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The US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA)-NAFTA 2.0 - What Every In-House Counsel and General Practitioner Needs to Know

Speaker(s): Aristeo López Sánchez, Les A. Glick
Recorded on: Apr. 24, 2020
PLI Program #: 300788

Aristeo López Sánchez is the Counsel for International Trade at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served as Deputy Legal Counsel for International Trade at the Ministry of Economy in Mexico City. For over ten years Aristeo has appeared as counsel for the Government of Mexico in investment treaty arbitrations under the NAFTA and Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT) signed by Mexico. Aristeo has also counseled Mexico in the negotiation of BITs and Free Trade Agreements, like the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and the USMCA where he provided legal advice in the negotiation of the investment and government procurement chapters, and other disciplines like energy.

Les Glick is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Washington D.C. office and is co-chair of the International Trade and Customs Specialty Team.  Les has extensive experience in the areas of international trade and customs law. He has handled major international trade cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Court of International Trade, including numerous antidumping and countervailing duty cases, and unfair trade practice investigations under section 232(national security) and 337(intellectual property) of the trade laws. In addition, he has handled cases arising under the U.S. Customs laws involving classification, valuation, country of origin marking and customs fraud, and gray market and supply chain security issues (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism).

Les assists U.S. and foreign clients with compliance with laws and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)in relation to food products, meat and poultry, plants, medical devices and the importation of pharmaceutical and biological materials as well as consumer product safety and automotive product regulation and recalls(NHTSA and FMVSA). Les has also handled issues with alcoholic beverage imports involving the U.S. Treasury Department Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau involving beer and wine imports from Italy, and saki from Japan. Les has represented one of the largest importers of dietary supplements into the United States and assisted them in reclassification of their product as a vitamin that saved millions of dollars in customs duties. He has worked with a large dietary supplement producer in the US and Mexico on various FDA labeling issues and with one of the largest food importers from Mexico on various FDA issues involving registrations, labeling, detentions, HACCP and product recalls. He has assisted a large US pharmaceutical producer with issues concerning imported Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients(API). Les had been a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute and served on the Dietary Supplements Committee and published several articles in their magazine “UPDATE” on the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 and other topics. Les has also handled USDA issues involving meat products and assisted in preventing a recall of meat-based products sold by a restaurant chain and retailer