Sofia Guzman

Sofia Guzman Valle

Associate
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Sofia joined Baker & McKenzie in 2015. She is a Senior Associate in Baker McKenzie's Corporate & Securities Practice Group and is currently located at the Baker McKenzie London office. She mainly advises on corporate and cross-border transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and other strategic transactions, but mainly focused on a cross border nature.

Sofia has broad experience representing multinational private companies in acquisitions across multiple industries, including regulated industries as healthcare and manufacturing.

Practice Focus

Sofia's practice covers foreign investment, mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructures, credit facilities, etc, but she mainly focuses on the Industry Groups related to Manufacturing and Transportation as well as Healthcare. 

Representative Legal Matters

  • Assisted GSK with its joint venture with Pfizer's Consumer Healthcare business to create the World's largest over the counter healthcare business.
  • Assistance to Platinum with the acquisition of Lifescan from Johnson & Johnson. LifeScan is a leader in blood glucose monitoring products with 2017 net revenue of approximately USD 1.5 billion.
  • Assitance to Eurazeo with the potential acquisition of Oculus Holding B.V. or one of its wholly owned subsidiaries that manufactures ophthalmic surgical equipment systems, instruments, consumables and liquids for vitreoretinal and cataract surgeries.
  • Assistance to Hitachi in connection the acquisition of the majority of the power grids division of ABB.
  • Assisted Emerson in the global spin off and carve out of its network power division and sale of the same to Platinum Equity and other investors.
  • Assisted Emerson with acquisition from Pentair plc of its Valves & Controls business, a manufacturing and services business focused on industrial valves for use in the oil & gas and energy sectors.
  • Assistance to Emerson in the carve out of its ClosetMaid division.
  • Assistance to Vertiv, with the carve out and sale to Schneider Electric of its ASCO division.
  • Assistance to Vertiv with the expansion of its Thermal Management Portfolio with the acquisition of Energy Labs.
  • Assisted Sesajal, a mayor Mexican corporation specialized in the organic food industry, by implementing a reorganization structure that involved 25 entities.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Authorized to practice Law in Mexico on March 2012.
  • Authorized Translator of the Supreme Court of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, for the languages of Spanish - English and vice versa. (2016 - Present)
  • Authorized Translator by the Judicial Council of the State of Jalisco. (2014-2016)

Corporate Responsibility

  • Currently in process of obtaining the certification on Public Safety by Jalisco's Civil Protection.
  • Volunteer at the Red Cross in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
  • Volunteer work by visiting children with cancer with the “Nosotros por los Niños con Cancer A.C” program.

Education

  • University of Manchester (Master of Laws in the Faculty of Humanities in International Business and Commercial Law) (2013)
  • University of Notre Dame (Specialization on the Studies of Political, Economic and Social Studies) (2011)
  • ITESO Universidad Jesuita en Guadalajara (Degree in Law) (2011)

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Previous Offices

  • Mexico

Publications

Author, “Control and Minority Protection: Mexico: International Joint Ventures”, Thomson Reuters, 2015.

Events

Assistance to the Forum of Private Equity, Western Region. (2017)
Assistance to the Latin America Transactional Combined Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (2016)
Assistance to the International Congress of Translation and Interpretation. (2014 and 2015)
Speaker, “Doing Business in Jalisco”, American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico Guadalajara, August 2014.