VTZ Report Special Economic Zones
Published 17 Jan, 2017
Partner - Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda Abogados
Adrián Vázquez is a partner with Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda in México, a highly sophisticated firm, which emphasizes in trade and customs law practice.
He was born in Mexico City in 1966 and is a law graduate from the UNAM in 1991. He has additional studies at the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas of the UNAM and has devoted his professional career to international trade and customs law.
Adrian Vazquez advises and represents a number of national and multinational companies, as well as foreign governments in trade and customs issues, particularly on antidumping, subsidies, safeguards, origin of goods, import and export controls, as well as in the interpretation of trade agreements. Mr. Vazquez frequently appears before administrative agencies, the Federal Tax Court, Federal Courts of Appeals, Supreme Court of Justice and NAFTA Binational Panels. Additionally, he has advised foreign governments on dispute resolution matters in connection with WTO challenges.
Adrian Vazquez appears in the indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panelists who can sit on dispute resolution Panels, as required by Article 8.4 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU). He is co-author of the book “Sistema Antidumping Mexicano” (the Mexican Dumping System); was appointed Member to the Evaluation Committee of the National Export Award; international associate of the American Bar Association and the U.S. Mexico Law Institute; Honorary Member of the Center for International Legal Studies in Austria; founder Member of the International Trade Practices Advisors Association, Co-chair of the Antidumping Committee of the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association, and former Chair of the Trade Commission of the Public Accountants Mexican Institute, among other titles and positions.
He has written extensively in national and international publications and has frequently appeared as invited speaker in Mexico, United States, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil and Argentina, during a number of summits, regarding all type of trade related matters.
Adrian Vazquez has appeared in the most important trade disputes between Mexico and the U.S. of present times. Among these are the cases of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from the United States and meat of bovine and pork from the United States. Adrian Vazquez was responsible for coordinating, as Mexican counsel, the response from all U.S. producers and undertook the defense strategy before a NAFTA Panel. Despite representing many foreign interests, Adrian Vazquez leads several Mexican industrial associations in trade matters.
He appears ranked as one of Mexico’s best trade lawyers in Chambers & Partners Latin America, Chambers & Partners Global, Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who in Trade & Customs.
Adrian Vazquez speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Originally founded in 1967 as Foncerrada y Vázquez, the firm changed its name to Vázquez Tercero y Asociados in 1973, and for over thirty-five years was at the forefront of Economic Law and International Trade in Mexico, including active participation in Mexico’s insertion into GATT in 1986 and thereafter. Only after it incorporated its first office outside of Mexico City, in Guadalajara, did it become Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda in 2011. Vazquez Tercero & Zepeda continues to grow by incorporating own small offices in major industrial cities within Mexico in order to better attend clients’ needs.
For the past forty years, Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda has been an acknowledged leader in matters related to WTO, NAFTA, trade remedies, origin verification, customs, regulatory and trade-related tax planning and litigation. The firm has maintained a trade and customs specialized, and reduced boutique-like practice, that has allowed it to better address the specific needs of its clients, which include foreign and domestic companies, trade savvy individuals and foreign governments.
Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda is best known for its WTO/NAFTA, trade remedies, IMMEX or maquiladora, Customs and Trade-related Tax practices, and recently with Supply Chain Security, Certification, Export Controls and Sanctions practices, working closely with the relevant trade, tax and customs authorities. The firm has actively participated in the development of the IMMEX legal framework and NEEC (Mexican version of C-TPAT). Commonly acknowledged practitioners include, Adrián Vázquez, Horacio A. López-Portillo and Eduardo Zepeda, who provide an integral approach to matters submitted to the firm.
Mr. Vázquez is an eligible WTO and NAFTA Panelist as a non-governmental expert; Mr. López-Portillo is an officer of the Export Controls, Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Subcommittee of the International Bar Association; and, Mr. Zepeda is a high-level officer in the IMMEX National Association, dealing with tax matters.