EXPERT INSIGHT 42 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | AUG 2022 face inflation problems, interest rate increases and continued supply chains complications, and as long as this continues at a global level, the M&A sector will be affected not only in Mexico but in all countries involved. To overcome this we will need to be creative and adapt. What developments do you expect to see in the M&A scene in the remainder of 2022 and beyond? We are living in unstable times globally. To name a few issues, there is the new increase of COVID-19 cases, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, accelerating inflation and interest rates, and stress in production and supply chains. I would like to be optimistic, but the current scene does not seem very encouraging. However, we have already seen that, even living through a pandemic, 2021 was a better year than the one preceding it. If these historical events have taught us anything, it is that we must adapt to survive. 2022 is a good year to review strategies and adapt them, and to make bold decisions; the global situation we are living could represent an opportunity for investors to thrive against all odds. Please tell us a little about the development of your career. What would you consider to be your greatest professional achievement? I always knew I would be a lawyer; you could say that my life working in law was always meant to be. My grandfather was a lawyer specialising in tax matters, an author of several books on that subject and an inspiration for me to follow his path. Just as I always knew what I wanted to do for a living, I was always sure that I would be a partner in a law firm. That was my goal and I put all my effort into achieving it. I studied for my bachelor’s degree in Mexico and later a master’s degree in international business law at the University of California, Davis. Commercial law has always been my passion; I find it an exciting sector that always presents new challenges. No case is 100% the same as the previous one and using creativity to solve problems has always been what I like most about this area of law. DeForest has become my and my partners’ life project. Since the beginning we have worked hard to build a transcendent project; our vision and values are clear, we know where we want to take the firm and our everyday work is aligned with what we want to achieve. That is where our slogan “Pasión por lo que hacemos”, meaning “Working with passion”, comes from. We take it seriously and implement it with every client, no matter their size. I am convinced that we are heading towards our goals and we will keep working to become one of the best law firms in Mexico. Looking back, I can say without a doubt that I am in a great moment in my career, and that my work has led me to where I am today. In particular, I would like to mention what I consider my greatest professional achievement: our assistance in establishing the first premium OEM in Mexico, which represented many challenges at state and national level. Within the process, which took us several months, there was a merger and therefore an investment that has generated thousands of jobs and continues to do so today. The launch of this OEM was successfully accomplished and is currently operating efficiently. About Jaime López Jaime López is a partner at DeForest Abogados. With almost 20 years of professional experience in law, his areas of specialisation include commercial law, corporate law, government administration, administrative law and civil and contractual law. About DeForest Abogados DeForest Abogados is an international law firm headquartered in Mexico. From its offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Leon, Queretaro and Puebla, its team of more than 90 lawyers advises companies both foreign and domestic on national and international business matters. Jaime G. López y Porras Partner DeForest Abogados Osa Mayor No. 2523, Int. 1301, Col. Reserva Territorial Atlixcáyotl, Torre UMA. Puebla, Pue. CP 72193 www.linkedin.com/ company/deforest/mycompany/ https://es-la.facebook.com/ deforest.abogados/ www.instagram.com/ deforest.abogados/?hl=es www.deforest.mx 2022 is a good year to review strategies and adapt them, and to make bold decisions.