Mr. Julio Manuel Rivera de los Reyes

Senior Partner


Practice Areas:

  • Property Projects
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Finance and Securities
  • Foreign Investment
  • Compliance and Anti-Corruption
  • Franchises
  • Infrastructure and Construction Projects

  • Regulatory and Administrative Law
  • Energy, Natural Resources and Agrarian Law
  • Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings
  • Economic Competition
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Notary Public in Commercial Matters (Corredor Público) No. 56 of Mexico City

Professional Background:

Julio Manuel Rivera de los Reyes is a partner of Ríos Ferrer, Guillen Llarena, Treviño, Rivera y Gutiérrez, S.C. with more than 40 years of experience in transactional, corporate law, foreign investment, property/real estate and infrastructure transactions, mergers, acquisitions, franchises, energy, natural resources, financial and securities, regulatory and administrative law, compliance and anti-corruption.

Key advisor in the design of strategies and transactional matters involving foreign investment, international and double taxation treaties, franchises, mergers and acquisitions, with important components of regulatory law, antitrust, environmental law and agrarian law.

He regularly advises clients on property projects and major infrastructure developments and construction projects in Mexico. . Advisor in the implementation and solution of agrarian issues, such as conversion of common land to private property for investment, including financing, development, construction, commercialization and creation of mixed-use property trusts.

He advises multiple restructurings, bankruptcies and insolvencies related to real property, including the design and legal strategy during the different stages of conciliation and bankruptcy proceedings.

Julio has developed compliance programs and advises clients on anti-corruption issues.

Julio's legal practice involves national and international clients such as investment funds, hotel companies, national and international developers, financing providers, construction companies, among others. He is a member of Boards of Directors and advisor to several companies and institutions.

Julio is the Notary Public in Commercial Matters (Corredor Público) No. 56 of Mexico City and acts as notary public in the incorporation of investment vehicles, trusts, mergers and acquisitions, corporations, joint ventures, limited liability companies, among others. He is also empowered to intervene and be appointed as arbitrator and mediator.

Representative Matters:

  • He advised Cinemark Holdings in Mexico, a company acquired by Cinemex with more than 290 movie theaters in the country, highlighting its participation in the sale and economic competition.
  • He has advised several investment and corporate operations of IsoCindu company, an Italian-Venezuelan joint-venture dedicated to the manufacture of insulating panels for residential, industrial, commercial, agricultural, livestock and refrigeration buildings.
  • He advised Simon Property, a leading company in the commercial real estate industry in North America, Europe and Asia, in the development, construction, opening and operation of the "Premium Outlet Punta Norte" and "Premium Outlet Querétaro" shopping outlets, the largest in Latin America.
  • He advised Inmobiliaria Amigos del Caribe, a hotel company in the acquisition and operation of hotels and tourist properties in the Riviera Maya.
  • He advised Posadas de Mexico, a hotel chain in Mexico, as Secretary of the Board of SINCA.
  • He acted as Independent Advisor to Grupo Bursátil Mexicano ("GBM"), Casa de Bolsa (brokerage firm), with more than 35 years of operation and presence in Mexico, Brazil, the United States and Chile.
  • He advised on the construction and operation of the Azcapotzalco Transfer Station and Sorting Plant in Mexico City, as a result of a public bidding process.
  • He advised Ecosistema de Ciudad Lerdo, S.A. de C.V., in the provision of services and holder of the concession of an important water treatment plant in Ciudad Lerdo, Durango, Mexico, derived from a public bidding process.
  • He advised Rescorp Concepts in the strategy, sale and purchase, development and implementation of the "IHOP" restaurant franchises, with exponential growth in Mexico.
  • He advised on the strategy, sale and purchase, development and implementation of the "Mrs Field" and "Coldwell Banker Mexico" franchises, among others.


  • Law Degree (J.D.), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City.
  • Master degree in Comparative Law (LL.M), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.
  • Advanced Professional Studies for Lawyers, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Certificate in Corporate Law and Tax Law, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City.
  • Certificate in "Energy Reform" of the Postgraduate Department of the Escuela Libre de Derecho.

Professional Experience:

Julio has worked in prestigious law firms in Mexico and the United States of America:

  • Associate at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, Chicago, Illinois, (1982-1984)

  • Founding Partner and Managing Partner of the firm Winstead y Rivera, S.C., Mexico office of the prestigious firm Winstead Sechrest & Minick based in Dallas, Houston and Austin, Texas.

Articles and Lectures

Julio has written publications in English and Spanish related to his professional practice areas. He has also participated as a panelist in several conferences both in Mexico and abroad, including the following:

  • Author of the article “Issuance of Stock for a Water Treatment Plant”, published by the“ Texas Transactional Law Quarterly” of the State Bar of Texas.
  • Author of the article Mexico and the Free Trade Agreement with Latin American Companies, published by the Center for Commercial Policies and Law of the University of Ottawa.
  • Author of the article "Online Gaming in Mexico", published in Gaming magazine, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
  • Panelist at the "Seminar on Energy Reform and Advances in its Legislation" before the Mexican Bar Association in Mexico City.
  • Panelist at the conference "Associated General Contractors of America" during the annual conference of the Associated General Contractors of America in Mexico, held in Orlando, Florida.
  • Panelist at the conference "Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Mexico" before the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America and Mexico, in Dallas, Texas.
  • Panelist at the conference on "Commercial Insovency Proceedings and Reform to Article 88 of the Organic Law of the Federal Judicial Branch, American Chamber of Commerce, in Mexico City.
  • Panelist at the conference on "Approval Strategies for Property Projects", International Research Institute, Mexico City.
  • Panelist at the "Solutions for Businessmen" conference of the International Institute for Environmental Sanctions Research in Mexico City.
  • Panelist in "Practical Considerations for Business Development" organized by the American Bar Association in Mexico City.


  • He is a member of the Boards of Directors and advisor to several companies and institutions.
  • Member of the Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados, A.C.).
  • Member of the Instituto Mexicano de la Mediación, A.C. (IMM)
  • Member of the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the Association of Notaries Public in Commercial Matters (Colegio de Corredores Públicos) of Mexico City.


  • English and Spanish