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Latin-America Guide

International Trade/WTO — Mexico


Baker McKenzie - International Trade/WTO Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly distinguished international trade practice consistently highlighted for its stellar reputation in this field. Extremely well regarded for advising on issues surrounding such customs matters as tariff classifications, customs valuations and trade compliance consulting, maintaining strong capabilities in handling relevant contentious mandates against the competent authority. Continues to represent both local and international clients hailing from the energy, life sciences and consumer goods spaces.

Strengths One impressed client enthuses: "Baker McKenzie offers very comprehensive legal services, providing an international approach which focuses on viable solutions. They have profound knowledge of all matters that they handle and their client service is of a high standard."

Another source notes: "They are a global firm with a lot of expertise in this area and offices in many cities in Mexico. It is a recognised law firm in the international trade sphere."

Notable practitioners

Partner Adriana Ibarra Fernandez specialises in customs issues including tariff classifications, verifications of origin and customs audits. She is highlighted by peers for her "solid reputation and experience." She remains active advising the firm's most prominent clients from a range of industries including energy and pharmaceuticals.

Monterrey-based partner Armando de Lille enters the rankings this year. He is highlighted by peers for his expertise in customs matters, with sources noting that "he maintains a comprehensive practice and is a relevant lawyer here."

Partner Raymundo Enriquez receives recognition from peers for his many years of experience advising clients on international trade matters. His expertise also includes cases pertaining to competition law. Peers describe him as "a tremendous and intelligent lawyer."

Manuel Padrón is singled out for praise by clients, who note "his expertise, knowledge of our company's affairs and his orientation towards practical solutions." They go on to state that "he is very well versed in this area of law and has profound knowledge and practical skills." He focuses on customs matters.

Partner Daniel Sánchez-Elizondo advises a range of clients from industries such as shipbuilding and automobiles. His expertise spans designing customs strategies for multinational corporate clients with Mexican operations, as well as tariff classifications.

Up-and-coming partner José Hoyos is singled out for praise by peers, with one source noting: "He has an extraordinary understanding of NAFTA and exercises great legal judgement."

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Leading Firm in resolving in record time and with highly favourable results, litigation cases on origin of goods and inventory control systems (temporary importations under IMMEX Programs). We provide advice including:

  • IMMEX (Maquiladora)
  • Auditing Handling
  • Litigation
  • International Trade Agreements
  • Government Relations
  • Cross Border Activities
  • Mexican Official Standards (NOMs)

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EC Legal Rubio Villegas - International Trade/WTO Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly esteemed international trade and customs team formed after recent merger between two specialised firms in this field. Team boasts market-leading experience in handling trade remedies matters such as countervailing duties and anti-dumping cases, with equally significant experience in advising clients on mandates relating to Mexico's IMMEX programme. Frequently sought out for its expertise in this area by significant multinationals emanating from both the US and European markets.

Strengths One client enthuses: "I love that the partners are directly involved in their clients' matters. The firm continues to provide excellent service, characterised by consistent quality, prompt responses and thoroughness."

Another source goes on to praise the firm, stating: "I am very happy with them; they are incredibly responsive and work with us to ensure that we aren't waiting for someone to get back to us. I have a designated partner that works on my matters and if it isn't their area of expertise, they bring in a specialist while remaining accountable for the matter."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Bombardier in relation to the tax and customs structure for the client's Mexican operations.

Represented Estée Lauder International in litigation against the customs authorities' decision not to confer NAFTA origin status on the client's goods produced between 2010 and 2013. The firm's role included launching an amparo proceeding to extend recognition of NAFTA origin to all goods cited in the initial investigation order.

Notable practitioners

Respected partner Juan Carlos Partida Poblador is roundly recognised by peers as a leading individual in trade remedies matters. One peer notes: "He is one of the top lawyers in Mexico for anti-dumping matters," while a client adds: "He provides and excellent and professional service and can be reached even when on holiday for questions that we may have. He really goes the extra mile for his clients."

Highly regarded practitioner Felipe Mendoza Vidal is recognised by peers as "highly specialised in maquiladora issues; he has a lot of experience in that area, as well as in customs compliance." A client goes on to add: "He is very good from a technical perspective as he understands all the processes and regulations, plus he really has his finger on the pulse regarding this area of law."

Eduardo David Garcia's expertise centres on trade remedies, with additional expertise in rules of origin and free trade agreements. He is recognised by peers as an experienced practitioner in the international trade sphere.

The "efficient and effective" Fernando Holguin Casas receives recognition from clients, who note: "He is a down-to-earth lawyer with strong technical knowledge." They go on to state that "it is a pleasure to work with him." His practice focuses on matters relating to the maquiladora industry, including verifications of origin, customs strategies and litigation.

About the Team (content provided by EC Legal Rubio Villegas)

Mexico has a wide network of free trade agreements, which grant reciprocal preferential access to over forty countries in the North American, European, Latin America, Israeli, and Japanese markets.

The practice has substantial expertise in antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguard investigations, NAFTA law - including chapter 19 panel reviews- origin determinations, and advanced rulings. It advises clients on customs-related investigations, litigation, and/or proceedings conducted by Mexican authorities; and represents clients on matters related to IMMEX (maquiladora) and Prosec programs, free trade zones, private rulings, certificates of origin, customs audits, and origin audits.

In addition, the firm has substantial experience advising clients on how to reduce or eliminate market access barriers for goods and services under existing international trade agreements to which Mexico is a party.


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Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda - International Trade/WTO Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Pace-setting international trade powerhouse with renowned capabilities and presence in high-profile anti-dumping and countervailing duties cases. Team continues to represent a range of notable players from the steel and chemical industries in anti-dumping cases, especially those affecting clients from markets in Asia. Commands a strong reputation among peers for its specialisation in this field.

Strengths Sources endorse the team, stating: "The service from this firm is stellar. They are practical, efficient, and we are extraordinarily happy with the results that we have achieved."

Another interviewee adds: "They are highly experienced in anti-dumping cases in Mexico and provide a very professional service."

Work highlights Represented Dow Chemical before the Mexican authorities in order to have revoked the countervailing duty placed on a product traded by the client in Mexico.

Provided strategic counsel to Duferco in regard to trade restrictions in place worldwide.

Notable practitioners

Leading individual Adrián Vázquez is "a good team player who works efficiently and shows initiative," according to one source, while another credits him with "ample knowledge of the subject matter." Peers point to his notable experience in anti-dumping cases, and he is well known for representing notable industrial clients from the Asian steel and chemicals markets.

Partner Horacio López-Portillo "always goes straight to the point and focuses on important issues," according to clients, with peers describing him as "a very solid lawyer." His practice focuses on trade remedies matters, and his recent work includes representing South Korean steel producer POSCO in maintaining its suspension agreement with the Ministry of Economy.

Clients praise Eduardo Zepeda, noting that he is "an excellent professional who provides good client service." Peers note him for his role as customs adviser to the firm's clients, with one market commentator noting: "He is a very good lawyer who does a lot of customs work; he is really active."

About the Team (content provided by Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda)

Vazquez Tercero & Zepeda (VTZ) has been for more than 40 years at the forefront of economic law, international trade and customs matters in Mexico, including active participation in Mexico's accession to GATT in 1986.

For the past decades, VTZ has been a leader in matters related to WTO, NAFTA, trade remedies, IMMEX, customs verifications, regulatory and tax related litigation.

The firm is best known for its Antidumping, Trade Policy and Customs practices, and has actively participated in the most important trade investigations and policy development for the past thirty years, including acting as host to an international conference on WTO20, the development of IMMEX legal framework and Authorized Economic Operators certification.

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Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia., S.C. - International Trade/WTO Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected local firm handling a range of relevant matters in this area, garnering most recognition for its handling of contentious matters before the tax authorities. Acts for several notable clients from a range of industries and fields a team benefitting from both legal and accounting expertise relevant to tax and customs matters.

Strengths A client states: "They have a lot of experience and are a great firm in this area."

Notable practitioners

Admired partner Guillermo Sánchez Chao garners praise from peers, who state: "He is an excellent customs lawyer, a fine litigator and a very sharp individual with a very interesting take on things." They go on to state that "he is a notable leader at the firm and specialises in customs litigation. He has many years' experience in the field and a very solid practice."

Francisco Cortina Velarde focuses his practice on customs litigation and receives positive endorsements from peers. They say: "He has really strong technical knowledge in customs law." Other market commentators go on to note: "He is a very solid practitioner with a lot of knowledge in terms of litigation; he handles many high-visibility cases."

"Talented customs lawyer" Ricardo Romero is singled out for praise by market observers, who describe him as "very active in the field and very knowledgeable, particularly on the litigation side of trade matters." He focuses his practice on customs disputes, with additional expertise in trade matters.

"Rising star" Eduardo Díaz Gavito garners strong recognition from peers for his presence in this area. One market commentator enthuses: "He is great with clients and I have a great impression of him."

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Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. - International Trade/WTO Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice representing a range of domestic and international clients. Team has particular strength in anti-dumping, routinely representing clients in high-profile trade remedies cases. Additional expertise in customs issues, acting as legal advisers to clients on matters relating to imports of specific products, interpretations of NAFTA regulations and customs litigation.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its expertise in international trade matters.

Work highlights Continued to act as counsel to Internacional de Cerámica in connection with an anti-dumping investigation regarding ceramic tiles imported from China.

Notable practitioners

Respected figure David Hurtado Badiola receives ample praise from sources, who state: "He is a true adviser to our business, who anticipates our needs and is proactive in seeking to solve the problems that we face." A market commentator adds: "He is one of the points of reference for the international trade practice area and a really notable practitioner here," while another describes him as "one of the pioneers of international trade in Mexico." He is particularly active on the trade remedies side of the discipline, representing the firm's most prominent clients in anti-dumping investigations.

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Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C. - International Trade/WTO Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established local firm with strong geographical coverage of the Mexican market for customs issues. Acts as counsel to clients from several industries including life sciences, automobiles and consumer goods. Highly active in customs valuations and any subsequent litigation against the competent authorities, as well as tariff classifications and general advice on IMMEX issues.

Strengths One interviewee notes: "Their technical knowledge is impressive, they are dedicated to their work and they put in a lot of effort. They are able to execute a strategy very well within a limited timeframe."

Work highlights Advised an aircraft leasing company on temporarily suspending the applicable temporary import duties as the aircraft to be imported was destroyed abroad.

Notable practitioners

Partner Turenna Ramírez Ortiz is endorsed by clients, who enthuse that "the strategies that she designs are always very good." Peers compound such praise, noting: "She has managed to build a good team and a good name for the firm in this area. She is highly intelligent and a great leader." Her practice includes contentious matters and customs valuations.

Associate-to-watch Eduardo Sotelo-Cauduro is endorsed by market commentators, who recognise his expertise in customs matters. Clients also endorse him, describing him as "very professional, very knowledgeable of this area and highly effective."

About the Team (content provided by Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.)

The experience and skills of our two International Trade partners support a unique and rounded group, we are known for our:

  • Advice on import/export matters, export promotion programs (including IMMEX), interpretation and application of free trade agreements (FTAs), trade facilitation, origin verification, M&A customs analysis, risk assessment, tariff and non-tariff restrictions and export controls, counterfeiting customs measures. ​
  • Skill in customs and administrative litigation regarding tariff classifi cation procedures, customs audits, taxation, NAFTA origin verifications, VAT, bonded regime operations, and tariff, non-tariff and export control requirements. 
  • Strategic advice regarding the application of free trade benefits for companies expanding throughout North, Latin America and other jurisdictions that benefit from trade from countries with FTAs with Mexico. 
  • Experience in chemicals, automotive, food & beverages, cosmetics, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, alcohol, and tobacco, where we advise on tariff and non-tariff regulations for imports and goods subject to export controls.

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Aguilar & Loera S.C. - International Trade/WTO Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid trade and customs practice acting as counsel to a range of foreign and local clients from such industries as steel, chemicals and automobiles. Team advises on customs matters pertaining to NAFTA, including future developments and current regulations. Additionally active in trade disputes, representing a range of foreign multinationals.

Strengths One client notes: "The service is very good. The analyses that the firm carries out are very thorough, accurate and well founded. The lawyers' response times are good and every lawyer is very knowledgeable about their respective area."

Work highlights Advised SSAB Americas on regulatory and customs matters pertaining to the importation of steel.

Notable practitioners

Partner Luis Felipe Aguilar Rico is described by clients as "very organised, professional and responsive." Sources also mention that "he is very involved in substantive work." Peers recognise his activity on the customs side of the discipline and he offers additional expertise in anti-dumping matters.

Up-and-coming individual Fiamma Rizzo Fuentes receives commendations from clients, who say: "She is highly capable and effective, she gets results." She advises clients on notable mandates pertaining to both customs and anti-dumping investigations.

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Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm covering both sides of the US-Mexico border through its offices in northern and central Mexico as well as Texas. Advises clients on the trade and customs aspects of investments into Mexico across several sectors, with particular expertise in Mexico's maquiladora industry. Also active in launching appeals against the authorities regarding customs valuations.

Strengths A client notes: "The service that the firm provides is extraordinary. They maintain clear and fluid communication at all times and achieve the desired results for their clients."

Work highlights Advised Saverglass on the IMMEX issues relating to its approximately USD100 million investment in a manufacturing facility in Jalisco, including registering the company as an IMMEX trader and obtaining authorisation for the temporary importation of goods without incurring VAT.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Felipe Chapula.

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Hogan Lovells - International Trade/WTO Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent international firm with strong Mexican presence and specialised international trade team. Active in anti-dumping cases representing foreign companies with operations in Mexico, particularly in cases relating to food and beverages. Also assists clients with administrative appeals against the customs authorities and tariff classifications.

Strengths A client states: "I am really happy with their work; their follow-up and eagerness to assist us are things that I would highlight. They have good availability for clients and deliver everything on time."

Work highlights Advised Nissin Foods on an administrative appeal against fines and taxes imposed on the company with regard to importing equipment, after the authorities seized the equipment alleging the absence of relevant documentation to bring the goods into Mexico.

Notable practitioners

Jorge Yáñez co-heads the firm's international trade department. He receives praise from clients for "being directly involved and providing precise responses." Peers highlight his specialisation in anti-dumping matters.

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SAI Law & Economics - International Trade/WTO Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid international trade practice group fielding a team boasting expertise in both law and economics, and from both the public and private sectors. Sought out by clients to render advice on current NAFTA regulations and future developments of Mexican trade relations, also representing a number of local exporters in anti-dumping investigations.

Strengths One client confirms the quality of the firm's work, stating: "We rate SAI Law & Economics very highly as the service is excellent; their responses arrive promptly and they are highly experienced in this area."

Work highlights Acted as legal representatives to Grupo Vasconia in an anti-dumping investigation relating to aluminium cookware imported from China.

Notable practitioners

Partner Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui garners strong praise from peers, who note: "She is someone who, due to her past experience, understands trade and trade policy. She is a very intelligent lawyer who knows how trade blocs are formed and how Mexico might benefit from having trading partners in certain regions. She delivers good opinions on this to her clients." She is principally involved in advising clients on future developments in global trade generally and NAFTA in particular.

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SMPS Legal - International Trade/WTO Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic player in the international trade sphere acting for notable clients from the manufacturing, shipping and retail industries. Frequently consulted by clients for its expertise in customs litigation against the authorities in relation to audits, as well as general advice on strategies for importing goods into Mexico. Boasts additional expertise in anti-dumping cases.

Strengths One source enthuses: "We are very happy with them and are often impressed by their knowledge of both import regulations and the related tax issues. Their expertise in interpreting the law and understanding how the authorities view things are what I would highlight."

Notable practitioners

Main partner Alexis Michel is described by sources as "easy to work with and someone who understands our industry; he is very hands-on and has a lot of experience." His expertise spans both anti-dumping and customs matters, with clients also praising him for being "highly proactive and very quick in answering queries from clients; he really listens to the client's needs."

About the Team (content provided by SMPS Legal)

The Foreign Trade Practice focuses on advising clients on inbound and outbound customs matters and assisting them to identify and develop expansion opportunities.

It specializes in customs valuation, implementation of free trade agreements, origin verifications, criteria confirmations before tax and customs authorities and the development of foreign trade programs such as the “Maquila” Drawback and Sector Promotion.

It includes development and implementation of strategies to optimize all tools available, dispute resolution tactics and litigations.

The Practice has sound experience in the selection, coordination and implementation of the best optimized corporate, tax and customs strategies in Mexico, tailored to the client’s needs, the performance of audits to examine the correctness of import/export operations, the implementation of preventive measures and the representation of clients before tax and customs authorities during audits, administrative procedures and to defend tax contingencies.

Alexis Michel, Head of the practice, has focused not only in the compliance of customs and foreign trade obligations, but in aiding, through the enforcement of administrative instruments that Mexican authorities have implemented to develop areas with opportunities of expansion for his clients.

He has extensive experience in antidumping, safeguards and subsidies investigations, optimizing customs structures, audits, negotiations and in challenging rulings from tax and customs authorities.

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Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC - International Trade/WTO Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded full-service firm with dedicated trade team focusing on customs issues. Areas of expertise include obtaining VAT certifications and IMMEX trader status for clients, as well as verifications of origin. Also involved in consulting clients on designing efficient customs strategies.

Strengths A client praises the firm's technical knowledge and problem-solving approach, stating: "They are experts in maquiladora issues and the remedial measures that they propose are very sophisticated."

Work highlights Advised Yokohama Industries Americas on the termination of its shelter agreement and the subsequent establishment of its own manufacturing operations in Mexico.

Notable practitioners

Main partner Luis Miguel Jiménez "is able to quickly answer specific questions and has an excellent knowledge base." Sources go on to highlight that "he is a friendly and professional lawyer who really knows his area. He arrives to meetings with all preparation done and follows up on all necessary matters." His expertise centres on customs issues pertaining to Mexico's IMMEX programme.

Associate-to-watch Maria de Lourdes Salazar y Vera receives ample praise from clients. They say: "She is highly professional, diligent and knowledgeable, particularly in matters relating to imports." Sources go on to mention that "she is an expert in maquiladora issues and provides great conceptual explanations that are tailored to the client."

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Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. has a solid international trade and customs practice. This area has seen considerable importance as it has been growing exponentially in Mexico as a result of its participation in international treaties and the implementation of different mechanisms promoting foreign trade. In this regard, our Firm advises our clients in different related issues such as the obtainment of the tax and customs benefits deriving from certain administrative programs (IMMEX, Prosec, NEC) and provides advice in all legal aspects related to customs clearance of merchandise.

Our legal services related to the maquiladora companies merit special mention. In addition to carrying out the procedures necessary to obtain the different governmental benefits granted to the maquiladoras, we provide all the other services related to their organization and operation, including legal services in the corporate, real estate, labor and tax areas, among others.

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Senior Statesperson

Gerardo Hernández

Ortiz, Hernandez y Orendain, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources praise senior statesman Gerardo Hernández of Ortiz, Hernandez y Orendain, S.C. for his experience in this practice area. One source notes: "He is very client-oriented and professional." He is principally recognised for his work on the customs side of the discipline.

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Edmundo Elías-Fernández

Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Main partner Edmundo Elías-Fernández of Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster receives ample praise from clients, who state: "He has extensive knowledge of international trade matters. His attention to detail and up-to-date knowledge of regulations are remarkable, and his constant communication with the client is first-rate. He has a great sense of duty, and he is highly competent and an excellent communicator." Sources add that "he is good at explaining any complex issues to us and answers our questions really well." He garners particular recognition from peers for his knowledge of customs matters.

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David Hurtado Badiola

Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected figure David Hurtado Badiola receives ample praise from sources, who state: "He is a true adviser to our business, who anticipates our needs and is proactive in seeking to solve the problems that we face." A market commentator adds: "He is one of the points of reference for the international trade practice area and a really notable practitioner here," while another describes him as "one of the pioneers of international trade in Mexico." He is particularly active on the trade remedies side of the discipline, representing the firm's most prominent clients in anti-dumping investigations.

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Juan Carlos Partida Poblador

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Juan Carlos Partida Poblador is roundly recognised by peers as a leading individual in trade remedies matters. One peer notes: "He is one of the top lawyers in Mexico for anti-dumping matters," while a client adds: "He provides and excellent and professional service and can be reached even when on holiday for questions that we may have. He really goes the extra mile for his clients."

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Guillermo Sánchez Chao

Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia., S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired partner Guillermo Sánchez Chao garners praise from peers, who state: "He is an excellent customs lawyer, a fine litigator and a very sharp individual with a very interesting take on things." They go on to state that "he is a notable leader at the firm and specialises in customs litigation. He has many years' experience in the field and a very solid practice."

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Adrián B Vázquez

Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading individual Adrián Vázquez is "a good team player who works efficiently and shows initiative," according to one source, while another credits him with "ample knowledge of the subject matter." Peers point to his notable experience in anti-dumping cases, and he is well known for representing notable industrial clients from the Asian steel and chemicals markets.

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Francisco J Cortina Velarde

Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia., S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Francisco Cortina Velarde focuses his practice on customs litigation and receives positive endorsements from peers. They say: "He has really strong technical knowledge in customs law." Other market commentators go on to note: "He is a very solid practitioner with a lot of knowledge in terms of litigation; he handles many high-visibility cases."

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Adriana Ibarra Fernandez

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Adriana Ibarra Fernandez specialises in customs issues including tariff classifications, verifications of origin and customs audits. She is highlighted by peers for her "solid reputation and experience." She remains active advising the firm's most prominent clients from a range of industries including energy and pharmaceuticals.

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Horacio A. López-Portillo

Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Horacio López-Portillo"always goes straight to the point and focuses on important issues," according to clients, with peers describing him as "a very solid lawyer." His practice focuses on trade remedies matters, and his recent work includes representing South Korean steel producer POSCO in maintaining its suspension agreement with the Ministry of Economy.

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Felipe Mendoza Vidal

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly regarded practitioner Felipe Mendoza Vidal is recognised by peers as "highly specialised in maquiladora issues; he has a lot of experience in that area, as well as in customs compliance." A client goes on to add: "He is very good from a technical perspective as he understands all the processes and regulations, plus he really has his finger on the pulse regarding this area of law."

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Turenna Ramírez Ortiz

Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Turenna Ramírez Ortiz is endorsed by clients, who enthuse that "the strategies that she designs are always very good." Peers compound such praise, noting: "She has managed to build a good team and a good name for the firm in this area. She is highly intelligent and a great leader." Her practice includes contentious matters and customs valuations.

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Luis Felipe Aguilar Rico

Aguilar & Loera S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Luis Felipe Aguilar Rico is described by clients as "very organised, professional and responsive." Sources also mention that "he is very involved in substantive work." Peers recognise his activity on the customs side of the discipline and he offers additional expertise in anti-dumping matters.

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Band 3

Eduardo David Garcia

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eduardo David Garcia's expertise centres on trade remedies, with additional expertise in rules of origin and free trade agreements. He is recognised by peers as an experienced practitioner in the international trade sphere.

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Band 3

Luis Miguel Jiménez

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Main partner Luis Miguel Jiménez"is able to quickly answer specific questions and has an excellent knowledge base." Sources go on to highlight that "he is a friendly and professional lawyer who really knows his area. He arrives to meetings with all preparation done and follows up on all necessary matters." His expertise centres on customs issues pertaining to Mexico's IMMEX programme.

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Band 3

SMPS Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Main partner Alexis Michel is described by sources as "easy to work with and someone who understands our industry; he is very hands-on and has a lot of experience." His expertise spans both anti-dumping and customs matters, with clients also praising him for being "highly proactive and very quick in answering queries from clients; he really listens to the client's needs."

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Band 3

Natera Consultores S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Christian Natera of Natera Consultores S.C. maintains a varied practice, rendering advice to clients on tax and customs matters from both a legal and an accounting perspective. Peers describe him as "a solid lawyer" and highlight his multidisciplinary expertise.

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Band 3

Gustavo A Uruchurtu

Uruchurtu y Asociados Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Gustavo Uruchurtu of Uruchurtu y Asociados Abogados, S.C. is described by peers as "among the most active practitioners in anti-dumping cases." Sources recognise his role representing foreign clients in trade remedies matters, particularly those from China.

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Band 3

M. Jorge Yáñez V.

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jorge Yáñez co-heads the firm's international trade department. He receives praise from clients for "being directly involved and providing precise responses." Peers highlight his specialisation in anti-dumping matters.

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Band 4

Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Sergio Barajas of Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C. is highlighted by peers for his experience in both the public and private sectors. He has expertise spanning customs and tax matters.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Monterrey-based partner Armando de Lille enters the rankings this year. He is highlighted by peers for his expertise in customs matters, with sources noting that "he maintains a comprehensive practice and is a relevant lawyer here."

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Band 4

Raymundo Enriquez

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Raymundo Enriquez receives recognition from peers for his many years of experience advising clients on international trade matters. His expertise also includes cases pertaining to competition law. Peers describe him as "a tremendous and intelligent lawyer."

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Band 4

Fernando Holguin Casas

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "efficient and effective" Fernando Holguin Casas receives recognition from clients, who note: "He is a down-to-earth lawyer with strong technical knowledge." They go on to state that "it is a pleasure to work with him." His practice focuses on matters relating to the maquiladora industry, including verifications of origin, customs strategies and litigation.

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Band 4

Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui

SAI Law & Economics

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui garners strong praise from peers, who note: "She is someone who, due to her past experience, understands trade and trade policy. She is a very intelligent lawyer who knows how trade blocs are formed and how Mexico might benefit from having trading partners in certain regions. She delivers good opinions on this to her clients." She is principally involved in advising clients on future developments in global trade generally and NAFTA in particular.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Manuel Padrón is singled out for praise by clients, who note "his expertise, knowledge of our company's affairs and his orientation towards practical solutions." They go on to state that "he is very well versed in this area of law and has profound knowledge and practical skills." He focuses on customs matters.

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Band 4

Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia., S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Talented customs lawyer" Ricardo Romero is singled out for praise by market observers, who describe him as "very active in the field and very knowledgeable, particularly on the litigation side of trade matters." He focuses his practice on customs disputes, with additional expertise in trade matters.

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Band 4

Daniel Sánchez-Elizondo

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Daniel Sánchez-Elizondo advises a range of clients from industries such as shipbuilding and automobiles. His expertise spans designing customs strategies for multinational corporate clients with Mexican operations, as well as tariff classifications.

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Band 4

Miguel Angel Velázquez Elizarrarás

Gómez Violante y Velázquez Elizarrarás, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Miguel Angel Velázquez Elizarrarás of Gómez Violante y Velázquez Elizarrarás, S.C. is highlighted by peers for his presence in anti-dumping matters. Sources note his experience representing domestic producers in trade remedies cases.

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Band 4

Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise Eduardo Zepeda, noting that he is "an excellent professional who provides good client service." Peers note him for his role as customs adviser to the firm's clients, with one market commentator noting: "He is a very good lawyer who does a lot of customs work; he is really active."

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Up and Coming

Eduardo Díaz Gavito

Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia., S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Rising star" Eduardo Díaz Gavito garners strong recognition from peers for his presence in this area. One market commentator enthuses: "He is great with clients and I have a great impression of him."

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Up and Coming

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner José Hoyos is singled out for praise by peers, with one source noting: "He has an extraordinary understanding of NAFTA and exercises great legal judgement."

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Up and Coming

Fiamma Rizzo Fuentes

Aguilar & Loera S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming individual Fiamma Rizzo Fuentes receives commendations from clients, who say: "She is highly capable and effective, she gets results." She advises clients on notable mandates pertaining to both customs and anti-dumping investigations.

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Associates to watch

Maria de Lourdes Salazar y Vera

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Maria de Lourdes Salazar y Vera receives ample praise from clients. They say: "She is highly professional, diligent and knowledgeable, particularly in matters relating to imports." Sources go on to mention that "she is an expert in maquiladora issues and provides great conceptual explanations that are tailored to the client."

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Associates to watch

Eduardo Sotelo-Cauduro

Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Eduardo Sotelo-Cauduro is endorsed by market commentators, who recognise his expertise in customs matters. Clients also endorse him, describing him as "very professional, very knowledgeable of this area and highly effective."

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Associates to watch

Galicia Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Mario Valencia of Galicia Abogados, S.C. receives strong praise from clients. They state: "He is very professional, always available to take our call and provides quick responses without hesitation. He is direct and clear in his answers to legal queries and clearly thinks things through before responding."

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