SMPS Legal is pleased to announce that Daniel Del Rio has joined the Firm as a Strategic Partner in the corporate M&A, banking and finance and compliance practice areas as of July 1st, 2022, with the purpose of internationally boosting SMPS Legal’s growth and services.

This strategic move represents a significant addition for the Firm after appointing two new tax partners, Luis Curiel and Francisco Carbajal, in May and October of 2021, who have been blossoming at SMPS Legal ever since.

Daniel Del Rio, who is one of the most recognized corporate M&A lawyers in Mexico, moves to SMPS Legal after being a partner of Basham, Ringe y Correa, and the head of its corporate and M&A practice area for over 30 years, assisting clients on big-ticket and cross-border transactions. His experience includes corporate, environmental, M&A, health, foreign investment, international transactions, real estate, banking and compliance. He is currently the Treasurer of the International Bar Association (“IBA”), as well as Secretary-Treasurer of the Legal Practice Division (“LPD”) and member of the Management Board of the IBA Council. Pro Bono work and philanthropy activities are also the focal points of Daniel’s career as he has been an important promoter of the legal pro bono work in Mexico, advising different organizations.

In connection with Daniel Del Rio’s incorporation, Jorge San Martin, head of the tax practice of SMPS Legal, commented: “We are very excited by this addition to the firm. Daniel brings extensive experience and deep knowledge to SMPS Legal’s corporate and transactional practice areas. Our clients in Mexico and abroad will greatly benefit from the expertise brought on board by Daniel.”

Eduardo Pizarro Suárez, heading the energy and corporate M&A practice areas of the Firm in Mexico, also pointed out that “Daniel Del Rio’s incorporation is a perfect match as he will bring amazing international exposure to the Firm in an extraordinary moment of growth, consolidation and further expansion of our practice.”

Daniel Del Rio describes SMPS Legal as “a specialized firm with a very selective clientele, and a young, dedicated and talented team, with a high potential to grow beyond its current boundaries. Daniel said that “this strategic partnership will allow me to capitalize my international and domestic legal expertise, to promote and develop the brand SMPS Legal abroad and in Mexico contributing to its growth and development in several industries.”

About SMPS Legal. SMPS Legal is a law firm that assists its clients through the combination of the experience of its members, which are strategically based in its offices in Mexico City and Bogotá and its foreign desks in Calgary and Dallas. The firm specializes and focuses its practice on energy and natural resources, tax consulting and litigation, foreign trade, privatizations, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, the hospitality industry, private equity, capital markets, real estate transactions, construction and development projects as well as financing structures and litigation assessment. For more information concerning this press release, please contact us at