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Alfonso Cortez-Fernández

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Biography

Alfonso Cortez Fernández is a partner in the Monterrey office and the head of the office’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He has more than 22 years of experience in his area of practice and is highly knowledgeable in a wide range of litigation matters.

He has been ranked by Chambers Latin America as a leading litigation lawyer in Mexico in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Alfonso is a member of the law faculty at the Universidad Cervantina and of the Phi Delta Phi international law fraternity.

Practice Focus

Alfonso's practice focuses on domestic and international dispute resolution proceedings. He is seasoned in administrative litigation, particularly in connection with public biddings and insolvency proceedings. He also handles litigation in the areas of civil, commercial, real estate and constitutional law, and frequently advises on alternative dispute resolution, including domestic and international arbitration.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented a Canadian gold mining corporation against several indigenous communities in a federal litigation (amparo) in Mexico defending the expropriation of the company's rights over one of the Mexico's largest gold deposits.

  • Represented one of the largest Mexican Companies engaged in the storage and distribution of gas in a federal litigation (amparo) against the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) concerning new open access rules for natural gas transportation and storage. Alfonso recently won the case before the Mexican Supreme Court (SCJN), and it was the first time the SCJN declared unconstitutional several general administrative provisions published by the CRE which establish new open access obligations to wich permit holders undertaking these activities will be subject.

  • Represented one of the largest natural gas distribution companies in Canada in a federal litigation (amparo) in Mexico against several indigenous populations defending the construction and operation of a natural gas pipeline that will transport natural gas to fuel an important power plant.

  • Representing several clients in constitutional rights protection (amparo) lawsuit litigation, arguing the unconstitutional nature of various domestic laws and procedures that arise from the same, such as condemnation laws, laws regulating pawnshops, general health law and general law on tobacco control, etc.

  • Advising clients in insolvency, bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings.

  • Advising clients in commercial and civil litigation proceedings regarding real estate, the execution of credit agreements, stockholders’ rights, trusts, mortgages, insurance and collateral.

  • Advising clients in proceedings for the execution in Mexico of arbitration awards or judgments rendered abroad.

  • Advising clients in all kinds of administrative litigation in connection with permits, concessions and administrative agreements, and in connection with business shutdowns and fines or penalties imposed by administrative authorities.

  • Advised diverse multinational companies regarding Mexican class action regulations.

Professional Honors

  • Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution for Monterrey,Chambers and Partners Latin America, 2016 - 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Corporate Lawyers Nuevo León Section, "Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa Sección Nuevo León (ANADE-NL) - Vice-president (2013 – 2015)
  • The Mexican Bar Association Nuevo León Section, Barra Mexicana de Abogados Sección Nuevo León (BMA-NL) - Constitutional Rights Commission Coordinator (2014 – 2016)
  • Mexican Bar Association Nuevo León Section - Board Member (2016 to 2018)
  • American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico - Member
  • International Chamber of Commerce - Member

Admissions

  • Mexico (1997)

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (Legal English) (2012)
  • Instituto de la Judicatura Federal, México (Constitutional Actions) (1999)
  • University of Monterrey (Honors) (1996)
  • Capital University (International Business) (1995)
  • Carlos III University (European Union Law) (1994)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish