DLA Piper opens Mexico City office with launch of Mexico practice

Firm continues strategic expansion in Latin America with 14-lawyer team

DLA Piper today announced that it has opened an office in Mexico City with the addition of a 14-lawyer team from Thompson & Knight LLP.  This group is led by partners Carlos Valencia and Manuel Rajunov, who will serve as co-managing partners of the Mexico City office, and partners Miguel de Erice, Guillermo Uribe and Tatiana Escribano, as well as Dania Duncan as of-counsel and eight associates.

Representing a wide variety of public and private companies, as well as the Mexican Federal Government, this group of highly-experienced lawyers brings an emphasis on corporate, securities, tax, energy, real estate, project finance and infrastructure law to DLA Piper's growing global platform.

"This is a world-class group of lawyers who immediately provide DLA Piper with the most significant Mexico presence of any global law firm," said Frank Burch, global co-chair of DLA Piper. "As we continue to expand our presence in Latin America, this is an important market for us.  Many of our clients have major operations in Mexico, while many others do significant business there so this is a natural fit with plenty of opportunities for growth."

DLA Piper continues to strategically expand throughout Latin America. In 2011, DLA Piper opened its Miami office, which has quickly grown to more than 20 lawyers, while it simultaneously expanded into Venezuela with its DLA Interjuris Abogados office in Caracas. This followed the firm's 2010 cooperation agreement in Brazil with Campos Mello Advogados and the establishment of DLA Piper’s foreign consultancy in Brazil.

"In Latin America, our presence in Mexico City also creates a number of opportunities for our clients in markets like Spain, Europe and Miami, among others, by providing a sophisticated and complementary Mexico practice," said Stuart Berkson, chair of DLA Piper's Latin America practice. "Just as important, DLA Piper now has coverage in Latin America's two largest economies – Brazil and Mexico."

"We are pleased to join DLA Piper's leading global platform which provides us with an unparalleled level of resources from which to serve our clients throughout Latin America and abroad," explained Mexico City co-managing partner Carlos Valencia.

Joining the five partners from Thompson & Knight are associates Adrián Gay Lasa, Jorge E. González Carlini, M. Cecilia Gutiérrez-Sansano Diego Fernández, Laura Dinora Martínez Salinas, Santiago Palomar, Erick Tiscareño Hernández, Alberto Vizcaíno Zamora and Cecilia Zaldívar Cobo

DLA Piper's Mexico City office will be located at:

Paseo de las Palmas 405 - 1901
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
Mexico, D.F. 11000

About the Lawyers

Manuel Rajunov, who will also be a member of DLA Piper's Dallas office, focuses his practice on international tax, real estate, finance and business transactions related to operations, expansion, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures worldwide. His expertise includes representing foreign investors doing business in Mexico and South America, as well as international tax planning for US- and Latin America-based multinationals. Rajunov also has extensive experience representing real estate developers in Mexico in matters ranging from purchasing and developing land to structuring joint ventures and financing for multi-purpose developments, as well as working with the hospitality industry in the development of resort destinations for major hotel brands.

Carlos R. Valencia focuses his practice on representing various domestic and transnational companies, both publicly traded and private, on corporate and business matters in the areas of foreign investment, corporate and securities, technology transfer licensing agreements and joint ventures. He represents clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions of companies; restructuring and reorganizations; and public and private project financing.

He also represents clients in regulatory matters, including antitrust, foreign investment and regulated areas, including telecommunications, and acts in many instances as the Secretary of the Board. He has also participated in in four of the five most significant cross-border restructuring processes since the promulgation of the Ley de Concursos Mercantiles.

Guillermo Uribe focuses his practice primarily on matters related to banking and securities law, national and international capital markets, other securities offerings, structured finance, syndicated loans, and matters related to the compliance and surveillance of the Mexican Securities Market. His experience includes the representation of national and foreign banks, brokerage firms, rating agencies, local governments, and monoliners in the negotiation, structure and implementation of traditional and structured loans and securities placements, including the national and foreign securitization of several assets. He has also served as counsel in M&A transactions of financial institutions and has wide experience in real estate transactions. He represents Fibra Uno, the first Mexican REIT to make a global IPO.

Previously, Uribe served as Director of Corporation Finance and Director of Market Surveillance for the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV). As Director of Market Surveillance, he participated in the development and modification of the regulations for the securities market and in the design of the Mexican Derivatives Market (MexDer). As Director of Corporation Finance, he was in charge of the authorization and registration of the Mexican securities and the corresponding IPO's (including Citigroup, Tenaris, Cablevision and Embotelladoras Arca, among others). In addition, Uribe participated in the drafting of the regulation for securities issuers and in the Securities Market Law.

Miguel de Erice has served as legal advisor to the Mexican Federal Government and some of the world's largest domestic and transnational companies with regard to corporate, energy, administrative law, communications, finance and technology matters. He has extensive experience in representing clients in infrastructure and privatization processes, including toll road, water, port, railroad, IPP and PPS projects, as well as regulatory matters.

Tatiana Escribano represents clients in international transactions, M&A, international joint ventures, foreign investment, and corporate and securities matters. She serves as a legal advisor to domestic and international corporations on negotiation and contracting of local and international transactions and agreements.  Escribano is also involved in tax, commercial, trademarks and licensing agreements in addition to her general corporate practice. She represents clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions of companies; restructuring and reorganizations; and public and private project financing.

Additionally, Escribano represents clients in regulatory matters, including antitrust, foreign investment and regulated areas, including telecommunications.