Capitol Alert

Mercury lobbying firm working to open office in Mexico

Former assembly speaker Fabian Núñez, who travelled recently to Mexico with Gov. Jerry Brown, is leading an effort to help his Mercury Public Affairs firm open a new office in Mexico City.

The company is in talks with a Mexican public affairs firm that it hopes to acquire this fall, Núñez said Wednesday. The goal is to expand Mercury’s lobbying, public affairs and public relations practice by helping businesses navigate the Mexican government, he said.

“Mexico is no longer a developing country, Mexico is a modern society now,” said Núñez, a Democrat who represented Los Angeles in the Assembly from 2002 to 2008 and is now a partner with Mercury, which has offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles and five other U.S. states.

Núñez, the son of Mexican immigrants who grew up along the border in San Diego and Tijuana, recently returned from a trade mission to Mexico with Brown and roughly 100 legislators, lobbyists and business, where Brown met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other dignitaries. Núñez said the trip helped him gauge the interest of California companies in doing business in Mexico.

“It’s not just immigration and drug trafficking wars. There is more to it,” Núñez said. “There is a growing awareness that the Mexican economy is a strong economy.”