Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Edward Adams

Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.


Jonathan Edward Adams heads Baker McKenzie's compliance team in Mexico and is the Global Compliance Practice Group's regional coordinator for Latin America. He has extensive experience in corporate, pharmaceutical and compliance law, having worked seven years in the US and 13 in Mexico and Central America. Jonathan combines a US-based perspective on legal implementation and compliance issues with years of on-the-ground experience in Latin America. He works closely with client commercial teams to implement innovative solutions to legal challenges. He is admitted to practice law in Mexico and two US states.

Practice Focus

Jonathan advises domestic and multinational clients from various industries on compliance issues in Mexico and other Latin American jurisdictions. His work focuses on internal investigations in government-related corruption cases and employee white-collar crime. With substantial experience as in-house and external counsel, he has participated in negotiations to access historically restricted sectors of government procurement as well as the establishment of compliance policies for interactions with healthcare professionals and health-sector government officials. Jonathan also assists clients in investments and transactions across Latin America.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising clients from the pharmaceutical, infrastructure and manufacturing industries on their interaction with government officials as regulators, purchasers, public service providers, and private sector employees or consultants.
  • Represented various multinational companies in criminal investigations and other proceedings involving fraud, embezzlement and bribery.
  • Led US-Europe-Mexico team investigating suspect payments to a Mexican government-owned entity for a European engineering services client. Involved data from custodians in six jurisdictions, numerous interviews and remediation recommendations.
  • Led Latin America team in South America investigation into high-level corruption on multiple public-works programs for an Asia Pacific engineering services client. Included review of data, participation in disclosure made to the US Department of Justice, implementation of remedial actions and counsel on alternatives for withdrawal from investment.
  • Counseled a US-based manufacturing company on potential export-control violations based on sales by its Mexican subsidiary to jurisdiction subject to US Export Controls. Led the investigation to determine responsible parties and take remedial actions.
  • Led the Mexico team in an internal investigation on the diversion of massive quantities of a narcotics precursor for a Fortune 100 global pharmaceutical company.
  • Counseled a US pharmaceutical leader in renal care on an internal investigation regarding price-fixing collusion with competitors.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mexican Bar Association (Mexico City) - Member


  • Mexico (2016)
  • Illinois~United States (1996)
  • Arizona~United States (1995)


  • Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (M.B.A.) (2004)
  • University of Arizona (J.D.) (1995)
  • Grove City College (B.A.) (1992)


  • English
  • Spanish

Previous Offices

  • Chicago


Speaker, "Publication of the Anti-bribery Standard, ISO 37001," Mexico City, 1 June 2016

Speaker, "Recent Developments in FCPA Enforcement in Mexico," ACI Conference on AntiCorruption, Mexico City, March 2014

Speaker, "FCPA Compliance Challenges in the Mexican Energy Sector," Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Utilities & Energy Compliance & Ethics Conference, Houston, Texas, February 2014


Contributor, "From Baksheesh to Bribery: Understanding the Global Fight Against Corruption and Graft", Oxford University Press, May 2019

Author, "Mexico National Anticorruption System Becomes Law", FCPAmericas Blog, 31 July 2016

Author, "Uncertainty is seen in the execution of anticorruption law," El Economista newspaper, 11 July 2016