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We provide legal support for companies and individuals doing business or purchasing property in Mexico.

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Location, Location, Location

Mexico’s strategic location positions it as a launchpad for business success in both North and Latin America. As the second-largest economy in Latin America, Mexico ranks among the top 15 economies globally.

Why Make Mexico Your New Business Hub?
  • Unmatched Trade Ties: Mexico reigns supreme as the number one trading partner of the United States. Mexico also has a whopping 13 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with 50 countries—including the USMCA (sometimes referred to as the new NAFTA) and FTAs with the European Union, the European Free Trade Area, Japan, Israel, ten countries in Latin America, and the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Foreign Direct Investment Powerhouse: Mexico is a magnet for foreign investment, attracting nearly $150 billion in bilateral, reciprocal Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) with the US alone.
  • Strategic Location Advantage: Mexico’s proximity to the US market, coupled with its modern infrastructure and access to major ports, guarantees efficient supply chains and seamless global distribution.
  • A Talented Workforce: Mexico offers a highly skilled and well-educated workforce, making it an ideal destination for companies seeking top talent.
Make Harris Sliwoski Your Legal Partner for Mexico

Harris Sliwoski is your one-stop shop for navigating the legal complexities of doing business in or with Mexico. We offer comprehensive Mexico-related legal services, including:

  • Mexico Business Formation and Structuring: We’ll guide you through establishing your business entity in Mexico, ensuring compliance with all regulations. See our Mexico Company Formation Guide.
  • Corporate Law: Our experienced lawyers provide ongoing legal support for your Mexican business, from contract drafting and review to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Investment Strategies: Looking to invest in Mexico real estate, infrastructure projects, or manufacturing or warehouse industries? We’ll structure your investments for optimal returns and protect your interests.
  • Immigration and Labor Law: From work visas and permits to navigating labor regulations, we ensure your workforce is compliant and empowered.
  • Intellectual Property Law: Protecting your IP rights in Mexico.
  • US-Mexico Trade Law: Formulating strategies for reducing tariffs and duties, and ensuring a smooth import and export experience.
Manufacturing Expertise: Your Trusted Partner for a Smooth Move

With many companies seeking to diversify their supply chains, Mexico presents a compelling alternative. Harris Sliwoski has a proven track record of guiding companies in relocating their manufacturing from Asia to Mexico, including many Chinese companies. Our legal services for companies looking to move their manufacturing to Mexico typically include:

  • Site Selection and Due Diligence: Identifying the ideal location for your manufacturing facility based on your specific industry needs.
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring adherence to all Mexican laws and regulations related to manufacturing, labor, and environmental standards.
  • Supply Chain Optimization: Establishing efficient supply chains within Mexico and connecting you with reliable local suppliers.
  • Customs and Trade Regulations: Navigating the intricacies of customs procedures and trade regulations for a smooth import and export experience.
  • Tax Planning and Incentives: Mexico offers attractive tax incentives for manufacturers. We’ll help you develop a tax-efficient strategy to maximize your profitability.
  • Intellectual Property Law: Protecting your IP rights in Mexico. We ensure that your trademarks, patents, and copyrights are properly registered and enforced to safeguard your innovations and brand identity. Our proactive approach minimizes the risk of infringement and ensures that your intellectual property assets are secure.
  • Proactive and Protective Manufacturing Agreements: We draft and negotiate comprehensive manufacturing agreements to outline the terms and conditions of your manufacturing operations in Mexico. These agreements are designed to protect your interests, ensure compliance with local laws, and mitigate potential risks associated with manufacturing partnerships.
  • US and Mexico Trade and Customs Compliance: Our international trade law team can help with compliance and with tariff and duty reduction strategies.US-Mexico Trade and Tariffs

Mexico’s extensive network of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) offers significant benefits for companies looking to export or import goods. Our international trade lawyers can assist you with:

  • Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Utilization: We will help you identify the most advantageous FTAs for your business and ensure you comply with all relevant rules of origin to benefit from tariff reductions or elimination.
  • Tariff and Duty Optimization: Our team will analyze your import and export activities and develop strategies to minimize your tariff and duty burdens.
  • Customs Compliance: We’ll guide you through the intricacies of Mexican customs regulations to ensure smooth and efficient clearance of your goods.
  • Trade Dispute Resolution: In the event of trade disputes arising from international transactions, our lawyers will advocate for your interests and seek favorable resolutions.
The Harris Sliwoski Advantage
  • Proven Track Record: Extensive experience in various legal matters in Mexico, including guiding numerous companies through successful manufacturing relocations.
  • Bilingual Team and Local Network: Seamless communication and efficient execution with our fluent English and Spanish team and strong network of local contacts.
  • Client-Centric Approach: Tailored services to meet your specific business goals and challenges.
  • Industry-Specific Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of various industries to better serve your specific goals.
  • Focus on Client Satisfaction: Building long-term relationships and exceeding your expectations are our priorities.
  • Cost-Effective Solutions: Developing a legal strategy that meets your needs, while always remaining conscious of your budget.
Unleash Your Potential in Mexico

Partnering with Harris Sliwoski unlocks a world of opportunities in Mexico. We’ll guide you through the legalities of doing business, investing, purchasing property, or relocating your manufacturing with confidence. We’ll help you minimize risks, capitalize on opportunities, and achieve long-term success in this dynamic market.

Contact Harris Sliwoski today to schedule a consultation and discuss your Mexico goals.

A Global Law Firm with Local Expertise

With extensive experience providing legal counsel and solutions to clients on three continents, we understand the critical importance of local contexts, especially when doing business with companies and individuals operating in their native cultures and legal systems.

We know what works in Mexico, and perhaps more importantly, we know what doesn’t. We understand the law, the legal system, the regulatory environment, and the broader global trade context, and our advice takes all these elements into account as we help our clients develop winning strategies.

We support our clients’ businesses by drafting strong bilingual contracts, ensuring their intellectual property is protected, and conducting thorough due diligence. We also assist with entity formation, statutory compliance, operations finance, and local partnerships, and we have successfully resolved countless legal disputes between entities from different countries.

Mexico: A Thriving Market Beyond Manufacturing

Mexico is more than just manufacturing. The U.S. and Mexico share a long history as trading partners, and since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into force in 1994, superseded by the USMCA in 2020, relations and trade volumes have grown steadily. The USMCA offers several advantages for businesses, including reduced tariffs on a wide range of goods, facilitating smoother cross-border trade.

Our Mexico legal team increasingly assists companies with relocating operations to Mexico or figuring out the best ways to bring their goods or services to the Mexican market. We support clients with new entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, intellectual property rights protection, employment and labor issues, as well as complex cross-border litigation.

Our Mexico Legal Services 

Entity Formation: We assist clients in establishing legal entities in Mexico, ensuring full compliance with local regulations, and advising on the optimal business structure for their needs.

Domestic and Cross-Border Joint Ventures, Mergers, and Acquisitions: We facilitate partnerships and collaborations between local and international companies, managing the legal complexities of mergers and acquisitions to ensure successful cross-border transactions.

Establishment of Partnerships, Representative, and Branch Offices: We guide clients through setting up partnerships, representative offices, and branch offices to expand their presence in Mexico.

Intellectual Property Protection and Licensing: We protect clients’ intellectual property rights through proper registration and enforcement, and assist with licensing agreements to commercialize their IP.

Franchising and Licensing Agreements: We draft and negotiate franchising and licensing agreements, enabling clients to expand their business models and brand presence in Mexico.

Real Estate Transactions: We assist with the purchase, sale, leasing, and development of real estate properties, ensuring compliance with Mexican property laws.

Banking, Corporate, and Project Finance: We provide legal advice on corporate financing, project financing, and banking operations to support our clients’ financial needs.

Contract Negotiations and Drafting: We draft, review, and negotiate bilingual contracts to ensure they meet clients’ objectives and comply with Mexican laws.

Labor and Employment Matters: We advise on labor laws, employment contracts, and compliance with Mexican labor regulations to ensure smooth employer-employee relationships.

Support for Commercial Transactions: We facilitate commercial transactions, including sales and purchases, ensuring legal compliance and protection of clients’ interests.

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution: We represent clients in legal disputes and provide alternative dispute resolution services to efficiently resolve conflicts.

Regulatory Compliance: We help clients navigate and comply with Mexico’s regulatory requirements, ensuring smooth operations and legal compliance across various industries.

Mexico Tax and Trade Considerations

Our international trade lawyers and tax advisors work together to provide comprehensive guidance on navigating Mexican tax laws and trade regulations. We can assist you with:

Customs and Trade Law: Advising on customs regulations, import/export procedures, trade compliance, and tariffs and duties, to facilitate smooth international trade operations.

Tax Planning and Compliance: Offering tax advisory services to optimize clients’ tax strategies and ensure compliance with Mexican tax laws.

By partnering with Harris Sliwoski, you gain a trusted advisor with the expertise to help you navigate the legalities of doing business in Mexico and achieve your business goals.

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Get Recommendations for Handling International Risks

Our Legal Risk Assessment Package gives your team high-level insight from premier International Business Attorneys.

Are you a foreign investor considering buying property in Mexico? Harris Sliwoski has decades of experience in commercial, industrial, and residential real estate. Together with our affiliated Mexico law firm, we provide expert legal advice to ensure a smooth and secure Mexican real estate transaction.

Our thorough understanding of Mexico’s foreign investment regulations and tax laws, combined with our knowledge of the broader legal environment, enables us to identify potential costs, determine financial feasibility, and protect your interests throughout the process.

Benefits of Partnering with Harris Sliwoski for Your Mexico Real Estate Needs:

  • Peace of Mind: Our legal expertise ensures a smooth and secure transaction.
  • Investment Protection: We navigate complex legal and tax issues, safeguarding your investment throughout the process.
  • Comprehensive Services: We offer a complete range of services to handle every aspect of your Mexico real estate transaction.
  • Multilingual Team: Our fluent English and Spanish team, with many members speaking Chinese and other languages as well, ensures seamless communication and cultural understanding.

Our Mexico Real Estate Legal Services Include:

  • Due Diligence: Conducting thorough due diligence on buildings and land, both commercial and residential, including zoning and land use restrictions.
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Leasing: Assisting with the acquisition and leasing of real estate properties.
  • Legal and Tax Advice: Providing legal and tax advice regarding potential investment vehicles and structures.
  • Entity Formation: Assisting with the formation of entities for real estate investments.
  • Contract Negotiations and Drafting: Negotiating and drafting contracts to protect clients’ interests.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Offering advice and support for regulatory compliance, including documentation and permits.
  • Realtor, Architect, and Banker Identification: Supporting clients in identifying top-tier realtors, architects, and bankers.
  • Real Estate Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution: Representing clients in real estate litigation and providing alternative dispute resolution services.

Ready to invest in your Mexico dream property? Contact Harris Sliwoski to schedule a free consultation to discuss your Mexico real estate goals.

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Our Clients' Successes

“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

user icon Three Continents Foods LLC

This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

user icon Wil Crummer, CEO PRO Farms

Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

user icon Aaron Draplin, Founder Draplin Design Co.

I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

user icon Corey T., CEO Thinc Cubed, LLC

I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

user icon Dan Pak Hospital Supply Chain Executive

Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

user icon Matt Hurt, COO Cannabis Nation

You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

user icon Joseph Axelrod, General Counsel Irwin Naturals

When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

user icon Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder Redbarn Cannabis 

We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

user icon Kevin English, CEO We Are Camp

We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

user icon Andrea Barona Valladolid, Senior Legal Counsel Fairphone