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The New USMCA: Challenges and Opportunities

October 28th, 2020 | 10 A.M. – 11 A.M. (Central Time)

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10.00 A.M.  Introductory Remarks and Presentations
Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribano,
Director of Center for U.S. and Mexican Law
10.05 A.M.  Special Guest Speaker
Roberto Velasco,
General Director for North America, Mexican Foreign Ministry 
10.25 am  U.S. Law and USMCA
Ed Lebow, Haynes & Boone, LLP
10.35 am Mexican Law and USMCA
Alberto de la Peña, Haynes & Boone, LLP
10.45 am Wrap up and Q&A
11.00 am Adjourn


Roberto Velasco-Alvarez holds a master of public policy degree from the University of Chicago, where he was the Chicago Policy Review’s editor-in-chief, and a bachelor of laws degree from the Ibero-American University at Mexico City. He has over a decade of experience in the Mexican federal, state and local public sector. Most recently, he served as a Strategy and Policy Coordinator to ProMexico’s NAFTA Regional Direction in Washington, D.C. After July’s presidential election, Roberto was invited by the designate-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Marcelo Ebrard, to support the transition process. He serves as the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs' Director-General for Public Affairs and now he serves as the Director-General for North America.

Roberto Velasco-Alvarez

Roberto Velasco-Alvarez

Edward Lebow has been skillfully representing clients in international trade cases for more than 30 years. They often comment that his approach is exceptionally business-oriented, cost-effective and targeted. Through years of providing insightful counsel to both domestic and foreign companies, Ed has developed a broad and comprehensive perspective, which he brings to his clients’ business needs. Ed is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

Ed obtains relief for U.S. industries injured by dumped or subsidized imports and successfully defends foreign companies against such actions. He is especially adept in advising clients on how to comply with U.S. trade laws and avoid costly legal proceedings. Ed regularly deals with OFAC sanctions, export controls, NAFTA, anti-bribery issues under the Foreign Corrupt Prac-tices Act (FCPA), and customs matters. Ed has guided both foreign buyers and domestic sellers of companies with sensitive technologies through the inter-agency Committee on Foreign In-vestment in the United States (CFIUS). Ed has also represented both U.S. and foreign clients before Congress.

Alberto de la Peña heads the Mexico and International Practice Groups and is a member of the Board of Directors of Haynes and Boone. Alberto is licensed to practice law in Mexico, Texas and New York, with more than 23 years of experience in advising companies doing business in Mexico and Latin America.

Alberto is a transactional lawyer with an international litigation background. He has successfully assisted clients in complex projects and legal matters regarding Mexico and Latin America, including, NAFTA related matters, strategic M&A, secured transactions, international funds, energy and infrastructure, antitrust investigations, hospitality, real estate, aviation and maritime law, telecommunications, manufacturing, franchising and distribution, anti-corruption and compliance, internal investigations, litigation strategy, workouts and international law.


Roberto Velasco-Alvarez

Roberto Velasco-Alvarez

Alfonso López de la Osa Escribano is the Director of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, Director of NACLE (North American Consortium of Legal Education) and Adjunct Faculty of “Comparative Health Law” at the University of Houston Law Center. His research and teaching are focused on Comparative and International law aspects, Public law, European Union law, and legal integration processes between countries.

He was a Professor of Administrative and Public Law for ten years at the University Complutense of Madrid in Spain. He got his Law Degree and Master in European Union Law by the University Complutense of Madrid. He has a Ph.D in Public Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, where he studied as well a Doctoral Diploma on Droit public comparé des Etats Européens (Public Comparative Law in European countries). During his doctoral studies he worked for two years as a Parliamentary Assistant on Public Law mat-ters to a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium) and Strasbourg (France).

He participates in numerous conferences and seminars nationally and internationally. He is regularly invited as visiting professor in Universities in the United States, France, Spain and Mexico. He is the author of a book and several chapters of collective books and numerous articles, as well as editor. He is a Practicing lawyer at the Madrid Bar, Spain since 1999.