Fernando Camarena Cardona



Fernando Camarena is a senior business and legal advisor on international and domestic tax issues in Mexico, providing both tax counseling and assistance with litigation. He represents small companies to Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and other global and brand name corporations in the energy, manufacturing, nutritional supplement, insurance and other industries. Fernando is frequently sought after by clients for his broad understanding of tax laws and systems around the world.

Fernando is described by clients in the Chambers & Partners Latin American Guide as having deep financial knowledge that "allows him to understand not only the tax implications but also the business with which he is dealing." With referrals from clients and major law firms around the world, he is passionate about clients’ primary goal of conducting business in Mexico as tax efficiently as possible.

Fernando is an experienced mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate lawyer. He understands the corporate vision, as well as the technical transaction specifics for U.S. and foreign corporations, such as the permanent establishment issue that arises in joint ventures, especially in the energy industry, and the country-specific treaties on double taxation. His experience also encompasses insurance regulatory and government contracts matters.

U.S. and European companies are confident when they hire Fernando that he has superior international tax knowledge, and that he understands the entire business picture and structure under which they are operating. American clients appreciate that he knows the reporting that must be done in the U.S. – FIN 48, which they must file when they have an income tax issue abroad. Fernando is also well versed in current and horizon issues, such as the Mexico tax reform law of January 2014 and Mexico’s energy and constitutional reform.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Illustrious and National Mexican Attorney's College
  • Member, Mexican Attorney's Bar
  • Member, Tax Commission of the Mexican Attorney's Bar

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in Mexico (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Corporate Law (2015-2020)
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2015-2020)
    • Amparo Law (2020)
    • Administrative Law (2020)
  • Recognized, Chambers Latin America: Latin America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Tax (Mexico) (2011-2017)
  • Recognized, The Legal 500 Latin America
    • Tax (2012, 2013, 2017)
    • Insurance (2013)
    • Real Estate (2013)
  • Recognized, Leading Lawyer, IFLR1000: Mexico
    • Corporate and Commercial (2013, 2015)
    • Energy and Infrastructure (2015, 2018)
    • Financial and Corporate (2018)
    • Mergers and Acquisitions (2018)
    • Projects (2013)
    • Tax (2013, 2015)


  • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (J.D., with honors, 1998)
    • Advanced Litigation Studies, Universidad Panamericana (2003)
    • Advanced Tax Law Studies, Escuela Libre de Derecho (2000)
    • Seminar, Environmental Law at Tecnológico de México and Foreign Trade and NAFTA Customs

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish