Cuauhtémoc R. Santa-Ana

Strategic Alliance Partner



Cuauhtémoc Santa-Ana specializes in corporate and financial law, and he focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, financing, administrative law, and telecommunications.

Cuau’s expertise in international business law and his knowledge of the changes in today’s globalized economic community has allowed him to successfully serve as counsel in litigation matters of over $30,000,000 and help clients secure credit facilities of $140,000,000.  Cuau currently serves as Secretary of the Board of a number of companies listed in the Mexican “Bolsa Mexicana de Valores” (Mexico’s Stock Market).

Cuau has participated in the incorporation of investment funds, and has substantial experience in mergers, acquisitions, and the highly-specialized issues involved therein.

Before starting his own private practice, Cuau worked for a couple of years as an associate at Coudert Brothers in New York City, where he focused his practice in international business transactions, such as financing and mergers and acquisitions. Cuau has also acted as counsel for telecom network and infrastructure providers within Mexico. In addition, Cuau has been active in advising clients in bidding processes before local and federal authorities.

Cuau received his law degree from Universidad Panamericana in 1996.  He has been a member of the New York State Bar since 2000, after receiving his Master’s degrees from New York University; one in Comparative Law, and the second in Corporate Law.


New York University School of Law, Master in Laws (LLM), 1998; Master of Comparative Jurisprudence (MCJ), 1997 • Universidad Panamericana, Juris Doctor, 1996 • Harvard University, Seminar in Urban Politics Seminar, 1994 • Cambridge University, Seminar in Comparative Law, 1992.

Academic Activities

  • Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Professor of “Trusts and Trust Liquidation” in the Post-Graduate Program, 2006.


  • New York, 2000
  • Mexican Republic, 1996

Areas of Practice

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financing
  • Foreign Investment
  • Corporate Law
  • Telecommunications
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Administrative Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Money Laundering and the Financial System Seminar,” presented at the Mexican Department of the Treasury and Public Credit (SHCP), Financial Intelligence Unit, Mexico City, July, 2009.


  • Recognition granted by the Mexico City local Government (Departamento del Distrito Federal) as a JD student with the highest grade point average within his class, 1996.