Haynes and Boone moved Monday into new offices in Mexico City that will hold as many as three times the office’s current head count of 20, as the Am Law 100 firm maintains a longstanding strategy that includes lawyers on the ground in Mexico.
“We are known as one of the most active U.S. firms in Mexico. It’s been part of our strategy for many years,” said managing partner Taylor Wilson, noting that the firm launched the office in 1994.
Haynes and Boone has offices in Mexico, London and Shanghai, a trio of locations that supports the Dallas-founded firm’s energy practice, Wilson said.
“We have found the energy practice is global in nature,” he said.
The firm is the only Am Law 100 firm founded in Texas with an office in Mexico, operating through an affiliate, Haynes and Boone, S.C.
The firm moved into new space, Wilson said, because its lease was up in its former building.
While Haynes and Boone currently has 20 lawyers in Mexico City, the new office will accommodate 25 in a traditional configuration, and as many as 60 if lawyers work in a hoteling arrangement, said Alberto de la Pena, the head of the Mexico and international practice groups and a member of the firm’s board of directors.
“We are testing the waters on that,” he said.
Wilson said the firm doesn’t have any formal hoteling policy, but does have a remote work policy — in effect before the pandemic — which helped the firm manage through the pandemic. Currently, lawyers are asked to come into the office three days a week, he said.
The new Mexico City office is in Chapultepec Uno, a recently constructed 58-floor building that oversees Chapultepec Park, a large urban park, and also houses a Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Haynes and Boone has corporate, finance, real estate, energy, tax and litigation lawyers in Mexico, according to Wilson. De la Pena said demand this year has been particularly high in aviation and energy. Also, de la Pena notes, trade is another busy area due to the transition between NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.)
Lawyers in the Mexico City office also do a considerable amount of corporate, M&A, financing, franchising and litigation, he said.