José Luis Duarte C.


José Luis Duarte Cabeza provides comprehensive legal advice focused in tax (national and international), litigation and corporate matters, including investment structures, mergers, real estate acquisitions, trademarks and day-to-day operation. He has significant experience in advising North American and European investors in relation to direct investment in Mexico, where he has represented clients from various industries, such as hospitality, real estate, transportation, textile, pharmaceutical, chemical, mining and energy. José Luis has advised clients in various constitutional, administrative and tax litigations, including appeals before the Supreme Court of Justice.


José Luis co-directed the structure and establishment of an investment fund of more than one billion dollars for the acquisition of hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean, represented clients in the acquisition of portfolio of properties of more than 500 million dollars and provided advice to its clients in their daily operations.


As for litigation, José Luis has obtained favorable results that have represented savings in taxes and fines of more than two hundred million dollars.


José Luis obtained his law degree from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Mexico (UNAM), graduating with honors in 1999. Additionally, he did postgraduate studies at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and completed the course for drafting constitutional judgements (Federal Judiciary Institute. January-December 2010). He was a senior associate at Kaye Abogados, SC and at Eseverri Ramírez Villegas, SC before joining Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, where in 2004 he was appointed partner. In 2005 José Luis, together with 4 other partners, founded CMGD.


José Luis is a member of the Mexican Bar, Colegio de Abogados, AC, has taught courses on litigation, among others, at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and has published several articles for publications such as TAX NOTES INTERNATIONAL and DIGEST OF COMMERCIAL LAWS OF THE WORLD. With Ana L. Méndez has prepared in recent years the Chapter for Mexico for the International Comparative Legal Guide “Lending and Secured Finance” (a practical cross-border insight into lending and secured finance)


Tel: +52 (55) 5540-4450

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