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2019 US-MX Joint Meeting Agenda
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Joint Meeting of the US and Mexico Branches
February 20, 2019
Baker McKenzie Offices
815 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006


This event will include speakers from both the US and Mexico Branches of IFA. In addition, the event will include a luncheon keynote speaker, and will conclude with a networking cocktail reception. Following the Joint Meeting, on Thursday and Friday February 21-22, the USA Branch Annual Conference will be held. A special registration fee will be offered for those who wish to attend both meetings.



Wednesday February 20

8:00 a.m.

Registration opens

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Enrique Ramírez, President, IFA Mexico Branch

Sol Coffino, President, IFA USA Branch


9:10 – 10:30 a.m.

Tax and Trade Panel (USMCA)

This panel will discuss tax aspects of the proposed USMCA, including the Digital Trade chapter, which contains some tax provisions, including a prohibition on a digital sales tax, as well as certain issues associated with the maquiladora industry and surface transportation.



Mark Herlach, Eversheds Sutherland


Jennifer Hillman, Georgetown University Law Center

Juan Antonio Pizano, Deloitte

Enrique Ramírez, EY


10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cross Border Transactions and Transfer Pricing

This panel will include a discussion of royalty payments, intragroup services, substantive discussions on transfer pricing methodology and profit level indicators and primary, correlative and secondary transfer pricing adjustments.



Ricardo Rendon, Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa


Laura Frias, Creel, García-Cuellar, Aiza y Enriquez, S.C.

Brian Jenn, Deputy International Tax Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Eric Torrey, Baker McKenzie


12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch with Keynote Speaker Doug Poms, International Tax Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury


2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Family/Succession Planning for Mexican Owned Assets in the US

This panel will address planning for Mexican families and closely held businesses that hold US assets in the wake of the TCJA and recent Mexican tax reforms.



Manuel Tron, Manuel Tron, S.C.


Pedro Corona de la Fuente, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Javier Diaz de Leon Galarza, EY

Fabiola Díaz Prado, Anaya Abogados Asociados, S.C.

Summer Ayers LePree, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP


3:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break


4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

The Impact of the US TCJA on Mexican Businesses and US Business Activities in Mexico

The TCJA has changed the planning landscape for US-Mexico business. Issues that were never on the table before are now arising with regularity. Consider the following: should Mexican businesses with significant US interests consider redomiciling to the United States? Should new production by Mexican businesses be undertaken in the United States to avail oneself of FDII? Is the United States now classified as a tax haven under Mexican REFIPRE rules? These and other novel questions will be raised and discussed by the panelists.



Joshua Odintz, Baker McKenzie


Gabriel Andrade, CEMEX

Luis Carbajo, Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Raul Navarro, Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia., S.C.

Oscar Echenique, EY

Loren Ponds, Miller & Chevalier Chartered



Cocktail Reception



Thank you to Baker McKenzie for hosting this meeting.


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