Real estate is one of the core areas of our practice and one for which we have become best known. Particularly important are our offices in Mexico’s top resort destinations that provide local contacts and on-hands knowledge of state and municipal laws and regulations.
Our Real Estate Practice reflects the strength, diversity and sophistication of the firm. Our lawyers have years of experience in providing practical advice to foreign clients in both the simplest and the most complex real estate transactions. The Real Estate Practice is led by the former Deputy General Counsel of the largest real estate developer in Mexico in the 1990’s (i.e. Grupo Situr). Our real estate lawyers work closely with lawyers throughout the firm’s many other practice areas to serve clients in a range of areas.
One of our more high-profile niche practices is the representation of foreign and domestic clients in major destination hotel, resort and recreational facilities. Lawyers in this area have an active practice in the development of golf, tennis, beach clubs, condominiums, time shares, campgrounds and marinas.
Our real estate and tax lawyers are among the few in Mexico who have in-depth experience in guiding nonresidents and foreign entities in planning, structuring and investing in Mexican real estate interests. We represent many foreign companies in all types of real estate transactions in Mexico.
Real Estate Services
Mata & Asociados helps dozens of homeowners associations navigate through the rules of Mexican Condominium Law, full of loopholes and often outdated.
We assist real estate developers in finding cost-effective solutions to the complex challenges of real estate project development. When you are planning a large real estate development you need a lawyer with the know-how to clear hurdles under multiple layers of regulations (federal, state and municipal) in order to get your project approved by several government agencies.
Hotel and Resorts/Golf Courses
Mata & Asociados has developed a reputation as one of the premier law firms in Mexico for all matters relating to the hospitality industry. With vast experience in both foreign and domestic hospitality-oriented transactions, Mata & Asociados attorneys are widely recognized for their creativity and problem solving expertise. Mata & Asociados represents the full spectrum of hospitality clients, including owners, developers, lenders, franchisees, operating companies and management companies.
We represent clients in connection with the acquisition, entitlement, development and financing of hotels, resorts, golf courses and recreational facilities and continue to represent these clients in connection with the day-to-day matters including construction, environmental, labor, tax and litigation matters.
Our real estate attorneys are especially adept at negotiating the increasingly complex maze of land use restrictions that often impede the progress of new projects and the redevelopment of existing projects. We develop creative, economical and practical solutions to land use challenges for large, multi-phased projects. In addition, we have expertise in project planning, permitting, preparing, certifying and, if necessary, defending environmental clearances (including environmental impact reports) and obtaining entitlements.
Mata & Asociados land use attorneys work closely with our environmental attorneys on due diligence and compliance matters.
Mata & Asociados has expertise in all phases of land use regulations including water rights and resources matters and negotiating development and participation agreements with municipalities, planning commissions, redevelopment agencies and other government entities.
In addition, we understand the vital role that community relations play in obtaining project approvals, and we have an excellent track record in establishing good relationships with local community leaders and representatives.
Our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the development and construction process provides the backdrop against which we negotiate construction agreements on behalf of owners, contractors, architects, and lenders designed to bring projects in on time and within budget. Mata & Asociados also draws upon this knowledge to anticipate and resolve issues during the construction phase of the project before they cause costly delays. Mata & Asociados has broad experience in the myriad of issues associated with construction including complex contracts, licensing, bonding and insurance, and labor issues, and we provide expert counsel on permit requirements and government regulations. We are skilled at resolving construction disputes whether they involve liens, indemnities, guarantees or claims for delays.
Retail Development/Leasing/Asset Management
Mata & Asociados retail attorneys have specialized knowledge of the unique issues associated with the sale, development, leasing and management of major regional shopping malls, and community and neighborhood shopping centers. National and local developers and retailers rely upon our expertise to guide them through each phase of the retail development process from land acquisition and entitlements, through financing, construction and property management to reciprocal easement agreements and leasing. We represent buyers and sellers in negotiating ground leases, sale leasebacks and joint ventures between major retail developers and corporate or individual owners.
Office & Industrial Development/Leasing/Asset Management
Mata & Asociados represents many local, national, and international owners, developers, investors, lenders and asset managers in connection with the purchase and sale, development, financing, leasing and management of office and industrial projects in Mexico. We have unparalleled experience in representing the interests of major institutional landlords and tenants with multiple locations. Such asset management services are handled by an affiliate of Mata & Asociados, which is devoted full time to the representation of landlords and tenants. We work closely with our litigation department in assessing our client’s enforcement of their rights in connection with various asset management issues, including landlord/tenant disputes and tenant audits.
Our extensive representation of sophisticated landlords and tenants has allowed us to quickly analyze and resolve issues commonly found in office projects, and to analyze the various marketplaces and formulate an understanding of the market terms and conditions upon which sophisticated lease transactions are consummated. Our role has not only included the preparation, negotiation and finalization of lease documentation, but also has included extensive consultation relating to the business terms and quasi- business terms on which lease workouts, related asset management issues, and the consummation of lease proposals, letters of intent and leases are ultimately based.
Mata & Asociados itself on being extremely time and cost sensitive and efficient.
Mata & Asociados represents numerous residential developers, investors and lenders with respect to a wide variety of residential projects including master-planned communities and resorts, conventional residential subdivisions, premier projects, multi-family and apartment and condominiums.
We are active in all aspects of residential projects including acquisitions, entitlements, finance, venture formation, tax planning, construction, and sale.