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Mario Jorge Yáñez V.

Partner
Monterrey
Mexico City

Mario Jorge Yáñez V.
Phone
+52 55 5091 1503 (Monterrey)
+52 55 5091 0000 (Mexico City)
Fax
+52 81 8220 1529 (Monterrey)
+52 55 5091 0123 (Mexico City)
Languages
English, Spanish

M. Jorge Yañez uses his considerable experience to counsel clients on their corporate concerns, including mergers and acquisitions, project financing, international trade remedies, renewable energy, environmental and natural resources, entertainment (gaming regulation), and immigration.

His clients come from a diverse array of sectors, from pharmaceutical, food and beverage, automobile, and renewable energy, to chemicals, real estate development, cement, and entertainment. He also regularly works with international companies who want to invest in Mexican industries.

Jorge negotiates joint ventures and acquisitions of private and public companies. He has led teams in complex transactions, from the due diligence phase to the negotiation of transactional documents and post-closing actions. Jorge guides clients through the process of establishing a presence in Mexico through the acquisition or creation of startup subsidiaries. Due to his successful transactional practice, Jorge was named lead counsel for the day-to-day operations of numerous clients.

He also has a deep understanding of trade remedies and has defended the interests of international clients who were investigated in Mexico for international unfair trade practices. He defended clients in NAFTA Panel appeals, and has been a frequent researcher of WTO disputes.

In Jorge's corporate practice, his clients include entities offering alternative sources of energy in Mexico. He also co-leads environmental and natural resources, gaming regulation, and immigration and nationality practice groups. Jorge has authored the Mexican chapters of the International Due Diligence and International Joint Ventures Manuals published by the American Bar Association, and is participating in an upcoming ABA publication on public company takeovers.

Representative Experience

Led team in the negotiation of the joint venture of Lafarge and Elementia for the development of cement plants in Mexico.

Represented Vice Media in the acquisition of Mexican licensor to start direct operations in Mexico.

Represented Del Monte Corporation in the sale of food industry assets in Mexico.

Led legal team representing Innergex in the negotiation of a joint venture with Comexhidro for the establishment of a 65MW plant in Puebla, Mexico.

Acted as counsel for a subsidiary of Rich Products Corporation in the negotiation and subsequent dissolution of a joint venture with Grupo Bimbo.

Represented Pfizer in the sale and divestitures of assets in Mexico.

Represented Fairmount Santrol in the acquisition of chemical plants in the Monterrey area.

Represented Aweco in the sale of assets and real estate properties in Monterrey for the production of parts for home appliance brands.

Acted as co-counsel for Pilgrim's Pride in the antitrust clearance for the acquisition of the Mexican operations of Tyson Foods.

Lead counsel representing Pilgrim's Pride in the anti-dumping investigation in Mexico against imports of U.S. chicken leg quarters.

Acted as co-counsel of Honeywell in the anti-dumping investigation in Mexico against imports of U.S. ammonium sulfate.

Lead counsel for Valspar in the sale of decommissioned plant in Monterrey.

Lead counsel of Valspar's Mexican subsidiary in the anti-dumping investigation in Mexico against imports of U.S. ether solvent.

Acted as co-counsel in the strategy implemented by Bacardi for maintaining water rights, including the release of liability to pay punitive fines.

Lead counsel for Cushman & Wakefield in the termination of the joint venture with Grupo Accion and full takeover of its operations in Mexico.

Co-counsel for Pfizer in the strategy for remediation of industrial sites in Mexico.

Represented shfl Entertainment (a Bally Technologies subsidiary) in the negotiations for the supply of equipment for gaming locations in Mexico.

Lead counsel representing the Chinese steel industry in the anti-dumping investigation in Mexico against imports of Chinese Steel Plate.

Education and admissions

Education

  • LL.M, Columbia University, 1993
  • Law Degree, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1991

Memberships

  • Member, Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados)

2011-2012

Chambers Latin America, Band 3, International Trade / WTO

2011-2012

Chambers Latin America, Band 4, Corporate / M&A

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