2017 Conference Schedule

Conference Floor Plans


5:00-7:00 pm  Registration - San Diego Ballroom C Foyer
7:15 pm  Depart Hotel for Cocktail Welcome Reception
7:30-9:30 pm Cocktail Welcome Reception at Procopio Law Firm


7:30-8:30 am Registration and Networking Breakfast (in room)
8:30-8:45 am Opening Ceremony, Introduction by U.S. Co-Chair and Mexican Co-Chair
8:45-9:40 am

Panel:  Status of NAFTA Re-negotiations: An Examination of Recent Developments and Anticipated Direction of NAFTA Discussions between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada

Alejandro N. Gomez Strozzi, Partner, International Trade & Customs, Gardere
Bryan Elwood, Chief Legal Officer, Tricon Energy
Luis F. Martinez, Partner , Abogados Martínez Serna S.C.
John W. Boscariol, Leader, International Trade and Investment Law Group

9:40-10:40 am

Panel:  International Arbitration and Enforcing Foreign Judgments

Edward G. Baldwin, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Angelika Hunnefeld, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Jerry Bregman, Partner, Brutzkus Gubner
Gonzalo Vargas, Partner, Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.

10:40-10:50 am Coffee/Networking Break
10:50-11:15 am

Impact Dialogue – New Challenges, New Opportunities

Larry Rubin, President & Chairman of the Board, The American Society of Mexico

11:15am-12:00 pm

Panel:  Bitcoin and Digital Currencies in International Trade, Legal Considerations

Mayuca Salazar, Counsel Monterrey, Hogan Lovells
Mary Beth Buchanan, Partner, Bryan Cave
Brian Klein, Partner, Baker Marquart
Joseph T. McNally, Deputy Chief, Orange County Office, United States Attorney’s Office

12:00-12:45 pm

Panel:  International Trade: Bilateral and Multilateral Developments Affecting U.S. and Mexico

Juan Carlos Partida, Partner, Rubio Villegas y Asociados, S.C.
Adrián Vázquez Benítez, Managing Partner, Vazquez Tercero & Zepeda
Lawrence W. Hanson, Principal, The Law Office of Lawrence. W. Hanson

12:50 to 1:50 pm

Lunch – Keynote Speaker - Elections in Mexico, 2018
Marriott Grand Ballroom - Room 1 & 2

Reyes Rodríguez Mondragón, Justice, High Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judciary

2:00-3:00 pm Networking Tables -- (attendees select a table to join, with pre-set topics)
3:00-4:00 pm Networking Tables -- (attendees select a table to join, with pre-set topics)
4:00-4:30 pm  Snack/Coffee Break and Exhibitor Table Visits 
4:30-5:30 pm

Panel: Piercing the Corporate Veil and Alter Ego US and Mexican Law

Mary R. Robberson, Partner, Higgs Fletcher & Mack
Ali Mojdehi, Partner, Cooley
Honorable Louise D. Adler, Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern California District
Manuel Perez-Freyre, Associate, Baker McKenzie

7:00- 8:00 pm Reception & Drinks at Bayside Pavilion – Marriot Marquis – official picture at 7:30pm
8:00-10:00 pm USMBA Annual Gala Dinner – Bayside Pavilion

DAY THREE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - San Diego Ballroom C

6:30-7:30 am Optional Activities, Explore San Diego Bay -- 5K (run/walk) or bike ride
8:00-9:00 am Networking Breakfast (in room)
9:00-9:30 am  Title Sponsor’s Welcome Remarks
9:30-10:20 am

Panel:  Tax Reform and Potential Effects on Cross-Border Transactions

Patrick W. Martin, Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
Alejandro Barrera, Partner, Basham
Raúl Villarreal Garza, Attorney, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
César G. Meraz Barbosa, Partner, Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa

10:20-10:30 am Coffee/Networking Break
10:35-11:40 am

Panel:  Immigration—Current Issues and Trends

John B. Moore, Partner, Villalobos & Moore
James D. Prappas, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP
C. Matthew Schulz, Partner, Dentons
Charles Meacham, Partner, Gardere

11:40am-12:30 pm

Panel:  Year in Review -- Landmark Cases of Interest in Mexico and USA
(Special Session, Open to the Public)

David M. Medina, Texas Supreme Court Justice (Ret.)
Moderator: Karla S. Hernández, Partner, De Hoyos y Aviles. DHA

12:30-1:00 pm Closing and Annual Meeting of USMBA Members