Haynes and Boone lawyers have been helping clients successfully close transactions, clear regulatory hurdles, and manage disputes involving international trade for more than four decades, including those related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In anticipation that the new U.S. administration will seek to amend NAFTA, our lawyers have been helping clients prepare for the impact of potential changes and any new opportunities that may arise. In 2017, we set up a multi-office NAFTA Task Force to advise clients on the possible effects of a renegotiation of NAFTA, and we have been working with a wide variety of companies in this regard. We also published the NAFTA Renegotiation Monitor in both English and Spanish, which provides updates on where the negotiations stand in more than 30 trade related areas.

Based on our experience working with clients and other lawyers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, we are familiar with the sections of NAFTA that are likely to be impacted, including investor-state arbitration provisions, bi-national review panels for trade litigation, and local content requirements for products such as automotive parts. We have been advising clients on the sectors that will be most impacted by any changes to NAFTA, including agriculture, automotive, aviation, energy/power, immigration, infrastructure, hospitality and real estate. We also assist companies in developing and, if necessary, defending their NAFTA compliance programs relating to import and export.

Our NAFTA Task Force lawyers have also worked extensively with legal authorities in the U.S. and Mexico who would have a function in any efforts to amend NAFTA, as well as any efforts to develop rights of retaliation in the event NAFTA negotiations reach an impasse. Clients benefit from our experience and our team of more than 70 International Practice Group lawyers, drawn from lawyers in our 12 U.S. offices and our office in Mexico City, which collectively take an integrated and collaborative approach to advising on cross-border projects in the NAFTA countries.

Our lawyers are actively engaged in ongoing discussions about NAFTA, speaking at conferences about NAFTA and notifying clients of recent developments. For example, our firm currently is assisting companies in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. with cross-border supply chain exposure to prepare for possible NAFTA changes so as to minimize commercial disruptions – or even to take advantage of the changing legal environment for trade in North America.

Our clients seek us out not only because of our experience in international trade transactions and disputes, including those relating to NAFTA, but also because we have been on the ground in Mexico City for more than 20 years, helping clients address and resolve cross-border issues and obtain the benefits of cross-border transactions. As an example of our detailed understanding of Mexico’s legal and business environment, we have helped major energy clients win bids to secure blocks in connection with the oil and gas bid rounds as part of Mexico’s Energy Reform. Our full-service capability in Mexico, together with our long history in six Texas cities and our important presence in New York, Washington, D.C., and California provide a valuable commercial vantage point to help clients seeking practical and thoughtful advice related to NAFTA and their cross-border expansion challenges and opportunities.

Finally, we stay abreast of changes to trade by maintaining relationships with NAFTA related think tanks and academic organizations, some of which include:

Industries We Serve

  • Automotive
  • Aviation 
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil and Gas
  • Petrochemicals
  • Power
  • Real Estate

Canada Practice Group


Haynes and Boone is well-equipped to handle and work collaboratively on transactions and investments involving Canadian companies and assets. Learn more about our Canada Practice Group.

Mexico Practice Group

mexico City

Haynes and Boone is one of the largest U.S. law firms in Mexico, with more than 30 lawyers and law clerks working in the Mexico City office. Learn more about our Mexico Practice Group.

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