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Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. is ‘one of the few firms that does international trade in the broadest sense, and it has been doing so for a long time’ sources suggest. Add to this a sizeable practice group of 40 dedicated practitioners and – with offices in Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey and Tijuana – nationwide coverage and the firm is well positioned to retain its hard-earned position at the forefront of Mexico’s IT&C market. Recently, it has handled diverse trade and customs matters with a total value of $394bn, and customs litigations against resolutions issued by the Tax Administration Services with an aggregate value of $207m, as well as assisting clients with general trade operations and risk assessment of internal compliance with export controls. ‘Solid customs lawyer’ Manuel Padrón coordinates the International Trade Group in Mexico and is the Latin American regional coordinator of the international commercial and trade practice group. With a particular focus on the automotive industry, Padrón specialises in the maquiladora industry, and in all related business planning and compliance matters, mainly representing foreign investors into the country. Adriana Ibarra has a ‘very good customs practice’; a former legal director of the Ministry of Economy’s Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures and Safeguards, she participated in the negotiation of several FTAs and in the first dispute settlement resolution cases initiated by Mexico against the US under NAFTA. Armando De Lille-Calatayud is based in Monterrey and handles IT&C litigation, as well as consulting, planning and audits. In the Guadalajara office, head Daniel Sanchez-Elizondo focuses on foreign trade and customs matters and is also the Director of the Customs Committee of INDEX; while Alejandro Martinez-Galindo handles customs and foreign trade compliance, IMMEX programmes, FTAs, country of origin matters, tariff and non-tariff regulation and restriction measures. In the Mexico City office, José Hoyos-Robles was made partner in early 2018; his practice focus includes tariff classification, rules of origin, customs valuation, FTAs, regulatory matters, consumer protection and export controls. Key support also comes from partner Raymundo E Enríquez and associate Andrea Dieguez-Orozco is also noted. Clients include 3M, Aerovena, Avery Dennison, CommScope, Cummins, Delphi Automotive Systems, Emerson Electric, Fender, Grupo Mexico, Hitachi Chemical, Hubbell, Mount Franklin Foods, Nidec Motor Corporation, Nokia Corporation, Oracle America, and Starbucks.

Tax boutique Chévez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cía SC fields a 13-strong team of ‘very qualified’ lawyers especially noted for anti-dumping investigations, auditing, and administrative customs disputes, as well as related tax matters. In addition to this, the firm covers the whole range of IT&C services, including consulting on NAFTA and IMMEX programmes, trade remedies, and other WTO rules. With over 30 years’ experience, practice head Guillermo Sánchez is considered ‘one of the best customs lawyers in the country’; among other roles, he is a former technical consultant to the Entrepreneurial Council of Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (COMCE). Francisco Cortina is a ‘solid customs lawyer’ who also covers indirect taxation as related to IT&C operations, international trade law, FTAs and WTO procedures. ‘Leading practitioner’ Ricardo Romero Aburto ‘knows a lot about his subject-matter, including tax and court procedures’. ‘Up-and-coming’ and ‘very brilliant’ Eduardo Díaz Gavito is a ‘top lawyer in customs, and good in antidumping’, while senior associate Gerardo Canseco Romero is an ‘excellent and promising lawyer’. Support comes from Jorge Sanchez Peralta in Monterrey, and associate Samuel Salvador Martínez.

Specialised’ in international trade, and fielding a unique combination of lawyers and economists, some of whom have held high public office and took part in the NAFTA negotiations, SAI Consultores, S.C. effectively acts as a specialised law firm and as a consultancy firm in the broader sense. The nine-strong team was recently busy with issuing monthly reports for clients such as Accenture, Arysta Lifescience México, Banco Santander México, BBVA Bancomer, Braskem Idesa Servicios, ExxonMobil Exploración y Producción México, Nomura Securities, and the Embassy of the United States of America on the implications of the ongoing renegotiation (as of July 2018) and/or possible withdrawal of the US from NAFTA. In other relevant work, the team carried out a comprehensive study for the government of the state of Guanajuato on its national and foreign investment programme (established in 1995), analysing the legal, social and economic impact of the programme and identifying measures for improvement; it advised AMERRA Capital Management, a US private asset management firm operating in the agribusiness sector, and which invests in the aquaculture industry through Baja Aqua Farms, Atún Océano Pacífico, and Administradora Pesquera del Noroeste, on resolution by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission imposing a national and company quota for capture of bluefin tuna for 2017 and 2018; and Resinas Sintéticas on requesting the modification of the definition established by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) limiting the derivation of glycerol ester wood resin to two pine species occurring only in the US, a mandate which involved contact with the Federal Commission for the Protection of Sanitary Hazards (COFEPRIS). With almost 30 years’ experience in the sector, including as undersecretary of Foreign Trade (2006-11), Beatriz Leycegui leads the team, advising mostly on WTO obligations and dispute settlement, FTAs, investment, customs, and regulatory issues. She gets support from economist and former Mexican Secretary of Trade and Industry, Jaime Serra. Luz Elena Reyes and Itziar Esparza departed to set up T-REZ Consulting; Fernando Carrasco has also left the firm.

International trade is one of the core practices of boutique firm Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda, with praise going to its work across the board, which includes trade policy, customs compliance, regulatory matters, customs litigation, tax planning and litigation, as well as lobbying and negotiation work for the IMMEX industry in customs-tax related matters. The lawyers (five partners and 12 associates) ‘provide timely responses and have in-depth knowledge regarding every corner of international trade and customs, from trade remedies to the maquiladora industry (IMMEX). Moreover, the main partners are always updated and opinion leaders in the field’. With offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, León, Monterrey and Reynosa, the practice’s most recent work was very focused on antidumping cases, including the ongoing antidumping investigation into ceramic tiles from China, in which the team represented several exporters and traders and the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMMC); representing POSCO and Hyundai Hysco in an investigation into cold rolled steel from South Korea, in which the terms of the Undertaking are currently under review; assisting The Dow Chemical Company in a sunset review of antidumping duties on monobutyl ether; and three Chinese companies and the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) in a case in which an administrative remedy was submitted, avoiding the application of antidumping duties exceeding the calculated dumping margin. The team is also representing Korean exporter LG Chem and Japanese exporter Zeon Corporation in a new investigation into imports of SBR Rubber from the US, Poland, Korea and Japan. Practice head and Mexico City managing partner Adrián Vázquez ‘is regarded by Mexican practitioners, as well as foreign lawyers, as one of the top trade-remedy lawyers in Mexico, excelling in developing legal strategies as well as in negotiation skills’. He is also an approved panellist of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body. Horacio López Portillo and Eduardo Zepeda are ‘very strong lawyers’. Lopez Portillo is well known for his ‘communication skills as well as his up-to-date knowledge of legal developments’. Zepeda ‘is an expert on the maquiladora industry and knows how to use the legal system in order to solve the complex customs-tax issues that these companies face’. López Portillo heads the transactional, export controls and customs security practice at the firm, while Zepeda is a former chair of the tax committee of the maquiladora and export industry body CNIMME (now: INDEX). Key practitioners include Verónica Vázquez Bravo, who heads the regulatory practice; Eduardo González Espinosa, who heads the domestic dispute settlement practice; and founding partner Hector Vazquez-Tercero, an economist and former head of the Antidumping and Trade Practice Agency of the former Secretaria de Comercio, who is now of counsel at the firm. In addition to this, ‘rising star’ associate Emilio Arteaga Vázquez is also noted: ‘he is an energetic lawyer who is constantly updating on the trade and legal developments and gaining significant experience under guidance from the rest of the practice’. Clients include Chevron Products Company, Mitsubishi Electronics USA, Preneal, Mexican Juvenile Products Association, Mexican Bicycle Manufacturers Association, ConocoPhillips, Johnson Controls, Gildan, American & Efird, JFE Steel.

The ‘excellent’ IT&C practice at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. covers advice on customs procedures, WTO and NAFTA, IMMEX-related matters, audits, verification of origin, administrative procedures, and foreign trade strategy for new operations, among other issues. Recent work involved assisting clients in the healthcare sector with tariff classification matters before the relevant authorities; on import issues arising from audits carried out during merger processes; in regularisation processes related to EXIM operations; and with IMMEX-related cases. Practice head Sergio Barajas is ‘deeply experienced’ in matters including customs and tariff work, IMMEX (maquiladora) matters and anti-dumping, as well as negotiations, lobbying and litigation. He is currently the President of the Mexican Executives Foreign Trade Institute (2016-18) and also has past experience at the Mexican tax administration service (SAT). He is supported by associate Topaqui Diaz who handles international trade (including antidumping and countervailing duties regulations), international trade treaties, and customs law, and also covers the China desk. Belén Barroeta left to join Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC. The firm has offices in Mexico City, Monterrey, Querétaro, and León. Clients include Herbalife de México, Technical Tape, VF Outdoor México and Johnson Controls.

The foremost strength of relatively new firm EC Legal Rubio Villegas, following the merger of Rubio Villegas y Asociados with Ciudad Juarez-based EC Legal in June 2017, is in the IT&C sector, where the team has primarily been focused primarily on customs administrative proceedings, origin cases and trade remedy cases. In a key mandate valued at over MXN$100m, the team successfully represented Estée Lauder International before the Federal Administrative and Fiscal Court to contest an administrative resolution denying NAFTA preferential treatment on goods manufactured and exported to Mexico by the client during the period 2010-13. In another notable case, the team advised American Greetings on the restructuring of its operations in Mexico, allowing a maquiladora supplier to apply for Maquila Tax benefits and thereby eliminating the client’s Permanent Establishment exposure in Mexico. As part of another mandate, with a project value of over $50m, the team provided a legal opinion to EDF EN Servicios Eólicos regarding the covenants required in contracts governing the purchase of solar panels from a manufacturer in South Korea and their importation into Mexico and the possibility of applying for the PROSEC Programme, reducing the import duty rate from 15% to 0%. Other activity involved representing National Material of Mexico and Hules Banda in antidumping cases; other regular clients include Avery, Ryobi, Lenovo, Omron, and Foxconn. With offices in Mexico City, Cd. Juárez, Querétaro, Irapuato and León the firm offers significant geographical coverage and can also offer strong tax and dispute resolution departments. Clients sing the praises of the ‘exceptional’ team’s three partners and four associates: ‘They are very knowledgeable, ethical, professional, quick to respond, and the advice is provided so that a layperson can understand’. Juan Carlos Partida co-leads the team and is considered ‘one of the best antidumping lawyers in the country’. A former legal advisor to NAFTA secretariat SECOFI, he also handles WTO trade remedies. ‘StalwartEduardo David undertakes antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard investigations, and Alejandro Montes’ practice focuses on trade agreements, rules of origin, tariff preferences, import–export programmes and dispute settlement procedures; both also have a corporate and transactional aspect to their practices. Clients include Tesla and Honeywell.

The four-strong IT&C team at Hogan Lovells BSTL covers international trade/WTO procedures and customs, including anti-dumping, customs consultancy, administrative procedures and litigation; it can also call on the firm’s expertise in tax. Recent highlights saw the group working on both new and ongoing cases, namely advising Nissin Foods Products and Química Foliar in separate cases concerning machinery seizures by the tax and customs authorities for alleged lack of legal importation and permanence documentation; Mccord Payen de México before the tax authorities in a case relating to VAT triggered by a bonded warehouse import; Pilgrim’s Pride in a NAFTA Chapter XIX review opposing a Ministry of Economy determination imposing anti-dumping duties on chicken leg imports from the US; and AdvanceSix, also in a NAFTA Chapter XIX panel review, following the client’s acquisition of the resins and chemicals division of Honeywell International. The trade practice is co-led by Mario Jorge Yañez and Juan Francisco Torres Landa, while tax partner Arturo Tiburcio leads on customs matters, with support from Yáñez. The three partners are supported by senior associate Mario Alberto Lara, who handles international trade treaties and non-tariff matters, anti-dumping, and related tax litigation. Other clients include Lufthansa, Givaudan, Mitsubishi, Samsung Electronics, Federal Mogul, JM Smucker, Tempur Sealy, Hewlett Packard, Gerdau, Gemalto, Gates Rubber, Bacardi, Rich Products Corporation, and First Solar.

The ‘small but very good’ six-strong international trade and customs practice at Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. is valued by clients for its ‘excellent service’, long-standing expertise, and the fact that it is able to advise on IT&C matters across the board, including litigation, market access, trade policy, multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, preferential trade regimes, customs compliance, trade compliance and trade remedies; it also has a special focus on anti-dumping cases. Practice head David Hurtado ‘is technically very good but his passion and commitment to the customer are outstanding’, according to one client. He led the team in all its most recent cases, including several anti-dumping matters, such as advising Sanderson Farms (one of the largest exporters of chicken from the US to Mexico) on an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the Mexican government; and Pirelli on an anti-dumping investigation into rubber imports into Mexico. Ongoing anti-dumping cases include assistance to Almidones Mexicanos in trade retail matters concerning the potential impact of modifications to NAFTA and the status of the suspension of a sugar dumping case in the US, as well as in matters concerning the VAT applicable to food imports into Mexico; and Internacional de Cerámica in an anti-dumping investigation on the importation of tiles from China and potential investigations into similar ceramic products. In other work, the team assisted Ferrero de Mexico in trade, customs and health resolution matters regarding the import and export of chocolates and other products; and American Standard in customs matters regarding its maquiladora company. Key support comes from Luis Carballo, who handles tax and administrative litigation and constitutional proceedings; and senior associate Julia García de Acevedo, who covers dumping, customs, and health-related international commerce. Other clients include Laboratorios Farmasa, Trade Comercializadora Internacional, ASF-K, Cámara Nacional de la Industria Hulera, Noksel España and Mount Vernon Mills. Senior associate Carlos Solano left the firm.

The departure of Luis Rubio to Holland & Knight appears to have affected some of Jones Day’s practices more than it did the office’s IT&C activity, in part due to the continued presence of counsel Javier Cortes, the team’s key practitioner, at the firm. Cortes and the rest of the team (five in total) continue to advise clients on the full array of trade matters, with a special focus on maquiladora, regulatory, and FTA matters, as well as litigation; it can also call on the firm’s international network. The team overseen by government regulation practitioner Mauricio Llamas, who has over 25 years’ experience in customs duties and maquila matters, as well as at the Mexican tax authority (SAT). Recent work saw the team advise Manhattan Beachwear on the trade and customs, maquila, and administrative litigation issues related to a restructuring in Mexico; Jinko Solar (as sponsor) and its project company, Solar Park Viborillas, on securing duty reductions through a Sectorial Program (PROSEC), within the context of a $100m bridge loan provided by Natixis; and Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) on regulations and procedures regarding the importation of gasoline. Cortes led, co-led or acted on all these cases and also assisted RCMA Americas on an antidumping investigation procedure into rubber imports; Dufry with importing merchandise for duty free shops and with updating and renewing the administrative customs authorisations of said shops; and Husqvarna with several matters, including restructuring of its logistic procedures and customs department functions. Other clients include Gildan / Allstyle, UPS, Reebok/Adidas, Lanxess, Cardinal Health, and Rassini.

The ‘very complete’ international trade and customs practice at Sánchez Devanny has a long-standing tradition in the area and is trusted by clients for its ‘business acumen and industry knowledge’. The six-strong team is ‘very practical, has deep knowledge and is fast to solve issues’, offering clients a fully integrated service, covering customs and trade matters related to origin procedures, free trade agreement interpretation and litigation, transactional foreign trade and customs matters, and restricted or controlled products importation and exportation, as well as having good relations with relevant authorities. Key partner Turenna Ramirez is considered a top customs lawyer by peers; she handles strategic planning of trade and customs matters and litigation, and specialises in international treaties (including NAFTA), customs audits, export promotion programmes and origin verifications. The other pillar of the department, ‘really technical’ José Alberto Campos is praised for ‘knowing his way around Mexican foreign trade law’. His expertise includes tax and regulatory matters, including tariff and non-tariff requirements and export controls. Between them, the pair have almost four decades of experience. Key support also comes from senior associate Eduardo Sotelo. In a landmark case, Ramirez and Sotelo successfully represented a world leading cosmetics company in a customs litigation associated to a tax assessment issued by the Tax Administration Service (SAT) regarding royalty payments. In another highlight case, the pair are assisting a hygiene goods company in a customs audit following allegations by the tax authorities of the non-withholding of VAT on the purchase of a key raw material through a tax deposit regime. Campos advised a European oil and lubricants manufacturing company on compliance with tariff and non-tariff restrictions connected with importing product in bulk for packaging and commercialisation in Mexico; and a Mexican vehicle manufacturer on a foreign trade and customs preventive audit connected to import under a bonded warehouse regime. Clients of the department include Niagara Bottling / Embotelladora Niagara de Mexico, Edgewell Personal Care Mexico, Kellogg Company, InstaVIN, Car Auction Services, Sharp Corporation Mexico, Under Armour Mexico, Miguel Torres España, Marubeni de Mexico and Nippon Seiki de Mexico.

As of April 2018, Gardere, Arena y Asociados, the Mexico office of the former Gardere Wynne Sewell, has become part of international firm Foley Gardere Arena after the merger of Foley & Lardner and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. The five-strong international trade and customs team is reputed for its ‘immediate response and full dedication to each case’. It has an impressive track record of complex and sophisticated work that includes assisting a multi-national producer and distributor of consumer goods in a review of liquid caustic soda used in several manufacturing facilities and processes in Mexico. Although the Mexican authorities renewed the applicable antidumping duties, the team detected several legal flaws in past reviews and brought them before the investigative authority through an administrative appeal currently pending resolution. In the automotive sector, in which the team is extremely active, the firm successfully advised a German multinational producer of auto-parts in a case regarding a reimbursement request filed with the Mexican Tax Administration Service, related to payments made in compliance with a tax determination of allegedly omitted duties. Partners and practice co-heads Alejandro Gómez-Strozzi and Marcos Carrasco Menchaca, who both joined the firm in January 2017, stand out for being ‘highly competent’. Associate Doraluz Zamudio is also noted.

The five-strong international trade and customs team at Galicia Abogados SC offers the full range of services in this practice, having concentrated on matters relating to renewable energy in recent years. Clients have confidence in the team because it offers a ‘very good level of service, with litigious strategies that reflect the knowledge of the industry and the law’. In addition to this, there is ‘great communication and integration between all the members of the team’. In highlight work, the practice advised Tiendas Chedraui on obtaining an amendment to the Mexican Harmonised Tariff System law to include specific tariff codes applicable to several goods imported by the client, allowing it to be exempt from paying the general import duties and antidumping duties otherwise applicable to similar products. In the energy sector, the team continued to advise Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (ASOLMEX) and Sunpower Corporation Mexico on import strategies for the application of benefits provided within a production promoting programme operated by the Mexican authorities. ‘Talented lawyers’ Daniel Amézquita and senior associate Mario Valencia Concha are fully dedicated to the practice. Practice head Amézquita is a recognised administrative and constitutional litigator; and Concha focuses on international trade and WTO issues. Additional support comes from of counsel Juan Pablo Cervantes, who heads the firm’s Asia desk and has expertise in antidumping investigations; and associate José Andrés Muñiz who handles customs regulations and foreign trade litigation, with a special focus on the energy sector. Other clients include Grupo Aeroméxico, Eosol Energy, Siemens, Palacio de Hierro, Walt Disney, Banco de Sabadell, China Chamber of International Commerce and The UK Carbon & Graphite Co.

Gómez Violante y Velázquez Elizarrarás, S.C. is recognised for its international trade work, and especially for antidumping cases. The firm, a boutique specialising in economic law and international trade, was set up in 2004 by Mauricio Gómez (formerly at White & Case S.C.) and Miguel Ángel Velázquez (previously at the Economy Ministry’s international commercial practices unit (UPCI)). Gómez has concentrated on administrative proceedings throughout his career and also represents clients in FTA work. Velázquez has represented clients in several industries, including liquefied petroleum gas, chemical products, food, cements, and construction materials. Support comes from intermediate associate Lourdes Lizeth Velázquez Pazarán.

Holland & Knight started to build its international trade and customs practice in Mexico with the August 2016 hire of senior counsel Carlos Véjar, who was previously general counsel for international trade at the Ministry of Economy. He co-heads the practice with Luis Rubio, who arrived from Jones Day in January 2018, along with four other lawyers with varying specialisations. The local team now stands at five, and it is able to advise on FTA work, including contentious matters. In fact, the IT&C practice is part of the firm’s wider International Litigation and Arbitration practice. Véjar and associate Josafat Paredes acted together on a variety of matters, including representing the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) in its successful bid to obtain Marine Stewardship Counsel (MSC) certification, as well as for other clients on matters concerning NAFTA, WTO and TPP issues. Other team members include Octavio Lecona and senior counsel Blanca Luevano who also moved from Jones Day, like Rubio, both have expertise in IT&C and TMT; and Jim Davis, who divides his time between Tampa and Washington DC and is part of the firm’s Public Policy & Regulation Group.

Standing at four lawyers, SMPS Legal’s international trade and customs practice seems to punch well above its weight, providing legal services that one client described as ‘magnificent: the outcomes are always positive, and the lawyers are serious, professional and timely. I have complete confidence in them’. The team offers the full range of IT&C services, drawing on the firm’s strong tax practice if required in cases that one client admits are ‘very complex and detailed’; moreover, the team is ‘good value for money’. Recently the team was active providing general international trade and customs advice to a range of clients, including matters concerning antidumping cases, audits, consultations before the tax authorities, and negotiating and establishing IT&C strategies. The ‘excellentAlexis Michel leads the team and ‘is always available to deal with the matters in hand’. Senior associate Ana Karen Navarreta is also recommended, as is tax law associate Jorge Arturo Rodríguez Ruiz. Support comes also from tax partner Christian Solis and corporate associate Diana Sologuren. IT&C associate Paloma Armella is completing the International Taxation programme at NYU. The firm also has a unique footprint with offices in Mexico City, Dallas, Bogotá and Calgary.

With regard to international trade and customs, full-service Santamarina y Steta provides coverage from its Mexico City and Monterrey offices, assisting clients on compliance with and taking advantage of special customs regimes and programmes to promote foreign trade, including IMMEX, Prosec and ECEX, as well with non-tariff barriers on imports and on related tax, customs and countervailing duties regulation. The practice also represents clients on statutory proceedings before the relevant authorities, as well as assisting with FTA matters. Practice head Alejandro Luna and Ernesto Dunhe are especially noted for their experience, work and client roster. Luna has over 20 years’ experience in the area, while competition practitioner Dunhe covers anti-dumping, general trade matters and rules of origin. Other team members include tax specialist Mariano Calderón, who handles constitutional, administrative and tax litigation, and associate Karina Robledo, who also handles tax matters.

The eight-strong international trade and customs team at full-service Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is especially strong in maquiladora and NAFTA-related mandates, while also having built expertise in disputes before the tax authorities and the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice and in verification-of-origin issues. For one market commentator, ‘the advice is top notch and extremely practical. The firm always has depth in each area of expertise’. In a highlight case, the firm successfully assisted a client operating in the pharmaceutical sector with the restructuring of its inventory control system during the course of a tax audit, successfully reducing the possible tax contingency from $70m to $250,000; and the Takata Group with an IMMEX-compliant customs and tax strategy for its $75-100m sale of Key Safety Systems. In addition to this, the lawyers handled IMMEX-related matters for Yokohama Americas, the Saargummi Group and the Trimas Group. Luis Miguel Jiménez leads the team; an expert in verification-of-origin and maquila matters, with a niche focus on the automotive and auto-parts sectors, he also has expertise in consumer products, food, technology, and hygiene, beauty and health. Key support comes from tax partner Fernando Moreno, who is an expert in preventive tax strategies, the application of international treaties to avoid double taxation, and tax litigation; and senior associate María de Lourdes Salazar. Belén Barroeta joined the practice as an associate from Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.. Other clients include BMW, Fresenius Medical Care, Mars, Vicrila International, Siemens Servicios, Abra Focus Investment, and IMI Europa.

Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton’s Guadalajara-based IT&C specialist Edmundo Elías is ‘bright, hardworking, and well-connected’. Noted for his long-standing experience (over 26 years) in the market, he covers a wide range of IT&C matters and has particular expertise in maquiladora work.

Ortiz, Hernández y Orendain, S.C.’s Gerardo Hernández is considered an institution in the market. Previously at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., he co-founded his own tax and trade boutique in 2014 and is considered a relevant figure by market commentators.

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