RRL joins Cuatrecasas Mexico

Cuatrecasas and the law firm Rico Robles y Libenson (RRL) have signed an agreement to integrate their teams in Mexico and operate under the Cuatrecasas structure and brand.

On January 1, 2023, the four partners of RRL, Juan Pablo Rico, Gustavo Robles, Iván Libenson and Andrés Bonett, became partners of Cuatrecasas and joined the Firm along with a team of more than a dozen lawyers and organizational professionals.

The agreement, voted on December 22 at Cuatrecasas’ Extraordinary General Partners’ Meeting, will strengthen the capabilities of both firms’ teams and reinforce Cuatrecasas’ position in the Mexican legal services market.

According to new partner Juan Pablo Rico, “the Mexican market is going through a period of consolidation in which the main firms have sought to strengthen their capabilities in an increasingly competitive environment. For RRL, it is an opportunity to jointly build a firm that focuses on the quality of work through personalised attention and direct involvement of the partners in the matters entrusted to it; that focuses on attracting and retaining talent, with a clear professional track record and within a solid organisation with international prestige; and that has access to a network of lawyers with in-depth experience in the various practice areas.”

Partner Gustavo Robles believes that “we have a unique opportunity to leverage the technical quality, experience, recognition, ability to collaborate with international firms and work ethic of our team of partners and collaborators with Cuatrecasas’ successful team of partners and collaborators, as well as the prestige, incremental knowledge and tools of a multinational organisation such as Cuatrecasas. The possibilities for multiplying the value proposition across practice areas and jurisdictions are many.”

“From our conversations, we have identified a number of important commonalities of vision including the importance of human warmth, professional growth, quality of service, collaborative spirit and global vision across practice areas. We understand that our integration is of a medium-term strategic nature which coincides with our vision of developing potential; our intention is to repeat the success we have had in our previous ventures,” added partner Iván Libenson.

For his part, Cuatrecasas executive chairman Rafael Fontana believes that the integration of RRL into the firm “will be an unquestionable boost for Cuatrecasas’ growth in Mexico and in the rest of the Latin American jurisdictions in which the firm operates. This is good news for our clients because we are adding a team of excellent professionals who provide high quality advice, and also for RRL’s clients, who will be able to receive a more comprehensive service through our international, specialized and interrelated network.”

With this integration, the firm now has a structure of more than 50 people in Mexico, including partners, lawyers and organisational professionals.

L Giselle Estrada