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Mergers and Acquisitions

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Mergers and Acquisitions

EC Legal’s Tax and Trade team provides counseling in areas such as tax planning, tax incentives and tax shelters. In a worldwide economy, our team has specialized in providing legal advice to maximize the benefits established in Tax Treaties signed by Mexico and minimize any tax exposure under the Permanent Establishment concept. We represent our clients to provide key legal advice during tax audits and contest any legal proceeding initiated by the Mexican Tax Authorities to collect any improperly assessed tax. Our services include, preparing and filing complaints against Mexican Tax Courts and any other motion or remedy available in Mexican Law. We have been cited in cases creating jurisprudence in the Federal Tax Court Our attorneys have graduate tax studies in the most prestigious Law Schools in Mexico and the United States. They also teach tax related classes in LLM Programs of top Mexican universities, giving them a blend of academic and practical experience which results in providing sound legal advice. Our firm has successfully represented its clients through the years challenging resolutions issued by the Tax Service Administration (IRS), Mexican Customs, Social Security Institute (IMSS), Housing Fund Institute (INFONAVIT), and other Administrative authorities, as well as challenging the constitutionality of Tax and Administrative Laws enacted by Federal and State Congresses. Customs and Foreign Trade is the core of our business expertise. In this practice we have more than 40 years of experience alone, and we are widely regarded as one of the leading, strongest and most experienced teams in Mexico. We represent more than 50 companies that operate under the maquiladora (IMMEX) program and are suppliers of the automotive industry. We strive in conducting complex customs and international trade audits for Mexican Companies, ranging from valuation, customs classification, compliance with the rules of origin of free trade agreements, permits and licensing.

 We provide key advice toglobal companies so they can carry out their business in Mexico with a lower tax burden and the higher degree of certainty.

 Our Tax and Trade Services


  • Legal advice and planning for application of International Tax Treaties in Mexico.

  • Analysis of Permanent Establishment exposure in Mexico Maquiladora planning and tax structuring.

  • Corporate reorganizations.

  • Taxation of expatriates.

  • Mergers, spin-offs and acquisitions.

  • Tax refunds Litigation of Federal, State, and Municipal taxes.

  • Legal advice during Tax audits conducted by Federal and State Governments.

  • Real estate Taxation.

  • Implementation of estate planning for assets owned in Mexico by U.S. citizens.

  • Tax shelter compliance.

  • Transfer pricing litigation.

  • Amparo Lawsuits against any type of Law enacted by Federal and State Congresses

  • A network alliance with the most prestigious Tax Law firms in Europe, Canada, Brazil and Japan

International Trade and Customs

  • IMMEX (Maquiladora) and Prosec Programs.

  • Automotive Industry Analysis of compliance of Rules of Origin of goods manufactured in Mexico.

  • Free Trade Zones (Recinto Fiscalizado Estratégico).

  • Legal advice and challenge of resolutions issued in NAFTA verification of origin procedures.

  • Private rulings for Valuation and classification of goods.

  • Legal advice during Customs audits.

  • Conduct audits to determine areas of improvement for your company.

  • Legal advice and compliance with Tariff and Non-Tariff restriction Certification of your company as Empresa Certificada/NEEC.

  • Customs Consolidation among a group of companies.

  • Rulings, permits and authorizations.

Social Security

  • Litigation of Assessed taxes (Capitales constitutivos) and determination of premium of work related risk and illness.

  • Determination and litigation of risk factor to calculate the Social Security Contributions Legal advice during audits conducted by IMSS and INFONAVIT.

  • Rulings, permits and authorizations.