Holland & Knight opens construction practice in Mexico City

Global law firm Holland & Knight has launched a construction practice in its Mexico City office, in response to changes in global trade and the growth in nearshoring.

Posted Tuesday, September 20th 2022
Holland & Knight opens construction practice in Mexico City

The local practice is founded on the firm’s solid construction practice in the US, which includes a team of close to 50 lawyers, and the Mexico City practice will be led by partner Claudio Rodríguez.

Claudio has ample experience in advising clients in infrastructure matters in Mexico, and before joining Holland & Knight was an adviser and legal manager of global European firms in Mexico and Latin America.

With experience in several Latin American markets and more than 19 years in close connection with the energy market in Mexico, Claudio has represented international energy, construction and infrastructure companies doing business in Mexico, including with regard to wind, roads, downstream, water, solar, cogeneration, combined-cycle, pipeline, liquified natural gas, nuclear, geothermal and transmission projects, according to the firm.

“He is considered by peers and clients as a pragmatic and business-oriented attorney who quickly understands the effects of complex regulation on his clients' businesses, including those derived from the Mexican energy reform and new federal administration criteria,” the firm added.

“He has significant knowledge on international business law, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate compliance and anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering across Latin America and has strong connections with Spain, Portugal, Italy and France.”

With the entry into force of the USMCA, the free trade agreement between Mexico, the US and Canada, and recent supply chain interruptions, more and more companies are seeking to invest in Mexico and relocate their businesses and manufacturing operations closer to the US. Mexico currently occupies second place among the main markets for exporters of construction materials and products to the US, given its proximity, transport links and free trade accord.

“We have seen a wave of interest on the part of international manufacturers to establish operations here,” Claudio Rodríguez said. “It’s important to understand that the majority of major construction projects in Mexico are carried out through bidding processes managed by the federal and state governments. There are all kinds of compliance issues that need to be addressed, for which experience and relationships are crucial,” he added.

“We are very happy to begin to offer our clients in construction and building access to this specialized team,” Stephen Shapiro, the head of the construction industry practice group at Holland & Knight. “Claudio’s experience with private and public construction projects in Mexico and the diverse governmental requirements for each of those will ensure that our clients have a problem-free experience and avoid exposure to litigation in the future,” he added.

The firm’s construction practice in Mexico City will attend the needs of construction companies and managers, government contractors, project owners, investors and other participants in the industry, with Claudio and his team not only providing legal advice, but also acting as business links on how projects can be financed, contracts that need to be drawn up, and possible disputes that could arise, the firm said.