Mexican law firm Malpica, Iturbe, Buj y Paredes has promoted two partners, María José Jiménez Neria, who had held the post of senior associate, and Fernando de Ovando Gómez Morín, who was an of counsel at the firm.
María José has been with the Mexico City-based firm since its foundation in 2014, but worked with the founding partners prior to that in law firm Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes since 2009.
She has also worked as a foreign associate in the New York offices of law firm Cleary Gottlieb.
She specializes on disputes matters with a particular emphasis on litigation, international arbitration, competition law, enforcement and compliance.
The firm describes her as “an extraordinary litigator in administrative cases,” with ample experience in advising clients in antitrust and anti-monopoly practices in sectors such as telecommunications and energy.
Her experience includes advising a major telecommunications company in one of the most important recent cases before Mexico’s Supreme Court regarding interconnection services and termination rates, a major Mexican shipping company before Mexico’s antitrust regulator (COFECE) involving allegations of monopolistic practices.
She has also advised an international bank trustee connected with companies’ bankruptcy proceedings, and an investment fund in several proceedings before and against the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV).
“María José is an essential pillar of our project and is the firm’s first female partner, which is of prime importance as we our firmly committed to gender equality,” the firm said in a statement.
María José holds an LLM from King’s College London and a degree in constitutional law from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City.
Fernando de Ovando Gómez Morín also has a long and distinguished career as a lawyer, having worked at law firm Quijano, Cortina & de la Torre from 2004-16, when he joined Malpica, Iturbe, Buj y Paredes as of counsel.
“His experience in civil and mercantile litigation has allowed us to expand our spectrum of services that we offer our clients in the financial, banking, real estate and trade practices,” founding partner Carlos Malpica Hernández said.
Fernando’s experience includes representing clients in complex litigation, including commercial and civil disputes, as well as business reorganization and bankruptcy proceedings and constitutional and administrative actions.
He regularly attends local, state and federal courts to present arguments and participates in national and international commercial arbitrations and negotiations. He has handled conflicts among shareholders, disputes over international joint venture agreement rights, real estate disputes and asset recovery affairs.
He has also counseled financial institutions and investment funds in complex bankruptcy proceedings in its involvement and/or investments in the oil and gas industry, and in the real estate and hospitality sector.
Fernando has also represented companies in international arbitration proceedings, disputing rights over joint venture agreements and claims regarding the annulment of sale purchase contracts.
He holds a master’s of law from Northwestern University and the Kellogg School of Management and a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.