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International Trade   Holland & Knight's Mexico City office provides highly knowledgeable advice on international trade strategies, customs procedures, regulatory compliance, unfair trade practices, investments, intellectual property law, government procurement and dispute resolution mechanisms under the international trade agreements signed by Mexico – including the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the World Trade Organization (WTO) system and Mexican courts. We can assist clients with understanding and resolving trade issues, complementing our practice with a team well versed in other matters related to trade, such as tax regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act and anti-money laundering laws, among others. Our work includes monitoring the latest developments in international trade, focusing on regulatory and political changes, which impact Mexico's trade relations and as such could affect our clients' interests.

DISTINGUISHABLE CHARACTERISTICS  Holland & Knight is one of the few law firms in Mexico with a full knowledgeable understanding on international trade matters, counting with two of Mexico's former lead government lawyers among its attorneys, who negotiated NAFTA and most of the subsequent international free trade agreements for Mexico over the last 20 years.  Our skilled attorneys have detailed knowledge of government regulations and keen insight into the government's decision-making processes – an experience which is helpful to our clients, particularly those who are entering the Mexican market or face other difficult scenarios.  Our International Trade and Investment practice is further supplemented by a wealth of experience on international and local arbitration and ligation related to trade and investment agreements, an option we always take into account, which represents an advantage when arguing cases before local courts and is often helpful for preventing possible future disputes or obstacles to our clients' activities in Mexico – whether they be new entrants or well-established companies in Mexico.

LEADING LAWYERS ON YOUR SIDE Members of Holland & Knight's Mexico Practice have been selected for inclusion in leading industry publications based on their work in the region. A number of our attorneys are ranked in the 2019 editions of Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global and Latin Lawyer 250, as well as the 2017 editions of The Legal 500 Latin America and IFLR1000.

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Representative Experience We have successfully provided advice on numerous matters, including: 

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Legal advice to one of the main importers/exporters of alcoholic beverages in the world on possible trade scenarios and implications for Mexico's trade of alcoholic beverages related to a possible U.S. NAFTA withdrawal or NAFTA renegotiation and Brexit Representation of an important telecommunications company in the NAFTA renegotiation process Representation of a group comprised of four leading fishing companies in Mexico, in its successful quest to obtain the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification (the only science-based sustainable certification and ecolabel for wild fish), after an objection procedure under the MSC rules Legal assistance on numerous import procedures, trade strategies and interactions with Mexican authorities Legal advice on specific standards related to evidence that should be presented to support a possible WTO dispute against a Central American government, under the WTO's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Agreement Legal representation in litigation proceedings related to verification-of-origin procedures initiated by Mexican tax authorities under NAFTA regulations; these proceedings have been initiated by the Mexican tax authorities in order to verify if the goods in question comply with the rules of origin set out in the applicable free trade agreement Represented one of the world's largest e-commerce retailers in its establishment in Mexico and its operations related to NAFTA and customs law Provided legal advice to one of the world's largest transportation and courier companies on its Mexican operations related to NAFTA and customs law Provided legal advice to domestic and international corporations on the implementation of policies and procedures for their compliance with the FCPA Represented one of the leading corn and wheat producers in Mexico in an antitrust case for alleged monopolistic practices Acted as counsel and legal representative to one of the major telecommunications companies in Mexico in the acquisition of other Mexican telecommunications companies, antitrust clearances and proceedings, business constitutions and regulatory compliance

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Holland & Knight Mexico Practice - International Trade  

Holland & Knight Mexico Practice - International Trade