Vazquez Tercero & Zepeda (VTZ) have contributed for the second time with Thomas Reuters Practical Law in the guide regarding International Trade in Goods and Services in Mexico.
Our Managing Partner, Adrián Vázquez, as well as our associates, Mariana Malvaez and Emilio Arteaga, responded to a Q&A guide that covers key matters relating to the regulation of international trade in Mexico, such as
To access the guide, click the following link: International Trade in Goods and Services in Mexico.
Today, the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, issued two Decrees that adopted countermeasures against the United States (US) as a result of the US tariffs applied to aluminum and steel imports from Mexico. Most Mexican countermeasures come into effect today.
Mexico has adopted a strong position against the US, selecting a wide range of products from pork to steel products, which may be adjusted through time.
Further, Mexico raised its Most Favored Nation (MFN) tariffs temporarily for a list of selected steel products.
Mexico’s trade measures can be classified as follows:
VTZ prepared a report about the recent events, available in the following link: VTZ Report: Mexico – Countermeasures
In the Harvard Law Today it was published that the Harvard Law team won the American Regional Round of the ELSA WTO Moot Court, where our Managing Partner, Adrián Vázquez Benítez, was invited to attend as panelist.
For more information: Adrian Vázquez: Panelist in the ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition.
On April 12th, our managing partner, Adrián Vázquez Benítez, was invited to participate in the launching of the International Economic Law Group (or Grupo en Derecho Internacional Económico (GDIEC)) in Bogota, Colombia.
The GDIEC, which has the institutional support of the Universidad de los Andes, aims at studying the central aspects of international economic law, including the laws of the World Trade Organization, the law of economic integration, investment law and international monetary law.
In this event, there was a panel that was formed by the following members: :
It was discussed in the panel the recent measures of the USA and China, the impasse in the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the WTO (in particular the Appellate Body), as well as the risks towards multilateralism.
Our Managing Partner Adrián Vázquez participated as a panelist in the American Regional Round of the ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition, organized by ELSA. This prestigious international competition involves a simulation of a commercial dispute in the Dispute Settlement System of the World Trade Organization, and that took place at the American University in Washington, D.C. from 21 to 25 March.
Besides our partner, other internationally recognized experts in WTO Law participated as panelists, for instance, Ricardo Ramirez and Jennifer Hillman, former Appellate Body members of the WTO, and Santiago Wills, Colombian trade lawyer. In this round, the law-student teams from prestigious and high-quality universities analyzed the assigned case and exposed their arguments in front of the panelists.
The 22 best teams in the world, four of the American continent, will have the opportunity to participate in the Final Round that will take place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
In this sixteenth edition, the case was Borginia– Measures Affecting Trade in Textile Products that is about trade and environmental issues as well as the implementation of mitigation programs, involving labels and the payment of taxes/import duties based on carbon emissions.
This is the second time that our Managing Partner, Adrian Vázquez, is invited to participate in this prestigious competition as a panelist. Adrian Vázquez is on the indicative list of governmental and non-governmental experts who may sit on WTO dispute panels since March 2011.
In Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda, we hope that in the next edition more Mexican universities participate, and take it seriously.
In Chambers and Partners our members, Adrián B. Vázquez, Emilio Arteaga Vázquez y Mariana Malváez Peralta, published a Practice Guide about international trade remedies, i.e. antidumping, subsidies and safeguards.
Our members contributed to this prestigious International Guide explaining the trends of the Mexican legal system regarding trade remedy practice in a simple and summarized fashion; for instance, whether a country is a market economy or not. The Practice Guide is available at the following link:
VTZ also contributed to Reuters with another Practice Guide about the International Trade of Goods and Services Regime in Mexico, which is available at the following link: VTZ: International Trade of Goods and Services
According to Chambers, our team is known for
“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 appear as noticeable practitioners.
In Band 1, Adrián Vázquez is listed and described as an “eminence in the trade remedies field.”
Our Partner, Eduardo Zepeda, appears in Band 4 and he is described as a solid lawyer, particularly, in the maquiladora (IMMEX) industry and with strong litigation capabilities.
Today, the Ministry of Economy launched an anti-dumping investigation on Polyester Staple Fiber from China, using the analagous country methodology to determine “dumping”.
For information regarding the exporters listed in the Notice of Initiation, please access the following document: VTZ – PSF from China -06022018
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.