Luis Miguel is the Head of the International Trade & Customs Practice and Partner of the Tax Practice with more than 25 years of experience advising international and national clients in all areas of international trade and customs, including the establishment in Mexico of OEMs and auto part companies, IMMEX companies, maquila operations, VAT Certifications, verifications of origin under Free Trade Agreements, antidumping procedures as well as legal defense before different governmental bodies. His experience includes having participated as “expert witness” in an Investor-State proceeding under NAFTA and in a declaration of unconstitutionality by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation in relation to the maquila system.
Advised BMW AG with respect to the permits and programs for optimum operation of its new vehicle assembly plant valued at USD $1 billion.
Represented Metal One America Inc. in the judicial annulment of a denial of a preferential tariff under NAFTA, eliminating a contingency of USD $10 million.
Advised Siemens, S.A. de C.V. in the reconstruction of its Annex 24 (temporary imports under IMMEX), eliminating a tax contingency of USD $40 million.
Advised and represented Corn Products Inc. in a Verification of Origin proceeding under NAFTA, eliminating a contingency of approximately USD $450 million.
Represented Pierburg Pump Technology Mexico, S.A. de C.V. in a constitutional proceeding before the Supreme Court of Justice redefining the concept of “maquila operation”.
Advised Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA on streamlining the flow of beer from Mexico to the U.S. market generating millions of dollars in savings. USD millions.
Represented Kunststoff Technik Trier de México, S.A. de C.V. in an audit on its IMMEX operation eliminating a contingency of USD $20 million.
Advised Trimas Corporation in the implementation of a customs and tax strategy for the establishment of an IMMEX company under the maquiladora system.
Advised Mars Incorporated in the minimization of certain retaliatory tariffs on products exported to Mexico generating savings of USD $10 million.
Advised Yokohama America Inc. in the termination of a shelter maquila agreement and in the establishment in Mexico of its own auto parts manufacturing operation.
Education & Experience
Law Degree (J.D. equivalent), Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City.
Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) in Tax Law, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City.
Diploma in Legal Aspects of Foreign Trade, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City.
Specialized course, The Academy of American and International Law, Dallas.
Diploma in Customs Administration, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico City.
Diploma in Accounting and Finance, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City.
Affiliations & Academic Activities
Member of the Mexican Bar Association.
Chambers & Partners Global, Chambers & Partners Latin America, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250 and Best Lawyers among others.
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Spanish and English.