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Mr Carlos Vejar
International Trade, International ARbitration and Litigation, International and Cross Border Transaction
Carlos Véjar is a domestic and international trade attorney in Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office. Mr. Véjar counsels companies on international trade strategies, investments, government procurement, regulatory compliance, unfair trade practices, intellectual property and customs procedures, as well as commercial, private and international trade arbitration matters. He has been appointed as panelist for the USMCA’s general dispute settlement chapter and Mexico’s roster for disputes concerning unfair trade practices, ICSID list of mediators and WTO list of experts.
Mr. Véjar previously served at the Ministry of Economy of Mexico (SE) as general counsel for international trade for more than six years. At the SE, he was responsible for coordinating Mexico’s participation in trade and investment disputes, as well as providing legal advice on international trade negotiations and foreign trade matters under World Trade Organization (WTO) regulations, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other free trade and bilateral investment agreements. Mr. Véjar also served as an economic counselor in the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations before the WTO in Geneva from 2004 to 2009. He has nearly 20 years of experience working in the Mexican government on trade and foreign investment matters, including arbitration.
Spanish and English
- Panelist, Chapter 31 Dispute Settlement Panel, USMCA Free Trade Commission
- Panelist, Chapter 10 (Trade Remedies), Government of Mexico
- International Chamber of Commerce México, Investment Arbitration Committee, Vice President
- Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, J.D.
- Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, MBA
Lawyer Rankings(Next Generation Partners)
The young international trade practice at Holland & Knight has grown steadily over the past few years, advising on matters ranging from NAFTA verification-of-origin and renegotiation procedures, imports and exports, WTO disputes and permits, among other. The team is co-led by partner Luis Rubio, an experienced market player, also well-known for his strength in corporate and transactional matters; and Carlos Vejar, whose ‘vast experience’ and ‘excellent trajectory in the public and private sectors has allowed him to position himself as one of the most experienced lawyers in Mexico’, according to a client. Former general counsel for international trade at the Mexican Ministry of Economy, he offers specialized advice on international treaties and dispute resolution mechanisms. Associate Josafat Paredes is another key member of the five-strong department.
The eight-strong team at Holland & Knight handles primarily commercial arbitration, with a mix of construction, investment treaty and NAFTA-related disputes. Led by Carlos Vejar, a ‘first-class’ practitioner who focuses on disputes and international trade, the group is currently involved in diverse commercial cases under LCIA rules involving Mexican state-owned enterprises. At associate level, focused support comes from Juan Pablo Moyano (whose past experience includes three years as an international case manager at the ICDR); and international semi-senior Laura Yvonne Zielinski, who is France and New York qualified. However, the team endured the departure of practice co-head Salvador Fonseca, who left to join disputes boutique “RoyPe” – now Fonseca, Rodríguez y Perchemlian – in June 2020.
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