GCR 100 2021

Von Wobeser y Sierra

Von Wobeser y Sierra

Professional notice


Fernando Carreño leads the competition group at VON WOBESER & SIERRA, which includes fellow partner Fernando Moreno and 11 associates. Senior associate Paloma Alcántara rejoined the firm in July 2020 after spending a year as a visiting attorney at Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York.

Von Wobeser acted as joint counsel to Ingersoll Rand and Gardner Denver as Ingersoll spun off its industrial engineering segment and agreed to combine with Gardner. The deal was unconditionally cleared in two months by COFECE in November 2019. The team also acted for private equity firm KKR & Co, which owns Japanese automotive company Calsonic Kansei, in securing unconditional clearance for its acquisition of Fiat Chrysler’s Magneti Marelli for €5.8 billion.

The antitrust group represented Merck in an investigation by COFECE examining an alleged cartel in the market for the production, distribution and trading of pharmaceuticals in Mexico. The authority issued a statement of objections against several participants in June 2019 but found that Merck was not a party in the alleged cartel. Von Wobeser also acted for Grupo Lala in two investigations conducted by the Mexican competition authority – one for a possibly anticompetitive merger because of potentially high levels of concentration and another related to a non-notified merger in the dairy industry. Both investigations were closed without sanctions in October 2019.

Offering excellence and integrity, Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. was founded in 1986 and is one of the foremost Mexican law firms to offer full-service legal solutions. The firm is composed of 16 Practice Areas, 5 Practice Industry Groups as well as a German desk with a strong roster of international and national clients. The firm’s lawyers are renowned for their expertise in advising and fortifying leading companies in establishing and conducting day-to-day business dealings related to entering and expanding their operations in Mexico and internationally. Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. has been recognised on an international level by various institutions, including Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, Global Arbitration Review (including the GAR 100), The Legal 500 and IFLR1000, among others.

Advising our clients so that they surpass their business objectives

Our dynamic firm is growing considerably, and is well known for its strong, pragmatic business focus and approach, as well as for the strategic and preventive legal solutions that it offers clients. The legal team focuses on understanding each client’s core business and its unique situation, and offers well-tailored, thorough and effective solutions that optimise resources and aid in the consolidation of each client’s business objectives. The firm operates as a strategic legal partner that handles each client’s most significant transactions and prominent cases and is involved in assisting them with their most transcendental and consequential business decisions. Many of the firm’s clients are significant investors in Mexico and Latin America and are listed in prestigious forums, such as the Fortune 50 and the Fortune 500, the Dow Jones, Standard & Poor’s 500, DAX, Nikkei and the Mexican Stock Exchange. They include national and multinational companies, banks, government entities, financial institutions and organisations from the United States, Canada, Germany, the European Union, Asia and Mexico.

Our team

Our team is made up of 15 partners, 4 of counsel and more than 80 lawyers with comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge of legal reforms, as well as current national and international events that affect the global business economy.

Practice areas:

  • Administrative & Regulatory
  • Anti-corruption & Compliance
  • Arbitration
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environment
  • Industrial & Intellectual Property
  • International Trade & Customs
  • Labor, Executive Compensations & Benefits
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • TMT

Practice Industry Groups

  • Automotive & Manufacturing
  • Consumer Goods
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Financial Services
  • Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences 


  • German

Strong International Network

Our firm’s lawyers are leaders and active participants in various leading professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Mexican Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Fiscal Association, the International Trademark Association, the German Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce, among others. We have established close international networks with law firms in top cities in the United States, Canada, Germany and many other European countries, as well as Latin America and Asia.

Pro bono

We are firmly committed to defending human rights and making sure that our actions have a positive impact on a social and environmental level. We actively promote that our lawyers participate, helping with different associations that need assistance including cultural, environmental, social, sport and charities.


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