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Von Wobeser y Sierra Obtains Favorable Award for Anheuser-Busch InBev
July, 2010

The Arbitration team of Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. led by Mr. Claus von Wobeser successfully represented AB-InBev in an arbitration subjected to Mexican Law which was brought by Grupo Modelo regarding the alleged breach of the Investment Agreement executed between the two companies.

Specifically, on July 9, 2010 the Arbitral Tribunal rendered its Final Award declaring that the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by InBev did not breach any provision of the Investment Agreement. In addition, it was also declared in the Final Award that the claim of 2.5 billion dollars in damages brought by Grupo Modelo against InBev lacked any merits. 

AB-InBev was also represented in this case by the US Law firms Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. and Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP.

Mr. Manuel Lizardi is named Professor Emeritus of the Escuela Libre de Derecho and Publishes New Book
July, 2010
The Escuela Libre de Derecho rendered a deserved tribute to Mr. Manuel Lizardi, counselor member of this firm, due to his naming as Professor Emeritus of the Escuela Libre de Derecho, and the publication of his work titled “Study of the General Corporations Act and Comments to its Articles”.
 
After over 70 years of legal practice and 46 years as professor of the First Course of Mercantile Law in the Escuela Libre de Derecho – without receiving any salary, as it is a tradition in the School, Mr. Manuel Lizardi received a well deserved tribute in a ceremony which took place in his honor on June 8, 2010 in the Industrial Club at Mexico City.
Von Wobeser y Sierra Wins Arbitration Case Representing Chemicals Company
July, 2010
By unanimous decision a leading company in the chemicals industry in México won the arbitration case initiated by another competitor in the market regarding the alleged breach of a Purchase Agreement. Defendant was represented by the arbitration team of Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. led by Mr. Claus von Wobeser and Montserrat Manzano and by the US Law firm Hunton & Williams, LLP, led by Mr. Eric Murdock.
 
On July 6, 2010 the ICC Court of Arbitration communicated the Final Award in which the Arbitral Tribunal confirmed there was no breach by defendant, dismissing claims related to the existence of a potential liability derived from failure to disclose facts which amounted to non-compliance with various provisions of Mexican Social Security Law.  Moreover, claimant was condemned to bear all legal representation costs.
Von Wobeser y Sierra Promotes New Partner January 2010
January, 2010
Fernando Carreño has been named Partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra as of January 1, 2010. He will lead the antitrust practice of the firm as well as continue with his general corporate practice.

 

Von Wobeser y Sierra is pleased to announce the promotion of Fernando Carreño to partner of this firm. Fernando Carreño is responsible for the Antitrust area of VWyS and also does significant work in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, project finance, debt restructuring and international commercial arbitration.

Fernando Carreño graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho (cum laude) and completed a Master’s at Northwestern University School of Law. He was a visiting attorney at the firm Arent Fox LLP in Washington DC.

He has been the lead professor in the courses: Real Assets and Rights and Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Universidad Iberoamericana, as well as in the Module of Mergers and Acquisitions in the graduate degree in Commercial Law of the Universidad Panamericana.

New Website of Von Wobeser y Sierra, January 2010.
January, 2010
We are pleased to announce the launching of the new web site of Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. We hope it provides useful information for clients and friends and serves as a means of interaction between the members of Von Wobeser y Sierra and our clients.

After months of arduous work, Von Wobeser y Sierra is pleased to announce the launching of our new web page.  We have tried to make this page a source of useful and relevant information that will be of interest to our clients and friends. Regarding the design, we have been able to add attractive features but at the same time keep the page light, with an emphasis on easy navigation.  Thus, for example, the description of the practice areas identifies each of the partners and attorneys with experience in that area, with links to the individual pages of each attorney.  The new section of publications allows the consultation and downloading in PDF of some of the articles published by members of our firm in different publications and collections of works.  We also added a section called "Books", where the complete version of the Legal Guide to Doing Business in Mexico can be consulted and downloaded.

Von Wobeser y Sierra is Recognized as Top Leading Firm, October 2009.
October, 2009
Chambers and Partners Latin America 2010 edition has ranked the firm's arbitration, litigation, corporate and M&A and intellectual property practices as leading in Mexico

Partners Claus von Wobeser and Luis Burgueño were recognized as leaders in their fields.
Von Wobeser y Sierra has been recognized by this publication as the top leading firm in arbitration and Claus von Wobeser has been identified as the most in demand arbitator in Mexico.  Our litigation, corporate, M&A and intellectual property practices have also been recognized as leading in Mexico.  Excerpts (in italics) from the publication:

Arbitration and Litigation:  A major player in the arbitration scene, the firm's practice has an accomplished team and provides an excellent service as arbitration counsel.

Corporate and M&A:  The practice has a sizeable team with a distinctly international flavour. Clients are quick to praise its value for money and its constructive, dedicated attitude to solving complex business issues, with one client commenting: “They fulfil all my needs when working in the country.”  This year handled some major deals for household names including Coca-Cola, Mars, BMW and Diageo.

Intellectual Property: Clients comment: "The team knows the area in depth, keeps you up-to-date with any developments and is good at following up."

Claus von Wobeser: Respected as formidable litigator and recognized as one of the most active arbitrators in Mexico. Also cited as one of the most well-connected individuals in the legal profession in the country.

Luis Burgueño: Telecoms, technology and competition specialist Luis Burgueño impresses clients with his dedicated approach and commercial acumen.

Von Wobeser y Sierra is Selected to Be Among Top 100 Firms of the World, October 2009.
October, 2009
For the second consecutive year, The GAR 100 (Global Arbitration Review 100), 3rd edition, has selected Von Wobeser y Sierra as one of the 100 best arbitration firms in the world.

The 3rd edition of GAR 100 again recognizes Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. as one of the 100 best arbitration firms in the world.  Von Wobeser is the only Mexican firm to have achieved this distinction.  The arbitration practice of Von Wobeser y Sierra is thus recognized as one of the leaders in the global market, on par with some of the principal firms of Europe and the United States of America.

Claus von Wobeser is Elected as President of CAMEXA, July 2009.
July, 2009

In a partners' meeting of the Mexican German Chamber of Commerce (CAMEXA) held on July 15, 2009, Claus von Wobeser has been elected as President of the CAMEXA for the 2009-2010 term.