Galicia Abogados

Mexico

Address:
TORRE DEL BOSQUE
Blvd. Manuel Avila Camacho, 24 - 7th Floor Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
Mexico City, 11000
Mexico

+52 (55)55409200





Key contacts:

Partner : Gabriela Pellón
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Partner: Federico Scheffler
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BD Director: Ana Lopez Pariente
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Quick facts:

Number of employees: +230
Number of lawyers: +130
Partners: 34
Counsel: 5
Network memberships: Interlex, IBA, IFA, IMCP, AEF, CANCHAM, CANACO, CCE, AbogadasMX
Languages: Spanish, English, French, German and Italian


GALICIA was founded in 1994 and has since become Mexico’s leading transactional firm with a strong regulatory offering supported by its strategic litigation capabilities.

The firm has more than 28 years of experience advising a wide array of national and international clients. Renowned law firm for its impeccable reputation and superb knowledge in strategic sectors, such as: Financial, Energy & Infrastructure, Private Equity, Regulated Industries, Real Estate & Hospitality and Health.

Our main differentiator in the legal market in Mexico is that we are the only Top Tier / Band 1 firm able to provide our clients with strong transactional and regulatory offerings coupled with strategic litigation capabilities.

The strategy and forward thinking vision of our partners, have allowed us to consolidate our leadership through a multidisciplinary approach through our 25 practice areas.

We stand out for our distinctive collaborative, innovative and diverse oriented culture. We are an independent firm with broad international reach through our network in Europe, Latam, US and Asia.

At GALICIA, we seek and train highly qualified professionals with international presence, most of whom have studied at prestigious universities and have worked at leading law firms in the United States and Europe.

Our collaborative, innovative and diversity oriented culture as well as our commitment to generate an impact within our society are the foundation of our day-to-day work.

Our diversity & inclusion driven culture has positioned +18 women as leaders and/or Co-Heads in different fields, such as: 10 practice areas (Arbitration, Environmental, Tax Consultancy y Tax Litigation, Banking & Finance, Labour, Intellectual Property & Data Privacy, Private Wealth/Wealth Management and ESG), 2 counsels, 2 executive positions (CFO and CSO/CMO) and +8 management positions in our Business and Administrative teams.

Compliance management:

  • Business model optimisation
  • Technology services
  • Corporate Governance

Corporate tax matters:

  • Cross-border project management
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Cost-sharing arrangements
  • APAs
  • Transactions
  • M&A
  • Environmental
  • Financial services
  • Capital Markets
  • Insurance
  • Corporate taxes
  • Technology
  • Value chains
  • ESG matters

Dispute resolution:

  • Audit defence
  • Audit support
  • Dispute resolution
  • Pre-litigation
  • MAPs/ADRs
  • Litigation
  • Controversy management

Tax advisory:

  • Tax consulting
  • International tax advisory
  • Mexico Inbound Mexico Outbound

Indirect tax:

  • VAT
  • Supply chains

Tax Consultancy
Gabriela Pellón and Federico Scheffler
Partners
Email: gpellon@galicia.com.mx and fscheffler@galicia.com.mx

Recent matter highlights:

Gabriela Pellón
Gabriela has a key role within the firm and coordinating the tax practice. Her work has deeply contributed to the consolidation of the firm’s tax practice as well as to the professional development of the practice’s clerks and junior associates.

She has been for more than sixteen years an active member of the Mexican and Latin-American forums discussing tax matters. She is a frequent speaker at high-profile venues, such as the Mexican Annual IFA event. She is a highly distinguished author of many publications regarding tax matters and has been a speaker in many different forums around the country.

Her international interests have driven her to advise not only Mexican companies but numerous foreign companies as well. Gabriela’s people skills and empathy are a great asset to private clients, whom she advises in relation to investments abroad and compliance with respect to their tax obligations. She has developed a great capacity to structure businesses efficiently, with strict compliance to the law, but always looking for the benefit and satisfaction of her clients.


Federico Scheffler
Federico has a lot of experience in transactional tax deals. He works very close together with the M&A, Energy, Capital Markets, Banking, and Finance, among other practice areas of the firm, assisting the client with not only the structuring of the transaction, but also with the whole negotiation within the M&A process, from kick-off to closing.

He has also participated in some of the M&A and Capital Markets practice’s most relevant deals, where the counterparties are the tax partners of the most relevant firms. Federico is also an active member of the International Fiscal Association (Mexico Branch), as he participated in the 2020 Cahiers de Droit fiscal international publication as Mexico branch co-reporter.

 

Tax Controversy
Edson Uribe
Partner
Email: euribe@galicia.com.mx

Recent matter highlights:

Edson's experience and recognition in the Mexican tax dispute market is reflected in the role he plays as chief legal advisor in one of the most complex current bilateral negotiations on transfer pricing issues between the Mexican and US tax administrations in the automotive section.

Likewise, Edson's leadership in the analysis, diagnosis and correction of fiscal risks in a recent corporate operation in Mexico that aimed to change the main shareholders of one of the largest electric power cogeneration plants in Mexico stands out. Edson is also currently leading successfully the negotiation in the course of a tax audit before the Mexican Tax Administration in an iconic controversy of its kind, in which the difference for tax purposes of a specific financial service with respect to the general operation of a bank is at stake.

In the telecommunications sector, the role of Galicia stands out through Edson, as the main tax advisor to one of the largest telecommunications companies in Mexico related to tax disputes not only national but also cross-border. Edson is the only Mexican member of the Subcommittee on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution of the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.


Tax Litigation
Denise Lester
Partner
Email: dlester@galicia.com.mx

Recent matter highlights:

As Galicia’s lead tax litigator, Denise has been able to reverse criteria that had already shaped jurisprudence. She has analysed issues ranging from procedures carried out by the tax authorities, such as the temporary restriction of digital seals, to the filing of means of defence that have established precedents that have served as guidelines for the resolution of new cases, as well as for the interpretation and application of tax provisions and international treaties.

Denise has spearheaded legal defence strategies to challenge the authority’s arbitrary actions and has succeeded in establishing tax litigation as strategic litigation.

Denise has been shortlisted as Practitioner of the Year in Tax Litigation by the 2022 Women in Business Law Awards Americas.

 

Wealth Management / High Net Worth
Gabriela Pellón
Partner
Email: gpellon@galicia.com.mx

Recent matter highlights:

Gabriela has strived to develop long-term personal relationships with clients, who usually seek her involvement initially at the corporate level, and subsequently retain her services as a trusted personal and wealth advisor, often becoming a counsel to the family. She is one of the driving forces behind Galicia’s cross-practice High Net Worth/Private Wealth/Wealth Management group. As part of her specialization in Private Wealth/Wealth Management, Gaby provides expert analysis in Art Law.

Gabriela has been shortlisted as Practitioner of the Year in Wealth Management by the 2022 Women in Business Law Awards Americas.

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage
  • Gaming
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharma and life sciences
  • Real estate
  • Social infrastructure
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Utilities

MONTERREY OFFICE
Torre Sofía
Av. Ricardo Margain No. 440, 9th Floor, Valle del Campestre,
San Pedro Garza García, N.L Zip Code 66265
México
+52 (81) 9689 9040
www.galicia.com.mx

In the last 2 years, our Monterrey Office has hired a Tax Consulting and Tax Litigation team lead by Denise and Alejandro Madero as Senior Associate.

Galicia Abogados, S.C.
www.galicia.com.mx
Co-Managing Partners as of Jan 1, 2022: Jose Visoso (jvisoso@galicia.com.mx) and Christian Lippert (clippert@galicia.com.mx)

Meet the Tax Team (Consultancy, Controversy and Litigation) team

Gabriela Pellón

Federico Scheffler

Edson Uribe

Denise Lester

Business Development, Marketing and Sustainability Model Director: Ana López Pariente (ana.lopez@galicia.com.mx)