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Miller Canfield provides legal counsel and representation to companies in the manufacturing, technology, service and other industries doing business in Mexico.  Along with the attorneys in our Monterrey office, our attorneys in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China counsel and represent clients on their cross-border matters and business disputes in Mexico.

Our team is familiar with the legal and business aspects and practices in Mexico as well as the U.S., Europe, China and Canada.  The team features senior Mexican attorneys, attorneys with experience with many Mexican cross-border transactions and disputes, and one of the very few attorneys with a U.S.-Mexico dual-degreed (J.D.) and license. 

Companies looking to establish, expand, sell or consolidate operations in Mexico count on Miller Canfield to structure deals that optimize trade, treaty and tax benefits. They also rely on us to negotiate and close transactions and provide general legal advice in a practical and efficient manner.

Our legal services include:

  • Establishing operations and incorporating in Mexico
  • Customs and import/export matters
  • Maquila and Immex registrations
  • Joint ventures, mergers and foreign acquisitions
  • Assisting in “shelter” arrangements
  • Finance and banking
  • Labor and employment matters for union and non-union facilities
  • Domestic and foreign tax structures and issues
  • NAFTA, CAFTA and other trade issues
  • Supply agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Sales and distributorship agreements
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Real estate acquisitions/dispositions
  • Arbitration and litigation
  • Immigration
  • Compliance with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Plant closings and consolidations

Our attorneys have handled everything from routine to the most complex and high-profile representations across several major industry sectors including the automotive, electronics, pharmaceutical, medical devices, food products, environmental, I.T., manufacturing, hotel, real estate and financial services industries.

Other Latin American Markets

One of new additions to the International Group has substantial experience in Latin-American markets over a twenty-year period.  Among significant matters that he has handled in this area include the following:

U.S./Brazilian Subsidiary Sale

Negotiated buy-sell agreement for the sale of a U.S. company’s local subsidiary to a Brazilian company, including arrangements for continued distribution of the U.S. company’s products by the purchaser after the sale of the local subsidiary.

Sale of U.S. Company’s Colombia Subsidiary to Multinational Company

Negotiated buy-sell agreement for the sale of a U.S. Company’s Colombia subsidiary to a Multinational company, including arrangements for continued distribution of the U.S. company’s products by the purchaser after the sale of the local subsidiary.

Favorable Settlement of Customs Charges

Negotiated favorable settlement of customs charges in excess of US$100 million pending against subsidiary of US company, which resulted in dismissal of the charges and minimal monetary payments by the affected company. This matter involved managing counsel in multiple jurisdictions and discussions with senior U.S. and foreign government officials.

U.S. Automaker Latin American Operations Divestiture

Following the break-up of a U.S.-German automotive enterprise, negotiated on behalf of the U.S. company the divestiture of its operations in multiple markets in Latin America. Negotiations included setting up new companies in each of these markets to operate the newly split business of the U.S. company.