Cristiani Law Firm, was established in the 40’s, at that time dedicated exclusively to the practice of Administrative, Constitutional and Judicial Litigation. In the last 60 years, it has become a firm of continuous growth due to experience, high quality standards and specialization in the area of Intellectual Property. Today, the firm has various legal areas through the specialization of each of its lawyers, coordinated with the best law firm’s around the world.
Born Mexico City, Mexico, October 11, 1957; Education: Universidad La Salle, A.C. (Law Degree, with honors), Universidad Panamericana (several post-graduated courses); Professor of Intellectual Property Law in Escuela Libre de Derecho and Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City; author of several publications; representative of Private Sector during negotiations of NAFTA, Member of the Board of Directors of Mexican Bar Association (1997 ). Member: Mexican Bar Association, Mexican Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AMPPI) (Past president 1989-1992); Mexican National Group of AIPPI (Past president 1989-1992); Féderation Internationale des Conseils en Proprieté Industrialle (FICPI) (President.– Mexican Section 1996 ), Interamerican Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI), International Trademark Association (INTA), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Languages: Spanish, English and French. Practice areas: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Unfair Competition, Licensing and Litigation.
The firm provides integral counseling to companies in the field of Sports & Entertainment, in addition to professional athletes and artists. The firm assists clients in all types of transactions, including contractual advice, participation in negotiation of agreements, labor matters, invasion of privacy, adequate protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, tax matters, sports arbitration, disciplinary sports proceedings, financial and real estate agreements.
Due to the advisory to foreign clients, the Firm has broad experience in obtaining all kind of Visas (Temporary and Permanent Resident cards) and procedures, regardless the applicant’s nationality. Our services in immigration matters are: Obtaining of Visas (Temporary and Permanent Resident cards) for executives, officers, Board members, employees and attorneys-in-fact of companies, as well as for their family members; Renewal of immigration Visas; Exit permits; Legal appeals against acts of the Immigration Authority.
Our corporate team has varied and extensive experience ranging from the planning of corporate structures to the incorporation of companies, including the drafting of by-laws, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, corporate governance provisions and other corporate arrangements. We regularly advise some of the most important local and global corporations in defining corporate structures, corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and other divestitures, corporate and leverage financing, including project finance and leveraged acquisitions, restructurings and other corporate transactions.
Renders services comprising counseling, drafting and negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, stock or asset deals, as well as all the corporate, financial, tax and related issues. Experience teaches that each transaction is sui generis and requires punctilious care of its particular the legal and business aspects. The business dynamics of this field require both solidity and malleability: solid knowledge of the law, and the malleable, creative, use of the same.
Our IP Practice comprises an outstanding group of professionals who have experience in IP Litigation, Trademarks, Patents, Contractual Matters, Unfair Competition and Copyrights. Our IP professionals have worked within IP boutiques, as in-house IP Counsels and/or with the Mexican Patent and Trademark Office (IMPI). We understand that all clients have different requirements, and our IP Team provides legal services that consider each client's needs. Effective responsiveness is one of the key assets we have incorporated to our service philosophy. Our IP expertise combined with the experience of the other practice areas of the firm makes us an integral and unique IP practice in Mexico.
The practice of Administrative Law provides services to the three levels of Government (Federal, State and Municipal) by developing projects focused on the legality and formality of the acts issued by the Public Administration. The Department of Administrative Law also provides services to our clients by performing Amparo proceedings, actions of unconstitutionality and legal resources against the acts of Public Administration affecting the rights and interests of the clients. Our services include: Administrative litigation; Analysis and drafting of public regulation; Project management on the creation of government controlled entities; Strategic planning of government programs; Consulting on the performance of government controlled entities; Advising on urban development law; Advising on bids processes; Advising on procurement process.
The Mediation & Arbitration Department has comprehensive experience on solving conflicts through the use of alternative dispute resolution methods. Our professional team participates actively at international arbitration panels such as: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Copyrights National Institute, among others. Our services include: Mediation and/or arbitration proceedings related to domains infringements and cybersquatting; Mediation and/or arbitration proceedings related to license and franchising agreements, joint ventures, as well as resulting from an infringement of intellectual property and/or commercial rights.
We provide specialized advice, both to individuals and legal entities, regarding the operations carried out on a daily basis, through the elaboration of diagnoses that allow to validate the due fulfillment of their tax obligations (due diligence). Likewise, we participate in the development and implementation of structures that allow greater tax profitability, in strict adherence to tax provisions, such as: corporate restructuring, financial models, company acquisitions, spin-offs, mergers, infrastructure projects, among others. Our services also include timely attention in the audit processes by the tax authorities (home visits, cabinet reviews, or electronic audits), from the beginning to its conclusion.
The area offers advice and defense against the actions of the tax authorities that cause damage to taxpayers, including the issuance and / or application of laws that violate rights in favor of them. Our services include the preparation and presentation of revocation appeals against resolutions issued by tax authorities (local and federal); nullity claims before the Federal Court of Administrative Justice; and, the filing of amparo proceedings before the Judicial Power of the Federation. Likewise, we provide our clients with adequate advice during the processing of various alternative means of dispute resolution, before the PRODECON, as well as the necessary support before the tax authorities.
We provide timely attention to the imposition of administrative sanctions, derived from any relationship between individuals and legal entities, and the Federal Public Administration. Our services include the study and presentation of the suitable means of defense, against resolutions issued by administrative authorities, in terms of the Federal Law of Administrative Procedure, such as: responsibility of public servants, closures, suspensions, revocations, fines and other sanctions.