Alexis Michel > SMPS Legal > Mexico City, Mexico > Lawyer Profile

SMPS Legal

Work Department

International Trade and Customs




Alexis Michel has focused his practice not only in the compliance of obligations in matters of customs and foreign trade, but in aiding, through the enforcement of administrative instruments that Mexican authorities have implemented, and identifying and developing areas with opportunities of expansion for his clients. Alexis is specialized in tariff classification, customs valuation, implementation of free trade agreements, origin verifications, criteria confirmation and certifications before different authorities, as well as development of foreign trade development programs as Maquila, Sector Promotion and Drawback.

Likewise, he has extensive experience in the performance of internal audits to verify compliance with the obligations arising from foreign trade transactions. He has represented clients before the different tax and customs authorities in audits, administrative proceedings and contesting of resolutions derived therefrom.  Furthermore, he has developed a successful practice in matters of international commerce unfair trade practices such as antidumping and subventions.

Before joining SMPS, Alexis worked at Jauregui, Navarrete, Nader y Rojas, S.C., White & Case LLP, Trón y Natera, S.C. and Natera y Espinoza, S.C., accruing more than 19 years of experience.


English and Spanish


Alexis is the former Head of the Foreign Trade Commission of the Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados, A.C.), is an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the International Chamber of Commerce.


Alexis obtained his J.D. from the División de Estudios Superiores of Centro Universitario México, with honors, in 1998 and his degree in the Specialty in Tax Law from Universidad Panamericana with honors in 2006.

Lawyer Rankings

Mexico > International trade and customs

(Leading individuals)

Alexis MichelSMPS Legal

Partner Alexis Michel stands at the helm of the solid international trade and customs practice at SMPS Legal, which is praised for its advice on issues related with anti-dumping, and countervailing and safeguards investigations, while also skillfully handling mandates on matters including tax obligations, tariff classification, customs valuation, FTA matters, verification of origin procedures, criteria confirmation before tax and customs authorities; foreign trade programs (such as IMMEX), drawback and sector promotion programs; and internal audits and compliance. The six-strong team, which assists clients from a wide range of industries, including metals, retail and shipping,  also includes key senior associates Natalia Cardona, who specializes on tax consulting and litigation, and customs tax expert Lorena Domínguez.

Mexico > Tax

SMPS Legal‘s tax consulting and litigation practice that handles a broad array of matters, including estate planning, acquisitions, mergers; corporate restructuring; and corporate and international taxation – particularly in connection with the real estate, private equity and oil-and-gas industries. The seven-strong team is co-led by four partners: Jorge San Martín, whose strong suit is tax efficient structures; Ana Paula Pardo, who has a very solid advisory practice; tax litigation specialist Christian Solis; and Alexis Michel, who manages all matters related to international trade. Key support, especially as regards litigation, comes from senior associate Jorge Arturo Rodríguez.