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Carlos A. Sugich

Carlos A. Sugich

Partner| Phoenix|Los Cabos


Carlos Sugich is a partner in the firm's Real Estate and Commercial Finance practice group and manages the firm's Los Cabos Office. He is admitted to practice law in both the United States (Arizona) and throughout Mexico and is currently the U.S. chair of the U.S. Mexico Bar Association. Carlos practices primarily in the areas of real estate investment, financing, leasing and development in both the U.S. and Mexico. In addition, he regularly advises domestic and foreign clients in the documentation and organization of a variety of cross-border ventures in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America. Carlos has been selected by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013.

Carlos Sugich is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate and Commercial Finance practice group. He regularly advises foreign and domestic companies and individuals in connection with real estate finance, leasing, development and investment in Arizona.  In addition, his practice emphasizes the representation of Mexican and Latin American clients with their cross-border investments, operations and business transactions in Arizona. Carlos has experience with NAFTA regulation, foreign investment regulated by the U.S. and Mexican governments and cross-border dispute settlement. He has been selected by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013.

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  • Representation of lenders on secured commercial lending in connection with real estate developments and acquisitions
  • Representation of companies and individuals in connection with the acquisition and development of resort, residential and commercial real estate projects in Arizona
  • Representation of landlords and tenants in the negotiation and documentation of office and retail space leases
  • Representation of a publicly held company in connection with real estate aspects of its retail operations across the U.S.
  • Prepared arguments for a multinational corporation against a revocation of a purchase order by the U.S. government in light of its rights under NAFTA Chapter 10 Government Procurement

Carlos Sugich manages the firm’s Los Cabos, Mexico Office, and heads the firm's Mexico Business Industry Group. He is admitted to practice law in both the United States (Arizona) and throughout Mexico and is currently the U.S. chair of the U.S. Mexico Bar Association. Carlos regularly advises clients in connection with real estate development, investment, leasing and financing in Mexico. In addition, he assists U.S. based companies from a wide variety of industries including renewable energy, gaming, banking, manufacturing, mining, distribution and agribusiness in their cross-border operations and business transactions in Mexico and Latin America. Carlos has been selected by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013.

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  • Representation of U.S. based developers and construction companies with respect to resort and master planned communities in Los Cabos, Mexico and along Mexico’s coasts
  • Representation of U.S. based companies with their manufacturing operations in Mexico, including work related to incorporation, permitting, construction, financing, acquisition, leasing, employment and other general business transactions in Mexico
  • Representation of U.S. and Canadian Lenders in connection with commercial cross-border loans secured by real estate and other property and intangibles in Mexico
  • Representation of U.S. manufacturers of gaming equipment and machines with respect to sales and other transactions in Mexico
  • Represents resort owners and developers with mixed use condo hotel projects and prepare CC&Rs, condo regimes, management agreements, lease agreements, unit maintenance agreements, unit rental agreements, etc., in connection with their projects in Mexico
  • Representation of U.S. based hotel brand and management companies with resort developments in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Panama
  • Representation of one of the largest loan servicers of commercial mortgage loans in the U.S. in connection with regulatory issues concerning servicing of securitized loans secured by real property in Mexico
  • Advised a publicly held mining company in the negotiation, due diligence, corporate incorporation and acquisition of mining claims in Mexico
  • Cross-border corporate restructuring of a U.S. based corporation with multiple subsidiaries in Mexico and other tax and general business law related issues
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M. in International Legal Studies, International Economic Law, 2002)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Law (J.D., emphasis in Corporate Law, magna cum laude, 1998)
    • Awarded "Distinguished Student" Honors Diploma
  • United States Mexico Bar Association, U.S. Chair (2014-2016)
  • The Thunderbirds, organizer and host of the Waste Management Phoenix Open
  • Thunderbird Charities, Board of Directors
  • Arizona-Mexico Commission, Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of International Law, Mexico Committee, Vice-Chair (2010-2013)
  • Arizona State Bar Association
  • "Doing Business in Mexico. What you Need to Know," Instructor, National Live Webinar, Lorman Education Service (February 21, 2014)
  • "Mexico to Simplify Purchase of Residential Beach Properties," Author, The AMC Catalyst (Arizona-Mexico Commission) (Winter 2014)
  • "Real Estate Legal Issues Update," Speaker, American Bar Association, Second Conference on Legal Challenges & Opportunities of Mexico’s Increased Global Integration (November 7-9, 2013)
  • "Current US-Mexico Legal Issues in Arbitration-Challenging Awards," Moderator/Speaker, 2013 Annual Meeting and CLE Conference for the U.S. Mexico Bar Association (October 29-31, 2013)
  • "Cross-Border Entrepreneurship Conference," Speaker, Chapman University, Orange, CA (October 20, 2012)
  • "Cultural liaisons," Co-Author, The Phoenix Business Journal (July 6, 2012)
  • "Legal Trends in Mexico’s Real Estate Industry," Speaker, 2012 Mexico City Conference, American Bar Association (June 16, 2012)
  • "Mexico’s New Class Action Laws," Author, Global Connection Newsletter (March 18, 2012)
  • "Mexican Regulations Imposing Restrictions on Mexican Banks for Transactions in Physical U.S. Currency," Speaker, Fraud and Security Seminar, sponsored by Arizona Bankers Association and Federal Bureau of Investigation, Phoenix, AZ (September 14, 2010)
  • "Foreign Investment in Real Estate in Arizona," Speaker, Arizona Foreign Investment Attraction Seminar, sponsored by Arizona Department of Commerce and TechBA, Mexico City (February 18, 2010)
  • "Cross-Border Lending in Mexico," Speaker, ASU School of Law, Prof. Orde Kittrie (November 18, 2008)
  • "Cross-Border Lending," Speaker, Banking on the Border Seminar, Arizona Bankers Association and FDIC, Tucson, Arizona (October 29-30, 2007)
  • "Cross-Border Finance," Speaker, Real Estate Summit Conference, Rivera Maya (October 25-27, 2007)
  • "Cross-Border Lending in Mexico," Speaker, Doing Business in Mexico Conference, CLE International, Scottsdale, Arizona (March 26-27, 2008)
  • "10 Things You Need To Know About Real Estate In Mexico," Author, Arizona Business Magazine (June-July, 2008)
  • Featured on ABC News' segment "Cashing In," regarding the do's and don'ts of buying real property in Mexico
  • "Cross Border Finance," Speaker, Seminar on Legal Strategies and Opportunities for Doing Business in Mexico, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico (April 4-6, 2006)
  • "NAFTA's Indirect Effect on Real Estate Investment," Speaker, Stewart Title Attorney Referral Network Conference, Houston, Texas (November 29-December 1, 2004)
  • "The Mexican Guaranty Trust," Speaker, Seminar on Inter-American Trade & Business Law, sponsored by National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade and the Arizona Department of Commerce, held at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona
  • Guest Lecturer, Arizona State University School of Law, Seminar on Mexican Law hosted by Prof. Dale Furnish
  • "Arizona Personnel Law Update 2004," Seminar Panelist, topic of Business Immigration Law, sponsored by Council on Education In Management
  • Chambers Latin America®, Real Estate "Leader in the Field" (2016)
  • Chambers Global®, Real Estate "Leader in the Field" (2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law (2013-2018)
  • Up & Comers Award, Arizona Business Journal 2004 Anniversary Edition (Sept./Oct. 2004)
  • Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP, Of Counsel
  • Office of the Governor of the State of Sonora, General Coordinator
  • State of Sonora Office of Tourism, Special Assistant to the Secretary
  • Spanish
  • Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Mexico