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LOPEZ PARDO





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BUFETE LOPEZ PARDO, S.C.has legal experience of 45 years. From its inception to the present, the firm has specialized in representing companies doing business in Mexico in all legal aspects at every level. Several long multinational companies are including among its clients.

Aside from providing our corporate clients with complete legal services, we also help them achieve their business objectives in today’s growing global business world and within the parameters of the various new multilateral and bilateral trade and investment agreements.

Today the firm has a professional and administrative staff of approximately 22. As creative problems solvers, we support our clients to meet their needs so they can prosper in the Mexican business environment, which itself is continually changing.

Each client's legal affairs are personally handled by a partner, called an account attorney, assisted by a dedicated and proficient team of attorneys and staff. The account attorney works closely with lawyers within our firm who have specialized expertise -- as well as accountants and other business advisors and legal collaborators in cities where we do not have offices -- to ensure the prompt completion of work and avoid duplication of effort. He also keeps his clients informed, and advises them on legal and business developments and legislation that may impact their businesses.

We speak our clients' language, both literally and figuratively, lawyers who have long served the business community, we understand and speak the language of business.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS

Ours is a full-service law firm, comprised of lawyers experienced in different fields of legal specialization. BUFETE LOPEZ PARDO’s overall strength is a result of the way in which we bring this specialized expertise together in the service of our clients.

Our practice areas include:

Corporate Law

According to the Mexican Law all mercantile companies require to have legal books for Shareholders meetings, Board of Directors meetings and Shareholder Book Registration and shares itself.

Also we manage legal formalities like granting powers of attorney for each particular case, protocolizations, legalizations, etc.


ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS
FOREIGN INVESTMENT
PRIVATIZATION AND JOINT VENTURES

Since the firm's founding, when Mexico faced foreign investors legislation, BUFETE LOPEZ PARDO has worked closely with multinational companies established in Mexico. After a period of serious restrictions in the '70s and '80s, Mexico is now well into the age of economic globalization, in which the majority of formerly state-owned enterprises have now been privatized (with the process continuing) and foreign investment and participation in domestic business is appropriately welcomed. As always, BUFETE LOPEZ PARDO is helping its clients take advantage of the opportunities in this friendly business climate.

Companies -- primarily those located outside of Mexico -- need help from lawyers who have the specialized skills necessary to carry out joint ventures, licensing agreements, acquisitions and mergers, including the negotiation and structuring of both purchases and sales. BUFETE LOPEZ PARDO’s lawyers have those skills, as well as a familiarity with the requirements of the acquiring companies.

FRANCHISES & FRANCHISING

The Mexican government has, in recent years, minimized the difficulties for foreign companies to establish franchises and obtain licenses. Today Mexican companies can more easily register and franchise their businesses abroad, and foreign companies are better able to do likewise in Mexico.

Representing both franchisers and franchisees in a broad range of industries, BUFETE LOPEZ PARDO has negotiated a large number and variety of franchise and licensing agreements to ensure that the agreements comply with Mexican law. Our long history of dealing with government officials helps smooth the process for our clients. We also assist companies to find suitable parties in Mexico to license their franchises.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS

Much of our intellectual property work is for non-Mexican companies conducting business in Mexico. Our staff helps foreign companies to register trademarks and copyrights and maintain them by handling the necessary renewals. We also perform trademark searches and prepare and register user agreements.

LABOR, EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Our labor law practice covers the full spectrum of employment relations including labor policies. The firm's lawyers act as advisers, contract negotiators and litigators, always representing the employer.

We advise foreign clients on Mexican labor and employee benefit laws, as well as help them to avoid -- and, when necessary, contend with -- employee relations issues. We have experience dealing with Mexico's powerful unions and have spearheaded labor negotiations and crafted collective contracts.

LITIGATION AND ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Mexico is not nearly as litigious as the Anglo-Saxon world, but our litigation attorneys have an active practice representing clients in various courts throughout the country. Much of the litigation and arbitration we handle is contractual in nature, although we represent clients in all types of business-related civil matters, including stockholder conflicts, real estate and mercantile disputes, contractual obligations and matters involving insurance, copyright, and wills, estates and trusts. We also commonly handle currency problems and resolve difficulties among joint venture partners.

Although we represent private companies in suits against the government, our efforts have not impaired the solid working relationship we enjoy with the authorities.

SERVING OUR CLIENTS

Each client's legal affairs are personally handled by a partner, called an account attorney, assisted by a dedicated and proficient team of attorneys and staff. BUFETE LOPEZ PARDO stresses a client-oriented, pragmatic service approach. The account attorney works closely with lawyers within our firm who have specialized expertise -- as well as accountants and other business advisors and legal collaborators in cities where we do not have offices -- to ensure the prompt completion of work and avoid duplication of effort. He also keeps his clients informed, and advises them on legal and business developments and legislation that may impact their businesses.

We speak our clients' language, both legally and commercially speaking. Our attorneys are multilingual, and have long served the business community, we have learned to understand and speak the language of business and to work as close as possible to our clients.

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