1st SWIICL-Mexico Workshop

USA-Mexico’s Cross-Border Transactions: Building Bridges for Prosperity

- in Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, México

Club de Industriales
Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, México

Online registrations is closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

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The program will be presented in English and Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation.

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Conference Co-Chairs

  • Luis Emilio Luján Sauri
    Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C.
    Querétaro, Mexico
  • John M. Stephenson
    Frost Brown Todd, LLC
    Dallas, Texas, USA


Note: Early registration pricing is available through February 1, 2017.

  • $20 / $30 USD


Companies in every industry are taking steps to expand internationally through trade and investment.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed in 1994, signaled the beginning of an exponential increase of cross-border transactions of goods and services and of international capital flows among the United States, Mexico, and Canada. U.S. investment in Mexico has grown nearly six-fold since NAFTA was put in place.

Mexico and the U.S. have a good business relationship; there are 6 million U.S. jobs that depend on trade with Mexico, led by the two border states that trade extensively with Mexico, California (692,000 jobs) and Texas (463,000 jobs). Even non-border states like South Dakota, New Hampshire, and Nebraska also send more than 20% of their exports to Mexico.

Likewise, globalization in Mexico has had a positive effect on the national economy. There has been significant growth in El Bajio, thanks to the efforts made by each of the entities that comprise it (Querétaro, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Michoacán and Jalisco). This area has all the characteristics of a developing region, with increasing direct foreign investment each year. According to data from México's Department of Economy, El Bajio is now the fatests growing industrial area throughout Latin America.

There is an extremely important role for corporate lawyers who offer advicne about the legal protection of business and personal assets and compliance with applicable laws. Similarly, great responsibility lies int eh hands of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO).

This program will bring together leading specialists, offering cross-cultural perspectives on these important issues, sharing first-hand information and experiences with the attendees.

The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions from the experts.

The program will be presented in English and Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation.

Schedule and Faculty

Thursday, February 23




Welcome to the SWIICL's Workshop

  • Moisés Flores, SWIICL's Country Coordinator for Mexico
  • Luis Emilio Luján, Co-chair, Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C., Querétaro, México
  • Tania Palacios, Youth's Secretary of the State of Querétaro, México
  • Mark Smith, Academy Dean and Vice President, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, USA
  • John M. Stephenson Jr., Co-chair, Frost Brown Todd, LLC, Dallas, Texas, USA


Cross Border Transactions (USA-Mexico) / Mergers & Acquisitions


  • Luis Emilio Luján, Basham, Ringe y Correa
  • José Ramón Ayala, Santamarina & Steta
  • Michael Titens, Thompson & Knight


Coffee Break


Academy at The Center for American and International Law (Dallas, Texas, USA)

  • Mark Smith, Vice President of the Center for American and International Law


International Arbitration and Anti-Money Laundering Issues


  • Guillermo Aldana, Chair of the Bajio’s Arbitration Committee (International Chamber of Commerce Mexico)
  • Dana Nahlen, U.S.A. representative on NAFTA Arbitration Committee
  • Juan José Villar, Villar & Villar Abogados


Compliance in Labor and Immigration Matters


  • James D. Prappas, Jackson Walker, LLP
  • Enrique Garcia Conde, Littler Mexico
  • Juan Carlos de la Vega, Santamarina & Steta


Cocktail at Basham Law Firm

Friday, February 24




Privacy and Data Protection


  • Jorge León Orantes, Santamarina & Steta
  • María Rivero del Paso, Sesma, Sesma & McNeese
  • Oscar Arias, Punto Tres Abogados


Chief Compliance Officers and the Role of Corporate Counsels


  • Moisés Flores, Basham, Ringe y Correa
  • Dana Nahlen, FIS Global
  • Masaru Umeda, Nishimura & Asahi


Coffee Break


Compliance in Tax Matters


  • Héctor Gutiérrez, KPMG
  • Abel Camacho, Deloitte
  • Eugenio Franzoni, Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa


Compliance in Foreign Trade & Customs Matters


  • Carlos Sesma, Sesma, Sesma & McNeese
  • Jan de Beer, Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Ricardo Romero, Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa


Coffee Break


Criminal Liability for Legal Entities


  • Carlos Alejandro Pérez Espíndola, Villar & Villar, S.C.
  • Erick Soto, Basham, Ringe y Correa
  • Juan Carlos Villar, Villar & Villar Abogados



  • Marco Antonio del Prete Tercero, Secretary of Sustainable Development, ,State of Querétaro Querétaro, Mexico


Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU")

MOU to be entered into by and between the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law and the United States Mexico Bar Association, A.C. (Mexico Chapter).



Open forum about the legal corporate world, the 2016 USA Election Impact on Mexico, and any relevant theme of the workshop.

  • John M. Stephenson Jr., Co-chair, Frost Brown Todd, LLC, Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Luis Emilio Luján, Co-chair, Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C., Querétaro, México
  • Juan Carlos Velazquez de León, Member of the SWIICL's Board of Directors, Dallas, Texas, USA



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