Mauricio Leon de la Barra

Mauricio Leon de la Barra

Attorney Profile

Top Rated International Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Leon de la Barra, LLP
 | 4640 Admiralty Way, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90292
Phone: 424-257-0677
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014
Practice Areas:
  • International (50%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Mauricio Leon de la Barra is an attorney licensed to practice law in Mexico and California.  He concentrates his practice in business and real estate transactions and litigation involving Mexico and US laws. Having practiced law in Mexico and California since 1997 at premier boutique and AmLaw 100 law firms in Mexico City Mexico and Los Angeles California, Mauricio has an unparalleled ability to understand and achieve the client's needs and goals, first-hand knowledge of complex legal matters involving varied deal and jurisdictional contexts, and an extended network of resources throughout Mexico and California.

Mauricio is a graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City Mexico), where he obtained a degree in Law (summa cum laude) and a degree in Business Administration.  In 2006, Mauricio obtained a Master of Law in Dispute Resolution degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Malibu, California. He is an active member of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, where he served as Chair of the International Law Section. In 2012, Mauricio was chosen for inclusion in the 2013 Southern California Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice - only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in California are named to the Rising Stars list each year.

About Mauricio Leon de la Barra

Admitted: 2008, California

Professional Webpage:

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Mexico (all states), 2001

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section, 2012
  • Vice Chair, Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section, 2011
  • Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section, 2010

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Kids in Need of Defense ("Kind").  Represented a minor before the Los Angeles Immigration Court. , 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • The U.S. has contributed 50.4% of the capital invested in Mexico since 2000. It is thus unquestionable that Mexico offers unique business opportunities and that U.S. persons are taking advantage of them. But successfully doing business in Mexico requires more than just business prowess and language skills. It requires substantive and practical knowledge of U.S., Mexican and international laws and regulations, and of how such laws and regulations interrelate. This article contains an overview of Mexico’s business laws, focusing on the main legal considerations that a California client, and its attorneys, must take into consideration when thinking of investing or establishing a distribution or manufacturing facility south of the U.S. border., Go South Without Going South, The California State Bar, Business Law Section, 2013
  • Parties entering into a cross-border distressed transaction in Mexico need to be cognizant that dealing with Mexico requires a heightened level of knowledge and expertise, not only because buying, selling or refinancing a distressed property is considerably more different than dealing with a healthy one, but also because different legal systems and cultural and language differences will be encountered.  While there is no secret formula for success in cross-border distressed real estate transactions, the ability to recognize a distressed transaction, best practices, multijurisdictional capabilities and practical insights will certainly increase the likelihood of success.  Accordingly, the first part of this article describes the elements of a distressed transaction and explains how it differs from what would otherwise be a regular market transaction.  The second part of the article describes the differences between distressed real property transactions, foreclosures and 363 Sales, which are often considered analogous.  The third and last part focuses on cross-border real estate distressed transactions and gives practical insights on how to best handle a distressed transaction involving real property located in Mexico.,  Cross-Border Distressed Resort and Hotel Transactions, Mexico Update, ABA Section of International Law, Issue 33, August 2011, 2011
  • MEXICO’S LAW OF TRUSTS AND MORTGAGES may afford lenders and creditors the opportunity to enter into a loan transaction governed by California law but secured by Mexican real estate under favorable provisions that are not available for Californian real estate collateral. To understand the benefits of securing credit transactions with real estate in Mexico, lenders and borrowers should consider 1) how to structure a real property secured transaction governed by Mexican law, 2) what remedies would be available in the event of default and how these remedies would be exercised, and 3) how the structure and remedies compare with their counterparts in California.  ,  The Benefits to Secured Parties of Real Estate Transactions in Mexico, Los Angeles Lawyer (the magazine of the Los Angeles County Bar Association), February 2010, Volume 32, No. 11, 2010
  • This article focuses on the challenges and trends for fractional projects in Mexico, the applicable legal framework, and the pros and cons of the different legal structures available., Challenges and Trends for Fractional Projects in Mexico, MV Consultants, 2009
  • In Mexico, sales and marketing activities with respect to timeshare products are regulated by general civil and commercial law, and more specifically by Mexico’s Federal Consumer Protection Law (Ley federal del Consumidor). Financed transactions are also regulated by Mexico’s recently enacted Truth in Lending Act (Ley para la Transparencia y Ordenamiento de los Servicios Financiero) and their implementing regulations. Recent revisions and amendments to these bodies of law have had a significant impact on how developers, operators, and sellers of timeshare interests do business in Mexico. As a number of timeshare entities often fail to comply with these recent changes and are uncertain as to how to adapt to the ones to come, this article provides a summary of the applicable legal framework, with an emphasis on the Profeco Law, Official Mexican Regulations or NOM for the Commercialization of Timeshares; the proposed revision to the Timeshare Regulations; the Truth in Lending Act and the  General Provisions for Contracts of Adhesion, Marketing, Statements, and Receipts issued by Commercial Entities. In addition, this article highlights the need for fractional interest regulations and provides some insight on the resources available to developers of fractional products under the current legal framework., Regulation of Timeshare Products in Mexico, Developments magazine, American Resort Developers Association, October 2009., 2009
  • This article sets forth the legal framework applicable to real estate transactions by Mexican foreigners and explains the nature of the Calvo Clause, the need and basic structure of a land holding trust, and how the location and nature of the property affect the ability of Mexican foreigners to take legal title to Mexican real estate.  It also describes the process by which residential real estate located within the Restricted Zone is acquired, including certain pre-offer and post-closing considerations.  Issues of concern related to the form and nature of the preliminary agreements, the formation of a land holding trust, the reason why real estate transaction needs to be closed before a notary public, and some mayor differences with California real estate transactions are also addressed. ,  Investing in Mexican Real Estate: Outlook, Legal Framework and Special Considerations, California Real Property Journal, Volume 26, No. 4, 2008., 2008


  • Representing a U.S. bankruptcy trustee in a cross-border insolvency proceeding involving Mexico, United States and international laws.
  • Developing strategies for the termination of a U.S. loan agreement and the expedited foreclosure of the real estate collateral located in Baja California Sur, Mexico.
  • Designing and implementing a time and cost effective strategy for the non-judicial foreclosure of a resort project located in Baja California, Mexico, and designing the cross-border corporate structure required in order for the client to take title to the real property.
  • Litigating a nuisance and trespass claim to stop endangering and cause the repair of the structure of a historic building in downtown Mexico City.
  • Negotiating the amicable settlement of an investor dispute related to a resort project in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and the equitable distribution of the assets upon the liquidation of the corporate entity.
  • Designing the negotiation strategy to prevent the early termination of a long-term shelter services agreement.
  • Developing and implementing strategies to force the non-judicial transfer of various trust interests held by Mexican financial institutions.
  • Designing the negotiation strategy to prevent the enforcement of certain liquidated damages provisions by a Mexican quasi-governmental agency.
  • Evaluating the acquisition of various timeshare projects in Guaymas, Los Cabos and Cancun, Mexico.
  • Reviewing the master and fractional ownership declarations for a resort, Spa and hotel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
  • Drafting the corporate and consumer documents for a 30-unit fractional residence club in Huatulco, Mexico
  • Structuring and drafting all corporate, regulatory and consumer documents for a 350-acre private golf and ocean club community with 40 estate sites, 30 individual-own villa residences, 60 partnership villas, a private hotel with 20 villas, a clubhouse, an ocean club, a wellness spa, and multiple dining venues in Ensenada, Mexico.
  • Advising a California client on the liquidation of a Mexican corporation and the disposition of its real property and personal assets.
  • Drafting and negotiating a Works of Art Loan Agreement between Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, a Mexican quasi-governmental agency, and a New York City gallery.
  • Negotiating and managing a 3-year services agreement with the Mexican Tourism Board, a Mexican quasi-governmental agency.
  • Drafting, negotiating and overseeing the performance of more than 150 services agreements between a marketing agency and various domestic and international travel agencies, airlines, and state and federal governments.
  • Structuring and negotiating the purchase of a Mexican date farm, and designing the corporate structure for its Mexico and California operations.
  • Negotiating and structuring a Shares Exchange Agreement involving Mexico and California corporations.
  • Counseling one of Mexico’s largest oil distributors in the sale of its bottling division.
  • Counseling an Arizona-based client in the purchase of a California medical device manufacturer and its Mexican maquiladora subsidiary.
  • Structuring the purchase of an international cordage manufacturer with operating facilities in Mexico and the United States
  • Designing and forming the cross-border corporate structure for an international lender with operations in Mexico and the United States.
  • Advising a non-Mexican client in the purchase of Mexico’s largest financial group and its more than 100 subsidiaries, and handling all foreign investment law compliance matters associated thereto.
  • Advising a group of Canadian investors in the structuring, compliance, financing and day-to-day operations of a Mexican fish farming business.

Educational Background:

  • LL.M. in Dispute Resolution, 2006
  • Juris Doctor (Licenciado en Derecho), 2000
  • B.A. in Business Administration (Licenciado en Administración de Empresas), 1997

Industry Groups

  • California And Mexico Attorney
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Office Location for Mauricio Leon de la Barra

4640 Admiralty Way
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90292

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