Three new partner appointments have been made at Galicia, effective January 1st. Ernesto Partida, Mario Valencia and Denise Lester.
Ernesto Partida has focused his expertise on the development and financing of infrastructure projects, mainly in the energy sector, including petrochemical, natural gas, electricity and renewable energy, as well as the related M&A activities of those companies. Partida participates in public biddings, auction processes and projects with schemes designed and developed by private companies. He also represents key players in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including investors, developers and financial institutions.
He joined the firm in 2007 as associate in the aforementioned practices and has international experience having worked at Mayer Brown as a foreign associate for a year. A graduate of Universidad Anahuac, he has a master’s in American law from the Boston University.
Mario Valencia has broad experience advising both national and international clients in trade related topics, tax and customs planning, negotiation and application of free trade agreements, and the operation of export and production promoting programs, as well as the interpretation and application of international regulations provided by the WTO. His practice also covers investor-state arbitration, mediation and litigation proceedings related to trade issues, as well as the representation of Mexican and foreign clients in trade remedies investigations, mainly anti-dumping and subsidies and the analysis and review of the level of compliance with customs and tax obligations.
He joined the firm in 2012 as a senior associate in the international trade and WTO practice. A graduate of Instituto Autónomo de México ITAM, he holds a master’s degree in international business and economic law from Georgetown University.
Denise Lester has over 18 years’ experience in tax litigation. Her practice consists of the design of legal strategies to protect the tax interests of taxpayers against resolutions issued by tax authorities, among others, those by which a tax liability is imposed, the digital seals are cancelled and the denial of tax refunds is notified.
She joined the firm in 2016 as a senior associate, in charge of the tax litigation practice. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at Ortíz Sainz Erreguerena Abogados as a partner in tax litigation practice for two years. She is a graduate of Universidad Anahuac México.