We advise and represent domestic and foreign enterprises in the negotiation, implementation, utilization, protection, and dispute resolution processes under free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties. We provide guidance and support to governments in negotiating these agreements and in adopting the public policies and regulations needed to boost exports, attract more investment, and create a better business environment. We support the investor through all the stages in the investment process.
SAI provides legal services and strategic advice in the following areas:
▪ support for outlining the negotiation strategy (e.g., terms of reference).
▪ assistance for organizing the negotiation process (consensus building and communication between the public and private sectors).
▪ technical training for negotiations.
▪ technical and strategic assistance during the negotiation process.
▪ review, analyze and draft proposed negotiation and consolidated texts.
▪ assessment of the economic impact of trade agreements after their entry into force and in the case of their deepening.
▪ negotiation with federal, municipal, and local authorities.
▪ identification of possible strategic allies or potential companies to acquire.
▪ preparation of contracts and corporate documents.
▪ compliance with the legal framework and applicable requisites for the investment.
▪ investment protection under trade and investment agreements.
▪ Legal representation in disputes before the World Trade Organization dispute settlement body, free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties.
▪ Counsel during government procurement tenders (e.g., compliance with national and regional content under the North American Free Trade Agreement).
▪ Global value chain analysis.
▪ Cost-benefit analysis for tariff modifications.
▪ Utilization and interpretation of international agreements in trade and investment matters.
▪ Adoption of public policies regarding trade liberalization, export promotion, investment attraction, and regulatory improvement, among others.
▪ Implementation of public policies about innovation and technology to improve competitiveness.
▪ customs valuation.
▪ tariff clasification.
▪ certification and verification of origin.
▪ estimated prices.
▪ trade promotion mechanisms (e.g., IMMEX).
▪ sector-based promotion programs.
▪ customs procedures.
▪ technical standards.
▪ calculation of effective protection rates.
▪ Structural adjustment policies that help industries adapt to new international trade commitments.
Several SAI professionals have participated in and played a key role in the implementation of:
• The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
• The Uruguay Round, where the World Trade Organization was created, along with the agreements derived therefrom.
• Mexico's free trade agreements with Bolivia, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Japan, and Peru.
• Several Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT).
Likewise, SAI professionals have participated in:
• The Doha Round negotiation process.
• Consensus building and negotiation of the terms of reference for the Brazil-Mexico strategic economic integration agreement.
• Commencement of the Pacific Alliance negotiations.
• Levying retaliatory measures against the United States for breach of trade liberalization commitments in cross-border transportation services.
Several SAI professionals have advised the private sector in matters such as:
• NAFTA and other trade and investment agreements implementation processes in light of energy reform in Mexico.
• Negotiation of a memorandum of understanding for trade and poultry health between the Mexican poultry industry and the American and Canadian industries.
• Imposition of the only safeguard levied imposed in Mexico for the poultry industry.
• Incorporation of origin accumulation rules for the Mexican textile industry in the free trade agreement between the United States, Central America and the Dominican Republic.
• Renegotiation of the Mexican textile and footwear reservation under WTO China’s Protocol of Accession on anti-dumping issues.
Several SAI professionals have provided advisory services to the Mexican and various foreign governments in matters such as:
• Negotiations by the Egyptian government with the European Union of a free trade agreement.
• Construction of a general balance model to evaluate the economic impact of the free trade agreement between Egypt and the European Union.
• Systematization of the experience acquired in the NAFTA negotiations and its diffusion to the governments of Central America, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia to guide negotiations for their free trade agreements with the United States.
• Assessment to train Peruvian government employees in negotiating their trade agreement with the European Union in relation to trade remedies.
• Support for the Dominican, Peruvian, and Argentinean governments in designing and implementing institutional policies against unfair international trade practices.
• Assessment to the Mexican Association of Economic Development Secretaries (Asociación Mexicana de Secretarios de Desarrollo Económico) in implementing a producer association model in the agricultural sector to promote exports.
• Review of the legal regulatory framework in the state of Aguascalientes and preparation of reform proposals for specific statutes.
• Advisory services provided to the government of the state of Puebla in installing an automobile manufacturing and assembly plant and an auto parts manufacturing plant in its territory.
• Support for the government of the state of Chiapas in attracting foreign investment and increasinginternational trade.