This Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, our firm was informed that the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Mexico was publicly released.
In this new edition, our partners Adrian B. Vazquez and Eduardo Zepeda Grimaldo are recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in the Trade Law practice. We note that Mr. Vázquez has received this recognition since 2008, meanwhile Mr. Zepeda since 2013.
In addition, Mr. Zepeda was simultaneously recognized as a Best Lawyer in Tax Law practice. As our clients and friends know, Mr. Zepeda advises maquiladora/IMMEX companies regarding the tax implications of their customs and business operations.
Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda (VTZ) is ranked in Band 1 of Chambers and Partners’ Latin American 2020 Guide, sharing the spot with two other firms. For the past seven years, VTZ has established itself as a leading law firm within this ranking.
This guide notes VTZ as a “pace-setting player in international trade matters”, from antidumping investigations, verification visits, to maquiladora (IMMEX) industry. Chambers also highlights that VTZ “routinely receives mandates from acclaimed clients…”, and that sources consider VTZ as the most experienced firm in trade remedies and that the firm is “really practical and [VTZ’s] advice was very reasonable and actionable”
In addition, two VTZ partners are listed as leading lawyers and individuals in the field of International Trade/WTO Law:
A group of Trade Law Experts from the Mexican Trade Law Bar, including our partner Adrian Vázquez, issued the following statement about: Why Should We Keep Chapter 19 of the NAFTA?
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.
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.
Our Managing Partner, Adrián Vázquez, as well as our associates, Mariana Malvaez and Emilio Arteaga, have contributed to Thomson Reuters‘ International Trade and Commercial Transactions Global Guide, in which they responded to a Q&A guide concerning the International Trade in Goods and Services in Mexico.
This Q&A covers key matters relating to the regulation of international trade in Mexico, including recent trends, trade agreements, trade negotiations, rules relating to the supply of services, imports and exports requirements, trade remedies, and international trade restrictions.
To access the guide, click the following link: International Trade in Goods and Services in Mexico.
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Listed in the indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panelists who can sit on dispute resolution Panels since March 25th, 2011 (WT/DSB/W/445), Adrián Vázquez was invited to be a panelist for the regional All-American Round of the ELSA WTO Moot Court competition (2016/2017), which was held in the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) from March 1 to 4, 2017.
The case, Haito – Measures on Balance of Payments, touched upon interesting topics and issues regarding the collision between the multilateral trade regime and regional trade agreements. Our managing partner was impressed by the performance, knowledge, and dedication of the teams.
Mr. Vázquez shared a Panel with a former Appellate Body member, Jennifer Hillman, during the semi-finals of the North American round.
Adrián Vázquez was also a Panelist in the Final of the Latin-American Round.