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The US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) NAFTA 2.0 - What Every In-House Counsel and General Practitioner Needs to Know Part II - New Chapters, Negotiations Overview, Rules of Origin

Speaker(s): Guillermo Malpica, Les A. Glick
Recorded on: Jul. 30, 2020
PLI Program #: 307125

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

Guillermo Malpica has more tan two decades experience in international trade, investments and international trade negotiations. From June 3rd, 2019, he leads American Chamber of Commerce, Monterrey Chapter.  
Mr. Malpica was Trade Representative of the Mexican Ministry of Economy in Washington DC, from October 2017 to June 2019. From that position, he led  lobbying efforts, supported the USMCA negotiations and defended the Mexican trade interests. He was also USMCA lead negotiator in the chapters of Crosss- Border Trasde in Services, investment, energy and temporary entry of business people.  
Before that, he was Director General of International Trade in Services and Investment in the Ministry of Economy from 2008 to 2017, Economic Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the WTO in Geneva from 2007-2008 and Economic Affairs Advisor in the Mexican NAFTA Office in Ottawa, Canada, in 2006-2007. From those different positions, he has participated in the formulation of the Mexican position on trade in different international fora and negotiations, such as the WTO, OECD, ALADI, APEC, TISA, Pacific Alliance and TPP (later, CPTPP). He also led the negotiation of Bilateral Investment Treaties between Mexico and Singapore, Kuwait, UAE, Turkey, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Ukraine. 
He has participated as speaker in trade conferences and workshops in the USA, Europe and the Americas. He is autor of several papers and articles on trade and investment, as well as collabrations in books in Mexico, the US and Switzerland. Currently, he es Director of the Board in the Mexican Institute of Foreign Trade Executives, IMECE. 
Mr. Malpica has a BA in Economics from Universidad de las Américas- Puebla and a Masters degree on International Studies from Tec de Monterrey- Mexico City Campus. He will start a PhD on Public Policy in August, with Tec de Monterrey