Salvador Fonseca Gonzalez, litigation partner with Holland & Knight in Mexico City.

Holland & Knight nabbed the head of litigation and arbitration in Baker McKenzie’s Mexico City office, naming Salvador Fonseca Gonzalez to lead the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice in the capital city.

“The timing of Salvador’s arrival couldn’t be more perfect. We have a high demand for litigation and arbitration services, and we expect the NAFTA negotiations to bring about more matters of concern for our clients,” said Luis Rubio Barnetche, executive partner in Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office.

Rubio said Fonseca was highly valued for his legal skills and professionalism, and the firm expects him “to make an immediate, positive impact on our disputes practice, which is quite busy working on a myriad of litigation and arbitration matters.”

Fonseca has more than 22 years experience representing corporate and individual clients in complex international and domestic arbitration and litigation. He served as sole arbitrator and chairman of arbitral tribunals in several cases, including one administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Fonseca said, “I look forward to working with my colleagues and leveraging the firm’s Latin America platform to better serve my clients.”

He received his law degree from the University of Guadalajara and an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law.

Holland & Knight opened the office in 2013, and it now has 30 attorneys, including seven partners, primarily focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, real estate investment trusts, telecommunications, energy, environmental, project finance, litigation, international arbitration and real estate.

The firm has more than 1,250 lawyers and other professionals in 27 offices, and its Latin America practice group includes more than 120 attorneys.