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Luis Manuel C. Mejan, Ph.D.

Counsel

Mexico City


Torre Esmeralda I, Blvd.
Manuel Ávila Camacho No. 40
Despacho 1601
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, DF 11000
T +52.55.5249.1860
F +52.55.5249.1801

Areas of Practice

Education

  • Law Degree, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, 1968
  • M.A., Civic and Social Education, Normal Superior Nueva Galicia, 1972
  • Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Mexico, 1968

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English
Luis Manuel C. Mejan, Ph.D.

Dr. Luis Manuel C. Méjan is counsel in the Bankruptcy and Business Restructuring practice group at Haynes and Boone, SC in Mexico City.

Dr. Méjan has been a Lawyer and professor for more than 40 years. Among other studies, he holds a Law degree from Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, a Ph.D. from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, has a Masters Degree on Civic and Social Education, a Postgraduate Course in the Southwestern Legal Foundation, currently Center for American and International Law (Dallas, Texas, USA) and took an Executive Training Program on World Financial Systems (New York).

After four years of freelance Law practice, Dr. Méjan joined Banco Nacional de México as a Lawyer of the Legal Department, and worked there for 30 years, occupying different positions like Executive Vice President - Legal Counselor to the CEO, Deputy Secretary of the Administrative Boards of Banco Nacional de México, S. A. and the Financial Group Banamex Accival, S.A. de C.V.

Since May 2000 and until December 2009, Dr. Méjan acted as Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of Mexico's Federal Institute of Commercial Insolvency Specialists. The "Instituto Federal de Especialistas de Concursos Mercantiles" or IFECOM, is the agency created by the new Mexican Law of Commercial Insolvency, in charge of the administration of insolvency proceedings, and developing the rules of practice and procedures in the federal courts and establishing the panel of insolvency professionals that will ensure the timely and effective implementation of Mexico's new Law. This new Law incorporates the Uncitral's Model Insolvency Law. He dedicated 2010 as a sabbatical doing research on Insolvency law at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

In the academic field, Dr. Méjan has been a Law professor since 1962 in different educational centers. He currently teaches in the ITAM's law school and is member of the faculties of the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico, D. F. and in Guadalajara.

Dr. Méjan is a lecturer at several universities in the country, professional schools and associations, private groups, service clubs, notary colleges and for many seminars and congresses both in México and abroad. On July 25, 2012, Dr. Méjan was a panelist in "The Ins and Outs of U.S. and Mexican Enforcement and Insolvency Procedures" and "The Vice of Vice Versa: Cross Border Recognition Procedures" for a Haynes and Boone seminar called Going South: Issues in Cross-Border Insolvency and Restructuring between the U.S. and Mexico.

Dr. Méjan's publications include: "El Secreto Bancario" (Banking Secrecy); "La Transferencia Electrónica de Fondos, Aspectos Jurídicos" (Electronic Fund Transfer, Legal Aspects); "El Derecho a la Intimidad y la Informática"; "Contratos Civiles," "Obligaciones Civiles," "El Sistema Financiero Mexicano." Publications related to insolvency matters include: "Competencia Federal en material concursal" (Federal jurisdiction in insolvency matters); "El Instituto Federal de Especialistas de Concursos Mercantiles," and "Concursos Mercantiles. Ayuda de Memoria." He translated the book Traité de l’Interpretation des lois par Antoine Mailher de Chassat. Dr. Méjan has authored a number of other papers on insolvency matters in several publications in Mexico and abroad.

Among others, Mr. Méjan is, or has been a member of prestigious professional organizations, such as the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, in Dallas, Texas; Customers' Board of Legal INFOSEL; Regulatory and Ethical Committee of Mex-Der (Derivatives Market); Legal Group of the Year 2000 National Conversion Commission; Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresas, A. C. (National Association of Company Lawyers); Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados (Mexican Bar - Lawyers' Association), Academia Mexicana de Derecho Financiero, Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Concursal, International Insolvency Institute, American Bankruptcy Institute, INSOL International and has been the Chairman of the International Association of Insolvency Regulators.

Dr. Méjan is a member of the Mexican Delegation to the UNCITRAL's group five "Insolvency" and of the World Bank's Task Force on Insolvency. He has been a consultant in specific projects of the World Bank Group.

Honors and Awards

  • Founding Professor, Universidad Panamericana de Guadalajara, on the 25th anniversary of the Law School, September 2011
  • Merit Recognition, for performance as a Director general of the Instituto Federal de especialistas de Concursos Mercantiles (IFECOM), Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Concursal, May 2010
  • Distinguished Leadership recgonizing years of membership and two years as Chairman, International Association of Insolvency Regulators, September 2009
  • "Gran Orden de la Reforma" recognizing professional and academic activity, Academia Nacional AC, 2006
  • "Galardón Nacional Ocho Columnas de Oro," for outstanding performance in the law and social field, Journal "Ocho columnas," 1966
  • "Silver Pronghorn" for more than 30 years contributing to the Scouting Movement in Mexico, 1987

Selected Representative Experience


Vitro S.A.B. v. ACP Master Fund, Ltd., et al.
Served as an expert witness for VITRO SAB, including preparing written statements, answering written statements and oppositions made by other stakeholders, rendering a deposition and attending a hearing in the court through cross examination.

Comercial V.H., S.A. de C.V.
Represented clients who were former directors of the debtor. Provided legal assistance regarding the insolvency (concurso) proceeding in the district court in Sonora, Mexico and in the Chapter 15 Case in Tuscon, Arizona, and assisted with dealings with the lawyers in charge of the case in Tucson, Arizona, in the Third District Court for the State of Sonora, Mexico and Chapter 15 Case No. 4:12-BK-10933-JMM.

Online Publications

07/25/2012 - The Mexican Insolvency Act
An overview of insolvency law in Mexico.

07/25/2012 - In re Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V.: A Perspective From Mexican Law
A discussion of the impact the Vitro decisions will have on how international companies and financial institutions do business with Mexican companies.

02/22/2012 - Texas Lawyer Guest Article: A Guide to Navigating Mexican Insolvency for U.S. Creditors
Commerce between the United States and Mexico has gone on for centuries, write Charles A. Beckham Jr. and Dr. Luis Manuel C. Méjan. What has changed is the scale of the volume of goods and services exchanged across the border and the laws applicable to that mercantile trade.