Benjamin C. Rosen

Managing Partner

Benjamin C. Rosen, Esq., is admitted to practice law in Washington state (1997) and throughout Mexico (2010).

Ben’s practice focuses on cross-border transactions, resort and hospitality law, real estate law and development, foreign investment, corporate and finance.

Since settling in Mexico in 1997, Ben—a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico—has served as a bridge linking businesses, investors and entrepreneurs from one country to the other. Ben now shares time between Rosen Law’s offices in Los Cabos and a representative office in San Diego.

Since arriving in Los Cabos in 2005, Ben has counseled foreign investors and lenders in transactions representing more than a combined US$500 million in Mexican real estate and related assets.

Representative resort and hospitality transactions include acting as lead Mexican counsel for:

 

  • Diamond Resorts International®, one of the largest timeshare companies, in acquiring nine resorts out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy including a 350 key, $200 million resort in Los Cabos (2012)
  • a Swiss fund in negotiating, structuring, documenting and closing the non-judicial foreclosure of the Trump Tower site in Tijuana, Baja California (2012)
  • Solage Hotels & Resorts (previously an Auberge Resorts affiliate) in negotiating, documenting and conducting due diligence on the potential acquisition of a five-star boutique hotel in the Riviera Maya and the structuring and negotiation of a hotel management agreement for a new hotel under construction in Chileno Bay, Los Cabos (2013)
  • The Yellowstone Club and ex-owner Tim Blixseth in the acquisition of the Tamarindo Resort, a five-star Luxury Collection® resort in Mexico’s Costalegre, Jalisco, as well as the sale of the same years later
  • a North Carolina hotel developer and operator in the acquisition and subsequent sale of the Rancho Buena Vista Hotel and related beachfront land in Los Cabos
  • a resort operations and timeshare sales and marketing firm, in negotiating and documenting resort sub-management and timeshare sales and marketing agreements for multiple Wyndham Worldwide® resorts
  • a US developer in acquiring land and negotiating, structuring and documenting a joint venture to expand the existing Cabo Villas Resort (Los Cabos) and convert it into a high-end timeshare property; and
  • a US-based resort developer and investor group in negotiating, documenting and acquiring beachfront land in the Riviera Maya subject to an ongoing judicial foreclosure proceeding and manage the continued defense of the foreclosure process.
  • A US development group in corporate structuring and consumer documents for a beachfront condominium development in the Dominican Republic

Ben Co-Chairs the Mexico Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) and is Vice-Chair of the Latin America & the Caribbean and Cross-Border Real Estate Transactions committees.

In the summer 2011, Ben was visiting Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law where he taught a course entitled "US-Mexico Cross Border Transactions".  Mr. Rosen is a frequent speaker, lecturer and commentator on Mexican legal and international business matters, having spoken at more than 30 conferences, seminars and continuing legal education programs in Mexico, the United States and Canada.

In 2014, Ben authored an article on Mexican real estate law published in the Real Estate Law Review, In 2012 Mr. Rosen was Chief Editor of the Mexico chapter of the prestigious, “Year in Review” (YIR) published by the International Section of the ABA; and in 2013 he edited both the Mexico Chapter and the Cross-Border Real Estate Chapter of the YIR. Ben has also authored articles published in various international business and legal media on topics such as foreclosing on cross-border loans in Mexico; U.S.-Mexico cross-border environmental and energy law; international letters rogatory; enforcing foreign judgments in Mexico; privatization of Mexico’s airport and oil and gas sectors; the Mexican foreign investment law; Mexico’s maquiladora (in-bond plant) program; and government bidding procedures.

From 2003 to 2006, Ben was member of a recognized Mexico City law firm, finishing his tenure there as Managing Partner, Los Cabos office.  From 1997-2004, Ben was also an adjunct law professor at the Universidad de la Americas (UDLA) School of Law in Mexico City. In 2001, Ben co-founded the international business and project development firm, AmeriCompass, based in Mexico City. From 1999-2001, Ben served as General Counsel and Manager, Mexico City, of a Canadian-owned international business consulting group, and from 1997-1999, Ben was a foreign law associate at Goodrich, Riquelme in Mexico City.

Ben is happily married, and has three young girls born in Mexico. He enjoys playing tennis, basketball, and following Mexican politics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in English from the University of Oregon (1992). He earned his Juris Doctor degree, awarded cum laude, from Seattle University (1996), where he authored an independent study on International Business Transactions between the United States and Mexico. Ben earned his Mexican Law degree from the Centro Nacional de Evaluación para la Educación Superior (CENEVAL) (2009).