Fernando Carreño continues to lead the antitrust team at VON WOBESER Y SIERRA, supported by fellow partner Sergio López, one counsel and 10 associates. The firm represented PAI Partners and International Flavors & Fragrances in their €851 million merger and also acted for SK Capital and Apotex Pharmaceutical in their €2 billion tie-up. COFECE unconditionally cleared both deals in Phase I. Meanwhile, the competition team advises clients on multiple confidential abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. It also provides regular antitrust advice to BMW, Airbnb, Nissan and Volaris on a wide range of issues.
|Head(s) of competition
|No. WWL nominees
|Von Wobeser & Sierra
|Fernando Carreño Núñez de Alvarez
|2 partners, 1 counsel, 10 associates
|Blackstone, KKR, Macquarie Group, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Volaris, BMW, Airbnb, HIG Capital, PAI Partners, Zucarmex
Number of partners worldwide: 23
Number of other lawyers worldwide: more than 150
Languages: Spanish, English, French, German, Dutch and Japanese
Von Wobeser y Sierra is a Mexican law firm founded in 1986 that offers a wide range of legal services (full-service) through seventeen practice areas, six industry groups and one German desk.
We develop long-term relationships with clients, through a collaborative and problem-solving approach. Many of our clients are leaders in their industries and are part of the Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 lists, as well as of the Dow Jones, S&P 500, FTSE, DAX, Nikkei or IPC indices.
We have a strong and diverse team of world-class talent of more than 150 lawyers (including 23 partners, 6 of counsel, and 8 counsel) and legal interns, plus administrative staff. Our lawyers have a solid academic and professional preparation. Many of them have pursued graduate degrees in the most prestigious universities of the United States and Europe, and have visiting lawyer experience in globally renowned law firms.
Our vision is to be the law firm of reference for the most complex and challenging legal matters in Mexico. Our mission is to solve our clients’ legal matters with the highest quality services, prioritising their interests and the success of their business, through an expert and solution-oriented team.
The firm has earned international recognition from the most prestigious legal researchers: Chambers and Partners Global and Latin America, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, GAR 100, GCR 100, GIR 100, GRR 100, WWL, LACCA, and IFLR1000, among others.
Diversity and Inclusion
While there is much work to be done in the Mexican legal industry, we are proud of the progress we have as a firm in diversity and inclusion, and our commitment is unwavering.
Von Wobeser y Sierra strengthened its commitment to D&I with the creation of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in 2016, which promotes an inclusive work environment regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic level, disabilities, or any other social identities.
Regarding sexual diversity, since 2019, and for five consecutive years, the firm has obtained the recognition of LGBTQ+ Best Place to Work, a certification of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation of Mexico.
The firm signed the commitment of Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA), which was launched in May 2016, in London, to increase the number of women arbitrators on an equal opportunity basis.
Von Wobeser y Sierra actively supports Abogadas MX, a non-profit organization established in 2015, whose mission is “[to] work so that every female lawyer in Mexico can thrive in an inclusive professional environment and have the necessary tools to enhance her development and be a change agent.”
Our firm has been shortlisted by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Awards for several years. This recognition further underscores our dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal industry.
Since 2022, our Diversity and Inclusion Committee has successfully organized Von Wobeser y Sierra Diversity Week, in the interest of opening a space for reflection and dialogue on the challenges and opportunities we face in matters of D&I. Most of the activities are open to the participation of clients and friends, in addition to our team members.
Von Wobeser y Sierra is proud to be a pro bono leader. The firm signed an agreement for the promotion of pro bono work with Fundación Barra Mexicana, A.C., with the objective of filing a quarterly report stating the number of pro bono hours worked, as well as a detailed description of the work done and the clients to whom it was provided during that period. The firm has been fulfilling this obligation since January 1, 2007.
In addition, Von Wobeser y Sierra took part in the committee that prepared the preliminary draft of the Declaration of Pro Bono Work for the American Continent (in effect since 2008), the purpose of which is the promotion and development of this important labour throughout Latin America.
Since 2013, and for eleven consecutive years, Von Wobeser y Sierra has received the Leading Lights recognition, from the Vance Center and Latin Lawyer, as one of the law firms in Latin America most committed to pro bono work.