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CLE Offers Primer on Challenges, Pitfalls of Doing Business in Mexico

By Tracy Schorn

September 11, 2017

Plaza de la Constitución - Mexico City, Mexico

Doing business in Mexico or considering it? Check out the D.C. Bar CLE Program’s upcoming course covering the latest legal and business challenges that new and established businesses face when operating in Mexico.

“Doing Business in Mexico: Insights, Pitfalls, and Trends of the Mexican Legal System” on September 26 will be led by James Bruno and Raul Rangel, members of Butzel Long’s Mexico international team.

“The business climate has changed in Mexico since the Trump administration. [U.S. and Mexican businesses] are now faced with having to deal with the additional uncertainty brought by proposed changes to trade policy and the president's tweets,” says Rangel, who has represented a broad range of industries doing business in Mexico and the United States.

After the adoption of NAFTA, Mexico reformed its constitution, federal laws, and regulations to allow increased foreign investment in most industries. Consequently, practical knowledge into the Mexican legal system has become a strict requirement for any U.S. company looking to do business in Mexico. The new administration, however, has created additional trade challenges with its shifting policies toward Mexico.

“New entrants and established [companies] have had to put plans on hold until they have a better grasp on the future of NAFTA and other trade policies,” says Rangel. “Furthermore, the volatility of the Mexican peso has not encouraged potential investment in the country and expanded U.S.–Mexico trade deficit. Our clients have started to deploy risk mitigation strategies to hedge some of the risks. Some of these strategies include auditing products for regional content requirements, shifting supplier base, and adopting contractual safeguards.”

Rangel, of counsel at Butzel Long’s Washington, D.C., office, and Bruno, shareholder at the firm’s Detroit office, will share their considerable corporate U.S.–Mexico legal experience and explore the following issues and more:

  • Entity forms and formation

  • Foreign investment restrictions and requirements

  • Trade regulation

  • Business capitalization

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Enforcement of foreign judgments in Mexico

  • Labor issues

  • Commercial contracts

  • Taxes

  • Immigration

Rangel and Bruno also will discuss Mexican concepts of collective bargaining, shelter companies, VAT taxes, drafting contracts, choice of law, and idiosyncrasies of doing business in Mexico.

The course takes place from 2 to 5:15 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. After the event, guests can stay for "Continue the Conversation: Networking Event for Doing Business in Mexico."

Register today for the in-person course or the Webinar.