Baker McKenzie celebrates its 60th anniversary of its first office in the country, located in Mexico City. The milestone will be reached during 2021, showing the Firm's uninterrupted commitment to its clients in the region and the country.
In this regard, Raymundo Enríquez, Managing Partner of the Firm in Mexico, commented: "We are an international Firm that stands out in all countries for the commitment to our clients, and that is why we are proud to say that thanks to this, today we are reaching 60 years in Mexico City. I have no doubt that something like this cannot be achieved without the support of great professionals and the trust of our clients."
The decision to open an office in Mexico was the result of a global vision by the founders, Russell Baker and John McKenzie. By that time Baker McKenzie had been working with a Mexican firm, called Bufete Sepúlveda, S.C., referring them work from their clients. Given the dynamism of the Mexican economy and the interest in foreign companies to establish themselves in Mexico, the company was formalized in 1961, with the Firm's tenth international office having been created and the third in Latin America after Caracas and Rio de Janeiro.
Despite the fact that, for many years, the office continued to operate under the name Bufete Sepúlveda, thinking that a foreign name would not be very well received in a primarily closed economy and where a misunderstood nationalism prevailed, it was nurtured by talent that was transferred from the offices in the United States to Mexico, enriching the offer of legal services with an international focus.
The first offices were located in #35 Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City’s downtown, until 1977, when the Firm moved to the first building with modern characteristics in the lower area of Lomas de Chapultepec, the building known as Comermex Square (now Scotiabank). Currently the Firm has its headquarters in Mexico City in Torre Virreyes, in accordance with its entrepreneurial philosophy.
After Mexico City came the opening of offices on the northern border, in Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana, followed later by Monterrey and Guadalajara. In this regard, Raymundo Enríquez commented: “That was the beginning of the history of many achievements, not without challenges and adversities, but thanks to the talent and dedication of so many men and women, who preceded us and who currently accompany us, we have become a benchmark in the legal industry of our country, of which we should all feel proud."
Despite the fact that current conditions do not allow to celebrate in person, the Firm announced that in the coming months it will be holding events with its members and clients to commemorate this achievement.