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Doing Business or Investing in Mexico?

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

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Make Mexico your new base.

We help structure Mexico deals, negotiate and close transactions, and provide practical and efficient legal advice.

Mexico’s USD1.3 trillion economy is the second-largest in Latin America and the 15th-largest in the world. Mexico ranked number one among U.S. trading partners in 2019 with a bilateral trade value of USD614.5 billion as well as USD144 billion in bilateral, reciprocal foreign direct investment (FDI), and it is the first or second-largest export destination for the business communities of 27 U.S. states.

The US-China trade war has vaulted Mexico (and Canada) far past China as a U.S. trading partner, and as global companies seek to diversify their supply chains, Mexico offers proximity to U.S. markets, modern infrastructure, access to ports for global distribution and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

Mexico is open to foreign direct investment (FDI) in the vast majority of economic sectors, and the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) and Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) provide tariff-free access to the United States, Canada and 10 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

A Global Law Firm with Local Expertise

With long experience providing legal counsel and solutions to clients on three continents, we know how crucial it is to understand local contexts, especially when you’re doing business with companies and individuals that are operating in their native cultures and legal systems.

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

We support our clients’ businesses by writing 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.

Manufacturing in Mexico

The US-China trade war and the COVID-19 pandemic have reinforced to many businesses the importance of a diversified supply chain, and for a number of reasons beyond just location and tariffs, Mexico is attracting a lot of interest. Establishing manufacturing facilities and a logistics infrastructure are complicated processes, and missteps can cost millions.

Many of our clients from all over the world (including many from Asia) are shifting manufacturing from China to Mexico, and our deep knowledge of China’s laws and business and regulatory environment allow us to help them exit China as cleanly as possible and identify the most appropriate manufacturing model and operational framework for them in Mexico.

Distributing Products or Relocating Operations into Mexico

Mexico is much more than just manufacturing, and U.S. companies exported over $250 billion of goods and services to Mexico in 2019. 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.

Over the past few years more and more companies have come to us for help moving parts of their operations to Mexico, or to figure out the best ways to bring their goods and 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.

Supporting clients that are manufacturing, distributing and establishing operations in Mexico, our Mexican corporate legal services include:

  • Entity formation
  • Domestic and Cross-Border Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Establishment of partnerships, representative and branch offices
  • Intellectual property protection and licensing
  • Franchising and licensing agreements
  • Real estate transactions
  • Banking, and corporate and project finance
  • Contract negotiations and drafting
  • Labor and Employment Matters
  • Support for commercial transactions
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution
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Real Estate in Mexico

Our Mexico legal team has decades of commercial and residential real estate experience, and are able to provide expert advice on investment vehicles and tax implications, as well as conduct comprehensive due diligence on potential purchases.

Our thorough understanding of Mexico’s foreign investment regulations and tax laws combines with our knowledge of the broader legal environment to assist our clients in identifying potential costs and determining financial feasibility. Finally, our extensive experience in real estate litigation experience provides our clients with strong negotiation and risk mitigation support if required.

Our Mexico real estate legal services include:

  • Due diligence on buildings and land, both commercial and residential, including zoning and land use restrictions
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Leasing
  • Legal and tax advice regarding potential investment vehicles and structures
  • Entity formation
  • Contract negotiations and drafting
  • Advice and support for regulatory compliance, including documentation and permits
  • Support with identifying top-tier realtors, architects and bankers
  • Real estate litigation and alternative dispute resolution

If you’re contemplating a business venture in Mexico, you will need legal support. Our Mexico team are of course both English- and Spanish-speaking, and many of us speak Chinese and other languages as well. We know the Mexican legal and regulatory contexts, and of course we know Europe and Asia too. We’re “locals” who think globally and understand your needs.

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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.

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