World on Edge: Calling all Statesmen.

Last night, president Biden appealed to the nation, and the world, for $100 billion in funding as a show of continued support for both Israel and Ukraine. This address comes almost two weeks after Hamas launched a brutal attack against Israel with Israel subsequently launching a counter-attack against Hamas in Gaza. As the conflict continues, so too, does a mounting…

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Geopolitical chess, and Mexico.

Before I get to the newsletter, I want to extend my congratulations to my colleagues on the LatAm team at White & Case who, for the third consecutive year, have once again been recognized by Chambers Latin America as the international law firm with the most Band 1 ranked lawyers. Also, I’d like to invite you…

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USMCA: Encouraging, but miles (and some politics) to go.

After twenty plus years in country, and over a decade at White & Case here in Mexico City, I can honestly say that if you’re looking to escape the heat where you are, you should consider a long weekend in one of the world’s most amazing cities. And no reason to take my word for it, here’s a…

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AMLO, now it’s El Presidente

Over the past few weeks, I’ve met with investors, corporate directors, and foreign-policy focused groups who are all acutely interested in Mexico’s ongoing political transition. Regardless of the sector, everyone has questions on what to expect from the next Mexican administration. President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador will assume office on December 1st with overwhelming majorities in both houses of…

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USMCA, just don’t call it NAFTA.

It’s been thirteen months, nine official rounds of negotiations, countless side meetings, and a brief period where Canada’s participation appeared precarious, but this past Sunday night, the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian negotiators finally announced a new regional trade agreement. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) builds on the old NAFTA and pulls in much of the modernization that had been…

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Oh, Canada!

On Monday—just over one year since Mexico, Canada, and the United States officially began the NAFTA renegotiations—President Donald Trump announced the “The United States – Mexico Trade Agreement.” During an impromptu press conference in the Oval Office, Mexican and U.S. officials declared that they had finally moved beyond the thorniest issues including auto content and…

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Mexico: Ready to launch, AMLO minus…

It’s been over a month since President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador swept the election to become Mexico’s next leader. With 53 percent of the votes, López Obrador won every Mexican state except Guanajuato, and received a higher percentage of the overall vote than any of the past four presidents. The electoral mandate wasn’t only at the federal…

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