Carlos A. Sugich

Carlos A. Sugich: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
  • One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Carlos Sugich's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate development, hospitality, financing, leasing and cross-border business transactions in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America. He is admitted to practice law in Arizona and throughout Mexico. Carlos led the firm in opening its first international office in Los Cabos, Mexico in 2008 and currently represents some of the most exclusive master planned and resort communities in the area. In addition, Carlos regularly advises domestic and foreign companies in the establishment and operation of foreign subsidiaries and has written extensively in the areas of foreign investment and cross-border transactions. Carlos has been selected by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America since 2013 and has been ranked by Chambers Latin America as Real Estate “Leader in the Field” since 2016. Carlos manages the Los Cabos Office and is a member of the firm’s Expanded Executive Committee. He served as the Tournament Chairman of the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open and is the President of The Thunderbirds (Host and Organizer of the WM Phoenix Open) for 2018/2019.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Selling real property in Los Cabos: Key contract provisions , Co-author, Phoenix Business Journal (December 17, 2018)
• What to consider when developing resorts and master planned communities in Los Cabos , Co-author, Phoenix Business Journal (December 4, 2018)
• Thunderbirds announce record donation from 2018 Phoenix Open , Quoted, Scottsdale Independent (October 5, 2018)
• 2018 Phoenix Open raised record-breaking money for Arizona charities , Quoted, 12 News (October 4, 2018)
• 2018 Phoenix Open raises record-breaking $12.2M for Arizona charities , Quoted, KTAR News (October 4, 2018)
• First Latino Waste Management Phoenix Open Chairman looks to expand tournament's audience , Featured, Phoenix Business Journal (February 1, 2018)
• Phoenix Open reaching out to Hispanic Community , Quoted, Cronkite News Arizona PBS (January 30, 2018)
• 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

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Chambers Latin America , Real Estate Leader in the Field (2016-2018)
•Chambers Global , Real Estate Leader in the Field (2016)
•The Best Lawyers in America , Real Estate Law (2013-2019)
•Up & Comers Award, Arizona Business Journal 2004 Anniversary Edition (Sept./Oct. 2004)

Other Professional Experience

•Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP, Of Counsel

Related News & Events

Aug 15
139 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Fields by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Eleven Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year

Oct 04
Chambers Latin America 2018 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer Partner Carlos Sugich as a ‘Leader in the Field’ for Mexico Real Estate

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lists 133 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 13
Carlos Sugich Named Tournament Chairman for 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lists 125 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers As Leaders In Their Field In addition, 15 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”

Jun 09
The Thunderbirds Elect Snell & Wilmer Partner Carlos Sugich as 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open Assistant Tournament Chairman

Oct 05
Chambers Latin America 2016 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer Partner Carlos Sugich as a ‘Leader in the Field’ for Real Estate

Sep 10
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Appoints Snell & Wilmer Attorney Carlos Sugich to Arizona Mexico Commission Board of Directors

Aug 17
The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lists 128 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in their Field In addition, 19 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year”

Jun 22
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Includes Snell & Wilmer Lawyer Carlos Sugich as Part of Delegation to Mexico City

Nov 03
Carlos Sugich Elected as U.S. Chair of U.S.-Mexico Bar Association

Aug 18
The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Oct 14
Snell & Wilmer Sponsors U.S.-Mexico Bar Association 2013 Annual Meeting and CLE Conference

Aug 19
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Nov 12
U.S.-Mexico Bar Association Appoints Snell & Wilmer Partner Carlos Sugich to the Board

Oct 29
Snell & Wilmer Partner Carlos Sugich Presents At Cross-Border Entrepreneurship Conference

Sep 04
The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 06
Cultural liaisons

Jun 19
ABA Section of International Law Welcomes Carlos Sugich to Speak About Legal Trends in Mexico's Real Estate Industry

Aug 10
Snell & Wilmer Partner Carlos Sugich Appointed as Vice-Chair of ABA Mexico Committee

Jan 01
Snell & Wilmer Elects Seven New Firm Partners and Two Senior Attorneys

Related Publications

Oct 02
Global Connection - October 2014

Aug 13
Global Connection - August 2012

Apr 16
Legal Alert - Practical Tips for U.S. Persons Owning Mexican Property Thru a Fideicomiso

Apr 11
Global Connection - April 2012

Oct 12
Global Connection - October 2010

Feb 11
Global Connection - February 2010

Nov 21
Global Connection - November 2008 Snell & Wilmer Opens Office in Mexico Snell & Wilmer Opens Office in Mexico

Jun 01
10 Things You Need to Know About Real Estate in Mexico

(Also San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico Office)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Gaming
  • International
  • Latin America
  • Master Planned Communities and Subdivisions
  • Mexico
  • Real Estate
  • Renewable Energy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6335  Phone
Law School Attended:
New York University School of Law, LL.M., International Legal Studies, 2002; Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Law, J.D., equivalent, magna cum laude, 1998
Year of First Admission:
Supreme Court of Arizona; Arizona; Mexico

Professional Memberships and Activities

•The Thunderbirds (Hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open PGA Tour Tournament)
•Big Chief (President) (2018-2019)
•Tournament Chairman of the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open
•Thunderbirds Charities
•Board President (2018-2019)
•Snell & Wilmer Expanded Executive Committee
•Snell & Wilmer Managing Partner, Los Cabos Office
•United States-Mexico Bar Association, U.S. Chair (2014-2016)
•Arizona-Mexico Commission, Board of Directors (2016-present)
•American Bar Association
•Section of International Law, Mexico Committee, Vice-Chair (2010-2013)
•Arizona State Bar Association

Representative Transactions: Real Estate and Hospitality, Master Planned and Resort Communities; Representation of residential and resort communities with respect to development, construction, entitlements, sales and closing documents, HOA management and structure and condominium formation in Los Cabos and along Mexico's coasts; Representation of developers in the documentation and negotiation of hotel license and management agreements and other ancillary hospitality agreements with worldwide known hotel brands in Mexico and Latin America; Representation of master planned communities with respect to formation and preparation of private club membership plans and documents; Representation of real estate agents in the formation, licensing and preparation of brokerage, listing and sale agreements; Representation of construction companies in preparation and negotiation of agreements concerning the construction of residential, hotel and industrial buildings; Other Business Transactions; Cross-border corporate restructuring of a U.S.-based corporation with multiple subsidiaries in Mexico and other tax and general business law-related issues; Representation of 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 and Arizona; Representation of U.S. manufacturers of gaming equipment and machines with respect to sales and other transactions in Mexico; 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

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