GCR 100 - 9th Edition

Santos y Ríos

Professional notice

Santos y Ríos has one of Mexico's smaller competition practices, but size has not dented its prospects.

"We are keen on presenting ourselves as one of the leading specialists in competition," says Luis Santos, who co-founded the firm in 2004 and has handled competition work from the outset. One associate assists him. A key client is Ferrosur, a railway company caught up in one of Mexico's trickiest mergers and a related cartel investigation. Santos y Ríos also advised beverage company Pernod Ricard on its acquisition of Absolut Vodka. The practice also advised Saudi Basic Industries Corporation on its US$11.6 billion acquisition of General Electric's plastics division. Mergers make up 80 per cent of the firm's competition workload, with the remainder of the docket being compliance counselling. Santos, who local lawyers say is second only to Gabriel Castañeda by reputation, says that the plan is to angle into investigatory work.

Santos y Ríos Abogados

Santos y Ríos was founded by a young team of attorneys with different areas of expertise.

The partners of the firm have completed internships, courses and masters programmes in Mexico, the United States, Japan and Europe. The vast practical experience of partners Luis Santos and Elías Ríos ensures a profound degree of specialisation and access to important networks of contacts both in Mexico and abroad. This practical experience has been internationally recognised by the prestigious publication Latin Lawyer which included partners in its 40 under 40 list thus recognising them as among the 40 most renowned corporate lawyers in Mexico under 40 years old. In addition, the expertise of the partners in the competition field has been highly regarded by Global Competition Review, which featured Santos within the 40 under 40 young antitrust lawyers and economists (2004), and The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 (Who’s Who Legal). The firm as such made its entry into GCR 100 in 2005.

Santos y Ríos provides legal advice to national and foreign clients in all aspects of corporate law, with specialisation in competition law, M&A, real estate law and international commercial arbitration. The firm benefits from the youth of its members, offering an innovative and client-oriented perspective for a fair fee.

All members of our firm are fluent in English, and some also speak German and French. Members of the firm belong, among others, to the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the INTA, the Mexican Bar Association, the ANADE, the Mexican-German Chamber of Commerce and the International Chamber of Commerce.

At Santos y Ríos we are convinced of our high level of efficiency and professionalism, and that the proficiency and expertise of our team will allow us to satisfy our client’s needs promptly and effectively.

Visit us at www.santosyrios.com

Mexico, DF

Guillermo González Camarena No. 1600 – 3D
Colonia Santa Fe
01210, México, DF

Luis Santos

T: +52 55 5292 73 65
F: +52 55 5292 73 66
E: [email protected]

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