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VTZ member to attend the WTO Ministerial Conference at Buenos Aires, Argentina

8 Dec , 2017  

Our partner, Adrian B. Vázquez, will attend the Eleventh Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from December 10 to 13, 2017.

Adrian B. Vazquez has been accreditted as an NGO representative, representing the Asociación de Consultores en Prácticas Comerciales Internacionales, A.C.

You can follow him on Twitter (@vtalaw) during the Ministerial Conference.

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English, News

Best Lawyers: Two VTZ members listed!

4 Dec , 2017  

Best Lawyers, a guide about lawyers, just issued its new edition of Mexico and two VTZ members, Adrian Vázquez and Eduardo Zepeda, were listed in the field of Trade Law as the “Best Lawyers”.

This is another guide, in addition to Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal, and Legal 500, that confirms VTZ and its members as distinguished players in the field of international trade and customs.

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English, News

Trade Alert – Antidumping Investigation on Steel Plate from Italy and Japan

14 Nov , 2017  

Today, the Ministry of Economy issued its decision to initiate an antidumping investigation on Steel Plate from Italy and Japan. For more information, feel free to access our trade alert that includes the list of exporters from Italy and Japan: VTZ- Alert Antidumping- Steel from Italy and Japan.

In the past years, the Mexican Ministry of Economy has targeted steel products from all around the globe and established antidumping duties. In fact, the majority of antidumping duties in force in Mexico apply to the metallic industries and its manufactured goods. Undertakings are rare in Mexico, two are currently in force and one relates to colled-rolled steel from Korea, where VTZ successfully advised the Korean producers.

For an overview of trade remedies in Mexico, see our publication in the International Trade Law Review.

For additional information concerning the Antidumping Investigation on Steel Plate from Italy and Japan, do not hesitate to contact any VTZ member.

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English, Publications

Our Associate Published in an IBA Newsletter

3 Nov , 2017  

Before attending the IBA’s annual conference, our associate, Emilio Arteaga Vázquez, appeared in the IBA’s Young Lawyers Newsletter this September.

The Young Lawyers Committee selected his essay concerning the logic of foreign investment reviews, which he submitted last year for the IBA scholarship of the Antitrust and Trade Section.

The first paragraph of his essay is as follows:

In coral reefs one can find well-defined structures between numerous species, plant and animal, where they are dependent on each other mainly on a cooperative basis, providing stability to the relevant ecosystem. Just like in a coral reef ecosystem, one can also find in the economy, either global, regional or domestic, rules on foreign investment, international trade and competition policy – the coexisting species –– that are somewhat dependent on one another and tend to share a common goal: creating an enabling and sustainable economic environment. If a species is suddenly missing or performing its function poorly, the coral reef or the market will feel and suffer from the inbalance, but if functioning properly, the environment will perform optimally and, thus, be generally successful.

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English, News

VTZ ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners

27 Oct , 2017  

In the 2018 Latin America Guide of Chambers and PartnersVázquez Tercero & Zepeda (VTZ) was ranked in Band 1 in the International Trade/WTO Law practice, again.

The publication describes VTZ as follows:

“Standout player in the Mexican international trade arena, advising a distinguished clientele on trade remedies issues including high-profile anti-dumping cases. Remains highly active in the steel and chemical industries, representing both local clients and foreign multinationals with a particular focus upon advising prominent Asian companies.”

Furthermore, three VTZ members are ranked as leading individuals in the field of Internationational Trade. Adrian B. Vázquez, our managing partner, is listed in Band 1 and clients described him as “someone who we always go to when we have questions of this nature.” 

Horacio López-Portillo, partner specialized in International Trade and Business law, is listed in Band 2 since he is “highlighted for his technical ability in this area“.

Finally, Eduardo Zepeda, partner specialized in IMMEX (maquiladora industry) and customs, is ranked in band 4 being described as “a very solid lawyer”.

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English, News

Mexico lost Tuna Compliance Panel Dispute in the WTO

26 Oct , 2017  

Today, the compliance panel in the US – Tuna II dispute issued its report finding that the amended tuna measure is now in compliance with article 2.1 of the TBT agreement and that it is justified with Article XX(g) of the GATT. For more information about the dispute, visit the chapter of Mexico published in the International Trade Law Review.

To access the report issued by the Panel, visit the WTO website.

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English, News

New Draft Technical Regulation on Bovine Meat

24 Oct , 2017  

On October 20, 2017, the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture published in the Official Gazette the draft technical regulation (NOM) on Bovine meat. This draft aims at establishing requirements and specifications to set forth criteria that will allow to classify bovine meat and provide relevant information to consumers about its quality (maturity and marble).

For more information about the draft technical regulation, access the following presentation of VTZ: New Draft Technical Regulation on Bovine Meat

To access the draft technical regulation, click the following link: Draft Technical Regulation



English, News

Two VTZ members attended IBA’s Annual Conference at Sydney, Australia

23 Oct , 2017  

During October 8 to 13 2017, the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association was held in Sydney, Australia, and two members of Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda attended to this event, which gathered more than 4,000 lawyers from around the globe.

Partner, Horacio López Portillo, an expert in international trade and business law and officer of the IBA’s International Sales Committee, actively participated during the conference, where he also moderated the panel called “The Future of Trade Agreements: Have they been ‘Trumped’ ?”


Associate, Emilio Arteaga Vázquez,  a former winner of the IBA scholarship of the Anti-trust and Trade Law Section and member of the International Trade and Customs Committee, also attended the event.

Our members attended business as well as trade and customs related sessions, organized by the Trade and Customs Committee as well as the International Sales Committee, including those titled “Competition issues in trade agreements: how is it working and where can it go?“, “Is Europe ready for increased levels of Chinese Investment?“, “Breaking Down or building up walls: the future of international trade“, “Startups and business lawyers: global perspectives and future challenges“, “Agricultural supply chains in Southeast Asia: legal considerations from ‘farm to the fork’“, “Trade Relationship and Human Rights“, among others.

Further, both VTZ members listened to the valuable ‘call to action’ of Jennifer Hillman, former Appellate Body member, who addressed the new political trends on trade policy.

English, News

Horacio Lopéz Portillo moderates Panel at IBA Anual Conference

18 Oct , 2017  

Our partner Horacio A. López-Portillo co-chaired a panel titled “The future of trade agreements: Have they been trumped?” during the recent Annual Conference of the International Bar Association (IBA) held in Sydney, Australia, from 8 to 13 October 2017.

During the panel Horacio was honored to welcome Professor Jennifer Hillman of Georgetown University, a former member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, who spoke extensively on the status of Brexit, NAFTA, the WTO and other trade agreements and later supervised the work of the various tables set up to discuss NAFTA, Brexit/EU, TPP, RCEP/ASEAN, Mercosur and the WTO.


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English, Publications

International Trade Law Review: Mexico

17 Oct , 2017  

Our partner, Adrian B. Vázquez, and associate, Emilio Arteaga Vázquez, published an article in the 3rd edition of the International Trade Law Review. In this new edition, the authors analyze the new developments in the field of trade remedy law, such as China’s market-economy status, as well as the renegotiation of NAFTA and the Trump effect.

To access the article, please click the following link: Mexico – ITLR


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