Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,200 lawyers and other professionals in 27 offices throughout the world. Our lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

Holland & Knight’s Mexico Practice has substantial experience in a wide variety of Mexican business areas which is enhanced by our established working relationships with leaders in Mexico’s major business and government sectors.

Holland & Knight Mexico most relevant practice areas:

Financial Services Our attorneys are highly experienced in all types of financings. Particularly, we have extensive public finance knowledge. Members of our Financial Services Team in Mexico are focused on local and cross-border financing such as aircraft, corporate, real estate, as well as all other types of asset financing.

Structured Finance and Securitization Members of our Mexico Practice have been key participants in the formation of the Mexican securitization industry, and have participated in several precedent-setting transactions and our development of a number of the structures that are recognized as the Mexican market standard.

Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate Services Our Mergers and Acquisitions Team is enhanced by our experience in private equity. We have participated in numerous acquisitions of highly regulated entities in the financial and energy sectors. We assist our clients in fund formation as well as capital calls and investments.

Energy and Infrastructure Areas of expertise in this sector include oil and gas, electricity, liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewables, biofuels and government procurement. Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable on public contracts, project finance and regulatory matters related to the energy and real estate sectors.

We handle local and cross-border energyrelated transactions, from their structuring to their execution. Our attorneys have participated in the implementation and policy making of the 2008 Mexican energy reform.

Corporate Services Our Corporate and Business Team has experience in legal matters related to the operation of Mexican companies, including incorporation, organization and governance as well as the decisionmaking process. Our practice includes advising international companies to operate in Mexico, either directly or through subsidiaries incorporated in Mexico, designing and implementing joint ventures, corporate re-organizations, divestitures of parts of the companies, dissolutions and advising our clients on day-to-day general corporate matters.

Real Estate Our team has enormous depth and broad experience, and, as a result, it develops sophisticated solutions to client issues. We handle large portfolios containing both, complex and simple leases with equal efficiency, as well as all product types, including office, industrial, flex, retail and mixed-use.

We provide full-service leasing representation to various types of owners and agents – broker/ managers, private owners, banks, insurance companies, pension funds/pension fund advisors, REITs, private investment funds and overseas investors – for entire office, multiuse, and retail complexes.

Regulatory and Government Affairs Holland & Knight’s Mexico office has an experienced team of lawyers who advise on regulations issued by the Mexican government authorities. Our team has counseled clients on the compliance of these regulations, and on filings before these authorities for lack of compliance of these regulations by competitors that want to reduce their costs.

U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Our attorneys have broad experience in representing clients facing issues arising under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws. We handle every aspect of matters involving FCPA and related U.S. anticorruption laws, including: due diligence, auditing sales agents, and developing policies and training compliance materials, establishing controls for handling interactions with governmental officials and investigating potential violations.
International Trade – Dumping and Subsidies The Holland & Knight Mexico Team has substantial experience with the procedures for the determination of antidumping and countervailing duties. Our seasoned team also has experience in investigations performed by the Mexican investigating authority (International Trade Practices Unit) and challenging the outcome of such investigations before international bodies such as NAFTA panels and WTO.

Environmental Our environmental law team includes former general counsel to Mexico City’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, specialized in regulatory, social and financial aspects as high profile infrastructure projects. Holland and Knight has established the integration of a specialized area in environmental law conformed by lawyers and specialists in complementary disciplines.

Labour, Employment and Benefits Our Labour, Employment and Benefits Group focuses on supporting all aspects of corporate issues in this area. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the following areas: negotiations before the Employee’s Defense Office (Procuraduría de la Defensa del Trabajo), labour litigation before the federal and local board in Mexico, labour litigation and writ of amparo appeals, executive compensation and employee benefits, labour management relations, non-compete agreements and reductions in force/managing change.

Leading Lawyers on Your Side A number of our attorneys are ranked in the 2017 edition of Chambers Latin America and ILR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2017, as well as the 2016 editions of The Legal 500 Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, Chambers Global. IJGLobal awarded Holland & Knight’s Mexico Practice with the 2015 “Latin American Wind Deal of the Year” for the team’s representation of Oak Creek Energy Systems Inc. in a multilayered infrastructure finance transaction regarding the company’s Tres Mesas wind farm projects. The firm was also recognized by Petróleo & Energía as one of Mexico’s “Top 100 Influential Leaders in The Energy Sector” for 2015, and by LatinFinance 2014 for the firm’s role in Fibra UNO’s US$2.5 billion follow-on public offering named the “Follow-On Equity Deal of the Year.

ANTONIO CASARES CARRILLO Is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office. His primary practice areas include finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure. His legal career as a banking lawyer includes representation of leading Mexican and foreign banks in transactions of every kind.

Mr. Casares extensive experience includes representing clients on numerous transactions and providing comprehensive guidance on a wide range of areas. He has:

• Represented national and foreign financial institutions in structured financings, securities offerings and financial restructurings; he participated in what was at the time the largest restructuring in Latin America, and in the issuance of the first perpetual bond by a Mexican non-governmental entity; • Structured joint ventures and closed acquisitions between local and international companies, including a deal that Latin Lawyer named the ‘M&A Deal of the Year’ in 2007; • Represented Mexican and foreign clients in complex real estate operations in Mexico; • Been a member of multidisciplinary groups advising the Mexican government in the structuring of public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects, including toll roads, bus rapid transit and water projects and; • Represented investment banks and issuers in a variety of registered and private debt offerings.

Mr. Casares career began at a Mexican securities boutique law firm. Then he worked for a commercial and civil litigation law firm, also in Mexico. He also practiced for more than 10 years at a leading international corporate law firm where he was a partner for four years. Mr. Casares joined Holland & Knight after six years working in his own firm. After obtaining his LL.M from Columbia University in 2001, he worked as an attorney in the New York City headquarters of a major global law firm.

Mr. Casares has been a panellist at numerous conferences related to project finance and has appeared in the media in programs related to infrastructure opportunities in Mexico. He has also been a lecturer for post-graduate degree programs in securities regulations.

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