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Hugo Cuesta


Hugo Cuesta joined Cuesta Campos in 1986. He has focused his practice in international business transactions. His extensive corporate background comprises foreign investment, Corporate M&A, and banking & finance.

Since 1990, he has developed substantial expertise representing leading foreign entities doing business in Mexico as well as Mexican entities doing business abroad.

Mr. Cuesta has acted as Lead Mexican Counsel in several international projects and business transactions, advising multinationals on their legal, corporate and finance structure in Mexico, as well as in a number of public bidding processes with the Mexican government.

He is vice chair and board member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, and former vice chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico. He is also member of the New York State Bar Association as part of the Latin-American counsel of the international section, and of the anti-corruption Committee of the IBA. He also serves as member of the board of various multinationals (including Nike de México), the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce, and various foundations and non-profit organizations. He teaches the class of Ethical standards in the legal profession at the prestigious Universidad Panamericana.

In 1989 Mr. Cuesta worked as a foreign attorney in the London office of Nabarro & Nathanson a major commercial law firm in the British capital.


Chambers & Partners

"Managing partner Hugo Cuesta Leaño is an “extremely knowledgeable and responsive practitioner, with great expertise in structuring deals,” clients say. He has more than 20 years’ experience and has been advising multinational companies wishing to expand their business in México".

Latin Lawyer 250   

"Managing partner Hugo Cuesta heads banking and finance. A US law firm relying on him says he has “an excellent understanding of Mexico’s recently amended secured lending laws”, which he translates well for the US audience".

Legal 500 Latin America

“Deeply knowledgeable of their client's needs‘, Hugo Cuesta Leaño and Azucena Marin Díaz are ‘very “hands on" and provide timely support.”

IFLR1000 qualifies Hugo Cuesta as leading lawyer in Corporate M&A and Banking.
Members of the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) nominated him as being among the region’s leading business lawyers in Corporate M&A and Anti-corruption / Compliance.

Representative Matters
  1. Represented Mexican developer on joint venture with Hyatt Hotel.
  2. Advises Daimler (Mercedes Benz) on merger with Nissan.
  3. Represented Kapsch Trafficcom in the public bidding processes with CAPUFE.
  4. Corporate compliance for Nike de Mexico
  5. Advice and representation of Flextronics on strategic projects, and counseling on the company’s compliance and acquisitions.
  6. Counseled Subway in the relationship with franchisees.
  7. Secure loans for Bank of America using Mexican based assets.
  8. Design and implementation of loan structures to Mexican subsidiaries for Wells Fargo
  9. Legal advise to Canon on financial and leasing services.
  10. Restructure Seamar Diver's Mexican operations.
  11. Advise ZF Sachs on Mexican corporate structure;
  12. Advises JP Morgan on lending transactions.
  13. Advise worldwide known hotel chain on bankruptcy process of Mexicana Airlines
  14. Represented Audi on acquisition of Ducati.
  15. Advised the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in the implementations of the recent energy reform in Mexico.
  16. Represented various suppliers of PEMEX and CFE in various public bidding projects in Mexico

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

Juris Doctor, 1988

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

LL.M. in Business Taxation and Transnational Practice, 1989

Graduate and post graduate studies:

University of Salzburg (Austria),

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Rice University.