Luis Rubio Barnetche

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Luis Rubio Barnetche is the executive partner in Holland & Knight's Mexico City office. Mr. Rubio's practice focuses on representing domestic and international corporations on complex corporate matters. Mr. Rubio is well-versed in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), divestitures, joint ventures, international contracts and international trade proceedings.

Mr. Rubio pioneered the practice of dispute resolution in Mexico under Chapter XIX of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He was a member of the team that negotiated NAFTA on behalf of the Mexican government, particularly as it relates to foreign investment. Mr. Rubio also advises major industrial, mobile telephone and satellite operators in Mexico.

In addition, Mr. Rubio has represented foreign public companies in Mexico and Mexican subsidiaries in the structuring, implementation and rollout of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) policies and procedures. He also has provided legal counsel for issues related to voting agreements, anti-money laundering, extraterritorial application of foreign laws in Mexico (antidote laws), investment in regulated entities, e-commerce and personal data protection.

In 2000, Mr. Rubio completed Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management (OPM) Program, designed for top executives and entrepreneurs to realize their leadership potential.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in Mexico, 2019
  • Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) Thought Leaders, Anti-Corruption & Compliance, Mexico, 2018
  • Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) Approved Attorney, Anti-Corruption & Compliance, Corporate/M&A, Mexico, 2019
  • Latinvex, Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers, 2014-2019
  • Chambers Latin America – Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Mexico: Corporate/M&A, TMT (Telecoms, Media Technology), 2018, 2019 
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, International Trade and Customs, TMT, M&A, 2018
  • Chambers Global ­– The World's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Mexico: Corporate/M&A, 2017-2019
  • The Best Lawyers, TMT Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • Latin America's Top 50 Legal Stars, Latin Business Chronicle, 2014


  • International Bar Association
  • U.S-Mexico Bar Association
  • Mexican Bar Association