Recommended leading firm in competition/antitrust, corporate M&A, energy and natural resources, intellectual property, labor & employment, private wealth law and tax in Chambers Latin America (2018).
Basham, Ringe y Correa is a full-service law firm with strong presence in Latin America. Basham established in Mexico in 1912, has more than 100 years of experience assisting clients in doing business throughout Mexico and abroad.
The firm’s large group of lawyers and support staff are committed to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards. In addition, Basham’s lawyers actively participate in worldwide associations, as well as in international transactions. This in turn improves the firm’s growing capacity to serve its clients by constantly adjusting to the dynamics of the global business environment for over a century.
The high level of specialization and development of each department of the firm, together with the coordination and support of the different practice areas, plus the in-depth knowledge of markets and economic trends provide the firm’s clients with innovative, practical and timely solutions with legal and business insight.
Basham, Ringe y Correa has a team of experts across its three strategic offices located in Mexico City, Monterrey and Queretaro with unparalleled expertise in their practices.
Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. was founded in 1986, with the principles of excellence and integrity as its cornerstones. Composed of sixteen different practices, six industry groups and one desk, the firm is full-service, offering a wide spectrum of legal services.
Von Wobeser y Sierra is known for offering preventive and problem-solving advice so its clients can reach their business goals. To do this we concentrate on developing a deep understanding of each company’s core business. Our firm operates as a strategic partner that undertakes the most relevant legal issues and transactions of the companies we assist. We have a solid and diverse team of world-class talent, which develops long-term relationships with its clients.
The Von Wobeser y Sierra team includes eighteen partners, four of counsel, four counsel and more than eighty associates, all with notable skills and a deep knowledge of the current law and the most relevant legal developments in the national and international scene.
Litigation practice: For 35 years, Von Wobeser y Sierra, S. C. has mindfully constructed a broad and diverse team of elite trial lawyers, hand-picked from the best law schools in Mexico, the US, and Europe. The members of the team are admitted to practice in various jurisdictions and have experience working at the best law firms in NY, Washington, D.C., Paris, and Beijing. With over 30 lawyers, our Dispute Resolution Practice is one of the largest of its type in the market of Mexican law firms and is at the top of every accredited legal directory. Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. has consolidated its position as the first choice of many leading global companies to represent them in their most complex and strategic litigations. Being often involved in bet-the-company litigation, the team has developed a unique sensibility and understanding of the high stakes implicated in our cases, allowing us to design and implement tailored court-room strategies and creative out-of-court resolutions that set us apart from our peers. We are aware of the clients’ need to be constantly informed about their matters in order to jointly take strategic decisions. We are known for our attention to detail and for our high ethical standards.
Our Litigation Practice is comprised of both seasoned litigators and as well as skilled young lawyers, a formula that has yielded a success rate exceeding 88%. Our team includes two former Justices of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice (Mr. Guillermo Ortiz Mayagoitia and Mrs. Margarita Beatriz Luna Ramos). They are Of Counsel of the firm and their advice is an essential reference point in the work we do in all areas of litigation. Our litigators have tried and argued cases in almost every forum – from state and federal trial and appellate courts, to administrative tribunals, to the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice, to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Our services contemplate all kinds of disputes: Constitutional Litigation, Administrative Litigation, Class-Action Litigation, Civil and Commercial Litigation, and Mediation, among others. In Civil and Commercial Litigation, we have represented clients in a range of matters such as those related to shareholders and corporate disputes, contractual breaches, international sale of goods, joint ventures, real estate disputes, tortious liability, intellectual, patent and trademarks claims. Further, the team is particularly well positioned to handle class action cases, having been involved in four high profile class action proceedings, of the very few filed in Mexico so far. In Administrative Litigation, Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. has successfully handled cases related to public procurement, public tenders, port authorities, conflicts before the Ministry of Transportation and before the Federal Consumer Agency, a variety of cases before Administrative Tribunals, controversies related to national security and public health, among others.
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Arbitration Practice: Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. has become the first choice to represent multinational companies in the most complex and high-profile arbitration proceedings in Mexico. Having acted on behalf of our clients in many of the landmark arbitration cases of our time, we have acquired a track record and level of expertise that is unmatched in the Mexican forum. The team is one of the largest of its type in the Mexican market, uniquely well-fitted to handle the most intricate and demanding cases.
The practice group is led by one of the leading arbitration lawyers in the world, Claus von Wobeser, who has served as VP of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, as Co-Chair to the IBA Arbitration Committee and as President of the Arbitration Commission of the Mexican Chapter of ICC. Also, other team members have occupied relevant positions in arbitration leading institutions, such as Adrián Magallanes and Montserrat Manzano.
The Arbitration Practice focuses on Commercial Arbitration, Investor arbitration, and Public Works Arbitration, across many industries.
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Awards: Our Arbitration and Litigation Practices have been recognized on an international level by renowned editorials: Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latin America, Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review 100 (GAR 100), Latin Lawyer 250, Who´s Who Legal and Benchmark Litigation, among others.
Our Firm is formed by highly reputed and well experienced attorneys providing their clients with efficient and sophisticated legal services.
We have a unique advising model based on the expertise of trial attorneys practicing in all kind of legal actions and lawsuits. We also have an experienced team providing transactional and corporate services, along with other highly specialized professionals practicing within our firm in other legal areas.
Our unique model is based on legal strategies enriched and implemented by trial attorneys, with an inclusive vision of corporate and transactional attorneys and with the added input of former in-house counselors. Additionally, most of our partners are lecturers at some of the most reputed Law schools of the country. The combination of these factors gives us the distinctive ability to offer our clients a 360° legal approach when it is so required by the particular matter entrusted to us.
We ask our legal professional staff to continually upgrade their legal education, which allows us to a cutting-edge Law firm.
Our clients are provided with one-on-one attention supported by our deep and detailed knowledge on their different industries and service sectors, which at the time contributes to anticipate and prevent potential contingencies and benefits maintaining an open communication channel that allows us to timely inform any changes to the in-force legislation that could affect our client’s interests.
As explained, we combine tradition and innovation; therefore, our clients favor us by considering our Firm as their permanent advisors. Adding value through our distinctive manner of rendering services, grants our clientele tangible and direct benefits that result from our professional relationship.
Since most of the matters in which we are involved have simultaneous effects in Mexico and other jurisdictions, one of our greatest assets is our international approach to law. This international approach has been consolidated through our broad multinational client portfolio as well as the solid expertise our attorneys have accumulated over the years through counseling multinational matters in their respective areas of expertise, which resulted in notable recognition of our Firm and its legal staff.
In this regard, the Firm represents and has represented clients of the most dynamic entrepreneurial sectors, well-known companies, and Fortune 500 global leaders in their fields.
Professional EthicsCode and Legal Qualifications:
Our attorneys possess a solid professional background in Ethics and Law. Our partners, associates and interns have a broad experience in the Ethics Code ruling our profession and they act at all times; our internal Code of Ethics is based on those regulations, and the Professional Ethics Code of the Mexican Bar Association.
Our attorneys graduated from some of the most prestigious Law schools in the country and in order to be admitted into our firm, they must pass a rigorous selection process, in which each candidate is required to prove solid legal knowledge and criteria.
Additionally, we require our attorneys to be constantly informed about amendments and additions to the Mexican and international legal systems, which mainly consist in issuing new laws or amendments from current Acts, international treaties and court precedents.
We are dispute resolution lawyers. With passion and creativity, we shape winning strategies for our clients. We litigate before national courts and arbitral tribunals. Our prac¬tice stands out for its personal attention and cost-efficiency. Under these principles, our business-oriented litigation makes Bufete Asali the most reliable option for clients seeking solutions to their commercial disputes.
The firm has successfully handled complex corporate, financial, infrastructure, technology, life sciences, and energy disputes, as well as bankruptcy proceedings. We have broad experience in cases relating to the enforcement, termination, and validity of contracts, torts, shareholder conflicts, and real estate matters.
The firm also has extensive experience in administrative and amparo proceedings before federal courts and the Supreme Court of Justice. Bufete Asali has acted as counsel in several arbitrations under the ICC LCIA, HKIAC, CAM, and CANACO rules. Our partners have also appeared as experts on Mexican law issues before investment arbitration tribunals and foreign state courts.
Practice Areas: The firm’s practice focuses on civil litigation, commercial litigation, commercial arbitration, as well as Administrative litigation and amparo proceedings.
Civil litigation:The firm has litigated and won cases in a variety of matters, such as enforcement and termination of contracts, torts, defamation, and real state disputes. Some of our highlights include:
Our work contributed to the recovery of three gravel mines worth more than US $120 million following a breach of contract claim.
We successfully represented a Mexican company in a defamation trial against a world-leading technology provider, obtaining damages in excess of USD $90 million.
The firm obtained the annulment of two fraudulent agreements entered into by a former director of our client, which caused more than USD $20 million in damages.
Commercial litigation: The firm has successfully represented clients in complex commercial disputes related to a wide variety of industries. We also have extensive experience in shareholder conflicts and bankruptcy proceedings, which often have a transnational component. Some of our achievements in this area include the following:
The firm brought a claim on behalf of a construction company against a leading Spanish bank for the breach of its fiduciary duties and obtained more than USD $30 million in damages.
The firm successfully represented the Mexican meat industry leader against a worldwide technology provider in a dispute concerning the purchase of a USD $10 million defective ERP system.
The firm successfully represented foreign creditors of an oil services company during its bankruptcy proceedings and achieved the recovery of nine vessels valued at more than USD $350 million.
Administrative litigation and amparo proceedings:The firm has extensive experience in administrative and amparo proceedings before federal courts and the Supreme Court of Justice. We have prevented governmental acts and orders from imposing risk and losses to our clients in a wide variety of contexts:
The firm successfully represented an individual in a USD $20 million state liability claim after the illegal seizure and subsequent loss of an aircraft.
We represent an international association of digital content creators that seeks to uphold the constitutionality of Mexico’s new Federal Copyright Law.
The firm succeeded in an amparo proceeding that upheld the winning bid of a telecommunications carrier for the provision of services valued at USD $1 billion.
Commercial arbitration:Bufete Asali has acted as counsel in financial, construction, energy, infrastructure, and telecommunications disputes under the aforementioned arbitral rules. The firm has broad experience handling complex issues such as the joinder of non-signatory parties and parallel proceedings. Additionally, we have handled disputes before Mexican courts regarding the validity and enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards, as well as preliminary injunctions in connection to arbitral proceedings. Some of our most notable representations include:
Bufete Asali secured a USD $225 million award on behalf of a consortium of Mexican and Chinese companies in an LCIA arbitration against the public entity that commissioned the construction of a hydroelectric project in Southern Mexico.
We represented a private equity fund in a USD $75 million ICC arbitration over the sale of a university.
The firm represents a company engaged in the construction of telecommunication infrastructure against a leading carrier in an ICC arbitration claiming damages in excess of USD $500 million.
Pro Bono:We dedicate our time and effort, at no cost, to represent those suffering impaired access to legal services. We have achieved novel precedents issued by the Mexican Supreme Court. We believe that access to justice must be available to all, and having contributed to that end in these cases is our greatest reward. The following are a few examples of our pro bono cases:
Obtaining a preliminary injunction that mandates an insurance company to cover all medical expenses for two seriously ill children following the illegal termination of their insurance policy.
We also represent a person with Down Syndrome who was continuously neglected of the medication needed for his condition given an alleged medicine shortage in a public hospital and secured injunctive relief that forced a public hospital to supply
Our firm represents an LGBT couple in a judicial adoption proceeding of two minors who have been under the custody of only one of their parents in order to obtain legal recognition for both.