Bienvenidos a Mexico, Senor Jones Day

by lawshucks on January 14, 2009

450px-pedestrian_border_crossing_sign_tijuana_mexicoAmLaw Daily mentioned that Jones Day is opening a Mexico City office by acquiring “top-tier” firm De Ovando y Martínez del Campo, S.C.  Eight partners and 12 associates come over in the deal.  They will focus on corporate transactions and real estate.

Mexico is a large market.  As the Jones Day press release notes:

“In 2007, Mexico ‘s GDP was north of 1 trillion USD, making it the 13th largest economy in the world just behind Brazil (10th), Russia(11th) and India(12th). Though Mexico is often overlooked in the commentary on the growing importance of the BRIC nations, it remains the US’s third largest trading partner behind only Canada and China and ahead of Japan. The circumstances and ties that lead to NAFTA will only increase in future years making Mexico an ever more important economy for our clients,” said Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day. “We are confident that the team joining us in Mexico City will enhance our ability to provide the highest level of service to our clients.”

That got me thinking about which other major US law firms have offices in Mexico, because the country seems to get so little attention.  Off the top of my head and after the requisite two phone calls to friends and a quick google search, we came up with:

I was surprised that none of the Magic Circle firms seem to have outposts in the country.  As Brogan noted, it’s a huge market.  Is it underserved?  If so, why?  Did we miss anyone?

  • Blanka

    I guess JOnes Day didn't read this article on Mexico from FoxNews: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,479906,00.htm
    Yes we will have a rogue or failed state right on our back door step and JD will be there providing top notch legal work at big law prices the whole way……ride the wave baby!!! And JD, how does this acquisition create any jobs in America? Oh, it doesn't.

  • Blanka

    I guess JOnes Day didn't read this article on Mexico from FoxNews: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,479906,00.htm
    Yes we will have a rogue or failed state right on our back door step and JD will be there providing top notch legal work at big law prices the whole way……ride the wave baby!!! And JD, how does this acquisition create any jobs in America? Oh, it doesn't.

  • Onions

    oh no! that wikinvest widget isn't telling me GOOG's stock price when I scroll over it. O the humanity!

  • Onions

    oh no! that wikinvest widget isn't telling me GOOG's stock price when I scroll over it. O the humanity!

  • Mark Golman

    Four or five historically "Texas based" NLJ 250 firms, including my own – Strasburger & Price, have had offices in Mexico for close to a decade, if not longer.

  • Mark Golman

    Four or five historically "Texas based" NLJ 250 firms, including my own – Strasburger & Price, have had offices in Mexico for close to a decade, if not longer.

  • Ahmed

    Add Gardere Wynne Sewell to the list of firms with offices in Mexico

  • Ahmed

    Add Gardere Wynne Sewell to the list of firms with offices in Mexico

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