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Holland & Knight
C.P. 06600 MEXICO, DF

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Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration

Holland & Knight‘s recent highlights include representing Eutelsat in an investment treaty arbitration proceeding against the Mexican government for due to a breach of the provisions of the Mexico-France bilateral investment treaty. In other work, Carlos Vejar is leading advice to a Mexican state-owned entity in a multimillion-dollar construction arbitration relating to the construction of a hydroelectric plant. Other key team members include Luis Rubio Barnetche and Salvador Fonseca, also in the Mexico office; and Adolfo Jimenez and Brian Briz in Miami.

Mexico > Dispute resolution

Holland & Knight is especially well regarded for international arbitration where it handles a mix of commercial and investment treaty disputes. Salvador Fonseca has developed an excellent reputation in this area, while the recently promoted Carlos Vejar is also extremely experienced. Recent highlights include advising Eutelsat on a major ICSID claim against the Mexican government concerning a satellite concession. The firm also has a strong track record in commercial litigation.

Mexico > International trade and customs

A relatively new practice, which started life in 2016, the team at Holland & Knight ‘is able to provide concrete, practical and extremely helpful advice’ and has been growing and establishing itself advising an interesting roster of clients. The team provides legal counsel on contentious and non-contentious matters, with recent highlights including its continued assistance to Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) -a group consisting of four leading fishing companies in Mexico- in its successful attempt to obtain Marine Stewardship Counsel (MSC)-certification. In other work, the team has advised on matters ranging from NAFTA verification-of-origin and renegotiation procedures, imports and exports, WTO disputes and permits, to other trade and customs and regulatory issues including Brexit. The department is led by Luis Rubio, whose practice also includes corporate and transaactional matters; clients appreciate his ‘service vocation coupled with great experience’. Carlos Vejar, who was previously general counsel for international trade at the Ministry of Economy, is another key contact. Other names to note in the five-strong team include associate Josafat Paredes and senior counsel Blanca Luévano.