, distributions, liquidations and reorganisations of structures.

It is common that families represented by us include beneficiaries with tax links to different jurisdictions (e.g., US citizens residing in Europe) which entails legal challenges since the solutions should be tax efficient in all jurisdictions. Economic and legal interaction consequences of Mexican nationals structuring vehicles abroad and foreigners devising investment alternatives in Mexico, requires a high level of interaction among Mexican and foreign tax regimes.

The Estate & Trust Law Practice:

Economic and legal interaction consequences of Mexican nationals structuring vehicles abroad and foreigners devising investment alternatives in Mexico, requires a high level of interaction among Mexican and foreign tax regimes.

  • We actively advise the main subjects involved in estate planning structure analysis and implementation: (i) private clients, (ii) financial institutions and (iii) foreign legal advisors.
  • Our involvement occurs both in the creation and/or modification of investment structures, making essential the design of the various type of assets involved and specific needs of every person or family.
  • Solutions achieved allow all parties involved to reach the highest level of legal certainty for the structure.

Turanzas, Bravo & Ambrosi:

Turanzas, Bravo & Ambrosi is an independent law boutique integrated by tax attorneys with experience in rendering tax counselling, tax litigation and tax planning services, including foreign trade.
The firm emerges a categorical response to the evident need for modernization and specialization required by Mexico´s dynamic and increasingly sophisticated tax regime.

The experience, ethical and professional recognition achieved by its members through their participation in the tax environment, clearly show the steady conviction of being an institution transcending as the best option in Mexico for handling its clients’ taxation challenges.

Our main objective is to generate trust by offering a service that exceeds expectations and provides high quality legal solutions on a timely basis and always following a fair cost-benefit balance. This trust fosters long term professional relationships, distinguished by our best asset: Our Team.

The consolidation accomplished by the firm has led to be considered as one of the teams with most projection and perspectives within the Mexican tax environment.

Diego Andrade Max

Leaders in Law endorses Diego Andrade Max as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Mexico. If you wish to get in touch with Diego please use the contact information provided above.

Professional Experience

2017 – Present

Ibáñez Quintana Saavedra & Hoffmann, México City, Houston, TX. Partner. México legal services and LAM consulting.

2013 – 2017

Aggreko LLC. Houston, TX. Vice President, Latin America Head of Legal. Responsible for all Legal and Compliance matters in Latin America. Reporting to Regional President and to General Counsel and Company Secretary of Aggreko plc, headquartered in UK. Public tenders, Government Procurement, Corporate Governance, Contracts, Commercial Risk, Guarantees, Administrative Law, Labor, Licensing, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, negotiations, collections, investigations, Due Diligence and Compliance with UK Bribery Act and US FCPA.

2008 – 2012

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS). Princeton, NJ. Assistant General Counsel, Intercontinental Region. Responsible for legal matters in Latin America. Counsel to President of Intercontinental, Worldwide Pharmaceuticals Group. Coordinating in-house and outside counsel in several relevant jurisdictions. Drafting of Regional SOPs and review of country audit reports. Member of the Regulatory and Commercial Practice Group and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Expert Group of the BMS Law Department. Lead Counsel in all Regional Compliance investigations.

2005 – 2008

Bristol-Myers Squibb de México, S. de R.L. de C.V. México. Legal Director. Corporate, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Unfair Competition and Antitrust Law, Immigration, Public Procurement, Administrative Law, Labor Law, Customs, Tax, Environmental, Consumer Protection Law, Patents, Trademarks and IP protection. Counsel for BMS Pharmaceuticals and Mead Johnson Nutritionals. Member of BMS Operating Committee. Lead Counsel in all México Compliance investigations. Cross-functional work with Regulatory, Medical, Corporate Security, HR and other teams.

1999 – 2005

Bocar, S.A. de C.V. México. Legal Manager. Corporate Law, Trademarks, Licenses, Joint Ventures, Contracts, Immigration, Labor, Environmental, Tax, Antitrust, Administrative Law, Customs, Real Estate, Union negotiations.

1997 – 1999

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Brussels. Associate. European Union (EU) Competition Law, EU Anti-Dumping and International Law. Counsel to Mexican Government negotiating and drafting the EU-México Free Trade Agreement.

1996 – 1997

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. United States. Philadelphia law firm, Chicago Office (formerly Gardner Carton & Douglas.) Foreign Attorney. General Corporate work, Antitrust, International Arbitration, Distribution Contracts. Counsel to US based corporations doing business in Latin America.

1994 – 1995

Comisión Federal de Competencia (CFC). México. Attorney. The CFC is equivalent to the US Federal Trade Commission. Drafted CFC resolutions to merger notification filings under the 1993 Mexican Competition Act.

1988 – 1992

Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. México. Intern, Associate. Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Contracts,

Immigration, Foreign Investments, Administrative Law, Property, Tax, Trademarks and International Arbitration (ICC).

Education

1996       The University of Chicago Law School. Chicago. Master of Laws degree (LL.M).

1995       Universidad Iberoamericana. México City. Assistant Professor for International Law.

1994       UniversitätWien. Vienna. Doktor der Rechtswissenschaft (Dr. iur).

1993       ICC Court of International Arbitration. Paris. Summer Intern.

1992      Universidad Iberoamericana. México City. Licenciado (JD) with honors.

Admitted to México Bar. Affiliated to State Bar of Texas, certified Foreign Legal Consultant.

Fluent in Spanish, English, German and French. Some Portuguese. Dual Citizen of the US and México.