Ricardo Chacón is a founding partner of Chacón & Rodríguez. Ricardo has more than 25 years of experience in the practice of corporate, commercial, M&A, project finance, antitrust and competition, public bids and energy law. In his career, he has counseled a vast number of clients in several practice areas and transactions. He has structured complex corporate and project finance transactions in a broad range of industries such as the health and pharmaceutical, energy, automotive, entertainment, telecommunications, exhibitions, fashion, aviation, restaurant and hotel, among others. Ricardo Chacón has ample experience in government acquisitions and regularly advices companies during public bids.
He is author of the Mexican Telecommunications Chapter of the publication, “Telecommunications Law & Practice”, compiled by Colin Long (Sweet & Maxwell, London). Ricardo is an active member of the Mexican Bar Association (BMA), the National Lawyers College of Mexico (INCAMEX) and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), being distinguished in the latter as “Honorary Member” after his duties as member of the Executive Committee, National Representative for Mexico and as Vice-President of the Telecommunications & Energy Commission.
Ricardo Chacón holds a Law Degree from Universidad Panamericana; a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from The University of Texas at Austin, USA, a Postgraduate Degree in Corporate-Economic Law from Universidad Panamericana; and a Master degree in Corporate Law from Universidad Panamericana having been elected President of the Graduates of such Master (2007). Ricardo has completed other specialized postgraduate studies in several legal areas including Postgraduate Courses in Telecommunications at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), International Business Transactions at Escuela Libre de Derecho, and attended to the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School, MS, USA. Ricardo Chacón has concluded the Master in Law Sciences and a PhD in Laws at the Universidad Panamericana.
He has been a Negotiation and Project Finance professor at the Universidad Panamericana and he is also a Law Professor in the Master’s Degree in Corporate Law at the same university. For many years he has been examiner in professional dissertations corresponding to the Master in Corporate Law and Master in Economic Law, both at the Universidad Panamericana. He is also a Law Professor at Universidad La Salle where he has lectured Antitrust & Competition, Corporate Law, Commercial Law and International Arbitration.
Ricardo Chacón is fluent in English and Spanish.
Joaquín Rodríguez is a founding partner of Chacón & Rodríguez, with more than 25 years of experience counseling Mexican and foreign clients in international transactions, M&A, real estate transactions, project finance and areas requiring normative compliance. His broad industry expertise includes pharmaceuticals, consumer products, automotive and real estate, to name a few.
Joaquin Rodríguez is a frequent speaker at leading lawyer associations in Mexico, the United States of America and Europe. He is an active member of the Mexican Bar Association (BMA); American Bar Association (ABA), International Law Section ILB; being member of the current Mexico City International City Chapter; National Representative of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) (2003-2006), having presided the Annual Congress in Mexico in 2005. Joaquín Rodríguez is co-author of the book “China Outbound Investments” published by CCH Hong Kong Limited (Wolters Kluwer Group).
Joaquín Rodríguez holds a Law Degree and a Graduate Program in Commercial Law from Universidad Panamericana, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and a Licentiate in International Transactions Involving the US from The University of California, Davis, USA, and a Real Estate Law Diploma from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Additionally, Joaquin has completed other specialized graduate studies including a Cyber Law program at the University of California, Davis, USA and the University of Cologne, Germany and a Seminar on International Arbitration by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mexico.
Joaquín Rodríguez is fluent in English and Spanish.
Samuel Chacón is a partner of Chacón & Rodríguez, counseling national and foreign companies since 1998. He is an expert in corporate and commercial law, aviation law, international transactions and project finance.
He holds a Law Degree from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Wake Forest University, NC, USA; a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from ITAM and a Master of Global Management (MGM) from Tulane University, LA, USA. In order to enhance his aviation knowledge, he is currently a candidate to obtain a private pilot license.
Samuel Chacón authored the book “Mexican Aviation Law and its Regulation” published by Tirant Lo Blanch in 2014. This book comprises and discusses relevant aviation normativity, including international agreements and treaties, among other international law provisions. A second edition of the book was published in July 2016. Additionally, Samuel Chacón is the author of the book “The Legislation in Mexico of the RPAS” which was released by the same publishing house in 2017.
In this practice area, Samuel Chacón also authored the Mexico’s chapter of the 1st., 2nd. 3rd. and 4rd. editions of the “International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law” published by Global Legal Group, Ltd. on 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Additionally, Samuel Chacón is co-author of the book “China Outbound Investments” published by CCH Hong Kong Limited (Wolters Kluwer Group), which offers practical and reliable guidance for Chinese investors and their advisors, and for readers in the current and potential beneficiary countries of Chinese investment. Samuel Chacón is the author of several articles related with corporate and aviation law, antitrust, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, among others, published at the business magazine “Dirección Estratégica” and authored the article “How to Calculate the National Input of Goods in National Mexican Public Bid Procedures” published in the “North American Free Trade and Investment Report”.
Samuel Chacón was considered as a prominent lawyer specialized in Aviation Law by Who´s Who Legal in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 and was distinguished as “Recommended Attorney” in project finance by Global Law Experts in 2011. He was also considered as “Leading Individual” in Aviation Law by Chambers & Partners in 2016 and 2017.
He is a law professor at ITAM, teaching the courses of commercial companies, negotiable instruments and credit transactions, commercial agreements and aviation for law for the JD and postgraduate programs. Since 2014, he became Academic Coordination of the ITAM´s Aviation Law Program.
Samuel Chacón is fluent in English and Spanish.
Mauro González-Luna has joined Chacón & Rodríguez as “Of Counsel” as of September 2014. He has more than 40 years of professional experience, thereby providing a comprehensive view of the law and its regulation of businesses.
Mauro González-Luna holds a Law Degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho, where he graduated summa cum laude, a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard University and a Diploma in Finance from ITAM. He has taught at the Escuela Libre de Derecho, Universidad Panamericana and ITAM.
He has advised Mexican and foreign clients on commercial, financial, stock, administrative and energy agreements, such as trusts, CERPIS, PPAs, pledges of securities, credits, real estate guaranties, electric coverage agreements, commissions, purchases of material or immaterial assets, stocks or shares, and administrative concessions. His professional practice includes the preparation of technical-legal opinions on tax, energy, banking, corporate, commercial, personal data and stock matters, among others.
Renowned member of the Harvard Institute for International Development, assisting the government of Indonesia and the Dominican Republic concerning financial laws.
He was Law Consultant of the Mexico City Government and Federal Congressmen of the LVI Legislature, actively participating in legislative debates.
He is author of several articles and of the book “The man and the struggle for Law”, published by JUS.
Mauro González-Luna is fluent in English and Spanish.
Victor Cadena serves as Of Counsel of Chacon & Rodriguez and Vice President of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in China (MEXCHAM). He has over 15 years’ experience working in providing legal and business consulting in Mexico and China focusing on M&A, cross border transactions and business development between China and Latin America. He has advised multiple Latin companies entering and doing business in China as well as Chinese companies doing business in Latin America, including SOEs, SMEs and local governments.
Victor Cadena holds a Law Degree by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Master of Laws in Political Science/International Relations by Tsinghua University and is MBA Candidate by Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, also holds Diplomas in Finance regulations by the Mexican Stock Exchange and Hedge Funds by the RenMin University of China.
Victor Cadena is fluent in English and Spanish and has conversational skills in Mandarin.
Kaynicté holds a Law Degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Additionally, Kaynicté has a Master in Corporate Law and a postgraduate degree in Commercial law from Universidad Panamericana.
Kaynicté Pérez counsels national and foreign clients in aviation law affairs, such as normativity, regulation agencies, freight-forwarding in airports and customs, airspace usage rights, registration and incorporation of airships, flight crew licenses and other related affairs.
Kaynicté provides specialized advise in commercial agreements and negotiable debt securities and actively participates in the drafting of all types of agreements, including; commercial, mandate, agency and permutation agreements; administration and guaranty trusts; national and international purchase of stock, goods and assets; non-possessory and possessory pledges; mortgages; services, mutual and settlement agreements, and credit agreements with debt securities, to name a few. Kaynicté Pérez counsels clients in complex corporate restructurings, shareholders meeting, planning and incorporating companies and associations, among others.
Kaynicté Pérez is fluent in English and Spanish.
Georgina holds a Law Degree from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where she graduated with honors. Her professional thesis was awarded second best by the Ministry of the Interior, in the Private Law Category in the yearly national contest “National Rule of Law 2008”.
Georgina completed a Legal Reasoning specialization course at ITAM, 2012, obtained an Administrative Procedure Law Diploma, from the Mexican Bar Association (BMA), 2009, and a course in IP at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), 2008.
Georgina García joined Chacón & Rodríguez in 2012. Since then, she joined the team in the administrative, regulatory compliance, contractual, corporate and IP practice areas.
In administrative law, her practice focuses in the protection of IP of companies in its different stages, e.g. its generation, registration, statements of use, drafting of license agreements, transfers, renewals, oppositions, etc.
In addition, her professional practice includes de preparation of legal opinions concerning regulatory compliance, consumer protection, telecommunications, health and pharmaceutical law, among others. In contractual law, her practice focuses in the drafting and revision of commercial agreements with national and international companies, favoring the development and compliance of business in Mexico.
Georgina García has experience in obtaining telecommunication concessions and in several proceedings with the Federal Telecommunications Institute. Her professional experience in administrative law includes counseling private parties and authorities in public contracts.
Before joining Chacón & Rodríguez, Georgina García provided counseling in family, civil and administrative litigation.
Georgina García is fluent in English and Spanish; also has reading and conversational knowledge in French.
Elena Rueda focuses is practice in advising Mexican and foreign investors aiming to determine the appropriate vehicle to invest or have presence in Mexico, according to their objectives and needs. She has counseled for and incorporated commercial and civil companies, representation offices, subsidiaries and branches. Elena Rueda has advised and participated in several mergers, acquisitions, dissolutions and liquidations of companies. She has specialized in foreign investment and corporate governance, including counseling control shareholders, minority shareholders, officers and board members with respect of their limitations and compliance with their duties. She has participated in several international and project finance transactions.
Elena Rueda has experience in joint-ventures, legal audits, purchase of assets, stock and shareholders agreements. She has structured and negotiated several key agreements for the operation of multiple companies, including the drafting of such documents. Elena Rueda provides legal support to the decision making process of companies concerning their regular operations.
Her practice in the public office provides a comprehensive approach to her practice counseling companies in public bids.
Elena Rueda holds a law degree from Universidad Panamericana. Her experience as a public officer conducted her to complete several courses in public procurement and works.
Elena Rueda and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Berenice Sagaón holds a law degree from Universidad La Salle. She joined Chacón & Rodríguez in 2011. Since then, she joined the team in the contractual, administrative and regulatory compliance practice areas.
In contractual law her practice focuses in the structuring and drafting of agreements to document civil, commercial and consumer relationships, negotiating the terms and conditions of agreements to balance and protect the interest of the client and to develop strategies for the prevention and solution of disputes.
Her experience in administrative law has focused in advising for the regulatory compliance applicable to the promotion and commercialization of several goods and services. Berenice Sagaón has collaborated in the drafting and registration of several agreements, mainly for the provision of telecommunication services, lease agreements, real estate maintenance services, etc. In addition, she provides legal analysis and recommendations concerning labeling and advertisement of products.
Berenice Sagaón has specialized in responding and following-through of proceedings with several administrative authorities related to consumer protection and personal data protection, including its stages of conciliation, investigation, verification, penalties and annulment.
In the compliance area, Berenice Sagaón has experience in the protection of personal data, anti-corruption, anti-money-laundering and advertisement of products. In these specialized areas, she has assisted clients in the drafting and implementation of policies to guaranty the compliance with applicable regulation.
Before joining Chacón & Rodríguez, Berenice Sagaón provided counseling in civil, family and commercial litigation.
Berenice Sagaón is fluent in English and Spanish.
Daniela Martín del Campo is a paralegal in C&R and cooperates in the areas of Intellectual Property, administrative, regulatory and corporate law. Currently she is a Law student at Escuela Libre de Derecho.
Daniela Martín del Campo actively participates in the monitoring, follow-up and defense of litigation cases, foreign investment, consumer protection and IP affairs, and in the filing of proceedings with several agencies and authorities.
Daniela Martín del Campo is fluent in English and Spanish and has elementary French knowledge.
Armando Salinas has more than 30 years of experience in civil, commercial, administrative and criminal litigation, specialized in negotiation and mediation and experienced corporate and governmental advisor.
Armando Salinas has broad experience in public service, thereby offering a remarkable perspective to the private law practice. Within his public legislative service, he has been Federal Congressman in the LVI Legislature and acted as Chairman of the Committee to Support People with Disabilities. He also served as a Local Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District I Legislature, Chairman of the Commission for Public Safety (1997-2000), representative of the political party “PAN” at the General Council of the IFE (2001-2002), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Deputies in 2003 and Federal Congressman in the LVIII Legislature, where he presided the Commission of the Interior and Public Safety.
In the public administration, he was appointed as Deputy Secretary of Legislative Liaison of the Ministry of the Interior (2006-2008), Deputy Secretary of Population, Migration and Religious Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior (2003-2005). He also had been Secretary to the Attorney General of the Republic (1995-1996).
Armando Salinas holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico and completed postgraduate studies in Civil, Criminal and Amparo Law at the Universidad Panamericana. He has been lecturer and visiting professor of Philosophy of Law at the Universidad Panamericana and of Legislative Law at the Universidad Marista.
Armando Salinas authored the book “Toward Democratic Consolidation” and contributes as columnist in the “Excélsior” newspaper. He is a member of the Mexican Bar Association.
Armando Salinas is fluent in English and Spanish.
Litigation lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in administrative, commercial and civil litigation, arbitration, bankruptcy proceedings, product liability and class actions. His broad experience includes litigation in extremely valuable cases, related to the pharmaceutical and tobacco industry. He has acted as legal advisor for commercial loan portfolio purchases and has coordinated the acquisition, through public tenders and restricted invitations, of multiple commercial loan portfolios valued in more than USD $1000 million for several companies.
He has advised domestic and foreign companies in the implementation and enforcement of commercial agreements, credits, mergers and acquisitions.
He served as General Counsel fo AMC, a joint-venture between General Electric and Goldman Sachs, where he was responsible for the collection of current and past loan portfolio for more than USD$500 million, and for the preparation, closing and restructuring of credits for more than USD$200 million, among other duties. Within his responsibilities, he coordinated and supervised external litigation law firms within the Mexican Republic.
Alejandro Linares holds a Law Degree and a Graduate Program in Civil Law from Universidad Panamericana (1999) and concluded a Master of International Commercial Law (MICL) at the University of California Davis, CA, USA, 2003.
Alejandro Linares is fluent in English and Spanish.
Rafael Sandoval holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where he graduated summa cum laude.
Rafael Sandoval has ample experience in tax law, having served as a public officer, magistrate, tax attorney, analyst and academic.
For more than 24 years in total, Rafael Sandoval has served within the Undersecretariat of Revenues of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, occupying diverse positions, including consultant of the Undersecretary of Revenue. Likewise, he was twice designated as regional magistrate of the Federal Tax Court (1991 and 1996).
From 2010 to 2019 he was a private tax attorney.
Rafael Sandoval has imparted classes in several institutions, including: Administrative Law II in the Law School of UNAM, General Theory of Contributions in the Tax Attorney Training Courses of the Tax Prosecutor’s Office and Tax Law I at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
In 2016, Rafael Sandoval was appointed as Independent Counselor of the Taxpayers Defense Office.
Rafael Sandoval is fluent in English and Spanish.
Alexandro Giron has counseled national and foreign companies since 1998. He has broad legal expertise in complex business transactions, corporate governance and commercial law, aviation law, and immigration, governmental relations, compliance and public bids.
He holds a Law Degree from Universidad Intercontinental (UIC) and a Master of Laws Degree from Universidad Panamericana (UP).
Alexandro Giron is the author of several articles regarding corporate law, participating in legal forums and communication media regarding immigration and energy topics.
Alexandro Giron is fluent in English and Spanish.
With the purpose of modernizing the energy sector in Mexico, without privatizing the State-owned companies dedicated to the production and profit of hydrocarbons and electricity, at the end of the year 2013, the Mexican government set forth the basis of the energy reform by amending the Federal Constitution in this subject-matter. In accordance with such amendment, on August 11, 2014, were published in the Federal Official Gazette: i) the Hydrocarbons Law, ii) the Electric Industry Law, iii) the Geothermic Energy Law, iv) the Law of the Coordinate Controlling Agencies in the Energy Sector, v) the Petroleos Mexicanos Law, vi) the Federal Electricity Commission Law, vii) the Hydrocarbon Income Law, viii) the Law for the National Agency of Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection of the Hydrocarbon Sector and ix) other amendments to various laws, e.g. the Foreign Investment Law.
The aforementioned published laws establish the terms in which the private sector, whether domestic or foreign, may perform energy related activities and investments, which were beforehand prohibited. Such participation will be defined through the “Rounds” as commented below, being Rounds One and 0.5 the opportunities for private participation in the energy sector.
Round Cero. The majority of the proven reservoirs were assigned to Pemex for its exploitation.
Round One. Pemex and the private companies, including foreign companies, may compete in tenders corresponding to this round, which has already initiated.
The Ministry of Energy estimates to assign to the private sector 169 areas which include profound waters, non-conventional resources, shallow waters, heavy oils, Chicontepec and land reservoirs for hydrocarbon production and exploration in Mexico.The aforementioned areas represent an estimate of 3,782 million crude oil barrels.
It is expected that in November 2014 the draft of the terms for the public tenders will be published. It is also estimated that the final terms for the tenders will be released in February-April 2015.
Round 0.5. Pemex will announce the sectors in which it will associate with third parties to increase its production. These projects include mature fields (land and marine), extra heavy crude reservoirs, gas development and profound waters.
As mentioned, the Energy Reform represents an opportunity for private investment, whether domestic or foreign, in various hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities.
Chacón & Rodríguez, S.C., was selected as winner of the 2014 M&A Awards as Mexico’s Aviation Law Firm of the Year by Acquisition International.
The 2014 M&A Awards are sponsored by Al Global Media, Acquisition International Magazine and DealFlow Source.
The winners of the 2014 M&A Awards are determined by three factors: (i) the number of votes received; (ii) in-house research; and (iii) supporting documents provided by nominees. To read the Press Release issued by Acquisition International Magazine and the details of the methodology used click here.
Chacón & Rodríguez / Yingke Mexico participated in the 3rd Sino-Foreign Economic and Trade Projects Exchange Conference held last December 14th, 2012, in Beijing, China. This conference was hosted by China Association of International Trade and supported by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.