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GC Summit
Mexico 2019

20 Nov 2019 |




20 November 2019


Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma 500 Col. Juarez 06600




8.45am - 1:30pm


Free for in-house counsel


GC Summit Mexico 2019
8.15am – 8.45am Registration and breakfast
8.45am – 8.50am  Welcome address
8.50am – 9.45am   2020 Tax challenges
The draft 2020 tax legislation sent to Congress in early September looks likely to increase the complexity of corporate tax obligations. This panel will seek to highlight the key issues, risks and liabilities that companies will face in the forthcoming year. Those issues include modification of Mexico’s PTU system and the tax treatment of outsourcing, the new regime regarding digital platforms, limits on the transfer of tax losses and new obligations upon tax advisors to report certain types of tax advice and planning.
Moderated by Gerardo Nieto (Basham, Ringe y Correa)
9.45am – 10.40am Current business and legal issues in the US/Mexico relationship
This panel will focus primarily on three differing aspects of the US and Mexico’s business relationship:

  • Risk management for general counsel: the extra-territorial reach of the FCPA; current priorities at the US Department of Justice; and internal assessments of compliance programs and preparedness
  • International trade: the current status of - and forecasts regarding - the USMCA/T-MEC agreement; and commercial tariffs
  • Capital and lending markets access: issues to consider while trying to access the capital and lending markets in the current climate
Moderated by Francisco Flores (Winston & Strawn)
10.40am – 10.55am Coffee Break
10.55am - 11.50am Fintech: the current state of play & directions of development
The first country in Latin America to legislate – and regulate - Fintech, Mexico has perhaps seen more development in this fast-emerging sector than anywhere else in the region. Nevertheless, it remains a largely misunderstood sector, with fear over its potential impact on the part of traditional finance-sector institutions, security-related concerns, etc. This panel will look at the perspectives of traditional finance institutions and regulators as well as fintech start-ups themselves so as to map out the current state-of-play in the sector and indicate likely developmental directions.
Moderated by Arcelia Olea Leyva (White & Case)
11.50am – 12.45pm Doing business in Central America
With the implementation of customs integration in process and new codes on corporate criminal liability in Honduras and Costa Rica - just to mention a few issues - it is clear that the environment for doing business in Central America is rapidly evolving. This roundtable will look at subjects ranging from key investment sectors (eg energy, infrastructure and 'zonas francas'), to logistics and customs issues, tax, and the continued importance of 'who you know'.
Moderated by Terencio García (García & Bodán)
12.45pm – 1.30pm Networking, canapés and event concludes


A former president of the Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa, tax specialist Gerardo Nieto has almost 30 years' legal experience and has been a partner at Basham Ringe y Correa since 2000, where he is also a member of the firm's strategic committee. His practice focuses on international transactions; tax audits, litigation and planning; and transfer pricing; he also has particularly extensive experience handling 'conclusive agreements' before the Taxpayers' Attorney General's office (Prodecon).

Gerardo Nieto
Basham Ringe y Correa

Fabiola Servin Ruiz has been tax counsel at Grupo Televisa for the last four years, with lead responsibility for tax consulting and litigation, and social security matters, across the group's companies. Her past experience includes roles as tax controversy manager at EY México, and both director of tax legal affairs for large tax payers and sub-director of international legal affairs at Mexico's Tax Administration Services (SAT). Prior to working in the public sector, Ms Servin spent eight years at Basham Ringe y Correa.

Fabiola Servin Ruiz
Chief legal officer for tax matters, Televisa

Jose Millet is legal regional director (Mexico, Colombia, and NOLA) at Dell EMC (Dell Technologies). A former associate at Arechiga y Ramos, his other roles since moving in house include as legal manager for Sky Mexico, and Corporate Legal Subdirector for Nextel de Mexico, reflecting a practice focused primarily on telecommunications, IT, IP, antitrust law and government relations. Mr Millet holds both a JD and an LLM in international law from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Jose Millet
Chief legal officer, Dell/EMC

Jorge Pasquel Muñoz is legal director for Latin America at Eli Lilly de México. His former in-house positions include as legal director for Mexico and Central America at both Laureate Education and Pfizer, and corporate legal director at Merck Sharp & Dohme. A law graduate from Mexico City's Iberoamericana University, he also has postgraduate studies in international administration and corporate economic law from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and Panamericana University, respectively.

Jorge Pasquel Muñoz
Chief legal officer, Eli Lilly y Cia. De México

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The Mexican legal market demands reliable and knowledgeable lawyers who understand the constantly evolving landscape. Our lawyers offer to our clients this vital of knowledge, providing pragmatic insight gained from almost three decades of experience.

Since 1991, when the Mexican government authorized White & Case as the first global law firm to practice in the country under its own name, our Mexico City team has been offering clients insight on local, regional and global matters, particularly in the areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, banking and financial services, financial restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, dispute resolution, arbitration, administrative, civil and commercial litigation, projects and infrastructure, energy and natural resources, tax and real estate.

More and more transactions are multijurisdictional—requiring counsel across multiple areas of law and geography. Our clients look to us for solid local insight combined with the global reach to help them achieve their most ambitious goals and overcome their most pressing challenges. We advise and support our clients through transactions that are among the largest and most complex in Latin America.

Our lawyers pay special attention to understanding the commercial objectives of our clients, and we help them reach those objectives in the most efficient and effective manner. We have advised international companies making acquisitions or developing projects in Mexico, as well as Mexican companies pursuing business abroad. To serve the best interests of our clients, our lawyers act in close cooperation with our other offices throughout the world, combining the Firm's global cross-practice and industry-specific experience with deep knowledge of local law.

Basham, Ringe y Correa is a full service law firm with strong presence in Latin America. Basham established in Mexico in 1912, has more than 100 years of experience assisting clients in doing business throughout Mexico and abroad.

The firm’s clients include financial institutions, individuals, medium-sized companies and prominent international corporations, such as the The Coca-Cola Company, PPG Industries, Crown Group, Sanfer Group, Kia Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Wal Mart, America Movil, Herbalife, among others.

The firm’s large group of lawyers and support staff are committed to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards. In addition, Basham’s lawyers actively participate in worldwide associations, as well as in international transactions. This in turn improves the firm’s growing capacity to serve its clients by constantly adjusting to the dynamics of the global business environment for over a century.

The high level of specialisation and development of each department of the firm, together with the coordination and support of the different practice areas, plus the in-depth knowledge of markets and economic trends provide the firm’s clients with innovative, practical and timely solutions with legal and business insight.

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with 1,000 attorneys across 16 offices in Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of our resources enable Winston & Strawn to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue. We serve the needs of enterprises of all types and sizes, in both the private and the public sector. We understand that clients are looking for value beyond just legal talent. With this in mind, we work hard to understand the level of involvement our clients want from us. We take time to learn about our clients’ organisations and their business objectives. And, we place significant emphasis on technology and teamwork in an effort to respond quickly and effectively to our clients’ needs.

One of the main law firms in the Central American region, García & Bodán is a full-service law firm, specialising in the practice areas of corporate and transactional, energy and natural resources, real estate, intellectual property, litigation and arbitration, labour and tax. It has eight offices across Central America, located in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica ensuring through all of them uniformity and excellence in its legal services.

García & Bodán has a team of highly qualified attorneys who graduated with honours from prestigious national and international universities; recognized for their expertise in complex transactions in a context of rapid change and a competitive business environment, they are well known for their pragmatic and business-minded approach to the legal issues brought forth by clients. García & Bodán’s team not only serves and supports its clients in all legal activity required in accordance with their businesses; but also, guides foreign investors when entering a new country.

Its main policies are:

  • Fast response in a maximum of three hours during office hours and not more than 24 hours during non-office hours.
  • Observance of conflict of interests at the regional level, not at an individual office.
  • Answers always well founded in law, making reference to the applicable law or disposition.

García & Bodán is one of the main law firms in the Central American region, as recognised by leading magazines specialising in corporate law, such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000).