We are a top tier multidisciplinary firm committed to offering high value-added legal advice to national and international clients with respect to their operations in Mexico.
Since 1975, we have been actively involved in shaping how Mexican law is practiced within each of our main practice areas. We have played a significant role in the structuring, development and financing of private businesses and public sector projects in Mexico. Our work encompasses transactions within a broad array of sectors of the Mexican economy.
We have a staff of more than 100 professionals deployed amongst our different practices areas, seeking to add value to our clients by means of an efficient and in-depth service and high levels of expertise and experience.
VWYS founded in 1986 is one of the foremost Mexican law firms that offers full-service legal solutions. The firm has 17 Practices as well as 6 Practice Industry Groups and 6 Desks. The team comprises 18 Partners, 4 of counsel, 4 counsel and 80+ associates with a strong roster of international and national clients. Its lawyers are renowned for their expertise in advising leading companies in establishing and conducting business dealings related to entering and expanding their operations in Mexico and Latin America.
It has been recognized internationally by: Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, GAR 100, GCR, GIR, Legal 500, IFLR Energy & Infrastructure among others.
The firm operates as a strategic legal partner and its clients are significant investors in Mexico listed in Fortune 50, Fortune 500, Dow Jones, S&P 500, DAX and Nikkei.
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
Corporate & Transactional (M&A)
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).
Financing & Financial Instruments
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.
Insolvency & Restructuring
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.
Labour & Employment
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.
INTERNATIONAL 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.
PRO-BONO 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.
Jáuregui y Del Valle (JDV) was founded in 1975 as a Mexican full-service law firm specialized in domestic and international business transactions. It brings together dedicated professionals with a solid international expertise, highly recognized for their innovative approach in providing solutions with the highest technical and ethical standards, alongside a deep understanding of their clients’ business needs. Our mission is to preserve a distinctive unique approach and to remain a leading practitioner of law; key elements that triggered their participation in highly reputable transactions. JDV advises domestic and foreign clients on a wide range of joint ventures, investments and economic activities within manufacturing trade and services. The firm has a history of implementing state-of-the-art transactions, being a market leader in advising highly regulated entities and in structuring foreign equity investments. We are well known in covering various types of financings, privatizations of government-owned companies and public services, in advising and assisting clients on all steps of qualifications for public bid processes and negotiations of procurement, alongside services, infrastructure and agreements with government entities. The firm has advised foreign governmental entities throughout its history.