Blvd. Manuel Avila Camacho #24, Piso 21
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
Mexico City, 11000
Senior Partner: Alejandro Sainz Orantes
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Number of lawyers: 38
Network memberships: 17
Languages: English and Spanish
We are a Mexican law firm committed to excellence and focused on delivering creative and problem-solving results to our clients. We are actively engaged in a dynamic and complex domestic and cross-border practice, and represent a broad base of clients, ranging from some of the world’s largest companies (including Fortune 500 and financial institutions) to entrepreneurs. The members at Sainz Abogados rely on a collaborative approach aimed to ensure a high degree of responsiveness, providing accurate, efficient, timely and tailor-made solutions. With over 20 years of experience working together, our team is recognized by clients and peers for having a highly efficient top tier team of lawyers with sophisticated transactional and litigation capabilities.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE
Our corporate practice is recognized in virtually every area of corporate transactions, including governance, corporate restructurings, M&A, joint venture transactions (including antitrust issues) and private equity transactions. The practice group work varies from attending client’s day to day corporate business needs to leading some of the largest and most complex corporate transactions in Mexico. Particularly, our experience on M&A derives not only from previous transactions but also from litigation related complex acquisitions. Our team approaches transactional work from a business-like and entrepreneurial perspective.
Our dispute resolution team provides legal services for clients across a large range of issues, helping clients to build constructive dialogues with counterparts and legal authorities; acting as counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings; representing clients in settlement negotiations, mediations and other types of alternative dispute resolution and dispute avoidance; handling a wide variety of litigations, including insolvencies, business litigation and trials, complex commercial litigation, civil, and administrative litigation. Our team of experts have successfully undertaken high profile and complex cases.
We have broad experience in dealing with energy related matters and in advising clients in the different stages of the development and operation of projects linked to electricity and hydrocarbons, including contracting with different governmental entities such as Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and their corresponding subsidiaries. We are experts in dealing with the complex regulatory issues applicable to international and domestic private investors participating in the Mexican energy sector and continuously provide advice and solve complicated matters before, among others, the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), the Ministry of Energy, the National Centre for Natural Gas Control (Cenagas) and the National Centre for Power Control (Cenace).
The Firm regularly represents financial institutions and debt funds as creditors, as well as corporate borrowers, in their credit operations and guarantee structures, including syndicated or subordinated debt structures (mezzanine), among other complex structures. We also have experience in project finance.
We proudly have one of Mexico’s premier reorganizations, insolvency and restructuring practices. The Firm represents creditors (domestic and international) and debtors in all types of insolvencies, reorganizations, restructurings, and bankruptcy procedures (out-of-court and in-court), including domestic and cross-border transactions such as U.S. Chapter 15 and Chapter 11 proceedings.
We provide a complete range of labour related legal services, including advising international and domestic clients on all aspects of labour law, including social security and collective bargaining agreements. Our team has extensive experience counselling on a variety of employment issues, labour disputes and litigation, and at the bargaining table.
We have a premier real estate practice, which provides clients with integrated legal services for all phases and stages of real estate related projects. Our client base comprises a broad range of property developers, lenders, investment managers, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts (FIBRAS and REITs) and private owners. We regularly advise U.S. and European funds on a variety of matters involving diverse forms of commercial, industrial, residential and hospitality real estate.
Sainz Abogados is a member of the Red Legal Iberoamericana (RLI),which comprises leading law firms from Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Spain, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Panama, in addition to México. RLI comprises over 600 lawyers, distributed in 21 offices, who are committed to establishing new means of collaboration in Spain and Latin America, which ease the identification and generation of new business opportunities, taking advantage of the synergy created from working together.
We constantly provide pro-bono legal services, on a regular basis, to individuals and non-profit organizations in Mexico. From Senior Partners to Law Clerks, Sainz Abogados is committed to pro bono service. Our team has long standing relations providing pro bono legal services to individuals and civil organizations in Mexico.
Mergers & Acquisitions – Corporate & Transactional
Octavio Hernández Negretti & Alejandro Sainz
Recent transactional highlights: Grupo Fabril de la Moda, S.A. de C.V. (Bruno Corza) Grupo Fabril de la Moda raised capital to cover debt and for working capital, in exchange of a 40% equity participation. Sainz Abogados is currently advising the client to structure the transaction and provide for the corporate governance going forward.
Insolvency & Restructuring
Alejandro Sainz Orantes
Recent transactional highlights: Grupo Aeroméxico- Sainz Abogados acted as counsel to Grupo Aeroméxico and its subsidiaries in all the Mexican law aspects of its restructuring proceedings in Mexico and under a Chapter 11 proceeding. The most relevant insolvency proceeding during 2020 that involves all types of actions and ancillary proceedings. Value: more than USD $2 billion.
Daniel A. Díaz Alvarez
CFEnergía, S.A. de C.V. – Sainz Abogados Represents the government owned power company in various constitutional lawsuits and arbitrations related to the construction, suspension of activities and operation of the Mexican gas pipelines.
Francisco J. Valdés López
BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC - Our team is currently providing legal advice to BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC in the development of a solar power plant in Guanajuato and Yucatan regions. The firm is working on the drafting and execution of Los Cuervos power project interconnection agreement with CFE Transmission.
Financing & Financial Instruments
Octavio Hernández Negretti
Grupo Aeroméxico - Sainz Abogados acted as counsel to Grupo Aeroméxico and its subsidiaries regarding the renegotiation of existing and granting of new credit facilities as part of the company’s restructuring process.
Labour & Employment
Alejandro Nila Rosales
Delta Airlines- Our firm is currently advising Delta Airlines in all the terminations of the unionized employees. Due to the pandemic of COVID-19 our client was also affected because of the airport’s closures around the world.
Daniel Saltzberg Koris
Exeter Property Group- Sainz Abogados represented Exeter Property Group in the acquisition of a portfolio of properties located in Nuevo Leon Mexico, comprised of 5 industrial buildings (fully stabilized) and approximately 700,000 square feet of land to be improved together with rail lines