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EC Legal Rubio Villegas
MEXICO, D.F. 06500

Work Department

International Trade, Tax, and Corporate Practice




Felipe Mendoza is the Head of the Tax and Foreign Trade Department of the Firm. For more than two decades, Mr. Mendoza has provided legal advice to Companies dealing with foreign trade matters, including valuation, HTS Tariff Classification, Mexican Tariff and Non-Tariff restrictions, determination and payment of import duties, as well as the interpretation and application of Free Trade agreements signed by Mexico, including a vast experience providing advice in the compliance with the rules of origin as well as verification procedures of origin established in those international treaties. He has ample experience conducting complex customs and international trade audits to Mexican Companies, and has assisted several companies to draft and implement their Foreign Trade compliance procedures and manuals.


English and Spanish


He is former Chairman of the Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresas – Sección Chihuahua.

Former Secretary of the Board of Directors of Campestre Juárez, A.C.

Former Professor of Maquiladora Industry class, at the LL.M. program of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez Law School.

He is a member of the Foreign Trade Committee of the National Institute of Public Accountants, located in México City.

He volunteers as Chairman of the Board of Centro de Audición y Aprendizaje A.C. a non-profit organization that provides therapy to hearing impaired children.

Ranked as a leading practitioner in Mexico in International Trade by Chambers and Partners since 2013.


Law Degree, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios – Campus Chihuahua.

Master of Laws in International Trade Law, Arizona University.

Diploma in Mexican Taxes, Universidad Panamericana Extensión Guadalajara.

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > Tax

EC Legal Rubio Villegas houses a 10-strong group of experts in international taxation who offer an excellent combination between tax planning and litigation. Operating from the firm’s six offices across the country, the practice has a solid reputation for its expertise in the maquiladora industry, the interpretation and application of tax treaties, including the analysis of permanent establishment and taxation of residents and expatriates to avoid double taxation. Key partners include: Edmundo Hernández and Arturo Bañuelos, who mostly handle litigious matters; Felipe Mendoza, who is dedicated to tax planning with a more international focus along with the maquiladora industry; and Fernando Holguín, who focuses in taxation, customs and international trade.

Mexico > International trade and customs

EC Legal Rubio Villegas strikes the right note with its ‘first-class practice’, which offers extensive experience in anti-dumping, countervailing duties, and safeguard measures, while also offering a top notch expertise in trade remedies, IMMEX, Prosec, export promotion programs, rules of origin, and customs and origin audits. The 13-strong team is co-led by four partners: in Mexico City, Eduardo David and Juan Carlos Partida, who specialize primarily in trade remedy matters; and from Ciudad Juárez: maquiladora expert Fernando Holguín and Felipe Mendoza, who has vast experience advising on compliance with treaty-established rules of origin and verification of origin procedures. Arturo Bañuelos, in Mexico City, is another name to note.