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In the News

Alberto de la Pena in the Dallas Morning News: Mexican Professionals Bringing Ambition, Startups to North Texas

...[S]ince 2010 about 2,000 well-to-do Mexicans have brought their businesses to Texas or started new ones here, according to a Dallas Morning News analysis...

Alberto de la Peña, a native of Mexico City, arrived in Dallas in 2000 for what he thought would be a six-month legal course at SMU. He has stayed for more than 14 years, living a transnational life. De la Peña is now a law partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, where he helps business clients navigate the bureaucratic legal maze in Mexico. >>

Recent Publications

OFAC Publishes New and Amended Cuba Sanctions Regulations

The U.S. regulations implementing the policy changes with regard to U.S. sanctions against Cuba announced on December 17 by President Obama were released by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) yesterday and went into effect today. >>

Relevant Environmental Legal Aspects of the Energy Reform in Mexico

On December 20, 2013 it was published in the Official Daily of the Federation the EXECUTIVE ORDER that amends and adds various provisions of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, in the Area of Energy. >>

Brazilian Ministry for Mines and Energy Issues Directives for A-5 Power Bid

The Brazilian Ministry for Mines and Energy has issued Ordinance No. 653, which outlines the procedures for the A-5 Power Bid to be held on April 30, 2015. >>

U.S. Policy on Cuba Could Create Business Opportunities

Earlier this month, President Obama announced historic changes to U.S. policy and relevant regulations regarding diplomatic engagement, travel and trade with Cuba. >>

BEA Retroactively Reinstates Mandatory FDI Reporting Requirements with a Due Date of January 12, 2015

On November 26, 2014, the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”) retroactively reinstated data collection requirements to measure foreign direct investment into the United States. >>

Chinese Catalogue of Industries for Guiding Foreign Investment to be Amended – Opening Doors Wider?

On October 31, 2014, the Chinese State Council released the 2014 edition of the Catalogue of Investment Projects Subject to Government Verification and Approval (the “Investment Projects Catalogue”). >>

Mexico Round One – First Bidding Process

As part of the implementation of the Energy Reform, the Mexican Government has selected certain areas and fields out of Round One which will be tendered for private industry participation in hydrocarbon exploration and production projects. >>

Experience and Milestones

We have comprehensive arbitral experience:
  • International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • World Bank-Affiliated International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
  • American Arbitration Association
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Comisión para la Protección del Comercio Exterior de Mexico
  • Netherlands Arbitration Institute
  • Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
  • Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal


Haynes and Boone lawyers are comfortable advising clients throughout the world. In fact, during the last five years, our lawyers have handled matters involving more than 100 foreign countries. We advise leading U.S. Fortune 500 and mid-sized corporations, major corporations based throughout the world, foreign governments, trade associations, and individuals.

An important reason why our lawyers are so effective at international representation is that many of them are bilingual and have lived abroad. In fact, we have more than a dozen language fluencies represented in the firm. In addition, through the close ties we’ve developed in the past 25 years with leading law firms throughout the world (including via our participation in international networks such as World Services Group and Techlaw), we can serve our clients effectively and efficiently in any corner of the world.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Haynes and Boone, SC provides the firm with a strong presence in Mexico City. (It is among the largest offices there of any U.S. law firm and nearly 50 lawyers involved firm-wide in Latin American matters). Our attorneys are recognized by publications such as Chambers USA and Latin Lawyer as leaders in Latin American practice. The hallmarks of the regional leadership of our Americas Practice Group include:

  • An integrated approach to our Mexico City office from a management and technology perspective
  • Strong securities, finance, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and energy capabilities in Mexico City
  • A permanent staff of Latin American lawyers from Mexico, Argentina, and Spain and a team of visiting lawyers from other jurisdictions including Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela
  • Extensive experience in South America (e.g., Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru), Central America (e.g., Costa Rica, Honduras, and El Salvador), and the Caribbean
  • An integrated approach to staffing projects with Latin America lawyers in our U.S. offices and a U.S. ex-pat in our Mexico City office to ensure real-time attention to both sides of the border
  • Strong civil law experience and cultural affinity with Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strong Latin American experience from multiple offices - Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Mexico City
  • Spanish language fluency of several U.S. partners and associates
  • Local knowledge of markets and business practices in the region
  • Experience handling multi-jurisdictional projects in the region

Haynes and Boone also has extensive experience in advising clients in cross-border matters involving Brazil, and in particular advising foreign companies investing in Brazil and in cross-border lending. We also have excellent experience advising Brazilian clients, as evidenced by our representation of MMX Mineração e Metálicos S.A. (MMX) in connection with the financing of an integrated iron-ore mining and infrastructure logistics project relating to MMX's Amapá mining facility, which was selected 2007 “Latin American Deal of the Year” by Trade Finance Magazine. In addition, leading industry publications such as Chambers Latin America 2014 and Latin Lawyer 250 (2011) have cited the Firm’s experience in Brazil. We have worked with a large number of the leading law firms in Brazil as part of our service to our clients and have had Brazilian foreign associates from several of these leading firms work with us in our offices.


Haynes and Boone has a team of multilingual, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary lawyers who facilitate a two-way flow of transactions and investments between Japan and its global business partners. We have represented Japanese investors in over $1 billion in real estate investments in the United States, and advised many major Japanese companies on their transactional and dispute resolution needs.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Our lawyers provide on-going advice on conducting transactions and operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, including the review of potential customers against the denied parties lists maintained by the Departments of Commerce, Treasury and State.

Strength at Resolving International Trade Disputes

An important part of our international practice is advising domestic and foreign companies on import, export and customs matters. We also represent both petitioners and respondents in trade controversies, appearing on clients' behalf before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and other federal agencies. In addition, our Intellectual Property lawyers are experienced in handing ITC Section 337 actions, which are actively increasing.

Our lawyers are fully experienced in proceedings of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). That includes frequent appearances before multinational dispute panels and on various North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 11, 19 and 20 panels.

Ensuring Worldwide Corporate Compliance 

We help U.S.-based multinationals comply with all aspects of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and have special strength at advising on compliance programs to ensure that employees in other countries don't make bribes or other improper payments prohibited by the Act. Our team makes anti-corruption due diligence central to all of our clients' multinational business transactions, particularly in the structuring of agreements with foreign distributors and sales agents, and the implementation of mergers and acquisitions. We also advise clients on compliance with other regulatory requirements in international transactions, such as Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) (Exon-Florio) filings and FOCI (Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence) issues.

Leaders in International Arbitration 

Our lawyers are involved in some of the world's most significant and challenging international commercial, technology and investment arbitrations. We act as counsel for the U.S. government, foreign governments and U.S. and foreign corporations in arbitrations that often involve sums in the hundreds of millions or billions of dollars.

Lawyers practicing in eight of our 12 offices (including Mexico City) are fully experienced in international arbitration procedures and proceedings, in part from having held senior positions in the U.S. and Mexican governments. And because we combine broad geographic scope (Europe, Asia, Central Asia, the Americas) and in-house capabilities in more than a dozen languages, we can represent our clients where their businesses take them.