Mexico’s Creel adds 2 partners, relaunches ESG practice

Mexican law firm Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez has announced that Sara Gutiérrez Ruiz de Chávez from its administrative litigation practice and Esteban Valadez Jiménez from its M&A practice have been appointed partners of the firm, effective January 1, 2023.

Publicado vendredi, septembre 23 2022
Mexico’s Creel adds 2 partners, relaunches ESG practice

“These organic appointments will continue to strengthen our multidisciplinary model, and reaffirm our commitment to provide the most specialized legal advice with the highest standards of excellence, just as we have done during our more than 85 years of history,” the firm said in a statement.

The firm has also announced the relaunch of its environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice.

Sara Gutiérrez Ruiz de Chávez specializes in administrative litigation, regulatory investigations and compliance. She holds a law degree from Universidad Anáhuac and a master’s degree in economics of competition law from King's College in London. Sara focuses on administrative proceedings of all kinds, including anti-competitive practices and other violations of the Federal Antitrust Law, and has participated in high-impact cases that have defined the interpretation and application of legislation in various areas in Mexico.

She also currently serves as a non-governmental advisor to the Mexican Antitrust Commission before the International Competition Network (ICN).

Esteban Valadez Jiménez specializes in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and real estate acquisitions and divestitures, advising sellers, buyers and strategic financial investors, both domestic and foreign. He holds a law degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (2008) and a master's degree in corporate law from New York University School of Law (2014).

In addition, and “consistent with our commitment of satisfying our clients’ legal needs, we are pleased to announce the relaunching of our ESG and sustainable finance practice, with a unique, multidisciplinary and innovative approach”, the firm said.

“The quest to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) has driven governments, non-governmental organizations, investors, financial institutions, and corporations around the world to adopt and strengthen environmental, social, and corporate governance standards within their organizations,” the firm said.

“We believe that ESG is not a mere question of legal compliance but demands a commitment to generating the greatest possible positive impact to stakeholders. 

“Our firm’s experience, broad multidisciplinary Practice Areas and understanding of sustainability, allow us to develop comprehensive and coherent tailor-made ESG programs and strategies for each of our clients on matters such as public disclosure and securities' compliance, fund raising, due diligence and transaction advice, and corporate governance generally,” the Mexico City-based firm said.

“We believe in “walking the talk”. Since 2018 our Firm has developed a Model of Social Responsibility. Like our clients, we have also committed to sustainable growth by adopting the UN’s Global Compact SDGs.

Consistent with our commitment to sustainability, we are a TCFD supporter. We believe in the need and advantages of complying with a sustainable framework to increase transparency and opportunities within the financial markets,” the firm said.

The new ESG team for first contact with clients is made up of Carlos de Icaza (environmental), Valentina Villa (social), Jean Michel Enríquez (governance), Diego Barrera (governance), and Mercedes Haddad and Alejandro Isaac (both sustainable finance).