AntitrustReal EstateMergers & AcquisitionsBanking & FinanceEstate Planning

Azucena Marín


Azucena's practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, financial and real estate transactions. Her expertise includes foreign investment, competition law and corporate governance.

For over 20 years, she has counseled multinational corporations in cross-border transactions, strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate structures, asset based lending, among other key transactions, giving advice on compliance issues focused mainly in competition and antitrust matters.

She has participated in industrial, residential, commercial and touristic projects, including strategic acquisitions, real estate trusts, sale/lease-backs, built-to suit leases, hotel management, condominium structuring, development & construction agreements, mortgages, easements, title insurance, financial structures, estate planning.

Key clients/industries: electronic manufacturing, automotive assembly, automotive supply, banking and financial, pharmaceutical, real estate development, sportswear, cookware, production of alcoholic beverages, industrial logistic services.

Board member and Head of the Economic Competition Committee of the National Association of Corporate Lawyers in Jalisco (ANADE Jalisco), member of Antitrust Committees at the American Bar Association (ABA) and International Bar Association (IBA), and also member of the National Executive Board of the Mexican Institute of Best Corporate Practices (IMMPC).

She has been guest speaker at conferences organized by the Universidad Panamericana, the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Mexican Institute of Best Corporate Practices (IMMPC), Meritas Law Firms Association, the Mexican Bar Association (BMA), ANADE Jalisco and AMPI, a real estate agent association, on topics regarding legal due diligence, corporate governance, cross-border M&A transactions, financial transactions, antitrust and anti-corruption. She completed a year-long project as participant in the Meritas Leadership Institute Class 2011- 2012, about the benefits, security and ethical issues for law firms when converting to the "cloud", named "Meritas in the Cloud: The Digital Law Office". One of her most recent speeches was given on October 26, 2018 at the International Conference of Business Law organized by the Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, with the topic: “Collaboration agreements among SMEs under the USMCA and economic competition law”.

She was professor of Corporate Governance and is currently professor of Competition Law and member of the Academy of Commercial and Business Law at the Law School (Facultad de Derecho) of the Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara.

Articles published: “The ACC Value Challenge, a project to increase value by outside counsel services to their clients”, published in the magazine “Abogado Corporativo” (in English: Corporate Counsel) in its edition of January/February of 2011, “The importance of Compliance” at the Best Corporate Practices Magazine on September 2013, and “Non-compete clauses” at the Best Corporate Practices Magazine in its edition of July/August 2017.

Representative Matters
  1. Due diligence and legal advice on stock and asset purchase transactions as part of an expansion strategy of a manufacturing corporation.
  2. Joint venture transaction under a global cooperation agreement in the automotive industry, concerning the development and operation of an assembly plant of premium passenger cars in Mexico;
  3. Structure, design and negotiation of diverse financing transactions and security devices, including syndicated credits, investment vehicles, pledge, mortgages and payment, management and guarantee trusts for leading financing entities and banks;
  4. Joint venture transaction between a high-class hotel operator and a leading real estate developer in Mexico for the development of a building with residential, hotel and retail areas;
  5. Representation of a worldwide leading contract electronics manufacturer on the due diligence and acquisition of three industrial plants in different cities, as part of global merger transaction;
  6. Restructuring of a real estate development for the construction of an additional yacht marina and the potential sale of a residential golf course and touristic resort of 1,235 acres;
  7. Legal advice on master plan regulations and CC&R's for a high-class golf course and real estate development of 443 acres;
  8. Negotiation and structure of a hotel management agreement and ancillary documents for a luxury-class hotel in a golf, marina & beach resort;
  9. Advice on regulatory compliance and negotiation of agreements for renewable energy projects;
  10. Legal restructure of industrial properties for pharmaceutical operations; among other key M&A, foreign investment and real estate transactions.

Universidad Panamericana (Guadalajara Campus)

Law Degree, 1997

Specialization in Companies and Business Corporations, 2001

National Association of Corporate Lawyers (ANADE)

Corporate and Business Law (Diploma), 2006, 2008 and 2012

Real Estate Law (Diploma), 2007

Mediation and Negotiation (Diploma), 2011

Seminars on Compliance, including Data Protection, Competition, Money- Laundering (Diplomas), 2014 and 2015

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Course on New Mexican Antitrust Law (Diploma), 2014

Mexico International Chamber of Commerce and Universidad Panamericana

International Commercial Arbitration (Diploma)